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01-10-2006, 11:37 PM
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Varada-Kelly-Eaves

Who is really impressed with this line? I really like how they have been playing and hope this line will stay intact for awhile or even the rest of the season if they keep playing this well. I don't think Eaves is going back to Bingo this season.

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I have been impressed as well. If only Varada had hands...

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01-11-2006, 08:23 AM
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I have been impressed as well. If only Varada had hands...
If only Kelly had finish...

I think we could start a little game

If only Smolinski had finish...

If only Pothier had mass...

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Hopefully Varada has impressed some scouts around the league and Muckler can deal him...with his hands of stone, he can't be on the top 3 lines on this team come playoff time.

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Hopefully Varada has impressed some scouts around the league and Muckler can deal him...with his hands of stone, he can't be on the top 3 lines on this team come playoff time.
Exactly. He had several scoring opportunities again last night but he just couldn't control the puck. I also saw several moments where he cruised towards a loose puck rather than push himself and by doing so let the opposing player beat him to it. I think it's the laziness I see in him from time to time that irks me more than the hands.

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Hopefully Varada has impressed some scouts around the league and Muckler can deal him...with his hands of stone, he can't be on the top 3 lines on this team come playoff time.
I don't think he will be, once everyone's healthy, though:

Heatley-Spezza-Alfie
???-Smolinski-Havlat
Scheafer-Fisher-Neil

It would be either him or Vermette in the ??? spot with the leftover guy playing with McGratton and Kelly on the 4th line.

Possibly Eaves is the the mix, too. Or Doug Weight

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I don't think he will be, once everyone's healthy, though:
Heatley-Spezza-Alfie
???-Smolinski-Havlat
Scheafer-Fisher-Neil
Schaefer was doing a pretty good job of setting up Havlat earlier in the year.

I could see him on that 2nd line and Eaves on the 3rd. I think Eaves-Fisher-Neil would be a blast to watch.

No room for Bochenski though.

Alternatively, you could have:
Heatley-Spezza-Alfredsson
Bochenski-Smolinski-Havlat
Schaefer-Fisher-Neil
Varada-Kelly-Eaves

At this point in time, I think both Eaves and Kelly bring more to the ice than Vermette.

Until Havlat comes back:
Heatley-Spezza-Alfredsson
Bochenski-Smolinski-Eaves
Schaefer-Fisher-Neil
Vermette-Kelly-Varada

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If only Kelly had finish...

I think we could start a little game

If only Smolinski had finish...

If only Pothier had mass...
Atleast Smolinski and Kelly have scored their own goals this year. Sadly, both of Varada's goals have been bank-shots off the other team.

Sens site says Bochenski is probable for Thursdays game, but Spezza is still recovering.


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Interestingly (and I'm getting sidetracked off the original topic, but it's fun), I could ALMOST see the following lines:

Heatley-Smolinski-Alfredsson
Bochenski-Spezza-Havlat
Schaefer-Fisher-Neil
Varada/Vermette-Kelly-Eaves//McGrattan

Spezza has chemistry with Bo from the AHL, and with Havlat from their tenure in the NHL before hand. Two scorers and a playmaker. Not really enough grind on that line though and defensively suspect perhaps.

Still, we'd almost have 2 1st lines that way from an offensive perspective.

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Interestingly (and I'm getting sidetracked off the original topic, but it's fun), I could ALMOST see the following lines:

Heatley-Smolinski-Alfredsson
Bochenski-Spezza-Havlat
Schaefer-Fisher-Neil
Varada/Vermette-Kelly-Eaves//McGrattan

Spezza has chemistry with Bo from the AHL, and with Havlat from their tenure in the NHL before hand. Two scorers and a playmaker. Not really enough grind on that line though and defensively suspect perhaps.

Still, we'd almost have 2 1st lines that way from an offensive perspective.
I like it, but it might be the same thing as the start of the year with Bochenski. When he's the 'other guy' on the line, he doesn't seem to excel that much.

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01-11-2006, 03:29 PM
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I like it, but it might be the same thing as the start of the year with Bochenski. When he's the 'other guy' on the line, he doesn't seem to excel that much.
Agreed.

That's why I think (maybe you had mentionned this) that:

Bochenski - Spezza - Eaves

will work.

Eaves can do the dirty work.

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01-11-2006, 05:31 PM
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Agreed.

That's why I think (maybe you had mentionned this) that:

Bochenski - Spezza - Eaves

will work.

Eaves can do the dirty work.
I can't see Spezza centering those 2

I could see:

Eaves-Kelly-Bochenski as our 3b line in the Playoffs (if we are healthy and if McGrattan ends up in the press box which is likely unless it is a series with the Leafs) With Eaves and Kelly doing the grinding and Boch free to play more offensively. Both Eaves and Kelly can pass the puck and Boch can score. I used to think that Bochenski could not survive in the NHL if he wasn't on a scoring line but I think he could on this line. And if everyone is healthy I can't see how Bochenski can be on a top line - buy I also can't see how he isn't in the line-up either.

