As much as I like Lapierre in the corners, Kovalev is right. Lapierre needs to crash the net, and hang around in the slot. Kovalev works pretty well in the corners (though Samsonov leaves something to be desired).
It will be great to see a good skating net crasher. Maybe he will pot some garbage goals. His hands didnt seem that bad.
sure...Grabs has great moves and is very quick...but he was unproductive for us the short time he was here...
Lapierre DID make the most of his oppurtunity...even if he was on the 4th line for most of the games he played...I think he is very deserving of this promotion!
Lapierre is a workhorse. He's the type of guy that will give you 110% every shift. He has changed his game a little..in junior he was a goal scorer and has made the adjustment (like so many do) to play the role that is needed. I think putting him on the 2nd line is a good reward for him. Kovalev needs sme one with him to do the dirtywork.
And then two seconds later kovy says, "I don't need him to go in the corners. I need him to go to the front of the net. I'll go in the corners and get him the puck."
They were just talking about it on the Team 990.
PJ Stock put it best when he said that shows how frustrated Kovalev is with the lack of a good centre on his line. "I'll set the play up," he says, because he knows that with grinders at C, it falls on him to be the playmaker.
No need to worry about the corners - Kovalev is the Man on that line and Lapierre will do what he's asked. If that doesn't work for 2 periods, Carbo will put the hammer down and tell Lapierre to go into the corners himself.
This is NOT reactive coaching as one poster suggested. Carbo just waits to mess with lines and/or callups and only does it when there's injuries. He rarely moves guys due to poor play.
Not sure if Max can keep up, but he's clearly an NHL hockey player, and Grabovski is clearly not ripe tomatoes yet.