At this point
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03-23-2004, 01:25 PM
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At this point
With Andy having made a shambles of our line combos and proving that he is going to continue with this foolishness for the rest of the season, why shouldn't we, at this point in time, bring in Squid and start using our younger lads in a more dominant role as well.
Cams has 23 points in 56 regular season games. He has accomplished this while receiving 13 mins a game. Everytime he is given a shot on the top lines, he produces. If he IS going to be "our future' it will have to be next season or bust. He is not only ready but has proven so every time he is here. Of course, Andy doesn't like him and why should he? He is the anti Murray player in that he plays with emotion and fire and won't be a robot that is willing to go from producing on the top lines (with almost no ice time to speak of) to even less time on the back markers without saying "thank you sir, may I have another".
I want lads on my team that want the puck all of the time. I want that passion. That leadership. Not Andy.
Barney has proven he too is a big body who produces when given the chance. He should be there as well.
Brownie, well, he simply were rushed into the NHL and wasn't ready. He has done a very great job at doing what he can but, at this point, I would be ashamed if I were Andy and Dave on what has happened with him. There is naught left to do but PLAY the lad.
Modry is a UFA and could end up leaving for more money (I doubt the Kings will let this "prize" get away though unfortunately), he should sit the rest of the year.
Dempsey should be given more ice time and used in every situation possible. We have to make a decision on him this offseason and so far my answer would be no thank you. He may just need time to adjust so, I would make certain he has it to learn if I want him back.
Miller has been rubbish and should be dealt off season to the highest bidder for what we can get. Package him with Ebell and Rosa to the Caps for Kolzig and one of their players who will go UFA this coming season that they want to move or a mid rounder.
Give the ice time to,
Corvo/Gleason/Grebeshkov/Visnovsky/Dempsey/Matty and Zizka as a back up(#7)
Lets see what we have at the ready.
Either put Roman in for the rest of the season OR SIT HIM and call up Choinard and let him get the rest of the starts with Huet at the ready. If it is an issue of not wanting to lose him to waivers by sending him down, then LET IT HAPPEN. (it wouldn't)
At this point, that is what I would do if I were Andy Murray.
Of course, if I were Andy, I would NEVER have messed our successful lines up to begin with !
Frolov/Squid/Barney (grit, speed creativity, Net Banger)
Straka/Stumpel/Carter (or, if you are certain you won't go after Stumpel again, sit him in favour of Pirnes)
We are going to have Straka next year as he is under contract. Carter was dealt for one of our top three so he will be here as well. I have gone from "I CAN'T BLOODY WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR" to "WTF IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN WE START NEXT YEAR"?
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