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Everything posted by top-shelf-1

  1. Whatever. The guy had three abysmal years in a row and only last year began looking like he had a clue again until Hamilton got healthy and left Faulk's much-heralded "offensive contributions" in his dust. $5 million is a lot of money for a guy who's supposed to score goals but doesn't and can't protect the puck in his own end.
  2. It is a mystery. You'd think the organizational goal is to have a leadership core at AHL level that wins and can shift to the NHL. Seems like a smart thing to do. McK's been a leader down there and now they've won it all. If that's the plan, you'd think Bean, Geekie and Necas would be next in line for leadership roles in CLT, and McK would "graduate." Coastal, we'll never agree on Justin, but at least we both know where we stand
  3. I think TBL backs waaaaay off the gas this year, asserts itself in key games to keep divisional opponents in fear, finishes second or maybe third--and then absolutely kills it in the postseason. Leading tape-to-tape last year didn't do a damned thing for them, and arguably hurt them: Playing like every regular-season game is a playoff game only leaves you gassed when the playoffs finally begin.
  4. I agree, I'm just saying in terms of contracts without which we could re-up others.
  5. The only other candidate I see for a salary dump is Jordan. Given his age and what we've added up front, that might be a possibility. The challenge with both is their NTCs. I could see JR (a.k.a. Just Recycle) taking Jordan back in Pittsburgh, but they've got less cap space than we do.
  6. I could totally see us moving Faulk to free some room for Willy and McKeown, a right shot. I only see Pesce and Slavin becoming more offensively minded. With the two of them, Dougie and TVR and Fleury, only Roland would have less than 80 NHL games, so why keep trotting Justin out there? He makes every defensive play an adventure, and with suspect goaltending, that's the last thing this team needs, let alone can afford. Move him for a Skinner-like return to dump salary and move on. There are not many guys left in the league who would do this, but I could totally see Willy telling the Committee in exits that they should do what they have to do and he'll take whatever's left. He will turn 38 just as the season starts, after all. And if it's a choice between keeping his leadership and signing a young stay-at-home RHD who has won at every level, or losing them both to keep Faulk, that's an easy call in my book.
  7. A coworker was wearing a black "Bunch of Jerks" t-shirt yesterday. In Eastern Carolina. In 100-degree heat. In mid-July. That's all I need to know.
  8. I'll bump the average up a bit with my vote of excellent (just realized I never voted!).
  9. Willy be back, and will work the concessions at intermission if they ask him to. Of course, PK would have.
  10. No. No, you can't. (kidding) I love what both sides did. The Canes looked willing to commit, which from the standpoint of intra-league PR is important, especially after TD's comments re coach/GM value early in his tenure. Aho stuck to what he wanted too. Ultimately both played their cards exactly as the CBA stipulates. Players' desires seem like fickle things at first blush, but in fact they just--must--adjust based on the subject player's age and the status of their development. Ultimately, I still believe bridge deals will make a comeback; indeed, I think both Aho's and Gaudreau's are bridge deals, just for guys who project to elite status. If they meet expectations, I can imagine their next deals being upwards of $10 million for the first five years, then (assuming they are willing to go eight years at that point) stepping down by half in each of the last three years. So at 34, SeaBass would make $1.5 (maybe 2) million. Feels about right. Those whom orgs feel might become elite but are less sure about will start getting deals of higher value than traditional bridge deals--and term will depend almost entirely on their ages and likely length of their next deals.
  11. I totally missed that. New work regimen. Ugh.
  12. This. I'll just add that counting the available slots at this time of year is kinda like using a snowblower while a blizzard is still raging: pointless. Building roster depth at this time of year does two things: It forces guys earn their slots, and opens the door to preseason moves to get your cap space and lineup just right. That way you ice the team you want, without guys you are not 100 percent sure are ready. Just look at our forwards roster: With Dzingel, we've got 14 bonafide NHLers on it at the moment, counting McGinn (RFA) but without our captain. So whether it's Necas, Geekie, Goat, Pot or (insert the name of whomever you like here) they are not going to need a merely great camp to crack the lineup, they're going to have play absolutely lights out, because even our least-experienced guy (Svech) is already a stud. That's exactly what you want: Guys earning slots, not being handed them because they're your only option.
