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  1. 6 points
    Welp. Gotta bust the glass of the 20,000'th post with something. Might as well be something entertaining. Scoring your first ever goal pro hockey goal? Great! Celebrating this way? Priceless.
  2. 4 points
    CFF giving BD58 the business about mind losing. So 2020.
  3. 4 points
    Hopefully that nickname wasn't given to him by his wife. I'm a little bit ashamed of myself for picking that low hanging fruit. Sorry Jesper, I'll show myself out.
  4. 4 points
    I don't completely get the apparent negativity towards the reverse retro campaign. Like it or not, the NHL is a business as much as (if not more than) a sport, and this seems like a smart business move during a time when covid has ravaged league revenues. Like 2ndsacker points out, no one is forced to buy one of these jerseys, and if you do, by definition you found it to be a fair value. It's not like the NHL is adding a surcharge to ticket prices in order to make up for lost revenues.
  5. 4 points
    Hanifin was pure Ronnie Franchise hype. Once he (Hanifin) fired Bobby Orr's agency, and said agency's managing partner blamed it on "disillusionment," it told everyone pretty much all they needed to know. Of course, many suspected Noah thought a whole lot more of himself than people who actually understand how Dmen develop did, and that Ronnie had taken Noah's bait. It's never a good sign when a player infers he might opt to return to college rather than sign an NHL deal if the signing team couldn't guarantee him an NHL slot. That's the point at which smart teams wish them luck, shake their hand, and walk run away. Then, when Noah laughably got sent to the ASG, the stage for his "disillusionment" was set. It only took a dose of Tom Dundon reality to send him packing. Both Hanifin's and Faulk's stories perfectly illustrate what had ailed the Canes under JR: unfulfilled hype. All Star game appearances are earned, not bestowed. By giving two guys who clearly were not All Stars that credential, the Canes tied their own hands in contract talks. It cost them dearly with Faulk, and they were headed down that same road with Noah--until Dundon spotted the pattern and put a stop to it by showing Ronnie the door. This is why I just don't follow prospects or even draftees much. I get that it can be fun and pass the time until there's NHL hockey again, but until a player sets foot on NHL ice, it's all hype and conjecture. So much can happen--and often does--between draft day and that day, that my primary concern is whether the club is able to weed out the ones who have spent too much time on their own profiles at EliteProspects. Before Dundon, IMO, this club almost totally lacked that ability.
  6. 4 points
  7. 4 points
    I'll take any division that gives us a year off from the frickin hell hole the Metro is.
  8. 3 points
    I liked it as well. I mean anything is better than simply throwing the nickname on there diagonally, no? *ahem*
  9. 3 points
    What it means is this. A shameless money grab by the NHL, teams and players during this Covid Christmas season. Get off my lawn.🐍
  10. 3 points
    Not sure anyone cares about these, but I'm almost done so.... Even though he was taken a few picks ahead, I'll save Pashin for last. Ronan Seeley: 7th Round: #206: Our last pick. 6-0 175, LHD Simply put this is a bet on a fast, smooth skater with a nice D zone game to develop enough O to be serviceable. Believe it our not, PPG in juniors is also the best indicator for D men to make the NHL. If I recall the odds drop below about .75 ppg. Seeley put up .51 ppg his draft year. So, his odds are lower. But then, he was the #206 pick in the 7th round. And given that, he does seem to be a good bet that far down. One qualifier though: he's quite young for his draft group with an Aug 2 birthday. In some respects his draft year is almost next year. If he puts up a bunch of offense this year in Juniors, his chances certainly improve. Yorke: "Extremely fast skater. Holds tight gaps and is able to jump up into the play. … He's able to play the style we love here in Carolina." When I read his scouting reports, that comes out. "Outstanding Skater with high top end speed in both directions. Allows him to keep tight gaps and very hard to beat on the rush. Good vision. Good passer, And in true Canes' draft style: "smart, reads the play extremely well.". Downside is a poor shot from the point, and for a D man, he's not big. He's described as a "slick skating, puck moving mobile D man that the NHL is moving to." It is not crazy in the modern NHL to see D first guy who can move the puck and stick to forwards on the rush and has breakneck speed both forward and backwards could find a nice roll in the bottom half of an NHL D. Clearly as a 7th rounder, this is a long shot, but betting on a smart, fast, mobile both ways D man with good vision and passing, in the 7th round seems like a good bet.
  11. 3 points
    I feel like i was in the minority on it but i liked what Vatanen brought to the ice. I'd love to see him back.
