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  1. Watch the Sabre's right skate on Markstrom's right pad. He literally drags him out of position. I have to admit, this is the first angle I've seen that shows the interference though, so unless the refs saw this angle in their review, I'll give them a pass. I certainly didn't see the interference live, or in any of the replays shown in the game, and was wondering what WD was challenging
  2. I mistook him for Paul Mcartney there
  3. Nice Summary. I agree with most of your points except the above. I think Gudbranson's hit rejuvenated the team. At that point they seemed to be flagging a bit and Buffalo had them hemmed in their own zone pretty good. Also it was Larsson who ran Markstrom, so I was waiting for someone to get him. Then he slew foots Gudbranson...he had to be made to feel some retribution. Like Shorty said, those are the ones you kill off for the team. That penalty kill seemed to refocus them. Also while Ben and Guddy struggled a bit against Buffalos forwards, I think part of that is, they are a speedy team, and this was the 4th game in 6 nights, with heavy minutes for those 2. So it was to be expected that they might run a bit low on gas at times. Man, all in all, I am really enjoying this run. Gotta laugh, only undefeated team left, top of the league, broke the weird record of winning 3 straight without a lead, and...scrolling down front page of, tonights win is the 17th story, with 2 Oilers stories, a couple TO stories, and one about the Winter classic above it
  4. Hmm, I'm guessing Jake goes down, Gaunce has made the team , and Ruutu gets signed
  5. So it's managements job now to be forthcoming and truthful with fans? Funny, I thought their job was to ice the best team possible, while planning for the future. Giving away assets, as opposed to sending young waiver exempt guys down, would be pretty poor management. Does everyone realize Stecher is young, with 0 professional games played. Going down and getting some Pro experience, and personal coaching is great for him. WD even said, he surprised everyone, had a great camp, will start in Utica, and they'll see him again "real soon". As far as Etem, he's likely only here till Rodin is back, to avoid uneccesarily losing other young players. Just because this is the starting roster doesn't mean it's set in stone. Everyone realizes you can still waive and bring up players once the season has started right??
  6. Again, Gaunce is in the lineup we were discussing, he's not taking a spot for him, and Virtanen, if on the team, should be in top 9. So Burrows on the 4th is not taking a spot from him. Yeah his goal-scoring days may be done, but he's not as useless as some of you make out.
  7. S'all Good Man: Its really interesting that a lot of people who are calling for Jake to be sent down to Utica are also the ones willing to forgive some of Stecher's glaring development needs to keep him up with the Canucks. Both have great skill sets and both need work too. I'd argue its a lot riskier to let an under-ripe D man stay up than a guy learning to be a power forward. I'd actually like to see them both make the team and I'm just fine with the inevitable growing pains. I'd much rather see that than a recycled Skille and Burr line, which is going to be boring as hell to watch if thats what we end up with. Don't know what's up with app, when I go to quote, it's quoting myself from 5 posts ago, thus the manual cut and paste. Anyway I think both Stecher and Jake would benefit from some solid minutes in Utica. Both have the talent and will be valuable assets, just need some time down to fine tune. Both would likely be back up and ready to contribute to the team, 30 or so games in. Not sure when sending young guys down to start on the farm became such a horrible thing around here??
  8. Uh...Ruutu was in that lineup we were discussing. So...what's your point?
  9. Burrows is fine on the 4th line. Like it or not, he's here for 1 more year. He's not a liability on the 4th line as some suggest, and still very good on PK. He also brings other off-ice intangibles. Etem is just a 13th forward forward, for now, probably waived whenever Rodin is back.
  10. Yup, Granlund Sutter Hansen was the best Canuck line out there, once put together. I'm thinking that's the second line to start the season. Man suddenly that forward lineup is looking pretty good, with decent depth to call up in case of injuries. Will be an interesting year. Can't wait for next Saturday
  11. Yeah, I knew what you meant, I was just being obtuse. I actually agree with you, I think the Sedins still have lots in the tank, and will likely have improved stats this year playing with Erickson and hopefully with Hank fully mended.
  12. Sharks have won the cup? News to me
  13. I believe it was always going to be Ottawa or Colorado for Wiercioch though. He played his college hockey in Denver, and I believe that's where his wife is from? There was an article (which I'll try to find) that mentioned he didn't want to uproot his family if he didn't have to. Now I'm just speculating, but I'm thinking he was only willing to sign that 800k contract for one of two teams; Ottawa or Colorado. Well that's an old article, but does mention his wife Kresson has no family in Ottawa, but also that they didn't want to move. Again, just pure speculation on my part, so take it with a grain of salt.
  14. You must have been a bad influence on him
  15. Contracts signed years ago in completely different markets. Yes it happens all the time, player has breakout year before they hit UFA and their price goes sky high, regardless of if deserved or not. So locking him up for 3 years of his UFA at what is a reasonable price, in today's market makes sense