This concept of the Stanley Cup confuses and infuriates me!
Either have an elite goalie and play a stubborn defensive game, or get legitimate depth at offense. Even though Niemi won the cup, he's still the worst goalie to win the cup in god knows how long. Relying on his "cup winning" abilities is for the absolute optimists. In regards to forward depth, Handzus and Gomez won't be unlocking any doors with their declining play.
If we use two games to deem the top six just fine, we should also use those two games to deem our third line a disaster.
I like handzus as a depth forward, bring him in against slower teams and use his big body and save some PK minutes. We need a player that can really drive possession, like gomez. tj/wingels can score, but they need an anchor that can move defenders and generally be a pain to mark, and open up lanes.
4th line is great, our second tier PKers need work but we polish those up and sign gomez and i think we have a better shot than we did last year.
Thank goodness someone else knows. People were looking at me like I was crazy when I dressed up like this last Halloween. Next year - legends of the hidden temple.
I wanted to be on G.U.T.S. so bad and dominate that agrokrag. Double Dare was also another one of my favorites. That obstacle course was great trying to find all those red flags in nasty crap. I can't count how many times I entered.
Mike O'Malley would destroy Marc Summers!
My friend and I were the Blue Barracudas two years ago. Guy/girl duo with the gold helmets and everything. Randomly ran into a Silver Snake at the rave we went to. It was pretty epic.
More on topic, I'm most worried about the Sharks scoring depth. Hopefully Gomez helps?
I don't see how you can really fault Niemi at this point: 2 of the three goals last night came from youngsters who hadn't scored a goal in the NHL yet; that's just a cross that Sharks goalies have to bear.
Seriously though, Niemi has only given up a single even strength goal. If we can get the penalty kill worked out, the only problem we'll face will be scoring depth and the Blues.
Huskins isn't on the Blues anymore, so the Blues won't be a problem