This could backfire on smith - he played poorly last season so he will likely get less than he may be hoping for. Babs will be unimpressed too I bet - could result in him taking a bit more heat for his mistakes.
Miller Andersson Bertuzzi -Eaves-Tootoo-Sammy-Emmerton
Edit*I forgot Miller and Emmerton haha (oh well, same anyway)
Not to nitpick but with the correct LW/RW assignments it would be something like this.
I would prefer this:
Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Alfredsson
Nyquist - Weiss - Franzen
Tatar - Helm - Abby
Miller - Andersson - Bert/Eaves/Tootoo
If Franzen works hard during the regular season I would be very comfortable with that lineup. Each line has a shooter and a setup man. I think having one player on each line that is huge for the sake of being huge is a waste of time - you need to give the best players the top minutes and get them out there as much as possible together. Also, chemistry is chemistry so if something that looks weird on paper works then go for it.
I suggest you don't check on us here. He's gone. We let a young skilled natural goal scorer get away while we courted a buch of old guys. How foolish. Time will tell and I am quite sure it will haunt us.
Brunner turned US down. He got 2 and 3 year offers. I'm sure they were fair. Kenny went out and got replacements. IF we get Cleary or Morrow and not Brunner THEN we can be angry at Kenny.
Kenny offered him 2 and 3 year contracts before noon today
THIS. Stop ripping on holland when you don't know the facts. Brunner decided to test the market so holland went out and protected the team. Its okay to rip on holland if you don't respect that but not because he didn't try.
Brunner played one shortened season in the NHL and had a hard time being consistent at that.
Didn't Brunstrum have a pretty good first year in the NHL?
I can go down the list of one year guys that have played in the NHL.
Tatar, Nyquist, and the other forwards "Rotting" in GR are not ready to assume top line minutes, Alfie fills that role for one season while the young guys have another chance to acclimate to the NHL.
FALSE. Tatar and Nyquist ARE ready to assume top 6 minutes. Nyquist already shows that ability and Tatar is an AHL playoff MVP. That is "earning it" on any other team. They can't prove it if they never get a shot. We haven't recently had young star talent because by the time they get a chance to establish themselves they are on the wrong side of 25.