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01-17-2013, 07:55 AM
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Agreed. I don't see Elliott being as good as last year.
In all fairness, its hard to lead the league in just about every goalie stat category two years in a row.

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Anyone else listen to Strickland interview Hitch last night on 590?

Not too much we haven't already heard from him regarding camp, but Strickland asked a few questions about the Perron Backes Oshie lines and Petro. Hitch said, more or less, that there was a clear difference between the players that played over the summer and the players that did not. Wasn't overly negative, but seemed to think that it will take a little while (and a lot of work) for those guys to catch up. He did mention that they (and the team) looked better every day. Tonight will be a big night I suppose.

As always, good things to say about Schwartz and Frank. Seems to really love the changes that Stewart's made during the summer/lockout. Reiterating that Sobotka and Polak dominated in the Czech league.

Strickland also asked him about Backes and Hitch's interactions with Backes during and after the lockout. Hitch said he was concerned not so much concerned about the lockout itself, but how the players (attitudes, dispositions, etc.) would be coming out of a labor dispute. However, when he met with Backes for breakfast on Jan 6th, he said he was every bit the Blues Captain he had been last year, and nothing of the union man he'd seen during the lockout. Backes had notes he had compiled from keeping up with the players and what they were doing overseas, back home, etc. and that he was very proud of his notes and plan for the upcoming season.

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01-17-2013, 10:37 AM
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Anyone else listen to Strickland interview Hitch last night on 590?

Not too much we haven't already heard from him regarding camp, but Strickland asked a few questions about the Perron Backes Oshie lines and Petro. Hitch said, more or less, that there was a clear difference between the players that played over the summer and the players that did not. Wasn't overly negative, but seemed to think that it will take a little while (and a lot of work) for those guys to catch up. He did mention that they (and the team) looked better every day. Tonight will be a big night I suppose.

As always, good things to say about Schwartz and Frank. Seems to really love the changes that Stewart's made during the summer/lockout. Reiterating that Sobotka and Polak dominated in the Czech league.

Strickland also asked him about Backes and Hitch's interactions with Backes during and after the lockout. Hitch said he was concerned not so much concerned about the lockout itself, but how the players (attitudes, dispositions, etc.) would be coming out of a labor dispute. However, when he met with Backes for breakfast on Jan 6th, he said he was every bit the Blues Captain he had been last year, and nothing of the union man he'd seen during the lockout. Backes had notes he had compiled from keeping up with the players and what they were doing overseas, back home, etc. and that he was very proud of his notes and plan for the upcoming season.
First off...thanks for the recap.

Second, I really like that Backes was keeping tabs on his teammates. I assume Hitchcock was pretty happy with that as well.

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01-17-2013, 10:53 AM
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I could see Backes being a coach when his playing career is done.

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As always, good things to say about Schwartz and Frank. Seems to really love the changes that Stewart's made during the summer/lockout. Reiterating that Sobotka and Polak dominated in the Czech league.
Best nickname on the team. I just love that we're actually using it. A joke from the Teej and all off a sudden everyone is using it as if we always has been.

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01-17-2013, 11:51 AM
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I seriously hope we can get all the fans to do the "Frank the Tank" shuffle when he scores...It'd be priceless.

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Chorney was put on waivers so he can go back to Peoria. Nothing surprising here.

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I seriously hope we can get all the fans to do the "Frank the Tank" shuffle when he scores...It'd be priceless.
That needs to be on the jumbotron.

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That needs to be on the jumbotron.
I'll be the guy who they zoom in on like when they score...True story.

Just give me free seats, a Tarasenko jersey, and a good price on beer.

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I was actually thinking of the clip from Old School where they chant for Frank to chug a beer.

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I was actually thinking of the clip from Old School where they chant for Frank to chug a beer.
Yeah, but the shuffle I've seen people do is hilarious. The whole using your arms really stiffly and switching sides...It's gold.

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Looks like Porter will be staying up since he was not put on waivers today. They are at 24 players and have to be at 23 by 3PM eastern tomorrow. It is to late to put anyone on waivers so that would have to mean Schwartz is getting sent down or some one is getting put on LTIR (as far as I know nobody is injured) or some one is being traded in the next 24 hrs.

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Can they not just send out Chorney?

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01-17-2013, 12:22 PM
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Can they not just send out Chorney?
They have 25 players counting Chorney

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Who are the extras right now, Schwartz/D'ags, Porter, Reaves, White and Woywitka?

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Who are the extras right now, Schwartz/D'ags, Porter, Reaves, White and Woywitka?
Yes, with Porter, Schwartz and Woywitka under 2-way deals. Schwartz not subject to waivers but the other two would be. Reaves on one-way contract and White on tryout, presumably signed if he makes the team.

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01-17-2013, 01:12 PM
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Hopefully army is on the phone with Buffalo trying to get either Leopold or Sekera to pair with Petro!

Dag's, Rattie, 1st

Make it happen Army!

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01-17-2013, 01:17 PM
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Hopefully army is on the phone with Buffalo trying to get either Leopold or Sekera to pair with Petro!

Dag's, Rattie, 1st

Make it happen Army!
Whoa. HUGE overpayment for either of those guys (assuming you mean all three assets). I'd give a 2d for Leopold or maybe D'Agostini and a pick (NOT 1st) for Sekera.

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Hopefully army is on the phone with Buffalo trying to get either Leopold or Sekera to pair with Petro!

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Make it happen Army!
Hell no. Feels like a huge overpayment.

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Yeah I'm loving the Frank nickname.

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01-17-2013, 05:20 PM
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Whoa. HUGE overpayment for either of those guys (assuming you mean all three assets). I'd give a 2d for Leopold or maybe D'Agostini and a pick (NOT 1st) for Sekera.
No, should have put an OR in between those players/picks. I was listing what I feel like might be the most valuable/expendable assets.

Yes, those 3 combined for either one of those players would be silly.

Although if you ask a Buffalo fan, a few have said they would only trade Sekera+ for Backes, so...

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No, should have put an OR in between those players/picks. I was listing what I feel like might be the most valuable/expendable assets.

Yes, those 3 combined for either one of those players would be silly.

Although if you ask a Buffalo fan, a few have said they would only trade Sekera+ for Backes, so...
Well I'm fairly certain that Buffalo's GM, and I am positive that our GM, is not that delusional.

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I was actually thinking of the clip from Old School where they chant for Frank to chug a beer.
a gif of the 9 sec to 15 sec mark of the 'Frank the Tank' chug would be unreal everytime Tarasenko scored for you guys


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There's the shuffle. LOL

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Although if you ask a Buffalo fan, a few have said they would only trade Sekera+ for Backes, so...
Although, he was still their #4 defenseman last year. He's young and is under contract, but if they really must unload defensemen, as long as they think they have a shot at the playoffs, it seems weird to move Leopold, who got way more minutes and has way more experience. Unless Leopold has regressed and they're ready for Sekera to take the next step, or unless they don't have their sights set on the playoffs, you don't just unload a guy who played 22:22 last year.

Any one of those possibilities could be real, and they could be absolutely desperate to get scoring forwards - in which case, prospects and picks probably won't do it.
Honestly, if I'm Buffalo management, I'm not in a hurry to move either of Leopold or Sekera. But if I am, it's Leopold for picks/prospects at the deadline, or Sekera for an equivalent forward. Who in their right mind is going to unload a star for a package of a #4 defenseman and change? There's what you want on one hand and what is reasonable on the other. They don't always meet. That's the same reason we haven't seen the Blues trade for a bigtime #1 center or Pietro's mythical partner.

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