Lemaire has said he'll cut 12 players after tonight's game. Any predictions?
My WAG (I'd guess Lemaire has a fairly good idea right now, but I bet some guys are still up in the air):
You're list looks pretty accurate Ceber. If he's making 12 cuts, I don't think he's gonna be cutting into the meat too deeply yet. As I can see, there are probably 7-8 players that have arguably earned a spot on the opening day roster. The tough part will not be going from 44-32. It'll be going from 32-23. And I'm guessing Lemaire is cutting 12 tomorrow because he's got his eye on the same 7-8 people. There's definitely been a crop of players that have separated themselves.
Only one I might disagree with is Cavanaugh. The coaching staff seems to like him quite a bit. He might make it past this 2nd cut.
Well Boogaard, Hannula, Berizen, Cavosie, Cullen, Balduc, Heid, Reitz, Michalek, Cloutier, Holmqvist. Then i think that Veiliex, Wanvig, Brander, Daigle, Stevenson, Foy, Roche, Choinard, Cananough, McAlpine are all on the cusp. If Lemaire wants to keep the juniors up for a few more games you may see some surprises, maybe send someone a message.
The rest will be tough -
McAlpine probably deserves it, but they just signed him.
Chouinard's in the same boat as McAlpine.
Holmqvist? No playing time means he's likely gone.
Cavanaugh? - they've been real positive on him, otherwise I'd say he's gone.
Stevenson's spot is in jeopardy if Wanvig and especially Foy continue to provide muscle and skill.
There's 14 candidates.
One less D-Man to cut. McAlpine retired today.
Good news for Roche I think.
Assuming McAlpine retired, I'm going to assume that changes the number to be cut to 11.
I wasn't sure about putting Cavanaugh on that list. I think he's easily one of the guys who could stay. This isn't much of a cut really. Like Dan-o said, the tricky one is getting down to 23. That's going to be much more interesting. :)
Roche and Chris aren't even close to the same type of player. If Roche makes the team it is because Lemaire has recognized the need for additional offence from the D and is willing to give Roche a shot at providing it.
I never said they are the same type of player, its just that there are so many spots that are open and then there is an emergency call up player.
I wasn't snapping at you aylib. Just making a point in regards to the two players. I feel with Dougs five year plan they are trying to merge certain types of players into the lineup over time. One of those types of players they have been looking for is an offensive D-Man to QB the PP . Roche has proved he can be that guy in the minors as evidenced by his points last year. Roche may have been what they are looking for but Lemaire has had him in the Minors until he was comfortable Roche has learned that defence first is most important. He saw that from him in the Calder Cup this spring. It may be time to see if the fit is right. Should be an interesting next two weeks.
Just based on these boards and media:
Hendrickson- perhaps they'll give him time to sign elsewhere?
rw Daigle- doesn't sound like he's wowing many, they leave the spot
for a youngster
g Cloutier- do they cut only 1 or 2? If 2, swap Holmqvist for Daigle
They won't try to send any veterans down yet. If anything they will keep them to be exposed in the waiver draft versus taking a chance on losing someone they don't want to.
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