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#1 RyanKeslord17

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:16 PM

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After watching Booth and Kassian play together these last few games, it looks to me as if we have an awesome 3rd line in the making. Booth and Kassian are both big, tough guys that are very hard to move the puck off of. Exactly the type of players we need in the playoffs. It is also eerily similar to LA's 3rd line in last years post season:

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If we get an addition like Shawn Matthias in a Luongo trade or a player similar to that, our 3rd line could be Booth-Matthias-Kassian. Very big and strong 3rd line with some good skill as well.

I know Booth was initially brought in here to be a second line scorer, but it's obvious to me that he and Kesler don't gel, and Booth makes a great fit with Kassian. Also, with Pinnizotto looking great with Lapierre, we just might have a cup contending bottom 6. I think we should keep Booth, maybe even if its for just this year, but IMO, he could help us for a deep run.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:19 PM


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:19 PM

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:20 PM

While I agree with your assessment, I'd still be shopping Booth, anytime you can dump a bad contract you do it.

I also don't feel that Matthias is the answer to our 3rd line. He doesn't bring more than Higgins to the table. For now Booth Higgins Kassian is a good 3rd line until MG can swing a trade for something more significant than a Matthias deal; as he's not a huge upgrade over Lapierre Higgins etc.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:23 PM

How that is not called a trip is beyond me
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

Yea lets trade luongo for Mathias, so we can miss the playoffs and get a lottery pick -_____-
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:26 PM

After watching Booth and Kassian play together these last few games, it looks to me as if we have an awesome 3rd line in the making. Booth and Kassian are both big, tough guys that are very hard to move the puck off of. Exactly the type of players we need in the playoffs. It is also eerily similar to LA's 3rd line in last years post season:

Penner-Stoll-King

If we get an addition like Shawn Matthias in a Luongo trade or a player similar to that, our 3rd line could be Booth-Matthias-Kassian. Very big and strong 3rd line with some good skill as well.

I know Booth was initially brought in here to be a second line scorer, but it's obvious to me that he and Kesler don't gel, and Booth makes a great fit with Kassian. Also, with Pinnizotto looking great with Lapierre, we just might have a cup contending bottom 6. I think we should keep Booth, maybe even if its for just this year, but IMO, he could help us for a deep run.

This team needs to make it to the playoffs first.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:29 PM

While I agree with your assessment, I'd still be shopping Booth, anytime you can dump a bad contract you do it.

I also don't feel that Matthias is the answer to our 3rd line. He doesn't bring more than Higgins to the table. For now Booth Higgins Kassian is a good 3rd line until MG can swing a trade for something more significant than a Matthias deal; as he's not a huge upgrade over Lapierre Higgins etc.

I stronly disagree. He's not abvad contract. He finally has a player that complimebts him, n kesler In the middle of em woukd do wonders. We have to syop bringing in ppl mid season n shaking up the chemestry.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:30 PM

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How that is not called a trip is beyond me


Got the puck before the body.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:34 PM

Got the puck before the body.


This.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:35 PM

Got the puck before the body.

Exactly!
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:36 PM

That is a deadly 3rd line, but I thought Kesler & Booth had some nice chemistry going last year...Not sure we need to move Lu to make this happen either.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:38 PM

Not sure if Florida makes Matthias available freely, so he'd have to ask to be dealt.

But Luongo's not waiving to go to Florida now. Tampa is a more likely destination for him if a trade is imminent. Ryan Malone is healthy again.

Teams are asking for Schneider though.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:40 PM

Got the puck before the body.


If anything Hamilton could have been called for unsportsmanlike conduct, went down REALLY easy
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:55 PM

Matthias is 45% on face-offs this year. He was better in previous seasons. But that number is concerning.

Other than that, I think he'd be a good fit. We need some size down the middle.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:06 PM

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:13 PM

Matthias is going to be a star, no doubt in my mind and he is a huge physical presence. On a good team he will be even better.

