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12-25-2004, 10:22 AM
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I was also at both home games... Koby is a great great player, but he tends to be a lil hot headed!! Yeah hes a captin and all, but he needs to learn to tone it down a notch... at times he throws himself around when its not needed, when we have bigger players that should be taking care of it. I agree with him showing more grit, but hes one of our main scorers along with Staal and we need him on the ice, not in the box or tossed outta the game!! I luv how him and Staal find each other, some of their plays are blinde to all but themselves. He also tends to cherry pick at times, which I'm not sure if thats what coach wants him to do or what.. (I've seen him do it during practice too) I have no clue whats going on with Loyns... at the begining of the season he was playing on the top line with Staal and Forbes, and doing very well I might add. Coach decided to cut back on his playing time since Lynn wasnt in shape (since he had no time to train over the summer with the surgeries he went through)... but putting him on the 3rd / 4th with frickin Curry (a Dman that coach converted to forward... which he SHOULDNT be) and I think Dwyer (whos main deal is to go out there and RUN INTO PEOPLE) is SO WRONG! Loyns is a smaller scrappy player, but he should be on a better line as hes got some speed, great work ethic and a pretty good shot... Richie had some bad games this past weekend... but hes actually been one of our top Dmen along with Giordano, another Flame prospect! Richie has a REALLY sweet shot! lol During practice he'll rip'em right past the goalies when none of the so called "scorers" can find a hole. Its pretty funny actually!! Richie and Gio both tend to be paired up with the Cane prospects, St. Jaques and Rourke. Commy is normally paired up with Richmond, which they kinda compliment each other, as Danny is pretty fast and good on the puck, just lacks size, and well Commy has size! lol I didnt even notice Evans on sunday.... didnt see him on the ice OR in the stands.. thought he went home early for Xmas, or was sent to the ECHL! Brennan hasnt been getting much time at all, actually had a stint of 7-9 games where he was a healthy scratch! Krahn was awarded the AHL player of the month, the week and the booster club player of last month! Him and Cam seem to get along really well, its nice to see some goalies that arent rude and cold to each other! However at the end of Sat. shut out I thought they were gonna knock Wardo out with how many times and how hard they were hitting him

Bruno is #25 for the Monsters... Allan Rourke is #26 (Mr. Hot head himself)

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I think the reason Kobasew was put on the 4th line in a checking role was to get used to banging and crashing, and learning to fight through the checks that are gonna be a constant in the NHL. Once Kobasew can learn from that role he can become a better player on the offensive side, I guess Sutter was making him learn how to be better defensive player first and understand that he will be constantly harrased in the NHL. Hopefully he can step up in a 2nd line role and put up 20-25 goals whenever a new season begins.

I hate it when people say we have no skill players on our team, we are just bangers and crashers. I have a good feeling Kobasew, and Lombardi will turn out to be excellent offensive threats on the 2nd line, and our 3rd line with Nillson and Donovan won't be too bad either.

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12-28-2004, 02:46 PM
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I think the reason Kobasew was put on the 4th line in a checking role was to get used to banging and crashing, and learning to fight through the checks that are gonna be a constant in the NHL. Once Kobasew can learn from that role he can become a better player on the offensive side, I guess Sutter was making him learn how to be better defensive player first and understand that he will be constantly harrased in the NHL. Hopefully he can step up in a 2nd line role and put up 20-25 goals whenever a new season begins.

I hate it when people say we have no skill players on our team, we are just bangers and crashers. I have a good feeling Kobasew, and Lombardi will turn out to be excellent offensive threats on the 2nd line, and our 3rd line with Nillson and Donovan won't be too bad either.
No offense, (no pun intended) but Nilson and Donovan aren't exactly considered 'skill' guys. And yes, Donovan scored a bunch of goals for the flames last year but so did Dave Lowry the year after he was traded to the flames.

I think our skill guys are iggy, langkow, kobasew, lombardi, rhino and gelinas.. and its great that we have 6 offensively natured players.. but gelinas wont be with the flames when his contract expires and if any injuries occur, we have noone to fill the offense roles for a long period of time.

Thats why its imperative we have strong offensively minded players in our farm system that are ready to make the switch to the NHL... and at this moment we don't have that player.

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12-28-2004, 08:55 PM
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^^ I didnt say they are great offensive threats, I said they are not bad either. Donovan has crazy speed which is almost all of hsi offense due to his great speed. I think we do need another high quality Centre prospect on our team.

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Edmonton Road Runners vs. Rochester Amerks in Buffalo

Quick report:

Final Score 2 - 0 (Roch.)...sorry, didn't see the final shots total, but it was 38-20 late in the 3rd, before the extra attacker was added.

