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09-26-2003, 01:14 PM
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We have a checking center, but no checking line

Does this not concern anyone else? Last year, we paid Holik all that money because he was the best shut-down center in the world, and we play him out of position. This year, we decide to go with strength down the middle by having Lindros, Nedved, Holik, and Messier all stay at center. So we have 2 offensive centers, a checking center, and a pp/pk specialist, but we have no checking wingers. Lundmark, Petro, LaCouture, Simon, and Barnaby are all expected to get their ice time on the bottom 2 lines. Most of these five are either pests (Petro and Barnaby) or offensive players (Lundmark and Simon). The only defensive forward we have (LaCouture) is labeled a 4th liner by everyone here.

In short, I want to know why everyone seems to think Holik can check an entire top line by himself and why everyone is so set with our bottom 6 wingers. I see this as a major problem and another example of how this team is not being constructed properly, and if the opportunity came along to trade Barnaby and cash for someone like Ethan Moreau (who despite being physical, good defensively, and able to chip in 10-15 goals is called useless by Ranger fans), I would do it.

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