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02-12-2012, 12:15 PM
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Lines when fully healthy

Soon Duchene will be back and it's looking like Avs will be fully healthy. It presents some interesting options. Do you go with two scoring lines or three balanced lines? Where does Duchene fit in now that we have two lines clicking? My preference would be:

Jones - Stastny - Hejduk
Landeskog - O'Reilly - Winnik
Galiardi - Duchene - Mueller
McLeod - McClement - Kobasew

I know some here really like van der Gulik, but I think he'll be the odd man out given that he is on a two-way contract and the team has invested another year in Kobasew.

The first line is obvious, you don't break that up. All three of them have looked good lately.

Moving Mueller off the O'Reilly line isn't ideal, but Duchene needs help on his line and Winnik with Duchene would be brutal.

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I love everything about your lineup EXCEPT for McLeod. I would any day put VDG in over him. He brings more to the on-ice product than McLeod does, hands-down. Granted, this is coming from someone who has never liked #55. But yes, I bet VDG will be the odd-guy out (sadly).

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VDG has a chance to stick. He's only been a healthy scratch once, right? Sacco seems to trust him as well, as he's been getting pretty significant PK time.

I'd certainly play him over McLeod, but McLeod seems to have escaped being a healthy scratch all year.

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You just got to jinx it?

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02-12-2012, 12:49 PM
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Winnik and Duchene actually had very good chemistry last year. Just saying....

Jones-Stastny-Hejduk needs to be a constant.

I think the next thing to do is go for pairs:

Lando-O'Reilly-

-Duchene-Mueller

Those seem the obvious choices. But do we want to break up the O'Reilly line with Mueller? Im not so sure. To be honest, I'd like to see VDG get a chance to play in the top nine instead of Winnik. Winnik kills plays offensively.

I think for now I'd go like this

Jones-Stastny-Hejduk
Lando-O'Reilly-Mueller
VDG-Duchene-Galiardi
Winnik-McClement-Kobasew

Duchene is a bit of a soloist offensively anyways and he just needs guys to dig the puck out of the corners for him and crash the net, two things VDG and Gally are good at. Duchene can create by himself, but I think Lando and Radar need a finisher like Mueller with them.

Either way getting Duchene back makes us 4 lines deep. It gives us 3 lines thar can score, and legitimizes our fourth line with actual strong defensive NHLers.

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I like those lines.

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Soon Duchene will be back and it's looking like Avs will be fully healthy. It presents some interesting options. Do you go with two scoring lines or three balanced lines? Where does Duchene fit in now that we have two lines clicking? My preference would be:

Jones - Stastny - Hejduk
Landeskog - O'Reilly - Winnik
Galiardi - Duchene - Mueller
McLeod - McClement - Kobasew
I like these ones.

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Jones-Staz-Duke (it has worked before)
Landeskog-O'Reilly-Galiardi (Could be absolutely a horrible line to play against)
Mueller-Duchene-Kobasew (Kobasew brings grit to the otherwise great offensive line)
Winnik-McClement-McLeod (McLeod sucks but he is better than Porter as VDG has too low of a salary)
Porter

8 defensemen(Can't keep VDG up due to Cap, otherwise he would be in instead of McLeod)

Of course if Olver is brought up as VDG is sent down (with Porter or Barrie)
Then it would be:

Jones-Staz-Duke (it has worked before)
Landeskog-O'Reilly-Galiardi (Could be absolutely a horrible line to play against)
Mueller-Duchene-Olver (Should be a good offensive line)
Winnik-McClement-Kobasew (should be a good 4th line)
McLeod,Porter (if Barrie is sent down)

I'd never put Winnik on a top-3 line again. Never ever with O'Reilly, Staz or Duchene. (some of you might laugh as I put Koby with Dutchy, but I still think he is more of an offensive threat than Winnik)
That card has been seen too many times with poor results.


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02-12-2012, 02:21 PM
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8 defensemen(Can't keep VDG up due to Cap, otherwise he would be in instead of McLeod)

Of course if Olver is brought up as VDG is sent down (with Porter or Barrie)
Then it would be:

Jones-Staz-Duke
Landeskog-O'Reilly-Galiardi
Mueller-Duchene-Olver
Winnik-McClement-Kobasew
McLeod,Porter (if Barrie is sent down)
I for one would like to see this line. I think some of Landy and O'rielly would rub off on Gags full time. They would be hell for the opposition.

