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06-17-2008, 08:38 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
If we don't have Briere centering our #1 line then our signing of him last year was one of the worst moves ever in sports. If we plan on him being a wing we could have gotten a much better one for the 6+ mil we paid for Danny. We don't have enough top end "ELITE" talent to just run 2 scoring lines out there, we NEED to roll 3 scoring lines every night and get balanced scoring thoughout the lineup. We are toast if we don't.
Who cares if Carter is labled in the media as the "3rd line center"??? We roll all 3 top centers out there for about the same amount of ice time. Who's going to center the 2nd unit PP if Carter is now the #1 center??? Thor??? Are you kidding me??? Carter and Richards generally don't get as much 5v5 ice time as Briere but that's also because they both play on the PK too. Do you serioulsy want to roll out just 2 scoring lines and then, with the added 5v5 ice time, have Carter and Richards logging between 26-30 mins a night every night??? They will break down.
No, I think roling out Briere as the #1 center and giving Carter and Richards slightly less 5v5 time and utilizing them on the PK makes the best use of ALL our assets. It's much harder for teams to shut down 3 legit scoring lines than it is just 2 legit scoring lines.
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