Since everyone is talking about how re-signing Straka will shape the team next year...let's discuss just that. What do you guys think the lines will be next year?
Here is what I am hoping for:
Straka - Nylander - Jagr
Shanahan - Immonen - Prucha
Ward - Cullen - Dawes
Hollweg - Betts - Ortmayer
Tyutin - Ward
Pock - Staal
Rozsival - Malik
I think J. Ward in a UFA at the end of this season and I don't see the Rangers resigning him if they continue to make him a healthy scratch. I would rather see a player like callahan, moore, or byers brought up for that spot if they are ready. I am also starting to feel like Immonen will never get more than 3 or 4 games to show if hes worthy of centering the 2nd line. He needs a good month or so to have a decent shot of showing what he can do. My hope would be to fill that 2nd line center spot with a young UFA if there is the cap space to do so.
The more i think about what lines theyll have out there next year, the larger my headache becomes...
Besides, if Renneys the coach theres no reason to make lines - just make a list of the players because hes all over the map with the lines.
Wow, try and think of the future of this team. With Renney screwing youngsters heads and Slats at the helm making deals, who the hell knows whats gonna happen, whos gonna walk and whos gonna come in. Im depressed now.
You have Marc Staal playing on second pair full-time with Pock playing full-time
Immonen finally stays with the team...so does Dawes.
Right, I just don't see Staal, Dawes and Immonen transforming this team into a consistent threat night in, night out, let alone a contender.
The problem in calling out lines for next season is that unless Renney is gone, you know these won't stay intact for more than a game or two. Who ever said it above, these are similar lines to what most of us have wanted all season. I commend you for at least looking down the road- something it seems no one in this organization is capable of doing- but I'm not at all confident that those players will win us any more games.
I can't see us keeping Malik next year or Cullen, who's contract is not made for a 3rd line center. Also, it looks like Renney and the staff are about to part ways with J.Ward. I like the defense, and the possibility of Immonen playing, but I wouldnt be suprised if Dubi gets the shot if he performs better in camp (as he did this year).
Rangers will most likely resign Nylander now that they've resigned Straka, so our 1st line will probably look the same.
I believe this is Shanahan's last season and as much as he has contributed, I rather have a younger player in the lineup. With Shanahan's addition to the team, Prucha's decline in playing time and confidence is obvious.
And Speaking of Prucha, its not even certain he will be on the team past the deadline. Renney ****** everything up. Hossa plays above Prucha, Krog (a career AHLer) becomes our 1st Center after Nylander goes out, and Betts (who has no playmaking ability) gets put on the second line with Shanny.
Now that I'm done ranting, what I'd like to see next year is this:
Prucha-Immonen-F/A ( any possibilities)
I like the Defense you mentioned, but I'd keep Rachunek over Malik
and all in all.. no, i dont see us contending next year.
You guys who think up these lines had it wrong last year. And then this summer. Then in training camp...it never ends, but still some try to play EHM with these lines, but everytime no one is even close. Now you want to figure out next year!?
Callahan- first call-up Gone:Hossa, Kasper (waivers), Weekes ( not a fan at all) Ward (will sign elsewhere). Ward is a Fa correct??? Betts traded for a pick, and Colton Orr in Hartford. (still part of the team cause I like the guy)
Some players will be here because they are signed. ex: Malik and Rozsival. If Shanahan resigns then a player like Datsyuk would be a nice reunion. Wescott is tough(in front of the net, and will drop the gloves). Souray with with Jagr ,Nylander and Shanny on the PP?? Very nice. There obviously are more FA's that would look good, but our prospects may be ready next year on the bottom two lines fo 8-12minutes per game. I know this line-up won't happen, nor is it the best, but it is a def upgrade in the on ice product while giving a shot to the prospects. I think the D-is still questionable (at best) but I can't see the Rangers signing three FA D-men, and I think Staal will need a year with the WolfPack.
Last edited by HAPPY HOUR: 01-17-2007 at 06:05 PM.
Straka-Nylander-Jagr//Probably a lock. Korpikoski-Cullen-Shanahan//I have Lauri as the leading candidate in this four way race for the 2nd line LW spot.- I think Pyatt could be a great fit on that line too. This spot have been up for grabs for 40+ games now. Nobody have come through. Pyatt is effective defensivly and can hangalong offensivly at a very high level. I think he acutally could have a advantage over Callahan here. But Ryan could take it too. Dawes are on the outside looking in so to speak. My rank for this spot 1. Korpedo 2. Pyatt 3. Callahan 4. Dawes. Thats some good competition. Prucha-Dubinsky-Ortmayer//Ortmayer is really effective defensivly. A great asset to have for a line like this. If I got a great offensive lw-c duo, and is looking for a defensive RW to pair with them, Orts would be one of the first in the entire league. Prucha and Dubinsky ought to be great fits. Dubs is a good playmaker, but he also must play with someone who can create some buzz. Prucha have played this role with great success in Europe next to Dopita for the Czech National team. Hollweg-Betts-Hossa// A pure checkingline.
Staal-Rozival Tyutin-Ward Pöck-Rachunek
//I think Staal will get a good look next to Rozival in next years camp. He moves the puck well. He is great defensivly. Beeing played with Straka-Nylander-Jagr-Rozival would be a tremendous opertunity for him. He would get involved allot in offensive hockey, and defensive hockey, which I think he could handle. Would play in a ton of important situations.
I think this defenitly is the end for Kaspar here. I think Renney don't really see future with Malik. Though our 3rd pairing is a mess. I think, or I know, that the organization would love to see some puckmovement from the 3rd pairing. To help getting the 3rd and 4th line gooing offensivly. Hence the reason we took a shot on Ozolinsh. Rachunek haven't really provided that, while beeing decent most of the time for a 5th/6th D. Pöck have his strength from the offensive blueline and in, not out of his own end. But he have potential to play well there, he got the tools, so he could be a option. Would Rachunek be a good fit for him? Maybe Malik is left around to play with Pöck and Rachunek becomes the odd man out. Or Malik-Rach is a option. Its possible that Rachunek can step up even more, kind of like Rozival have done.
Atleast this is somewhat how I see the lineup without any trades. Though I defenitly think we will look for a center in the trade market. Sooner or later something will comeup. It always does. In a perfect world I would like to see a trade with Cullen and a couple of prospect/picks for a young and upcomming center. If a UFA center is signed, like Datsyuk, I would like to see a Cullen moved.