  12. 3 points
    I don't know if he's a bust necessarily, but i certainly haven't missed anything about him.
  13. 3 points
    OK, not much going on. I'm going to recap my take on the draft one by one over time. I really think we killed this draft, especially in the first 4 rounds, and our last pick is a pretty good dart to throw. The highest end, biggest prize is our first pick: Seth Jarvis: very high riser late. Has all of the offensive skills. So, points-per-game in draft year is far from a guarantee to NHL success. It is, however, the single biggest metric that does. We talk skating, shot, puckskills, speed, size, defensive game, passing skills, etc etc, but in the end, proving that you can score tons of points against your age group (and really a couple of years older), in your draft year, is the biggest single thing. Over the years I've watched drafts closely, I've seen so many guys drafted for size or speed or some expected upside that did not actually score at an expected level in Juniors struggle or flame out in the NHL. Then guys like say Mitch Marner, who was small and not that fast really, but who just put up tons and tons of points in juniors his draft year, kill it in the NHL. Seth Jarvis has the marks there on speed, skating, hockey IQ, passing, shooting, defense, battling, going to the net, pretty much everything, but he is a smaller guy and didn't have that extreme sizzle in any one area that gets scouts juices flowing in terms of lottery pick guys. But he checks the basic scouting boxes in nearly every category. OK, good, but what he really did was score in bunches. And the last 26 days were of a historic amount. Jarvis scored 1.69 ppg in the WHL for the full draft season, but what is tantalizing is that the last 26 games he scored 2.42 ppg. How does that compare in the history of the WHL? Well the WHL goes back a while. Records go back to he late 70's. This is relative because the highest single season ppg records are nearly all from the 80s and a few in the 90's. The other thing one has to keep in mind is that single season records are mostly set by guys in draft plus one or plus two, or older players. Jarvis did the 1.69/2.42 as a 17 year old, and in an era where there seems to be much less scoring than the 80's and 90's. As one goes down the list of all time ppg, There are 18 players with 2.5 ppg or higher. But all of them are from the 70's and 80s. Not even one from the 90s'. Also, only one, Rob Brown, did it at 17 years old. Of players from 2000 on, only one was above 2.00 ppg, and that was Mike Comrie in exactly 2000 (so nearly 90's) and he did it at 20 years old. If you look at the list of 17 year olds that lead the pack, only 3 got over 2.00 ppg, they were all in the early 80's and other than Brown's 2.5 season, they were 2.18 and 2.00 ppg. If you just go by most ppg by a 17 year old in WHL history, Jarvis is #18. Again that's his entire year, of 1.69 ppg. His 2.42 ppg would have been #2 by a 17 year old in the history of the WHL, and again, the other guy did it in the mid 80's when scoring was way up. Other notable players to have high ppg seasons at 17: Mike Modano 1.95, Patrick Marleau 1.76, Joe Sakic 1.84. Other notable players to have high ppg but did it older: Mark Stone 1.86 (19), Jordon Eberle 1.85 (19), Matt Barzal 1.92 (19), Sam Reinhardt 1.75 (19), Brayden Point 1.83 (19). Marc Recchi 1.90 (18). So, was the 2.42 a result of playing with a super star and tapping in goals? No. Jarvis created most of those points as primary driver. Was the 2.42 ppg an outlier, or did it bring his total for the year up artificially? The 2.42 ppg is probably somewhat a factor of a high shooting percentage, and that part may not be sustainable, but according to a couple of pretty detail-oriented youtube scouts, who watch a ton of players ridiculously close and lots of stats and advanced stats, they think that the 2.42 is closer to the truth than the first half of the year. One pointed out that he was generating tons of offense early too, but teammates were not cashing, and his own attempts not going in. There are no guarantees in the draft, but Jarvis not only has the insane production, but the scouts mostly all like him and many love him. Here's just one excerpt: Almost every observer raves about Jarvis’s excellent hands. His passing ability and shooting ability are both phenomenal. Passing wise, he consistently delivers clean feeds, and he uses this ability often to help produce offense. As a shooter, Jarvis has a very accurate shot. This accuracy, combined with his quick release, makes him a real goal scoring threat offensively. As a skater, Jarvis is very fast and he is also very agile. He moves side to side well, which helps him create space for himself. Jarvis is also an intelligent player, and he is able to use that intelligence and good vision to help open up the ice as well. And I'll add 3 more points: 1. He was #2 in the WHL in +/- at +53, 2. his coach said he was one of the best penalty killers in the league. And 3, Canes scouts think his hockey IQ is off the charts. Again, no draftee is a guarantee of hitting his upside, but IMO Jarvis' upside is Brayden Point/Mitch Marner. If he hits that? Woa.
