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05-26-2010, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust View Post
Depending on how the off-season plays out with the top six forwards (be assured that the Kings will add someone to the top six), this gives us an opportunity to look at who the likely candidates are to occupy the third and fourth lines.

Richardson-Handzus-Simmonds could remain intact as the top checking line on the team. Coaches tend to keep pairs of players together, and it seems that Handzus and Simmonds work very well together, with Richardson added speed and puck skills to the checking line.

In observing what the Flyers have on their checking lines, they have Arron Asham playing with two young players known for their offensive abilities in Claude Giroux and James Van Riemsdyk. You then have Blair Betts centering Ian Laperriere and Darroll Powe. A defensively responsible center with two gritty wings.

Fourth line duty is going to be extra competitive this summer. Clune, Clifford, Westgarth, King, and Zeiler will be the names competing to add a physical presence onto the roster. Lewis, Cliche, Elkins, and Gauthier will compete for the the center position. Moller, Parse, and Holloway will be competing for the winger position who can add some offense, speed and puck pursuit.

Four to five names from that list of 12 could make the roster as fourth line players and healthy scratches. It also wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see the Kings add more veteran presence. I would love to see Arron Asham on the Kings, he's the veteran type that can help the young players on the team, similar to what he has done in Philly with his linemates.
I don't thing King is an option yet, Lombardi will want him to get more time in the minors. Also, isn't Gauthier on an AHL deal only?

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