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05-13-2013, 06:47 PM
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#1 Thing you will be looking for next season

Thought it'd be interesting that with a close of a season what people think will be the most important thing they will be watching for next season with this team. Please only try to list the one most important thing to you. Here's mine:

Josh Bailey: Yes, I've called him Failey in the past and I still am not convinced he can play a full season effectively because he has yet to. He always mails in the first 40 games or so. This season with a lockout it was a little different, but still he didn't play the whole season well. So I will be watching this kid very closely because to me it is a make or break year for him. We kind of say that every year about Bailey and Okposo, but if Bailey falters next season I won't be saying it 2014, I'll be hoping to see him in a different jersey....

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Thought it'd be interesting that with a close of a season what people think will be the most important thing they will be watching for next season with this team. Please only try to list the one most important thing to you. Here's mine:

Josh Bailey: Yes, I've called him Failey in the past and I still am not convinced he can play a full season effectively because he has yet to. He always mails in the first 40 games or so. This season with a lockout it was a little different, but still he didn't play the whole season well. So I will be watching this kid very closely because to me it is a make or break year for him. We kind of say that every year about Bailey and Okposo, but if Bailey falters next season I won't be saying it 2014, I'll be hoping to see him in a different jersey....
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05-13-2013, 07:17 PM
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Playoffs as well.

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05-13-2013, 07:26 PM
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Winning a playoff round

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It goes hand in hand, but hopefully with improved defense, our goaltending will be better. That's what I'm hoping for, improved defense/lower goals against. Obviously we have a good offense already.

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Either Wang selling or investing in this quality team adding two solid UFA's (which will only increase the team's value).

It's time to capitalize on the slow rebuild. The team deserves a passionate owner who wants to win.

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05-13-2013, 08:35 PM
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That we swing for the fences to add one marquee player.

First line forward, top d-man, or goalie. Doesn't matter who.

Via trade, RFA or UFA. Doesn't matter how.

Just show me, you and the entire NHL that we're truly not screwing around next season.

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05-13-2013, 08:36 PM
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Okposo: will he work in the off season with his sport psychologist ? Will he put more effort into his offseason conditioning, so he comes into camp in better shape then previous seasons? Can he carry his postseason play, over into the regular season?

I think Okposo playing well, takes pressure off JT, who's been doing most of the heavy lifting alone.

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05-13-2013, 08:52 PM
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I think the isles will get some old quality players in the offseason. Slowly but surely the transition from Nassau to Brooklyn will certainly entice more players to come here coupled with the impressive playoff series

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05-13-2013, 08:59 PM
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Making the playoffs without having to battle it out to the very last couple of games. This team now knows that all you need is your ticket to the dance and then anything can happen. They need to realize how important it is to put yourself in good position early in the season, no slow starts.

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05-13-2013, 09:03 PM
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This is the year to make a major move in the offseason. We have a mid-1st and a lot of expendable prospects. It's time to get JT his winger, a young top-4 defenseman with top-2 potential, or a young starting goaltender. I'm looking for one of these moves to be made.

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Goals Against Average

We're going to score goals with our puck possession game. But we'll really have to tighten up with team defense if we're going to take the next step. Nabby was shaky but just too many easy scoring chances given up vs. Pitt. We finished 21st in GAA this year. Not expecting top 10 but would love to see us in the 11-13 range next year.

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I'm honestly surprised at how many people think we can make the playoffs easily. Playoffs next year comes down to this:

The top 3 teams out of us and:

Pittsburgh, Philly, Washington, Jersey, NY Rangers, Carolina, Columbus--that's a VERY tough division. And even if we're competing for TWO wild card spots, we have an extra 2 teams to leap frog compared to the West.

With an aging Nabby-I'd be shocked if we make the playoffs unless we get better in the off-season.

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05-13-2013, 09:16 PM
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with next years format, they wouldnt even have made it this year. wont be easy

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A decision as to who is the #1 goalie (for the foreseeable future)

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damn, that playoff format is very tough....

i am looking for an impact trade during the draft or at some point in the offseason to bring that physical power winger for JT

we simply have to be willing to trade assets to do so......if JT continues to be the main wall guy on his line then this team will be stagnant....with strome, brock, reinhart and donovan being untouchable IMO, we still have pieces we can ship out for IMPACT top 6 players (Nino, kabanov, mayfield, de haan, bailey, etc.), especially with the lowering cap

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Easy one: Plane tickets to NY. Gotta finally see a game at the Coliseum before the move.

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damn, that playoff format is very tough....

i am looking for an impact trade during the draft or at some point in the offseason to bring that physical power winger for JT

we simply have to be willing to trade assets to do so......if JT continues to be the main wall guy on his line then this team will be stagnant....with strome, brock, reinhart and donovan being untouchable IMO, we still have pieces we can ship out for IMPACT top 6 players (Nino, kabanov, mayfield, de haan, bailey, etc.), especially with the lowering cap
Horton as UFA?

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As Charlie Sheen so aptly and succinctly phrased it: winning.

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old reclamation project or former top pick rejected by two clubs.

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A real #1 goalie. Nabokov won't get us any deeper into the playoffs than he did this year. I really don't think our defense was that bad but I do think we could get a little bigger on the back end. The main reason the Rangers are moving on and we aren't is goaltending.


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The question is a bit ambiguous, so a three part answer:

1. Transition from a rebuild to building a contender.
2. Get into the playoffs solidly - not by the skin of our teeth.
3. Win at least one round.

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No slump. the last few season have had a slump in there at some point. the team cant win every game but they need to learn how to not let a a loss or 2 turn into a long losing streak. that consistency will be what shows theyve taken the next step and can consistently make the playoffs

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Winning a playoff round
I came to post this as well.

We need a better winger for Tavares on either side. Someone. Someone from the system. A signing. A trade. Probably not a draft pick from this upcoming draft or a waiver wire pickup.

They should expect to win a round. Heck, we could have beaten the Caps like the Rags did this year.

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if we assume that our UFA's are gone.... Streit, Boyes, Nabby...

goaltending is the biggest concern. the most important position, and we would NEED an experienced vet if we want to sniff the playoffs again. i like the potential of Poulin and Nilsson, but they are no where near ready. even with a Bernier or Khudobin, it's very risky. someone more experienced, like Smith, would be needed, but if he is a 'bad apple/cancer', then it's not going to help much.

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