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[Updated again] Higgins, Booth, Bieksa, Tanev


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Our top 9 would be softer than butter. Kassian's doing a great job considering AV hasn't given him consistent linemates all season long.

Only thing Hodgson would be useful for in the playoffs is getting his dad to complain about the officiating to head office so Gillis can take a nap.

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Having Corrado test the waters in the Play-offs is pretty iffy, though. Tanev had some regular season games, first, at the very least.

Of course, you never know.

I'm under the impression that Vandermeer will get the call once the Wolves are officially out of the play-off race.

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What would it take to get Vandermeer up here? He hasn't been bad defensively considering he's +6 on the Wolves while Joslin was -7 with the Wolves and -5 for the Worcester Sharks.... He's like a slower version of Alberts without the physicality. This call up makes absolutely no sense. Does JV have to go through waivers if we call him up?

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From a coaching perspective, I think it makes a lot of sense to tell both the media and public, as well as your dressing room, that you won't have players back even if you think there is a chance they may actually be available.

"We will win with what we have in this locker room. Look around, you will live or die with each other. Don't look for salvation from outside, it'll only come from yourselves."

Or something to that effect.

If they aren't ready to come back then you've mentally prepared your team for the battle in front of them and everyone can concentrate. Q on their roles. If you leave the door open for hope that there may be reinforcements then a psychological effect comes in where you are waiting to get help, and if it doesn't arrive or be effective then it is a let down.

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Vandermeer can't even make a size able impact at the minor league level. We don't need some goon idiot going after people on the bench we need more team toughness to a man. The losses of Higgins, Booth and Bieksa currently makes us buttery soft. When we get healthy well be fine.

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