I thought he was terrible today. Slow and out of position. I am fairly sure I can outskate him.
i think hes a decent 7th defenseman....I think Corey Potter would be better off being our reserve defenseman...I dont think hes ever gonna be a stalwart on our blueline, so might as well have him with the big club right now as a better option.
thats just me....but then again, to have 3 rookies out of 7 defenseman is scary as hell.
So going with the assumption that Del Zotto has made the opening night roster at least, does he change his number once camp breaks? Wasn't he #4 in London?
Yea he will most likely change his number. The number he is wearing now is just his assigned training camp number. 99% of the prospects/rookies get assinged their numbers..the exception being Gilroy which was a nice act by the Rangers considering why he's worn that number his whole life almost..
TB has 11 defensemen in camp. Some of the available D played for John Tortorella and/or Mike Sullivan.
Defense - Matt Lashoff, Matt Smaby, Mike Lundin, David Hale, Lukas Krajicek
I would say Matt Smaby hangs around and perhaps Matt Lashoff. In my opinion, those are the two players who they would have to put through waivers that wouldn’t want to lose to another team. I don’t want to imply that David Hale or Mike Lundin are expendable, but the Smaby provides an element of toughness that outside of Matt Walker the team doesn’t have
I like Smaby from his North Dakota days. Nice contract. $525,000 cap #.2 year deal.One way.Lundin did play 81 games for TB in 07-08 when Torts coached there. Lundin has a 1 year 2 way deal worth $550,000/$105,000. Torts knows both players.
Krajicek makes too much money-$1.475 million. Lashoff is still a prospect. They played for Sullivan last season in TB.
TB hasn't made a move with their multiple defensemen? They waived three forwards and release another forward from a tryout but didn't make a move with their D.
So, what's the next step? Well, perhaps the team tries to add a forward either through trade or off the waiver wire. GM Brian Lawton has maintained pretty consistently he is inclined to keep eight defensemen. If that is the case, it means he could keep up to 13 forwards. Lawton also did nothing to dissuade the notion that the decisions to be made on defense include the usual suspects: Matt Lashoff, Mike Lundin, Matt Smaby, David Hale and Lukas Krajicek.
As we have said, Lashoff and Lundin are on two-way contracts, and all five would need waivers to get to the minors. Complicating things is that Krajicek and Hale actually have had pretty solid training camps and Smaby, Lundin and Lashoff, all young and with upside, could get claimed off waivers.