Thread: Confirmed with Link: Brandon Prust to Montreal [4 years, $10M]
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07-01-2012, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyfan2k11 View Post
Right. Thing is, it's pretty easy to find bottom 6 players with size, grit and toughness. It's unfortunate that idiot Gauthier saw the bottom 6 as some sort of wasteland for AHLers and fringe NHLers.

Habs got better just by addressing the bottom 6.
Well, the 4th line last year was a complete mess and through the season Gauthier manage to make our top 6 worse while doing nothing to address that issue. It wasn't that bad before last year though, but the team needed more grit.

It's nice having more balance in that sense but there's only so much bottom 6 wingers will do for you.

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Signing one of Prust/Armstrong would have sufficed for me. Then you can maybe sign an actual fighter that you won't have a problem scratching.
But Eller should be playing with skilled wingers too, otherwise we're just wasting his talent, and as it was brought up, we don't have the firepower on the top lines to just rely on them for scoring, having a skilled top 9 like at the beginning of last season would be better.
Not sure about Prust but Moen was pretty competent on the 3rd, he has his limits but he creates space and chips in enough. Kostitsyn, Eller, and Moen was a decent mix, Bourque is worse than AK but I guess he can fill that role.

But playing both Prust and Moen on the 3rd line would be awful, as is using Bourque with Plekanec against top lines. Also not having any wingers who are more than average passers and only one forward who can deke is still concerning.

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