shmenguin wrote:satan actually has looked pretty decent in his 3rd line duty. he could prove to be surprisingly useful down the stretch. the talbot/kennedy/satan line was sharp the other night.
The problem with Satan is that he was miscast as a top-line winger earlier in the season, which he no longer is. As a result of his struggles, MT in all his epic brilliance pulled him off the one area where he IS useful, the powerplay. Satan will finish with over 20 goals, but he adds no other dimensions really.
He is a servicable second or third liner, and needs a big, hulk of a center to get him the puck (Staal is a big hulk of a center but struggles to distribute the puck) and therefore he is miscast on this team.
However, if the Pens trade for Tkachuk, consider this:
Tkachuk - Crosby - Satan
Fedotenko - Malkin - Sykora
Cooke - Staal - Kennedy
Dupuis - Talbot - Godard
That just might work.