11 The Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck reunion is effective
Once donned the best fourth line in hockey, the Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck line is returning in 2018-2019. As much as I hate how much cap space this line eats up I can’t help but think of the effectiveness this line had.
At their best, they were flying around the Coliseum ice beating folks into the boards and making the crowd erupt with every last hit. They were the ultimate momentum changer.
Now, four years later from their prime, they can still be the same thing. All three of these guys were at their best when they played together. In the final year they played together, 2016, each one had a career year.
In order for the line to be productive, they have to be physical, defensively responsible and provide enough offense. They will never be worth the price tag, but Barry Trotz can squeeze some juice out of them in order to make the fourth line great again.
The way that Lou Lamoriello has shied away from analytics makes me think that they will ride this line out for as long as they can. The team might not be very talented, but they won’t be fun to play against that’s for sure.