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11-23-2011, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by PALE PWNR View Post
Couturier is not moving from the 4th line this year book it its not happening hes in a 4th line role to limit his minutes so he does not get overworked in his first full NHL season and round out his already stellar defensive play. He will get top 9 minutes in the future not this year maybe in the playoffs at the end of the year or if we suffer like 5 injuries to Centers. Your arguement towards getting rid of Simmonds is baseless. They are not moving him just to move him right after acquiring him, he's done what they have asked of him.
That's such a BS excuse for keeping Couturier on the 4th line. To limit his minutes so he doesn't get overworked. Give me a god damn break. If it's so bad for 18 year olds to play a lot, then why have guys like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchesne, Ryan O'Reilly, Taylor Hall, Jeff Skinner, Evander Kane and John Tavares all played a lot their first year? That's just a cop out. Fact of the matter is that Couturier is probably the second best center on this club and is just as talented as everyone else on the list who has played or are playing more as an 18 year old.

Originally Posted by PALE PWNR View Post
As for Talbot he is expecting a bottom line role anyway it's not punishment he is a role player and knows what his job on the team is. You don't trade depth because your bottom line career role guy is clicking with 2 offensive young dynamos. Depth is a good thing and Talbot fills his role very well.
If you move Briere to the wing, place Couturier on the 2nd line as the center, you can still keep Talbot as the third line center. The big question is, would Laviolette consider using Schenn on the 4th line and we all know the answer is no. Peter would never use his "boy" in that role. After all, when Schenn was initially called up, it was Couturier who was given crap for ice time.

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