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11-15-2008, 02:31 PM
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Kimota
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Originally Posted by MONACOBLUE View Post
Well, Gainey got half the equation by getting size. In reality, the personnel changes have not made the team softer by any measurable amount, either. Streit is no grittier than Tanguay. Smolinski is no grittier than Lang. Laraque is far grittier than Ryder. Just because the players are more talented doesn't mean that they can't play a checking role, either. That's up to Carbo to find line combinations that work and have chemistry. It's up to him to decide who should be checking the other team's lines. The personnel he has to work with is better at both ends of the ice for the most part. Also, you might not remember but Smolinski was utterly useless almost the entire season. Same thing with Ryder. Streit was better, but he also had some bad moments.
Laraque did not replace Ryder since most the time Ryder did not work on the first two lines, he was a healthy scratch. No Laraque took Begin's post and he's been less effective than him. Offensive lines can play a grinding style and the Koivu line sort of do that. But do not have the size sometime to make a difference. But again getting guys with skills and grit should have been the first goal. And the third line could be skilled yet be though. And I can't see Lang, Lats and Sergei doing that.

I think we need a real shutdown third line and more size/grit/skills on the first two lines.

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