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10-01-2008, 06:39 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Spring Hill, TN
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I don't know what to say about our third and fourth lines. You would think with Tootoo and Tarnasky out there, you could put any of the three centers - Fiddler/Bonk/Nichol and it would work. My hunch is that when Tarnasky is ready, Smithson and Peverly will be on the bench. I can't see us benching Fiddler, and I think the coaching staff has a lot of faith in Radek Bonk.
With that in mind and a completely healthy lineup, I would probably say the lines look like this
Pihlstrom - Fiddler - Bonk (line 3)
Tarnasky - Nichol - Tootoo (line 4)
Line 3 would obvisouly be more scoring focused, while line 4 would be an energy line with a little bit of scoring pop due to the speed. I thought at the time, and it has now become clear by Poile's comments, that Tarnasky was acquired to put some size on our smaller/aggressive hitters. I like the idea, and I think it is about time we added some strength to our lower lines, especially when you consider how weak they have been at holding onto the puck at even strength last season.
I'd think Tootoo would be on the 3rd line, he's stepping it up.
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