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08-27-2008, 01:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Maxpac View Post
oh brother...

Chipchura has far more offensive potential then Lappierre who's a pest that shoots from every angle possible, not to mention it would very stupid to take him away from Laraque, Max is the player on the team who will benefit the most out of our new goon because now he will be able to start fires like he's good at, even he talked about it in an interview recently. It's not because Chipchura has the potential to become a great shutdown center that he's no good offensively, if we get another center, Lappierre is the one going on the wing, not Chipper. and yes, i'l say it again, Kyle Chipchura is our best defensive forward, he's our only defensive minded player who doesn't stay still in the middle of the ice to get deked easily.
Agreed, Chipchura does have more offensive potential, but... he's not ready for that role. Lapierre is ready for that role even though the best use of him in the future is as a replacement (and upgrade) for Begin.

You really think that Chipchura is our best defensive forward? Kostopoulos and Begin say hi. So does Plekanec (or does he not count since he has offensive flair?). I'll say that Chipchura impressed me, but he's nowhere near to being our best defensive forward. Kostitsyn, Koivu, Latendresse, and Tanguay are all more polished when it comes to defensive play. This is no fault of Chips, he just doesn't have the experience yet. The best way to get him that experience is to throw him on a line with a couple of vets (Begin and TKo) and play him against opposing scoring lines. That's what he needs, and that's what the team needs. After a year of that we can talk about giving him time in an offensive role, but by that time he'll probably be more needed as our checking line center (which should still be the fourth line). I'm not saying Lapierre is perfect for the third line center position, he's just a filler, but he's much more qualified than Chipchura at present. I wouldn't be surprised if we see Lapierre move down to the fourth line to play on Chipchura's wing the next season (so long as we fill that hole at center).

You would be perfectly right to say that Chipchura would be the better third line center if Montreal was following the traditional model of two lines of attack, a checking line, and an energy line.. but that's not how it's going. We have one scoring line, two two-way lines (that are more geared for scoring than defence), and a checking line. With that type of lineup Chips is much more valuable on the fourth than on the third.

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