#9 Zach PARISE - #19 Travis ZAJAC - #18 Niclas BERGFORS
#12 Brian ROLSTON - #26 Patrik ELIAS - #15 Jamie LANGENBRUNNER
#28 Vladimir ZHARKOV - #8 Dainius ZUBRUS - #23 David CLARKSON
#20 Jay PANDOLFO - #21 Rob NIEDERMAYER - #11 Dean McAMMOND
#10 Rodney PELLEY
#16 Matthew HALISCHUK
#17 Ilkka PIKKARAINEN
#22 Pierre-Luc LETOURNEAU-LEBLOND
#25 Cam JANSSEN
#14 Sheldon SOURAY - #7 Paul MARTIN
#24 Bryce SALVADOR - #6 Andy GREENE
#5 Colin WHITE - #2 Mark FRASER
#27 Mike MOTTAU
#32 Matthew CORRENTE
#30 Martin BRODEUR
#35 Yann DANIS
One excellent scoring and puck possession line in ZZ-Force, a second scoring line featuring a 30 goal scorer and two of the better clutch playoff performers of the last ten years in Elias and Langenbrunner, both of whom have had Conn Smyth worthy performances in the past.
The third line is a gritty forecheck unit, with the excellent rookie Zharkov matched with a big body in Zubrus and one of the better physical forwards in standout 20 goal man David Clarkson, and the fourth line is an elite shutdown unit featuring three elite shutdown forwards.
The defense has Souray paired with Martin, a nice combination of grit, offense, and Martin can cover for Souray's defensive flaws. The second pairing is the defensive unit that has anchored NJ for the last few months with a d-man who put up 50 points this season and NJ's best shot-blocker, and the last pairing is just mean, solid physical defense.
Brodeur is Brodeur.
Last edited by Classic Devil: 12-11-2009 at 01:08 PM.
Simon Gagne - Mike Richards - Claude Giroux
Scott Hartnell - Jeff Carter - Danny Briere
James van Riemsdyk - Mika Pyorala - Mark Recchi
Dan Carcillo - Blair Betts - Ian Laperierre
Ex. Andreas Nodl, Darroll Powe
Chris Pronger - Matt Carle
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Ryan Parent - Oskars Bartulis
Ex. Ole-Kristian Tollefson
"I Came Here To Bury Caesar, Not Praise Him" - Roy Halladay
R. Carter, Wellwood
Our weaknesses heading into the deadline were in the 3rd line C, 2nd like RW and the allusive #1 defenseman that Vancouver as lacked for so long. By moving expendable pieces, and some valuable picks and prospects, we've addressed all of those needs. Scott Neidermayer, Nathan Horton, Denis Seidenberg and Dominic Moore are all fantastic pieces to bring to a team and we feel like we're ready to make a charge for the cup this season.
Our top-line has to completely take over a game with their puck possession and momentum changing shifts.
Our 2nd line was is one of the most potent in the league with Kesler on pace for 70 points, and Nathan Horton having a breakout season.
Our 3rd line C problem was addressed with the acquisition of Dominic Moore. He's not big in size but he plays a great defensive game and can pitch in offensively. Centering the big Steve Bernier who was a monster last playoffs and speedy and tough Janik Hansen they're a great fit for each other.
Our 4th line with the surprise fan favourites Tanner Glass and Rick Rypien will cause trouble for the other teams. They're aggressive on the forecheck and have the best shot blocker in the league centering them in Ryan Johnson.
With depth players in the pressbox like Ryan Carter, Kyle Wellwood, and Frederick Meyer IV, and a great veteran D-man in Brad Lukowich ready to be called up if injuries hit.
We came up to the deadline looking to add scoring, speed, size, and grit, and did just that without having to tinker with our core.
Alex Kovalev replaces Peter Mueller on our top line, where he is reunited with Robert Lang, teammates last year in Montreal when they combined for 44-78-122 despite Lang missing 32 games due to injury. They were also paired together in Pittsburgh, their best season in 2000-01 when they scored a combined 76-99-175. The chemistry between Lang and Kovalev, who will be joined on the top line by Captain Shane Doan, gives Phoenix it's best top line since the days when it was anchored by Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuck.
From Toronto we acquired Alex Ponikarovsky, a big-bodied and tenacious skater who's a +57 in 6 full NHL seasons. He's a 20-30-50 forward who makes his living in front of the net. Also coming over from Toronto is Matt Stajan, a solid two-way center with a nice scoring touch and a top face-off specialist. Stajan, along with Fiddler, Lombardi, Hanzal, and Lang gives the Coyotes five of the NHL's top 35 face-off men, which will be a key to continuing to win those all-important puck-possession battles on the power play and PK.
Our defense enters the stretch run healthy, and has been a key partner all season with goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who has been in the top 5 all year among goalies in wins, goals against, and shutouts.
The Coyotes are looking forward to being this year's surprise team out of the West to make a deep run into the playoffs.
This actually might be a BETTER team than before the deadline? Giguere give us stability in net while Monster polishes his game, expect probably a 12/8 or 14/6 split over the final 20. Svatos should adequately fill Stemp's spot and Stalberg is projected in our Top6 next yr, so this is an 'early peek'.
We're not a playoff team, but having the youngsters up should give us a little more optimism for the future and chemistry, which will help slightly. Solid Goaltending will also give us confidence and our offense can be more agressive on net.
People say Detroit is on the decline. Detroit just needed a goalie. Detroit now have that goalie. Otherwise, they have fantastic depth. Their 5th line could be a 3rd line and their backup is solid. They have 5 top 4 defenseman. Detroit is still a force to be reckoned with. Johan Franzen is back from injury and we're ready to go.
Last edited by TrevorLinden16: 12-15-2009 at 10:20 PM.