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02-18-2013, 12:35 PM
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Irving Zisman
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Originally Posted by joshjull View Post
Don't know why folks are so afraid to separate Vanek/Pommer. When that happened last season a few games after the trade deadline. We played our best hockey rolling 3 equally deadly lines. That was after stumbling along as a one line team for most of the season. That sounds pretty familiar doesn't it.
I can see both sides of it, tbh. You're definitely spot on with your assessment that seperating Van and Poms actually helped overall last year, but I think you still don't mess with the magic of that top line... At least for now. Stafford, offensive suckage this year aside, has shown he has the defensive chops to be an effective RW on a two-way shutdown line centered by someone like ROR. Of course Poms would be better, but Stafford's size and more willingness to use it this year would actually work pretty well alongside a cerebral type center like O'Reilly. I'd go something like:

V-H-P
O-O'R-S
F-G-L (if L's ever healthy... This could be our version of Hartnell-Briere-Leino)
G/S-H-K

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