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06-13-2011, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Sting36e View Post
Cost you money? I'm not sure I see how, but take a look at Dubinsky. The move from center to wing had rough patches along the way, but he's a much better winger than he is a center. That much is pretty clear. Boyle is not as good as Dubinsky, but he would benefit from a move to the wing for many of the same reasons.
You save money by paying winger less. You lose money by buying C to play the position. The balance usually negative. Sather spent millions to replace Dubinski and save a few hundred grand to pay Dubi less on the wing. The fact that Sather bought expensive Cs beforehand by signing DRUMEZ doesn't change anything. Dubi had no chance at C as he was out as soon as Jagr was out. Luckily Dubi is successful on the wing, but size is what really helps there. He sniping is not up to 1st line still. Dubi would be a great replacement for Boyle, if he has stamina to play C, but it is something we cannot currently afford. If Richards is out and Sather gets someone like Leino, then Dubi may go back to center, but serious upgrade to Dubi on LW will not be cheap

Originally Posted by Sting36e View Post
I'm not saying that needs to happen now. I'm not sure how long Boyle remains with this club anyway, but if he does stick around, then I think his future will see him as a winger.
I agree, although Boyle may be disappointed with your conclusion. There is no centers that see themself as a wing, very much like only a few centerfielders would be okay to play at the corners.

Originally Posted by Sting36e View Post
If we don't sign ANY free agent centers, including Richards, you probably see Stepan as the first line center, barring a trade. In that case, Boyle definitely remains at center.
If no Richards, we keep AA for that role. Stepan may end up on same line but as a wing, IMO, but Sather will bring FA. If Richards signed AA is as good as gone. We've got no better asset at the moment.

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