Noteworthy:

Rochester

Ryan Miller - was hardly tested until there were 6 skaters. Still, he got the shutout.
Jeff Jillson - looks pretty steady. Probably would've been up all year with the Sabres, if not for the lockout.
Derek Roy - scored a goal and delivered the hit of the game. The guy next to me said that the organization is still not completely satisfied with his play away from the puck. He is more advanced than Tomas Vanek, though, but he's also older with more pro experience.
Dave Paille - another first rounder. He isn't receiving much attention, because he's not on a featured scoring line. He shows respectable defensive responsibility, and might be slated for the role once projected for Barret Heisten. Some Sabres fans don't seem too impressed with him. Maybe there's a bias here, too, because he comes from my father's hometown of Welland, Ont.
Tomas Vanek - really turns it on in the offensive zone, but needs to really improve his defensive responsibilities or that will get him into trouble with all current/future coaches. Sabres fans are very high on this guy, as well they should be, considering the team isn't exactly bursting with snipers. Another year in the AHL might be needed, no matter what the outcome of the CBA situation. Others may hold different views.

Edmonton

Tyler Moss - stopped a lot of shots, and many were in close. Amazing that he's held on so long. Gosh, this is really going back far that he was on the Flames roster. Wasn't he the backup to Ken Wregget? Who knows, if he shows enough, he might get another chance in an NHL backup role, someday.
Jeff Woywitka - demonstrates composure in his own zone. No reason this guy shouldn't be a top-4 with the Oilers for years to come. So, get used to seeing this name.
Rick Mrozek - played often. His extensive AHL experience probably has, at least, given him enough knowledge of the game. He might be sort of an on-ice assistance coach. This is purely speculative.
Raffi Torres - looked somewhat smallish, compared with other players, when in traffic, but it might've been hard to tell from the 200-level seats. The Islanders selected him high in the first round of his draft year. Don't know much more about him.
Jamie Wright - seems to be more of a PK specialist. Does like to dish out hits to the youngsters. Scary to think that he 1st LW for the Flames a couple of years ago.
Jarrett Stoll - didn't do anything to distinguish himself, except that it was curious to see him manning the point on the PP. He seems to be a very solid 3rd line center. If he goes much higher than that, it's probably a reflection of a lack of depth. His strength would seem to be as more of a checking center/2-way player.

Anyway, nice to get something of a hockey fix. Good crowd, good time.

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Just checked the AHL site, and Lowell handed Manchester their first home loss of the season. Khran stopped 40 of 41 shots for the win.

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http://www.theahl.com/AHL/News/2005/01/25/910937.html

Kobasew has been named to the Canadian team in the AHL All-Star game. He's had a great season thus far and this should be a good experience for him.

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01-27-2005, 02:35 PM
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Man the Forbes-Staal-Kobasew line is looking good, just based on stats, but in scoring they are tied for 9th (Staal), 15th (Kobasew) and tied for 17th (Forbes) and in +/- they are 1st (Forbes), tied for 2nd (Staal) and tied for 5th (Kobasew).

Thats an impressive display.

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01-30-2005, 11:21 PM
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Whats up with Krahn and Ward??

I noticed a couple weeks ago that Krahn was pulled during a game he was winning. Did he get injured??

Since he has come back he has lost both his next 2 starts. Ward has lost one of them but he seems to be getting the nod despite a lose the previous game. I dont know if this is accurate but it seems as though Ward is starting to get more starts wether he loses the previous game or not.

Any info on the goaltending situation woudl be good. Is it becomeing biased or is one goalie just out performing the other??

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02-05-2005, 01:23 AM
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Koby Staaly and Forbesy are DEF lowell top line! Koby and Staaly are insane together.. its awesome to see them... lol even during practice they try some sweet stuff.

As for Krahner he was pulled during the game up in portland cuz he got sick... they actually ended up getting him a hotel room and leaveing him in portland. They didnt want him to spread it on the 2 hr bus ride back. They had a game the next day and signed a kid right outta college to back up wardo! lmao I'm only 5'8 (with 4inch heels on) and I swear when he was walkin by me after the game, I was taller than him! lmao He actually slashed me in the legs with his goalie sticks as the hall way was crowded with family and friends lol.

Ward was given the #1 nod a couple months ago, then Krahner totally lit the place up, so it wasnt really brought up or anything... but I think he still is "considered" #1 even though both the boys are doing great!

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How is the goaltending battle going in Lowell? Have the Monsters decided to continue to split time, or has Ward taken the full starting job?

How does the team plan to handle this as it moves closer and closer towards playoff time?

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Ward has taken the #1 and is running with it! Krahner just hit a wall going 80 and it wasnt pretty... the flames sent their goalie coach to work with both the guys, but mainly brent! It seems to have worked as krahner won today (only after giving up a 2-0 lead with 2 mins left in the 3rd) He shut it down real good in the OT and in the shoot out. The only player to score on him the whole game (including the one shoot out goal) was Mikhail Yakbov(sp) one of norfolks upfront talent. *guy went 5 hole twice i think, and once high stick side*

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Krah'ns streakiness worries me. When he's hot, nothing gets by him. His play about a month ago is an example. But when he has a bad game, he seems to really get down on himself, and his play suffers. This is what has happened to him for the last month. Ward is definitly the #1 right now, but if Lowell was smart they should ride Krahn if he gets hot during the PO's.

