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10-29-2010, 04:31 PM
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Michalek's knees are time bombs. He needs to get his ice time reduced somehow or else we're going end up without him in the playoffs once again.

Foligno doesn't belong in the top 6, or least not yet (it's crazy how I always forget he's just 22).

Kovalev has been talking about wanting to have the opportunity to stick with his linemates and the way he's been playing I say we indulge him.
I think switching Foligno for Spezza while moving Regin to the left would be more indulgent on Kovalev's behalf. Spezza > Foligno.

I agree that Foligno doesn't belong in our top 6. He may, however, belong in the top 6 on other teams. If you really want to trade Lee, see what Foligno fetches for you along with him. We know he isn't a 4th liner, and he won't be going near the Kelly line, so he truly is expendable as a faux top 6 forward. He also had a hell of a camp, so his stock definitely is not low.

Michalek - Fisher - Alfie is a line that you could give second line minutes. We have to be careful to not overplay Alfie as well as Michalek in even strength situations.

Regin - Spezza - Kovalev sounds like a good experiment. Spezza will backcheck, and Regin is an excellent backchecker. Kovalev will more often than not cherrypick or float, which often keeps the opposing D honest and can be beneficial. I'm just not so sure Kovalev would be effective at 20 minutes a night, but he very well could be. And to people saying he wouldn't dig for pucks, where are you getting that from? Kovalev is one of the better players along the boards in the game.

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10-29-2010, 04:49 PM
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Kovalev and Spezza should not be on the same line

1) Noone would win battles for the puck
2) Noone would forecheck
3) Slow down the pace of the game way to much
4) Both are puck possession players, that like to have the puck on their stick

Regin can't be doing all the defensive work and forechecking, he'll be dog tired trying to cover for the two of them all the time. He would have to be the first one on the forecheck and first one back.
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You can add 5) to this list: No one would backcheck either. Once the play is away from them they give up.


Regin is great defensively, and you two are selling spezza way too short there. Not only that, but when Kovalev is playing well, hes competing hard.

And stop with the "they're both puck possession players" BS. Alfie is a puck possession player too no? So is Regin and so many countless other examples of people im sure you would label as "puck possession" players are playing together across the league. Highly skilled forwards who can both pass and shoot can feed off of each other, not all have chemistry, but no one can possibly know if thats true about Spezza and Kovy at this point.

I think Kovy likes being the man, and him with with Spezza would raise his confidence and drive a bunch imo. It would be alot easier to float when you know the coach isnt relying on you the same way he is with his top line forwards and PP unit. Give Kovy the responsibility of playing top minutes with a tremendous center, I guarantee he flourishes.

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Regin is great defensively, and you two are selling spezza way too short there. Not only that, but when Kovalev is playing well, hes competing hard.

And stop with the "they're both puck possession players" BS. Alfie is a puck possession player too no? So is Regin and so many countless other examples of people im sure you would label as "puck possession" players are playing together across the league. Highly skilled forwards who can both pass and shoot can feed off of each other, not all have chemistry, but no one can possibly know if thats true about Spezza and Kovy at this point.

I think Kovy likes being the man, and him with with Spezza would raise his confidence and drive a bunch imo. It would be alot easier to float when you know the coach isnt relying on you the same way he is with his top line forwards and PP unit. Give Kovy the responsibility of playing top minutes with a tremendous center, I guarantee he flourishes.
The "no one" in my case was directed solely at Kovy and Spezza since that was the theme of the post that I commented on. Regin is too young and not a multi-million dollar player to give up on a play. He has the speed to come back and backcheck on a play. The other guys do too, they just don't.

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