JeffDFD wrote:This thread is just ridiculous...haha certainly an embarrassment of riches. Good to be a fan right now. I just can't bring myself to break up Neal/Malkin (mainly because it seems Neal will not be his best without Malkin) and I can't break up Crosby/Kunitz because that is the #1 and #2 scorers in the league.
So I start thinking that means Dupuis drops for Iginla...especially because it seems Iginla came her for Crosby and they have history together, but then I am watching this game vs the Jets and just don't want to move Dupuis.
This is more of a "keep the streak alive" type move and is just fun to think about, but I am trying to figure out how we can get ourselves out of the frame of mind that 3rd line = not as good and needs to be Defense/Checkers and scoring is bonus. Roll with 3 legit "#1" scoring lines or something. If Crosby and Malkin are 1a and 1b to not hurt their feelings...then Iginla can be 1c!
One thing I wonder - does Sutter have the talent necessary for a top 6 winger like Iginla...and if not, can Morrow make up for anything Sutter lacks and can make that a more legit line. What is the potential for Morrow/Sutter/Iginla? If that line can do damage then that leaves Neal/Malkin/whoever to do their thing and keeps the first line exactly as they are. Then if someone gets into a drought or a team finds a way to stop a line...you have plenty of options to switch around with an open spot on Malkin's wing...dropping Duper to 3rd line, moving Kunitz to back to Malkin's line, Iginla Can play on top two lines, Morrow can play on any of the first 3 lines.
Too many good options. Bylsma is in line juggling heaven.
I wonder why people keep saying that Iggy came here to play with Crosby? I mean maybe he did, but who knows? Has anyone actually heard him say this? I'm pretty sure that he came here b/c he wants to win a cup, and he came to Pitt b/c they offer him the best chance to do that right now. In his press conference, he specifically mentioned having an opportunity to play with the "two best players in the world, Crosby and Malkin". I'm pretty sure he'd be fine playing with either. But yeah, he didn't mention anything about the opportunity of playing with Sutter Lol. So no, I don't think you put him on the third line. IMO, as I've already stated, there is really only one option that makes sense. But that's just my opinion, and everyone else is obviously entitled to their own as well. Either way, it's a good problem to have!
Well he didn't say anything except that he really chose PGH. He and Morrow both seem to have the attitude they will do what it takes. I don't think either "expects" anything, but talking about playing with "the two best" doesn't mean he is on their line. Technically, Glass or any other guy that signs here is playing with the two best players because they are on the team. And even Glass gets an occasional shift with Crosby. I think it is just kind of assumed that, because he and Crosby played well together in the Olympics and he is a top end talent kind of guy, he will play with Crosby or at least Malkin.
I am just wondering what he could do even without those guys. He is clearly was THE GUY in Calgary that the lines were formed around. We are used to forming lines around our centers because we have had some of the best centers. How much has Iginla had to stand on his own as a winger with less than top end other linemates and still got his work done? Might be something to look into. Let Iginla continue to be the main focus on his own line...keep our current crazy successful first line and we know traditionally successful 2nd line.
Let me be clear, I am not against Iginla with Crosby or Malkin. It just would be the best of both worlds if he could find success with Sutter + whoever. Keep the "if it aint broke dont fix it" mind set in place...as well as the "make sure you use Iginla wisely" or what you will call it mind set in place. The best defense is a good offense!
Imagine a full regular season if Crosby, Kunitz, Dupuis keep doing what they do (lead the league in scoring, possible art ross this year)
Neal/Malkin + 1 do what they do (40 goal scorer/50 goal scorer art ross) AND
Iginla could keep doing what he has in Calgary with Sutter + 1 (32/35 last year, 43/43 2011)
I admit though...thinking of the numbers Iginla with Crosby or Malkin could put up is fun too.