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07-19-2012, 04:31 PM
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Justin Azevedo signed with Lukko of Finland

Didn't see this mentioned on here, but looks like Justin Azevedo has signed with Lukko of the Finnish SM-Liiga.

This is the Google translation of the Finnish article. Sorry that it did a poor job in places.

http://translate.google.ca/translate...ed=0CEEQ7gEwAA

Here's the link in original Finnish: http://www.raumanlukko.fi/index_2.ph...set&u=0788&b=u

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Good luck to him. Not a Sutter player.

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It was known a while back Azevedo had signed with a Finnish club. Nothing surprising really. He still remains Kings property (as does Moller and Holloway).

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It was known a while back Azevedo had signed with a Finnish club. Nothing surprising really. He still remains Kings property (as does Moller and Holloway).
Good to know. Moller too is not a Sutter player but maybe Holloway might be.

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Good to know. Moller too is not a Sutter player but maybe Holloway might be.
What makes you say Moller isn't a Sutter player?

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What makes you say Moller isn't a Sutter player?
A Sutter player is one who can forecheck and backcheck effectively in both zones. You have to have "size," toughness, a willingness to hit people and good enough skating ability to nail someone with force. And you have to be able to put a puck in the net once in a while. Thus after 3 or more periods in a seven game series, a team full of Sutter guys will wear down the other team by the middle of the series an impose their will by game 5, if it gets that far. (I put size in quotes as there are big guys like King and Nolan who use their size effectively, and then there are guys who play bigger than their physical size like Brown and Richards...both kinds are effective Sutter players.)

For example LA faced a motivated, talented, gritty and somewhat deep team in NJ. First two games our big forwards netted us a couple of OT wins. By game six, despite NJs momentum, we not only crush them by five goals, skating wherever we feel like, more importantly we limit them to one goal in a game they wanted desperately. Penner, Carter and King > Parise.

Moller is a Lombardi player, lots of heart. But he's an ineffective checker who often goes in head first and comes out a stretcher. He's small and doesn't use his size correctly. He could do some damage on Edmonton's third or fourth line but he's not even beating out bottom six guys like King, Nolan and Lewis let alone top players there like Stoll and Fraser.


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I don't believe this "Sutter Player" designation.

Did Sutter not acquire Cammalleri?

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I don't believe this "Sutter Player" designation.

Did Sutter not acquire Cammalleri?
I'm just talking about what he has set up for the Kings.

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I don't believe this "Sutter Player" designation.

Did Sutter not acquire Cammalleri?
Correct. Sutter has said that he wants players in his lineup who can make plays. He's utilized skill players in the past when he was with Calgary, having had players like Huselius, Tanguay and Cammalleri on his teams, either when he was coaching or managing the Flames.

Sutter expects his players to work hard and to create opportunities, and I think Moller can benefit from having a coach like Sutter behind the bench. However, with the current state of the Kings, I don't see where Moller would fit and if he has a future with the Kings. His best spot would be as a 3rd line winger, but King and Lewis fit comfortably there.

If the Kings keep King, Stoll, and Lewis together, they could form a consistent checking line that can remain intact for years, similar to what the Red Wings had with Maltby, Draper, and Cleary. Continuity is what leads to consistency.

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Let me clarify, I know what you're saying johnjm22.

I'm not saying this is or isn't the kind of guy Sutter wouldn't like on a team of his. He likes his players a lot like lombardi. I'm talking strictly on the system he's set up in LA as opposed to the system Murray had. Sutter's LA system uses big forecheckers two deep in the zone and expects backchecking too. To facilitate this, every major player acquisition has been for a big bodied guy who can skate, like King and Nolan, like Carter and even like Tanner Pearson. Guys like Penner thrived under Sutter, the definition of a big bodied skater.

Maybe I should say "LA Sutter-style" player but it's difficult to type all of that each time on a phone.

Sadly even in the WHL Moller was known for his checking style as making him look injury-prone against bigger bodies in the NHL.

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Correct. Sutter has said that he wants players in his lineup who can make plays. He's utilized skill players in the past when he was with Calgary, having had players like Huselius, Tanguay and Cammalleri on his teams, either when he was coaching or managing the Flames.

Sutter expects his players to work hard and to create opportunities, and I think Moller can benefit from having a coach like Sutter behind the bench. However, with the current state of the Kings, I don't see where Moller would fit and if he has a future with the Kings. His best spot would be as a 3rd line winger, but King and Lewis fit comfortably there.

If the Kings keep King, Stoll, and Lewis together, they could form a consistent checking line that can remain intact for years, similar to what the Red Wings had with Maltby, Draper, and Cleary. Continuity is what leads to consistency.

And consistency leads to excellence.

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And consistency leads to excellence.
Unless you're consistently crap

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Unless you're consistently crap
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Does anyone knows how many years he has signed abroad?

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Does anyone knows how many years he has signed abroad?
If you're talking about Azevedo, it's one year contract.

I get to see him live next season. Too bad he is playing for Lukko

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