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Canadiens sign Joonas Nättinen to a 3 year contract
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05-27-2011, 01:01 PM
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Having 2 centers playing the same role. The development of one of the players would suffer. Probably have Boyd, Dumont, Leblanc , fortier and Engqvist and Nättinen as centerman in hamilton next year.
First off, I don't think they'd have the "same roles" necessarily. I mean, down in Hamilton Engqvist would be no lower than 3rd line, while Nattinen would almost certainly be 4th line, so there's a major role difference right there - natural and therefore expected. Secondly, Engqvist could actually be used in a pinch on a second powerplay unit, while Nattinen would almost certainly be penalty-kill if anything. And finally, both of these guys have flipped back and forth between centre and wing over the years, so who's to say that they both necessarily end up being centres in North American hockey? Maybe one of them proves to be more valuable on the wing in this style of hockey, who knows.
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