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08-08-2012, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
I disagree that this was their biggest need.

I thought we got enough primary scoring, it was the secondary scoring that plagued this team.

An issue that could have been corrected with an average season from Dubinsky and a better season from Anisimov.

Boyle dropping 10 goals from the year before last didn't kill this team, but it sure as hell didn't help.

The Rangers primary scoring was never the issue. It was a lack of production from lines 3 and 4 which we did not address.

Granted, I like where we are in terms of top line talent, 2nd line talent in Stepan, Callahan and one of Kreider or Hagelin, but I am less than thrilled with the prospect of Boyle being the center of the third line as I believe we are still going to have issues scoring consistently.
For the most part I agree with this, especially during Nash talks. When I actually compared the Winter Classic lines to the possible lines come next January,

Anisimov - Stepan - Gaborik
= Hagelin - Richards - Nash

Hagelin - Richards - Callahan
= Kreider - Stepan - Gaborik

Dubinksy - Boyle - Mitchell
= Pyatt - Boyle - Callahan

Feds - Rupp - Prust
= Asham - Halpern - Rupp

Changes From 2012

Callahan = Dubi (Callahan > Last years Dubi)

Pyatt > Mitchell

Nash > Callahan

Kreider = Anisimov

(I know i'll get flamed for this one, but im not talking about potential but about likely production next year)

Our top 9 has greatly improved

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