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06-20-2013, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by OrrNumber4 View Post
Marleau makes nearly 7 million, and Couture just extended for 6 million. Don't you think players of that paygrade should be effective playing with anyone? They shouldn't have to "need" someone to be effective.

I understand that they may be more effective in certain situations and with certain linemates. But they should be plenty effective otherwise, especially if they have each other. At the very least, they need to be able to produce without linemates who coast upwards of 5 million/year.
Not if that is the line that you expect to go against the other team's best night in and night out like they had been doing to close the season and in the playoffs. You can't have Marleau, Couture, and an obvious weak link type player go against lines like Williams-Kopitar-Brown and expect them to not only shut those guys down but also score at an expectation level of normal 1st line players. That's just not realistic considering their competition.

They would be effective with whichever weak link player you want to throw with them if they are sheltered more but that's going to come at the expense of someone else like Galiardi-Jumbo-Burns.

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