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01-16-2013, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Lion Hound View Post
I have a couple of reservations on the 4th line. While I like that we have a pair of guys that can play a regular shift and handle the rough stuff, I am a little worried that all three guys are old.

Rupp is 32
Asham is 34
Halpern is 36

I always though that your 4th line needs to be your energy line. Make a splash in the limited ice time that they are out there. Change tempo, etc. I see this 4th line more of a "safe play" here by Tortorella. A line that maybe won't hurt you but a line that might not bring the heat when needed.

In all not really dissapointed, just curious to see how they respond at this stage of thier careers.
Torts does not believe in "Energy Line". He thinks all lines must play with energy plus he doesn't consider 4th a line per se. It's a bag of spare parts for special teams for him that must include a fighter or two.

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