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02-02-2013, 08:15 AM
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Now, of all times, is when the team should be looking for that "hard to play against" mentality.
For all the lamenting about the loss of toughness in the offseason I really feel that was overblown. Foligno for Methot was un upgrade in toughness although at different positions. Konopka is a quality dude and all heart but his only real talent - besides losing/drawing in a fight - was to win faceoffs. But even that skill often depended on him swiping the puck with his hand off the dot which is now penalized. Matt Carkner was, in my opinion, the only loss of toughness that was not replaced and yet Carkner himself was often out of the lineup with injuries. So overall, although I'd love to still have that nuclear option fighter in the lineup I do not believe the team really lost toughness.
But are they tough to play against?
With Spezza in the lineup they drive offense and are an attacking team. In those times Coach Maclean's style makes them tough to play against and guys like Regin, Turris, and Silfverberg can compliment the puck-possession game. But they don't drive that game. Spezza, Alfie, and Karlsson do for the most part. Take any of those three out of the mix and suddenly these complimentary players look soft and perimeter-ish. Not good.
I questioned the re-signing of Regin when it happened. But the coach liked him and clearly thought he had continued potential. What does he think now? Zero points in 8 games and the look of a guy afraid to get dirty. I do not want that type of player in my lineup. Sorry Peter, you seem like a good dude. But if you're coming into my rink to play my team I am chomping at the bit to drive you through the end-boards since you don't seem to be able to make me pay for that on the PP or with your puck skills.
And Daug seems like another good guy. A good team guy. If that team is Binghamton. He is a below league average replacement player even on the 4th line. But we may no have a choice but to play him in the short term. At least he competes.
Turris is an above-average 2nd line center in my opinion. Not his fault that he's thrust into a roll he can probably never fill.
Silvferberg..... willing to give him some time since it seems he can snipe and he back-checks and he might just be a slow starter.
Boro should be back in. For heavens' sake if we can't always out-offense other teams then lets at least compete hard. If there's one legacy the Sens could do without it's being soft. Either Wiercioch or Benoit should be the one going back to Bingo when Lundin returns and that choice probably depends on waiver eligibility.
I hope they can find a trading partner with Bishop as he is looking like a slightly-better Alex Auld right now. In a shortened season they can't be afraid to play their backup. But I know Murray won't want to trade him for less than he paid. Good luck getting that second-rounder back, Brian. Maybe they get his confidence up against some less-than-great team and he'll prove us all wrong.... hoping..............
DaCosta? Really?? I don't know. He just seems small and easy for NHL'ers to hit and would only add to the parts of our team we already have too much of....... see Regin..................
My sans-Spezza roster, barring trades.....
Lats - Turris - Alfie
Greening - Zibby - Michalek
Silfverberg - Smith - Neil
Daug - JOB - Condra
Methot - Karlsson
Boro - Gonchar
Phillips - Benoit
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