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07-29-2010, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Cartsiephan View Post
My opinion is that Giroux is more beneficial to the team at center over Carter.

Carter is the best center because he scores goals in bunches and then disappears for a week or two and does not contribute other than faceoffs, can be caught floating, and could not pass his way out of a paper bag.

Watch what D-men do when Carter has the puck on the sideboards.....they rush him immediately, forcing him to move the puck. Watch what d-men do when Giroux has the puck, they stand off and use the stick to take away the lanes.

Put Carter with JvR and Asham or Carcillo...

Hogwash. Stevens benefitted guys like Carter more, dump and chase......Laviolette likes to have an offense who can gain the zone with possession, he also relies on a guy at the point to disrupt the play out of the zone, Giroux is one of the best skaters on the team and anticipates the play, how many times has he gone in and pick-pocketed the d-man and caused a turnover?

The Jeff Carter love is strong here, let us forget what the team did without Jeff Carter and go back to streaky Jeff, with his high and wide, soft play.
What games are you watching? As soon as Carter has the puck dmen are backing off because of his speed. I agree that i would like him to not take it wide as often when he is on the rush but the guy probably would have had another 40 goal season if he wasn't injured so it's not like teams have solved him. Even when the Flyer's are cycling watch how he is able to come off the boards because of the space he creates with his speed and size.

Also, this notion that he isn't physical and doesn't go to the net is bogus. He isn't the type of players that will lay guys out (except for the guy from NJ - Salema ?) but he isn't soft. He wins most of the battles along the boards and each year is more difficult to take off the puck.

I am not going to trash Giroux to make my point but Carter and the team is better served with him at center. Oh yeah, he is better defensively then Giroux too. Pick pocketing dmen is like saying Iverson was good defensively because he had a lot of steals. Lavi even played Powe at center against PITT because he didn't like Giroux defensively in that situation.

People used to make the same complaints about Modano and all he has done is pot like 500 goals.

Last edited by lancer247: 07-29-2010 at 10:30 PM.
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