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You know, this whole situation with Krahn started when he got sick in portland and they left him there.. he has NOT been the same since. I have seen improvment, he needs his confidence back, I think thats a HUGE part of his game.

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Clear Day Roster

Brent Krahn (G)
Cam Ward (G)
Ryan Bayda
Mike Commodore
Sean Curry
Gordie Dwyer
Brennan Evans
Colin Forbes
Carsen Germyn
Mark Giordano
Chuck Kobasew

Chad Larose
Matt Lombardi
Lynn Loyns
Craig MacDonald
Richie Regehr

Danny Richmond
Allan Rourke
Bruno St. Jacques
Eric Staal
Justin Taylor
Mike Zigomanis

** Still carring Hendricks from the FL Everblades, and Johner from the Las Vegas Wranglers **

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03-27-2005, 06:58 PM
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Exactly what is a "clear day roster"?

Obviously it has something to do with AHL vs ECHL status but I'm not familiar with it. Can you expalin?

thanks in advance

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Actually its a NHL thing as well, but with no NHL season, it is done a lil differently this year. How it went this yr, was that each team needed to submit a list of 22 players that they want to play during the playoffs. This means that "only" these 22 players can play for that team during the play offs. But teams find loop holes so that they can carry more players and play different players. Like Lowell.. they are playing Hendricks and Johner whom were left off the clear day roster, but have played in every game since it was turned in. Some teams put players on the list that are currently on IR *but could return later* but with them putting the IR players on the list, this gives the team option to add different players in place of that player...

I am pretty sure teams can carry a couple "in house" players as well... kinda like how the Flames had the "black aces" during their play off run...

hope that made a lil sence

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junior and college players can be added to the "clear day" roster and ARE eligible for the playoffs.

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Won't be Lowell much longer

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Won't be Lowell much longer
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I've been surpised that Johner is having some success, I really didn't see him making the AHL this year. How has he looked?

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Johner and Germyn clicked REALLY well at the end of regular season.. since, its like they are total strangers! We need for our 3rd line (Germyn, ____, Loyns) to start puttin a couple in so we have 3 lines that can burry. I've been to most the home play off games, and the one thing I keep seeing is a HUGE LACK in D. I know a bunch of people will disagree with me, but from a defensive minded person such as myself, its been lacking in a BIG way. Yesterdays game was the best showing of D in the playoffs so far. The game before, I would have to say all the D were color blind for the game. The physical side of this series is gonna blow up! After waiting almost 5+ mins for a prov player to stop chirpin at lowells coach AFTER the game was over... thats a sure sign its gonna get nasty! Not to mention that two of the lowell players were roughed up enough where one didnt return. Staal was slashed pretty bad, I am pretty sure he got a shot and returned, missed a couple shifts. Loyns was slashed to the face and didnt return.. I am still waiting to see what happened, and where he was hit/cut? *former lock monster, kurka got a major for it, but we couldnt see any blood anywhere* The boys came out this game more fired up, I think more mentally focused and ready for what they had to deal with. As someone put it, the playoff teams are much diff from the regular season team.. I know for a fact that the Prov team had some of their people (coach even) in lowell when they had off nights during the 1st round.. to me, they seemed a lil more prepared for the "playoff monster team"

If anyone has any questions on certain things or players, I can try and give you at least my views or "seeings" on how I see it... just post it here

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Hey Babachka, what do you think of Mark Giordano? His season was pretty much overshadowed by Regehr's, but it seems he played solidly.

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Hey Babachka, what do you think of Mark Giordano? His season was pretty much overshadowed by Regehr's, but it seems he played solidly.
Mark had a pretty good regular season, but playoffs, him as well as Regehr, were horror shows! I never saw either of them cough up the puck as much as they did in the 2nd round!! I for one def have to say that I think the 2nd round exit of lowell was due in HUGE part to REALLY BAD D, and the inconsistant scoring from the top two lines, and lack of scoring from the third line.

None the less though, this season for the team was UNREAL! I have seen the lock monsters for the last 4 yrs, and this season by far we had the best team all time. Talent wise, as well as a good buncha guys! I for one would like to thank them for everything they put in, the lack of attendance sometimes makes it hard, but they stuck it out and put on quite a show!! Thanks to the flames too for sending such quality guys to the team! Best of luck to them next season!

*side note, Sutter was at the game last night... 1st time the whole season he went to a game!

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I've been surpised that Johner is having some success, I really didn't see him making the AHL this year. How has he looked?
Well he definately looked out of place here in Vegas...he deserved to be higher up.

He can switch hats between blue collar and finesse pretty easily. I don't know if he has NHL potential, but he should be a solid 2nd-3rd liner in the AHL, I bet.

He's fun to watch!

edit...www.lasvegaswranglers.com should have a video section with some Johner highlights here in Vegas.

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