JVR may be doing well on the first line but Kessel isn't getting the same room and opportunity he got with Lupul. JVR does a great job making his own opportunities and will do so on the second line as well. Lupul will be back to the first line because of the Kessel chemistry.
Will be interesting to see how the lines work out when Lupul is back. He should be ready to catch up for all the time he's missed and being out let the team bring up Frattin which should make our offense more effective.
Either way I'd leave Grabo's line mostly untouched, it does its shutdown job just fine the way it is. Just throw JVR or Lupul onto the Kadri-Frattin line and see how that works.
OR deal him to a contender at the Deadline for a 1st round pick?
Why not wait a few months before Signing him and have a look at JVR and his potential? For me its a mistake. Is it me or did most of the die hard "forget" about Lupul with JVR doing wat he is doing and all the chemistry on the top 3 lines.
I really liked Nonis' moves w/ Lombardi, Connolly, etc., but as soon as I saw "Lupul re-signed" on tsn that day I instantly knew it was a bonehead decision.
Some people are acting as if having a top 6 forward return is a bad thing.
You know what's a good thing? Having a ton of highly skilled forwards in your top 6!? Look at Chicago.
Who cares how well JvR has played? Lupul coming back doesn't hurt JvR, so long as he maintains production on that first line.
To be honest, when Lupul comes back, I'd ease him into the lineup, all with the intention of getting Lupul back onto the Kessel line - fact is, for as good as JvR has been, he hasn't helped get Kessel going; that's something that I think Lupul will do