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Thought I'd post this and this tidbit of information from the article. 




Yay, Skinner has been demoted to the third line. All I have to say is bout damn time! 




The key, however, will be finding complementary pieces to play behind them. There are options, with Jordan StaalJeff SkinnerTuomo Ruutu and 2013 top draft pick Elias Lindholm all candidates to serve as secondary scorers.

"You look at getting Ruutu back and Jordan Staal being a lot more comfortable this year in our system with everything going on," Muller said. "Our top-six should be real strong. … The big thing will be the opening for who wants the No. 3 center position. If Lindholm can jump in there as a guy and play possibly with someone like Jeff Skinner and a good veteran guy on the left side, that is going to be the strength of our hockey team. If we can improve our third line … that will help our hockey club a lot."

As far as filling a second-line spot alongside Staal and Ruutu, Muller said that will be part of the competition of training camp -- the coach's first since being hired Nov. 28, 2011 -- where a number of spots will be available for those willing to seize the opportunity.

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I see the top three lines being as follows






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