GenoMachino71 wrote:As far as Kunitz goes, last year, the Kunitz-Malkin-Neal line was the "best line in hockey" (which some people also didnt wanna up)..... so I say it would probably work well again...
you know what makes little sense.... trading for Iginla and playing him on the 3rd line
Kunitz is more productive with Crosby than Neal is with Malkin, not to mention way more productive than he was with the two of them. The K-C-D line should be kept together as long as it's this potent. From an overall play point of view, this might be the best Pens line since Stevens-Mario-Tocchet. Breaking it up while it's this hot should be out of the question.
25+ years of superstars in Pittsburgh have taught us, repeatedly, lines are not usually a sum of their parts. You need the right mix of attributes with a willingness to play roles and defer. A clear, uncontested pecking order is essential.
The point of obtaining Iginla was to improve the team. Breaking up the best line in the NHL does not seem conducive to that goal.
Iginla brings grit, scoring, leadership and speed to the table. Only Sutter's line needs all four. Crosby's line doesn't need anything. Malkin's line needed only grit.
If breaking up K-C-D is out of the question, I'd rather see Iginla the first option with Sutter than the 3rd option with Malkin and Neal. Especially with the show Morrow put on in front of the net against the Jets.
As things stand now, the 3rd line is a logical place for Iginla, even if he's a top six forward. But clearly, he'd be the first guy to move up should (when) a slump or injury occur.