2011-12 All Purpose Kings Trade Rumors and Proposals Thread VIII
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03-17-2012, 05:22 AM
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That's pretty much the point I'm trying to make. Kopitar should have his minutes cut down a bit and reserve some of his big minutes in critical moments or games, not throughout the entire season.
A third center they can depend upon to kill penalties and take important face offs who can focus on the defensive side of the game can help assist the top two lines in allowing them to be more free flowing offensively.
Behind Nieuwendyk and Gilmour there was an Otto, behind Gretzky and Messier there was a MacTavish, behind Lemieux and Francis there was a Trottier, behind Yzerman and Fedorov there was Draper.
If Loktionov struggles, then they're going to be left scrambling to find a suitable third center. I'm not sure if him or Lewis or anyone else in the pipeline can handle the responsibilities that were previously performed successfully by Michal Handzus.
Just for the sake of discussion, would you say that Stoll is handling those duties adequately now?
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