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  2. I didn't watch but judging by you bringing this up it was his first game...well they lost their fourth in a row, this specific one 1-2 to the BJ's. NHL.com: Sounds like he's a solid 3d-liner on a team a-la the Sharks - high expectations and big roster moves but no dice.
  3. Good points, but I think they look more comfortable with the shifts now than under BB. I think the plan has been communicated well. not that they’re looking good tonight. Sheesh.
  4. He won't be back sorry to say.
  5. anyone watching the stars game??? hows he looking??
  6. Yesterday
  7. 1G/2A in 6 games so far for Pittsburgh, averaging 18:32/game
  8. Sprong has 1 point (0 goals) in 3 games in the AHL. He's not exactly screaming out for a call up.
  9. Unless you can trade him to help upgrade the roster then I don’t think that he should be moved. Jones and Comtois haven’t played well enough to force him out of the lineup or guarantee their own spots yet. Ritchie not living up to his draft slot doesn’t mean that the Ducks should just jettison him.
  10. Too much to unpack here for a complete response, but: 1. I don't see how my preference to health scratch either Jones or Comtois in favor of Shore against Boston amounts to "banishing the lot of them". I'm mostly in favor of keeping all of the current rookies up with the big club (although if Terry continues to post donuts on the scoresheet, I'd consider sending him down and recalling Sherwood), but my thing is I just want to see HCDE dial down their minutes and expectations. Terry, Jones and Comtois clearly aren't ready for top-6 roles. If they can start producing some results, then HCDE can expand their roles. But the current plan isn't working IMO. 2. I think HCDE has absolutely been "schizoid" about moving guys around. Fans complained about BB's line shuffling, but HCDE's line blender for the forward lines has been set to high since game 2. It's far worse than BB ever was, and as a result there is no continuity there at all. People are currently cracking on Getzlaf's play, but take a look at the winger rotation he has been forced to deal with. Last game, he took at least one regular E/S shift with seven different wingers (even Steel was moved up to his LW at one point), and that's not even counting when he plays 15-20 seconds with other wingers during an overlap on line changes. Hard to believe, but the only wingers he didn't take a regular shift with were Rakell and Silfvy! It's been a pretty consistent turnover for Getzlaf since the start of the season too. Find me another #1C anywhere in the league who has to deal with that kind of rotation on his wings. [Hint: there isn't one.] I really do hope that the Captain is on board with it, because it sure doesn't seem fair to ask your 34-year-old #1C to deal with that kind of uncertainty and inconsistency on literally a shift to shift basis.
  11. What to do with Ritchie then, he's spent his fair share of years with the big club already?
  12. It depends on what has been communicated to the players in question, and whether they buy into the idea that team development comes before individual stats. i think the coaching staff have been up front with the players, and i think DE's put a premium on performance (you earn your spot), but has elected not to be schizoid about it and move them around on a game by game basis, rather based on their performance over a set period of time. The only player of Shore, Grant, and Rowney that have lost out, at all, is Shore, and if that loses him the room, then we might as well go scrape RC off the curb. further, giving the rooks an opportunity to acclimate to the NHL, over a period of time and not just a game here and a game there, is much more positive for their development than the alternatives (that we have available). Jones has a point, and the group has some shooters, so i think your evaluation is a little incomplete. their collective +- is funky, but look at them play and how they interact with each other, their teammates, and with other NHL players on the ice... they believe they deserve to be there, and they're excited to be there, with each other, gutting it out. i think their expectations and development are being managed well. overall - remember how big a step this is away from what's gone before, under both RC and BB. RC might let them die on the vine, and BB might chaotically mix and match lines (which by the way, always seemed a little like an underhanded way to blame the players for a poor game strategy), but that's not Eakins. The kids know how he works and I bet they all know what's expected (and it isn't going to be perfection). I think keeping them up long enough for them to see what they need to work on (which absolutely takes a couple games), THEN sending them down to work on that stuff where they have room to do so, makes a lot of sense, if you're looking at blocks of 1/5 to 1/4 of the season at a time, and not 3-4 games (or worse, 1-2 games) at a time. I mean, we're not even 10 games in, and you want to send them down because they didn't own Boston? We'll see how long he experiments (we lost one today), but i don't think it makes sense to banish the lot of them after just 6 games. He'll give them at least some time to figure stuff out, then (I think) he'll cycle through Sherwood and some of the others down in the Gulls to give them a shot. at least, i hope he cycles Sherwood up. Sprong and waivers - we are 6 games in, there are 8 games left in October. Maybe Sprong replaces Lundestrom for the rest of October, then gets sent down before the waivers thing kicks in again? I think I may rather Sherwood come up, if the lines fit. I just don't think they want to move people up and down a lot this first month, and I don't think they'll want to risk waivers that often with Sprong (always depending on how well he's playing). It was interesting what Max said during the tv interview last night. He lauded Boston for having that 6th sense about where their linemates would be, having played together a long time, etc. That sounds like both an observation AND and team goal for the future (players, especially young ones, tend to regurgitate or at least paraphrase what the coach has been saying in the locker room).
  13. Last week
  14. Giving up a decent D-Man like Marcus P, I'd expect the Team to utilize the guy traded for, Sprong's a proven Goal Scorer so PUT HIM IN !!!!! Let him work on his D while putting some in the back of the net
  15. Sprong cleared waivers on 10/1, so he has 30 days from that date or 10 NHL games before he would have to go through waivers again. If the Ducks wanted to, they could bring him up to play now and for the next 7 games without needing to send him through waivers before sending him back to San Diego. That's a big "if" though, since it doesn't look like he's playing at that well in San Diego right now either. And if HCDE is just maxing their time as an experiment, he is both risking the rookies' development and his relationship with his veterans. Outside of Max Jones' lone secondary assist in the first game of the year, the rookies (Jones, Terry, Steel, Comtois, and Lundestrom) have combined for ZERO points so far this season. That is not good for their confidence, collectively or individually. And the more HCDE uses them in important situations over veterans like Shore, Grant, Rowney, etc. he risks losing the room. That locker room has a lot of talented veteran players who want to win, not be used as a rookie experiment.
