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#21 Z Winged Dangler

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:09 PM

We'll need to beef up a bit, considering we'll be playing the likes of Boston, Toronto, and Philly more often.

If we head into next year with virtually the same roster as this year, we're gonna get knocked around. We need a legitimate power forward to round out the top 6 and we need a snarly defensemen that clears the crease.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:20 PM

We'll need to get bigger, stronger, nastier, more durable. Helm's scaring me a bit. Bert's body is failing him. Sammy is officially more injury-prone than Colaiacovo. Franzen is Franzen.

 

I like our bottom six, actually. And our D seem to be handling themselves pretty well, all things considered.

 

I guess if I'm worried about any component, it's the top six. We really do need a legitimate power-forward.


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:30 PM

Need a PWF that can net the puck and hold his own against some of the bigger players in the league.



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:30 PM

It'll be fun watching kesler cry like a little baby whenever he gets pummled.

Or Crysob.

But thing is when the whistle blows the pushing stops...and no retaliation from the goons...strictly when the clock is running. This will drive teams nuts

#25 Richdg

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:27 PM

Moving to the east will present issues to us long term. When we play a LAK or even the blues now, it is 1 tough physical game out of maybe 10. In the east it will be 6 or 7 out of ten. It will wear our smaller players down. I expect us to start out well next year, bringing more speed to the game than most teams in the east can handle. But once the pounding sets in and the nagging injuries came about-which those will, we will have issues. Big guys with nagging injuries are still big. Speed guys with nagging injuries are targets. That is where thigns will matter. No we are not going to get "beat up" by every team dropping the gloves on us 5 times a game. that isn't the issue. It is the long term wear and tear of playing in a more physical conference.



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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:45 PM

I think McGrattan and MacIntyre on the same line will alleviate all these concerns.  


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:14 AM

Whilst I do agree that our top-six is undersized, by contrast our D-corps is the biggest I can remember us having.

 

Our smallest D-man is Kronwall at 6-0, 190 and he's one of the most feared hitters in the league

 

Ericsson:6-4, 221

Colo: 6-1, 200

Dekeyser: 6-3, 190 (he'll bulk up though)

Kindl: 6-3, 216

Lashoff: 6-3, 212

Quincey: 6-2, 207

Smith: 6-2, 198

 

I think the fact that we have so many small, skilled forwards on the roster and in the pipeline, gives us the flexibilty to make a trade for 1 or 2 bigger forwards.


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:59 AM

I just don't buy into the East thing. Montreal is one of the smallest team's yet they are sitting on top of the division. The only big teams to be concerned about are Boston and Philly, Toronto is not a threat at all.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:00 PM

I just don't buy into the East thing. Montreal is one of the smallest team's yet they are sitting on top of the division. The only big teams to be concerned about are Boston and Philly, Toronto is not a threat at all.

Montreal isn't quite so easy to push around this year. Sure, they've got some small finesse players like David Desharnais (5'7"), Brendan Gallagher (5'9"), Brian Gionta (5'7"), and Gabriel Dumont (5'9"). However, they've got sandpaper in their bottom 6 with Brandon Prust, Travis Moen, and Ryan White. They're not pushovers.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:27 AM

Montreal isn't quite so easy to push around this year. Sure, they've got some small finesse players like David Desharnais (5'7"), Brendan Gallagher (5'9"), Brian Gionta (5'7"), and Gabriel Dumont (5'9"). However, they've got sandpaper in their bottom 6 with Brandon Prust, Travis Moen, and Ryan White. They're not pushovers.

 

Except for Prust nobody on this team can fight well, you need at least 1 top 10 enforcer if you want some protection for your stars and young-guns.


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