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07-29-2006, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by habsfan44 View Post
i agree , ribeiro is not the answer for the second line , so why not put him on the first line . reasons: 1. imo this is his put up or shut up year . give him the ball and let him run with it , if he stumbles and falls then gainey will have his answer and will act accordingly , if he performs then the team is the winner . secondly , with koivu on the second line he will be able to avoid playing against the other teams top checkers and then we might see an increase in production from him and maybe even a little less time spent in sick bay . just a thought ,if nothing else at least it will give us some definitive answers on rebeiro and his role on the team .
What would the first line be? After you've done that, state which line you think the opposing checkers would be assigned to. If you identify the first line as Higgins-Ribeiro-Ryder, I assure you it would receive less attention than Samsonov-Koivu-Kovalev. If you identify it as Higgins-Koivu-Ryder, a line of Samsonov-Ribeiro-Kovalev would still draw more attention. Maybe Carbonneau should just stick to his original plan of Samsonov-Ribeiro-Kovalev until it shows it doesn't click.

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