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08-12-2010, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by CharlieGirl View Post
You're kidding right? The day Richards needs Carcillo to fight his battles, he needs to retire.

Carcillo is a good 3rd/4th line grinder. When he was on the 4th line with Lappy and Betts, I thought they were the best 4th line in the league. Carcillo should never, ever be anywhere near the top line, and it's a stretch to put him in the top 6. Top 9 is even iffy.
No, Richards needs to play his game and not have to look over his shoulder. He played like a puss until the playoffs. Carcillo played top minutes last year, what makes you think this is not going to be the case again this year. And who did he play with.......? Mike Richards. How Laviolette is going to have his roster formatted is similar to the playoffs, three lines that can score, he has the depth and firepower to do so, it is just getting the right combination.

Hartnell/Briere/Leino- After the playoffs how can you take this line apart? They were the best line for the Flyers, they should start the season together. Hartnell was cold all year along Carter, they should never play another game together, period.

Carter/Giroux/Zherdev- Come on, how can Carter not be excited to play wing with Giroux. For those who are concerned about Giroux and faceoffs.....last season he was called upon many times to take some big faceoffs, hopefully he will have improved but there is no reason Carter cannot take a faceoff and Giroux be the #2, this excuse flames immediately. Giroux with two guys who can score on his reason he cannot be a 25-50-75pt player, and this is quite a formidable 2nd line.

JvR/Richards/Carcillo- JvR and Richards have some scoring punch, but this also gives JvR two players who can play with some grit. JvR needs to learn to use his body and not become a softie like Carter, develop a bit of a nasty streak and start throwing his body around. JvR needs to be more like Bobby Ryan and less of a perimeter player like Carter, difference is though JvR has the passing skills to spread the ice along the boards a little better, so Richards and Carcillo can take on more of a role of crashing the crease and getting in the goalies face, cause some chaos.

Shelley/Betts-Powe/Laperriere- It is what it is, a 4th line that can take 8-10minutes per game and provide 1st pairing PK minutes.

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