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Malkin or Staal to wing?


Been lots of talk about moving either Geno or Staal to wing. Either with each other (and I have seen both of them proposed to be the wing in this scenario) or Geno with Sid on the first line. At first blush, the idea sounds great; but just like the Geno trade proposals (which have been universally rejected by this august body) I think they are an overreaction to a disappointing end to a generally less-than-stellar season. (Who would have thought in 2003 that making the 2nd round would be "less-than stellar"...oh how far we have come)

Basically, the Penguins strength is depth down the middle, and taking this away IMO would be a mistake.

1) Both Geno and Staal are centers and have been playing that position at a high level for a bunch of years. While moving them around during a game for a few shifts or on the PP for some more offense can create excitement and dynamic shifts, their respective games would suffer and our team defense would as well. Particularly Staal, while a great defensive center in his own right, needs his linemates to be making conservative defensive plays for his game to be as dominant as it is.

2) Sid, Geno and Jordan are our best players, right? Why would we give a team the chance to try and shut down two of them with the same line on the ice? Spread the wealth around, make the matchups tougher for the opposing coach and keep people where they are most comfortable on the ice.

3) When Sid and Geno are on the ice together, good things happen. No one will argue that. But get them on the ice together on the PP when they have the most room to make dynamic things happen.  Clearly the powerplay needs to improve (Yeo gone?) but when it was working well...(see Game 1 of Montreal series)

Most of the talk has been to try and get another wing, maybe bring one up from WB, and get some defense.  I think these are way better solutions than mixing lines and positions up. Stick with what got us a big silver Cup that I seem to recall.

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