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12-27-2013, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by dawkins121 View Post
Yeah I feel like it would be a mistake to break up those 3 at this point.

However, I do think it might be time to move Raffl back down the lineup despite how hot the first line has been. I think the reason Giroux and Voracek are killing it right now is because they are talented players who got off to slow starts and now the bounces are starting to go their way. It's not because Raffl was the missing piece that somehow complements those two perfectly.

There are 9 legitimate top 9 players on the team and Raffl isn't one of them. Berube shouldn't make this harder than it has to be.
Could not disagree more. Raffl is proving himself, with his consistent smart, fast, aggressive play, to be truly deserving of his spot in the 6. Not only did Vinnie rave about how much he liked playing with him, now he's spurred G and JV to life.

I don't have a problem leaving Downie on the 4th line for a game or two, until he's fully 100%, which I doubt his is, but Downie's presence on the line with Couts and Read is almost completely responsible for team's turnaround. They may resist bumping Hartnell down, as he is likely being showcased for trade. For this, I am prepared to wait a couple games, but if anyone's going to be on the 4th line, it's Hartnell, not Raffl or Downie, if I'm coaching.

Maybe we can come back from this road trip without Hartnell but with another prospect, pick or young D man?..

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