Glad to see that 'invite only' rule is paying off around here.
Forgive me for assuming that you might actually be able to provide some sort of reasoning for your opinion other than 'because I said so.' I'll be sure to take you at your word from now on, oh wise one.
If there's any chance in the world of signing Selanne I wouldn't hesistate to bring him for Prucha's spot and package Prucha and Rissmiller for some prospects or picks but if not then I'd go with what we have unless we can somehow trade those two for a better 2nd line RW (Vermette?)...
With Naslund and Zherdev taking up the first line you have 6 wing positions left......... As of now they will be filled by Dawes, Korpikoski , Prucha,Sjostrom, Varos, Rismiller and Hollweg on the left and Callahan, Orr, Moore, Jessiman, Fritche on the right side. Gotta think that Sather may try to move some quanity for quality at some point before opening night.
not saying he's a top 6 winger so much; but at least he's proven himself to mesh quite well with Drury... any other Dawes Apologists out there? feel free to weigh in.
Dawes played very well with Gomez last year, has great hands and will easily score 20-25 goals in a full season, especially if he is playing with the same linemates. Dawes has also played with Drury and is simply more offensively talented than Callahan, so putting Cally on the 2nd and Dawes on the 3rd makes less than no sense.
Drury-Gomez-Zherdev//The best possible enviorment for Zherdev. Dubinsky is so good that we can't keep him of a 2nd line, so Drury is moved to Gomez wing. Näslund-Dubinsky-Korpikoski//1-way scores like Prucha, Dawes and Cally are bad fits on the RW position on this line. IT (the line) needs someone who can play in the corners and pass the puck; Dawes is too weak, Cally will not pass the puck, he is too egoistic, and Prucha is not a good fit in thoose areas, he is just to simular to Näslund. So that leaves me with options like Korpi, Anisimov, Voros, Fritsche and Jessiman. Its up for grabbs, but with my set up Fritz is designated for 3rd line C and Korpi will win the battle. Prucha/Dawes-Fritsche-Callahan Voros-Betts-Sjöström/Orr Staal-Redden Roz-Girardi//How the D is solved remains a bit of a mystery to me. Maybe Girardi will end up beeing paired with Redden, but I want to see a Staal-Redden pairing; but I am defenitly not sold on either Roz or Girardi beeing able to play in a left D role... Kalinin-Mara
I think there is a good chance the Rangers are done for awhile. I'm positive at some point during the season the team will go out and get another scorer (to help bolster the run for the 8th spot) but going into camp my guess is these are the combos...
i know rissmiller, prucha, hollweg, and byers arent in that lineup but i consider that one the best, most well balanced lines....although i still would like to see vermette in their with drury as the second line is a little weak
Redden - Staal
Rozsival - Girardi
Kalinin - Mara
Those are 4 lines that can fly and muck it up as well. I would not be afraid to have that 3rd or 4th line go up against a teams #1 line either.
I still think that were will be a trade coming before the start of the season because there are just too many NHL calibre forwards on the team. Also, Probably one of Orr or Hollweg will be dealt or demoted because I think an NHL team can only keep 23 players on there roster.
Just wondering, but why would you want to trade probably one if not the best 4th line center in the NHL? Also, why would Sather trade a person he just signed 5 days ago as a UFA? I mean he's not a star or anything like that but that could go into the back of future UFA's minds when they think about coming to New York, that the team trades away players they just signed.