I really don't understand people wanting to break up the best line in hockey. If it's not broken, then don't break it. Kunitz and Dupuis have been awesome this year. It's not JUST because of Crosby either. They have both played with Crosby before but neither of them have been putting up the #'s they are this year. Last time I checked, Dupuis was SECOND IN THE NHL IN ES GOALS! And as far as moving Kunitz down to the 2nd line with Malkin and Neal, I don't think that makes the most sense either. Yeah, that line was great last year. But better than the 14-87-9 line this year? I don't really think so. Do you guys realize that Kunitz, at least as of about a week ago, was on pace to set new all time personal highs for both goals and points?! AND DOING SO WHILE PLAYING JUST A LITTLE OVER HALF THE GAMES IN A REGULAR SEASON!. Please stop for a minute to take that in. Whether people want to acknowledge it or not, chemistry does matter. And those three have spent more time playing together, and developing chemistry than anyone else on the team.
Right now we have the best line in hockey, and a second line with two All stars plus a revolving door of different forwards who just haven't quite worked out. We acquire a HOF winger and we don't know where to put him?! Want to break up the best line in hockey? Makes not sense. I'd much rather have two of the best, if not the very two best lines in hockey, plus an excellent third line than try to do everything possible to stack the 1st and potentially mess things up. IMO, unless Crosby is mentioning behind closed doors that he wants to play with Jarome, then I say just leave it alone. If that's what Crosby wants, than I say just give it to him. It's his team and he should be able to play with whoever he wants to play with.
To me, that looks like an absolutely fantastic lineup.
Btw, I kinda really wish this thread had been a poll. Would have been very interesting to see more quantifiable results from this since so far, it seems that the board is pretty mixed on this. we could send the results to DB..