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05-29-2012, 02:35 AM
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Fair enough and I see where you're coming from. I can also see Laviolette keeping the status quo with regards to the centers if JVR goes left side with Giroux. I could very easily see Pete putting Hartnell back with Briere and someone like Voracek and then using Simmonds - Schenn - Read on the third line with
Talbot - Couturier - Wellwood
manning the fourth.
Couturier on the fourth line is waste of talent.
He should center the third as long as Briere is still a lock on the second line. They can move him up and down the lineup when injuries occur and still use him as the primary shutdown center in critical situations.
It was the right decision to ease him in this year but I don't see why he can't play regular minutes and start developing his offensive game next season. If Jagr is not resigned that opens up one slot in the top six.
I would go with Talbot as the 4th line pivot and preferably add a shutdown center who can win some draws to solidify the spot.
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