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04-25-2011, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Chalfdiggity3 View Post
I dont understand why everyone wants to seperate the pack line and put dubinsky on a line with Richards and Gaborik..

The pack line was our best line all season long, and if they had a #1 line in front of them, they would have done even MORE damage during the regular season. Leave the pack line as is. If you cant trade Wolski with some picks to get another 1st round pick or a top line LW, then you try him on the wing with Richards and Gaborik. He has the elite skill and speed to play with them. This is where you really challenge him and see if he clicks for this team.

Wolski Richards Gaborik
Dubi Anisimov Cally
Hagelin Stepan Zucca/Avery
Feds Boyle Prust

Staal MDZ
Girardi Mcdonagh
Sauer V-Tank/Gilroy/FA


With the defensive pairings switched up alittle, it allows us to play all 3 pairs evenly, along with getting good solid defense and having offense on the backend. If we play a team with say crosby or ovechkin then you can go back to putting Staal with Girardi. This is my take.

Wolski - Richards - Gaborik
Dubinsky - Anisimov - Callahan
Hagelin - Stepan - Zuccarello
Feds/Avery - Boyle - Prust
Extra: Feds/Avery

Staal - Girardi
McDonagh - Sauer
MDZ - Gilroy*

* - denotes player that could be supplanted via free agency or another player in the system

I liked your overall idea but fixed the lines as I'd prefer to see them. I think the defense doesn't need much tweaking - keep Staalsie and Girardi together, they seem to bring the best out of one another and McD and Sauer were above and beyond the biggest (positive) surprise out of this season to me in regards to our long-term success.

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