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01-17-2007, 07:13 PM
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Fletch
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people aren't saying Immonen can be a second line center. What they are saying is that he could be (and was briefly) as good a centerman as the current second line centerman (Cullen) had been previously. If he can come in and provide the same results as Cullen, that line doesn't change. Cullen would then go to the third line, and the bottom two lines would be better. So at a minimum (i.e., Immonen not bringing anything more than Cullen on a second line) the team as a whole improves. If Immonen can get the puck to Shanny, then that line improves, and the team's all the better. Long-term, Immonen likely will not be a second liner. Short term, he can fill a hole so a guy like Cullen can play third line wing and bring more offense on a third line which nets out to more goals for the Rangers and thus more wins. And when you have a race where several teams are a few points from a playoff spot, an extra 2-3 points here or there may be the difference between playoffs and not. Forget about winning a playoff game for a minute - let's just get there.

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