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  1. With expansion coming, owners/GMs have to decide on core players they intend to protect in two years and pay them handsomely, because if they don't they will bolt. Nelson had too good a year for the Isles to risk that, and with Lou and The Bridge Troll at the helm, he probably figures his chances of getting a Cup with them sometime during the contract's term warranted the discount. Both Trotz and Lou know what it takes to win, and as a player looking at 30 in few years, that's very hard to walk away from.
  2. I think that's the point. Scoring is valuable, but so are true 2-way centers, and Lou knows it. Nelson (1) is one, and (2) has paid his dues. Plus, we are quite a few years down the road from when Jordo signed. 6 mil is an overpayment, but only when viewed one year at a time. It's fair to both sides when viewed as locking in a guy with his skills as you try to build toward a Cup, IMO. Edit to add: And it won't surprise me one bit if Jordan's deal and on-ice responsibilities are the model Lou would cite if anyone questioned him.
  3. The network gig is what every PBP guy wants. It's hitting the PBP lottery. I hate to say it, but on many occasions this year when Tripp or John would mention how he'd just called a game a thousand miles away the night before, or was heading to one the following night, I wondered how much longer he'd be able to do that. If the network gig is what he wants, I hope John gets it, and is the top dog. Emrick is 72 and it's showing. Time for him to move over.
  4. Yeah, cuffs are tough. It only takes rolling onto the shoulder in your sleep to delay recovery considerably. I had a very minor tear which healed without surgery. Took a full six months. The tear is in the tendon, which is very slow to mend.
  5. One more thought: If you're a lifer who could be replaced next year like, say, McKegg (he's a UFA), the decision on whether to instead stay and agree to a two-way deal or test the market just got a lot easier. You want the shot at the payday, but for a Canadian grinder like McKegg, the chance for immortality has to factor in. Even if a kid wins his slot in camp, we decide to go bigger there with, say, Saku (who is also a center), McKegg's chances of getting his name on the Cup by staying here just went way, way up. With 41 regular-season NHL games in the Cup year or just ONE game in the playoffs, you can take your kids to the HOF and show them your name on the most recognized trophy in sports. And they can show their kids. A team that was center-starved three short years ago has suddenly become a place where even being a depth center is enticing. I think you if you traced a line from Manny Malhotra to Derek Ryan to McKegg, it would look a lot like Waddell's learning curve on their importance.
  6. 41 points in 54 KHL games this year. 1 assist in 4 playoff games.
  7. I think paying money to keep skill--skill that has yet to peak--is the same thing. TT, Aho, Ned, Wallmark, Foegele, and soon Bean, Necas, Geekie--again, we're not talking Drayson Bowman and Smurfy anymore. I want a Cup as bad as the next guy, but if this team can get in every year and go deep in most of them, I'd be fine with that short-term, because in the longer term it could well mean we won't have to be content with just a Cup.
  8. What's changed (beyond ownership) is that we have a ton of young talent that we actually want to keep. And though TT's new deal didn't show in this season's salary, between him and Aho alone we'll add $12 million. McGinn is an RFA. Ned is an RFA. Do we pay Mraz? Make a play for Bob? What about Mac? And all of this before we even think about adding a power forward, whether via trade or FA--which we might. But we could also decide that Nino is that guy, because he arguably is. Plus he's buttoned down for three more years, two of which are the last of Svech's and Goat's ELCs. Foegele, Wallmark, and Roy all have a year left on their ELC's. McKeown is an RFA. Lots of guys we need to pay (or, in the latter two cases, decide if we want to). The gauntlet our young roster guys just went through is going to make this a completely different team coming out of the blocks next year, in a good way. Whether we add a top-sixer or not this summer, this is a team that should contend for the division all season long and go deep again next spring.
  9. Could be wrong, but I think cc meant they were booted from the lot after getting juiced and acting out (never got inside).
  10. Plus once the game starts and everybody's inside, I have to think there is a skeletal presence, with RP likely moving most personnel elsewhere until the game ends.
  11. They made us play their game, just like we did them in '09. It's just the way the wheel turns, my friend. Be safe up there and I'll yap atcha in September.
