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03-29-2014, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Winter Eclipse View Post
But that's the whole point, isn't it? Can you really say that it's DD getting the "best" out of all those players rather than him benefiting a lot from always playing with good players?

I mean can you honestly say that Montreal and MT have made any effort whatsoever to "distribute our offense" or find "matches that fit"? Pacioretty is never off DD's line. Gallagher was never taken off that line despite struggling. Vanek has spent roughly 21% of his time at ES with DD since joining the Habs; with Plekanec it's 3.73%. On the PP those numbers jump up to 54% for DD and drop to 3.4% for Plekanec.

The issue is that we never even try to find combinations that work outside of the ones for DD; seriously, the Plekanec-Gallagher-Galchenyuk line looks pretty good, Briere's been noticeable as the 3rd C, and even Gionta is looking better on the 3rd line, no? But all of this only came about as an afterthought to once again giving DD the best players available...and for what? 53 points (projected)? I don't honestly think that NOT having Plekanec play with good wingers, NOT having Galchenyuk in the Top 6, NOT playing Briere at Center, and a host of other issues are really a good trade off for that return...
Patches wants to play with DD.

Vanek was given the choice: Plek or DD.

Vanek decided to play on the right with DD intead of playing with Plekanec.

Do you really think that Vanek was forced to play with DD?
He was with Plek at first.

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