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06-16-2011, 06:12 PM
Des Louise
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
This couldn't fit in the "GM 2011-2012" thread?
Here's an idea... let's merge ALL topics under "Montreal Canadiens talk"

I think it would work great.

Originally Posted by MathMan View Post
I agree. Matchups are absolutely key, and no coach is crazy enough to allow his fourth line to be out against the opposing top-6 if he can help it. Fourth lines therefore invariably play very sheltered minutes against the other team's fourth line; coaches know these guys can hurt them, and protect them accordingly.

Therefore, if your 4th lines has decent hockey players (and Desharnais is perfect for that) and the other team doesn't, one of two things will happen:

1 - the two fourth lines will play each other and your guys will have a marked advantadge and may get you a few scoring chances
2 - the other coach keeps his fourth line on the bench, forcing his top 9 to play more minutes, and tiring them out more. (This works especially well if your fourth line guys are good enough hockey players to play their third line and not get pasted).

It's better to load up on as much hockey playing ability as you possibly can get. Guys whose ONLY purpose is to provide size or grit have no intrinsic value; they need to be useful hockey players to help your team.
Definitely agree.

BUT, size does help in the top 6. Allows you to have another option when it comes to producing offense. Bottom lines aren't what makes you win anyway.

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