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01-26-2013, 10:46 AM
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It's a tough move to break up a line like the third. But a lot of the problems with the second line are related.

That third line has played well enough to be our second line for short periods of time. So why not promote them? I'm thinking something along the lines of

PPG
Winnik-Koivu-Selanne
Cogliano-Bonino/Holland/Rakell-Ryan
Beleskey-Bonino/Holland/Rakell-Staubitz/Holland/Rakell

The reason I'm splitting up the third line and not the first is that while the third line has been better, I also don't see its offense as sustainable. But with Selanne, that offense might be sustainable enough to stick for a little while. Basically I'm buying time until Ryan and one of the young centers finally steps up to make a case for 2nd line duty. Also I do not see Winnik as capable in a 1st line role, and Palmieri looks fine there for now. He will shift around as he has rookie slumps, but not now.

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