Badaym, for all the Koivu hate I've seen, him being injured gives the impression of a BIG gaping hole in the lineup.
Yeah, but you're forgetting that if the haters had their way, at least the bag of pucks we got in return could rack up some points. Or at least, they could throw themselves into the opposing team's net now and then.
Call me crazy.... but maybe its time to call up Chips to centre the fourth line and put Smolinski on the third.... Cut the defensive reigns that have been on Smoke all year... and have him centre a third scoring line.... This team plays best when we have three scoring lines....
AK - Pleks - Kovalev
SK - Grabo - Ryder
Higgins - Smoke - Latendresse (returning from injury)
Begin/Kosto - Chipchura - Lapierre
i agree with you, Smolinski is a scoring center playing a defenceive role. IF he is placed with soming scoring wingers like Higgins, i thuink he can play better and put up some points.
At the begining of the season, i thought that smolinski would be our second line center behind Koivu, and Plekanec would be our thrid.
Wyman played his first game with the Dogs last night. He wore #10 so hopefully in the future he makes that number a bit more visible than it's previous owner (Mr. Urquhart). He only got a handful of shifts and I can't recall him doing anything special during the game. He had one wrister from right next to the boards but it went wide of the far post. Nothing stood out from him last night, skating, strenght, etc, but that shouldn't be expected of him just yet. Hopefully in the remaining games this year, he makes a couple of noteworthy plays.