  14. 3 points
    Kaplan and Wyshynski dropped a very comprehensive article on the NHL restart today. Worth a read if you care: https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/30240929/nhl-2020-21-season-plans-latest-format-line-challenges Some highlights: - Jan 1 is target, but clearly it could be other later dates. Winter Classic outdoor is postponed. All-Star is postponed. - Training camp probably 2 fast weeks, with teams who didn't make playoffs getting a few extra days. - Season ending date not set in stone. It could overlay Olympics, says Mr. Daly. - Desire is high for normal 2021-22 season in any case. This could mean a short season, as little as 48 games. - Canada is piloting faster entry than 14 day quarantine by requiring various testing protocols. It would make border entry of foreign players much more feasible. - Not feasible enough to shuttle teams back and forth though. Canadian division looking very likely. - Some AHL affiliates may temporarily move to Canada if that happens - The Feb 20 outdoor game at Carter Finley is still on, as of now. The NHL wants to "keep options open" at this time. - A hybrid bubble looks likely. Clusters of teams playing at various sites. Bubbling for days or weeks, but getting breaks to go home or see family. - The way the season starts (let's say, bubble) doesn't mean it ends that way. Could end with playing at home arenas. - NHL wants fans in place for the playoffs regardless. No fans was bogus (that's my way of paraphrasing the situation). Some of this information changes my pessimistic timeline enough to say the NHL/NHLPA doesn't need to announce anything about Jan 1 until as late as first week of December.
  15. 3 points
    Nice value deal for Fleury. Glad he's signed!
  16. 3 points
    And to contribute(heh): nice signing:
  17. 2 points
    Just watched the entire last game available (game 2?) really focusing on our guys: Suzuki, Jarvis and Rees. And yes, to my surprise the standout, by far, was Rees. They have Jarvis on the "first" line with Dach, so I have to think that he comes in with an inside track, and he does have a goal, but in this game, while he made a couple of nice plays, but was mostly not visible. Rees, on the other hand just looked involved, nearly every shift. He has two goals in two games, but more than that, he's had several good shots and scoring chances per game and he's strong on and away from the puck. He's not dazzling, but just constantly noticeable and gets pucks on the net. Suzuki, in the game I watched was close to invisible. He did not look bad, just not noticeable. Unfortunately for him, Team Canada is pretty much set at the top 3 center positions, so I'm thinking making the cut at center is going to be one of, if not the most difficult position, outside of the big 3 it will be tough. I really have to think Rees has a very good chance of making the squad. Not only because he's creating chances (which he is, regularly), but because he brings an edge and a non first round guy, not on last year's team, has to either bust out offensively or offer offense while being capable of bringing grit and at least starting out on the 4th line. Rees is doing all of that. Jarvis seems to be a guy that they had penciled into a spot since they are playing him on the top line of team White. So I'm thinking he just has to look decent to get a shot. As a winger, he has a better chance than Suzuki at center. They have one more game, I think today, then they start making cuts. Clearly all three guys need to play well for different reasons to make this insanely stacked team, but I think of the three Suzuki is on the thinnest ice and needs to look really good today. I haven't really focused on the other centers, so not sure how Suzuki's competition is faring out there. I did notice other guys, and while Kirby Dach is making the biggest splash, I did see that skill and IQ from LaPierre a couple of times. To the extent that they are honestly watching these scrimmages, Rees is the guy who should be earning a slot.
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    Rees is getting a lot of praise in the Canada camp. Despite being one of the non first rounders at the camp, he is being called one of the best players in camp. He is being physical, gets in front of the net, scoring, and in the middle of most plays when he is on the ice. Game 1
  20. 2 points
    Not a big deal but Carolina is up next for the NHL’s “31 in 31” so look for some Canes articles late tonight or tomorrow on the NHL official site.
  21. 2 points
    Judging by this thread, we really badly need hockey!
  22. 2 points
    Like I said, they will have images to repair.
  23. 2 points
    All of the 'ordinary' citizens who have suffered financially through this pandemic, many even losing their jobs and some of those because their employers had to fully lock shop, will certainly sympathize with millionaires not making their full $4.5M this season. We think we have it rough...
  24. 2 points
    Is it hockey season yet?
  25. 2 points
    One thing that is being totally overlooked is that this jersey program is a gift from the gods for the thousands, if not millions, of Isles fans who have wanted to buy jerseys with the white stripe above the orange one instead of the other way around.
