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In Topic: Marchenko

Today, 06:10 PM

I didn't say he "can't" become a top 4, I said I wouldn't lable him as a future top 4. I hope he surpasses my expectations and becomes a 3/4, but I think he's more likely to be a 5/6 defenseman.

In Topic: Marchenko

Today, 04:17 PM

I like Marchenko and he's played great so far but I wouldn't say he has "a lot of upside", and I certainly wouldn't lable him as a future top 4. He's very smart with and without the puck, which is great to see from a young guy, with just 30 games played in the NHL. But I personally don't see him becoming anything more than a reliable bottom pairing shutdown defensman. I do agree though, he is more than earning his spot in the lineup. Will be interesting to see who gets scratched for tomorrow's game with Kindl coming back in.

In Topic: Jurco on Conditioning Assignment in GRs

Today, 02:36 PM

He was expected to be playing again tonight in Grand Rapids... I'm assuming he's not now with the Red Wings playing tomorrow afternoon, not to mention 3 games in less than 3 days would be a bad idea.

Excited to see what he can do now that he seems to have regained some confidence again. I just hope he's given the opportunity (more than one game) with competent linemates, somewhere in the middle 6. I'd still like to see that Tatar - Shehan - Jurco line reformed again.

In Topic: The Rise and Fall of Drew Miller

Yesterday, 08:49 AM

Although Miller generally does do what is expected of him; play defensively sound, and eat up minutes (more minutes than I'd like most nights...), I'm really not opposed to taking him out of the lineup. I've said for a while now that I would like to see us move on from the Drew Miller saga after this season, but if we can ease our way out of it this season, I'd be quite okay with that. I was kind of hoping Ferraro would be his replacement but it turns out, that's not going to happen...


The issue I have with your plan Bill, is that neither Athanasiou nor Jurco are the answer on the forth line. We really don't want to stunt AA's development by playing him in a shutdown / penalty killing role. He's much better suited playing top line minutes and being the go-to guy down in Grand Rapids for another season. We can then ease him in on the 3rd line next season after Richards is gone. We've seen how Jurco handled that same role, why would we want to do the same with Athanasiou? Now as for inserting Jurco in the lineup for Miller, I'd be okay with that but not to simply put him in Miller's spot, there would need to be some line shuffling. Sheahan has really been struggling lately, so like I've mentioned before, I'd demote him to the 4th line and then go with what would likely be the best 4th line in the league with Helm - Sheahah - Glendening. And then go with Abdelkader - Zetterberg - Nyquist --- Larkin - Datsyuk - Pulkkinen --- Tatar - Richards - Jurco as the top 9...

In Topic: Bigger nets ?

Yesterday, 07:21 AM

I just don't understand the desire to change the game at this point... I'm not completely opposed to making the nets 1-2 inches bigger, but I just don't see the point in changing any part of the game for an extra half a goal or whatever it would work out to be. For me personally, I'm fine with the way the game is right now, and I actually like that it is harder to score these days. The NHL has some of the best athletes in the world at every position, and the skill level has increased dramatically over the years, with more focus on training, and bigger, better equipment. Goalies are a little bigger and more athletic, and they can and will continue to have games where they stand on their head and only allow one goal or even shut the door completely. But at the same time, players can still pick corners, deke goalies completely out of the net, and rack up 5+ goals any given night. There is still plenty scoring, still a lot of 7+ goal games, and still some 3- goal games. It's not as if, we're getting to a point where goals are a rarity. There is still more than enough scoring, so why change it?