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10-21-2003, 01:23 PM
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I fully expect to see Bates on the third line tonight. But that's me - I don't get too riled up by what I read in the papers.

I didn't see the Oilers game, but he looked to be doing just what he ought to against Minnesota. Unless he's packaged and traded for something pretty impressive, I think the whole Vrbata trade stinks. I really think the 3rd line can be good, but they have to play some together - has there been a set 3rd line yet? It should be Bates and Niko and Hinote, at least to see how that works over the course of a month or so. I hate it when there's no chance for chemistry because of constant tinkering. That 3rd line is going to be just as important as the top 2 lines in many games, so it should be treated that way.

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