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09-14-2008, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Kimota View Post
Begin and Kostopoulos won't just disappear
Hard to say.

Lapierre can bring more energy than Begin at this point, though he doesn't hit as hard. He does make a better agitator, and would do quite well with Laraque on his line. I think we'll see an alternation between Begin and Lapierre.

Laraque and Kosto bring a similar game, but Laraque can't be pushed around by anyone. Kosto would be less prone to penalties, and may be a little more reliable defensively. Kostopoulos also brings so much grit and lays it on the line for his teammates, yet with Laraque there wouldn't be such a need for someone to 'lay it on the line'. He also brings an intimidation factor, which when paired with Lapierre would be both frustrating and frightening. Laraque can also cause havoc in the offensive zone by being difficult to knock off the puck, as we've seen last year against the Pens.

Ultimately it's up to Kostopoulos, Begin and Lapierre to distance themselves from the rest.

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