Thread: Line Combos: Gagne - Richards - Giroux
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01-19-2010, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
Well, Drury was playing the Primeau role we had here a few years back. Take care of the other teams top line...if you come out of that neutral or positive, that's a big plus.

Briere's -22 was the product of a few things. Some of it was Stevens' even strength game wasn't as cohesive as they had up there, but it was also because Briere had a weaker team around him and therefore was less insulated from his own weaknesses. That's a team issue, not something particular to his individual game...he was the same player up there that he was here.
Yeah but Drury also had 60+ points and basically the entire team was in the double digit +.....He should have been higher. Either way we can debate +/- for hours so its a moot point.

As for Briere, that was the point I was making Jester. I believe we are damn close to being on the same page. As bad of a defensive player as he may be, you can "hide" that so to speak when the system and players around him complement him. Playing him with Knuble and 8 different LWs per game didnt help matters, and we all know how bad the entire team was at even strength that year.

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