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07-19-2010, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by dulzhok View Post
Congrats to Poile for not standing Pat. I would say Lombardi at 28 should be equal to or greater than Arnott at 36 with concussions. Different strengths though.

One down side is Arnott only had 1 year, now we are locked in with Lombardi for 3, Legwand for 4-5?, and Wilson. I guess they will be our centers for the indefinite future. I don't think Lombardi is anywhere near a #1 center-- a role he may fill this season.

The good: Only 28 years old, Only a 3 year contract. Not a massive overpayment. Speed. Defense. Some offense.

The questionable: Had a career year last year with 53 points and 19g, but was also given a lot of icetime out of default. Got lots of icetime, and top PP time. He really doesn't belong on the 1st line. Last year's 'OK' stats could take a hit if his PP time and icetime see a decrease. Similar to Legwand.
I think we did what we had to do. Most publications had Lombardi as the top UFA center available. Weak FA market, but I do think he's consistently gotten better as his role has increased. 53 points was a career year for him, yes...and it also would have lead our team last season. It's hard to pinpoint a single line as our "number one" line, probably this season more than ever, so could say he'll be the number one center, but at times, so will Wilson and Legwand. I think, as I said earlier, the fact that this will be the first time in a long while that we have a defensively responsible center that can also contribute offensively aside from Legwand, that the sharing of that responsibility should be beneficial to both guys. No one has to be *just* a shutdown center. It can be shift your focus is defense, another it's offense...and the other guy takes on that role.


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