New lines according to Sam...
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02-14-2007, 07:30 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Jersey
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Betts line had 10:20 of even strength ice time against the caps, and Cullen had 10:23. Thats 3 seconds we are talking about.
Against Tampa it were 1 minute and 20 sec, or two shifts.
Thats a heck of a downgrade for Prucha. Diiiiissgusting!
Let's be fair in the argument and acknowledge that it's not just about the minutes. It is about roles and linemates also. Betts is a straightup defensive center, no real offensive upside, no passing. Prucha will not do anything there, neither did Hossa, neither did Ward. Hossa suddenly gets the promotion in minutes and linemates and he is getting on the scoreboard.
Cullen is no offensive dynamo but he may as well be compared to Betts, and I'm not trying to knock Betts. The COP line had chemistry and a nice balance: speed, shooting, checking. Renney struggles all season to develop chemistry amongst his lines and the moment he gets his struggling young guy going he puts another hurdle in front of him. The fact is Renney should be doing everything he can to make Prucha a success, just like he is doing for Hossa. Now I know that Prucha is never going to play on the 1st two lines under Renney's tenure but at least with Cullen he has a chance to put some points on the board and build on his young career.
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