Luongo comin' in
Selanne is incredible. I think he's underrated as fuck and the guys been going hard for what seems like forever. I'm excited to see how the Vancouver media is going to handle this whole goalie situation now. Tomorrow night is key if Schneider starts with how the media over reacts to everything. If he does bad, the pressure is gonna be immense. I know its just been one game and you can't blame him 100% for the loss since the Canucks don't really have an actual 2nd line however, people will still make a big deal about it. I think Schneider is still your guy and you trade Luongo for whatever you can get because I've heard the asking price is quite steep. Some rumour it's Kadri, Bozak and a draft pick. But, it's a fine line since Schneider still hasn't established himself. What if they trade Lou and Cory turns out to be a gigantic bust? The team is quite deep when they have a healthy lineup but if anyone goes down (ie Kesler and Boothe) they don't have much more to give. Especially with the Northwest division only getting better this year, I think the Canuck stranglehold on the playoff spot is slipping.
Minnesota got way better but they are still relying on Heatly + Setogucci and their other players who were there before Parise and Suter. Their goaltending is shakey too a long with their D. Even with all of that, I don't think the Canucks are really that much better and honestly if the Wild had an elite goalie like Luongo, I think they would be leaps and bounds better. Colorado is looking really good on paper, PA Parenteau along with all the young talent they have. If they can find a way to get Ryan O'Reily back (greedy guy? I dunno) they could be a potential candidate for top spot in the division. Varlamov can be amazing or he can be shit and the success of their team pretty much sways on his shoulders it seems. I like the Av's, always have and woulden't mind seeing them do work on the playoffs. And no one can forget the youth of the Oilers. I'm actually scared of them becoming a threat because of all their #1 picks. Dubnyk is key but so is their ability to get another defenseman. Solid play from him and higher end help on the back end makes Edmonton a real playoff contender if not Cup. I think they will be the team to bring the Cup back to Canada or at least have the best chance at doing it. The window is closing in Vancouver. The Sedin's won't be able to keep up the world load in order to keep their spot in the top 3 playoff positions. This is most important because they are actually going to have to play a team that should beat them in the playoffs. Take your pick at the Blackhawks, Blues, Kings, Sharks, or Northwest champion in the first round.
That's just my unbias analysis of the Northwest Division/Canucks. Would be a shame for them to not at least return to the finals in the Sedin era and despite absolutely loathing Vancouver (Fuck you Burrows) I actually feel bad for fans. Prob sounds pretty stupid coming from a Flames fan but I've come to terms that the next 2-3 years are gonna be hell trying to be a passionate fan. But I'll do it regardless. Just charish the time you your team has at the top while you can. The shelves are not stocked.
Well I guess if you are going to lose one to Columbus, getting at least one point out of it ain't bad.
We played a pretty damn good first period, then it went to shit. Preds with way too many turnovers, and we spent way too much time in our own zone. Peks didn't look bad, but he didn't look like Peks either. Almost got beat on several wrap arounds tonight, and gave up a relatively soft goal for him. He's also getting down in his butterfly way to early.
I like that they guys stood up for one another tonight, but Weber can't be fighting. Him being off the ice for 5 minutes and his 2 minute roughing penalty completely changed the game for the bad.
I did see some good things, our top line doesn't look bad, just not fluid yet. Our younger guys that we want to see step up are creating chances, its just a matter of them finishing now. All in all I think once we get a few games under our belts we will be ok, most of it just looked like those early games you see. Still need to make a couple of roster moves, got a guy or two that I think probably need to be on the bench rather than playing.
In addition after looking at some game recaps seems like a lot of the league was penalty plagued last night. I'm just glad in the case of Tampa we got ours out of the way early and was caps penalties until the end.
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Perfect start of the season:
Good Sunday morning yes..
Oderint dum metuat.Success is dependent on effort.
My thoughts about the first round: Teeeeeeeeeemuuuuuuuuuu.
That is all.
I don't hate you. I'm just not necessarily excited about your existence.
Not sure if you Detroit fans saw this yet...
If Niemi plays like this all year, Sharks are gonna have a decent season.