2007-08 Lines and Salary Cap
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07-14-2007, 10:26 AM
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Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Here's an off the wall question: We keep thinking that the Preds need to sign a 3rd line player to fill the gap but what is there is a large amount of cash keeping the team from the salary floor and they can sign a 2nd line center? On paper, doesn't this look good?
I say Legwand to wing because of all the centers on the team, he has the lowest FO% amonst the 6 centers on the Preds. Legwand is defensively responcible and would be a added offensive punch (When) the eventual top two line injury. Also there is a chance to sign a playmaking center to feed Erat and Radulov.
I would not put Legwand at wing.
Trotz's system is such that the center has, by far, the most defensive responsibility of any of the forwards. He also should be the player bringing the puck into the offensive zone on his line. If you stick him at wing, you would lose a huge part of what Legwand brings to the table.
Now if you could find a wing/center to play on Legwand's line that is good at faceoffs, that would take the FO, then play wing.....I would be more ok with that, but Legwand can never be asked to be the finisher on any line.....he needs a finisher on his line to optimize the package that he can bring to the team.
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