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James van Riemsdyk scores a goal against New Jersey after not being intimidated by Cam Janssen.
James van Riemsdyk scores a goal against New Jersey after not being intimidated by Cam Janssen.

JVR at Center is Going to Happen, Isn't It? - Cam Charron at The Leafs Nation

If you look at most of JvR's goals, you don't see that play-controlling ability. Rather, much of his goals are a big guy using his size and strength in front of the net. It's certainly a good talent to have, but is this the player that Brian Burke and Randy Carlyle are really banking on making that first line defensively responsible to guarantee the unit a surplus in goals?

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I just see so many more possibilities when you keep van Riemsdyk at wing. At centre, you're homogenizing the lineup. The Leafs were a 48% possession team without Kessel on the ice last season, and putting your only acquired forward asset with your top scorer isn't changing anything below.

That's how I see it as well. Thoughts? Links after the jump.

Leafs Links

How Do You Tell the Story of Busher?

1967ers looks back at the greatest Leafs winger of the 1930s.

Moving Forwards

MLHS look at the logjam upfront.

Reading the Tea Leaves

JP talks superstitions of the Toronto variety.

Rate Your Disappointment

Mike at VLM wants to hear your thoughts on some of this summer's non-signings.

Other Links

Teemu is Coming Back for 1 More Year

If you don't love Teemu Selanne then you have no soul.

Rec Hockey Tips

Justin Bourne gives good advice for anyone playing some rec puck.

Backhand Shelf Podcast

Talking Suter and Parise among other things.