Because if you can, then that's what the Canadiens seem to have right now. And if it were up to Guy Carbonneau, he would gladly send some of that depth out of town.
After watching his team build a 1-0 lead after two periods in Carolina that it didn't deserve, Carbonneau had reason to believe that perhaps the Canadiens would wake up in the third and put the game away.
Instead, the exact opposite happened.
"The game was decided in the first three shifts of the third," Carbonneau told reporters.
Those three shifts were played by Carbonneau's top three lines, and he says their unwillingness to get the puck deep and simply put pucks on net to keep the pressure on the Hurricanes is what ultimately switched the momentum in Carolina's favour and led to Tuesday night's 2-1 loss.
There's only so many times Carbonneau can say his players aren't working before people have to ask why. Why is a group of guys largely unchanged from last season suddenly so unwilling to put in the hard work necessary to get results? How can a line with Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev and Alex Tanguay combine for three shots on goal, with all of them coming from Kovalev? Why is a power play that was so dominant for two years straight suddenly such garbage, despite the goal scored in Carolina?
Carbonneau said after the game that maybe it's time for someone to get up in the room and take the team by the hand to the promised land, which to me sounds like the words of a desperate coach who has run out of of answers.
The only answer I can find thus far is that Carbonneau is having trouble adjusting to life with so much talent on his roster, with so many skill players who aren't necessarily all that adept at the grunt work that wins you hockey games.
Last year Carbonneau had a guy who he felt wasn't doing enough, and that guy was Michael Ryder. So what did he do? He sent Ryder to the press box, he relegated him to fourth line duty when he did play, and he essentially cut him out of the team.
This year, however, Carbonneau hasn't yet played that card, but it appears it's not too far on the horizon.
When asked Tuesday night why it is that last year after a bad game his team was always able to come back with a solid, 60-minute effort, whereas this year they can't, Carbonneau was very clear.
"Maybe it's because players have more experience and they don't have that danger of being sent to the press box or to the minors," he said.
Asked if that danger still exists this year, Carbonneau mentioned that if the league's rules didn't prevent him from doing so, then that danger would definitely exist.
What he meant, of course, is that there is practically no one, aside from Ryan O'Byrne and Sergei Kostitsyn, who can be sent to Hamilton without first clearing waivers. But there is no league rule stopping Carbonneau from making someone significant a healthy scratch, and maybe that's what he needs to do.
I have no idea who that healthy scratch should be, but that's why Carbonneau is the coach, and I'm not.
Thank God for that.