Line Em’ Up Part 1: Evaluating Jacques Martin’s Options on Offense

September 16th, 2010 by Steve Fusinato Leave a reply »
In our first installment of a two-part series, we’ll be looking at the four offensive lines that are most likely to suit up in time for puck drop October 7th.

The key word we've heard throughout opening week was core, used by players and administrative representatives alike. Considering that the nucleus remained intact throughout the off-season, the Canadiens look like they only have two or three rosters spots available for the taking.

As it usually always is during training camp, Jacques Martin and his staff will be in for some tough decisions given the amount of players currently signed to a one-way contract. Martin must match players that can both produce offensively together and play his system.

Who’s on first?
Tomas Plekanec is surely to be first line center after the Canadiens responded to his stellar play by offering him a 6 year $30 million contract. The Czech had a career year, posting up 70 points in the regular season and adding 11 more in the playoffs.

There is no doubt that the turtleneck aficionado will be joined by Michael Cammalleri on his right wing, as separating Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez would be committi ...

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