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  1. If I jot down my current lineup it will no doubt spark a flurry of roster moves by Tree: Gaudreau-Monahan-Neal: Give these guys the easiest match-ups, all offensive zone starts - don't tell me Neal is slow, Johnny and Monny made it work with Hudler Tkachuk-Lindholm-Bennett: 2nd match-up line Frolik-Backlund-Ryan: Shut-down line Mangiapane-Jankowski-Dube: Fill-in line Quaine/Czarnik Giordno-Andersson Hanafin-Hamonic Valamaki-Brodie Kylington/Stone Rittich Talbot
  2. It seems straightforward to me that we should be looking at forward lines of: Gaudreau-Monahan-Tkachuk Bennett-Lindholm-Neal Dube-Backlund-Frolik Jankowski-Ryan-Hathaway Czarnik When Tkachuk has played on the top line they have done nothing but drive play. Bennett and Neal have looked good together and Lindholm has played center before, he and Bennett can both take strong side faceoffs. Dube has a decent two way game and is added to the shutdown line, Backline and Frolik have excelled with a rookie winger twice before. The fourth line can provide every when needed. PP1: Gaudreau, Monahan, Tkachuk, Backlund, Giordano. PP2: Bennett, Lindholm, Neal, Andersson, Hanafin.
  3. There's so many exciting options for the first time...in 25 years? Gaudreau-Monahan-Neal Tkachuk-Backlund-Lindholm Bennett-Ryan-Frolik Gaudreau-Monahan-Tkachuk Bennett-Backlund-Neal Frolik-Ryan-Lindholm Gaudreau-Monahan-Neal Tkachuk-Backlund-Frolik Bennett-Lindholm-Ryan Replace Ryan with Jankow and I'm fine. I'm sure Peters' can't wait for training camp to try some combos. There's too many options for the 4th line to even bother at this point. But someone floated Mangiapane-Jankowski-Czarnik and I wouldn't mind seeing that. I'm not at all concerned that we have so may forward options, there's no downside. Those who don't make the cut will go down, if we lose one on waivers so be it.
  4. So as of now we have 11 bubble players who require waivers: Hathaway, Lazar, Czarnik, Brouwer, Stone, Prout, Klimchuk, Shinkaruk, Robinson, Quine, and Graovac fighting for the last 6 roster spots. Doesn't even include Andersson and Mangiapoane who have a credible chance of making the team and Foo, Valimaki, Dube, Kylington, Ehliz, Lomberg, and Hogstorm who have an outside chance. Training camp should be very interesting.
  5. I think the Flames are totally misguided in their request for media silence. The lost the battle of public opinion, and so instead of trying harder to reach out to everyday Calgarians, they request media silence in the hopes that a deal can be reached with the City because it's in the best interest of the City. This is flawed for so many reasons: politicians never 'go silent' if it's not in their best interest, politicians aren't necessarily interested in the logical 'best interest' of the areas or constituents they serve, and you can not just ignore public opinion. The negotiations don't have to be conducted out in the open, but the Flames are very naive if they think they can conduct them free of media or public opinion. They must try harder to get their message across and the facts out to the public.
  6. Signing Tavares would be the ultimate "Get Out Of Jail Free" for this team. This includes a Brouwer buy-out. Once Valimaki can play NHL minutes you can trade Stone or Brodie and you have enough room to sign Tkachuk for next season. Sign some plug as the 13th forward for emergencies only. Dube, Foo, and Magiapane play forward due to any injuries. I wouldn't even care about the no right-shots in this scenario. Too bad it will very probably never happen. Although if JT looked around at where he can win multiple cups in the next decade...never say never.
  7. Slightly off-topic. To me the best new arena, would be one with a combined 2,000 seat, 8,000 seat, and 20,000 seat rinks. With this arrangement, concerts/events could be held in the arena that best suited the crowd size. For example, it may make more sense for the Hitmen/Roughnecks to play in the 8,000 seat rink some nights. I know some cities have built arenas with a practice ice sheet included in the building. Does anyone know of a facility with multiple ice sheets with different seating capacities?
  8. If for some reason JT signs in Calgary, and I'm assuming he does so at a reasonable cap hit (<10 mil) I think going Tavares, Monahan, Backlund down the middle won't be much of a problem, finding some right-shot RW will be. Tkachuk-Tavares-Bennett Gaudreau-Monahan-Ferland Jankowski-Backlund-Frolik Lazar-Shore-Hathaway This would still leave us without any right-shot, top-9, RWs. I think there's less than a 1% chance JT comes to Calgary if he actually hits the market. I also think you are underestimating what Perron will get as a UFA. Someone will overpay for him IMO.
  9. What if next season our D core is: Giordano-Hamilton Valimaki-Hamonic Brodie-Andersson Kulak and they are the best group in the league? I'm not saying it will happen, I'm not saying we can or should bank on it happening, but is it out of the question?
  10. Perhaps his best game of the year, several scoring chances.
  11. Bennett RW on the 1st line with Johnny and Mony tonight according to pre-game line rushes as per Loubo.
  12. Being stratched tonight doesn't mean they will be traded tonight. They will be traded by Monday and teams are just protecting their assets. I don't know who we would be in on at this point. After last night, I wouldn't give these guys any help...
  13. I can't disagree with you and see the same things. I was actually looking through the top of the 2014 1st round today and a none of the forwards except Draisaitl have turned into anything special and even he has had struggles. What I keep reminding myself is Bennett is the second youngest player on the team by a fair margin and he missed almost his entire first pro year. I used to think his biggest problem was simply confidence and putting too much pressure on himself, this year I find it's more slow decision making on the ice. Did we ruin him by playing him down the lineup and at center for so long, time will tell. He has undeniable skills and I haven't given up hope that he can improve his weaknesses to become a very effective player. Any trade for Bennett I hope would return a 50 point winger, as I think that's what his over/under in a regular season down the road will be.
  14. It used to be talked about a lot more. Until the Devils went the the Stanley Cup finals with the 29th ranked faceoff percentage. It's important, but not critical. Tampa Bay is ranked 29th this season in fact, but I don't think it bothers them very much. I do understand your frustration on why centermen don't perfect their faceoff skills. Still, you have to consider that the guy on the other side of the dot may have perfected his craft as well.
  15. Geeze I hope you're right. Prospects just never seem hold hold as much value around the trade deadline so I'm not as convinced that those two puts you close on a productive player under contract for two more seasons.
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