Just gotta say that it is TERRIFIC that Boyle is now not even being considered for anywhere in the top-9 (even if just on here, where has been portrayed as such a great player by wayyyyyy too many people). For the longest time he has been a 4th line player, playing on the 3rd line, getting 2nd line minutes, but no one would want to hear it...he has been awful this year, and should be a staple on the 4th line--and get 4th line minutes, in addition to PK--from now own...
Yea I still think torts plays him 3rdline but I now see him as expendable for next season if they can sell high. Miller and Kreider have a big day in that plus fast and Lindberg are tearing up the sel league
Coach trying to fire up Boyle
Good thing by Torts IMO
One of the moves I can really agree with
If Miller sticks - he (Boyle) will probably be moved done to the 4th line long term
Which I think would be a great thing for the team as a whole as we could then roll 4 lines and spread out the icetime better
Asham - Boyle - Halpern - Powe fighting it out for spots on the 4th line sure looks better than it did one week ago I must readily say.
This lineup is now showing some real likability
Call up Mashinter if we need a heavyweight is also now an option. Better than having a slow, lumbering punching bag in Mike Rupp take up an expensive roster spot for 4 minutes of icetime I must say!!!
Ferriero and Palmieri as likeable callup options
Once Hrivik returns - CT will have quite a nice lineup too. He might get a cup of coffee too, if he continues to develop
Newbury, Haley and Segal are all one game callup options if we want to start a brawl too
I am pretty sure we will see a couple games of Big mac as well - if we are not desperately clawing to get into the POs
I like these moves Sather has made lately
Really good asset management IMO
Once Girardi is back - I would waive Eminger
If he clears he can get some serious minutes in Hartford and stay warm helping out the abysmal D they have down there and be a good callup option as well.
Then I would seriously try to find that #6 D we have all been talking about.
For a midlevel prospect & mid round pick. Maybe when Burns returns to the San Jose lineup - which should be within 7-10 days?? Then they gotta get rid of "someone" it seems...
Hopefully enough roster movement until the deadline
Thereafter we should see what we are lacking - if anything - to give us serious depth until the end of June
Rental UFAs at the deadline only please - unless a crazy deal appears - or unless we deal Boyle for a similar contract and upgrade adding more than him - but I do not see that happening really...
Hagelin - Richards - Gaborik ... (Hags is going now, reunite that line, put Gabs on the RW)
Pyatt - Stepan - Nash ... (a lot of size here, maybe not enough speed but good net presence)
Kreider - Miller - Cally ... (try it, sounds great - ease Cally in)
Boyle - Halpern - Powe ... (thats a good 4th line and it puts Boyle on the wall)
McDonagh - Girardi
Stall - Del Zotto
Stralman - Eminger
Scratched - Asham (does nothing), Bickel (bad), Gilroy (have no clue why Eminger isnt in instead of him)
Pyatt-Miller-Cally(When hes back, Boyle for now)
Powe-Halpern-Asham(Boyle when Cally is back)
Every line has speed and every line can play proper defense. The first line worked last year, give it a damn chance and stop frontloading our team. Its predictable and easy to matchup. Cant say the other lines will work, but at least each line is a little more competative and we have some speed again.
The third pairing is the only thing that matters because the other two, when healthy will not be changed. Should be Stralman and Gilroy. Bickel should be in the AHL.
Similar to my lines except i have Pyatt and Kreider switched. WOuldnt mind it your way either.
Only thing I take issue with is Gilroy on the third pair. Would rather have Eminger there. Dumbfounded why he isnt getting a real chance (3-4 games straight to prove hes better than Gilroy or Bickel)
BTW, where's McIlrath? Shouldn't he be in that spot by now ?
Have to agree about Eminger. I feel hes the best option between him, Bickel, and Gilroy.
Then again, thats like what method of death you prefer - lethal injection, electric chair, or firing squad?
I honestly dont think Eminger is that bad, especially on the last pairing. Before his injuries I thought he was playing well and he added a nice dimension of toughness to the team. Something that Gilroy provides none of.
He was pretty much and even player 65 games two season ago and probably wouldve played that many last year without his injuries. He must have been doing something right for Torts to keep him in there for that many starts. Why he thinks Bickel or Gilroy are better options is beyond me, it really is. I would love to hear the explanation.