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#21 Swayze

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 12:38 AM

For some reason, I see Schneider tearing it up in the regular season and eventually getting the nod for the 3rd spot, with Quick and Howard as 1 and 2, respectively. Miller was great in 2010, but just isn't happy in Buffalo and his play shows it IMO.



#22 martinezsvsu

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:27 AM

reunite brown and kesler! that line was siick in the olympics



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:34 AM

For some reason, I see Schneider tearing it up in the regular season and eventually getting the nod for the 3rd spot, with Quick and Howard as 1 and 2, respectively. Miller was great in 2010, but just isn't happy in Buffalo and his play shows it IMO.


Miller will rebound.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:55 AM

I can't confirm this anywhere online, but my parents told me yesterday they read in the newspaper that Bylsma wants Fleury to play for Team USA.  Their argument was "He has a dual citizenship" and he could play for either country.  First of all, he can't play for the US.  Tons of players with dual citizenship don't play for the US.  Patrick Roy wanted to and wasn't allowed, I don't see how this would be any different.  Second, that would be a slap in the face to US hockey to pick Fleury, a goalie that's played many times for Canada in international competition, over the talented goaltenders we have.  I'll take Quick, Miller, Anderson, or Howard over Fleury any day.  

 

Honestly, I think Bylsma is just trying to pump up his goalie because not even getting an invite to camp after yet another playoff disaster, his confidence has to be rock bottom.



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:27 AM

I can't confirm this anywhere online, but my parents told me yesterday they read in the newspaper that Bylsma wants Fleury to play for Team USA.  Their argument was "He has a dual citizenship" and he could play for either country.  First of all, he can't play for the US.  Tons of players with dual citizenship don't play for the US.  Patrick Roy wanted to and wasn't allowed, I don't see how this would be any different.  Second, that would be a slap in the face to US hockey to pick Fleury, a goalie that's played many times for Canada in international competition, over the talented goaltenders we have.  I'll take Quick, Miller, Anderson, or Howard over Fleury any day.  

 

Honestly, I think Bylsma is just trying to pump up his goalie because not even getting an invite to camp after yet another playoff disaster, his confidence has to be rock bottom.

 

Even if Fleury was born in the US, it'd be ridiculous if they took him over Quick, Miller, Anderson, Howard, and probably at least 5 other goalies.  



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:21 PM

Should be another good run for team USA. Will be shocked if they don't medal



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:33 PM

Should be another good run for team USA. Will be shocked if they don't medal

 

Agreed. Really good depth at forward, pretty good overall depth at D, and quite possibly the best all-around goaltending in the world. This squad could definitely get back to the gold medal game.


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:49 PM

 
Agreed. Really good depth at forward, pretty good overall depth at D, and quite possibly the best all-around goaltending in the world. This squad could definitely get back to the gold medal game.


I agree. They definitely should medal. Finland probably has the edge on the U.S. in goal, though.... Rask, Rinne, Niemi, Backstrom, Lehtonen...

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:48 AM

Only downfall I see for the Americans is your centremen seem kind of weak for an Olympic team.  Everywhere else is insanely strong.  Gonna be hard for the crew to cut guys from that roster.  I'm not seeing DeKeyser make it this time around, and with guys like Callahan and Brown, Abdelkader's chance of making the team is slim as those guys do the same thing as he does, but have more scoring talent in their arsenal.  Howard will be #2 behind Quick.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 05:07 PM

I agree. They definitely should medal. Finland probably has the edge on the U.S. in goal, though.... Rask, Rinne, Niemi, Backstrom, Lehtonen...

Yeah Finland's goaltending very strong too. Hard to say which team's goalies are better, it really is that close. Safe to say no one else is as deep between the pipes than those 2



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:27 PM

Only downfall I see for the Americans is your centremen seem kind of weak for an Olympic team.  Everywhere else is insanely strong.  Gonna be hard for the crew to cut guys from that roster.  I'm not seeing DeKeyser make it this time around, and with guys like Callahan and Brown, Abdelkader's chance of making the team is slim as those guys do the same thing as he does, but have more scoring talent in their arsenal.  Howard will be #2 behind Quick.

Gotta disagree with you on that. Our weakest centerman is Paul Stastny, and despite his slight decline in production the last few seasons, he is one of the Avs best faceoff guys, and is a really good skater. I do agree about Abby tho. I see almost no chance of him making the team. And as much as I'd like to hope Howard will be Quick's backup, I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Craig Anderson or even Ryan Miller get that spot. I see Jimmy being the 3rd goalie for sure


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:35 PM

Gotta disagree with you on that. Our weakest centerman is Paul Stastny, and despite his slight decline in production the last few seasons, he is one of the Avs best faceoff guys, and is a really good skater. I do agree about Abby tho. I see almost no chance of him making the team. And as much as I'd like to hope Howard will be Quick's backup, I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Craig Anderson or even Ryan Miller get that spot. I see Jimmy being the 3rd goalie for sure

In my eyes Jimmy should be starting OVER Quick. Don't get me wrong Quick is an elite goaltender. But so is Jimmy, and Jimmy consistently makes amazing, game-changing, highlight real saves (at least more often than Quick)



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 02:26 PM

I don't know why people pick Miller.  So he did well back in 2010 but Howard is better by far.



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:11 PM

I don't know why people pick Miller.  So he did well back in 2010 but Howard is better by far.

I actually agree completely. But I have a feeling after the heroics Miller displayed in 2010 that he'll at least be in the top 3 (if not backup). But yes as of now Jimmy is definitely the better goalie


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 03:12 PM

I don't know why people pick Miller.  So he did well back in 2010 but Howard is better by far.


I agree. Miller is declining. Howard is improving.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:10 PM

Just for fun's sake, how many of USA's players could crack Canada's roster in terms of talent?  

 

Maybe Kane, Kessel and Parise?  


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:40 PM

Just for fun's sake, how many of USA's players could crack Canada's roster in terms of talent?  

 

Maybe Kane, Kessel and Parise? 

I would say Quick, Anderson, Howard, Miller, Schneider, Kane, Kessel, Parise, Ryan, Byfuglien, Suter, Yandle (and possibly Kesler with his 2-way skills) would all have a very good chance of cracking Canada's lineup. Although the great thing about the direction USA hockey is going, in another 4 years that number should grow big time. So much young American talent coming up the ranks. Hopefully most of them will develop accordingly.


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:45 PM

And that's not even counting all the young talent emerging from the USA World Junior squad that just won gold. The future of USA hockey is certainly as bright as ever.


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:13 PM

And that's not even counting all the young talent emerging from the USA World Junior squad that just won gold. The future of USA hockey is certainly as bright as ever.

So true. USA has NEVER been as stacked as they are now and will surely continue to get deeper and deeper.



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 06:32 PM

Just for fun's sake, how many of USA's players could crack Canada's roster in terms of talent?  

 

Maybe Kane, Kessel and Parise?  

 

An interesting point. 

 

My guesses/picks would be Quick, Suter, Pavelski and maybe Parise that's about it. 







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