  26. 2 points
    Anyone else notice that they put a "C" on a number 20 jersey? I wonder if that's foreshadowing?
  27. 2 points
    Gardiner when signed was seen as a coup for us, not a bad signing. A 40 point defender that could do 50 signed for 4 million, that was a good deal. Teams offered him more money but less term so, he came where he could have more stability. Unfortunately he struggled early on here, probably hindered by lingering back issues.
  28. 2 points
    I still think our interest in Vatanen is because we could get him cheap in a down market. If we sign Vatanen cheap, then it opens up other moves of guys with term and contract, ultimately allowing us to sign Dougy and Svech, the critical stars. Gardiner may not have great trade value, but is it negative? Not sure. He did play better on the back end. Skjei? The one thing I'm learning about the committee is that if you are a D man not named Dougy, Slavin or Pesce, you are moveable and maybe even not so fast Pesce. Personally I think Fleury is not really moving now because he's on a good deal. And not to overplay the LHD/RHD thing, but really Vatanen is able to bring what Gardiner brings, but on the needed side, and probably cheaper. Trading Brady Skjei seems kind of nuts after we traded a first rounder to get him, but if we bring in Vatanen? Skjei has the biggest contract to move out. We could at least get the first rounder for him probably. But it would have to be a team with some cap and those teams are holding out for high prices and to get picks, not give them up. All I know is that we need to keep Dougy even if it costs us a lot. And if that means moving Skjei and Gardiner, even for less than prime return? Then it's still the move. And if signing Vatanen cheap gets it done? That works: Dougy/Slavin Pesce/Fleury Vatanen/Bean If Bean falters, we have a couple of guys in the AHL that could come up and be a serviceable #6 guy. McKeowen, Joakim Ryan, Gustav Forsling, even Joey Keene, all cheap. Saving the bucks on Bean, Fleury and even Vatanen lets us have the nice thing: Dougy chasing a Norris (and Slavin trying to beat him to it).
  29. 2 points
    OK, I'm about to stop, but I'm on a roll! Where are we with the committee's opening salvo blockbuster trade with Calgary? Hanifin/Lindholm to Calgary Hamilton/Ferland/Fox to the good guys Fox refused to sign but we got 2 picks. A second rounder last year and a conditional third that turned into a second in this year's draft. We traded down last year and spun that pick into #44 and #83. Fox turned into 3 picks. This year: Noel Gunler. Last year: Jamieson Rees AND Anttoni Honka So, as of now, the deal turned into: Hanifin and Lindholm for Hamilton, Ferland, Gunler, Rees and Honka. Before going into the details, and as mentioned above, and by Top, this deal, like the Skinner deal, was also about moving malcontents out. It is impossible to know and is thus, yes, speculation, but it appears that moving Skinner, Lindholm and Hanifin out, to fix the culture...actually helped fix the culture. Add Faulk to that mix too IMO. Skinner, Lindholm, Hanifin and Faulk were 4 talented players who just needed to go in order to fix the culture. Thus, even if we end up a bit shy on those deals (Pu anyone?), there was the classic addition by subtraction thing at play. Now. On the Calgary side, it appears that Hanifin has become a serviceable D man. That's nice, but this was to be the next Norris level top paring guy that we used a #5 pick on. Nearly universally liked at the time here too. (Yes there were dissenters who ended up being right about that one). Craig Button got Hanifin correct, he was not impressed. Remember this is a guy people had mentioned even higher. Consensus was #3 and some even went #1 on him. Anyways, given the depth of our current D (and that we got Hamilton back) Hanifin is not missed, and probably has underwhelmed Calgary's exceptions. Lindholm busted out. Some here (cough me) expected the Lindholm bust out his last year here. And I think the Canes did too. In 16-17 he put up 45 points in 72 games for .625 ppg, but he did most of that at the end of the year where he finished hugely, at times ppg. Then he came out in 17-18 and put up 16 goals and 44 points in 81 games and -8. Something was wrong. And it was proven as he blew it up the next year with his change of scenery in Calgary with 28 goals and 78 points just shy of a point per game. Last year was less spectacular on the points, but he had 29 goals in 70 games, so yes, Lindholm has been a boon for Calgary. I have some doubts though, that Lindholm would have done that here. So we got Ferland, who was a breath of exciting, thumping fresh air. Until he wasn't. Ferland made sense, but just did not pan out. Then we got Fox. This is bittersweet. Fox was speculated here (cough me) to be the next big thing and