Buccobruce wrote:Not to get off topic, but don't you pretty much have to give Tangradi a chance to sink or swim here as a top line winger?
A few weeks back I was listening to dejan kovacevic on trib radio and I think he was talking to yohe when they thought there would be a season when burkle and crosby got involved with talks...anyway his top 2 lines where Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis and Kennedy-Malkin-Neal. I don't know if that slides Tangradi to third or fourth line or if Jeffrey finds a way back in lineup but nevertheless I found that interesting.
On to Gonchar part of me wants him back to man the point and put malkin back on half wall and that makes both power plays stronger with Kunitz on 2nd pp. But I would want him on 2nd or third pairing. The other part of me feels the defense is already too soft as is and adding gonchar isn't addressing that. Id also would want to see cost because ottawa isnt giving him away either especially with Cowen out for year.[/quote]
I would give either Bennett or Tangradi a look on one of the top lines. I understand why people would want to put Kunitz back with Crosby, but the way the Kunitz-Malkin-Neal line played last season, I wouldn't break them up -- at least initially. I'd see what Crosby can do with Dupuis and a rookie, and if it doesn't work, then make some changes.
Yes, the defense is soft already, but I don't see a problem with adding Gonchar to the mix in that regard. I'd prefer to see him on the third pairing with Niskanen, allowing for him to QB the top PP unit. Orpik-Letang, Martin-Despres, Gonchar-Niskanen.