: Line Combos:
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11-15-2009, 06:15 PM
2 rings in my ears
Join Date: Feb 2007
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I'm not a firm believer of line changing until finding the rightful combination.
Personally, I'd put Cammy-Gomez-A.Kost and Gionta-Plek-Lats (until D'Ago comes back at least).
Those 6players are currently our most offensively talented players.
I'd keep those lines intact for 10ish games.
I'd keep the Metro-MaxPac-Moen line intact and put Lappy with Pyatt-White.
The 2bottom lines can be either 3rd or 4th depending on their play each game. The 4th line would see very limited ice time as I'd roll mostly 3 lines.
When we're trailing by 1 goal in the 3rd, then I'd put our top 3 together.
At some point, we'll have to let our players play. Switching them around isn't making things necessarily better. Finding short term solutions isn't what we need either.
Plek-Pyatt and White might work for a game or two, but will eventually crumble. So what's the point?..Better off sacrificing a few games in order to get some solid chemistry out of a top 6.
I'm not ready to criticize Martin though. In his fairness, not too many players are giving him any reasons to go with them.
I'm a firm A.Kost defender because of his undeniable skills, but even though he's been playing better, it's useless if he can't produce.
That being said, I don't think putting him along side Chipper and Laraque/Stewart will get him out of his funk.
I think the mistake was made earlier this year, before the season started, when they sent S.Kost down. Not because it affected A.Kost's play or focus, but simply due to the fact we wouldn't have to worry about them building chemistry.
Jacques Martin spoke about duos during camp. I think he complicated his life by sending S.Kost down.
Gomez-Gionta undeniable chemistry. Proven.
A.Kost-S.Kost undeniable chemistry. Proven.
Lats-Laps undeniable chemistry. Proven.
Plek-Cammy was the only unproven duo.
Sending S.Kost down meant A.Kost being a complement. That didn't work out. A Plek-A.Kost duo didn't work out. Lats and Laps were moved around and lost their touch in the process. They seem lost.
The duo theory of Martin turned into one solid trio.
I'm not saying we'd be necessarily better with S.Kost. But at this point, it's tough to argue we'd be worse.
Main reason I'm not ready to criticize Martin though, is because we'd be much better off if we had a healthy roster.
Agreed with most point, especially the bold one. Still I cant help but criticize Martin when you see lines mashed up like this. They make no sense, most of us here can see it. Yes we are not all NHL coaches but to put one of our most offensively talented players on the 4th line again makes absolutely no sense no matter how you look at it.
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