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08-04-2013, 04:58 PM
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S Bah
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DD will center the 1st PP unit once again with Max Pacioretty LW and Rene Bourque RW (his natural position) as his linemates and Markov with Subban at the points.

Signing Briere to a two year contract, presumably for his expertise on the PP. He'll be at RW, working the halfboards and Lars will be taking the draws with Galchenyuk at LW on the 2nd unit. Leaving Diaz and Gorges to man the points until Emelin is ready to assume Gorges point position.

The only purpose in the Briere signing, besides his PP acumen and playoff intensity, appears to be passing his veteran knowledge on to both Galchenyuk and Eller. By the end of Briere's contract in two years, the Habs brass can be confident that both Alex and Lars schooling will be completed.

At that point in time (2015/2016 season) the Habs will be looking to move a couple of veteran centers, most likely keeping Plekanec as their 3rd line center for his defensive capabilities. Bournival, Crisp, Dumont and Naatinen would vie for the 4th line center position, presuming the Habs don't trade or draft a higher quality center between now and then.

So now that I've really muddied the water, I see Lars being the future #2 center for the Habs starting in 2015/2016, barring injury or trade, simply put. Also glad to hear that Lars is packing on muscle again this off-season, to a whopping 220lbs. with two months left in the summer. The Habs center position has become a strength since the Eller - Halak trade and will soon provide the Habs with the spearhead for a very potent offence in the drive for 25!

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