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Line and Pairing Combos

The roster seems about set.  Joe is leaving for a week.  So let's talk line/pairing combos, eh?  Reply with your lines and pairings -- with/without Joey, pipe dream lines, lines you think will actually happen -- whatever you want.

I'll start:

D Pairings:

Foote / Clark

Hannan / Liles

Salei / Leopold

I think these is a really good bet.  We saw 2 of these pairings for extended periods of time already and they worked well in Hannan/Liles and Salei / Leopold.  The team seems to love spreading out its puckmovers.  Clark and Foote may work really well together, they compliment each other's shortcomings well.

With Joey (realistic):

Smyth / Stastny / Hejduk

Wolski / Sakic / Svatos

Tucker / Arny / Jones

McLeod / Guite / Lappy

If Sakic and Arny come back, I just don't see how Hensick makes the team.

Without Joey (realistic):

Smyth / Stastny / Hejduk

Hensick / Wolski / Svatos

Tucker / Arny / Jones

McLeod / Guite / Lappy

Hensick can play LW (he did last preseason to great effect), and Sakic leaving creates that top 6 spot for him.

thedoctor's pipedream (Arny traded):

Smyth / Sakic / Jones

Tucker / Stastny / Hejduk

Hensick / Wolski / Svatos  // swap hensick and wolski if you care to

McLeod / Guite / Lappy

Shoot, I LOVE this lineup.  We all know how well the Stastny / Hejduk pairing works with random grinders (*cough* May?)...and Tucker is one with scoring touch!  Smyth and Sakic finally get to play together, and Jones adds size, speed, and nice passing (hopefully someday some finishing ability too  :p).  And the 3rd...mmm, the 3rd -- speed galore, and offensive ability like you wouldn't believe.  Imagine Svatos and Hensick tearing up the ice on breakouts.  Yummy.

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