Today forward Steve Bernier was recalled from Albany and Reid Boucher was sent back down. Here are some quick thoughts on the line up.
Bernier was inserted on the 4th line with Ruutu and Gionta and Josefson was moved up to the 3rd line with Brunner and Clowe. I think the move for Josefson was warranted as he has earned a shot in the top 9. Bernier on the other hand is a tough one here. He is on a 1 way deal and would have to clear waivers to be sent back down. I’m not against him being in the lineup when we have some injuries but he could be claimed for nothing when Cammalleri and Havlat come back.
That being said 2 people will sit when they return to active duty. This is where things get tricky, who sits?
At this point I don’t think it should be either Brunner or Josefson as they have brought speed and energy to the line up. They have also more than earned there stay. The best bet to sit is Bernier and in my opinion Gionta. I would move Zubrus and Clowe to the 4th line with Ruuttu. My line combos would look something like this.
Cammalleri – Zajac – Jagr
Henrique- Elias – Havlat
Brunner – Josefson – Ryder
Clowe – Zubrus – Ruttuu
I think that puts the most skill in your top 9 and most grit on the 4th line. The 4th line would be big, physical and could chip in offensively from time to time.
What do you think the lines should be when everyone is healthy?
BY Steve Vullo
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