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08-06-2012, 11:06 AM
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Biggest Worry/Fear/Question Mark heading into new season?

And I don't mean "the labor dispute" or "Michael Sauer's health". These are obvious. Give me something else.

To me, it's our 3rd D pairing. I really wanted to address this, but we haven't. Stu Bickel isn't the answer. I don't want him anywhere near this team come playoff time.

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08-06-2012, 11:12 AM
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Penalty killing forwards is one thing that comes to mind for me. Prust, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Fedetenko all regulars at that--all gone.

Obviously Nash is going to be one guy--Hagelin probably another. Halpern?--Pyatt and Asham did not kill any penalties last year with their respective teams. Kreider maybe another. Stepan and Richards might see more time.

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08-06-2012, 11:27 AM
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Forward chemistry. A lot of players In and out. All the guys that left, did a lot of the little things that help you win. Hope fully the guys that are coming in can do the same.

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My biggest fear going into the new season is whether there will be a season.

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Center depth. If either one of Stepan or Richards goes down, Brian Boyle is going to be our second line center. Brian Boyle.

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08-06-2012, 11:38 AM
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Center depth. If either one of Stepan or Richards goes down, Brian Boyle is going to be our second line center. Brian Boyle.
Miller would be our 2nd line center before Boyle.

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I'm hoping the chemistry of the team is not lost from last year. After all, we did lose several core pieces such as Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prust, and Fedetenko. All those players contributed to our deep playoff run.

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Miller would be our 2nd line center before Boyle.
If he doesn't make the team out of training camp and Tortorella doesn't think he's ready, no he will not.

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08-06-2012, 11:42 AM
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Expectations will be sky high. Anything less than a SCF appearance will be considered a total failure by portions of the fanbase and media. There is pressure on this team to exceed last season's performance, perhaps rightfully so.

It will be tough to top the east in the regular season again, let alone get to the conference finals.

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Center depth. If either one of Stepan or Richards goes down, Brian Boyle is going to be our second line center. Brian Boyle.
Was going to go with the chemistry issue due to significant rostor turnover, but center depth is definitely a more significant concern if there is an injury to either BR or Stepan. The team lost 4 forwards who could play both center and wing positions without replacing them with someone with a similar skill set.

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Miller would be our 2nd line center before Boyle.
So if management doesnt deem Miller NHL ready at the start of the season and then Stepan or Richards gets hurt, you think theyll bring Miller back up and play him on the 2nd line? Thats an interesting way of looking at things.

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08-06-2012, 11:54 AM
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I am very nervous about our 3rd line. Hagelin-Boyle-Pyatt. You put Boyle and Pyatt on the 4th line I think they have one of the best 4th lines in hockey. On the 3rd line I'm nervous.

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If he doesn't make the team out of training camp and Tortorella doesn't think he's ready, no he will not.
I don't think it matters when he makes the team. And I'm willing to bet he's more ready/capable of centering our skill players than Brian Boyle. Time will tell.

I'm also very, very high on Miller, and think he's ready. He's physically ready, and from all reports, he's mentally there, as well.

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I don't think it matters when he makes the team. And I'm willing to bet he's more ready/capable of centering our skill players than Brian Boyle. Time will tell.

I'm also very, very high on Miller, and think he's ready. He's physically ready, and from all reports, he's mentally there, as well.
If management thought that Miller was more capable of centering our players than Brian Boyle then I'd assume he'd make the team out of camp -- no?

If he makes the team out of camp then perhaps you're right. I don't see that happening though.

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I'm hoping the chemistry of the team is not lost from last year. After all, we did lose several core pieces such as Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prust, and Fedetenko. All those players contributed to our deep playoff run.
Funny you say that. Dubi was hurt for much of the playoffs and the other three weren't good at all in the playoffs which is probably why they were deemed expendable. The contributed yes; but very little.

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Funny you say that. Dubi was hurt for much of the playoffs and the other three weren't good at all in the playoffs which is probably why they were deemed expendable. The contributed yes; but very little.
Fedotenko was better in the POs than the regular season
Anisimov was wildly inconsistent
Prust did not have a good playoff performance

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Funny you say that. Dubi was hurt for much of the playoffs and the other three weren't good at all in the playoffs which is probably why they were deemed expendable. The contributed yes; but very little.
This is spot on, and exactly what I was thinking when I read his post. Although Feds had a pretty good playoffs.

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The progress of JT Miller. Pushing Boyle down to 4C is a necessity.

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Oddly enough, my biggest worry going into EVERY season is Lundqvist. Now I know he is the most consistent goalie in the league, but I always fear that like what if he has a down year. Although I'm usually proved wrong by him in the first week of the season

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Oddly enough, my biggest worry going into EVERY season is Lundqvist. Now I know he is the most consistent goalie in the league, but I always fear that like what if he has a down year. Although I'm usually proved wrong by him in the first week of the season
My fear is if he goes down.

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Honestly, my biggest fear is if Lundqvist goes down. If he's injured, we become a bad hockey team. You can put an AHL lineup out there with Lundqvist and we'd still have a chance to win.

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I'm hoping the chemistry of the team is not lost from last year. After all, we did lose several core pieces such as Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prust, and Fedetenko. All those players contributed to our deep playoff run.
Agreed.

Top 3 concerns:

1. Chemistry, as mentioned above
2. How well Nash handles increased pressure and prolonged scrutiny
3. Whether or not guys like Kreider and Hagelin are ready for a full season with major responsibilities

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1. Lundqvist
1A. Not enough sandpaper on the top three lines

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1. Lundqvist
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You mean JAM?

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You mean JAM?
It was sandpaper long before it was jam.

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