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09-28-2011, 09:14 PM
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chsb
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Originally Posted by Langway View Post
Halpern had more even-strength points last season than Brouwer, Ward, Chimera, Hendricks & Johansson. He's a capable 3C option and outside of Laich should be the leading candidate to center a shutdown/checking line.

The problem with the third line in the past is that it wasn't trusted much. It more or less split ES TOI with the more reliable fourth line and that needs to change. The pieces are in place for Boudreau to put together a more reliable two-way third line than in past seasons. Perreault can be a spark plug sort of center in his better games but that's a responsibility level none of the fringe roster candidates should be rushed into. Boudreau may revert to the 3a/3b configuration--strengthening the fourth while diluting the third--but I don't think that's getting the most out of what he has.
So you would prefer a 35 YO career 3rd/4th liner to a 23 YO Perreault or Eakin?

The point is that Halpern is on the end of his NHL career and could help your team if you don't find in your system a player to fill te spot.
But that is not at all the case.

I just don't see Boudreau sticking to a plan where he gets a 3A and a 3B lines.

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