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07-03-2012, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Dangles McGavin View Post
I don't understand how McClement is our third line center. Burke constantly changes his philosophy; at the beginning of his tenure here he said he played top-six, bottom-six. Then last year he said top-nine. Now he's doing a top-six, and a shut-down line, and a fourth line. What's the purpose of a fourth line of useless players? Why not have three scoring lines and have your fourth-line as the shutdown line?

I guess Borque knows better than I.
I remember Burke saying recently his new model is a top 8/9 and a bottom 3/4. I think it was Carlyle, but maybe Burke, who said something like he wants a top line for scoring, a 2nd line for shutdown (but still scores obviously), a third line with skill who gets some sheltered minutes for scoring but plays with a bit of an edge and a 4th line for that full out edge. I think that's what was said, don't hold me to it though, I could very easily be wrong with it.

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