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11-21-2011, 12:57 PM
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Per Bill Hoppe's twitter, Brennan will be paired with Gragnani.

Pray. Pray hard.

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11-21-2011, 01:02 PM
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Per Bill Hoppe's twitter, Brennan will be paired with Gragnani.

Pray. Pray hard.
Offensive zone starts and getting line matchups will have to be in order there. A little Portland mojo perhaps? They'll need something. I would start with prayer.

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Per Bill Hoppe's twitter, Brennan will be paired with Gragnani.

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11-21-2011, 01:05 PM
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Sigh. No physical properties what so ever in this pairing.

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11-21-2011, 01:23 PM
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Offensive zone starts and getting line matchups will have to be in order there. A little Portland mojo perhaps? They'll need something. I would start with prayer.
Yeah. I guess if there's a silver lining--and I'm really reaching here--it's that nine of the next 11 games are at home, so Ruff can handpick that pairing's matchups. (I can't believe I just said it's a good thing that we're playing games at home.) They can hold their own in the offensive zone, but there'll be some adventures when the puck makes it into the defensive zone while they're on the ice.

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11-21-2011, 01:33 PM
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Nope.
The timing of my post could not have been worse.

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11-21-2011, 02:13 PM
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I was just looking at Hockey Prospectus's Corey Pronman's review of Buffalo's prospects--overall, I thought he did a nice job, and he really puts it in scout's lingo--and he had the below to say about Brennan. Sounds like more of the same for this blueline.

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8. T.J. Brennan, Defense
Date of birth: 04/03/1989
Age: 22
Height 6'0''
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Statistics: 72 GP, 15 G, 39 P (Portland-AHL)
Acquired: Second round, 31st overall in 2007 by Buffalo

The Good: Brennan is an above-average puck-moving defenseman with good technique on his distributions and a fluid crispness to his passes. He sees the ice well and can make very quick snap passes up the ice and one-touches on the power play. Brennan is a fluid skater with a nice little jump in his step. He's not a blazer, but he skates rather well. He has an above-average slap shot and can be a triggerman on the power play as well as the main distributor.

The Bad: Brennan is a very lean player and despite the 205 pound listing, his frame is thin and doesn't really have a pro-level muscle mass. He isn't the best in the corners, and seems to have topped out as a fringe physical player. He has shown some progression in his defensive game, but he is still notably below-average in his own end and if he makes the NHL, he will likely have to be protected via zone starts and quality of competition faced.

Projection: An above-average third pairing defenseman who is an above-average power play man but is protected by his coach at even strength. Depending how his NHL transition goes, he could end up in a specialist role, but the power play skills can get minutes in the league.
http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/arti...articleid=1015

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11-21-2011, 02:40 PM
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If he can come up and show competitence, be sound enough and not be stupid in his own play, it can also increase his marketability in the near future. There would be no more wonder at how he might do at the NHL level. If nothing else, he can improve his value as a sweetener in a future deal or heaven help us, even make MAG expendable.

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11-21-2011, 02:47 PM
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With Regehr the only healthy defenseman capable of playing physical, it appears the Bruins will have their way in front of the net and in the corners

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11-21-2011, 03:00 PM
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I'm hopeful that for just one game, for just +/-20 minutes of actual ice time per d-man, for just +/-10 minutes of Defensive-zone-time per d-man, and for less than that of down-low-crease-protecting time, all Sabre defensemen can be a little-more Regher-McKee-Rivet-like.

For just one game.

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I've been good this year. Honest.

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11-21-2011, 03:08 PM
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Brennan's got a good sense of balance and the ability to use a forearm to get under someone and knock them enough off the puck to use his handskills to take it and turn the play. We're going to need to see some of that leverage to make up for his lack of physically dominant tools.

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11-21-2011, 03:34 PM
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Can anyone explain to me or hazard a guess as to why Morrison isn't being called up? Wouldn't he classify as an emergency recall therefore being waiver exempt? It seems like a no-brainer to me.

Nothing against Brennan, it's just that with our defense as shaky as its been I'd be much more comfortable with Morrison's experience.

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11-21-2011, 03:36 PM
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Can anyone explain to me or hazard a guess as to why Morrison isn't being called up? Wouldn't he classify as an emergency recall therefore being waiver exempt? It seems like a no-brainer to me.

