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06-24-2012, 06:06 PM
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We don't have to stay locked into the same rigid line roles that we were in last year. If we have a 4th line that does something well, in particular, play defense, they can take some of the defensive zone against the top line shifts that we only gave to Sutter last year.
Back in the day, when we had Craig and Kevin Adams on the 4th line, they were good enough to take some of those types of shifts.
If that's the case, we can have a moderate shutdown line revolving around whatever line Jordan is on, that takes some of the defensive situations, but can also play a more natural rotation.
Most teams don't have a 3rd line like we had last year. So now that the guy who made it possible is gone, we don't have to plan to have it that way anymore.
Which is important, because a shutdown line with Jeff Skinner on it is as stupid an idea as you'll find, and everyone keeps slotting Skinner on J.Staal's wing.
Anyhoo, the idea of putting Jussi on the 3rd line could be more than fine if it's in the same vein as the Cullen/Whitney/Larose line rather than Sutter/Dwyer/Nodl.
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