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Drury accepting role, notes 4th line key to post-season success
It’s a matter of acceptance, keeping things on an even keel.
Veteran Chris Drury won’t publicly admit that he’s frustrated in a diminished role in a year that had been derailed by a twice-broken finger. He says he just stays prepared for whenever he’s needed and that fourth lines are critical to Stanley Cup success.
“The way I look at it is, whatever’s presented throughout the game, I just try to do it the best I can, whether its defensive-zone draws, killing penalties, whatever’s thrown at me,” he said today after an optional skate. “I know what’s expected of me. My job is to be ready as to whatever comes.”
"I will say this: I don’t think any team’s ever won a Stanley Cup without a good four lines. When I look back to my Cup in Colorado, we had a great fourth line, they did everything asked of them, they did everything possible to help us win, win faceoffs, blocking shots, kill penalties: Shjon Podein, Dave Reid, Stephane Yelle, guys just killed themselves to help us win. Teams and organizations are deeper than they’ve ever been. You’re gonna need a lot of guys if you want to get where to want to be in June.” Even the teams in the 80s had so much skill, the Oilers, they always had guys who did the little things, you’d be hard-pressed to find a winner who didn’t have them.”