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  1. #1
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    I’d like your opinion on our team at this, our quarter of a season mark!

    We have played 19 games so far, we are just about at the 1st quarter of the season mark. We are currently a middle of the road team. What do you guys think? Do we stay the course with what we have—-at least till the trade deadline comes or do we do something now? Can we even make the playoffs with the team we currently have? What say you!

  2. #2
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    A lot of things that aren’t looking good

    Defensemen have been very poor overall. Still have weak links on top lines. Lafreniere and Kakko are once again not living up to expectations.

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    I guess that’s why Gallant dropped them down to the 3rd line. I think Gallant should give Chytil a shot at playing on the 2nd line with Panarin. Something along the lines of Kreider/Zibenajad/Vesey( I like how he’s playing on this line, the numbers aren’t there but he’s doing the dirty work for that line). I’d like to give Chytil a shot at the Panarin/Trocheck—heck I like the way Chytil has been playing and I think if he’s put on a line with offensive players his numbers will jump. That would leave us with placing Goodrow as the 3rd line Center in between Lafraniere & Kakko—they can continue to cycling the puck to their heart’s content—they won’t score but they will hold on to the puck long enough to keep the other team from scoring. As for the 4th line, well, I’d say Carpenter till Drury/Gallant open their eyes and come to the reality that Carpenter s**ks and bring up Rydahl who at least has some offensive accument with Gauthier & Reaves/Blias.

    But beside that, I have to go back to what I said in the November thread, I would look at dealing Zac Jones for Kaiden Guhle. Hey, Gorton is in Montreal, he drafted Jones, and Montreal has a lot of physical defensemen—Xhekaj has 62 hits in 18 gms, Kovacevic has 19 hits in 17 gms, Savard has 15 hits and 18 gms., Harris has 14 in 17 and Edmundson 13 in 8 gms. Montreal also has Chris Wideman & Mike Matheson on their team so they have more than enough defensemen on their team. Guhle is a lefthanded Schneider, so he would be a perfect fit for 3rd line defensive pair. Guhle has 37 hits & 31 blocked shots in 18 games—unfortunately he’s has 8 pts in those 18 games while Jones has only 2 pts in 12 gms, only 2 hits & 11 blocked shots in those 12, so I think Gorton would ask for more than just Jones in a deal for Guhle.

  4. #4
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    Well, Drury just dealt Reaves to Minny for a 2025 5th Rd pick in order to clear cap space—which is meaningless unless we are a playoff team by the time the trade deadline comes. So….

    If Drury wanted to clear cap space, Sammy Blias and/or Carpenter should have been the ones to trade, but we ALL know Drury is NOT gonna admit that he got jerked in the Buchnevich deal so we will be forced to swallow Blias no matter how poorly he’s playing. Let’s face it Vesey & Gauthier’s play have made Blias and his 1.5 mil. contract useless. And Carpenter isn’t needed with Zibenajad,Trocheck,Chytil & Goodrow playing Center, also Rydahl would be a better more offensive player than Carpenter—plus he’s a player we can bring up and down when need be without risking losing.
    Last edited by Mr.Wiskers; 11-24-2022 at 03:48 PM.

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