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05-22-2013, 02:15 AM
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Ah, thought Goc was a UFA. But at $1.7 million that's awful rich for the role he'd play if we had a #3 center in place. As a 3rd line center, however, that's a different story.

As you say, Cracknell definitely showed he can play an NHL 4th line role in the playoffs this year, and did a good job. He should be a guy who is targeted - very signable, local guy who would cost near the minimum.

Size fixation is always dangerous. Tyrell is a guy who is a terrier after the puck, sacrifices his body, and has NHL skating ability. And some skill. Miles better as a #4 center option than anyone we have in our own organization right now.

Like you, I don't like the '3 unskilled bangers' approach to a 4th line. You need at least one guy in there who has some skill and vision and can drive a bit of puck possession for that line - if not you just have pluggers running around while the puck is always in their own zone.
Dale Weise is still signed right? Having a skilled guy on the fourth line might bring out some more of Weise's talent.

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