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01-12-2013, 10:40 AM
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We are still pretty weak in the middle.
Getzlaf-Koivu-Bonino-Holland may be too short to sneak into the playoffs.

I know Murray didn`t want him back after the season, but what you guys think about bringing back Rod Pelley?
Our FO ability is a mess right now. Outside of Getz and Koivu, we have Bonino (43% last season) and Holland (under 40% in 4 games - only Devo and Ryan were worse). Pelley won almost 50% and he`s able to play 7-8 minutes per game easily.

At least 3 of our centers could win a faceoff at times, instead of 2.
He may have way less offense than Holland have, but what does offense alone when you cant win a faceoff. And we also have 1 bad FO man in Bonino.

I would like to take a look at both Pelley and Holland in camp on 4th line, but Pelley is my early favorite. I doubt we will be able to get anything better at center.
And like i stated before - i dont believe that Palmieri suddenly will be a good fit on top line AND - we don`t have any better center right now for 2nd line than Koivu (defensively AND ofensively). So :

Ryan-Getzlaf-Perry top line
Cogliano-Koivu-Selanne speedy, but aging 2nd line with some offense
Winnik-Bonino-Palmieri young 3d line with some defensive responsibilty with Win and Bon
Beleskey-Pelly-Staubitz/Devo hitmen 4th line



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