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Old 07-18-2019, 09:52 AM
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Sergachev needs to make significant steps forward playing on the right side this season as well, because there is no room for him on the left.

I'd prefer Hedman pair with someone he doesn't have to compensate for like what happened last year (Girardi and his cement skates). While he's certainly capable, it limits his ability to change the opponents defensive strategy when he becomes a fourth forward. Doesn't look likely, since the only right sider that would qualify would be Cernak, but he is too good with McD to split them I would think.

IMO, McD-Cernak is certain, the rest, who knows. Sergachev didn't really create a stellar 3rd pairing with Coburn, but those two were a damn sight better than Sergachev-Rutta. That would lean Serge to pair with Hedman.

Maybe Sergachev improves on the right side, maybe Foote makes the team, maybe Rutta gets more comfy in our system, maybe Masin pushes Coburn for the 3LD spot, maybe Schenn isn't a pylon. Lots of maybes this year.
Assuming the play Sergachev on the right side. I actually thought he played pretty well with Hedman last year most of the short time he was up with him. Sad part is I'm still not overly excited to figure these things out.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:22 AM
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Assuming the play Sergachev on the right side.
Are you thinking they would play Hedman on his offhand and let Serge play the top pair left? Otherwise, where else would you play him? He isn't going to be pulling a regular shift on the left side with Hedman/McD/Coburn locked up for the foreseeable future, and it makes no sense for a guy with top pair upside to play 3rd pair left long-term, which is where he would be, unless he pushes McD down to the third pair, which seems unlikely anytime in the next 4-5 years. He'd become a cap casualty way before then if he is only effective on the left side, I would think.
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:01 AM
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Are you thinking they would play Hedman on his offhand and let Serge play the top pair left? Otherwise, where else would you play him? He isn't going to be pulling a regular shift on the left side with Hedman/McD/Coburn locked up for the foreseeable future, and it makes no sense for a guy with top pair upside to play 3rd pair left long-term, which is where he would be, unless he pushes McD down to the third pair, which seems unlikely anytime in the next 4-5 years. He'd become a cap casualty way before then if he is only effective on the left side, I would think.
More taking a shot at how the coaching staff had him play right side last year until the playoffs for some ridiculous reason.
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:52 AM
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So here is a question. Given the moves the Lightning have done over the summer to date, are we better than we were a year before, the same, or worse?
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:32 AM
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I am not sure where we are yet GP. Training camp will give us an idea. Part of this depends on the young guys stepping up and the physicality of the blue line. I am looking forward to seeing how Mason and Foote play. Plus the development of Verhaeghe Volkov and Stephens. Plus we still have to sign Point, or trade him. There is a rumor out there that the Wings are interested.
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:25 AM
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Plus we still have to sign Point, or trade him. There is a rumor out there that the Wings are interested.
I just saw that online.
Hope it is just summer silly season.
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:42 AM
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Whether better or worse than last year, they still should be better than anyone else in the league. And I still am not going to care one bit if they put up a better record next season.
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:58 AM
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On paper we are worse, we lost some guys who aren't insignificant. Seems like every year we shit a star out of development though, and we have some guys who could potentially do that again.
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:43 PM
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Larkin + DeKeyser + next years unprotected first rounder would be a good offer for Point.
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:02 PM
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With all due respect to the offseason fluff pieces (best shape of his life!) Schenn has proven in his 700+ NHL games to be a pylon and I am not buying that in 18 games with Vancouver he somehow figured it out.
Yeah, I'm honestly not expecting a huge upgrade over Dan Girardi. If he somehow ends up being better than that, awesome. Certainly not betting my house on it, though.
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