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10-19-2011, 12:43 PM
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Gert B Frobe
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damn all these combinations are fun to think about

I don't think you can hurt Couturier's development at all by having him play 4th line and pk - the kid already knows how to play the game the right way. He can have less responsibility and not so many minutes to tire him out over a long season. Any offense he would provide from there would be gravy.

Also with Read - if he starts to tire out in December they can always call up Z who is a similar if not quite as good player. Nodl will get his chances when they have injuries or want to rest anybody like Read, Schenn or Couturier.

No idea about Hartnell. Would he waive his NTC? I think he would if he keeps losing minutes. I think Laviolette is going to give minutes to the guys who earn them - and right now that is NOT Scott Hartnell.

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