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06-13-2013, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
Its also not like the Habs depth sucked. They were quite competent in their role as defensive specialists. Which might not be ideal if your ideals for 4th liners involve violence and mayham, but to act like they weren't doing anything of value comparatively is ignoring the facts on the ground in favour of ideology.

As you get deep into the playoffs, teams ditch the grinders in favour of depth that are ok at playing hockey. They like the big guys that can get garbage goals plenty, but those guys like Bickell are legit hockey players.
A third line of Galchenyuk-Eller-Prust is an excellent third line. Not sure there are many better in the NHL. That's depth. Armstrong and Moen are both potential 3rd line players. That's depth. They aren't bruisers by any means but they are those guys you want in the playoffs ala Bickell. Both Armstrong and Moen have had their worth observed in the playoffs.... not necessarily with us though.

I'll move this to the off-season thread.

Hope to see Drew have a good season next year.

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