Imagine this guy between Raymond and Hansen...............it would be hockey porn.

His single handed stick to puck handling is amazing.




Shoot out anyone?




Volpatti type checks just what's needed in the Playoffs



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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:14 PM

I know that everyone has been screaming about keeping some consistency with the forward line, but I'd like to see how the following line up would perform:

Line 1: Daniel -- Hank -- Hansen
-Hansen is on fire...his speed and tenacity is easily interchangeable with Burr on the forecheck, cycle and going to the net. The way Hansen is playing right now, I think he'd be the tonic for how stale the Sedins and Burr have looked the last few games. As well, Hansen looks like a quicker version of Mikael Samuelsson, who slotted in nicely with the Sedins when he was needed there.

Line 2: Booth -- Higgins -- Kass
-these three are looking like they are getting familiar and comfortable with each other...size is good. Scoring isn't there right now, but I think the potential is there. If we could get Coach V from screwing around with Kass, then this line may have a chance of developing long term chemistry...Higgins would have to improve on his face-offs though.

Line 3: Raymond -- Kesler -- Burr
-shutdown capabilities; Kes/Burr have history of chemistry; Kes/Mase have history of chemistry; have offensive capabilities, so could possibly play even against other teams top line. How good would that be if our shut down line is even against the opposing team's top line?

Line 4: Pinizzotto -- Lapierre -- Weise
-I could see this line being a good energy line that could bang bodies with regularity and kill penalties...would have preferred if Pinizzotto could play his natural right side and have Volpatti on the left, but that obviously ain't going to happen now.

Spare parts: Sestito -- Ebbett
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:24 PM

Got the puck before the body.


If you freeze it second by second he doesn't even touch the puck with his stick and thanks but I know the rule
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:27 PM

@krufrank: Canucks looking to sign Kellan Lain, a 6-foot-6 centre from Lake State - college Free Agent - maybe within next 48 hours

Anyone know anything about this guy?

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:37 PM

@krufrank: Canucks looking to sign Kellan Lain, a 6-foot-6 centre from Lake State - college Free Agent - maybe within next 48 hours

Anyone know anything about this guy?


News 1130 sports tweeted he is 6-6, 250. Agent expects him to be a 3rd, 4th line center at the NHL level.

Also said there is a list of teams trying to sign him. That was his agent though, so who knows.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:11 PM

I stronly disagree. He's not abvad contract. He finally has a player that complimebts him, n kesler In the middle of em woukd do wonders. We have to syop bringing in ppl mid season n shaking up the chemestry.


Unless he can score 20 - 25 goals play consistent and use his frame, 4.25 million is too much for a 3rd line checker (as stated by the OP).

Put Kesler on that line and you have a good checking eating up a lot of salary and not creating any offence as no one will pass.

Edited by mpt, 15 March 2013 - 03:13 PM.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:49 PM

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I stronly disagree. He's not abvad contract. He finally has a player that complimebts him, n kesler In the middle of em woukd do wonders. We have to syop bringing in ppl mid season n shaking up the chemestry.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:57 PM

knowing AV he will change up all the lines
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:05 PM

^ Wow...

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:15 PM

Just a question, would the Rangers be willing to shop Brian Boyle? Obviously not for Luongo, but maybe if we wanted to move Booth's contract?
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:29 PM

Not sure if Florida makes Matthias available freely, so he'd have to ask to be dealt.

But Luongo's not waiving to go to Florida now. Tampa is a more likely destination for him if a trade is imminent. Ryan Malone is healthy again.

Teams are asking for Schneider though.


I don't think the decision is up to Mathias, he has no NTC clause. It may be true that Florida doesn't want to trade him, but, as the old saying goes, everything is for sale if the price is right.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:37 PM

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:55 PM

Mathias gudbranson and bjugstad please.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:55 PM

No Higgins and Hansen on our 3rd line? No offense to them because their our more consistent players but they aren't top 6 players on a cup winning team.
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