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06-13-2013, 12:56 PM
Son Oncle Jerry
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Originally Posted by lou4gehrig View Post
I love how thia board by in large feels why we aren't a good team is because of our 3rd and 4th lines and bottom pairing D. And spend copious amounts of time discussing it.

Watching the Finals game last night you see two teams who've won cups recently. The top two lines and the top pairing D are roughly the same. The rest of the roster is filled with young players, rentals and good enough players to fit under the cap. That's how you win. Making your top lines and D better than the other teams. Bottom guys are relatively inconsequential.
Shawn Thornton, Greg Campbell (even if he didn't play yesterday) and Shawn Thornton are not inconsequential. Kelly and Peverley are not neither.

Just like guys like McQuaid and Krug have an impact. Just like 3rd pairing d-men like Roszival and Oduya aren't.

In Chicago, you also get players like Bolland and Shaw playing on a 3rd line. A guy like Krueger or Frolik on the 4th line is also far from being "inconsequential".

In Montreal, you have a guy like Armstrong on the 4th line, who's neither tough OR skilled OR quick, or anything at all. You've got Moen who's more and more growing into this kind of player as well. And you have no real 4th line center capable of assuming this role.

Even worst, you've got Gorges as your 3rd d-man, which means your d-squad pretty much sucks.

We need to improve throughout the whole lineup. But saying depth players have no importance, especially watching those playoffs where guys like Bickell, Krug and Paille made their team win games, is ridiculous.

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