Who is this years whipping boy?

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  1. chchelse

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    I haven't figured out who we're going to have as our whipping boy this year. Preliminary indications from this summers discussions and preseason game threads point to the following:

    Defense: Brodin
    Forwards: Coyle, JEE, Foligno

    I believe it's more likely it will be Zucker, because it seems like we hate players who get payed and then don't exceed our expectations, or Pateryn, who will make a bad pass leading to a goal and we'll never get over it.

    Who do you think will be endlessly disparaged this year, joining the illustrious rank of previous whipping boys; PMB, Brodziak, Koivu, Suter et alia?
     
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    Coyle took it on the chin last year. A couple surgeries later, we know why. Hockey's injury report is a joke and it's impossible to tell what is injury related and what is talent related. I'm a huge fan of 3 so I hope it's not him again. Hopefully he's back to his ninja self.
     
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    I hope not. I prefer Coyle when he's noticeable on the ice. :naughty:
     
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    Here's who shouldn't be whipping boys:
    -The two guys that end up filling the 4th line next to Foligno. Expectations for them since they signed have been "meh" at best.
    - Seeler/Greenway, rookies get a lot of leeway before they become whipping boys.
    - Prosser, if he's playing it's because of injury or someone ahead of him pulls a Quincey.

    I'm guessing it'll be the same guys as last year:
    - Dumba; got a big new contract, history of mistakes, took Spurgeon's spot.
    - Koivu; tradition demands it.
    - Foligno; overpayed, Scandella trade.
    - Dub; doesn't pitch a shutout every time he's on the ice, it's easy to blame the goalie.
     
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    Dumba and Koivu as usual .
     
  6. chchelse

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    Hmmm, Dumba's name coming up. That's surprising to me. I know me makes boneheaded plays on occasion, but he seems to be a fan favorite at this point. Or maybe it's our belief/hope, that he can turn into a star player and when he doesn't meet these expectations, he'll really get abused.
     
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    Pateryn because he’s “overpaid.”

    My choice is Brodin. He’s just not as good in the defensive zone as people think but if you comment on it the cult gets pissy.
     
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    The people that never liked him well being looking for his mistakes.
     
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    last year i gave JEE a free pass. this year JEE , coyle & overpaid foligno will be under my microscope.
     
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    JEE is only 21 and in his second year. Although he was a 1st round draft pick, expectations for the 20th overall pick shouldn't be very high. Chances of guys picked in the latter half of the 1st round turning into top 6 players is pretty remote. I think he played well in his first year, and think he'll improve, scoring-wise, this year, although I think expectations for him are too high. Seems like this market is craving a superstar, and puts this hope, unfairly, on whichever player has been drafted earliest for us. Greenway will be our next "disappointment" in this regard, in my opinion.
     
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    How about Fenton?

    My guess is Pateryn, though. Just like Foligno was last year, though he ended up strongly. Caught some of a Leafs game , and Ennis looked sharp.
     
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    Doesn't matter how old you are or where you were picked, if you're on the 3rd line you need to look like a 3rd liner. Same goes for everyone.
     
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    Well, part of the manager's job is to be the administrative whipping boy. Different category in my opinion.
     
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    i judged fletch on trades / picks , fenton hasnt made any yet. i would have liked him to pull off a miracle summer trade but really what could he have done. no cap space!
     
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    Also need dance partners. Sounds like they had one with Arizona but no one on here liked the rumored trade.
     
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    That's how it is with Spurgeon, but even more so. If the Brodin/Spurgeon pair doesn't work it'll end up being Brodin's fault.
     
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    The "cult of Spurgeon" is mostly defending him against those that can't see past the 5'9".

    When a line/pairing doesn't work out, it's usually pretty hard to blame the best player on said line/pairing.
     
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    Unless that pairing is Dumba/Brodin?
     
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    Nailed it.
     
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    As the Vice-president of the Brodin cult, and a card carrying member of the Ipurgeon cult, I think some of you are crazy, and will include you in my prayers tonight when I am sacrificing squirrels in my basement.
     
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    Did Spurgeon sell his naming rights to Apple this offseason? :laugh:
     
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    speaking of squirrels we had a white albino for a few years and it just got flattened in the street the other day. I cant stand all the gray ones but the white one was kinda cute. im vice prez of the zucker fan cult club ; I will be the ceo of the kaprizov fan cult club.
     
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    Some people are more risk-averse than others.
     
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    I didn't comment on it because my keyboard was, and still is, partially broken but I actually didn't hate that trade rumor. I wasn't a fan of it or anything, thought we would be overpaying, but Dvorak would have been a needed addition to this team in about 1 year from now. I mean, our top 2 centers are Staal (this is the last year of his deal) and Koivu (will be 36). Who are our top 2 centers when they're gone? JEE and one of Greenway or Kunin? Long odds there. That's also why this team has to try Greenway at center.

    On topic: Anyway, I'm thinking Dubnyk might get some criticism for those soft goals he lets in. Not sure we really have a Skoula on this team.
     
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