Hi everyone. First off I congratulate the Senators for a game well played... being a Sabres fan it impress's me at how well the Sens play against us on a consistent basis.
It impresses me even more that the Sens only played 3 lines yesterday. I noticed on the nhl.com shift chart that Hamel, Mcgrattan, and Mcammond did not play at all in the game, but sat on the bench the whole time.
Why is that, I couldn’t find any info about it and us Sabres fans are confused as to why this would happen. Thanks ahead of time for the info.
The Sens lack of depth is biggest reason for the absence of fourth line. Hamel and McGratton would absolutely be exposed by a quick Sabres team.
The teams weakness will have to be addressed befor the playoffs
works for me, its just that our local sports radio station said that those 3 players refused to play because of the loss to nashville... and i instantly refused to believe that any nhl player let alone an entire line would refuse to play because of a loss... if anything they would want to come back out with something to prove.
I think a combination of our 4th line being pretty bad (McCammond is an NHLer but Hamel and Mcgratts are borderline), playing against a fast and talented team that has exceptional depth, and the game being close throughtout meant that Murray wasn't comfortable putting out the 4th line.
A little truthfull too, hes probably one of the worst players Ive ever seen on this team.
but you remember that natural hat trick in preseason (i beleive against buffalo) he seemed to turn it on at the beginning of the season but is now the way i remeber him. He was never the fastest or most skilled which is why hes a 27/28 year old rookie.
Alot will depend on who we add at the deadline. If we add a top 6 forward, that will push Kelly back down to the 4th line with Mcammond and you could put Schubert there, assuming he isn't in the top 6 for the defence. That's a pretty solid 4th line. Not going to score much, but will be a good energy line.
Hamel is useless. He's got a good shot, but can't use it because he get's no ice time, brings no intensity and is too slow.
im just glad that vermette is gettin the opportunity that he deserves i mean last year he only averaged 12 minz with 6 minz SH and still managed 22 goals and didnt missed a single breakaway !! he got soem talents .. futures lookin bright for him .. hopes he stays in ottawa and get better linemates which he has now ..
and hamel is useless ... senz wouldve been better of givin that russian kid a chance (kiiagradov or w/e) or just let Nick Flingo play .. he looks promising and i wud certainly pick him over Hamel!!
AND muckler shouldve signed Havlat to a 1 year deal that he insisted and maybe give havlat a lil more responsibilty and thing might of had worked out fine from there n havlat shouldve had ended up being a Sen for life like havlat wanet to!!