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08-19-2012, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Shareefruck View Post
What we were debating is which line hurts us more.

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Kassian - Kesler - Booth or
Higgins - Schroeder - Hansen

Malhotra - Lapierre - Weise

If we chose "give Schroeder a shot and get a top 6 guy", then that assumes Higgins will be on the 3rd line. If we choose "give Kassian a shot and get a 3rd line center", that still assumes that Higgins will be on the 3rd line as well.

It doesn't make sense to use Higgins on the 2nd line to evaluate anything, because then the scenarios are unbalanced.
The problem is we have no idea how Schroeder will fare. Which could leave Lapierre as the 3rd line centre. IMO having Lapierre and last years Malhotra occupying both bottom 6 centre positions will hurt us just as much as having Kesler and Booth lined up with one of Higgins, Hansen, Kassian or Raymond...

I agree that getting a bonafide top 6 talent in return for Luongo would be more beneficial than adding a guy like Goc. I just question whether that top 6 forward is available - not to mention Goc would likely come with a good prospect and possibly a high pick, whereas a top 6 forward may not come with any other valuable assets...

But what if it came down to a choice between Clarke MacArthur/Nik Kulemin or Marcel Goc as the main roster player coming back? In this instance, Goc could very well provide the biggest impact IMO.

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