And now, the rest of the story… Here’s what Terry Murray said today about the Patrick O’Sullivan situation…
Question: O’Sullivan has been in quite a few different roles since the start of the season. Is it a matter of finding where he fits, or is he not giving you what you need?
MURRAY: “He’s not quite there, with what I need from him. I think him missing training camp is a bit of the concern that I have. You miss all the exhibition games when you’re (supposed to be) battling, you’re competing, your getting your body prepared for the season and your mind prepared for the season. When you come back, after sitting out, you have a lot of adrenaline going and you do jump in and play pretty good, but reality does set in after a few games, and I think he’s just having a little bit of that lull time right now. I need to back off on what I’ve been asking of him and give him that extra work on practice and he will get back on top of things.”
Question: Is it anything in particular with his game?
MURRAY: “You know, it ends up just being a very general `digging in,’ and the highly competitive play that is required every night from a top player that gets a lot of minutes. There’s nothing intentional there, as far as his side of it. You just fall into that lull and sometimes you have to catch yourself. Some players can. He’s a young player that, I think, needs to have the attention brought to him by the coach, and that’s done through meetings and through minutes played.”