Nothing against Brennan, it's just that with our defense as shaky as its been I'd be much more comfortable with Morrison's experience.
My best guess is that Rolston/Ruff/Regier are rewarding TJB's recent uptick in play in Rochester.

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11-21-2011, 05:34 PM
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I wonder if Brennan's Friday recall was related to this--they thought Myers could play through it, but then after the Phoenix game they shut him down, and Brennan was an insurance policy?

Depends on when exactly Myers was injured of course.

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11-21-2011, 06:55 PM
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What i like about him is that he has agile size and gives a good interview.

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11-22-2011, 08:49 AM
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Not sure why we even need a GM here in Buffalo. All the self proclaimed experts and blogger wannabes already know how good Brennan can be and are talking trade, Godly intervention in the defensive zone, etc. already. Even so far as saying the kid was called up because of Ruff allegiance. I wonder if the head coach and GM know more than a couple of these clowns?? Probably so. It's one game. Some seem to think it's Game 7 of the SCP.

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11-22-2011, 09:23 AM
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I'm sorry but I simply don't understand the logic of this decision. And I'm not claiming that I'm smarter than your avg NHL GM or Head Coach. But we have a proven NHLer in the AHL who does play a more physical game.... which it seems to me is what's needed right now.

Based on Zip's info, Brennen sounds like more of what we already have.
I don't know why Ruff and Darcy seem to be set on having so many puck moving defensemen because it seems like we can never have enough of them. By example, it took forever to get Weber into the lineup (and now he's hurt).

I would just like to understand the thinking behind their decision. Does anybody in the Buffalo media ever ask.... what're ya thinking coach and why?

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11-22-2011, 10:25 AM
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Per Bill Hoppe's twitter, Brennan will be paired with Gragnani.

Pray. Pray hard.

I can't wait!

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11-22-2011, 11:19 AM
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My best guess is that Rolston/Ruff/Regier are rewarding TJB's recent uptick in play in Rochester.
Which I guess does make sense, taking the long view into account rather than a knee-jerk reaction to a short term problem.

I'd be much more concerned if we were below .500 now with these injuries.

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11-22-2011, 01:56 PM
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Seems to me to be the perfect situation to put a kid in and find out what you have. You have what some define as a powderkeg situation without no real downside other than an early regular season loss if it doesn't work out. The B's are at the top of their game right now, Champions, momentum, etc. Let's find out about a kid we've had in the org for 3 years now. Lets' see if the so called experts know what they're talking about. Let's see how he responds. Again, what's the downside? Maybe the kid is ready for the next step. Isn't this game all about challenges and competing? Here's as good as it gets for a regular season game.

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11-24-2011, 07:24 AM
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i guess he did ok. Played pretty physical game along the boards also.

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Yea, it appears so. First goal in his first NHL game and played well in his own end. I guess the 'prayers' helped. Or maybe others just know more than the self proclaimed experts. Hardly the massacre some had predicted that's for sure. The sky didn't fall after all when him and Grags were on the ice.

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Yea, it appears so. First goal in his first NHL game and played well in his own end. I guess the 'prayers' helped. Or maybe others just know more than the self proclaimed experts. Hardly the massacre some had predicted that's for sure. The sky didn't fall after all when him and Grags were on the ice.
So, based on one game, everyone who had legitimate concerns about him is wrong and you're right?

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Yea, it appears so. First goal in his first NHL game and played well in his own end. I guess the 'prayers' helped. Or maybe others just know more than the self proclaimed experts. Hardly the massacre some had predicted that's for sure. The sky didn't fall after all when him and Grags were on the ice.
He played hand-picked minutes in a 65 minute game and was not on the ice for the last 10 or so minutes (Ehrhoff was double-shifted).

I'd hold out on the celebrations for now, tbh.

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Be real nice if you had actually watched the game. Brennan and Grags both on the ice with under 2 min in regulation in a tie game. Hand picked minutes were because of all the penalties no doubt. The hand picked minutes was also the smart thing to do in a kid's first NHL game. He did just fine, whether hand picked or not. Some thought even hand picked minutes were going to be a disaster. Didn't happen.

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