I just hate a situation where an offensive player or two gets hurt and instead of sliding a Ryder or a Brunner in there you now move up Bernier or Zubrus.
I also really hate the idea of CBGB reuniting and then having Zubrus playing 3rd line or better minutes all season.
I think it's nuts to assume that the opening day lineup, barring injuries, would have a guy like Brunner or Ryder (or Havlat) scratched. But that's what it would have - they're not going to play one of those guys on the 4th line. Even now assuming everyone makes it through camp healthy and with one guy dealt, NJ still has these forwards: Cammalleri, Zajac, Jagr, Ruutu, Elias, Havlat, Clowe, Henrique, Ryder/Brunner, Zubrus, Carter, Gionta, Bernier, Josefson - that's still one too many. It might mean Bernier as a healthy scratch.
Edited by Triumph, 10 July 2014 - 11:40 AM.