OMG. That is SUCH a dumb idea by Carboneau. Sammy on the 4th line. That's like punishing a good player honestly. And promoting a bad one. I do think Lat needs to play on diff lines and such but come on!.
Shud be Sammy-Kovalev-Perez
I don't hate this because I think Latendresse is wasted on the fourth line, but if anyone deserved to be moved up, it's Perezhogin. I don't like seeing Samsonov lower than the fourth line either, that just doesn't make any sense.
I also agree that Samsonov should not be on the 4th line...this is the same reason I criticized the Oilers last year, if you really want to get Sammy going, give him MORE icetime, not less. Plus I don't think Latendresse deserves a spot on the 2nd line. He really has done NOTHING to impress.
Good point GSK, that fact it's Boston will make Sammy mad.......but a Sammy mad might produce better than a not mad.....
But I don't like how Lats with so little experience will be on a line with Kovy, Pleks is already shy with him imagine how Lats will be, Lats was just regaining some old preseason form, and then up on the 2nd line, where he will lose that confidence 'cause he'll always be looking for Kovy and all......Unless Kovy comes to him and say I'll look for you don't look for me......
But Sammy on the 4th against the Bruins, it's just sad to see......Will it last for the whole game, maybe not, I hope not......
But at one point, Perez will need to get some serious testing on the first 2 lines, we need to know if he really has that ability to finish......
I probably just would have switched Perez and Sammy but...we'll see this how this works. That 2nd line needs a bid bodied physical element, if Lats can keep up, and I think he can, he's looked faster recently, this line should click well.
I actually thought Sammy had a decent game vs. Buffalo. Sure he's been somewhat disappointing so far, but playing him on the 4th line seems pointless.
I guess we'll see what Latendresse can do tomorrow. I won't judge Carbo just yet. But from what I've seen from Gui so far, he doesn't seem at all ready for that kind of ice time. Slow, and just wants to hit people. Doesn't care where the puck is or where it goes when he hits... He just wants to hit. That is what makes the fans chant his name afterall.
But hey, maybe playing with skill players instead of grinders will bring about the offensive side of his game.
If Sammy is going to play on the 4th line, he needs to be shopped. I know it's taboo to trade a UFA you just signed, but he can't be happy on a 4th line, and I'm sure some team would be willing to take a chance on him as his contract is not *outrageous* or anything.
This move makes absolutely no sense. Latendresse has done nothing this season at all, besides consistently being one of our worst forwards. Demoting Samsonov, who has looked a lot better recently, against his former team makes it even worse.