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10-25-2003, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by omar
There are those on this board who claim that at best Comrie is a second line center. Now Horcoff gets to start on the first line and suddenly our problems are solved? Horcoff will NEVER be a first line center and he will NEVER be better than Comrie. If by some miracle he plays most of the year as the Oilers first line center you can rest assured there is no playoff spot for us. I give him 2 games there at best.
Well I disagree. I say give Horcoff 10 games to ramp-up and settle into the defensive component of this offensive line. With Hemsky and Smytty providing the offensive flare, and Horc helping Smytty to grunge-in the goalmouth garbage this line will thrive. Any on ice shenanigans happen where Smytty or Hemmer are targeted you send out Laraque who exacts merciless retributions, even taking an Instigator to send the message. Leave our skilled guys along. It's time for Laraque to intimidate in his protectors role.

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