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09-24-2009, 12:39 PM
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1st Line Named: Vanek-Roy-Stafford

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Following today's morning practice, Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff named his first line for the clubs opener against Montreal on Saturday October 3. Ruff told WGR's Nick Mendola that Thomas Vanek, Drew Stafford and Derek Roy will take first line honors to begin the season.

Ruff also said that Tim Connolly and Clark MacArthur will be on a line together, failing to name the third player on that line.
http://www.wgr550.com/Ruff-Names-First-Line/5292396

Wow, has that line even played together yet during the preseason? Can't say I'm surprised, though. Thoughts?

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09-24-2009, 12:43 PM
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Nooooooooo!!

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Wow, has that line even played together yet during the preseason? Can't say I'm surprised, though. Thoughts?

yeah - not shocked at all. i mean, vanek/roy has proved to work so well together the past two seasons...

i'm assuming pominville will be the third unnamed player on the 2nd line giving us grier/hecht/gausted as the checking line.

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Why is it so obvious to all of us that VCP is the way to go, but not to Ruff??

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good, i want Mac and Timmy together.

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Vanek-Connolly-Pominville just is so logical and obvious as the #1 line... all three players compliment one another so well.

Mac-Roy-Staff have shown (atleast in my opinion) some pretty good chemistry together this preseason. Why Lindy? Why?

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good, i want Mac and Timmy together.
I'm actually more excited about Pommer and Timmy together. They were deadly down the stretch. Mac was good with them but those two were putting up a lot of points together.

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CMac-Connolly-Pominville was successful last year too, so I guess that part isn't bad.

Why even announce the opening night lineup so far in advance?

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Ruff also said that Tim Connolly and Clark MacArthur will be on a line together, failing to name the third player on that line.


That is the real interesting part of the story, to me. Wonder how Pommers took that?

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good, i want Mac and Timmy together.
Yes, that is the silver lining. Mac plays his best with Timmy, which shouldn't be all that surprising. Sounds like it's going to be:

Vanek-Roy-Stafford
Mac-Connolly-Pominville
Hecht-Gaustad-Grier
Paille/Ellis-Kennedy-Kaleta
x Paille/Ellis

Correct, I am not backing off my "Kennedy will start the season here" contention.

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CMac-Connolly-Pominville was successful last year too, so I guess that part isn't bad.

Why even announce the opening night lineup so far in advance?
Ruff knew we wanted something to bite into on here

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09-24-2009, 01:00 PM
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i knew this would happen.....

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That is the real interesting part of the story, to me. Wonder how Pommers took that?
Or it could be as simple as a reporter asking-- why don't you put Vanek and Connolly together? then Ruff responds that he likes Mac with Timmy.

I really don't think its anything more than that.

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This is just dumb. I'd rather Connolly help Vanek hit 50 goals than try and help Mac hit 20 goals. The theory that Vanek-Roy-Stafford works has been proven wrong countless times this season.

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I wanted to see how Mac-Roy and Staff could do, but this gives you a bit more balance between the lines.

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The only Issue I have is with Stafford on it instead of Pommer.


Having said that I'm very excited about a Mac/Connolly/Pommer line.

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Like Ruff doesn't shuffle up his lineup with regularity.

And while an old-school third line would be great, a MacArthur-Connolly-Grier line might be interesting.

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Like Ruff doesn't shuffle up his lineup with regularity.

And while an old-school third line would be great, a MacArthur-Connolly-Grier line might be interesting.

Hadn't thought of that.


Ruck my appologies you may be on to something after all


I would LOVE a Hecht/Goose/Pommer 2nd line.

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Having said that I'm very excited about a Mac/Connolly/Pommer line.
me too, especially if they aren't being matched up against the top pair defensemen.

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As long as the 2nd line ends up being C-Mac-Connolly-Pominville, I can live with this decision for now, but I would have prefered VCP as our #1.

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For those overreacting with FIRE RUFF already, you do realize this isnt going to last more than a game or two before the tinkering starts, someone gets hurt, Vanek gets in Ruff's doghouse or Roy starts dogging it.
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Disagree completely. At least Mac will be a 30 goal scorer with a guy like Connolly feeding him the puck.

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