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Sens Talk / Selected LW Muckler could be looking at
« on: February 10, 2004, 01:13:21 AM »
JP Dumont can score some big goals. He seems like a good fit and I'm not sure if he was around when Muckler was there but Mucks seems to really like these Sabres.

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Sens Talk / Dallas rumour?
« on: December 06, 2003, 12:45:59 PM »
I agree with Trent that the move fails a lot of times but it is exciting when it does work--except it won't work on better d-men which I think these players acknowledge.  However, a move that never seems to fail in getting the puck to the net is Hossa's outside move; the only problem is that he ends up running out of space and having to cut behind the net and throw it in front--I beleive that is how Phillips got his OT goal versus Jersey. I heard Bob Mackenzie saying that he would like to see the nets pushed back so that there would be more room in the neutral zone; this would help Hossa--and other Sens--beat players to the outside and not run out of space.

As for a trade, I think they need something but not at a huge cost. Muckler will probaly be patient considering come closer to the trade deadline, I bet there will be a lot of names of a lot of vets who want to win the cup before a lockout.  At that time, there may also just be salary dumps by teams not in the running. I do think the Sens could use a big man forward especially versus the Flyers--maybe Scott Walker or Eric Daze if he is healthy.

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Sens Talk / Will Hossa break the 50 goal mark
« on: September 30, 2003, 12:05:51 AM »
I don't care so much if he breaks 50; I think what is important is if he becomes a clutch scorer. He has shown it at times--I'm thinking of that beauty break away OT winner against Montreal during last season.  However, regardless of how instrumental he was in the playoffs, he could have scored some more key goals when the game was on line. What I'm saying is that I don't care for the quantity--for example, getting what 4 goals against Atlanta last year--rather I would be impressed to see how many game winners he gets.

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Sens Talk / Payer, Giroux, Hull or Vermette?
« on: September 28, 2003, 09:17:23 PM »
Ok, so with Havlat still out but hopefully not for long, which candidate do you think will make the squad? I have only listened to some of the pre-season games so can only judge by that.  However, if I would keep any of these players I would decide between Giroux or Payer. My reasoning is that I think Hull should go straight to Bingo if he really wants to be a player/coach and from there be a call up deepending on needs.  Vermette is putting up some points but will need to be carefully inserted into the line up during the regular season.  I think they should take the Spezza route with him and call him up for 10-20 games--again deepending on injuries and needs.  Giroux and Payer seem similarly built but I have not seen them live so can't be sure.  They both seem to have good scoring ability and toughness.  They are also both having a good camp from the look of their placement on exhibition score sheets.

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Sens Talk / 2003-2004 Powerplay
« on: September 18, 2003, 11:15:38 PM »
Ok, its tough to predict lines especially with Jacques Martin because they change all the time--he seems to only stick with pairs of RW and Centres.  However, one thing that is fairly stable is the powerplay unit--the first unit being more stable than the rest.  Here's my prediction for the two units and I am curious to see other people's thoughts and recommendations--keep in mind that the people on the unit usaully depend on how the powerplay is played (controled from the point or the down-low strategy).

Unit #1
Havlat--Spezza--Hossa
Redden--Rachunek

Unit #2
Varada--Bonk--Fisher
Alfie--Phillips

Unit#1: I personally don't like Alfie on the point. I think Rachunek has potential to be a good powerplay quaterback and should at least be given a chance.  The lethalness of the forwards should give a lot of room to the pointmen.

Unit#2: I like the idea of a crash the net powerplay which is why Fisher and Varada are on although White and Smoke would also do well and even Chara in as a forward.  I just want to see Fisher get some PP time especially if he will be the 4th line centre.

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Sens Talk / Your Lineup
« on: September 18, 2003, 11:03:06 PM »
Guys, I think Spezza on a line with Alfie and Smoke won't work.  Quite frankly, that is too many "set-up" men on one line.  None of these players have exceptional shooting abilities--Alfie having the best but he is no sniper and Smoke doesn't seem like a strong shooter (remember how he missed the net all those times in the playoffs). Therefore my forward lines would look like this; considering that Spezza will really need a great trigger man for his beauty passing:

Varada--Bonk--Hossa
Schatslivy--Spezza--Alfredsson
Smolniski--White--Havlat
Schaeffer--Fisher--Neil

I think if Schatslivy is healthy he is defintely up there as Ottawa's best natural shooter--I have seen some impossibly accurate shots by this guy.  However, I won't be surprised if Spezza plays Hossa and Bonk matches up with Havlat.

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