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06-07-2013, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by habsfan92 View Post
Lt Dan, what facts am I trying to refute? How will the ice time be split this coming year? Think about this. Top centers on the team Pleks, DD, Eller, Galchenyuk. Will DD bounce back? Hope so. Will Eller improve? Think so. He will need PP time. At whos' expense? DD needs the PP time to be effective. Pleks? Maybe? Can we keep them all? Yes. Should we keep them all? Probably not. Do we want to move Galchenyuk or Eller? No. Don't want to move Plek either. But between him and DD, he would bring back the most quality return. Is this opinion? Sure. Do you really disagree? I feel that in order to have a better team going forward, it will have to be looked at.
You don't really need to give any particular player PP time, just find the best 6-7 guys for it out of your forwards.

The thing with Plekanec is that he's indispensible for ES play. The entire line system is built around him playing the hardest minutes well. Desharnais requires a Plekanec for his role to exist, while a Plekanec doesn't require a Desharnais.

In any event, its likely that trading any of the centers for wingers is going to make the team less effective, so why bother? If you need wingers they are some of the easiest things to buy in trade or free agency.

But we should dispense with the idea that Desharnais has anything to bounce back too. He was exactly the same as the year before, just without 1st unit PP success. He'll probably never hit .75 points per game again because .25 of those points were from 1st unit PP time and he's been superceded there. You can count on the same .50 ES PPG so long as he stays in the same role 5 on 5.

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