a huge win on that trade. DW said there was a 99% chance of us signing him, and not to worry. Clearly DW should not bet on sports, and Fox is already listed in the top players in the NHL. However, the sweet part is that we were able to turn Fox into three very nice prospects. Here one has to be willing to know something about the prospects, and yes, only time will tell, but all three prospects have NHL potential, with Gunler projected in the first round by many scouts. If even one of those guys goes on to produce for us, or is traded for someone who does, that will make a big difference in weighting this trade. I like the odds of at least one of them making it solid, and all three could. Finally, we got the biggest prize in this trade: Dougy. It is said that the team that gets the best player in the trade wins. Well Lindholm has turned out very well, but Dougy is, thus far, the best player in that trade. IMO it will depend on whether or not we are able to re-sign Dougy. If we re-sign Dougy to a long term deal, and he stays on his current trajectory, then IMO, on that alone, this deal was worth it for us. Did we "win" it? Well that becomes very mushy since they weren't signing Fox anyways, and draft picks came in, etc. But really, it's not about winning the trade, since that implies we're in a 2 team league, us and Calgary. Really, we need to look at the trade and ask "was it worth it? Did we, or will we come out better for having made it?". Right at this moment, the question is this: Is Dougy worth Lindholm and Hanifin? On paper, maybe. For this team? Yes. Partly because we needed to be rid of those players, and partly because Dougy is the rarest of values, in fact the thing we drafted Hanifin to be, but probably won't ever be: a Norris-type #1 D man. Add to that his size and strong skating. Add to that he is even rarer as a RHD. Also add a little grit. Add to that his fit with this group. If we don't sign Dougy, it's arguable wether we should have done this deal. If we do sign Dougy? It's a net plus for our team even if all 3 prospects fizzle. I will say it again. The majority of dominant teams have a dominant 200 foot D man. But they are rare as hen's teeth, and Dougy is, IMO our first one ever. No disrespect to our amazing other top pair guy, Slavin. Add to that that pair is pretty hard to beat in the entire NHL. So. All roads lead to this: sign Dougy.
  30. 2 points
    So overall, at first evaluation, we crushed this draft when we adjust for the picks we had. Pronman gave us the 6th highest draft grade in this year's draft at B+. But every team ranked ahead of us had a top 7 pick. Yes NYR it's pretty easy to have a top draft when you win the lottery and get the no-brainer top pick. And so it went for a lot of the teams who draft graded ahead of us. Or tons of high picks "cough" Ottawa. Here's my cliff notes on our picks: Jarvis, is, IMO a top 6 forward of the future with little chance of failing and frankly our best forward prospect since Svech. Pronman already has him as a our top prospect without NHL games, and I agree. Has the skill set in all aspects of the game that is so good, he makes it look ridiculously easy at the junior level. This is, IMO a good predictor that he will translate this to higher levels. Gunler is hit or miss guy projected for mid first round before dropping. But the hit seems higher than the miss. A project, but with tantalizing high end skill. Ponomarev is a guy with jump off the video skills, who is not big, and hasn't translated the skill to big Junior hockey points, but has in international play. Nikishin is a teenager already playing KHL minutes on D. He hits like a train, but has more skill in transition than people think. * Nybeck is they first of two uber high end skill set guys who can't ride the big roller coasters. He has put up massive points in age appropriate leagues. Pashin is the other tiny tot. He's put up big points in international play, but not as much in Russia Juniors. Like Nybeck, quick and high end skills. Mercuri is a decent sized center with good skill and IQ, but needs to improve skating and explosiveness. Watch him in NCAA this year at Vermont. Seeley is a D man of average size who didn't score enough, but skates like the wind both directions, with high IQ, can move the puck, stick to forwards *Nikishin dropped in part on health questions. My guess is that they are not significant though. We'll have to get more info. Every one of those players has NHL potential. Some, like Nybeck and Pashin will either be very productive or miss entirely. Some, like Mercuri and Seeley have very smooth, high IQ games who could surprisingly just slide right in. Others, Gunler and Ponomarev (and IMO Nikishin) have first round talent, but need to fix aspects. And one, Jarvis. Just needs to stay on track before lighting it up in the NHL.
