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04-15-2007, 09:54 PM
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The seventh defenseman is not a "get rid" conclusion......he will still play plenty.... I do agree with you about his offensive upside; it's his puck control, break out passing and board play defense that concerns me.....
Seems to me that every outlet pass from our D corps sucks, cept feds.

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04-15-2007, 10:11 PM
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The way I see it is that this team is not far from the playoffs at all. I think the keys to this team making the playoffs can be summarized as follows:

1) There needs to be a centre who can give Nash the puck every night.

2) A puckmover on the back end is needed to help form rushes

3) A full season under Hitch. He will pick the best team at the end of camp. No question.

4) Hitch's say in terms of coaches. A happy coaching family is a succesful coaching family.

5) The top players need to be the top players.

6) Consistency at every position

7) Relatively few injuries.

8) A solid season from Leclaire and Norrena.


Keys 3-8 should be no problem at all. It's up to Doug to make 1 and 2 happen.

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04-15-2007, 10:30 PM
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The way I see it is that this team is not far from the playoffs at all. I think the keys to this team making the playoffs can be summarized as follows:

1) There needs to be a centre who can give Nash the puck every night.

2) A puckmover on the back end is needed to help form rushes

3) A full season under Hitch. He will pick the best team at the end of camp. No question.

4) Hitch's say in terms of coaches. A happy coaching family is a succesful coaching family.

5) The top players need to be the top players.

6) Consistency at every position

7) Relatively few injuries.

8) A solid season from Leclaire and Norrena.


Keys 3-8 should be no problem at all. It's up to Doug to make 1 and 2 happen.
Nice list. #7 concerns me. Especially if we take some key injuries early in the season. If we have to sit guys we're counting on before good on-ice chemistry develops it could result in another bad start to the season.

One of the good things about all the late season injuries we had this year was the chance for Crunchers to come up and help build depth. I just hope we don't count on them getting us through some injured regulars until the December/January time frame.

Given the past two years it seems that a good start is really the key for us.

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04-15-2007, 10:38 PM
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Nice list. #7 concerns me. Especially if we take some key injuries early in the season. If we have to sit guys we're counting on before good on-ice chemistry develops it could result in another bad start to the season.

One of the good things about all the late season injuries we had this year was the chance for Crunchers to come up and help build depth. I just hope we don't count on them getting us through some injured regulars until the December/January time frame.

Given the past two years it seems that a good start is really the key for us.
I'm not worried about depth at all.

If any of the projected top six goes down, we have what I refer to as the "Tier 2" prospects ready in Syracuse. The list consists of Picard, Platt, Lindstrom and Pineault.

If any of the bottom six goes down, we have guys like Glencross, Konopka, and maybe Sestito, if he makes the Crunch and plays well.

We'll need to sign some depth blueliners potentially, but there will be guys in Syracuse like Methot, Novak (if he's a FA, then he definately needs to be re-signed IMO), Russell and hopefully Pushor to come up and fill in. AJ could move back from forward as well.

I'm comfortable with Pops in net, but I think a third guy will definately need to be brought in to pair with Pops in the Cuse and be the first callup if/when Norrena/Leclaire gets hurt.

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Somewhere on that list must be improve the power play.

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I'm not worried about depth at all.

If any of the projected top six goes down, we have what I refer to as the "Tier 2" prospects ready in Syracuse. The list consists of Picard, Platt, Lindstrom and Pineault.

If any of the bottom six goes down, we have guys like Glencross, Konopka, and maybe Sestito, if he makes the Crunch and plays well.

We'll need to sign some depth blueliners potentially, but there will be guys in Syracuse like Methot, Novak (if he's a FA, then he definately needs to be re-signed IMO), Russell and hopefully Pushor to come up and fill in. AJ could move back from forward as well.

I'm comfortable with Pops in net, but I think a third guy will definately need to be brought in to pair with Pops in the Cuse and be the first callup if/when Norrena/Leclaire gets hurt.
Agreed - these guys showed the last quarter of the season that our depth has grown. I would just prefer they were needed to "hold the fort" as opposed to being responsible for winning 2 out of every 3 games the first month or two of the season.

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Agreed - these guys showed the last quarter of the season that our depth has grown. I would just prefer they were needed to "hold the fort" as opposed to being responsible for winning 2 out of every 3 games the first month or two of the season.
Yeah man absolutely.

It's good to know that if we do lose somebody to injury, that we have guys who can step right in.

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Oh boy.....I was thinking the same thing..... based on this season we have to improve at least 25 points to make the playoffs....I hope those two or three players we get are Crosby, Briere and Pronger........

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My ultimate wishes for next season... a guy named Foote retires before the season... and takes a guy named Feds with him (let them coach)... Zherdev learns english and becomes Hitch's go-to guy... a guy named Duvie recovers fully from injuries but plays somewhere else or retires... a guy named Shelley becomes a car salesman and Jackets marketing guy instead of making the fourth line a non-scoring farce... Brule improves the way Fritsche did... the power play looks better than turtles trying to mate... and last but not least... the team plays with heart all the time.

Reality? Shelley makes the team, Feds and Foote take the ice in powered wheel chairs, although Feds has his break once or twice a night, Duvie plays and is one of the better D-men, which basically means we still suck... and Pascal plays great until the injuries knock him down again... 9th place finish with improvements... not enough to crack the playoffs, but just enough to keep the dancing fat guy from choking on a bratwurst and dying in the middle of dancing to "Can't Touch This".

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04-21-2007, 05:08 PM
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I predict that we might beat Nashville at least once next year!!






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Easy! This is the Prediction thread, not the Miracle thread!

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04-26-2007, 02:18 PM
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I figure we should do a Prediction thread for the beginning of the off season then one at the end of the off season...

I'll Start.

Record: 38-37-7, 83 points

9th in the West

Players Gone by the season opener:
Malhotra
Johnson
Boucher
Zherdev
Erikkson
Berard
Shelley

Feel free to add another predictions
I agree, 9th in the West, but Z stays imo.

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04-26-2007, 02:39 PM
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Foote requests a trade by midseason, and he gets it.

The next few weeks in the media are filled with stories of Footes "Leadership."

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