IMO until Comrie is back or traded Smyth is a center. Reasoner wins the #2 center job over Horcoff. Chimera moves back to center takes over Reasoner's job on the 3rd line. Salmo and Sarno crack the roster for opening night. I like having Bergeron playing with Smith simply because Smith is a solid veteren stay at home Dman who would watch out for Bergeron. What do you guys think?
IMO, it doesn't do Tony any good not to get extended amounts of playing time... I think it would do wonders for him to get top line ice time in Toronto playing alongside Stoll. The first time Tony's played a first line role is with Gratton and Ward in the playoffs. We don't nearly have enough room up here to give him the icetime he needs.
I think that until Comrie signs or we get a center back or York's hand heals fully, Horc will take seond line center. Nothing against Reasoner, I think he prolly has more offensive upside. But he is also better in the faceoff circle and defensively so needs to take the 3rd line job since it is harder.
just my opinion but I think the Smyth-at-centre experiment carries over intot he season. These lines are obviously assuming the players we have now are here in 12 days and there is no change in the Comrie situation. (LW-C-RW)
i'm going with LT here but just going to replace Sarno with Rita and have Ferguson has the 7th Dman
Smyth York Hemsky
Isbister Comrie (ha) Dvorak
Moreau Reasoner Pisani
Chimera Horcoff Laraque
Torres and Rita in the pressbox, if Comrie is moved for something other than a center then Stoll has a chance to stick ahead of Rita. Stoll is better served than Rita in Toronto at this point.
I agree with Bergeron as the no.6 d-man. Luoma played himself off last night.
barring a change with the Comrie situation I have two dif. lines:
Smyth @ center:
MacT has said that Horcoff will be atleast the third line center - and I think that Moreau-Reasoner-Rita would be pefect. So that leaves Horcoff to play LW (which he can and does well) with York and Dvo. I REALLY like Sarno playing with Torres and Laraque. He sould help out the powerplay and would also add some offense to the fourth line (and he isn't as bad defensively anymore atleast).
The first line is pretty obvious. The second line I think is too as like I said MacT said Horcoff will be alteast third line center, and I dont' see Reasoner playing second line. The bottom two lines are the same as the first line set.
My defense is pretty simple:
I think during camp Reasoner and Rita looked good on the same line so Mac T will give them a chance. Though this would mean the end to the RPM line, if Rita struggles after the first 5 games, Pisani goes back in. As much as I would like to see Stoll in the opening line up, he's young and some quality time spent on the first line of the Roadrunners will be better then limited time on the fourth line. Torres will come in for Laraque or Rita. By the end of October if Rita looks solid, Moreau will be packaged and moved (sorta like Rosey). Lowe is probally waiting to see how the team pans out without MC in the lineup then trade him in a package with Moreau.
I'll bet dollars to donuts that Comrie signs but is put on the second line.
I'll also bet that the injuries to York, Laraque and Brewer are worse than reported so they are not in the lineup for game 1.
Isbister-Smyth-Hemsky (go with it as long as it works)
Chimera-Comrie-Dvorak (we'll see how great Chimera can be this year)
Salmelainen-Horcoff-Pisani (fast, fast, fast)
Moreau-Reasoner-Torres (the opposition's first line will hate to play this line)
Smith-Staios (2 best healthy D-men we have)
Bergeron-Semenov (David and Golith)
Salo (needs an All-Star year)
Conklin (showing he's better than Valiquette already)
Wright (you always keep a guy like this around - he's a great utility player)
Rita (almost ready, but not yet)
when these 3 return expect Salmelainen, Rita and Wright to be sent down with Torres and Bergeron assigned to the press box.
Isbister-Smyth-Hemsky - The chemistry is undeniable.
Chimera-York-Dvorak - All about the speed.
Moreau-Reasoner-Rita - Moreau helps break in another rookie.
Torres-Horcoff-Laraque - Solid 4th line.
Brewer-Smith - Smith needs to step it up this year.
Staios-Semenov - should be a decent pairing.
Cross-Bergeron - simple case of stay at home with an offensive guy.
TO.-Stoll, Wright, Sarno, Luoma - Unfortunately Stoll gets the bump, but is first in line to get the call up, adn will get tonnes of minutes in TO. Luoma will hopefully respond and get a lot of minutes to this way, helping him adjust to the NA game. Wright, no comment. Sarno, gets the 2nd line job behind Stoll.
Can't argue with that. Stoll goes to TO and will probably be called up sometime in the year...