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01-02-2013, 01:45 PM
Join Date: May 2007
What I think they'll be:
What I'd rather to see (provided there are no trades):
Joensuu-Reasoner-Boyes (the "prove something if you want to play more" line)
I'm not crazy about Carkner on the second pairing, but I also don't like the idea of pairing him with a rookie in Donovan who is going to need a steady, reliable presence to ease him into the NHL.
On forward, no one on the third line there has done anything of late to warrant top-six minutes. Tavares deserves and has earned the right to play with linemates who will at least put forth a solid effort. Let Boyes show that he's ready to do that before gifting him first line minutes, because he certainly did everything he could to avoid the tough areas last season.
I like my fourth line best. I think it's a good mix of defense, size, toughness and tenacity, with the ability to contribute a few goals to boot...exactly what a fourth line should be rather than a collection of leftovers.
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