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Yes, but who do you pick up? The UFA list is just awful. No wonder you have teams like the Panthers trying out Floatalev and the drunken out of shape Kostitsyn brother.
Wait, Panthers have Kovalev AND Kuba!?!? If you're going to copy an idea, copy a good one!
Hoffman, Silfverberg, Lehner, Bishop, Wiercioch, Borowiecki and Benoit headed to Ottawa for camp.
New, blood, downing and cheverie coming to Binghamton from Elmira. Zibanejad will dress for Bingo tonight. No idea if Petersson, Wacey Hamilton, and Claesson will remain scratches for Bingo.
Wiercioch, Borowiecki and Benoit have played great in Bingo and they have been taught by Richardson so I think it's worth the gamble to play 1 or 2 of these guys Moving Forward.The UFA's out there suck so what's the choice anyway.......
Wiercoioch, Borowiecki, Benoit.......then there's Gryba had two goals tonight and played a lot of minutes, Claesson who's only 19 but a guy to keep an eye on for the future, and Tyler Eckford who's have a great season -- there is depth to draw on in Bingo, and I think we'll do better with what we have in our system rather than looking at a UFA that went 2.5 months without any team being interested.
I thought Turris had his best games on the few occasions he didn't play with Alfie. He seems to defer to Alfie when it comes to puck control. Alfie did his best work with Karlsson, Spezza, and Michalek. My fantasy would be that Turris plays with Silfverberg and it works out great.
I can't wait to get my heritage jersey on to watch the first game.
I'm worried about Anderson too. We've got lots of goalies though. I think we all need to chill out about Anderson.
I'd love to see some of those Bingo d-men make it. Benoit looked solid when I saw him on the big team in the past. There was no room for him so he had to go back down last year.
Andre Petersson done for the year. To have the same hip surgery as Cowen. Shame cause he was playing great! On the other had, so great to have depth in the organization at every position!
should I be surprised that Stone was not invited to camp?
Hasn't lit it up in Bingo. Basically played on a checking line. Most of his goals were empty nets. Missed a lot of good in-game chances. Doesn't use his big frame as much as he should (to make space for himself and finish checks); prefers to sort of hide on the ice and appear out of nowhere in the low slot.
That being said, he has sweet hands and vision and set up a lot of his teammates (who also didn't finish a lot of times).
Bottom line: not ready for a shot yet.
Stone also missed some games at the beginning of the season, didn't he? He's a work in progress, and I'd rather pull a Red Wings (let him develop in the minors) than a Leafs (throw him on the big team, praying he'll do something worthwhile) since we have other players we can call on .
just seems strange that last season they thought enough of him to throw him cold into a play-off game. now he's not even good enough to invite to camp. sounds like he's taken a step back.
That's because that decision to play him in the playoffs was totally whack!!
The decision to keep him in Bingo is a return to sanity.
When thinking about Stone, I always think back to Logan Couture of the Sharks and it took him almost 3 full seasons of Juniors and AHL until he finally made an impact on the Sharks. This after being the no. 10 pick and all the hype and now he's the one of the Sharks top 3 players it takes time for some of these guys. That's why ZBad and others it could take years until they are ready.
According to Shawn Simpson, the D-parings will be as follows:Methot - KarlssonGonchar - WierciochPhillips - BenoitBorocop as 7th D.
I like the latest forward lines:
Michalek-Spezza-Silfverberg (duh)Latendresse-Turris-Alfredsson (no surprise)Regin-O'Brien-Condra (really like this line for secondary scoring and shut down line - lots of speed, hockey smarts and skill)Greening-Smith-Neil (oh baby! this line is going to run ppl over!!!! has to be my favourite!)Extras: Daugie, Hoffman (assuming Hoffa is gone to Bingo, this leaves 13 forwards)
With the 7 dmen above and the 3 goalies that puts the Sens at the max 23 roster.
Not sure I like the team carrying 3 goalies, but may be the only way for now until they figure out if Anderson is ready, if they are trading Bishop (or Anderson), etc.
According to SensExtra it will be on D:
Methot - KarlssonGonchar - PhillipsBenoit - WierciochBorocop as 7th
I think I like this better than Shawns prediction. This leaves only Methot - Karlsson as new pairing. Yes it's a bottom pair of rookies, but it's arguably one of the best top pairings in the AHL, they're used to one another and I think they deserve a shot.
Time for new lines speculation!
LW - C - RW
Injuries: Spezza, Hoffman, StoneDepth: Daugavins (LW), Da Costa (C), Grant (C)... They could also sign Jesse Winchester as an extra body so they don't rush one of the young players.
Comments: I wouldn't want to mess with the chemistry between the kids on the 4th line, and the chemistry on the Meat Grinder line. It's mainly the 2nd line that needs to find some chemistry together. I'd prefer if they elevated Zibanejad to a top 6 and threw Daugavins with O'Brien and Condra (Latendresse sits). They have experience playing together from Bingo.
Methot - KarlssonBorowiecki - PhillipsBenoit - Wiercioch
Injuries: Gonchar, Lundin, CowenDepth: Gryba, Eckford, Claesson
You're right. Speculation time indeed.My 2 ct's.:
I don't like the look of Dawgs second line, first line loaded too much. We've learned in '07 that isn't the solution, I like a more balanced approach. Too bad Latendresse needs to work out in a top-6 role, so Greening isn't easily slotted there. On the other hand, I definitely don't like Latendresse's speed, so there might be a switch.
Therefore:Latendresse - Turris - AlfieMichalek - Regin - SilfverbergGreening - Smith - NeilZ'Bad - JO'B - Condra
There are some other options, as Z'bad can play C as well. So Regin better get to it, and soon. I like the look of this 4th line however. Sending down Z'bad in exchange for Da Costa would be another option. I still think Z'bad should't play against top 2 lines. Let him ease in. We're not Toronto, I'd rather 'waste' a season than waste a promising prospect, we're still in a rebuild remember. On the other hand it would be very sour if we win a cup the very year after Alfie retires. I also like Dawg's idea of reuniting K-Daug with his old line. Not in order to elevate ZBad however, I'd rather he play top minutes in Bingo.
On D I hope Gonch's injury is soon over, 2 rookies is enough.
Methot - KarlssonWiercioch - PhilipsBenoit - Gonchar
Once Lundin comes back, we're free to experiment a bit more with BoroCop, whom I really like, but seems to be lost a bit at times.
Unfortunately I think Alfie will be moved up to the first line but I would prefer he stayed on the second line. On the second line he isn't playing again the other teams top line and probably not playing as many minuets as he would on the first. With no rest between games it could wear him down.
We have a new line: Conacher - Zibanejad - Silfverberg aka the Honey Badger - Big Zibby - the Silfver Surfer aka THE AVENGERS LINE!!
Now spread the word among Sens Nation!
Practice lines today at Harvard (flying to Buffalo later today):
(O'Brien subbing in for Regin at times; Michalek rotating w/ LW on top 2 lines)
Cowan practicing with Benoit.
what the hell is Lundin doing in there? did Hoffman leave?
the Flyers just cheated and grabbed Reimer's stick as the puck was shot into Toronto's net. I love it when the Refs suck and it all works out at least for one play
Leafs just scored and just when they scored Pan was reading an email and he said "Leafs suck"--good timing Pan. (listening to podcast)
Leafs lose! Leafs Lose!!!! Leafs suck too!!!!!! Schenn with the clincher