Who is the ideal linemate for Datsyuk and Zetterberg?
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07-21-2013, 08:10 AM
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To get into Babcock's head you have to look at the full picture.
Do you want Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Abdelkader as the 1st line and Nyquist-Andersson-Tatar(for example) as the 3rd line -- or do you want Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Tatar and Nyquist-Andersson-Abdelkader as two lines. Assuming the second line is somewhat set already.
Yeah, this is kinda beside the point that Abdelkader is not a top six player, but the first example has two lines that can work, the latter only has one. Without taking the other three lines into consideration at the same time it's rather moot. I think Babs knows just as good as us that Abdelkader isn't a first liner, but he's not the first 3rd liner ever to play along two skill players either. If it makes the 2nd and 3rd lines work it's not the end of the world, since we know Zetterberg and Datsyuk work no matter what.
+1 to what you say joe. Also their is this strange thing called a salary cap now. We can't afford another true top 6 forward either without opening further weaknesses into our offense and defensive lines.
In a perfect world come the start of the season we will have a full roster + 1.5-2.5 million in cap space for a potential trade deadline spot fill in to "load up" for a cup run. Thus grabbing a true top 6. But the way it appears with how the cap has gone until it increases to 75+ million I firmly believe most contending teams unless they have a bunch of rfa drafted players will not have a "true top 6" nor will they have a full 3 d lines where everyone fits correctly.
Most contenders the past 3-5 years outside of the cawks first cup where generally 5/6 on d and 5/6 on top 6 forwards till the trade deadline. Also the cawks when they won their first cup where absolutely unbelievable how they were able to fit in every they did that year.
I would much rather miss out on one true top 6 forward to roll 3 puck possesion lines any day of the week and twice on sundays. Because unless a playoff opponent has a stacked d line (and more than likely severe offensive problems due to this) we will always be able to have at least one line matchup that will cause our opponent fits.
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