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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Brodziak gets the shaft.

Recently Craig MacTavish singled out Dustin Penner, Marc Pouliot and Kyle Brodziak at practice for a "bag skate". From what I've heard they weren't taking practice serious like game situations, but for Kyle Brodziak, why should he. He plays with the least skilled linemates on the team. Strudwick, Stortini, and MacIntyre have only had their ice-time with Brodziak. Last year he had 31 points over 80 games, although most of those came with the ever excellent Curtis Glencross. This year he's on pace for a 21 point output pro-rated. I feel bad for him because he has to put up with playing with MacIntyre and Stortini for the majority of his shifts. To me the guy is more than a 4th line plugger, and he shouldn't be treated like one on 5 on 5 play.

I believe for the upcoming trade deadline, Tambolowe should find this guy some linemates. How come he hasn't had the special treatment Reddox has had either. He put up superior numbers in the AHL, wins faceoffs, and plays solid defensively. He is underutilized on this team. I would also like to see the possiblity of a Moreau-Brodziak-Pisani line in the future. That seems to be the most logical shutdown line this team could produce. Another option could be trying to acquire Chris Neil from Ottawa. He's not the most skilled guy, but he'll be a upgrade over Kyles current linemates. A trade along the lines of Stortini+4th for Chris Neil could be a good deal for both teams.

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