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10-18-2003, 11:11 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: "If hockeys to tough, go play tennis"-Bryan Marchment, Colorado Avalanche
I know what your guys are saying about Erik Cole. He's probably the best young power forward in the league (I think better than Heatly and Nash). I doubt the Canes would have given Cole up, he is better than Vrbata, either way, Cole was already out for the season.
I finally managed to watch the rest of the game today, I thought the 3rd lines were great. It wasn't anything of the elite lines of New Jersey, Dallas, and San Jose of recent years, but at least it was A 3rd line. I loved the assist by Battaglia, it was an uber sweet play. The main difference I see in him this year is his balance, last season it didn't take much to knock him down or spin him around; he seems a lot stronger on his skates. And he seems to have more of a defined role now.
I thought the coverage in the defensive zone was terrible though. If anything, I think they need a defensive speciallist (Did somebody say Ricci?). But still, I might be jumping the gun, it's only their 3rd game of the year and it doesn't look like they have fully gelled.
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