Grigorenko is staying with the team. Will play tonight.
Vanek - IN
Grigs - IN (as previously mentioned)
Sulzer - OUT
TJ Brennan - IN (eh-heh...oops)
Regehr - OUT (LBI)
Weber - IN
So ya, once again Ruff likes to screw w/me. I still don't believe this changes Brennan's status as anything more than a stash-and-hope dman.
Bomm Bastic -- really enjoy reading your stuff and wanted to say thanks very much for keeping displaced Buffalonians like myself up to date on the happenings in Sabreland.
Interested to hear your perspective on Grigorenko, and whether you've heard any rumblings of how Ruff and Co. intend to use him this year. My take based on experience is that Ruff is generally hesitant to use young players in key situations, and that a brain cramp, sloppy turnover or defensive lapse can make a player find himself stapled to the bench or in the press box pretty quickly. Best case scenario often finds said player dropped down a line or two...
Obviously, Grigs does not seem like the type of player who can thrive on the 4th line (might be able to get by with 3rd line minutes this season, assuming he also gets some PP time to show/use his skill and what they drafted/pay him for).
In any event, would love to hear your thoughts on the situation now that Grigorenko will be staying up with the big club (at least for long enough to have his entry level contract kick in).
Cheers and thanks again!
14 Team H2H Dynasty League (14 keepers, no farm)
Weekly Starts (3C, 5W, 5D, 1Util, 2G)
G, A, PPP, SOG, BS, +/-, GAA, W+OTL, SV%
Can u please fill me in on OTT's role on this team please? I'm in a FW league and e was gold last year being a w,c in yahoo. I dont see him repeating those numbers but what can we expect all around from him. Thanxs
12 team H2H Keeper League
play 4c/4lw/4rw/6d/2g (2min start)
Center: Matthews, T. Johnson, Wennberg, Pageau, Deshamais, Eakin (IR)
RW: Reinhart, Radulov, Hossa, Niederreiter, Gagner
LW: Drouin, Steen, D.Sedin, Grigorenko, b. Nelson, MacArthur (IR)
Defense : Enstrom, Myers, Goligoski, Hamilton, kulikov, Ceci
Goalies: Lundqvist, S.Mason, Lehner, Domingue
Farm noteables: Eichel (IR), Horvat, Milano, W. Nylander, Barzal, Bjorkstrand, Vasilevski, Boucher, Werek, Dubious, Colin White
Mostly third line, but scoring is such a crap shoot at this point Ruff will def try him on the second line. He could stick.
Not to go off on yet another rant, I touched on your question here...
I'd love to see Ennis-Grigs-Ott on the second line, but Foligno has fought hard to be on that line and deserves to be. Stafford should see 3rd line duty, until further notice.
Just a little preview of what you Buffalo fans will get to see tonight:
That's your beloved savior Steve Ott hugging the ref to try to hide from Shawn Thornton.
Sorry for the trolling, but you know I've got to do it to a division rival.
Scott vs. Lucic? What's the likelihood? Better than 50%?
I can't promise I'll try but I'll try to try.
I would love to see a Marchand versus Kaleta, but you know, Kaleta kinda just got out of the hospital.
Meh...we'll see. To be fair, it's easier on Thornton when you have four/ five other guys that are more than capable of filling in. Ott's got John Scott (all 4 mins of ice time).
Besides, we're 16-9-7 over the last 5rs vs Bruins. I'd rather have the wins, thanks.
Anywho....Sabres should lose this one miserably, if their recent performance is any indication. However, as I have stated before the way to beat the Bruins is at their own game. That is not to be confused with fighting.
The Bruins are easily goaded into penalties when faced against a team with a forecheck as punishing or relentless as theirs. Do that - for a full 60 mins - AND produce on the ensuing power plays, and VOILA! You will win every time.
For the Sabres to win...
1. Miller HAS to get his sh!t together. Only thing worse than whining is whining in monotone.
2. Myers has to pull his physical game out of his arse. Dust it off. And hit a mutha.
3. Gerbe has to be a pest...and then get the hell outta the way.
4. Forecheck, forecheck, forecheck and forecheck some more. If the Sabres time of possession can't improve, this is even more important than ever.
5. Second and third lines need to score.
Well there it is. Buffalo clearly outplayed by Boston in that second period. BUT lime I said previously, get the Bruins into some penalties and capitalize on the PP, and POOF...tie game at three.
If Sabres win, tonights first star should be Milan Lucic.