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02-14-2013, 05:50 AM
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An honest poll of participants in this thread.

Which would you rather have on the 4th line:

1) Players who aren't good enough to be NHL 2nd liners but could be 2nd liners in the AHL, in other words a line of failed skill players, such as Matt D'Agostini, Yannick Weber, Andreas Engvist, or Colby Armstrong.

2) Players who play a completely different game than 2nd liners, who can do specific things like draw penalties (Lapierre), play on the penalty kill (Lapierre, Prust) win faceoffs (Halpern), and intimidate the other team and impose the law on the ice (Thornton, Bordeleau, McGratten).

It is clear in hindsight that the Gainey-Gauthier administration preferred option 1. They saw the 4th line as just another 3rd line which was to be just another 2nd line. Personally, I'd rather have option 1. My ideal 4th line might look something like Bordeleau-Lapierre-Prust.

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