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Are Our 3rd + 4th Lines Ready To Contribute More?

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Well, Michael Cuttell seems to think so.

The Leafs are expecting to see some major improvements in their bottom six forwards over last year’s starting roster. Last year’s group failed to consistently provide any of the criteria intrinsic to bottom-six role players. Improvements to this group, as energy providers, momentum shifters, penalty killers and a source of secondary scoring, is key to the Leafs’ playoff hopes in 2011-12. Though the PK made strides in front of Reimer in late season 2010-11, the third and fourth lines were very often limited to a defensive role that saw them on their heels most nights, relying on a few heart and soul players to lift the team with a strong individual effort.

Read on for more links.

Leafs Links:

Better Safe Than Sorry?

Danny Gray takes a look at a whole new kind of bias.

The All-Temp Team

From Jon S., at Puckin' Eh.

Name Your Favorite Leafs And Hockey Blogs

Michael Langlois knows we're special.

Give Mike A Chance

I actually have a few issues with this piece, but here you are anyway. Jeffler defends Komisarek.

Other Hockey Links:

How Well Do Scoring Events Reflect Ice Time?

The Latest from Scott Reynolds at the Copper 'N Blue.

Shot Target Visualization

From Gabe Desjardins at Arctic Ice Hockey.

A Rick Rypien Rant And Eulogy

From Loser Domi at Barry Melrose Rocks.

Looking for fame and glory?

Help out Desjardins and Zona with chance counting.

Crosby's Agent Refutes Concussion Setback Reports

Well now, this muddies the waters. From Chris Johnston at the CP in the Globe.

Ovechkin Doing Mr. Big Commercials

I wouldn't even link to this if I didn't like Mirtle so much. It's a funny story, anyway.

Gillis vows action in the wake of Rypien's death

From Matthew Sekeres at the Globe.

Bonus Link:

Oh, Serge. You slay me.