Can Alfredsson play LW?
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10-04-2003, 06:27 AM
do you guys like rolling 3 good scoring lines or would you rather roll 2 great ones?
The Sens tend to roll all four lines. The top three are all pretty potent as scoring lines and the fourth is a strong checking line with a fairly high potential for scoring.
whats the status of Havlat's negotiations?
Havlat is practising with Concordia (Montreal) and the 67's (Ottawa). He seems to be going back and forth between the two cities right now. ALthough geographically closer, negotiations have not progressed beyond the Sens' last offer of $1.2 million for 1 year. Havlat's camp has not counter-offered yet. Both sides have been vocal in saying they want him here in Ottawa with the Senators.
Will Martin be giving more ice time to Hossa this year?
At this stage, it's all up to Hossa. So long as Hossa is defensively responsible, Martin will give him as much time as he wants. I expect to see a lot of Hossa this year.
Will Emery be back up this yr? how many starts do you expect Lalime to get?
In all likelihood, Emery will be the call-up from Bingo if either Lalime or Prusek are injured (knock on wood). I'd expect to see him a couple times with the Sens this year.
Will Hossa improve his pts on last season this yr?
if Havlat signs, do you thinik he could break 80 points?
Problem with Havlat's situation is that he's a third line right-winger for the Sens (albeit a potent third line). On almost any other team in the NHL, he'd be first or second line, see much more ice-time, and his point totals would therefore be much higher. Here, he's behind Hossa and Alfredsson. For a splashy player and a dynamic 22-year-old, it's hard to deal with this type of situation. For my part, I'm impressed that Havlat has been so professional about it. He's had some tug-of-wars with Martin, but has responded by becoming a FANTASTIC defensive player (to appease Martin). I believe he was a +23 last year. And everyone knows that when you're responsible defensively, Martin loosen's the reigns and lets his players do whatever they want to do offensively. So Havlat's point totals have and will continue to increase. But not to 80 points this season. My guess is he will be in the 70's somewhere. Possibly close to 80.
My concern is more to do with personality than anything else. Marty Havlat is a fan-magnet. Those who love hockey watch him because he makes highlight-reel plays and shows tantalizing talent. Those who love the Sens watch him because he's a young star that has come up through the system, shows limitless promise and exceptional skill. The media love him because he's got an outgoing and friendly personality with a touch of glamour. And then there's a whole passel of puck bunnies who like him because he plays the way he plays and looks the way he looks. Although he shows the normal Senator-restraint in dealing with it all, he's going to want more at some stage than to be a thrid-liner. And well he should - he's not meant to be a depth guy. He's too good.
Now with Spezza on the loose, Martin will have to VERY careful with how he deals with it all. Spezza is also a fan-favourite... but he hasn't 'paid his dues' yet. If Martin lets him run wild without holding him to the same defensively responsible system he held Havlat to, there might develop a twinge of resentment. Fact is, a lot of people tout Spezza as a cornerstone player for the Sens (being picked #2 in the draft and all). They forget that most NHL personnel were VERY surprised that Havlat was still available at #26 for his year. It wasn't his hockey skill or play (he was expected to go at around #5 or #6), but his temperment that teams were wary of. Basically, he seemed to have a wild-card personality that some thought could disrupt team chemistry. To his credit and the Sens' that hasn't happened. The point is, that Havlat's worth (hockey-wise) in my eyes, is not less than Spezza's. Martin must not bow to fan-pressure to give Spezza all the time he wants. (It would also be horrible for the Sens system as Spezza still doesn't play well defensively.)