Doing a Line

Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald joined the Fifth Feather dark side today, as he essentially called for Sammy Pahlsson to center a checking line and for Joel Quenneville to break up the Bolland-Havlat-Ladd marriage.  This is after Pahlsson centered Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien with decent success on Wednesday during the Blues match-up at the United Center.  Martin Havlat also found a bit of a roll with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on what could be a scary line going forward.

I’m sticking to my guns: nothing other than Pahlsson with Ladd and Troy Brouwer makes any sense.  That leaves the top six forwards for the top two lines – Havlat, Toews, Kane, Sharp, Versteeg, Bolland – and Dustin Byfuglien for the fourth line with Ben Eager and either Colin Fraser or Adam Burish.

Done and done.  It almost seems too perfect.

Finally, I don’t see the great Aaron Johnson/Matt Walker debate of ’09 lasting too much longer.  I see Brent Sopel as the sixth defenseman come the week of April 13th.  Walker’s been a great surprise this season, and Johnson’s largely been effective, but Sopel’s the better choice – like it or not.

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3 Responses to Doing a Line

  1. coach says:

    You must be doing lines if you think Walker is a good defenseman or you use to have a secret crush oh Jon Yarmak. (in side joke)

  2. blackhawkbob says:

    He was cute … I mean … Did he say anything about me?

  3. wlittle says:

    Walker = as good as dirt. Johnson was the best player on the ice against Montreal.

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