Congratulations to Daniel Alfredsson on once again becoming a member of Ottawa's vaunted CASH line. And here's the document with the lineup. Bet nobody thought we'd ever see those three together again, eh? Yesterday was also the most commented and voted on post, so keep those comments coming! Today, we discuss options for Jason Spezza's understudy, in the second center role. A Russian and two Canadians will duke it out, and I think it could actually be a really close vote.
Alexei Yashin: Could have been the number 1, if not for Jason Spezza being such a big hit with younger fans, and for his playoff numbers. Uber-talented, had he not thrown away his relationship with this team and city, it would be him and not Alfredsson who would be praised as a God.
Mike Fisher: Usually played above where fans wanted to see him, Fisher was probably a better fit as a third line center than a second liner. Although now he's starting in Nashville. So maybe we were wrong. Fisher was the hardest worker most nights- I don't remember saying to myself ever "Where was Fish tonight?". I do, however, remember many nights of "I wish Fisher would put one in."
Kyle Turris: More talented than Fisher, but is currently in a similar situation, having to play on the top line, instead of the second line where he is more comfortable. Once Spezza comes back, expect him to light it up. He's already getting chances- it's just a matter of time until they start going in.
My choice: Yashin. Imagine Yashin, in his prime, sans bitchiness, playing on the second line.
Sleeper pick: Turris. I don't think Fisher beats out either of these two for the spot, but I do still see a spot on this team for him.