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02-03-2012, 09:58 AM
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It's the obvious solution, but they've had more than a few opportunities to re-unite them and it hasn't been done.
Burmistrov is not being utilized properly. It's been proven time and time again that when given top 6 linemates he and that line create a lot of chemistry and show it on the scoreboard.
And yet he still ends up playing with Gagnon and Miettinen.
Noel et al. want to teach Burmistrov how to play the right way. Although I agree he does create alot of offense when given the right linemates, he also tends to negate that contribution with sloppy turnovers at the blueline and half-boards. There's been a good emphasis on puck possession with solid support, and I find Burmi really severs his support with his wild entries in the zone. For all his struggles, Fehr at least seems to be getting this concept, and is playing a more direct 'point A to point B' game that Burmi really needs to get better at.
Having said all that, burying him on the 4th line with Gagnon and Mittens is just a waste. At the very least, they should be shuffling him and Fehr in and out of that 2nd line spot.
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