Thread: Line Combos: Predictions for 2011-12 Roster
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06-05-2011, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Janerixon View Post
I like Avery, probably a lot more than the next guy but he is not a 1st line winger. He had 3 goals in 76 games... that is a 4th line winger to me. Sather needs to get Richards and 1st line LW as well, hopefully Jokinen but I could see him going after Brunette or Gagne as well. Avery should not be on the 1st line or we are in trouble.
This.

I've seen a couple of people suggest Avery for #1 LW, and I just cannot fathom the idea of it.

It was tried the past season with Christensen and Gaborik, and while it worked for a game or two, other teams are not stupid. They scout, and once they figure out Avery will be trying the pass from behind the net to the slot; it's easily defended with a player like Avery making that pass, as he's most certainly not the greatest playmaker.

I would love to get Andrew Brunnette here; the reason being that he will not be here long, and he is an unbelievable board player. He has calves like an Ox, and he is an excellent playmaker that has had success with Gaborik in the past. On a 1 yr, $2.5MM deal, I'd be absolutely ecstatic with adding him into the mix. His experience alone would make him a valuable asset.

As for another option, if we fail to sign Richards, I see the Rangers making a bid for Stastny/Spezza/Roy, and whether or not we get those players, I think the Rangers will be keeping Wolski in that scenario; I've been an advocate of buying him out, but if we don't get Richards, he's not an awful stop gap in the top-6, and his contract expires at the end of next season. That'd give us a ton of cap space to work with to try and sign one of Suter/Burns, then try and deal Girardi for a 1st line forward.

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