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02-21-2013, 02:59 PM
Bubba Thudd
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Originally Posted by dahrougem2 View Post
The problem with that perspective though is that most Avs fans tend to see the Avs either trading Stastny, or Stastny himself walking in free agency, so O'Reilly may be a 3rd line centre for now, but he's potentially our 2nd line centre in the very near future.

Also, I'm all for defining the role of centre's, 1st, 2nd and 3rd line guys but on this team, it's more of a 1A, 1B, 1C kind of rotation, especially since Landeskog and Downie played with O'Reily; that's not a 3rd line by any means. If anything, the McGinn/Stastny/Jones line was more of a 3rd line than that one, so he definitely isn't just a 3rd line centre on this team. Yes he goes up agains the opposition's top line every night but 3rd line centre's don't get the ice time that he gets
I don't think 1A, 1B, and 1C works. Not enough ice time to keep everyone happy. You end up with players that either don't produce at their max potential due to limited ice time, or you get guys that throw a tantrum about the ice time (and demand a trade, one way or another, when it's time to sign a contract). That's why the vast majority of teams -- particularly the successful ones -- go with the more traditional top 6 / bottom 6 recipe.

Stastny leaving is pure speculation. Have you actually seen anything that insinuates that he wants to walk? Or that management has no desire to resign him?

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