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05-24-2013, 01:37 PM
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That's setting low expectations (which they will likely fail to meet).
I mean can we talk about the alternatives? Brad Richards - Similar defensive liabilities to Newbury. No energy.
Darrell Powe - Not 100% healthy, might not be ready to play. If ready, defensively superior, offensively inferior. Useful on PK, but if injured, you'd have to scrap the 4th line altogether and over play some of your other forwards. High injury risk coming off a recent concussion. Energy level - marginal effect.
Ryan Clowe - Not 100 % healthy, might not be ready to play. If ready, defensively superior, offensively superior. Not a center, would have to swap for Haley. Energy level - highly superior to Newbury/Haley, however it will be marginal if unable to be physical. High injury risk coming off a likely recent 1 (maybe even 2) concussions. Similar risks to Powe if rushed back into line up.
Matt Gilroy - Not a forward. Not physical. Lose identity on 4th line that Torts is trying to build. Better offensively, questionably better defensively (as a forward).
Do you have any better suggestions? Like I can sit here and be like... Yo I wish Brad Richards would stop being such a dead beat and earn his pay check and I wish Clowe would miraculously return... maybe that would allow us to move him into the top 9, shift Boyle down, and have a competent 4th line that has a similar identity and is defensively sound... But that's not happening, so what's the use of complaining when there is literally no better option.
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