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01-29-2014, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by thecloser View Post
don't agree one bit with the bolded. look at Chicago, Colorado, Pittsburgh, NYR, SJ, LA, VAN, BOS, WAS, PHI, ANA and some other very talented squads. Their top 6 is just that, their top 6. it doesn't change unless injury. It's the same guys night in night out, not changing lines. They develop chemistry, know each other, know where they'll be, their strengths, weaknesses, etc. the top talented teams. Thats how you develop commaraderie and get better. ******* switching lines every night. stick with things that work, not just doing experiments and hoping.
Many of those teams have players that are constant fixtures in the top 6, but the exact top 6 is not consistently static in composition. Sutter has no problem mixing up his top 6 lineup and dropping or raising a player here and there and fiddling with the chemistry when needed. The players that tend to be constant fixtures in those roles also have very specific reasons for being there. You're not exactly going to play a Patrick Kane on a checking line, for example. Problem for Stalberg is, he can't even prove he's a better player than a Nick Spaling at this point, let alone justify being handed a consistent top 6 role.

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