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03-04-2009, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingKostitsyn View Post
Lapierre really proved to be a better player. He's just as big but much faster and plays much better at the NHL level, especially this year. The plan I suppose was to have Chipchura as a 3rd line defensive specialist center and Lapierre as a 4th line energy center. Lapierre took the 3rd line spot (proving he is more than an energy player) and Chipchura hasn't shown any use as a energy player at the NHL level (Lapierre did immediately after his 1st call up).

My point is : Lapierre can be a serviceable 3rd line center and a good 4th line center. Chipchura is kind of wasted as a 4th line center and isn't better than Lapierre as a 3rd line center. Considering Gainey tries to have 3 lines with offensive upside (something Chipchura hasn't shown in the NHL) his future seems to be limited in that way.

For his own sake he should be traded to a team who needs a player like him that can afford to develop him (we don't, our center depth doesn't allow us to have a rookie shut down center in the lineup).
Chipchura has better hockey sense, vision, and poise with the puck than Lapierre. Chipchura just needs the same opportunity that Lapierre was given in terms of ice-time. Don't forget that Lapierre was a healthy scratch for a couple of games just 2 or 3 months ago.

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