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11-13-2009, 03:02 PM
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"Now Higgins is a center"

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Was wrong earlier when I mentioned I didn’t quite see how P.A. Parenteau’s recall was going to alleviate the Rangers’ issues in the middle.

Here’s how: the left wing’s presence will allow coach John Tortorella to move Christopher Higgins from left wing to center on a line with Parenteau and Ales Kotalik (at least based on today’s line rushes). Tortorella also had Vinny Prospal centering Enver Lisin and Marian Gaborik
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The simple explanation for Parenteau up and Dane Byers down is that Tortorella felt he needed a more offensively-skilled player that he could use in more situations. One of Tortorella’s goals is to find somebody - anybody - who can take some of the burden off workhorse Vinny Prospal, who logged a season-high 27:52.
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Today’s practice was a physical one as the Rangers concentrated on defensive zone coverages and coverages off the rush. It was also conducted in one zone with plenty of banging along the boards. Tortorella, explaining it wasn’t punishment, said “we didn’t get enough of that last night so we got it today.”
http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/r...s_is_a_center/

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Has Higgins played center? If not, why move him rather than Avery--who has played center?

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Torts contradicts himself alot huh?

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Oh man. He drilled the **** out of them.

At least this makes me happy.



On another note, Higgins to center could potentially be a very, very good thing.

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11-13-2009, 03:08 PM
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Has Higgins played center? If not, why move him rather than Avery--who has played center?
If I'm not mistaken, Higgins played some center in Montreal, I could be wrong though.

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On another note, Higgins to center could potentially be a very, very good thing.
That is weird because I was thinking the exact opposite.

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If I'm not mistaken, Higgins played some center in Montreal, I could be wrong though.
i think he did as well.

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That is weird because I was thinking the exact opposite.
lol... but it could be worse... we could try to sign Shanny again.

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Ryan Callahan absence from #NYRangers skate is due to soreness after blocking a shot. But Tortorella says he'll be available tomorrow.
http://twitter.com/AGrossRecord

For anyone who didn't read it in the article.

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Higgins played center for a while when he was in Montreal and I think it was his natural position growing up but i could be wrong about that part. I'm not too worried with this move at all

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That is weird because I was thinking the exact opposite.
Hahah, same here. Higgins isn't all that good at distributing the puck, from what I've seen. He's more of a scorer than a distributor. I think his career stats bear that out as well: 86G/70A in 300GP.

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Higgins played center for a while when he was in Montreal and I think it was his natural position growing up but i could be wrong about that part. I'm not too worried with this move at all
bingo, higgy was a center until MTL moved him to wing.

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Pretty sure they put him on wing for his faceoff ability. But best of luck to the guy, he really needs to step it up in production.

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What the hell is going on?

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Parenteau is so overrated it's not even funny. He's nothing special, play him on the third line

Lisin-Prospal-Gaborik
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Hahah, same here. Higgins isn't all that good at distributing the puck, from what I've seen. He's more of a scorer than a distributor. I think his career stats bear that out as well: 86G/70A in 300GP.
Exactly. There is nothing about Higgins that I have seen that makes me think he will be a successful center for us. As you mentioned his vision and offensive creativity is really limited. So we are gonna put him with a guy who needs someone to pass him the puck in Kotalik. It's a bold strategy cotton, lets see how it works out for them.

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from Montreal fans' perspective, Higgins is a bad center.

but that's ok, because from my perspective, Avery is a bad center.

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I'd rather see something like Prospal/Anisimov/Avery/Boyle down the middle. Making the lines something like:

Kotalik-Prospal-Gaborik
Lisin-Anisimov-Callahan
Higgins-Avery-Parenteau
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This team is such a mess.

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I'd rather see something like Prospal/Anisimov/Avery/Boyle down the middle. Making the lines something like:

Kotalik-Prospal-Gaborik
Lisin-Anisimov-Callahan
Higgins-Avery-Parenteau
Brashear-Boyle-Voros
I like it. Specifically the 1st line. By like it, I mean as much as a mammal could like a set of lines where Voros has to be included.

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Hahah, same here. Higgins isn't all that good at distributing the puck, from what I've seen. He's more of a scorer than a distributor. I think his career stats bear that out as well: 86G/70A in 300GP.
He doesn't have to distribute anything. He would need to shutdown an opposite C. Higgins will do Drury's job, not Dubi's job. The job used to be done by Blair Betts. There's no better candidate for it. It is more important job than to put puck in the net, which he had trouble with anyway. Good decision.

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I like it. Specifically the 1st line. By like it, I mean as much as a mammal could like a set of lines where Voros has to be included.


When I was posting those lines, I was thinking, ....really?!?!

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This team is such a mess.
No ****.


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He doesn't have to distribute anything. He would need to shutdown an opposite C. Higgins will do Drury's job, not Dubi's job. The job used to be done by Blair Betts. There's no better candidate for it. It is more important job that put puck in the net, which he had trouble with anyway. Good decision.
If we have two full lines contributing absolutely no offense while playing our system, we are in big trouble. We brought Chris Higgins in to help us score goals, not just to be a solid defensive forward. I'd love it if he could shut down another line, but we also need for that line to score some goals as well.

And I proffer Avery as a better choice to play center on the third line.

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No ****.

F.U.B.A.R would be very appropriate as well

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Higgins played center for a while when he was in Montreal and I think it was his natural position growing up but i could be wrong about that part. I'm not too worried with this move at all
Higgins as Center lasted all of 2 periods while he was a Hab. It didn't work out at all.

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