what besides being a decent face off guy does betts bring?
i dont have anyone else to put there...i guess you could put Dubinsky there, but ive said for a while now, the kid needs to develop more before id like to see him in the NHL (Despite his marvelous play)
I go with exactly those lines inferno. I think the top 3 have a good combination of speed, grit, playmaking and finishing. I'd like to have Dubi on the fourth line but it's better for him to be getting minutes with the Pack. Also, I'd rather have Baranka up rather than Malik, but I understand why that won't happen.
Think Avery and Shanahan should remain together and Nylander just seemed to work really well with those two before Shanny got hurt.
I like these lines. The frontline has incredible shooting ability in Jagr, Hossa and Straka, and Hossa ws just starting to show that he could be a playmaker, he may compliment Jagr well. The second line has an OCD passer with a great shot, another great shot in Shanny, and Avery who will throw the puck at the net but also stand in front of the net for rebounds/deflections/screening. The 3rd line is just a group of hard nosed workers, Prucha loves rebound, Cally can handle himself, isn't afraid to shoot and hopefully can score. And Cullen is becoming one of my favorite Rangers, he attacks the puck and the net and never gives up, great line. Finally the fourth line brings plenty of energy and grit, which could lead to momentum swings or leveling the playing field to a physical team (although the third line can be very physical also). Like someone mentioned earlier, bring back Orr when teams with an enforcer or fighter are plyed.
The defense, If I could rule the world, would be similar. BUT I'd toss Malik for Liffy, and Rosival for Staal (next season). That would look good for next season, however, for this season this will work.