  31. 2 points
    And finally our second to last pick, another guy with pretty high upside and a bit of a head-scratcher to have fallen this far. But also a head-scratcher that if were so surprised he fell, why not take him at #159? Did we like Mercuri that much? (BTW not a head-scratcher that he fell, but that he fell THIS far). 7th Round, No. 199: Alexander Pashin, RW, UFA 2 (Russia) Yorke's take: "Not someone we expected to be there. Similar to Nybeck in terms of the high-end skill. … What's great about Alexander is he's able to take his game from the MHL and play it in the KHL. … He's still able to bring that high-end skill level while competing against men." Pashin is another vertically underwhelming player at somewhere near 5'8". I'm sure that's part of his drop, but really a lot of short guys went a lot higher in this draft. Summation of scouting reports: EXPLOSIVE SPEEDSTER WITH OFFENSIVE INSTINCTS. SMALLISH FINESSE PLAYER WHO CREATES SCORING CHANCES WITH SPEED, SURPRISING MOVES AND GREAT STICKHANDLING. Pronman only knocked his size: He is a player who ticks a lot of the boxes you’re looking for in a skill set. Pashin has great hands. His small area play is high-end and he’s so tough to strip pucks off due to how slippery he is. That he can skate very well and make highly skilled plays in motion makes him very dangerous. Pashin is also a player who moves the puck and finishes plays, with his vision being more impressive between the two. He is tiny at 5-foot-8, but Pashin is a competitor who I’ve seen push much bigger players off pucks and kill penalties effectively. More scouting reports; Undersized, Pashin is a dynamic skater. He has a lightning-quick first step and outstanding acceleration. Pashin wins races to loose pucks and is effective on the forecheck. He also has very good top-end speed. Pashin’s outstanding edge work and agility also help him to evade defenders both with and without the puck. He can turn on a dime and his lateral agility is excellent. His ability to change speeds is also a weapon that can fool defenders. Pashin has a low centre of gravity that improves his balance and helps him to fight for loose pucks. Pashin also brings high-end skill into the equation. His hands are very good and he can make moves while skating at top-end speed. His ability to avoid defenders allows him to skate the puck through the neutral zone and create effective zone entries. Pashin’s quick hands allow him to vary the angles and release points on that shot and fool goaltenders. His shot also has power. His snapshot and one-timer are also effective. Pashin is also an excellent playmaker. He can set up teammates with the extra room he gets on the rush. He also can make a quick move to create a passing lane when he is cycling the puck or working off the boards. With excellent vision, he can find open linemates and make a pass through a tight area. He is very good at the saucer pass. Pashin chases loose pucks and is willing to fight for loose pucks His downsides from what I can tell, are his size. (he gets pushed off pucks, etc), and his defensive game, which appears to be a bit Skinner-like, and even in age-adjusted leagues, he's a defensive liability. So, he'll have to add what muscle he can to his small frame, learn to create tons of offense to offset his D liabilities and become at least not glaringly deficient on D. He's been called a boom or bust with upside of Gaudreau, but a small chance of hitting it. To me, these tiny players simply HAVE to be very high end on offense with high end production to make the NHL. Otherwise, what do they bring? They can ooze skill and still not really get a sniff, (remember the Smurf?). But again, 7th round. Pretty good time to put a bet on his number at the roulette wheel.
  32. 2 points
    And meanwhile the forgotten man Doc Ryan continues to be a Flames solid bottom 6, team man contributor. Good on him.
  33. 2 points
    I suspect that depends on your definition of "bust". He's not a bust as an NHL player (e.g., Ryan Murphy). But odds seem slim that he'll ever come close to the expectations around him when he was drafted.
  34. 2 points
    Latest rumor has Hanifin possibly going (home) to Boston for Carlo. I think it was confirmed that there were talks between the teams. He’s been in trade rumors several times this offseason. That, combined with the fact that he doesn’t have a huge contract, isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement from Calgary. I never saw it when he was here, and I’ve never seen it since he left.
  35. 2 points
    Lucas Mercuri, our 6th rounder at 156, is more difficult to know about. Just not too much info on him out prep school. Big: 6'3" 201. From Montreal. Pronman's take: Mercuri has good skill and size, but he isn’t dynamic with the puck and scouts question his skating. And that's his entire take. Elite Prospects: He has a solid understanding of developing plays and teammate positions. He did his best offensive work down low, swinging the puck into the slot. -EliteProspects 2020 NHL Draft Guide The Canes Yorke obviously liked him more than the more well-known Pashin who we took in the 7th round and said: "Another smart player who can transition the puck. To have the hands he has at 6-3 is pretty impressive. … It's another player who has that hockey sense." I'm going with sort of a David Cotton type player maybe. Time will tell. Need to find out more about him. He's going to U. Vermont, so try to follow his NCAA numbers.
