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06-13-2012, 08:04 PM
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I've got Larsson making it. 3rd line LW with Brodziak and Clutterbuck/Johnson.

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I think MATT CULLEN will be traded before the season starts. and I am 100% behind that.

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I really hope this upcoming infusion of rookies will finally make our team relevant again. At the very least, Granlund will hopefully dazzle some people, and Bulmer will frustrate the hell out of opposing fans.

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The problem with Larsson making the team is the lack of room. There's 3 open spots in the top 9 with Granlund, Bouchard, Lats, and any free agent signing getting first crack at them. Even if either Butch or Lats isn't back, Larsson would still have to beat out Bulmer for that slot, and Bulmer basically earned it last year.
Except Bulmer didn't have as much competition, and he was out of his element after a while. The AHL will clearly do him a lot of good.

Larsson has been playing tougher competition for a while now, and can fit seemlessly in the bottom 6 and can move into the top 6 in case of injury and still have success. He's got a much wider range as a player from day one. Especially since he can play both Center and Wing if need be when the time comes.

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I think MATT CULLEN will be traded before the season starts. and I am 100% behind that.
Depends on whether Granlund plays wing, Larsson is ready for 3rd line center duties, injuries, etc.

That's quite a few factors.

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06-13-2012, 08:32 PM
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Except Bulmer didn't have as much competition, and he was out of his element after a while. The AHL will clearly do him a lot of good.

Larsson has been playing tougher competition for a while now, and can fit seemlessly in the bottom 6 and can move into the top 6 in case of injury and still have success. He's got a much wider range as a player from day one. Especially since he can play both Center and Wing if need be when the time comes.
But he won't play on the fourth line so there's still no room for him unless something opens up.

Also, he has a lot to learn playing in North America. He also has a good opportunity to develop more of his offensive game if he plays in Houston. I know he played some center last year, but IIRC, he didn't the year before, and there's huge differences in center from European leagues to North American ones so it's likely good for his development to start in Houston unless he absolutely blows the competition away. I don't see that happening.

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06-13-2012, 09:01 PM
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I think MATT CULLEN will be traded before the season starts. and I am 100% behind that.
I am 100% behind this decision.

I really want to like the guy... cause I mean he comes out so strong to start every season, like he's dedicated his whole summer to learning how to kick ass and take names... but then December hits and he's like...I don't know if his conditioning is only good enough for two months or what, but he just checks out and then does a whole lot of nothing the rest of the year.

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06-13-2012, 09:10 PM
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Cullen couldn't be traded last season BECAUSE HE HAS A NTC. This hasn't changed. The story on him hasn't changed. Matt Cullen will not be traded unless he wants to be traded. He seems to have absolutely no desire to leave, so it's safe to say he will not be gone.

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06-13-2012, 09:12 PM
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I think MATT CULLEN will be traded before the season starts. and I am 100% behind that.
No he won't. Cullen has a NTC.

EDIT: squidz beat me to it.

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06-13-2012, 09:17 PM
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But he won't play on the fourth line so there's still no room for him unless something opens up.

Also, he has a lot to learn playing in North America. He also has a good opportunity to develop more of his offensive game if he plays in Houston. I know he played some center last year, but IIRC, he didn't the year before, and there's huge differences in center from European leagues to North American ones so it's likely good for his development to start in Houston unless he absolutely blows the competition away. I don't see that happening.
I disagree, Larsson is one of the few guys who I don't think it would harm his development if he played on the 4th line if need be.

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06-13-2012, 09:43 PM
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I think MATT CULLEN will be traded before the season starts. and I am 100% behind that.
Yeah, but how will he fit into the Sharks' roster?

I could see Fletch doing something interesting this summer again.

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06-13-2012, 09:52 PM
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No he won't. Cullen has a NTC.

EDIT: squidz beat me to it.
I know he has a NMC but Cullen can ok a move. And if the Wild tell him, "hey you are being replaced by a kid, so prepare to make popcorn all season" he could very well opt to be traded.

Plus he is nearly done with his career, and we are still a few years away from big success, so he might even request a change, to get final chance at the cup.

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Highly doubtful.

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06-13-2012, 10:00 PM
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Would I like to see Cullen traded? Yes.

Will he get traded? No.

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Where does Richard Park fit into this discussion? Dude was the original water bug.

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In regards to the thread title: Paul Deutsch.

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The problem with Larsson making the team is the lack of room. There's 3 open spots in the top 9 with Granlund, Bouchard, Lats, and any free agent signing getting first crack at them. Even if either Butch or Lats isn't back, Larsson would still have to beat out Bulmer for that slot, and Bulmer basically earned it last year.
I think one of the reasons why Bulmer made the team was the lack of competition. I also believe that how he handled himself up here and what he did when he returned to junior shows that he is still capable of progressing in a big way. The AHL could still provide a major stepping stone for that development.

Same with Larsson but for different reasons. Being on the fourth line probably wouldn't hurt his development but it wont help it as much playing top minutes in the AHL, learning the North American game and continuing to work on his offense. I certainly don't see him in the A for long though.

I do believe that the third line spot is fully up for grabs (as the roster stands today) between Bulmer, Larsson, Coyle, and Zucker. Now I think the wild will want Coyle to play in every situation humanly possible. This probably makes him the long shot just because the wild will want to groom him for top line duty. Zucker looked good when he was up here (clearly could benefit from some time in the A) but I don't think that is any different from Bulmer unless they feel that Bulmer's ultimate ceiling is a 3rd liner. Larsson has played against men for over a year now but will have to adapt to a different style of play. If he adapts quickly i could see him coming out of camp as the clear front runner for that spot. If he doesn't than he should be given the time necessary to adjust in Houston.

Should be an interesting camp!!!

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Would I like to see Cullen traded? Yes.

Will he get traded? No.
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But he's one of us!
He has no place on this team anymore. Granlund will be our 2nd line center, Brodziak is our 3rd line center, and there's a good chance that Larsson will be our 3rd line LW. Cullen is old and inconsistent.

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If injuries were to happen, we'd be happy he's here. He provides depth if nothing else.

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He has no place on this team anymore. Granlund will be our 2nd line center, Brodziak is our 3rd line center, and there's a good chance that Larsson will be our 3rd line LW. Cullen is old and inconsistent.
Even if Granlund starts at center (which I doubt), Cullen still fills a role on this team. I even think he's a much better fit at wing anyway but that's besides the point. The guy plays in all situations and is versatile. I'm not the biggest fan but he is what he is. He's an asset on the PK and is one of the few on the team that can QB a powerplay adequately. I certainly wouldn't be looking to move him right now.

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Bulmer had no competition last year. This year there is a ton. Larsson is a much better player and prospect with a higher ceiling. Not to mention he's played pro hockey for a couple years now.

Bulmer should be a top six guy in the AHL while Larsson will likely be on the third line or in Sweden.

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