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10-09-2011, 11:58 AM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by habitue View Post
In Martin's "system", 4th line centers are very important. You can't just put a plug like Engqvist in the line up.

It just makes me sick to think that we had Halpern and Lapierre last year to do that job. Of course, Lapierre was mishandled and asked to play on wing...And we know the end result.
In Martin's system 4th line centers are practically irrelevant. He matches power versus power so the 4th line only gets powderpuff assignments. Halpern was important when he was playing third line or spot duty with Plekanec or on the penalty kill. Desharnais was the 4th line center (before that it was Eller) and his assignments were pretty much inconsequential.

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