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12-21-2013, 10:20 AM
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The problem is really having both of them on the same line. Compounded by the fact that their center is more of a power forward type himself than a creative puck carrier/distributor. I get that there's not much they can do about it with the roster being what it is; Giroux is starting to click with Jake and Raffl, and Read-Couts-Downie has been consistently good as well. So what's left gets tossed on a line together and you hope it starts to work.

When Vinny returns he has to center that line. I put Schenn and Simmonds on his wings and see if they get going. Hartnell to the 4th line until somebody gets hurt or's hockey, somebody will get banged up. Yea it's pretty lousy use of resources paying $4M to your 4th line LW but...what can you do?

Long term, Hartnell probably has to go. Maybe somebody will be interested and trade for him. But with the emergence of Raffl he just doesn't fit in our top-9, and if he goes and somebody goes down Tye McGinn can come up and fill his role.

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