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STLBLUES44 04-24-2013 03:21 PM

Hakanpaa
 
We apparently called up Hakanpaa... any chance he plays tomorrow or against dare i say it... chicago??

bluemandan 04-24-2013 03:27 PM

Nope, not really.

If Hakanpaa plays, things are pretty dire on the defense.

I think it is more a matter of getting him some NHL exposure. It lets him know that we have him in our NHL-level plans, it shows him the kind of commitment and training he needs to have in the off-season, and it gives him a little bit of familiarity with the team/staff/facilities so that next training camp it isn't all new to him.

bleedblue1223 04-24-2013 03:29 PM

Nope, none, not going to happen.

STLBLUES44 04-24-2013 03:34 PM

ahh gotcha... I just thought maybe giving jackman, polak, and leopold a night off and playing cole, russell and hakanpaa against cgy could be an idea... nvm tho... makes sense now tho. i guess practice time with the guys is pretty good for him as well

Terror91 04-24-2013 04:38 PM

I'd give Leopold, Jackman, and Pietrangelo nights off come Thursday. Run with a defense like this;

Bouwmeester-Shattenkirk
Russell-Polak
Cole-Hakanpaa


Get beat? Thats alright, as long as we stay ahead of Columbus and Minnesota, stay below LA and San Jose, I'm fine with that.

Daley Tarasenkshow 04-24-2013 04:40 PM

I think resting in preparation for the playoffs is completely useless considering the actual playoffs won't start till at least 3 or 4 days after the season ends. The players can rest then..

bleedblue1223 04-24-2013 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Randall Ritchey (Post 64599497)
I'd give Leopold, Jackman, and Pietrangelo nights off come Thursday. Run with a defense like this;

Bouwmeester-Shattenkirk
Russell-Polak
Cole-Hakanpaa


Get beat? Thats alright, as long as we stay ahead of Columbus and Minnesota, stay below LA and San Jose, I'm fine with that.

That is dumb and will never happen.

Terror91 04-24-2013 04:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bleedblue1223 (Post 64599659)
That is dumb and will never happen.

Dumb? Probably, at least the line up. Resting Jackman, probably not. Pietro just looks gassed so I wouldn't argue that at all.

Realistically. If you rest Jackman and Pie, you go into it with a line up like 19-22, 4-46, 33-28. It's already said Jackman will be having the game off. I think resting Pietrangelo wouldn't hurt.

Leave me to my fantasies why don't ya! :sarcasm:

JustOneB4IDie 04-25-2013 03:45 AM

The only way you would see Hakanpaa is if the Defensive depth chart is obliterated with injuries.

byrath 04-25-2013 04:56 AM

However much we as fans don't want to see LA in the first round, I'm sure the team still has the #4 seed in their sights. If we lose tonight vs the Flames though, finishing 4th will no longer be possible due to SJ playing in LA on Saturday. In that scenario, there would be little incentive beyond pride (especially vs the Hawks, hmm) to win our last game, and I could see Hitch sitting his two most banged up d-men and playing Russell and Cole. Possibly even a guy like Hakanpaa for a 3rd d-man if enough guys are dinged-up/tired. Forwards too, possibly we could see Nichol and Jaskin, am I forgetting anyone else who's been with the team but sitting?

Frenzy1 04-25-2013 06:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by byrath (Post 64628803)
However much we as fans don't want to see LA in the first round, I'm sure the team still has the #4 seed in their sights. If we lose tonight vs the Flames though, finishing 4th will no longer be possible due to SJ playing in LA on Saturday. In that scenario, there would be little incentive beyond pride (especially vs the Hawks, hmm) to win our last game, and I could see Hitch sitting his two most banged up d-men and playing Russell and Cole. Possibly even a guy like Hakanpaa for a 3rd d-man if enough guys are dinged-up/tired. Forwards too, possibly we could see Nichol and Jaskin, am I forgetting anyone else who's been with the team but sitting?

Murray is currently with the team also. I could see Backes getting some rest along with McDonald. No idea of where Oshie is as far as returning goes. Also would like to see Halak get a start if possible.

McDonald, Backes, Pie, Jackman, and Shatty or Leopold could all us a game off.

byrath 04-25-2013 08:01 AM

Yeah, Backes has really been busting his hump the last month or so and of course McDonald is getting old and kinda fragile.

Parayko Physics 04-25-2013 01:17 PM

His name just makes me think of Hackensack, NJ when I hear it...

STLBLUES44 04-25-2013 01:24 PM

makes me think hiccup.... jani Hiccupka

Squit 04-29-2013 02:52 AM

BTW, can anybody tell me how "Hakanator" have played there across the pond? Do you guys see any potential about him? How is his skating, is he enough fast in AHL? Hakanpää is one of my favorite prospect, very big boy with good tools, but still very raw.


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