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01-03-2009, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by le_sean View Post
You don't think Higgins - Koivu - Tanguay can be a shutdown line while providing offence? They are all very good two-way players. We have a few leaders in offence, our team is offensive. Our playmaker is our entire team basically. Face-off specialists are Koivu and Lapierre. PP specialist is clearly Markov. Physical presence in front has been Gui recently. Lapierre is also an agitator.

So our 2nd line will be our shutdown line? "We have a few leaders on offence". Like who? Who can we turn to to carry us? Our playmaker is our entire team? Not really. Koivu and Lapierre CAN win faceoffs I'll give you that. PP specialist is not Markov because he's our #1 D-Man. I'm talking about a guy like Streit. Physical presence is Gui? LOL.

I'll give you Lapierre as the agitator.

We have too much quantity, not enough quality. We need a star that other players can play off of and that can carry a top line. Then we can use our other players more suited for 2nd-3rd line duty like Plekanec and Higgins in their proper spots.

A guy like Kovalchuk would do wonders for this team. We have the pieces to trade for him and I think it's a no-brainer. What are we going to do with all this talent? Pacioretty, D'Agostini, Maxwell, The Kost bros. That's almost 2 full lines right there. Are we going to go with 4 offensive lines? Chipchura can't even get out of Hamilton because we have offensive players playing in his spot.

What I'm saying is all the cup teams have stars and then they have role players who succeed because they only have to a specific task and they do it well. We don't have stars and we don't have role players because they're being asked to do things they're not capable of (Plekanec #1 Centre for example).

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