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12-01-2006, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by JR#9 View Post
And how do you upgarde the other lines when the trades aren't out there to be made and 75% of the league is looking for 2nd line scoring???

Answer---you manage the assets you have to formulate the best, most balanced, effective lineup you can.

We were a one line team last that work out for us?

And why does everyone think that the 1st line will suffer some significant dropoff if Prucha were moved to LW instead of Straka?

Somehow I think Nyls-Jagr will find a way to thrive.
You can smack your head into a wall until it falls off but switching Straka and Prucha is more likely to be a negative than a positive, possibly a wash. The reason there will be a significant dropoff if you make the switch is that Straka is a better offensive player than Prucha and an immensely more talented and devoted defensive player. Straka is the defensive conscience of the line.

You can improve the lines below the first one by bringing up a kid if he is better than what you currently have or through a trade. If that is not a possibility, too bad. We have the personnel we have. I think killing the golden goose by breaking up the best line in hockey is a putrid idea.

By the way, playing with one great line last year got a team universally picked to finish dead last into the playoffs. They are still not a deep team. It's a fact of life. They aren't good enough to win it all as presently constructed. Huffing and puffing and fiddling will not change that.

Resume banging your head if you'd like.

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