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01-03-2013, 02:23 PM
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Regarding Boyle, I don't really have a problem with him being a defensive third line center for us, but I think in general people are just concerned about the players we have in the bottom 6.

It's not that Boyle doesn't belong on the third line, it's just that the fourth line is a little scary and if we can get a higher end third line center, Boyle on the 4th line gives it a lot more cred. And when people scour attractive potential upcoming FAs, they see names like Arnott and Gomez who will be thought of as third liners more than fourth liners, so down Boyle goes to the 4th line.

I would ideally like to add 1-2 more bottom six guys here to make me feel good about it. But if young players can be brought up, that works too.

Or trade deadline.

Bottom line is that (1) Boyle, (2) Hagelin/Kreider, (3) Pyatt, and (4) Asham OR Rupp are good. I'd like to find two more to replace (1) Halpern and (2) either Asham or Rupp though.

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