  36. 2 points
    Well he got cut. Bumped because of WHL players coming in to play till their league gets going. He'll play Jr B in the Vancouver Island hockey league with the Campbell River Storm. Rod Brind'Amour's home town, the Arena is even named after him. Hopefully he'll be up to Jr.A in couple of months when the other leagues get going. In the mean time, i can watch the games on hockey.tv.com and its even a short drive to watch some of the games live, if there's fans allowed.
  37. 2 points
    Scott Wheeler in the Athletic predicted who will make team Canada. He slots Jarvis on Byfield's RW with Cole Perfetti on the LW. That would be a pretty strong second line. Wheeler says it was it was tough to cut Suzuki, and even Rees, though he thinks Rees' reputation will make it harder for him. Obviously it would be best to see all 3 guys make the team, and there is a long camp and they surely still could. That team Canada is seriously loaded though. Like one of the deepest ever. Still, much more fun if our guys are all there.
  38. 2 points
    There's a piece in the Athletic by LeBrun on Hoffman. The main rub on him is as one NHL coach texted: “He’s one-dimensional, he’s a great scorer, he’s got a heck of a one-timer, but he’s really bad defensively,’’ offered another coach. “To me, he’s a specialist.’’ Another thing mentioned is the expected drop off in goals as he ages through even a 4year deal. Now, IMO, with Brind'Amour as coach having gone through what he did to jettison the basically "same effect on the ice" player named Skinner, that the one dimensional thing alone would put Hoffman off limits to us. But I just can't get past the quote from Patrick O Sullivan on XM a couple of years ago, where he said that most guys who are not great locker room guys are not a big problem because they are not "cancers". But he specifically mentioned talking with a guy on Hoffman's team who told him that Hoffman was a cancer. He was one of those guys, selfish enough not only on but off the ice, to actually take down an entire team. XM guys were kicking this thing around the other day going on and on about the selfish play on the ice, when finally one of them said, well then there's the off ice issues, which are also holding him back. I don't think Skinner was a cancer in the locker room, but his on-ice-one-way game stood in the way of team buy-in for the coach. Hoffman is that, plus locker room issues. I really don't think there's any danger of us signing him up, but GM remkin stays far far away.
  39. 2 points
    Foegele's been m'boy forever (as well as Krule's and a couple of others). His progress has been really strong through every season of his career, but especially his pro career. If I were the Canes I'd try to have locked that down as well as Fleury. But in these troubled times, players are probably smart not to want to go long or even really medium term. I'm just guessing as well that is the reason that both Fleury and Foegele went to arbitration: team wanting to lock them down cheap in a down market, player wanting not to. The deals on both guys are fair. I strongly believe both guys will continue to solidify their positions though, and will end up costing more in the long run. Still, nice problem to have two more good players. Foegele has just kept proving it. His Juniors' final year he produced, and got on a playoff run and Memorial Cup run. His rookie AHL year he just scored and scored despite not seeing much PP time. Then he had an NHL camp and preseason that basically forced his way onto the team. He had a decent, if inconsistent rookie year, but really took a major step forward last year. This is not Svech or Necas or Aho, obviously, but just a solid hockey player with more skill than some think, who just keeps refining his NHL game. IMO this is a 20 goal, 45 point, solidly plus-player with a great work ethic. Possibly even better than that if he keeps improving. In fact, if he adds the same amount of goals and points per game this season as he did last season, and plays 82 games, he'd be 22 goals/56 points. And he added the goals and points last year without cheating as he moved from -17 to +9. While most of the pop will come from Aho, Svech, TT, Necas, we'll also lean on Fleury and Foegele as solid players. In fact, Foegele was our #5 forward in production and #4 in plus/minus last year. Draft and develop.
  40. 2 points
    wxray1, thank you for this reference and love your more optimistic feelings now. Not to cast a "downer" alternate here, but my own thoughts are that the situation is at best FLUID. Despite these elaborate discussions, and myriad plans attempting to be all inclusive, this virus will take its own course, and until/if people realize the scientific importance of "masking and social distancing" and eliminate politics from the equation, all plans must/will take a back seat. Sorry in advance if this interjection upsets anyone of you, but I think it important to at least have this in mind as much as I hate the thought.
  41. 2 points
    Probably because Foegele wanted to bet on himself having a breakout season and being worth more next year as opposed to locking himself in at a potential lower aav while potentially outproducing the contract. He gets his $$$ now, and hopes he’s worth a lot more when he comes back to the negotiating table next year. From a Canes’ perspective, they may also view this as a “prove you’re worth it” contract before committing to him for multiple years.
