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21 hours ago, ChristopherReevesLegs said:

Anyway, not my lines, but here are Custance's lines from his athletic article (behind a paywall):

Bertuzzi - Zetterberg - Zadina
Athanasiou - Larkin - Mantha
Vanek - Nielsen - Nyquist
Abdelkader - Glendening - Helm

Dekeyser - Green
Ericsson - Daley
Kronwall - Jensen
Hronek

I just got around to reading the article and noticed that Rasmussen (and Svechnikov) are the odd men out, which is kind of odd considering Custance has been saying for weeks that Ras is all but guaranteed a spot in the lineup. He then goes on to say...

"There are a lot of interchangeable parts here at forward. Michael Rasmussen is likely to make the team and break in at left wing, similar to the way the team eased Larkin into the league. Trading Athanasiou, which is very much a possibility, would open more time on the wing for Rasmussen.

The odd-man out, among the kids, appears to be Evgeny Svechnikov, who had a down season last year in the AHL but showed glimpses of being able to use his big body effectively at the NHL level. A few things could help Svechnikov get regular playing time: 1) Zadina isn’t NHL ready. 2) Zetterberg retires. 3) Athanasiou is traded. There’s a good chance at least one of those scenarios emerges by the start of the season."

So essentially he expects either Zetterberg to end up on LTIR, Zadina to start in Grand Rapids or a trade to be made to make room for Rasmussen.

I know it will never happen, but imagine if we could somehow trade Glendening and Helm (or waive Frk or Witkowski), and role those top three lines with Svechnikov - Rasmussen - Abdelkader as our "4th line'...

Our defense would still be a train wreck, but at least we'd have a pretty potent offense...

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If Z retires, it's personal choice.  Not his back.

 

He's missed 5 games in the last 4 years, 0 in the last 3.  He's, averaged 19:33 TOI during that span = 2 seconds less than career average.

 

I'm ok with Z retiring.  But enough with the back complaints.  Stop playing golf if it hurts so bad.

 

I'd like to see him hit 1000 pts then call it right after that game.

 

Mantha-Zetterberg-Kessel

Athanasiou-Larkin-Vanek

Bertuzzi-Helm-Frk

Zadina-Veleno-Glendening

Rasmussen, Svechnikov

 

Karlsson-Ericsson

Green-Dekeyser

Jensen-Daley

Witkowski

 

Bernier

Larsson

 

Go to work, Kenny!

 

 

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Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha

Rasmussen-Zetterberg-Nyquist

AA-Nielsen-Vanek

Abby-Glendening-Helm

 

DD-Green

Daley-Ericsson

Kronwall-Hronek

Jensen

Totally fine with Zadina and Svechnikov starting in GR and being injury call ups. Zadina can step in with a full pro year of development and challenge for the Calder next year. Rasmussen and Hronek make the team out of training camp. After the deadline we’ll see a much younger lineup

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On 7/12/2018 at 11:45 AM, krsmith17 said:

Rasmussen - Zetterberg - Nyquist

Bertuzzi - Larkin - Mantha

Athanasiou - Nielsen - Vanek

Abdelkader - Helm - Glendening

Frk / Witkowski

DeKeyser - Green

Ericsson - Daley

Kronwall - Jensen

Hicketts

Howard

Bernier

Svechnikov, Zadina, Hronek, Cholowski all in GR until the inevitable injury bug hits...

 

19 minutes ago, joesuffP said:

Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha

Rasmussen-Zetterberg-Nyquist

AA-Nielsen-Vanek

Abby-Glendening-Helm

 

DD-Green

Daley-Ericsson

Kronwall-Hronek

Jensen

Totally fine with Zadina and Svechnikov starting in GR and being injury call ups. Zadina can step in with a full pro year of development and challenge for the Calder next year. Rasmussen and Hronek make the team out of training camp. After the deadline we’ll see a much younger lineup

These lines are basically what I'm expecting/hoping to see, assuming everyone is healthy at the start of the season. Seems to be some recent stuff out there suggesting Z's back is worse than people thought (he didn't practice the second half of the season - Blash says he doesn't think Z plays if it's that bad again).

Not to mention, the cap situation is pretty tricky, even with Franzen heading to LTIR (Custance article on The Athletic). Seems like an "easy" out of the cap mess/roster crunch is Z starting on LTIR. If that happens, I can see Nielsen jumping up to 2C and Helm shifting to 3C between Vanek and AA.

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17 minutes ago, Jesusberg said:

 

These lines are basically what I'm expecting/hoping to see, assuming everyone is healthy at the start of the season. Seems to be some recent stuff out there suggesting Z's back is worse than people thought (he didn't practice the second half of the season - Blash says he doesn't think Z plays if it's that bad again).

Not to mention, the cap situation is pretty tricky, even with Franzen heading to LTIR (Custance article on The Athletic). Seems like an "easy" out of the cap mess/roster crunch is Z starting on LTIR. If that happens, I can see Nielsen jumping up to 2C and Helm shifting to 3C between Vanek and AA.

Lazy. Suck.

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22 minutes ago, Neomaxizoomdweebie said:

How does Z go from playing a full season to not being able to play at all? You would think there would be some level of decline between those 2 extremes.

Zetterberg will play this season. It may not be a full season, but I'd be shocked if he doesn't at least play a partial season.

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Nyquist - Larkin - Mantha

Bertuzzi - Z - Zadina

Rass - Nielsen - Vanek

AA - Helm - Abby

Glen/Wit

Svech is 1st call up. Full time after TDL.

Frk waived and sent down to GR.

E/Green

DK/Daley

Kronwall/Jensen

Hicketts

Hronek and Cholowski with some call ups.

Howard/Bernier

Sateri

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