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09-17-2005, 05:05 PM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, Tn.
couple more things to add from camp today,as handtrick and i kinda patrolled behind the scenes....i'll let him add some flavor when he gets on from a guy who went to his first camp day today
...zidlicky didn't practice today,unknown injury that no one would clarify to us
..legwand was rusty,but had no leg problems,accelerated and stopped well,the two things that you worry about if your knee is in pain...so this is a great sign...forced him to tell me in person that the knee "was ok"
..the first group had a more intense practice(kariya,legwand,radulov group) than the second group(walker,sully,timonen group)... don't know what it was but just saw more intensity in the earlier group
..handtrick and i were standing with trotz after the first practice as he signed autographs for hand's kids...trotz turned to us as rinne walked out and said "you better get this kid's autograph cause he's gonna be a good one" right in front of rinne...something trotz doesn't do... and rinne did have another fine practice,the kid has looked great in this camp
in fact today i thought all four goalies had good days..mason,vokoun,rinne, and finley.. hard hard practice day for all four..each must have took 300 shots if he took one
the first group ran 3 on 2 drills with kariya,legwand and radulov as a line...was exciting to watch honestly thinking of what might well be someday
radulov with another strong day honestly
kariya in no evident pain
for what it's worth, handtrick and i were back where we weren't supposed to be,behind the roped off area with the coaches and staff.. and two staff guys are walking by talking to each other, one says soemthing we cann't make out,the other says "we don't even know if tootoo is going to make the team"..
tootoo hasn't had a bad camp,but it's simply a matter of there is so much talent out there right now...and you know his role is vulnerable because of the additions of nichol and hordicuk,who do exactly what toots does-instigate trouble and hit people... will be interesting to see if toots is sent down and someone like upshall is held to be a 4th line winger..(i will be the first to say though,while i like upshall and have been one of the guys saying he is ready to be up here, he hasn't had a camp that makes you take notice...again nothing bad - just nothing to make you think we have to keep this guy
hordichuk... i like the guy,don't get me wrong.. and i think it was a good pickup by us and an improvement over mckenzie.. he has hands of stone.. now on the plus side he is actually a decent skater,with more speed and agility than 90% of other 'enforcers'.. but the guy is NOT going to chip in 8-10 goals like some seem to think.. no, i expect 3-5 if things go his way
walker kept making eyes at handtricks wife... what a hoot that was,man did i kid handtrick about that
if i had to vote for the guy out there that is the "best guy", the guy i'd like to take to tootsies and have a few with...no doubt about it,it'd be chris mason.. what a personable guy, you have to really pull for a guy like this to succeed
should be another really interesting week of scrimmages with these two groupings.. i think the kariya group will better the sullivan group head to head personally....that group seems to have more offensive fire right now, handtrick thinks the opposite
weber, klein and parent continue to impress... these three are going to be three fine young dmen... it's hard to imagine how good the pred blueline is going to be in 4 years honestly.. personally i think we will be the best in the league hands down
one thing that jumps out at you today watching these two groups practice...and that is the fact that either one of these two seperate groups by themselves...would have been able to whip the first five year predator total team head to head handily... really funny to see us with this much talent out there..man is this going to be a blast
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