  42. 2 points
    Lots of one year deals around the league. The uncertainty of the future means teams and players are looking at things on a year to year basis. Hopefully things return to normal, which means a healthier financial environment for teams and players. As fans return and the league’s tv contract gets worked out, the overall picture will become clearer. The cap could go up in the future as well so players are more likely to cash-in in the future rather than today’s world where question marks continue to linger.
  43. 2 points
    I was gonna send Pierre a mask for Christmas. But I think a gag is more fitting. (Clearly, he's already got the blindfold.)
  44. 2 points
    It is Nov 1. The now Jan 1 start date is reaching a critical point. Consider these lead times after announcement before a season starts: 1 week for players to pack, get living arrangements, secure the family, say goodbye 2 weeks quarantine once arriving. This is a Canadian requirement. Doesn't matter, fits everyone's timeline. 2 weeks compressed training camp and preseason game So, that's 5 weeks before the season starts that the players have to know something. That's a little more than 3 weeks from today. The NHL and NHLPA have a hell of a lot of work to do, and agreements to reach in a rapidly dwindling period of time. This is an international league. The first week I mention is a must. People are not laying around the house at the team city. They could be anywhere around the world. The 2 wk quarantine could be modified if the Canadian PM makes exceptions just for the NHL. 2 wks training camp and preseason is ridiculously aggressive. It should be longer but in these uncertain times, I'm going crazy aggressive. To my eye, it isn't looking good. They need a real camp since this isn't like the restart, where you had a team already in place. 2 weeks is probably wrong. Maybe they can start with "pods" during quarantine. These are new teams with new players. That means players will need living arrangements and all that. And then we have the international border. An all Canadian division looks like a must now. And then we have living arrangements. Americans working in Canada. Canadians working in America. Everyone else working in a foreign place. What about the family? And, oh yeah, politics. Don't assume that the USA will stay relatively permissive with low quarantine requirements come January. I'm assuming Joe will win, and I'm betting the first thing he does is lock the place down as much as he can. (We can leave the opinion of this elsewhere, but it is a fact he is for that strategy.) Basically, he'll align the USA with Canada with regard to quarantine. This will be hard on possible family visits. Oh, and fans. What about fans? Who knows? Right now it is a patchwork of regulations, with most sites disallowing any indoor fans. This is a state and local decision, but if Joe wins, even more pressure will come to bear on the no-fans decision. Can the league function without fans? The numbers say no. The TV contract is apparently $200M to be split among the teams? That's a no-go. Good luck folks. I'm getting pretty pessimistic about things, vaccine or not. Time is running out.
  45. 2 points
    There is that suggestion, also that immunity in general is short lived and numerous other thoughts, BUT with all of this disease, EVERYTHING is fluid. The fact of the matter with all of this is that scientific knowledge does not lend itself to instant messaging or media trying to out scoop the competition. Later vaccines could well be more effective, but I ask WHAT is the alternative? Lessen the severity and likely survive, or roll the dice that one does not contract it and become moribund? I know which I'll choose.
  46. 2 points
    I’ve always been a supporter of Fleury, great signing/deal. I think he deserves more but I’m not going to complain.
  47. 2 points
    I was actually expecting something around $2M. I mean, for my money, he and Skjei were clearly CAR’s best D during the playoffs. Fluery has CDH-clone written all over him.
  48. 2 points
    There’s no such thing as a 1-way or 2 way ELC. All players on a 3 year ELC can be shuttled back and forth from the minors, provided they’re eligible to play there, without being subject to waivers for the duration of the ELC. As players get older, ages 22 or so and older, the ELC duration is shorter than 3 years and there’s a new set of waiver rules. Yes, you’re completely making things up again, as you do all the time. Suzuki will not sniff NHL ice for at least another year, likely another 2 years of development before he’s ready.
  49. 2 points
    One day we're 'ignoring' the goaltender problem, the next day we're getting goaltenders with the wrong teams on their resumes. I don't know why Waddell doesn't go ahead and put a gun to somebody's but not Toronto's head and force them to trade us their franchise goaltender, for crying out loud.
  50. 2 points
    Welp. That is something. When I put down my very first post lo those many years ago, I said to myself, "Well that's one, lets go for 20,000." I did know that at that time posts paid $0.00 per post, but I thought, "hey, I'll make it on volume". So I not only wrote a lot of posts, I wrote a lot of words. And now, to my amazement that 20,000th post has come. And I now fully realize just how cheap I'm working. Very very cheap, is the answer. Strange to be posting this in the dog days of little happening in hockey and Covid still suppressing everything on here and everywhere. Anyhoo, Seems like 20,000 posts is enough for anyone. It's been a pleasure. Go Canes!
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