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07-03-2013, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by
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If your goal is to compete for a championship, yes.
Sorry but that's complete nonsense.
Unless Lindberg shows he is ready right away (I think we will, but starts in the A anyway) Boyle will center the 4th line. He will be flanked by Asham and whichever young player makes the team. Or Lindberg makes the team and Boyle plays the wing with Asham. Or Kreider and Miller play top 9 and the 4th line is Boyle, Dorsett and Asham.
You really think the team can't assemble a line to compete with the likes of Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier? Or the Merlot line?
This recent obsession with the 4th line is nonsensical. 4th line success is about chemistry and maximizing the strengths of the line in the extremely limited ice time they receive.
We didn't lose in the regular season because of our 4th line. We didn't lose in the playoffs because of our 4th line. It would be a stretch to say that was in top 20 reasons.
The team as a whole looked like an un=coached disaster for huge stretches of last season and the majority of the playoffs. Fix that and the 4th line wont be an issue.
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