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01-28-2014, 12:21 PM
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Panik was wearing a red jersey and skated after practice today..

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Panik said he was initially hurt vs. Hershey on Saturday but played through it vs. Bridgeport Sunday. Likely back Friday

Also, apparently Sustr skated with the team in a normal contact jersey. Can't find the tweet on my phone for the exact quote.

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Any questions about how hungry demoted Tampa Bay forward Richard Panik is to play regular minutes again was answered this weekend.

In his first game after being sent down to the Syracuse Crunch, Panik took a demolishing check from Hershey's Tyson Strachan. Panik was hurt — likely injuring his left shoulder — but stayed in the game.

Sunday, Syracuse visited Bridgeport. Panik could have justifiably asked for a day of rest, and Crunch coach Rob Zettler said his availability was a touch-and-go issue. But Panik didn't come here to sit, and he successfully lobbied to play.

"I'm missing playing hockey,'' Panik said. "I wasn't sure if I was going to play or rest, but I decided to play. I wanted to play.''
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"Obviously they sent me down for a reason. I wasn't playing good,'' Panik said. "I had some ups and downs. I lost my confidence. That's not my game. My game is confidence on the puck. (The NHL) is a harder league to play. Everybody is really good. I have to play better, like a played here.''

Zettler said if Panik pulls that off, he won't be with the Crunch for long.

"He wasn't playing bad up there. They had a lot of bodies,'' Zettler said. "It was just tough to get him in. For him, it's his consistency. He's probably one of the most talented players in the organization. He's got to bring that to the table every game.''
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"There's always pressure,'' he said. "I think that's good for the organization. Now I'm here, I'm going to put some pressure on the guys up there. Hopefully I'll be up there soon.''
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In other news Tuesday, defenseman Andrej Sustr skated through a full practice with the team. Sustr was sent down from Tampa Bay on Jan. 17 but suffered a head injury on the second shift of his first game for Syracuse, against Hershey.

Sustr will likely be out Wednesday but could return Friday.

"After a week not skating, you lose a little bit,'' Sustr said Tuesday. "It's just a matter of two or three days (recovery) when you get back at it.''

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01-29-2014, 09:19 AM
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Witkowski disapproved of the way Hamlo hit Syracuse's Cedric Paquette. So Witkowski took matters into his own fists.

"The refs kind of stopped it early, too,'' Witkowski lamented. "I wasn't completely done.''

And what was left unfinished?

"He didn't hit the ice,'' Witkowski said. "That would have been nice.''
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"Fights are going to happen if you are playing hard like that, and obviously sticking up for teammates,'' Witkowski said. "I don't always go looking for it, but the way I play my game, it's going to come to me this year.''
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"I think he's starting to figure out when he plays with an edge, plays with jam, he's better in tune with the game, he moves the puck quicker, he defends better,'' Zettler said.
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"It's a big adjustment to go from a college league to professional hockey,'' said Julien BriseBois, assistant general manager of the Lightning. "He has had some ups and downs, but we like his potential there. We like his compete level, we like his skating. Generally speaking, he's tough to play against.''

Witkowski said he thought he started the season pretty well, then hit something of a plateau. And he knows prospects who aren't moving forward are falling behind.

"I'd say I've gotten better at moving the puck quicker,'' Witkowski said. "I still have a ways to go. Guys (in the AHL) are all-around better. They get shots by you easier.''

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The Crunch are getting flattened, 4 losses in a row, any idea what's going on?

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Yeesh. When was the last time the Crunch won a game?

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One of the things the Crunch did in the past couple of years was build a winning culture. So much so that we were able to pretty much transplant the core of that team into the NHL. Unfortunately, that's something we're probably going to lose for a while. Hopefully Yzerman/Brisbois can restock them for next year, although there doesn't seem to be a lot of help in the crystal ball.

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The Crunch are getting flattened, 4 losses in a row, any idea what's going on?
Most of the veterans have been disappointing. There were some decent paper signings, but guys like Geoff Walker, Joey Mormina, etc. have been invisible at best (and that's being kind).

Also the defense misses Cote. The rest are very young or veterans that are playing awful..ie. Mormina.

Cooper might have had a shot at swinging a better season out of this group, but Zettler doesn't have it in him, imo. I'm just not a fan. The other night, a goal was given up partially because of an absolutely lazy play, and said player was back out there 2 shifts later. Players make mistakes, but laziness should never be tolerated. It seems neither the coaches nor vets make players take responsibility for anything this year.

There's a lot of talent on this team, but I see bad habits and in some cases, regression.

