I don't normally post on this board as I stay home on the Penguins board most the time. So, I'm sorry if this has been a topic recently. I don't mean to beet a dead horse. With Roenik,Demitra,Conroy all in town where does Armstrong and Brelanger fit in? Will Pavel Demitra play rw? How many points do you expect from Belanger,Armstrong? What lines will they play on. Is Armstrong finally going to get his chance or is he still just fill in material incase of injurys? I happen to like both players alot and have them on my fantasy team. I have Arron Asham and Lasse Pirjeta on the bench. Would you think I'm better off dressing one of them or Belanger? Thanks.
The way it's looking right now, Armstrong is going to be the 3rd line center with Robitaille and Bure. IMO, he can put up at least 30+ points with those guys. Belanger is probably going to be the 4th line center, but I think it'd be pretty hard to say how many points he's going to get.
I think TK's ability might make Cowan sit a lot during this season.
Yeah, but don't forget that Cowan has a pretty good set of hands for his role. A Avery/Belanger line with Cowan and Kostopolous could be one of if not the highest scoring 4th lines in the league, while fuilfilling their #1 purpose effectively as well.
Some have complained for years that the Kings have had too many 3rd-4th liners on the squad. The true problem was that we never had the right players for these roles. This is a much better lower-end roster than we have had for years, if not ever.
By the way, I wouldn't count Clarke or Giuliano out either. We could use some speed for the PK.
Would it not be a good idea to trade one or two of our "excess" fourth-liners for a defenseman who *isn't* Joe Corvo?
In theory that sounds great but most teams have enough 3rd and 4th line guys of their own that they can plug in if they have a hole. I also don't know what kind of defenseman you think Jeff Cowan is going to get you, but my guess is not one that's much better than Corvo. Belanger might be able to get a decent 5th defenseman if a team needs a center badly, but I doubt he has much value either. Depending on Armstrong's injury, Belanger might be needed here anyways.
Colorado is probably going to have to move someone like Boughner, he'd be better than Corvo. New Jersey will eventually have to make a move too.