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05-21-2013, 02:56 PM
Sir Jacques Demers
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This thread highlights an important issue; we haven't had enough legit 1st line players in a long time.

Bellows-Muller-Damphousse were 1st line players, even though they weren't top 15 forwards in the NHL. (how many ASG appearances among those 3?).

It was fine, because we had 3 of them. We've spent the last 15 years having either 0 or 1 of them. It's very hard for a team to win championships without go-to players on the first line.

Koivu was legitimate 1st line player in his prime, if he was well surrounded on the wings and well supported by a decent 2nd line. (this almost never happened, Recchi comes to mind, with Damphousse on the "2nd" line).

Kovalev was also a legit 1st line player for a couple of years (in those years, Koivu was a 2nd line caliber player).

I'm basically disappointed year after year with the lack of movement to bring an impact player to the team. Of course, we're in building stages now, so it's not the time. I'm still sour over not taking Marian Hossa as a rental.

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