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01-14-2014, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Appleyard View Post
A lot of teams round the league have pretty 'crappy' players on the 4th.

Anaheim, Boston, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, LA and St. Louis off the top of my head are the only 4th lines in the league that I would consider 'good' through all three players, and even then some of the players may be good players, but not really suited for the role/likely not to be there for long as they would be top 9 on many teams.

I do agree though that the 4th line philosophy the Flyers have is negative IMO. Yes, a guy like Rosehill can have a place, but in very limited games a year... like 20. Both Rinaldo and Rosehill is stupid though. (though if Rinaldo can play ~6 to 10 mins a night the way he did last year he is a decent 4th liner.)

When fully healthy this team could field a 4th line of consisting of 3 of:

McGinn, Raffl, Hall, VDV and Downie (with one of Downie or Raffl playing in the top nine)... which would frankly be a pretty decent 4th...yet they never will.
Those teams that have quality fourth lines are some of the best teams in the league, especially defensively. A fourth line that can play strong defense and give you some energy for 8-10 minutes a game is invaluable. I would really like to see something like McGinn-Hall-Downie on that fourth line. I think that's a line that wouldn't be a complete liability at all times.

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