Heatley-Spezza-Alfie Line 1
Schaeffer-Fisher-Havlat Line 2
Vermette-Smolinski-Neil Line 3a
Eaves-Kelly-Bochenski Line 3b
spares Varada, McGrattan, Martins, Hamel

If we get Weight... (or Jokinen)

Heatley-Spezza-Alfie 1a
Fisher-Weight-Havlat 1b
Schaeffer-Smolinski-Bochenski 3a
Eaves-Kelly-Neil 3b
spares McGrattan, Varada, Martins, Hamel (Vermette is gone in trade for Weight)

Either way if we are healthy we are crazy good!!!!!!!

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Hopefully Varada has impressed some scouts around the league and Muckler can deal him...with his hands of stone, he can't be on the top 3 lines on this team come playoff time.
I couldn't disagree with you more, he could easily be on the 3rd line. Come playoff time Varada is much much more valuable than he is in the reg. season. He is the gritty, hit everything that moves type of player that is more useful in the playoffs than he is in the reg. season.

I think he has shown over his career what a useful playoff performer he is, he was always extremely effective in Buffalo and looked pretty decent with the sens. If you are looking to Varada for goals, you are not going to find them. But if you want him to rattle someone and get under their skin - you'll get it. I for one will have absolutely no problem with him being in the lineup come spring.

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He is the gritty, hit everything that moves type of player that is more useful in the playoffs than he is in the reg. season.
He hasn't been hitting anything that moves this year.

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He hasn't been hitting anything that moves this year.
Stationary things have been pretty safe too.

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He hasn't been hitting anything that moves this year.
The puck moves.
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Stationary things have been pretty safe too.
The net doesn't.

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01-12-2006, 02:02 PM
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He hasn't been hitting anything that moves this year.
He knows what to do when the playoffs role around, bodies will be flying, book it. You can't win the cup without guys like Varada around.......but our fans always have to have a player to run out of town, now that Arvedson and Bonk are gone I guess it's Varada and Smoke (2 players that I think will play a role in our cup win).

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....but our fans always have to have a player to run out of town, now that Arvedson and Bonk are gone I guess it's Varada and Smoke (2 players that I think will play a role in our cup win).
Let's not forget Pothier!

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Come playoff time I'd like to see a line like this

Heatley-Spezza-Alfredsson
Bochenski-Gomez-Havlat
Schaefer-Fisher-Neil
Malone-Kelly-Eaves/McGrattan

Gomez would be a great fit on that second line with Havlat and Bochenski, I could see a lot of chemistry between them. I would like the sens to pick up Malone also and replace him for varada. We'll still have tough guys like Neil, Mcgratton, Chara, and possibly Fisher able to play more aggresively. This would guarantee 4 lines of potential scoring. I don't know but I'm just Horny about that one line of Bo-Go-Ha. Anyone know if Gomez is still on the block?

I'll try this out on NHL 06 and let you know how it goes.


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Gomez is part of one of the hottest lines in the NHL, the "EGG" line comprised of Elias-Gomez-Gionta.

Are we going to trade Jason Spezza away?

No, so why would we expect the same from a team on a hot streak and one of the current best lines in the whole league? Plus, his contract isn't all that expensive.

Did you research this or just throw it out there? A little less NHL 06 and a little more reality.

New Jersey will undoubtedly be playoff bound and the Devils will need their #1 centre.


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Gomez is not the missing link...he's not that great anyway.

I need a husky and burly man wrapped up in one...err...I mean the team needs a husky and burly man.

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So after tonight's game this thread needs a revitalization.

I was thinking tonight about how great the KID LINE on the Oilers were in the 1990 cup run. Gelinas, Murphy and Graves. I was thinking how great this 3rd/4th line could be in this years playoffs. Varada is no kid but Eaves and Kelly could be the young guns on this line with the oft-traded/maligned old man Varada along for the ride.

I love this line right now and I think it could help us do great things in the playoffs. If we are healthy this is our 4th line - A 4th line that can play more minutes if needed and kill penalties and that will eat another team alive if a playoff game goes into a long overtime and you are just rolling 4 lines. If we are healthy this line will be so much better than any other teams 4th line that we will grind down any team. If we aren't Healthy this is a legit good 3rd line or if we are slumping or have huge injuries it could play 2nd line minutes.

Energy, defence, offence - This line has it all

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I like them because they go and make offence by themselves, through the execution of perfect little plays.

Take note Heatley.

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Heatley - Spezza - Alfie
Schaefer - Weight - Havlat
Smolinski - Fisher - Neil
Varada - Kelly - Eaves

Ideal lineup for the postseason, with Bochenski and McGrattan ready to step in.

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Heatley - Spezza - Alfie
Schaefer - Weight - Havlat
Smolinski - Fisher - Neil
Varada - Kelly - Eaves

Ideal lineup for the postseason, with Bochenski and McGrattan ready to step in.
That lineup brought a tear to my eye. A happy one.

I would feel bad giving the KEV line 4th line minutes.... you could probably play them a lot if any other line is sucking at whatever point in time.

But that might be Jacques Martin-esque

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