6 Players NHL Teams Should Bench

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6 Players NHL Teams Should Bench
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Alex Ovechkin has been frustrated by a slow start.

A slow start is never a good thing for any professional athlete.

Slumps can happen at any time and nobody is immune. But when that slump comes at the start of a lockout-shortened season, it is even more distasteful.

In some cases, a player who gets off to a slow start is playing well but just not having any luck. In other cases, he may be slightly off form or perhaps a tad out of shape.

But each game that goes by means that the pressure increases. In some cases, it multiplies dramatically.

Instead of throwing a player out there game after game, a coach may want to consider benching that player. Not as a punishment, but just to change his perspective—for one game at least.

Here are six players that need a temporary benching to clear their heads.

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