The line of Brad Richardson, Michal Handzus and Dustin Brown, basically thrown together on a moment’s notice after Jarret Stoll hurt his groin in Vancouver last week, looks as though it might live on. After playing with Alexander Frolov yesterday, Handzus and Brown were back with Richardson today.
Terry Murray indicated that the line would stay together, although it’s unknown what will happen when Stoll is ready to play.
MURRAY: “I thought the line was effective. They seemed to be developing some pretty good chemistry, scored some big goals. I just want to continue with that. Hopefully it can grow.”
Murray was also asked which line he would consider to be his “stopper” line, or his top defensive line, a title usually held by the third line centered by Handzus. Murray flashed some of his good humor in discussing the Handzus line and the newly created Frolov-Moller-Simmonds line.
MURRAY: “It will still be Handzus, at the end of the day. With Kopitar, I have a lot of confidence in that line, in the checking part of the game, but when it comes down to the very end, it’s the Handzus line that I would go to, with Richie and Brownie.
“I just feel, with Oscar being here right now, and (the team) in need of a center iceman, that Fro can really help him out, as a big-bodied guy that holds onto the puck and is pretty responsible, checking-wise. Simmer and Moller are ex-roomies last year, so they’re in love with each other and they’ll work very hard for each other. I hope there’s something good that can happen out of the three of those guys playing together.”