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12-01-2004, 04:14 PM
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Fletch
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It's theory chief...

and I'm talking long-term, not just tomorrow. I do agree about Holik, but the question will be can Balej a) score 25-30 goals against other top lines and top defense pairings, or b) score 20-25 goals on a second/checking line getting minutes with a two-way guy like Holik, playing against top lines, or would he be better off at c) playing against third defensive pairings, in an offensive role, getting 15-16 minutes per night? With the lack of depth at center currently, and lack of scoring wingers, he may be at 'b' by default, but I'm still not convinced he's the scorer that many people think he is.

As for Betts...would you really want him against top lines if you have Holik as a centerman? Perhaps he goes against Nieuwendyk, not Sundin; or Damphousse, not Sakic; or Richards, not Lacavalier.

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