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07-27-2012, 08:53 AM
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If this is Ruff behind the bench, his track-record has been to give one pairing most of the tough defensive assignments and let the other pairs have easier. During the surge, that was Regehr-Sekera. It wouldn't surprise if that's his go-to pairing at the start of the year. We saw great chemistry from Ehrhoff-Sulzer and that puts Leopold-Myers as the other pairing. With that structure, R/S gets PK and ES time, L-M gets PP, PK, and ES time, and E-S gets ES and PP time (perhaps with Sulzer swapped out for either Pominville or one of Leo or Myers).

Myers is huge, literally and figuratively. Can he put the offensive game from his rookie year within the context of the physical game he developed last year? Does he have a better feel for when and how to gamble offensively? Is he adding strength and more mass this off-season? If he can synergize the excellent PKer with the offensive gallop, making smart puck security decisions and playing with a bit of snarl? Giddy-the-****-up, that's the guy we want.

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