We have a checking center, but no checking line
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09-27-2003, 07:37 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Hillsborough, NJ
Matthew Barnaby does a fine job playing checking winger -- he's not a "defensive specialist" but he's responsible enough and he makes up for the lack of defensive play you'd want in a specialist by being a pest and getting under the skin of the top opposing players.
As for the other winger on the "checking line"... Dominic effin Moore.
I don't care what anyone says -- he's the best option, if you want a pure checking line.
I'd go with these...
I see no problem with playing Moore on RW -- Colorado never has any problem turning centers into wingers (see Drury, Deadmarsh, and more recently, Tanguay), so why should we?
It's much harder to turn a winger into a center than the opposite. The center ice position requires much more responsibility in their own end.
On a side note, Rucinsky has played very well in pre-season. I like him. He might be our fastest skater right now.
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