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04-16-2013, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
In order to have DD expendable you need to sign a #1 or 2 center. Adding more 2nd o 3rd line wingers doesn't make Eller or Galchenyuk top 2 line centers.
I think a summer of training and conditioning can make them both 2nd line centres or at least 2.5s. With two more solid wingers, the team can easily roll three lines, it doesn't have to depend on a two line offensive system. Centers aren't the be all and end all of lines, quality forwards on a line make a quality line. Say you sign Stalberg and Bickell, two second tier guys in FA this year. This is the Top-9:

Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gallagher
Bourque-Eller-Gionta
Stalberg-Galchenyuk-Bickell/Prust

Those are all excellent two-way lines. Shut down capability, can be rearranged for PP, fast, not too small, strong on the puck. Every single line would be miserable to play against. If you were to sign Clowe, Clarkson or Horton they're even better lines. This isn't even taking into account the return for DD+ on defence and how that would affect the team. The only thing missing would be offence so, perhaps you sign one of Ryder/Elias unstead of Bickell/Stalberg. I don't think too much would be missing if DD left that couldn't be made up by 81/27. Leblanc/Bournival/Dumont/Prust can all potentially fill in a 3rd line C spot in case of injury.

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