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The Beauty of Pre-Season

The games don't matter...but they do...you see players who are trying to earn a spot...but they won't...I love pre-season. Because even if you suck in pre-season, it doesn't matter!

One gripe...It sure is nice to see the highlights, but boy, how I wish that the games were actually on tv. But, Only a few more days till we can see Puck on the HD!

A couple of thoughts I have been having regarding the upcoming season.

1) Will there be set lines this year?: From reading stories, the wild may be experimenting in this new concept called "static lines," wthere three forwards play together probably 85-95% of the time. This new-fangled idea hasn't sat well with Jacques in the past, but perhaps, he may be willing to try this out this season. Hard to say, but the idea is just so crazy...it just might stick...who knows, maybe other teams will try it as well.

2) Where is the pop going to come from offensively?: I like Nolan banging home PMB feeds, and I enjoy the idea of koivu making plays for gabbby, and having Bruno clean up the trash left at the crease. But where else can our scoring come from? This is a major concern...however, at least they are packed to the gulliver with Blue line help, so maybe they can win the 1-0 or 2-1 game.

3) When do you decide to shop gabby?: I am a Gaborik backer to the hilt, but at some point, they need to either commit to signing, or to trading. You can't let a talent like his go for nothing. Does he want to stay? Does he want a bigger pay day yet? None of this I can answer...but as much as I really like the guy, if you can't keep him, get something for him, and do it sooner as opposed to later.

These are just little thoughts...and the season hasnt even started yet! Cheers to another fun year of puck on frozen water.

The opinions posted here are not those of Hockey Wilderness

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