: Line Combos:
What are the lines going to be next year?
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08-14-2010, 08:03 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Originally Posted by
Ok first of all dude, it was WICKED wrister, not magical wrister
Second of all, never played NHL 10, or any other version. Just because you don't like someone's reasoning, doesn't make you any more of a hockey "expert" here.
Next, Carter and Giroux are about as similar of a player as let's say...JVR and Shelley. Do both need the puck alot to be most effective? Yes I agree with that. But so do Briere and Richards. That's why many of us have been saying they need to trade Carter (by process of elimination he's the one that would have to go, not because he is the least valuable). Actually, I think that Giroux and Richards are the most likely to be able to learn to play effectively without the puck more so than Briere and Carter. And I would say Carter is the least likely.
But Giroux is perhaps their most dynamic play maker, and Carter possibly their least effective. He has virtually no shot, whereas Carter and Briere have the best shots on the team (and Carter one of the best wrist shots in the league). So, I don't think they are similar at all.
Now, if you use your line combinations, IMO the first set would work out ok. But really at this point in his career JVR isn't a mucker. But there isn't anyone else to put in that role, so I'm ok with trying him out there.
In the second set, Giroux - Briere - Zherdev would not be effective for a couple of reasons. First, defensively it would be horrible. Giroux and Briere are small, and though Giroux has shown to be very defensively responsible, Briere and Zherdev are probably the worst two on the team (and in the bottom of NHL). Zherdev also is strongest with the puck, so you have three guys who would "compete" for the Puck. Also, Zherdev has the next best shot on the team after Carter and Briere, IMO so I don't like stacking them up on one line. It would be killer fast, granted, by I don't see chemistry there.
Using your logic I think these are better.
Hartnell - Carter - Carcillo
JVR - Briere - Leino
Giroux - Richards - Zherdev
Personally, I don't think Giroux and Richards were super effective when they played together last year, albeit in a relatively brief time and I think that was before Lappy. I'd rather go with my line combinations to start versus this, but I'd be ok with trying this one in pre-season, or your first one.
Finally, I do not believe there are countless possibilities, mainly because of the way the players match up. But I am in 100% agreement with you about last year's line combinations...very little chemistry in my opinion which is why most people on the team had down years. Also, the effect of not having enough skill while players were out of the lineup.
Personally, I think trading Upshall and Lupul, and to some extent Umberger, has really hurt the team from a chemistry standpoint.
I've just read my post, and the NHL 10 comment wasn't directed at you at all, i appologise for that. I was on the Trade Carter bandwagon too as he really is the odd man out, and we could of had a kings ransom for him*, which would of helped the flyers out all over the ice.
Imagine trading with the kings and getting bernier + maybe Simmonds + Draft picks
As i said though, the biggest problem we are going to have is team chemistry. Briere has shown clearly that when he has the right linemates, he is easily one of the most dominant offensive forces in the league. Buffalo, Playoffs and with prospal.
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