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03-13-2013, 10:36 AM
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AZviaNJ
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Originally Posted by rt View Post
Klinkhammer's first couple of games are reminiscent of Nick Johnson's. I hope Klinkhammer is more consistent, though. The fourth line has been a funny thing this season, hasn't it? Chipchura looked like a world beater for a few games and even Biz had that three game point streak, and has really been doing a great impression of a useful hockey player all season. Then you've got Torres, who's new identity has been a great success, and Gordon who is obviously just flat out awesome. With Brown waiting in the wings, we've got some tough choices to make concerning personnel for the bottom line.

Same goes for the last few D spots. Stone is really establishing himself as a good player. Stone has looked solid. Schlemko is due back, and Rundblad obviously has unique qualities. Tough calls there, too.
I agree on all fronts!!

Klink is showing high hockey IQ and a couple more strong games will solidify a full-time spot on the 3rd/checking line. This also allows Chip to move into his normal spot on the 4th line, where he belongs and where he's most successful. Raffi is a very good player and incredibly versitle......can play on the 4th line one shift and 2nd line the next. The ability to roll-out all 4 lines on a consistent basis is critical in the short-season, as is the ability to rest a guy on back-to-backs and/or 3 games in 4 nights. When Vrby and Lombo return we'll see guys really battling for ice time which is a problem Tip will love to have.

Re: Stone......he's a Top 4 D-man at this point along with OEL, Yandle and Z. Playing with loads of confidence and is being rewarded with both PP and PK time. He's a winner.

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