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07-18-2007, 02:17 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
I'll be surprised...
if Drury isn't playing 18+ minutes per game - that's what he's been averaging for a few season, and typically you don't sign a guy to around $7MM per season and take away some of those minutes (which I think could happen if he's on a 'third' line).
We'll see in camp - I think Renney wasn't ecstatic about his Straka-at-center experiment and seemed a bit more content (although he didn't have options) with Avery at center. I do have a hard time thinking that Gomez or Drury doesn't center Jagr and Shanny (on separate lines).
Brooks brought up the point about Betts playing third line center - which I can see happening, but would mean either Hossa isn't signed, or one of he, Callahan or Prucha are on a fourth line, which is worse than Betts on a second line.
I assume we'll know more in 6-7 weeks, which of course coincides with the end of Summer.
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