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01-10-2007, 10:27 PM
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Mike8
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Originally Posted by Diogenes View Post
You think Latendresse pushed Higgins off the first 2 lines? Exactly what has Latendresse accomplished recently?
Latendresse has, to an extent. Latendresse is proving he's capable of being a scoring-line player. That isn't to say he's proving he's a go-to-guy, or a legitimate first-liner, but he's shown he can play 12-14 minutes alongside Koivu and do a good job in creating and burying chances.

This, in turn, has allowed the more versatile Higgins to be placed in a different role, where he's asked to provide offense while being very safe defensively. This is a role Higgins is solid in, especially next to Plekanec (with whom Higgins has good chemistry)...

So it's not that Latendresse has pushed Higgins aside so much as Latendresse allows Carbonneau to use Higgins' versatility. In this case, Higgins gets bumped to the third line (though, not truly a demotion), while Latendresse gets first line ice time.

Higgins' production shouldn't change too much, the third-line's production and transition game will be vastly improved, and the first line's production should be roughly the same as Latendresse will score more next to Koivu than he would next to Begin or Streit.

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