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02-02-2013, 05:44 PM
Cocoa Crisp
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Originally Posted by NFITO View Post

Gillis needs to find a true shutdown center for that 3rd line - a Manny Malhotra in his prime. And given his Malhotra signing and then going after Pahlsson last year, I'm guessing Gillis feels the same. Give AV the pieces that he can best work with... or replace AV.

Burrows-3rd line Center-Hansen

the 3rd line takes the majority of defensive zone draws and tough matchups (and with Burrows and Hansen there, along with a true 3rd line shutdown center, that's a very good shutdown line).... interchange Higgins and Schroeder (moving Kesler to center) when Schroeder hits his rookie wall. and you still have a 4th line with skill, defensive smarts and one that will be very tough for other 4th lines in the league to match-up against.

I'd love to go into the playoffs with that depth and versatility. Just have to find that 3rd line 2-way center that can help our faceoffs, PK, and match-up options.

IMO this team is only that - a solid 3rd line center - and of course a couple of injured back - from being one of the deepest and versatile lineups in the league.
That who would that be in your opinion? Guys like that teams are always loathe to part with unless they have their share of warts (Pahlsson last year).

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