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 Post subject: Re: Pens get Brassard
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:18 pm 
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Is it crazy to think that, considering the fire red hot 3rd line the Pens are putting out there right-– that they might ease Broussard in as the center of a loaded up 4th line? He's a good two way player, and if the Pens use the 4th line liberally vs opponents' top lines, they might be able to have some success.

Zach Aston-Reese -- Sidney Crosby -- Conor Sheary

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Hornqvist

Jake Guentzel -- Riley Sheahan -- Phil Kessel

Dominik Simon -- Broussard -- Bryan Rust

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 Post subject: Re: Pens get Brassard
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:33 pm 
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Is it crazy to think that, considering the fire red hot 3rd line the Pens are putting out there right-– that they might ease Broussard in as the center of a loaded up 4th line? He's a good two way player, and if the Pens use the 4th line liberally vs opponents' top lines, they might be able to have some success.

Zach Aston-Reese -- Sidney Crosby -- Conor Sheary

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Hornqvist

Jake Guentzel -- Riley Sheahan -- Phil Kessel

Dominik Simon -- Broussard -- Bryan Rust


Nah. The Penguins aren't going up against the Packers in the Super Bowl in this situation.

I think Sheary sticks out like a sore thumb at this point. He needs to find a spot with Sid or he's practically useless. Even then, he's still been mostly useless.

He seems like he could be a guy thrown to the wolves for a "different" kind of player. The first line needs to be sorted out, and it's a shame that the Penguins can't see more of ZAR/Crosby or Simon/Crosby before the deadline to know what they really have there. Based on the retention on Brassard for this year, the Penguins can take on a player with a $6.5 million contract. May be possible to dump more chips in on a guy for Sid. If he's not a FA at the end of the season, it all but guarantees Hornqvist's departure.

What chips?

Sheary, 1st round 2 years from now + other picks, Sprong




I really wouldnt mind seeing Sprong back up.


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 Post subject: Re: Pens get Brassard
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:42 pm 
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Hacksaw, I'm just saying-- if you put good, responsible two-way players on line 4-- they can be skilled offensively, right? I was just trying to come up with a way to have 4 really good lines-- just increases the mismatches and protects our D a little.

Seems like the Pens have the wing talent and now the center talent to pull that off. Why should the 4th line be a throwaway?

I, too, like Sid-Sheary... and I think ZAR or perhaps Sprong is the right complement to those two. Guentzel-Sheehan-Phil... I don't see how you can break up that line unless it cools.

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 Post subject: Re: Pens get Brassard
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:48 pm 
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Hacksaw, I'm just saying-- if you put good, responsible two-way players on line 4-- they can be skilled offensively, right? I was just trying to come up with a way to have 4 really good lines-- just increases the mismatches and protects our D a little.

Seems like the Pens have the wing talent and now the center talent to pull that off. Why should the 4th line be a throwaway?

I, too, like Sid-Sheary... and I think ZAR or perhaps Sprong is the right complement to those two. Guentzel-Sheehan-Phil... I don't see how you can break up that line unless it cools.



Until last night Phil was pretty cold in the statistics department. He was interviewed during the Ottawa game and said he needed to start scoring again. Something like 2 weeks with no goals and a few assists. Hopefully last night was the catalyst to him find the scoring touch again.
Guentzel has been putting the puck in the net and Sheahan was a TO machine last night.

I don't see how you can play Brassard on the fourth line. Sheahan is better on the fourth line(fewer minutes) and Sully has time to workout who plays where especially in the top 9.

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 Post subject: Re: Pens get Brassard
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:50 pm 
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Hacksaw, I'm just saying-- if you put good, responsible two-way players on line 4-- they can be skilled offensively, right? I was just trying to come up with a way to have 4 really good lines-- just increases the mismatches and protects our D a little.

Seems like the Pens have the wing talent and now the center talent to pull that off. Why should the 4th line be a throwaway?

I, too, like Sid-Sheary... and I think ZAR or perhaps Sprong is the right complement to those two. Guentzel-Sheehan-Phil... I don't see how you can break up that line unless it cools.



There's a 16-page thread because I don't want the 4th line to be a throwaway. So you're barking up the wrong tree with that one.

Consider though, Phil Kessel had 1 point in 6 games prior to his outburst last night. That pretty much covers the duration of this line. It showed itself a few games prior to that, but Kessel was mostly doing his damage on the power play or with malkin/hagelin.

I'd rather have the superior player get more minutes with better teammates. It's that simple. Let's not "Iginla on his offwing" complicate this.

Of Guentzel's recent hot streak, he's had some PP points and a fair bit of points with Crosby. Sheahan's had points with Simon and Reaves during this stretch (RIP).

The third line mismatch will still be there, and because the wingers are so deep (as you mentioned), why not just create a 4th line that has Sheahan instead of Brassard with all that depth? Release the hounds.

The issue is finding a first line that works between now and the playoffs.


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 Post subject: Re: Pens get Brassard
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:09 pm 
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I think the 1st line that works is a big ???

'I think who is a competent #6 D Man?' is a bigger issue.

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Simon is poop.

Hunwick is worse. We need a defenseman.


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 Post subject: Re: Pens get Brassard
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Bring up Sprong. Play Ruhwedel. Add a D Man from the giveaway rent-a-vet pile.

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Bring up Sprong. Play Ruhwedel. Add a D Man from the giveaway rent-a-vet pile.



Ruhwedel was doing okay in last year's playoffs until hurt v. Ottawa, wasn't he?


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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Bring up Sprong. Play Ruhwedel. Add a D Man from the giveaway rent-a-vet pile.



Ruhwedel was doing okay in last year's playoffs until hurt v. Ottawa, wasn't he?


He was indeed and earlier this year he acquited himself very well as a bottom pair guy. He's not going to get involved in the offense, even though he can skate it out but he's not going to blow assignments like hunwick either. Think of ruh as a smaller and less talented Dumolin. Both can skate but have minimal offensive game


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