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02-16-2013, 07:42 AM
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A thoughtful post and one I enjoyed reading. I don't feel competent enough to make specific comments on most of what you've written but I will say that I agree that this is a team in search of an identity. As long as Malkin's line is still in search of a third wheel and Crosby's line is missing a high quality sniper (a la Neal) I think the expectations for our 3rd line will be that it has to chip in offensively on at least a semi-consistent basis.

At this point if you commit the 3rd line to a buzz/checking role then you have a 3rd and 4th line that are pretty much the same in terms of their mission statement. I'd be fine with that if either of those two could wear down the opposition and if our top two lines were actually filled with top 6 talent. Hard to establish an identity when there are some big holes at the top of the depth chart.

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