  16. Yes, 100% yes! Completely agree! Him and Ghulie have impressed me a lot this season. Shore I think has quietly been one of our more solid forwards. Yeah, same. I'm sure something is going on though for why he keeps not being with the NHL....attitude maybe??
  17. Sprong needs to stay down until we bring him up for a long period of time, unless we're willing to risk waivers up and down. dtsdlaw - i think he's maxing their time up top to experiment rather than ensure points. he's trying to get a good sample space, and Shore is a known stat (pretty much). i'm not sure why he'd have to play getz so much if hank, silf, and RR are available. shrug. plus, he could have spelled Getz a bit more with Grant. anyway, something was being done, just not sure exactly what, or why. Grant's time was so low that I wonder if he's hiding a gimp as well, or if they're pushing really hard to find consistent linemates for Getz.
  18. Scoring is going to be an issue. I wonder if there is a way to get Sprong back into the lineup. Dude can score. I have such a hard watching 37 blunder his way through each game. Some of his passes missed the target by a wide margin in the Boston game.
  19. Getz probably getting too much TOI because HCDE decided to dress four rookie forwards in a game on the road against the defending Eastern conference champions. He basically forced Getz into heavier minutes by having too many kids in the lineup against a very good team that plays both fast and heavy. Shore should have been in for that game, with either Comtois or Jones sitting. I'm not a huge Shore guy, but he's the better choice in that situation for his versatility (can play all three forward positions, PK, and is decent in F/Os) and to add a more veteran presence to the lines. His presence on the Grantzlaf line could have kept it in the rotation and lowered some of the burden on Getzlaf. He also could have moved up the lines if HCDE wanted to shorten the bench to play catchup. No offense to Jones or Comtois (because I love both guys) but against Boston, gimme the versatile 25-year-old with 34 career NHL goals over two rookies with only 2 career NHL goals each. IMO, HCDE is trying too hard to get his Gulls ice time rather than letting them earn their time. I didn't see this game, but just looking at the shift charts it appears that Cassidy had a pretty easy time getting the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line out in the exact matchups he wanted, because with the watered down lines and too many rookies sprinkled across the lines there was no need to match his 4-time Selke winner against the Ducks' diluted top-6. It sounds like the team played reasonably well (after the first period) given the circumstances, but the game logs sure make it look like Cassidy had a significant tactical advantage in line matching for the full 60 minutes. If HCDE doesn't figure out a way to let his best players be his best players, this is going to turn into a season-long problem and this team is going to have a very hard time scoring on the road.
  20. Thought this is relevant to any expectation that RK will be rejoining the team: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/common-joint-pain-treatment-may-be-more-harmful-thought-n1066146 There's obviously a "may" in there, so it isn't conclusive, but it makes me wonder a bit about RK's significant and surprising (in the words of his docs) joint degradation over the years, and how many joint injections he's received leading up to and after his first hip surgery (under Vancouver), and how many he admitted to having all through last year's season. I do remember that some of the needlework was just that - they'd put the needles into different areas without any injection fluid, as what sounded a lot to me like really deep acupuncture, but I also remember RK discussing specifically receiving cortisol/steroid injections into the hip joint area itself. I mean, I don't think many of us held out hope that he'd be a productive on-ice member of the team again, but, if there's any truth to this article (and circumstances indicate there is), then my guess is that if they haven't reevaluated already, they'll be reevaluating down going forward.
  21. Seems that Boston was dictating more of the line shifts last night: A. Henrique 17:30 R. Getzlaf 21:01 C. Rowney 9:29 O.Kase 19:32 J. Silfverberg 18:25 S. Steel 14:04 N. Ritchie 13:52 D. Grant 10:20 M. Jones 12:31 M. Comtois 15:18 T. Terry 16:39 R. Rakell 18:53 C. Fowler 22:21 K. Holzer 17:02 J. Larsson 17:04 J. Manson 17:57 M. Del Zotto 19:38 H. Lindholm 17:28 Kase's time up big. Rowney is probably down because of the weird injury/run into the boards. Not sure what the deal is with Grant. Ritchie, Steel, and Jones TOIs are probably collateral damage with Grant and Rowney. Max and TT have some good numbers. Getz really shouldn't have the highest TOI of all the forwards. Fowler and DZ time up big. I like the evenness of the rest, but it's a little weird that Lind and Manson are as relatively low as they are. I didn't see Holzer be directly the cause of a goal, and I saw him make some good D plays... so D is what it is, probably dictated by power plays and opponent shift choices. We'd like to shift Goolie in soon.
  22. It's way too early into the season and their careers to really worry. None of these guys have played even half an NHL season to this point. Not to mention that the team is rebuilding with a new coach. They still have plenty of time to learn and develop while being given every chance to succeed. If after two full seasons, the progression and contributions still aren't there then it's a real concern. Comtois needs time in the AHL more than anyone, which is where most people projected him to play for the majority of the season anyway.
  23. I know, it's still an early season, but I don't see any contribution from our "young guns". Terry plays like a 5th rounder, Comcois and Jones are not much better, and Steel is injured again. Statements that they are "creating scoring chances" may not help them for too long; they eventually need to learn how to beat NHL caliber goaltenders, if they don't want to be demoted to the minors. I also don't expect any scoring help from trades or UFA next summer. GMBM proved over the years that his priorities are going after average defenseman or NHL borderline role players.
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