2011-2012 Sens Lineup/Roster thread part 3
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09-26-2011, 09:49 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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I'll take that line-up, with the understanding I'd send Z-Bad back to SEL and let one of Condra or Butler move up to the top line (or Greening, if you wanted to slide condra back). I have always preferred spreading the top 6 forwards amongst the top 9 with three role players mixed in, and then consolidate them for the top two PP units. All three lines should get equal shifts. I also think Da Costa has earned a long look with talented linemates, including on the PP. Definitely want Butler with one of Spezza or De Costa, as he will not get the service he needs playing with Regin.
The only issue is I don't see the Sens sitting Kuba in the press box. I think Rundblad gets sent down, and Carkner is the 7th guy. If the Sens weren't going to give Kuba a chance to prove he is back to his older form pre-injury, they would have bought him out. Give him 20-30 games to build up his value again, and then trade him mid-season for whatever you can get. Rundblad, and even Cowen, could use 25+ minutes a night in Bingo for a few months.
Yep, I definitely see the issue that you see (with Kuba) but I think at a point people have to swallow their pride and just try to win hockey games. Kuba is a detriment to the team and whether they give him a look or not I don't think he spends a lot of time, if any, on this team this year.
Rolling it this way we have a dynamic offensive threat from pretty much every line and our defence is actually quite solid and has an offensive touch to it no matter what way we roll it. There might be some growing pains, but the team looks really solid that way. If I had to make a choice I'd say Filatov - Spezza - Greening and then turn the last line into Condra - Smith - Neil with Butler on the 2nd line with Da Costa and Michalek.
I'm really excited for this season.
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