Just my personal opinions from the stands, though.

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01-31-2014, 05:46 PM
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01-31-2014, 06:08 PM
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SC has consistently good goalies, but Allen York over teammate Jeff Jakaitis is pretty rough.

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Word is Riku was suspended for leaving Florida without permission. York looks to be the starting goalie for the Crunch with our mascot "Crunchman" dressing as backup. Go ahead and laugh, this actually happened a few times during the early years of the Crunch.
Loss to Utica makes 6 straight road losses. As I mentioned earlier, it is time for the team to play for pride and next year's contract. Two and a half months is plenty of time for some of the current players to break out of their slump and earn their pay with the organization for next year. As for the others, a team of Clydesdales could not help them out of the hole they made for themselves.

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Word is Riku was suspended for leaving Florida without permission. York looks to be the starting goalie for the Crunch with our mascot "Crunchman" dressing as backup. Go ahead and laugh, this actually happened a few times during the early years of the Crunch.
Loss to Utica makes 6 straight road losses. As I mentioned earlier, it is time for the team to play for pride and next year's contract. Two and a half months is plenty of time for some of the current players to break out of their slump and earn their pay with the organization for next year. As for the others, a team of Clydesdales could not help them out of the hole they made for themselves.
Why not play for the now? What is going to come of next year? A few draft picks? I don't see us adding any substantial help to the team this upcoming season.

I think best case scenario you get Vasi and Erne.. Is he even old enough?

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Why not play for the now? What is going to come of next year? A few draft picks? I don't see us adding any substantial help to the team this upcoming season.

I think best case scenario you get Vasi and Erne.. Is he even old enough?
End of junior season should see us adding about five guys to the roster, tbh.

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End of junior season should see us adding about five guys to the roster, tbh.
By that time it's too little too late. Season will be essentially over.

Erne isn't eligible next season, the only CHL forward is Ikonen. Suri most likely if he doesn't go back to Europe if he doesn't make the lightning.

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"Why not play for the now?"
The reasons is pretty easy for those of us who have watched the team this year.
Underachievers who were expected to produce from the go either haven't or took too long to accept their positions within the organization.
The lack of depth at the AHL/ECHL level has been exposed. The organization has plenty of young talent that have earned spots in Tampa, as well as a deep Junior/Europe system. unfortunately, the cupboard is pretty bare in Syracuse. Between the injuries and the call-ups, the Crunch have been icing a low tier AHL or upper tier ECHL level squad. Their record proves this.
Home play is terrible again this year. The Crunch played great on the road last year, and decent at home. At least until the Finals. This year, they started out decent on the road, but have yet to find the touch at home.
With a few exceptions, the Crunch teams have historically had a good year that they make they playoffs, followed by a bad year they do not. Then it is back to the playoffs, etc. This is a down year.
The organization needs to look no further than Binghamton for a perfect example. The year after they won the cup, they were HORRIBLE. The organization stood strong, and now are back towards the top of the league.
Crunch fans can live with the lousy season as long as the players make it appear they are giving an effort. With what we have seen at home this season to date, the effort is not there.

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Really weird this Riku business. Feels bad he's down. He's tough quy, champion 2011 in FEL, same year nominated all-stars in the league and a winner of Urpo Ylonen (goalie) trophy. Something's gone wrong.

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Really weird this Riku business. Feels bad he's down. He's tough quy, champion 2011 in FEL, same year nominated all-stars in the league and a winner of Urpo Ylonen (goalie) trophy. Something's gone wrong.
The timing is the weirdest part. He would have known that he'd have at least three/four weeks of work with the Crunch with Kristers leaving for the Olympics, and the injuries would have meant he'd be up a few days sooner. He's obviously embarrassed about his ECHL stats, but why do this now, unless he'd already decided to bolt for Europe, which seems to be the only logical explanation?

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That might be. Misfitting the way things are handled over there, or just rotten luck?

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Syracuse signed Grant Rollheiser to a PTO

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Yup, that was announced yesterday. Is there a reason you felt compelled to post it in 3 threads though? You must be his best friend from back home, eh?

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Yup, that was announced yesterday. Is there a reason you felt compelled to post it in 3 threads though? You must be his best friend from back home, eh?
No, Just that all this goalie rotation nonsense has gotten me hyperrrr.

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Allen York is playing well.

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Koekkoek's a now a +40 to go along with his 41 points in 49 games.

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Did not watch the game but Allen York's stat line from yesterday's game is impressive, albeit just one game. I'd like to see him get some more games - he's only 24 years old.

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