Thread: Line Combos: 4th line. Love it? Hate it?
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03-08-2010, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by White Plains Batman View Post
The Rangers 4th line this year is stupid. 4th liners are supposed to be young kids who don't have top end talent that will hit anything, keep pressure in the O zone, and don't make any money. That's what made Betts/Orts/Moore/Ward/etc at any given point so good.

So you have Voros and Brashear who combined could have brought Alex Tangauy or Seidenberg here, then you have Shelley who is OK but wasn't worth the pick. Boyle is OK but has limited upside.

Torts promised more scoring from the 4th line but it's on pace to be much worse than last year and probably the worst offensive 4th line since the lockout.

You mean to tell me some combo of Dane Byers/Dale Weisse/Pa Paranteau/Brodie DuPont and the now traded Jordan Owens or even Tom Pyatt can't play 5 minutes a night at the NHL level? Gimme a break!
I don't think there's anything that says a good teams 4th line has to be full of young kids. I can't believe you just actually dropped Alex Tanguay's name either, he's played with Lecavalier all season and been mediocore at best. Imagine how bad he'd be here playing with Drury or someone like that. The 4th line plays "young", they have the best forecheck on the team and they look hungry. That's all I ask of my 4th line...usually they'll get some goals if they're that way and learn to play with each other. Had we had a 4th line of Prust-Boyle-Shelley all along, they'd probably have better chemistry and be able to get a few more garbage goals. 3 players that belong on the 4th line and fit the 4th line perfectly. No Lisin, Kotalik, etc. polluting the 4th line.

I also don't remember Torts promising scoring from the 4th line at all. He promised more scoring as a whole, and said the 4th line would get less time as a result. Neither of those have happened, but never do I remember him saying the 4th line would produce more.

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