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04-05-2013, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Ogrezilla View Post

Ready for a cliche? Malkin doesn't need the best players, he needs the right players. We aren't asking to cater for him in some ridiculous way.

I'll go one further. Malkin doesn't NEED James Neal. Far from it. Neal at ES right now, anytime the LW isn't a puck retriever, is Ponikarovsky. He's just there.

And, all of those 'look how good he looked with Morrow' people make me laugh. The guy he really looked good with was Beau Bennett. The two games he played with Bennett were against Philly and Toronto, two teams against which Malkin had struggled even last year when he was rolling. BUT, with Bennett, he was an absolute beast out there.

The way I look at it, Malkin would be a lot better off centering Kunitz and Dupuis than he is centering Neal and Iginla, and it's really not even close.

You give Malkin a Kunitz or a Kulemin or a Malone type on that LW, and his RW really doesn't matter that much.

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