I like those lines DG posted:
Hartnell - Giroux - Jagr
JVR - Briere - Simmonds
Read - Schenn - Voracek
Talbot - Couturier - Nodl/Zolnierczyk/Rinaldo
I have no problem with Couturier and Talbot on the 4th line, as good as they are when they play together at ES or on the PK. I also wouldn't have a problem putting Schenn at 4C until he gets back up to speed.
Read isn't bad at C, but I think Schenn will force him to move over eventually. Read is more of a winger to me.
If we leave the top two lines together for now, then the next two could be moved around:
That's a pretty good bottom 6, and until Briere is pushed to the wing, Schenn and Couts are going to be 3C/4C for the foreseeable future - which is fine since they are both in their apprenticeship stage.
Regarding Talbot's offensive outburst, there aren't many on here who will remember Talbot in Jr, but he was an star in the Memorial Cup a couple years in a row. Can't remember if they won it or not, but he always had lots of offensive skill then, it just got stifled in Pitt. Heck, if not for a great save by Boosh, he would've scored a beauty SHG last game on set up from Giroux.
Like I said before we do not want to break up Talbot's line. All 3 players on this line are rolling. You just do not mess with such chemistry.
When Schenn comes back, he needs to replace Simmonds.
You are crazy if think moving Couturier to defense is a good idea. That is something you do out necessity with a veteran guy. You don't change your 18 year old, first roun pick's position. He needs minutes at forward to continue his growth.
the crack pot medical staff strikes again. he broke his foot how long ago. What are the chances he reinjures it? god forbid they hold him out a little longer.
Schenn broke a bone in his foot six weeks ago. That's the norm that it takes for a bone in the foot to heal. And, when you consider that a lot of teams are using hyperbaric chambers to help the recovery process, you can knock a week to ten days off that.
Now, I take my shots at the medical staff in Philadelphia quite often, but this time, they erred on the side of caution with Schenn. The six week recovery period is more than enough time and sending him down to Adirondack to get back into game shape was a positive move they made.