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02-18-2013, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Zman5778 View Post
If there's a time to try it, it's now IMO.

Pominville has had a very pedestrian couple of games and it really looks like FES is finding their groove again.

If VHP is gonna be broken up, why not try:

Vanek/Hodgson/Ott (similar to V/H/Tropp that worked)
FES
Hecht/Grigorenko/Pominville (maybe try to rekindle a little magic??)
I mostly agree with this, as it's similar to what I posted several weeks ago...even once or twice prior to the season. The exceptions are that Leino is out now, and it's clear now that Grigorenko is not capable of pulling hard defensive assignments.

The basic idea though is legitimate, but as someone else also pointed out it's a system issue as well. Ruff has to stop forcing everyone into the same roles and responsibilities just because he envisions the perfect team handling the same minutes all the time. Even a legit Cup contender isn't that team, and the Sabres sure as hell aren't that team, so Ruff needs to set these lines up for success by playing them in favorable situations instead of asking them to continually do what they aren't quite ready/capable of.

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