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#1 jroc86

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:33 AM

With Brunner apparently coming into the fold next year and being given top 6 minutes to begin with what do you guys think of possibily putting Filpula at center full-time? This is assuming of course that we can land a stud free agent (Parise/Semin ideally ... or even a Doan, Jagr) who would likely slot in the top 6. Theres also some speculation that Kenny will try and bring back Samulssen - which I wouldnt mind in the least. Hes a big body, that knows the system, and can blast the puck. If his injury issues from Vancouver are behind him I say throw him a short deal. Heres some line combos that are pretty versatile and I think would give us possibly the most skilled top-9 in the league ... allot of this is based on my gut feeling that Brunners speed will really be a big factor in allowing him for a smoother transition to the NHL than most people think. So ...

1) Nyquist Datsyuk Semin
2) Brunner Zetterberg Franzen
3) Bertuzzi Filpula Samulssen
4) Cleary Helm Abdelkader
Miller/Eaves

If we dont acquire a depth forward a "healthy" Cleary with wheels would fit in great on the 3rd line. If Brunner is a wash Filp goes back to the 2nd line and Abby centers the 4th line again. Millers productive season last year and consistent effort last year really endeared him to me and Id like to see him in the lineup as he deserves a spot. If we get 2 forwards in free agency though and Brunner sticks - hes gona be watching from the press box allot Im afraid.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:57 AM

If Filppula plays center, Henrik should be on Datsyuk's wing.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:09 AM

Put the Euro Twins together and keep them together!... F'n Babs...





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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:21 AM

I really want us to have so much depth that Helm plays centre on the 4th line. Abdelkader-Helm-Eaves is the best 4th line in the NHL.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:07 AM

If Filppula plays center, Henrik should be on Datsyuk's wing.


This is exactly what should happen!! Been saying this since they split them up.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:54 AM

Flip proved last year that he is a top 6 player - if he's going to play center, it will be because Dats and Z are together on the top line, which isn't a bad thing... but he is not, nor should he be, relegated to 3rd line duty with what he did last year...

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:21 AM

This is exactly what should happen!! Been saying this since they split them up.


But Datsyuk and Zetterberg were split up because they stopped having that high level of chemistry that made them the Eurotwins to begin with. When they are reunited they generally don't dominate like they usually do separately. That's why they stay apart, I think. They've evolved into being their own players, but when they were younger they complemented each other more, I think.
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:27 AM

Samuelson? That's blasphemy round these parts.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:28 AM

But Datsyuk and Zetterberg were split up because they stopped having that high level of chemistry that made them the Eurotwins to begin with. When they are reunited they generally don't dominate like they usually do separately. That's why they stay apart, I think. They've evolved into being their own players, but when they were younger they complemented each other more, I think.


Hmm interesting.. Yea I guess I can see that now that I'm thinking about it. I just thought of it as more of a depth thing. I'd love to see Z-pasha-nyq on a line. I think if they worked together from the beginning this year, they'd blend really well together. Depending on what we do in the offseason nyq might be a couple years out of top 6 but I think he'll get there sooner or later.

But yea, I think if Z and dats start working together, they'll find that high level of play again. Just my opinion I guess but its at least worth a try.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:48 AM

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Doan
Parise - Filppula - Franzen

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 08:57 AM

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Doan
Parise - Filppula - Franzen


Dayum.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:18 AM

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Doan
Parise - Filppula - Franzen


Dayum indeed. SMH... God that'd be so awesome.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:25 AM

I almost feel compelled to make a Cap Geek roster.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:28 AM

Flip had is best season ever playing on the Wing and Zetterberg is a much better center than Filppula. Babs recently told the press he thinks Helm is the best 3rd line center in the league (don't necessarily agree, but it indicates that is where Babs will play him).


The Wings are one of only a handful of teams that have the benefit of two legitimate 1st line centers pivoting the top 2 lines. I just feel like it'd be counterproductive to remove Flip from the position in which he saw the most success, and thrust him back into a position where he struggled somewhat.

Moving Flip down to the third line center would only make sense if we signed several high end top 6 players, which I just don't see happening.
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:36 AM

First of all, if he does move back to C don't expect him to put up the same points as last season - especially if its on the 3rd line.

Secondly, if he does end up centering the 3rd line, it means we've had a good off-season and we have the depth to put Helm and Abdelkader on the 4th line :)
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:48 PM

I think Filppula's game is much better suited for a 2nd line role where he can find some space and set up plays. I may try something like...

Filppula-Datsyuk-Semin/Parise
Brunner-Zetterberg-Franzen
Nyquist-Helm-Mursak
Bertuzzi-Abdelkader-Cleary

...just to see if you could spark some of the secondary scoring like we had in the 2008 cup run. But Filppula would be wasted as #3C, imo.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:14 PM

Parise - Datsyuk - Franzen
Filppula - Zetterberg - Doan

That ain't half-bad either.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:43 PM

Parise - Datsyuk - Franzen
Filppula - Zetterberg - Doan

That ain't half-bad either.


I would go with

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Franzen
Parise-Filppula-Doan

But like Marian Hossa, if Parise comes to Detroit, they'll probably promise him that he'll play with either Datsyuk or Zetterberg.

First of all, if he does move back to C don't expect him to put up the same points as last season - especially if its on the 3rd line.

Secondly, if he does end up centering the 3rd line, it means we've had a good off-season and we have the depth to put Helm and Abdelkader on the 4th line :)


Well I don't think your first statement is completely fair just yet. He proved he can put up points and that gives him confidence for this upcoming contract year. Now the goal or next step for him is to put up the points and take care of the centerman duties. He still isn't a finished product imo. Or at least, I don't think it's quite fair to say he's done developing, especially when you got Pav and Z in front of you.

But I agree with your second statement. I like him as the third line center sometimes because then it shows some dangerous depth. Just imagine if the Wings were so powerful that you had Franzen-Filppula-(Right Wing) as your third line.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:47 PM

Sammy on a line with Bert would be awful. Just saying. Not opposed on getting Sammy back since he does know the system. BUT of course for the right price. Sammy would be a better cheaper option for now than Huds imo.

And on regards to Filppula playing center not sure tbh pends on who we get kind of too early to tell just yet...

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:20 PM

Samuelson? That's blasphemy round these parts.

It's a Kenny-esque move

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