  13. I have to get over to the "rate the committee thread," because I haven't voted yet... but I'll just say this: We don't have room for anybody we're not sure about whether it's Wallmark or Necas or Ned of Geekie or whomever. The longer we keep a winning core together in CLT, the more we engrain in them the EXPECTATION of winning, versus the HOPE that it happens. And that's how you build a winning culture. This move shows that we are willing to wait until our homegrowns are ready, and will spend what we must in the short term to get to the point that we have a ready supply of guys who are just dying to get here and show what they can do, versus hoping they'll stick, which is what we had for the past 10 years.
  14. Necas can't play at this level yet. Simple as that.
  15. This. He wussed out last year big time, and he doesn't know how to throw a check without hurting himself. Sayonara.
  16. Yeah, he gives new meaning to the word "stud." First ballot HOFer if anybody is.
  17. Absolutely, and if the NHLPA is smart, the next thing it'll do is push for scale contracts like in the NBA, where the amounts rookies are eligible to make are tied to draft position--though it still wouldn't have helped SeaBass.
  18. JW tore both an ACL and MCL on the same play in Philly. He tore both again, in the same leg (left), with us the second year after the Cup win (2007-08). Both times he returned weeks ahead of the typical rehab window. In early April of 2008 he left with a back injury, but was fine after the off-season--until tearing his achilles tendon in an off-ice, pre-season workout prior to the start of the 08-09 season. He came back from that one sooner than the normal rehab window too--only to have his hand broken by a slapper off his own teammate's stick. More recently there was his cheekbone goal. And you STILL can't keep him out of the slot.
  19. It made neither side look bad to me. Neither would budge and both exercised rights that their parent orgs (Owners and NHLPA) mutually agreed to. Question Aho's loyalty if you want, but greed is a stretch. I choose to believe that when the puck drops, these guys are professionals who want to make as much as they can at work--just like you and me. If anything Aho has only put further pressure on himself to perform, and not just for his next deal, but to quiet all those looking for something to wring their hands over in the off-season. Like you.
  20. I guess we read different statements. He knew he had limited options and he exercised them, and he said so. Trying to "blame" the agent or Aho--when there is nothing to blame them for--what's the point? I get that a lot of guys think the players rule the roost and don't like it. I'm one of those who know they do and love it. As others have posted, owners' profits have increased at levels exponential to players' rewards. Fans who don't like that players are only trying to get some equivalency would change their tune after exactly one game pitting owners and trainers against GMs and PR people.
  21. I agree on both points, yikes and really liking his game. But I think of the yikes more generally, i.e., in the bigger scheme of were NHL pay is going in general. I think this is the last year we'll be in the low 80s and that we may see 90M by 2025, maybe sooner. As recently as 20 years ago the huge majority of NHL players were still Canadians who were largely brought up in a system that only rewarded stardom, not specialization. Those days are gone. Not only has Canada lost control of the pay ethos, it is no longer the only system producing bonafide talent--both superstars and specialists. Last year's Canes' success was a textbook example of the need to have really good players on every line and pairing. I hate to pick on Necas, but his deficiencies were absolutely glaring, despite looking to many scouts like he was shoo-in for making the NHL when playing at his prior level. The quality of play in this league is off the charts and only increasing, and I wouldn't be surprised if the days of the $1 million-dollar-a-year 5-6 dman are very soon gone, never to return.
  22. Yup, don't want to go down Recycling Players Road to anywhere the extent that JR did, but he'd be a guy I'd take back. Since he's 27, there's enough of a window that maybe he'd finish up here, if it made sense--i.e., if the next next wave (the wave after Necas/Geekie) is a little lacking bottom-six wise.
  23. Yup, that and SeaBass and TT getting on the kill were huge.
  24. Well, and pay the players more in line with what they should be paid. I'd love to see Durant or LeBron do what they do on skates.
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