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09-27-2003, 08:37 AM
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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...

Hlavac-Nedved-Kovalev
Rucinsky-Lindros-Carter
Barnaby/Lundmark-Holik-Moore/Lundmark
Simon-Messier-LaCouture

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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