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#1 ronningsback

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:28 PM

With the Roy signing and Schroeder starting to look like an NHLer and given Burroughs, Raymond and Higgins are all capable of playing Centre there is absolutely no reason to play Kesler at Centre. He is simply not a "natural" centre......his first instincts are always to shoot rather than pass and he would be much better along the boards. Forward Line up should be:

Sedin, Sedin and Burrows
Higgins, Roy and Hansen (*)
Raymond, Schroeder, Kesler (*)
Pinnizzoto, LaPierre, Weise

(*) interchangeable
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:29 PM

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Interchangable or not; Kesler and Raymond on the third line?


Sir, what have you been inhaling.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:31 PM

I like Kesler at a 3rd line center position. Look how pittsburgh is built. Deep down the middle. Surrounded by decent wingers. Thats how we should be built. Should of got a 2nd line winger for Roy. Now thats a proper forward core.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:31 PM

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If we ever put Kes on the Wing:

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
Higgins-Roy-Kesler
Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen
Pinnizotto-Lapierre-Weise
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:31 PM

Sedin Sedin Burrows
Raymond Kesler Jensen
Higgins Roy Hansen
Pinnizzoto Lappy Kassian

This is the line up that makes the most sense to me so would rather keep our center depth strong by keeping kesler center
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:36 PM

Why is he on the third line?

Isn't the point of this to move Roy up to the 2nd line with him?
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:37 PM

Interchangable or not; Kesler and Raymond on the third line?


Sir, what have you been inhaling.


I did say Kesler and Hansen were interchangeable - I would prefer Hansen on the 2nd line though the way he is playing lately. I would agree, Raymond and Higgins are probably interchangeable too.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:39 PM

Playing centre is not simply passing and shooting. Kesler won the Selke for a reason... he is excellent at covering the middle of the ice and checking the opposing team's top players (when healthy of course). Not to mention he's also our best faceoff man. Of course, you could let him take faceoffs and have him move to the wing once play starts, but then you miss out on his defensive play. Makes more sense to keep him at centre, save for the PP where he'll be on the wing with the Sedins.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:44 PM

Kesler on the wing? yeah on the PP only.

Stupid ideas like this is why many of you don't work in the NHL in any capacity...
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:50 PM

Playing centre is not simply passing and shooting. Kesler won the Selke for a reason... he is excellent at covering the middle of the ice and checking the opposing team's top players (when healthy of course). Not to mention he's also our best faceoff man. Of course, you could let him take faceoffs and have him move to the wing once play starts, but then you miss out on his defensive play. Makes more sense to keep him at centre, save for the PP where he'll be on the wing with the Sedins.


Kesler should be centre of the third line. Keep more offensive players in the top six.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:51 PM

If we ever put Kes on the Wing:

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
Higgins-Roy-Kesler
Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen
Pinnizotto-Lapierre-Weise


THE POSSIBILITIES OF COMBINATIONS ARE ENDLESS!!!

Sedin Sedin Burrows/Kesler/Higgins/Hansen/Jensen
Higgins/Raymond Roy/Kesler Hansen/Kassian 2A
Raymond/Higgings Kesler/Burrows/Roy Kassian/Hansen/Jensen 2B
plug Lapierre plug

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:56 PM

With Jensen, Kassian, Schroeder and the newly acquired Derek Roy (huge fan of the trade BTW) AV can juggle the lines all he wants and I won't care. Everything is movable except the possibility of Pinnozotto,Weise or Sestito jumping up a line.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:57 PM

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:59 PM

THE POSSIBILITIES OF COMBINATIONS ARE ENDLESS!!!

Sedin Sedin Burrows/Kesler/Higgins/Hansen/Jensen
Higgins/Raymond Roy/Kesler Hansen/Kassian 2A
Raymond/Higgings Kesler/Burrows/Roy Kassian/Hansen/Jensen 2B
plug Lapierre plug

Poor Lapierre....lap dog never gets a chance to play with the big dogs.... :emot-parrot:
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:00 PM

He has the best faceoff % of all our centers.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:02 PM

Kesler is not a "shoot-first" instinct type player. His ego makes him think he his a perennial 40 goal scorer, thus trying to do everything himself (shoot vs pass)

He was not like this when he first broke out. 25g/50a

He utilized his line-mates, and sniped when needed.

If he wants to be this shooter type player, then he should play on the wing of fantastic playmaker Derek Roy.

We have no wingers with the playmaking acumen of Roy.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:05 PM

With the Roy signing and Schroeder starting to look like an NHLer and given Burroughs, Raymond and Higgins are all capable of playing Centre there is absolutely no reason to play Kesler at Centre. He is simply not a "natural" centre......his first instincts are always to shoot rather than pass and he would be much better along the boards. Forward Line up should be:

Sedin, Sedin and Burrows
Higgins, Roy and Hansen (*)
Raymond, Schroeder, Kesler (*)
Pinnizzoto, LaPierre, Weise

(*) interchangeable


We signed Roy and aquired some fella named Burroughs? Kesler on the third line, 2007 called and they want their Kesler back?
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:11 PM

IF Lapierre can go to 2011 cup run form, then we could slot Kesler with the Sedins.

