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10-22-2012, 07:30 PM
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Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Habs4TheCup View Post
I think Pacioretty, Cole and Desharnais are almost certain to stay together. Unless they dont do well this year, they will still be together.

Eller will likely be given a more offensive role and Galchneyuk will help him achieve his full offensive potential. Maybe Leblanc or Gallagher can complete the trio.

Pac - Desharnais - Cole
Bourque - Plekanec - Gionta
Galchenyuk - Eller - Galla./Leblanc

It would make a pretty good top 6.
If they do that they`re going to have start asking for a lot more defense out of Desharnais. You can only really shelter one line out of the top 3 and if Eller is carrying the rookie scorers then 67-51-72 have to doing more to hold down the fort rather than always be on the attack.

Likewise its a pretty crummy idea to have Bourque playing on the heavy shutdown minutes you`d need to play Plekanec to make that line system work. The guy can`t match up against good opposition anymore.

This is why I think circumstances will end up forcing Pacioretty and Desharnais apart unless they bring in help from outside the organization, they won`t be able to afford using the team`s one good all round LW in the offensively oriented role Desharnais is going to play. Pacioretty scores at pretty much at the same rate with or without Desharnais so I don`t think chemistry is going to keep them together either.

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