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08-21-2012, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Drydenwasthebest View Post
No, it is better to leave DD at center with Pacioretty and Cole. They are our top line and the main reason is "chemistry", the kind you can not buy. Is it possible that DD regresses? Sure it is. It is also possible that he becomes our own Giroux. Did you know DD had a better 1st full NHL season than Giroux did? No, I am not saying DD IS better than Giroux. I am NOT saying he will be. However, the truth is that he COULD be. As others have demonstrated, DD has plenty of ability to improve. Keep DD with Cole and Pacioretty, and see how much better that line becomes when we have a true second line that is an offensive threat to take some pressure off our top line.

There is NO reason to screw up our top line at this point in time. Chemistry is truly important, moreso than simple skill, sometimes. Ask Blue Jackets fans how well Carter and Nash worked together, and you might start to understand the true value of keeping DD right where he least until he fails to produce on a consistent basis.

This thread is about Desharnais' next contract, which only kicks in beginning in the 2013-2014 season. The context is that Galchenyuk will then be on the team and we'll have 4 top-3 centers: Galchenyuk, Desharnais, Eller, and Plekanec.

It is a given that the 1st line center job is Desharnais' to lose at the start of next season.

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