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Jul 5, 2019
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"The problem is that without Mete, there is no left handed puck moving dmen. As seen in the playoffs, Gardiner cannot be trusted and Kulak and Chiarot are not really puck movers. You therefore have to rely solely on Petry to move the puck."
I agree with Kulak and Chiarot. But Gardiner definitely can move the puck. His transition game is not A+ graded, but far better than Mete's (until now). Additionally, he's far more consistent than Kulak/Mete/Reilly/Folin.
Gardiner's contributions off the rush are underestimated because he's not flashy, but definitely reliable. Good team player, and defensively versatile, imo.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>TN71</b></div><div>And about the lines, first of all, no 4th line LW. Second, you shouldn’t break the most consistent line the Habs has last year, Tatar-Danault-Gally. Third, just looking at the way he dominated in dev camp, Poehling NEEDS a spot on the team. Also, Armia and Lehky are slightly overpaid.</div></div>
Armia's and Lehkonen's salaries are approximately reasonable, but I admit I've done worst case (so cap space is definitely not exaggerated).
My fault w/ no LW on 4th line - now fixed. Consistent line w/ Tat-Dan-Gal is a good point. Also Poehling's potential contribution.
For me, the addition of Puljujärvi is crucial. If it comes to different lines I'm ok with that. (There may evolve better lines, but maybe no better lines than Tat-Dan-Gal - we'll see). Burning Poehling's potential with 4th line duty is out of discussion imo. So what to do? Slide Domi to wing and give Kotkaniemi and Poehling 1st to 3rd center duties? High gamble regarding their (in)experience. But if you're fine with another year of experimentation Habs may benefit in 20/21.
A hefty difference maker in offence is extremely unlikely. Bergevin is risk averse. Going all-in is a no-go for him. Thus, Laine, Marner, Point and even Konecny (that would be great!) are out of reach. Tried to take this into account when building the roster.
Would be interesting to explore your roster scheme! Let me know.