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#201 Martyisth3b3st

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 07:30 PM

It's a start, if the reports are true. I don't get Stereo's 'world is ending no matter what we do' scenarios. I've been a fan of this team that skated lineups much less impressive than this one and still competed. We don't have to win the President's trophy this year, but I cannot foresee a team that flops in Marty's last season. Putting up a playoff worthy regular season in the wake of this disaster would be a great win for the franchise, and with the UFA class next year, who knows what the future holds? Brunner helps the team now. What's not to like?
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Posted 14 July 2013 - 07:50 PM

I would be disgusted if cam made the team out of camp. It would mean either a ton of injuries or something went very wrong with te guys they have in camp. Now, could he get a game or two as "the mascot" (tri's nickname) in the middle of the season with some injuries and a matchup against a thug team? Perhaps. But cam on this team at any point means something has gone wrong.

I don't necessarily WANT him, but I can see the logic in this division with the other teams' goons. Especially because we're going to be relying on Elias a ton this year.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 07:53 PM

I don't necessarily WANT him, but I can see the logic in this division with the other teams' goons. Especially because we're going to be relying on Elias a ton this year.

 

Clowe and Ryder are no slouches especially Ryder who has a really quick wrister. Don't forget Zubrus, Carter, Bernier, Zajac and Henrique. I'm excited to see what Olesz can do since he was coached by Deboer in Florida. In addition we have at least three good offensive defensemen in Zids, Greene and Fayne.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:08 PM

You're bumping olesz out of the top 12 w/ 2 signings and I don't think that's happening. As it is, signing brunner, which I very much want, knocks gionta out and we know the devils are fond of him.
I think they're signing one more forward and that's what they'll go to camp with. That alone knocks one of barch, gionta and tedenby off the varsity and we know barch stays to be the resident punching bag


Oups just forgot about him hes clearly better than tedenby.
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Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:15 PM

Clowe and Ryder are no slouches especially Ryder who has a really quick wrister. Don't forget Zubrus, Carter, Bernier, Zajac and Henrique. I'm excited to see what Olesz can do since he was coached by Deboer in Florida. In addition we have at least three good offensive defensemen in Zids, Greene and Fayne.

Slouches? No. But Elias not only creates his own shot in ways other guys can't, he also creates a lot of their shots, and draws the defense. I think Ryder especially is going to help open things up a lot, but I think all the other guys you mentioned, with the possible exception of Henrique, need someone on their line to help them, and the offense is therefore going to run through Elias a lot.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:18 PM

I think we have 3 second lines, as far as skill and energy is concerned. We don't have one single powerhouse line like other teams do, but I think we're deeper going into this season once we go down the bench, and we know how important that is in today's league.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:23 PM

I think we have 3 second lines, as far as skill and energy is concerned. We don't have one single powerhouse line like other teams do, but I think we're deeper going into this season once we go down the bench, and we know how important that is in today's league.


There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It's better than having one "powerhouse line" then three that you're embarrassed to roll out (Rangers)
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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:24 PM

I think we have 3 second lines, as far as skill and energy is concerned. We don't have one single powerhouse line like other teams do, but I think we're deeper going into this season once we go down the bench, and we know how important that is in today's league.

 

I would rather have 3 solid lines full of guys that can score 20 to 30 goals than rely on one guy who can score 40. We all saw what happened when that guy went down.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 10:16 PM

Agreed; 3 second lines isn't ideal but it's far from a panic situation as well. I could live with that, and with our new goalie tandem you certainly look good to hit the playoffs like that as well.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 10:34 PM

Elias wasn't 'matched into oblivion' when Kovalchuk wasn't here.  In fact, he and Zajac (and Clarkson) were incredible at keeping the puck in the opponent's end.

 

We'll see.   He's another season older and I don't like him having to be a "target".  


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:20 AM

We'll see.   He's another season older and I don't like him having to be a "target".  

Keep him targeting others then. Just play him in defensive zone and against top lines and other teams checkers won't be out against him. If you zone match then it creates mismatches for opposing teams coaches.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:20 AM

Just need one of those "2nd lines" to find some real chemistry and they can become a 1st line. We've seen it before with the devils A-line, EGG, ZZ-pops. None of those were really powerhouse lines on paper, but caused serious damage due to clicking as a unit. All that would be left after that is to name them.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:35 AM

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Just talked to Damien Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy. Wouldn't say which teams he's talked to. Says "nothing imminent" as far as signing.

 

well this is shutting some rumours and it's making me nervous a little, we REALLY need to sign another scorer at the very least


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:38 AM

When has an agent said he's talking with the Devils?  Just means that @SwissNHL was wrong.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:47 AM

We don't need an expensive UFA.  Just someone who can score AND play both ends of the ice.   No need to panic.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:47 AM

When has an agent said he's talking with the Devils?  Just means that @SwissNHL was wrong.

 

guess thats right. But the fact he "wouldnt say" can also led us to believe that the Devils are actually in the mix haha


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:23 AM

Whatever, that development sounds good to me. I don't care about Brunner, he's an unproven, flashy players who's most well known feat was that nice shootout move against the Jackets. Color me unimpressed, just give me Mason Raymond.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:20 AM

Whatever, that development sounds good to me. I don't care about Brunner, he's an unproven, flashy players who's most well known feat was that nice shootout move against the Jackets. Color me unimpressed, just give me Mason Raymond.

Good, we'll color you unimpressed while all the Detroit fans who actually watched him play talk about how sorry they are to lose him.
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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:28 AM

Good, we'll color you unimpressed while all the Detroit fans who actually watched him play talk about how sorry they are to lose him.

 

And how unsorry Vancouver fans are to lose Mason Raymond, about whom the only thing 'proven' is that he's on the decline at age 27.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:33 AM

And how unsorry Vancouver fans are to lose Mason Raymond, about whom the only thing 'proven' is that he's on the decline at age 27.

 

Raymond played on a stacked Canucks club and still put up 10 goals and 12 assists in 46 games.


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