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01-06-2013, 12:03 PM
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People have been so obsessed with Tangradi being the answer to the top six winger problem, they forget that championships are won with more than two lines.
Did we all forget about how below avg King looked in the A and the impact he had on LA's cup run playng third line minutes? (King has to prove himself for 82 games, but that remains to be seen)
Or that without the major contributions from the third line, the Pens don't win the cup.
If Tangradi settles in as a talented third liner, I will be quite happy with that. He can still have a big impact there.
Championships are won with more than two lines. At the same time, the Pens have a unique advantage: They have Sid and Geno, and nobody else does. If both Sid and Geno had two decent wingers each-- and not committing 6M a year to Staal makes that doable under the cap-- then you'd really have a situation like the 2008 cup run, where Sid had Hossa and Dupuis (Dupuis may not be true top six, but he's passable with Sid and an elite winger) and Geno had Malone and Sykora.
I just see Sid and Geno as the Pens advantage. Advantages should be exploited, even if it means an extra question elsewhere. Better, IMO, then mitigating the advantage to do more elsewhere.
End of the day, all teams have questions. I'd rather put my trust in Sid and Geno and the fact that no team has the depth to handle both of them if both were to have two good wingers each.
Can't speak for anyone else, but this is why I'm a little obsessed with who (or, put another way, the types of players) who play on the top two lines.
If Bennett is ready, then great. If Tangradi surprises, then all the better. But, I know that I don't want TK anywhere near a line with Sid or Geno, and I know that Cooke-Sutter-Dupuis has a nice ring to it for a team looking to make a cup run.
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