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  1. Yeah, there's no way to confirm this but it definitely seems to be the way most people believe it went. Rather than risking him signing another KHL deal, MB let Romanov burn the year off his ELC & therefore be another year closer to the big money. A necessary evil unfortunately. I also believe that we have some positional strength. If we break down by posiiton: Centre: Strong, but need some players to continue to develop. Not quite there yet but I wouldnt make a trade LW: Strong, especially when guys like Domi move back to LW. Drouin has his faults but on the right line can be a decent contributor. RW: So-So, Ideally need a top 6 RW. Gallagher is great, Armia is solid. Some guys (Byron, Lehks) can play either wing. Adding in another top 6 RW would make this a good group. Caufield is likely at least a year away. RHD: Solid..for now. Our 2 best defensmen are there, 3 of our top young dmen are there. However, our top 2 are old and there's not much in the cupboards after the current crop. LHD: Bad - but not as bad as it seems. In Chiarot, Mete, Kulak we have solid second and third pairing dmen. We lack a true #1. Our LHD look bad because of this but if you drop a top pairing LHD into the mix, we suddenly are not weak at all there. We also have some very promising LHD prospects who are likely a couple of years away, so in a bit that will not be a problem (although RHD might be by then!) Goal: Nuff' said. Honestly, watching the first couple of games, I dont think we're terribly badly built (we need players to continue to develop) but I do very much question our system. It seems like a lot of guys look lost out there and arent quite sure what they are supposed to be doing. Maybe its lack of game-shape but this team has skills, they have talent. They seem to lack a plan. I think at this point, barring a trade for a LHD, our most pressing need may be a new coach. You're assuming that Julien wouldnt bury Sergachev on the 3rd pair or on the black aces.
  2. Current season will end in approximately 2- 24 months.
  3. I still think Juulsen may be more NHL ready (even with the extended time off) but I would be ok with either if it means putting Mete back to his proper position. He looks out of place on RD. Hesitant - and just wait till he makes a misplay because of being on his off side. Weber made one when he was playing LD last night that he definitely wouldnt have on RD. Ouellet honestly shouldnt be dressed unless you have multiple injuries on D. He's a #7-8dman at best. You know I actually dont mind Weal in the right circumstance. What i dislike is Julien's reliance on him. We acquired him & he scored at like a 60ppg pace so now thats all Claude seems to think about. That little stretch of games at the end of the season, what 2 years ago? He's a fine #11-14 forward but when Julien uses him on his PP constantly that concerns me. Much like wanting to trade DD to save Therrien from himself, Id like to sit Weal if only to force Julien to make better decisions. I read an article recently that Danault was like top 5 (maybe 10) in the NHL for 5-on-5 points among centres. He ranked much lower in overall points because he got nearly no PP time. Now im not suggesting Danault should be on the PP but id definitely put him there before Weal.
  4. Well it was right in the next point below what you bolded...
  5. I like all these suggestions although I doubt CJ will try any. Maybe Domi moves up but i doubt that his favourite (Weal) comes out for any of Evans, Poehling or Hudon.
  6. If we actually want to win (and I *assume* they do) then: - Domi in the top 9, top 6 preferably, at LW. - Weal out (presumably Evans in) - Ouellet out - Mete back to LD (assuming ouellet is replaced by either Juulsen or Fleury then this will happen)
  7. 1 goal down.. .seems a wee bit early to pull price, no?
  8. Price has definitely come to play.
  9. on the plus side, Weber out of the box for the PK but Malkin stuck in there until the next whistle
  10. Not surprising although there are at least 2 guys id sit after that win.
  11. To me Chariot was ok. Drouin was not great but I wouldnt likely move him (although id like to see Domi on that line once he's up to game shape) Weal was bad. Id like him out. I would keep Weise in for now but replace weal with Evans. Oullette was not good either. Mete looked a bit uncomfortable on his off side. Id remedy this by sitting Ouellett, bringing in either Fleury or Juulsen and putting Mete back at LD.
  12. If he's not already (and its getting close) he should be our best forward within a year of two. He looks better every game. Cant say enough about this kid. Defensively too. What a smart player. Once Domi catches up to the play/conditioning (he looked pretty bad last night) I wonder if he gets bumped up to Nick's line.
  13. Domi wins it for us.
  14. Apparently pittsburgh wants those 12.5% odds too!