I would love to see Tambo-Hodgson-Hansen. I think we'd see a solid line there. But then we'd have the worst 3rd line in Torres-Malhotra-Glass.
i'd be really excited to see what a line like this could do. i've been hooting and hollering about it since the preseason. but honestly...you have to wonder if AV would be able to use it appropriately as a line. with the Sedins+Kesler's line eating up most of the prime offensive minutes.
and not to sound like a huge proponent of size and gooniness, that's a line i could see getting pushed around a bit.
but i'd still say it's worth one of AV's standard '1 period then adjust' trials.
I don't have a problem with malhotra. From what I've seen of him, he gets plenty of chances and he makes things some things happen on offense, but Torres just looks useless out there when he's not running people over. Even when he is running people over, that's all he's doing.
Personally, I'd rather see Glass on the third line than Torres. Hodgson could play on the third line too, but his game doesn't fit in with how Malhotra and Hansen play.
And it does fit how Glass and Volpatti plays?
Personally, I'd like to see us pick up a 4th line center whether Hodgson plays that role or not. A guy like Reasoner, for example, would allow Hodgson to move to the 3rd line wing spot. It doesn't HAVE to mean that though, as Hodgson could still center the 4th line or play wing down there as well. By trading for a 4th line center, we just have more options. Plus, I think Hodgson on the 3rd would work well with Hansen.
That would be my preference in the playoffs. If Torres plays well though, we could still have...
If you think Glass is a better C than Bolduc, than this might be our best grouping:
With Tambi and Volpatti looking over the shoulders of Torres and Sweatt.
Personally I wouldn't be shocked to see Bolduc called up to replace Volpatti or even Tambi at this point. I'm expecting roster movement this week, if only to get Meeses into the lineup for experience. Esp Bill Sweatt.
Torres has tunnel vision. I think he works hard and is actually trying but he doesn't see the ice well. Malhotra and Hansen were doing some good work down low, the puck went to Torres and the play would die.
I think I'd bring Tambi back in, throw him up with Kesler and Samuelsson and put Raymond with Malhotra and Hansen. It'd force Raymond to simplify his game. I feel like he sees what Kesler and Samuelsson can do with the puck and he tries to do it too but that's not his game. His best assets are his speed and his shot, not trying to make fancy plays to setup Kesler.
I am completely on board with this suggestion. Tambi is a smarter player, when compared to Raymond. Put him at 2nd line LW. Raymond-Malhotra-Hansen is a 3rd line I wouldn't mind seeing get some time together.
A 4th to Buffalo, if they drop out of playoff position any further, for Grier.
A 3rd and if needed an ok prospect to Florida for Reasoner.
I would like to see Hodgson take Raymonds place as a 2nd line winger, just to give Hodgson a chance to play with some more talented players then Glass, Volpatti and, to a lesser extent, Tambellini, and get some decent minutes.
If he doesn't work better then Raymond, I wouldn't regret having Hodgson sent down the the Moose, not that he hasn't earned a spot, but because I just don't see him being a 3rd line center.