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  1. Ridiculous that the Norris is more about who the Dman is that puts up the most points. The best defenseman award should go the player who is just that, and who can also contribute to some extent offensively. By that criteria Slavin would be a top 3 candidate; guy rarely, rarely, rarely gets beat and and also has goals and assists. I like Dougie but he goes out of his way to avoid contact in the corners or end boards when coming back for the puck and often cedes it to the forward breathing down his neck. Ovi exposed him in the playoffs last season and I watch that now with regularity. Nothing physical about his game at all and he's 6'6". Again, glad we have him for the points and PP but Norris? Don't think so.
  2. Aho is over rated. Can’t believe some were calling for this guy with his exceedingly poor English to be Captain. 4th line completely embarrassed the Aho line last night.
  3. For any Mrazek fans I was coming back to Praha from Budapest on Czech Airlines with my wife, opened the in-flight mag and saw this spread on Petr. They love his six over here. If Top sees this your only allowed to read the Czech columns. On a side saw the Canes/Jackets in Dresden in a sports bar. Made the Pilsner taste better. The boys are everywhere.
  4. Heard from a friend of an acquaintance with questionable ties to Calgary that with 7 goals and 2 assists this season Lindholm has bought a box of white strips. We’ll see come Wednesday when someone knocks him in the yap for his cheap a$$ skol clap last season.
  5. Anyone doubt Williams won’t be back? The suits clearly believe he can add something on a shortened basis as does Willy. Then he calls it a career. I just don’t see pay being an issue. He’s not coming back for the dough. When he walks into the dressing room he becomes de facto Captain. That will give Staal more time to practice looking at the camera longer than 1.5 seconds and give an insightful response a la Williams and Ronnie Hainesy.
  6. On a different note it’s great to see fans sticking up for a former NHLer a bit down on his luck. Reports of former NHL star working at Tim Hortons leads to job-shaming accusations https://www.today.com/food/reports-former-nhl-star-working-tim-hortons-leads-job-shaming-t164757
  7. Still 6-2 which is outstanding...but imo Roddie made a poor coaching decision in the 2nd by putting out the Aho line for the entire 5 on 3, about 2.5 minutes. No surprise they didn’t score and we burned our best opportunity to get back in the game. Huala’s line without question should have been on the ice - they’re a proven unit and without question our best line. The Aho line hasn’t earned the right to be a lead PP unit. It’s frustrating watching Roddies accommodations at the expense of the best line yield nothing.
  8. But when will that be? Individually they are talented players but lets get honest (not at you Rem, just in general) right now these two SUCK playing together. 14 games between them and one empty netter and 3 helpers. A total joke. Roddie is doing what he can do to help but seriously between regular shifts and PP they are not getting it done. We are fortunate to have depth picking up their slack but these two cost us the Columbus game for lack of production and it will happen again. Split them up. What else can you do??
  9. Time to split Aho and Nino up. With the exception of TT the line is not earning their minutes given what their roles are; scoring. 12 games between them and one empty netter and 3 assists. Brutal. You see them on the bench hanging their heads, banging their sticks etc. Both get PP minutes and regular even strength minutes and nothing. They’re also hurting TTs production. Their lack of production has cost the team it’s first loss.
  10. Hope John & Tripp quit trying so hard to give themselves a nickname.
  11. Aho needs a good deal more maturing before he gets consideration to wear a letter. There are more seasoned veterans on the roster than Aho who would be a better fit wearing it. Let Aho build on his game without distraction.
  12. I'm ready for disagreement on this but Aho and Necas on the PP wings assuming Staal plays the middle gives us no grinder strength/pressure in the corners to win loose pucks. Gauthier has a superb wrister and brings some serious strength to the corners not to mention planting himself in the paint. He may not be a half wall talent, I don't know, but Necas is still seems too string bean to do the he-man stuff.
  13. I must have missed this poll/thread. Been up long? I’m going with Staal as C and Slavin and Martinook with A’s. When do they announce?
  14. Hope Gauthier makes the cut. He looks comfortable in the paint or bull rushing to the net instead of perimeter shooting, and is big enough and certainly strong enough to handle the abuse down low.
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