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02-26-2009, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
Look at what our PP has done without Briere. It isn't going to leap some significant % once he's just not. We're not going to have a 30% PP. Therefore, the addition to the PP from Briere is negligible at best most likely. The question, then, is whether we're really improved by adding to a PP that is performing at almost the height of the efficiency you can expect...while detracting some from even strength play.

As said...if we had a 15% PP...then Briere coming back would be a huge boost to our club. Our PP is humming right along without him, which decreases his value to this team exponentially.

Well, Gagne didn't play last year really, so they weren't really keying on the two of them for much of the season. And if you really think a team like the Caps isn't going to throw Ovechkin over the boards for an offensive zone draw with Briere out there you're kidding yourself.

Teams will be sending out their strong defensive lines against Carter and Richards...they'll be sending out their scoring lines to do damage against Briere.

Which wouldn't really equate to proof of him "improving" our even strength play. As noted with Buffalo...the guy was putting up prolific even strength numbers and still +30 behind a teammate.

Lets just hope he can get back to maintaining an even rating, since then he won't be hurting us.
Our powerplay has been terrible lately whether you want to admit it or not. It started hot and has cooled off a ton, if we add Briere to the PP my opinion is that it will go back to where it was before and even if that means us adding just a little more offense, thats fine with me. Briere never got steady linemates, put him with a couple defensive minded forwards on the 3rd line and limit his ES ice time and use him for the PP and he will be great for us.

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