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11-12-2013, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
Wanting a 3rd line that can provide offense is great. We all want that. The reality of the roster is an entirely different thing. Brassard? Pouliot? These guys have been duds when slotted on the 3rd line. They provide nothing at all for this team in terms of consistent offense, or anything else for that matter. You thinking they might be able to provide offense flies in the face of reality. Its what fuels this "anyone but Boyle" mentality of yours.

Last season, you were advocating slotting Jeff Halpern above Boyle because he scored 40 points a decade ago. How'd that gemstone of a thought work out? Halpern was waived a couple of weeks later.
If Brassard can consistently contribute offensively from the 3rd line - enough to mask his defensive shortcomings, I'll agree with you. Until then, its just a viewpoint born out of a fallacy.
Actually the main reason I liked Halpern over Boyle was the skating aspect although the fact that he had a history of production was helpful. How did it work out? How did everything work out in the shortened season? Red Herring. I also remember BB getting benched for several games last year and the team went on a tear; Why isn't that part of your history lesson?

Torts was a huge Boyle supporter; you can't draw conclusions on player value based on the ice time afforded by Torts. With that said, he had to be pretty bad last year to get himself benched. Put him on the 4th line and we can stop this merry go round.

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