Should Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole line be broken up for scoring depth?
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11-12-2012, 12:04 AM
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What led us to 28th last year wasn't the fact that nobody aside DD, Plek, Cole and Pacioretty produced. It was the fact that nobody on D was where they should have been on a regular depth chart, and the fact that we lost possibly EVERY game we could possibly have lost, as opposed to go something closer to 50-50.
Plekanec shouldn't be used in pure defensive fashion, but his teammates will depend on who will be healthy. If Bourque isn't healthy, then obviously one of the guys you mentionned will end up playing with Plekanec. I believe that if Bourque AND Gionta are out, then the lines could probably be split, with Armstrong and Cole playing with Plekanec, and Pacioretty and somebody else (I tend to favor Leblanc here) playing with Desharnais.
And lighting up the CEL is kindof irrelevant.
For some reason people think DD has moved ahead of Plekanec in the depth chart because of one of the worst coaches we've had in a very, very long time.
Plekanec is our best center. You don't give him whoever is left. He's the one that will lead your offense and he can handle doing so versus top opposition.
There's many reason as to why we finished 28th last year. But the point was that even with this line clicking on all cylinders, we couldn't go anywhere, so what's the point of keeping it together???
I don't care if that DD line looks good, if we don't win and the rest of our offense has trouble producing (like last year), then might as well split them up and try new combinations.
Those combinations should be tried at camp.
As for the CEL, it is absolutely relevant. Plekanec would go from playing with one of the best player to ever play, burning it up together, to pair up with Moen and Prust, while watching a sophomore player who's less talented and unproven get to play with our two best wingers who also happen to be our two Power Forwards. Just how happy do you think that would make him??? Plekanec is such a great team guy, he's never complained about all this crap and always embraced whatever role he was asked to fill. But there's a limit, and it would be a huge waste of his talent. If that's the plan they have for Plekanec, might as well trade him.
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