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05-08-2006, 08:41 PM
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What I don't get is the "ditch Ribs for a pick and play Plekanec as the #2 centre" line of thinking. Makes no sense whatsoever. What's the better lineup down the middle:

(1) Koivu-Ribeiro-Plekanec
(2) Koivu-Plekanec-(nothing)

Bring them both back. If Plekanec shows he can play in an offensive role, fine. If he shows he can't score to save his life, then we're not completely screwed, we still have Ribeiro.

And before anyone says we can't keep both, or Ribeiro can't play on a 3rd line, think outside the box. Carbo is one of the smartest hockey guys ever. He can innovate a little bit. Nothing says we have to have:

1st line - scoring
2nd line - slgihtly less scoring featuring gigantic center
3rd line - checkers
4th line - muckers / grinders

Why not put together 4 decent lines all capable of scoring? Put a defensive conscience on each line, such as Bonk, Begin, Murray. Then roll 4 lines. Give Ribeiro some PP time.

Doug Weight is Carolina's 3rd line centre, he's far from big, not much of a checker, and no one is giving him the Selke any time soon. Seems to work for Carolina. Buffalo has 4 lines that can score too. Works for them. Montreal will finally have enough offensive threats to do something similar.

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