Here’s what Terry Murray said today about his decision to essentially swap right wingers on the second/third lines, with Dustin Brown joining Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus, and Wayne Simmonds joining Teddy Purcell and Jarret Stoll…
MURRAY: “I’m looking to get an answer to a question I’ve been asked several times by you, the media, and it’s a good question. Secondary scoring. I’m looking to find more from other places. I’m hoping that something can happen out of this Fro, Zeus and Brown line, I take a look at Zeus, and over his resume, and he’s put up good numbers in his career.
“He’s a very responsible checking guy but he’s got pretty good hands, he’s pretty nifty with the puck in the offensive zone, he’s making good plays, he can make good plays, and I’m hoping that moving Brownie there can generate more from that line.”
(on whether that makes Stoll’s line the new “checking line”…)
MURRAY: “I’m not going to put a title on it. I’m not looking at it as a checking line. I still want them to bring the same stuff, as far as what I just talked about with Zeus. I’m looking for some secondary scoring. I know we’ve gone through a bit of the flu in the last couple of games, and maybe it drops off because of that, but with Stoll and Purcell I think there’s a playmaker and a puck-possession guy in Purcell. He can see the ice very well in the offensive zone.
“Stolly is a shooter, and I think Wayne Simmonds has played well for me, right from last year. He’s holding on to the puck, he’s carrying the puck, he’s strong on the puck down deep in the offensive zone and he goes to the net, so I’m hoping that maybe something good can happen with that.”