Sedin-Sedin-Kesler
Raymond-Roy-Burrows
Higgins-Lapierre-Hansen
Sestito-Schroeder-Kassian

Look at Chicago's 4th line, often Goon-Kruger-Frolik. Goon sometimes Bollig, Mayers or Carcillo.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

You can still be an effective shutdown player on the wing. Just ask Jere Lehtinen, the 3-time Selke winner playing on the RW.

Kesler can still take faceoffs, except on the wing, he can just shadow the top players from the other team.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:25 PM

Before the playoffs, I would like to see

Sedin-Sedin- Kassian
Burrows-Roy-Kesler
Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen
Higgins -Lapierre-Weise

Higgins interchange with any winger struggling on the 2nd or 3rd ine to mix it up
He could also take Keslers spot on the 2nd after a pp
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:35 PM

If we ever put Kes on the Wing:

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
Higgins-Roy-Kesler
Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen
Pinnizotto-Lapierre-Weise


Where's Kassian you fool? How about Jensen?! Both better than Weise/Pinnizotto
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:36 PM

Before the playoffs, I would like to see

Sedin-Sedin- Kassian
Burrows-Roy-Kesler
Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen
Higgins -Lapierre-Weise

Higgins interchange with any winger struggling on the 2nd or 3rd ine to mix it up
He could also take Keslers spot on the 2nd after a pp


Agreed. Kassian is good with Sedins. Like the second line too, that is deadly.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:49 PM

Playing centre is not simply passing and shooting. Kesler won the Selke for a reason... he is excellent at covering the middle of the ice and checking the opposing team's top players (when healthy of course). Not to mention he's also our best faceoff man. Of course, you could let him take faceoffs and have him move to the wing once play starts, but then you miss out on his defensive play. Makes more sense to keep him at centre, save for the PP where he'll be on the wing with the Sedins.

This..Selke winning center on the wing while you have guys like Higgins and Burrows playing out of position is not playing from a position of strength. Start him at 3rd line center untill the rust wears off then bump him to the 2nd.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:51 PM

id like to see this combo for a game or 2...

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
Higgins-Kesler-Raymond
Jensen-Roy-Hansen
Lapierre-Schroeder-Kass
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:37 PM

Kesler should be centre of the third line. Keep more offensive players in the top six.


I don't care what line you call 2nd or 3rd, for the playoffs, I would like to see:

Sedin, Sedin, Burrows
Raymond, Roy, Kassian
Higgins, Kesler, Hansen
Pinn/Sest, LaPierre, Weise

Put this Kesler line against opp.'s best line as much as possible. Kesler's line will probalby get more minutes than Roys. Hopefully Kassian gets his game back by then.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:38 PM

This..Selke winning center on the wing while you have guys like Higgins and Burrows playing out of position is not playing from a position of strength. Start him at 3rd line center untill the rust wears off then bump him to the 2nd.


As Gilman said, Kesler had his breakout season and was first considered for the Selke playing on Sundins wing. It is where his offensive skills are put to best use.

With Roy has his centerman, he could really be an offensive threat. I don't think Roy is a defensive liability from what I've read so the line would still be very effective in a defensive role.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:44 PM

If we ever put Kes on the Wing:

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
Higgins-Roy-Kesler
Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen
Pinnizotto-Lapierre-Weise


I like it lets do it.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:47 PM

Nearly every thread is about our line up...
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:50 PM

Nearly every thread is about our line up...


That's cause it changes every shift!!
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:06 PM

With the Roy signing and Schroeder starting to look like an NHLer and given Burroughs, Raymond and Higgins are all capable of playing Centre there is absolutely no reason to play Kesler at Centre. He is simply not a "natural" centre......his first instincts are always to shoot rather than pass and he would be much better along the boards. Forward Line up should be:

Sedin, Sedin and Burrows
Higgins, Roy and Hansen (*)
Raymond, Schroeder, Kesler (*)
Pinnizzoto, LaPierre, Weise

(*) interchangeable


Do you have some sort of god complex that makes you think your ideas are worth spewing to cdc? Or are you just high?

Higgins, BURROWS, Raymond etc. that you've named as able to play centre are naturally much more suited to playing on the wing than Kesler seeing as they've played there their entire careers.

You claim that Kesler is not a natural centre but he's played it his entire life other than one stint when we had a HALL OF FAME CENTRE to play infront of him in Sundin.

Anyone is going to play their best hockey of their career playing beside Sundin, as long as they can sort of play wing, it doesn't make Kesler a winger! And having a Selke trophy winner playing 8-12 minutes a game on the 3rd line is an idiotic move.

PS... I know you think your clever with the whole LaPierre thing but theres a reason it's Lapierre, They asked him how to spell it and that's what he told them.
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