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12-11-2003, 04:26 AM
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It's somewhat a continuation of the regular season slump he had over the second half of last season, where he scored what, 5 goals in his last 30 games?

I wonder if other teams have figured out how to neutralize him. Until the Wild have more options, this might be what we can expect.

Here's my suggestion to the coaching staff: roll three regular top lines with a 4th line available for limited action, instead of the constant juggling act. Let these guys build some chemistry, because they sure don't seem to have much of it these days. Once Chouinard gets back and can assume checking line duties, I'd do this:

Walz Dupuis Gaborik
Zholtok Bouchard Brunette
Chouinard Daigle Brandner
Weimer Park Laaksonen

I'd like to see what that top line could do with their speed. Cut them loose a little bit and see what happens. I like Lemaire, and know he's been instrumental in the Wild's success, but these guys need to play some damn offense.

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