It'll be interesting to see what we do if Sundin doesn't sign. I really want to see the Kostitsyn brothers on a line together, preferably with Plekanec, but don't know where that leaves Kovalev as he and Koivu haven't shown much chemistry. My guess as of right now is that he will stay with Plekanec on a line with Tanguay. Then have the brothers play with Saku, with a 3rd line of Higgins-Chipchura-Latendresse, and a 4th line with 3 of Laraque-Lapierre-Kostopoulos-Begin...
I can't understand the love for Lats; imo he does even belong in the NHL at this point. He does have some upside, but he is definately not NHL top 6 forward material.
Obviously, his biggest issue is still his skating; his first two strides are NOT NHL calibre. So his claim to the NHL was supposed to his finish... I don't see that either.
So, with that in mind.
A. Kots----Plekanec---Kovy (why break up a great line)
S.Kots---Koivu---Tanquay (speed and creativity)
Higgins--Chipchura--??? (solid checking line with a little offense)
Laraque/Lats --- spot duty
IMO...we still need a solid 3rd line rw who can play a two way game.
I like the fact that you have Higgins on one of the top two lines instead of S. Kost. I like Sergei but he'll have to do more to get on the top two lines.
However, I think that the A. Kost Plekanec Kovalev line should start together given the success they had last year.
Maybe it won't last all season, but I think they will start together. Koivu with Tanguay on left and Higgins on right will be 2nd line. Lats Chip S. Kost will be third line. Now tell me what your lines would be if we sign Sundin
Sorry if this should be somewhere else, but I don't post to often. I'm at work and bored
I think the habs want to play a control offense, and with the talent we have I think it's the way to go. now for this we need 3 goodl lines and 1 energy line. so here is what I would like the team to do.
1st line Tanguay-Pleks_Kovalev I think Kovalev style works better with Tanguay, who can set up both Pleks/Kovalev
2nd Line S.Kosty-Koivu-A.Kosty I think AK needs a good set up, to use his quick shot his bro and koivu fits the bill here. and I think AK is a natural RW if not mistaken.
3rd line Higgins-FA C and FA R- this is the tought part, i think this lines needs to check but be able to hold onto the puck, so ween guys who can check and stickhandle or play the boards well.
4th line Lats-Chips/Laps-Larocque/kostopolous this line to play hitting dump and chase style
I guess that leaves Begin out, or maybe chips goes back to hamilton for an other year. Dandy i see no use for him anymore.
So looking at the UFA list there isn't much
I think a 3rd line with Higgns-Brylin-Cook could do the job. May Morrison but not sure he fits, unless we drop Koivu to 3rd line, and i don't want to drop Koivu unless it's for an elite C.
just wondering do you think we have a 3rd line right now? not sure if Begin or Laps can do it. and Kostopolous i love the guy, but not against someone else top line
maybe we try Lats on the 3rd, wouldn't mind that if he warn't so slow
just discussing, not intended to be judgmental
We have a third line. In fact, we are pretty full right now. The only UFA who still is a possibility is Sundin. Forget about the others because it won't happen. Maybe we'll see a trade though because the market is pretty open right now.
Anyways, Chipchura will probably be able to do a fine job on the third, and Lats will have a spot there too if he can play hard. He also has a good chemistry with Chip.
So I think we'll see (not what I really want, but what I can see)
A. Kost - Pleks - Kovy
Tanguay - Koivu - Higgins
Lats - Chip - S. Kost
Begin - Laps - Laraque/Kosto
Dandy the odd man out...
There's also a place for a surprise like D'Agostini, but I think he'll have to wait a bit...
agree about sundin, then we drop Koivu to 3rd line
Brylin, can play control the puck, descent passer, i'm not to crazy about adding more europe players, but just trying to find the players that the team may want. I'm more of in your face type of game, like anaheim but we don't have the team to play like that.
We just don't seem to have a good 3rd line
Brylin/Cook would be upgrades i think