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03-01-2012, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Bardof425 View Post
Let's not try and create the definition of a third line center to meet the skill set of our current iteration.

In our division the 3rd line centers are:

Staal (Sid healthy)
Zubrus
Schenn
Neilsen

Everyone of these guys is a significantly better hockey player than BB. They may not all have the role that Brian has; many teams use their 4th center or 2nd line center to match up against the other teams best offensive players. And on the road, it's a crap shoot.

Others of note:

Laich
Paulsson
Kelly
Handzus
Helm
Sutter
Santorelli
Bolland
Gaustad
Arnott
Fiddler
Stoll
Langkow
Steckel

Which one of these guys would you not swap straight up for Brian Boyle for this year (age not an issue; sometimes it helps Brian (arnott) sometimes it doesn't (Sutter and Schenn)?

After this is a group that we could debate, like:

Leino
Eller
Zach Smith
Pelley
Slater
Ryan Johanssen

If you compare him to 4th line centers around the league he stacks up much better.
Let's take a look at the salaries of said players above:

Staal (Sid healthy) - 4 million
Zubrus - 3.4 million
Schenn - 3.1 million
Neilsen - .525 million this season/2.75 million next season (re-signed)

Laich - 4.5 million
Paulsson - 2.65 million
Kelly - 2.125 million
Handzus - 2.5 million
Helm - .9125 million this season/RFA in the off-season
Sutter - 2.067 million
Santorelli - 1.6 million
Bolland - 3.375 million
Gaustad - 2.3 million
Arnott - 2.875 million
Fiddler - 1.8 million
Stoll - 3.6 million
Langkow - 4.5 million
Steckel - 1.1 million

Leino - 4.5 million
Eller - 1.27 million this season/RFA in the off-season
Zach Smith - .7 million
Pelley - .55 million
Slater - 1.0 million
Ryan Johanssen - 1.945 million

The problem is that peoples expectations for a 3rd line center are too high. Most of the players above were signed to be more than just the normal 3rd line center. Brian Boyle was signed to be more than a 4th line center, which he unarguably is.

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