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03-19-2009, 10:31 AM
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He is not a fourth line player and he is an expensive third line player. If you grade his play since the return as unimpressive, the question becomes is it physical reasons or because of his linemates; is he ready to make a jump to the next level of a top two line? It is a dicey proposition and it can alter chemistry but if it doesn't work out, then they will have to deal with the circumstances of that. I'm not thrilled by a Carcillo-Giroux-Briere combo. I was underwhelmed by Upshall's quote from when Briere returned about a month ago and I hope the locker room hasn't been affected by all the changes. I am still unsure of that -- time will tell. My two biggest questions coming into this season was the depth on the blueline and the lack of a vet who could kick a little
when needed. If the team expires prematurely, goalies will again be blamed when there are other more caustic reasons.
I completely agree, and am of the same thinking. I know he's not paid to be bottom 6, and obviously (one would think) he'd have more success with better players on the top 6...but I just don't see his legs as being ready. Nothing to do with his hands, it's his skating and possible confidence (or lack there of) that worries me.
It wouldn't be the Philadelphia Flyers if they didn't have a goaltending controversy.
I thought too, when we lost Hatcher, Smith and Kapanen...that the veteran leadership was very thin...especially that none of them were replaced. I think that was grossly overlooked. Now is the time when they would be really nice to have. That's why I was hoping we could have gotten Shanahan, for that reason alone.
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