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02-12-2012, 02:37 PM
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I think a Landy-Radar-Gally line would be too much of the same. It needs a finisher/skilled player like Mueller.

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Problem is, the only 2 guys on the team that Duchene has any shown Chemistry with are Hejduk and Mueller. He played OK with Stastny, but it was just OK. He did well with Olver last year, but he's not going to get called up unless there is a trade or an injury. I hate to say it, but I think Jones will be the victim, and gets dropped to the 3rd or 4th line to make room for Matty on Satz's line.

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I think a Landy-Radar-Gally line would be too much of the same. It needs a finisher/skilled player like Mueller.
It worked out very well with the Duke

Oh wait....

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I'm willing to bet that Sacco throws Duchene right back on Stastny's wing.

Duchene-Stastny-Hejduk
Landeskog-O'Reilly-Mueller
Winnik-McClement-Jones
McLeod-Porter-Kobasew

DVDG sent down cause there's no room for him

Now...lines if I could call the shots...

Olver-Duchene-Mueller
Jones-Stastny-Hejduk
Landeskog-O'Reilly-Galiardi
Winnik-McClement-Kobasew

McLeod waived to make room for Olver...and actually I'd probably waive Hunwick too, keep up DVDG and scratch Kobasew

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It worked out very well with the Duke

Oh wait....
If you havent noticed the Duke is not the same player he once was. Not even close.

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I think a Landy-Radar-Gally line would be too much of the same. It needs a finisher/skilled player like Mueller.
While, I see what your saying about too much of the same but I just feel that line would be a pain in the ass to play against. I think it could be a our most effective line. TBH

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I hate to say it, but I think Jones will be the victim, and gets dropped to the 3rd or 4th line to make room for Matty on Satz's line.
If Sacco does that he really is retarded. Jones has played about 10X better in the last week with Stastny than Duchene ever has.


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It worked out very well with the Duke

Oh wait....
That's a fair point but Mueller has been working well with that line. So, far.

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I'm willing to bet that Sacco throws Duchene right back on Stastny's wing.

Now...lines if I could call the shots...

Olver-Duchene-Mueller
Jones-Stastny-Hejduk
Landeskog-O'Reilly-Galiardi
Winnik-McClement-Kobasew

McLeod waived to make room for Olver...and actually I'd probably waive Hunwick too, keep up DVDG and scratch Kobasew
I wouldn't doubt it.

I really like that 12 set of players and the lines are exactly right IMO.

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If you havent noticed the Duke is not the same player he once was. Not even close.
That's correct, but I would like to see how that line would fair.
Defensively it would be good, and I have a feeling it could work offensively as well.

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I want to see Landeskog-Duchene-Mueller. That is all.

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I want to see Landeskog-Duchene-Mueller. That is all.
Agreed.

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I kind of want to see Duchene on the other side of O'Reilly and Lando.

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Agreed.
Me to, i personally think people underrate, landys vision passing and shot guy can pick his spots when he got a good chance and its only gonna improve. can't wait a few years so we all can see what landys made of offensively gonna be a treat. i see no failure in this guy, with the work ethic he got i can see him pulling of 40/45 seasons. call me crazy if ya want. same goes for O'reily i can see him as a 25-30 goals max with 50-55 assists. since i first watched RoR his skating+shot have gotten so much better same with his stickhandling.


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I want to see Landeskog-Duchene-Mueller. That is all.
Since we drafted Landeskog (and even earlier than that) I have been waiting to see this line, I think it could be absolutely deadly

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I want to see Landeskog-Duchene-Mueller. That is all.
Agreed

Landeskog - Duchene - Mueller
Jones - Stastny - Hejduk
Galiardi - O'Reiley - Winnik
VDG - McClement - Kobasew

McCloud and Hunwick packaged together for a 5th round pick from some crazy GM

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I think any definition of "Fully Healthy" should include Hishon.

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I want to see Landeskog-Duchene-Mueller. That is all.
I don't think it would work well. Mueller and Lando are pure shooters, and Duchene doesn't use his linemates well enough.

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