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KreiMeARiver* 08-06-2012 11:06 AM

Biggest Worry/Fear/Question Mark heading into new season?
 
And I don't mean "the labor dispute" or "Michael Sauer's health". These are obvious. Give me something else.

To me, it's our 3rd D pairing. I really wanted to address this, but we haven't. Stu Bickel isn't the answer. I don't want him anywhere near this team come playoff time.

eco's bones 08-06-2012 11:12 AM

Penalty killing forwards is one thing that comes to mind for me. Prust, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Fedetenko all regulars at that--all gone.

Obviously Nash is going to be one guy--Hagelin probably another. Halpern?--Pyatt and Asham did not kill any penalties last year with their respective teams. Kreider maybe another. Stepan and Richards might see more time.

Staals Eye 08-06-2012 11:27 AM

Forward chemistry. A lot of players In and out. All the guys that left, did a lot of the little things that help you win. Hope fully the guys that are coming in can do the same.

Out:
Dubi
Arty
Prust
Feds
Mitchell

In:
Nash
Halpern
Asham
Halley
Pyatt

broadwayblue 08-06-2012 11:32 AM

My biggest fear going into the new season is whether there will be a season.

Krams 08-06-2012 11:33 AM

Center depth. If either one of Stepan or Richards goes down, Brian Boyle is going to be our second line center. Brian Boyle.

KreiMeARiver* 08-06-2012 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SwissFreakinWatch (Post 53318695)
Center depth. If either one of Stepan or Richards goes down, Brian Boyle is going to be our second line center. Brian Boyle.

Miller would be our 2nd line center before Boyle.

NyRangers88 08-06-2012 11:38 AM

I'm hoping the chemistry of the team is not lost from last year. After all, we did lose several core pieces such as Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prust, and Fedetenko. All those players contributed to our deep playoff run.

Krams 08-06-2012 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hightide85 (Post 53318811)
Miller would be our 2nd line center before Boyle.

If he doesn't make the team out of training camp and Tortorella doesn't think he's ready, no he will not.

Above and Beyond 08-06-2012 11:42 AM

Expectations will be sky high. Anything less than a SCF appearance will be considered a total failure by portions of the fanbase and media. There is pressure on this team to exceed last season's performance, perhaps rightfully so.

It will be tough to top the east in the regular season again, let alone get to the conference finals.

kovazub94 08-06-2012 11:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SwissFreakinWatch (Post 53318695)
Center depth. If either one of Stepan or Richards goes down, Brian Boyle is going to be our second line center. Brian Boyle.

Was going to go with the chemistry issue due to significant rostor turnover, but center depth is definitely a more significant concern if there is an injury to either BR or Stepan. The team lost 4 forwards who could play both center and wing positions without replacing them with someone with a similar skill set.

Bleed Ranger Blue 08-06-2012 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hightide85 (Post 53318811)
Miller would be our 2nd line center before Boyle.

So if management doesnt deem Miller NHL ready at the start of the season and then Stepan or Richards gets hurt, you think theyll bring Miller back up and play him on the 2nd line? Thats an interesting way of looking at things.

NJRangers35 08-06-2012 11:54 AM

I am very nervous about our 3rd line. Hagelin-Boyle-Pyatt. You put Boyle and Pyatt on the 4th line I think they have one of the best 4th lines in hockey. On the 3rd line I'm nervous.

KreiMeARiver* 08-06-2012 11:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SwissFreakinWatch (Post 53318867)
If he doesn't make the team out of training camp and Tortorella doesn't think he's ready, no he will not.

I don't think it matters when he makes the team. And I'm willing to bet he's more ready/capable of centering our skill players than Brian Boyle. Time will tell.

I'm also very, very high on Miller, and think he's ready. He's physically ready, and from all reports, he's mentally there, as well.

Krams 08-06-2012 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hightide85 (Post 53319155)
I don't think it matters when he makes the team. And I'm willing to bet he's more ready/capable of centering our skill players than Brian Boyle. Time will tell.

I'm also very, very high on Miller, and think he's ready. He's physically ready, and from all reports, he's mentally there, as well.

If management thought that Miller was more capable of centering our players than Brian Boyle then I'd assume he'd make the team out of camp -- no?

If he makes the team out of camp then perhaps you're right. I don't see that happening though.

Bardof425* 08-06-2012 12:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NYRangers88 (Post 53318819)
I'm hoping the chemistry of the team is not lost from last year. After all, we did lose several core pieces such as Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prust, and Fedetenko. All those players contributed to our deep playoff run.

Funny you say that. Dubi was hurt for much of the playoffs and the other three weren't good at all in the playoffs which is probably why they were deemed expendable. The contributed yes; but very little.

BBKers 08-06-2012 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bardof425 (Post 53319379)
Funny you say that. Dubi was hurt for much of the playoffs and the other three weren't good at all in the playoffs which is probably why they were deemed expendable. The contributed yes; but very little.

Fedotenko was better in the POs than the regular season
Anisimov was wildly inconsistent
Prust did not have a good playoff performance

KreiMeARiver* 08-06-2012 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bardof425 (Post 53319379)
Funny you say that. Dubi was hurt for much of the playoffs and the other three weren't good at all in the playoffs which is probably why they were deemed expendable. The contributed yes; but very little.

This is spot on, and exactly what I was thinking when I read his post. Although Feds had a pretty good playoffs.

We replaced "guys that do the little things" with "guys that to the little things"

AND

RICK NASH!!!!!

Net Front Presence 08-06-2012 12:11 PM

The progress of JT Miller. Pushing Boyle down to 4C is a necessity.

Clowes Line 08-06-2012 12:17 PM

Oddly enough, my biggest worry going into EVERY season is Lundqvist. Now I know he is the most consistent goalie in the league, but I always fear that like what if he has a down year. Although I'm usually proved wrong by him in the first week of the season :laugh:

BlueshirtBlitz 08-06-2012 12:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kreiders Underwear (Post 53319715)
Oddly enough, my biggest worry going into EVERY season is Lundqvist. Now I know he is the most consistent goalie in the league, but I always fear that like what if he has a down year. Although I'm usually proved wrong by him in the first week of the season :laugh:

My fear is if he goes down.

Kershaw 08-06-2012 12:20 PM

Honestly, my biggest fear is if Lundqvist goes down. If he's injured, we become a bad hockey team. You can put an AHL lineup out there with Lundqvist and we'd still have a chance to win.

we want cup 08-06-2012 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NYRangers88 (Post 53318819)
I'm hoping the chemistry of the team is not lost from last year. After all, we did lose several core pieces such as Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prust, and Fedetenko. All those players contributed to our deep playoff run.

Agreed.

Top 3 concerns:

1. Chemistry, as mentioned above
2. How well Nash handles increased pressure and prolonged scrutiny
3. Whether or not guys like Kreider and Hagelin are ready for a full season with major responsibilities

bobbop 08-06-2012 12:28 PM

1. Lundqvist
1A. Not enough sandpaper on the top three lines

Clowes Line 08-06-2012 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobbop (Post 53319985)
1. Lundqvist
1A. Not enough sandpaper on the top three lines

You mean JAM? :sarcasm:

bobbop 08-06-2012 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kreiders Underwear (Post 53320007)
You mean JAM? :sarcasm:

It was sandpaper long before it was jam.:D


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