: Line Combos:
What are the lines going to be next year?
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08-12-2010, 02:07 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
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I see. So saddling one of the guys who you're depending on to put the puck in the net with a 3rd line grinder/rat/agitator with a repuation for diving and attracting penalties makes sense? And then when he does go to the box, one of your best PK'ers is in the middle/end of a shift so he's not close to ready to go.
I know Carcillo played on the top line quite a bit last year, particularly when Gagne was injured. It doesn't mean he's first line material. Not by a long stretch. And even with all that top line time, playing with much better players, he had 12 whole goals, and 10 assists. Even Aaron Asham had better stats.
Homer signed him to play in the top 9, where he fits I am unsure, but if you are looking at putting him with Giroux or Briere it is plain stupid. Giroux needs to find himself with some players who can convert this year, too many times he puts the puck on a platter and teh guy on the other end cannot convert. This is why I would have loved to of seen Gagne-Giroux-Zherdev together, could have been fun to watch and allowed Zherdev to be a little loose on his center ice coverage and cheat a little.
Let's stop looking at Carter and Richards as the top dogs, it is going to take a team effort to have a successful season, which means some players may have to play some different roles and commit to the team first philosophy. While some of the younger guys like Giroux and JvR may need a little more room to be creative and take on more scoring responsibility.
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