You guys are crazy if you think Briere is going to center or even play with Vanek. Therrien has treated Briere like absolute ****, I don't see that changing. They'll never give him a fair shot with Gionta around.
He's not going against Gionta, but against Bourque... Vanek took that lazy ass place...
I could live with it. I'd like to see Galchenyuk with Vanek, but yeah, putting Brière back with him could ease things.
And if it can get Eller going, than I'm all for it. This team needs production from the 3rd line.
That's what I think. Doing this infuses some skills on Eller's wing as well as Plekanec's, and Vanek also plays with someone he has proven chemistry with. Breaking the DD line is out of question, for now, at least.
looks scary in the top six. Vanek-Briere could be sick in the playoffs too.
Best top 6 on paper for the Habs in ages. But Vanek should be on the left side of Plekanec and I'd have Brière on the RW.
Originally Posted by HabsRockBruinsChoke
If we're gonna have all our main centers on the top 9, I would prefer to have our 4th like this:
Prust - Bournival - Weise
Like I said, the 4th line is up in the air... The only two that should be on the 4th line at any cost are Prust and Moen. Bournival and White are interchangeable. Parros shouldn't have to dress anytime soon. Weise and Bourque are there for dept
Guys we can't just give DD our best wingers just because he's so used to centering the first line!
We have a chance to change things up for the next 20 games so that we are solid for playoffs.
Put the best player ON HIGHER LINES, chemistry is good but we have Vanek and it changes everything:
Pacioretty - Briere - Vanek <---- the person who can argue that this should not be our first line, please let me know WHAT can be better. Two power wingers with the center that has the most post-season experience and points. You really can't get any better than this.
Our second and third can be customized which ever way you want, it won't matter how we put it with the number of 2nd line forwards we have.
Vanek represents more closely the type of winger Montreal needed before they signed Briere (never understood that one). That said, he doesn't bring to the game any physical aspect along the boards, nor does he bring grit.
Still, a nice asset to have on a PP.
I don't mind about this trade because the price paid is low. He will probably end up on the free market, but the risk is worth it considering that Colberg has not progressed as expected this season.
BTW, Vanek is due to produce offensively only next season. The guy is constant in his inconstancy: he will produce every two years. I noticed that paterned while preparing a hockey pool. That's why I only draft him every two years.