• Andrew Heitman

    From the suntimes piece the proposed lines are:

    Hossa-Toews-Sharp
    Saad-Richards-Kane
    Shaw- Kruger- Bickell
    Morin- Regin-Hopefully Not Versteeg

    • Yachtsman

      Isn’t it kinda early to be projecting lines? The cap space dictates that someone has to go, and it might be a forward. The good thing is that losing Handzus and Bollig immediately enhanced the speed & skill depth by subtraction. It’s a nice dilemma to have going into training camp to have a few spots open for competition and some quality candidates vying for those spots.

      • Andrew Heitman

        Yeah, but its summer, the Suntimes brought it up, and the Cubs are….I dunno…like following minor league ball.

        • Yachtsman

          I getcha bro! The summer teams here make us yearn for fall and winter to come.

          • Bob in EP

            July is the worst month for hockey fans whose team did not win the Cup in that particular year.

    • lizmcneill

      Ben Smith?

      • Andrew Heitman

        I knew Iw as forgetting someone….
        Morin-Regin-Smith I like that….

        • YoAdrienne

          Morin-Regin-Bickell showed a ton of promise late in the season. I wouldn’t mind seeing that line get another shot at things. I could see Smitty tearing it up with Kruger and Shaw, too. He’s already used to playing with Kruger.

          • ToucanStubbs

            Problem I see with Morin – Regin – Bickell is that its throwing all our bottom 6 possession eggs in one basket. Maybe its smarter to spread them out and ensure a possession driver is out at all times.

          • lizmcneill

            Kruger and Shaw both drive possession – Krugs in hard minutes, Shaw in sheltered. What happens if you put them together, or what usage you give them, I’m not sure.

    • Secondcitymyass

      Ummm…. Does anyone else think Dennis Rasmussen may push Regin for a roster spot?

    • ChicagoNativeSon

      The Sun-Times is wrong.

      But at least they’re consistent.

  • Yachtsman

    I must say that it warms the cockles of my heart to see the strife in Colorado. First losing Stastny and now salary arb with O’Reilly. They got slower over the summer with their roster changes and that’s a beautiful thing!

    • The Nutbrown Hare

      Slower AND older…I can definitely see a step back in Denver next season. Dallas may be the new team to really keep an eye on in the Central come October.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        I definitely think that Denver takes a big step back and Dallas takes a step forward this year. However, given the status of Dallas’ blue line (laughably bad) and the fact that they have a goalie that can play lights out at times but can’t seem to stay healthy and always hits a wall around March, I think that Dallas still has a little way to go before becoming a real threat.

        • The Nutbrown Hare

          Agreed. I’m not thinking Dallas supplants the Avs as Central champs…but they should be a very entertaining team to watch.

          I’d love to see Antoine Roussel get a few major kicks in the rear, however.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Still not as much fun as watching the Canucks burn to the ground.

      • Yachtsman

        Very, very true! I am taking great delight in their demise.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    I have extremely high hopes and expectations for Brad Richards, just like I did for Marty Turco in 2012.