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07-10-2012, 02:12 PM
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I think you'll see pairings of:

Bouwmeester (1) / Butler (4)
Giordano (2) / Wideman (3)
Brodie (5) / Sarich (6)
x-Smith (7)

With actual ice time rank in brackets as you'll see Bouwmeester ,Wideman & Giordano get plenty of opportunity on the PP with a forward (Tanguay) playing the other point on one unit.
Completely agreed here. Never seen a Butler/Gio matchup and I do wonder what it would be like?...

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07-10-2012, 03:06 PM
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I think you'll see pairings of:

Bouwmeester (1) / Butler (4)
Giordano (2) / Wideman (3)
Brodie (5) / Sarich (6)
x-Smith (7)

With actual ice time rank in brackets as you'll see Bouwmeester ,Wideman & Giordano get plenty of opportunity on the PP with a forward (Tanguay) playing the other point on one unit.
I agree with this, as much as I don't want Wideman paired with Gio...

Gio and Wideman are our two most offensive d-men. Why put them on the same pairing?

Bouwmeester-Wideman would allow Wideman to play up his offensive game more as Bouw will be able to cover for him. Butler takes a reduced role with Gio and looks better for it, as he isn't a top pairing guy.

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07-10-2012, 03:38 PM
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Butler is covering for Bouwmeester when he rushes / pinches. That's why. Wideman won't be able to do that - in fact you can look for Giordano to take that role (to cover defensively) if he's paired with Wideman.

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I agree with this, as much as I don't want Wideman paired with Gio...

Gio and Wideman are our two most offensive d-men. Why put them on the same pairing?

Bouwmeester-Wideman would allow Wideman to play up his offensive game more as Bouw will be able to cover for him. Butler takes a reduced role with Gio and looks better for it, as he isn't a top pairing guy.
Gio and Wideman is perfect. Both have an offensive game. Gio is defensively responsible, wideman isnt really. Should be a nasty pair to have out the pp and everything.

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07-10-2012, 06:01 PM
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My pairings would be:

Bouwmeester Wideman
Gio Butler
Sarich Brodie

Also, I'm gonna predict that Brodie really pushes Butler for a top 4 pairing spot to play with Gio. And I love the idea of Wideman playing Bouwmeester, I think the idea of it is very well complimented to each other games.

Babchuk is gone.

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07-10-2012, 07:07 PM
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My pairings would be:

Bouwmeester Wideman
Gio Butler
Sarich Brodie

Also, I'm gonna predict that Brodie really pushes Butler for a top 4 pairing spot to play with Gio. And I love the idea of Wideman playing Bouwmeester, I think the idea of it is very well complimented to each other games.

Babchuk is gone.
I agree with this. Still wondering when he will be moved.

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07-10-2012, 07:11 PM
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I want to see this to start the season (even though I doubt it happens)

Mark Giordano - Jay Bouwmeester
Chris Butler - Dennis Wideman
T.J. Brodie - Cory Sarich
Derek Smith

Personally, I think its about time we see our two best defenders play together at even strength.

The top line got consistently outmatched last season, so in my opinion I think we need to do what we can to keep that from happening again this season. To me this is the best way to go about doing that.

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07-11-2012, 09:18 AM
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I want to see this to start the season (even though I doubt it happens)

Mark Giordano - Jay Bouwmeester
Chris Butler - Dennis Wideman
T.J. Brodie - Cory Sarich
Derek Smith

Personally, I think its about time we see our two best defenders play together at even strength.

The top line got consistently outmatched last season, so in my opinion I think we need to do what we can to keep that from happening again this season. To me this is the best way to go about doing that.
Although I agree with lots of you logic here - that puts a ton of pressure on Butler
Butler would have the most pressure of any player on the entire team in fact if he had to play with Wideman and I just don't think he is ready for it

He had a better year than I expected last year but I think he will find some stability and confidence if he is playing less minutes and with another quality defenceman like Gio

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07-11-2012, 11:48 AM
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Going in with tempered expectations.

I thought JBo was going to be a 40+ point d-man for us as well, and he fizzled here. Granted Wideman has a better shot, and more in the arsenal for producing offense, and he's done it in numerous NHL destinations.

Hopefully the coaching style is a big reason as to JBo's dwindling offensive numbers, and he regains his touch with a new staff, and some more skill up front (IE guys that can find him sneaking in from the point).

Wouldn't it be nice if we could have at least 3 d-men eclipse the 40 point barrier, in Wideman, Gio and JBo?

...and then there is up and coming Brodie as well.

Yes, yes....tempered expectations.

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