Torts shuffles the lines

Update 1:30pm: It’s been noted that Asham has a minor groin strain, and it’s unknown when he will return. This is why Bickel was a forward, and why Eminger will likely slide into the bottom defensive pairing. It’s worth noting that the organization decided against calling up Brandon Segal.

Original Post: Per Pat Leonard, Torts has decided to shake up the lines a bit today:

#NYR practice lines: Nash-Richards-Gaborik, Kreider-Stepan-Callahan, Hagelin-Boyle-Pyatt, Rupp-Halpern-Bickel

It’s worth noting that Arron Asham is not in the lineup for now. The safe assumption is that Steve Eminger replaces Bickel on the bottom pairing. Although that can change by tomorrow.

At first glance, many will like these lines because it creates a super top line, and re-unites the “America” line of Kreider-Stepan-Cally. The third line is still pretty solid as well.

10 Responses to “Torts shuffles the lines”

  1. VinceR says:

    I know they are just practice lines, but I liked what I saw the other night out of Hagelin a lot more when he was on the third line. I think when he is not against top talent, his speed overwhelms and is a lot more of a factor. That is not to say when he hits his groove he can’t be used on a top line, but just that his pure speed alone can’t make up for miscues against top line talent.

    Cerny said Asham left as he was showing up, so he may be sick and they were using Bickel for a sub for practice…I’m sure we will find out later.

    • VinceR says:

      Asham was sent home with a minor groin strain…from what Torts said in camp, I’m assuming this is just being very precautionary and making sure guys don’t get hurt/get the proper rest when needed.

    • Dave says:

      Thanks for the update. Had to assume Asham wasn’t already in the dog house.

  2. Jerry says:

    The lines I would like.hags/Richards/Nash…Kreider/step/gabs…pyatt/Boyle/Cali..rupp/halpern/ash.two potential dangerous scoring lines.agreat two way third line and a solid fourth line.put them together and leave to gel.

  3. Chris F says:

    Does this mean that Kreider is practicing and hasn’t been sidelined from the Orpik hit? I haven’t heard any updates on his condition.

    • VinceR says:

      He’s practicing in a contact jersey so he’s fine…per Katie Strang of ESPN:

      “#NYR Kreider is fine. Said it was his jaw that was issue after Orpiks hit. Broke it once in college. TMJ joint spasmed Sunday”

      Per Jim Cerny:
      Funny #NYR, and BC alum, @ChrisKreider says Brooks Orpik hit “was clean” adds “he must have learned to hit like that at BC..well-coached”

  4. SalMerc says:

    All I can say is that if I am the opposing team and I am looking for matchups for my 2nd and 3rd line defensive pairs, these two lines – Hagelin-Boyle-Pyatt, Rupp-Halpern-Bickel do not scare me in the least. Other than some speed and bulk, what can these lines do? We are the only club with 2 defensive offensive lines. oh-boy, if we hold the opposition to 2 goals or less, we will be great, but do not expect anything other that penalty minutes from these guys

  5. Marc Weissman says:

    NEW post?! Try same post, different year. :(