  12. This is no whimper. We were outplayed by a playoff-hardened team, and we've taken a big step down that road this year ourselves. Great season, great effort. To everybody on these boards, thanks for being here. Have a phenomenal summer, and take some comfort in knowing we'll be back at it six weeks sooner--for the first time in a decade.
  13. Well gang, it's been a great run. We got to our game in exactly two periods of this series, the very first two, and our failure to close that game out doomed us. We've let the B's get under our skin and force us to play their game, not ours, ever since. On the bright side, nobody thought we'd get here. Between the big club and CLT, we are going to have a whole lot of young guys with a whole lot of playoff experience under their belts. The future is bright. I move Faulk and Dougie and commit to our younger D: Pesce, Slavin, DeHaan, TVR, Bean, Fleury. Ferland: gone. Another year for Willy? Tough call. But get Kouk and Goat and Roy up here. I'm still unconvinced Necas or Saarela have the size/toughness to play in this league.
  14. If he stinks it up? Absolutely. But who said anything about sitting Tuukka? We're talking about the Canes' starter. And nowhere on this thread do I see anyone talking about woulda shoulda coulda, or the Canes' recruiting efforts. Seems, in fact, you have yet to make a comment that relates to anything anyone else has posted. A skeptic (me) would therefore conclude that you're fishing off the stern, with your boat at slow speed. There's a word for that. (And what a sorry B's fan, who can't even spell Tuukka...)
  15. I do always say the coaches don't lace 'em up, and I do think the PK problem is more about lack of execution than coaching--although it looks to me like there's also a failure of adapting our strategy to a different opponent. Boston's PP gains the line with possession, usually changing the field of attack either just before or just after entry. That lets them try for a quick strike if it's there, or set up if not. So the strategic failure on the PK looks (to my eye) to be giving up the line too easily. On the PP, you're right, standing around, no screens, and shots not getting through. But this is a coaching failure, because the Boston D is the problem. They are too aggressive on the perimeter once we're set up--so the solution is to stop setting up. We need to gain the line with the puck, then make a rapid series of one-touch, cross-ice passes to keep them off-balance and chasing. That kind of movement, and a quick shot (within five secs of zone entry) will prevent them from getting into position. Get one guy in the slot and another crashing the net from the side opposite the shooter to collect any garbage, and the PP won't just be effective, it will be lethal.
  16. If I'm Roddy I'm telling both coaches responsible for those teams that their jobs are on the line tomorrow night, and if we get through it, every remaining game of the playoffs. Without a strong indication that they've figured it out, even if we don't advance, I think new assistants specializing in both areas climbs the list of off-season priorities.
  17. He hasn't been the same since that knee-on-knee collision with Nino.
  18. I hate to say it but this feels more like an RBA "my way or the highway" situation. Probably not doing "enough" in the weight room. The whole org (and hockey world) was high on this kid--until Roddy got the bench. I doubt that's a coincidence. Hey Rod, tell us again why you kept Mraz in in Game Two?? Oh, a rookie mistake? Well, isn't Fleury entitled to a learning curve, too?
  19. Totally. Judging the kid that harshly when he's playing his first SC playoffs is--well, too harsh.
  20. Yeah, he hammered somebody who had sprawled into the crease, if that's the one you friend was referring to. And given the cheap shots the B's have dished out all series, it seemed totally proportional.
  21. Not me. If we're going out, I want the eventual winner to be the team that chased us.
  22. Doesn't help that Nino is MIA in a big way. I really hope Roddy puts TT, Aho, and Svech, or Maenalanen, on the same line. Nothing to lose at this point. Put Willy and Nino with Jordan and see what happens
  23. Win Thursday and anything can happen, including stealing one in Boston and then forcing a Game Seven. The fat lady is warming up, but she ain't singin' yet.
  24. It's nothing to do with Faulk, and everything to do with Boston's PK style, to which we have not made the sorely needed adjustments. Our PP worked when it had to in the two prior series because neither of those teams were as aggressive on the kill. Boston gives you no space, but there's a solution to that: finding the open man. PK aggressiveness creates open ice and frees the extra skater. The trick is getting him the puck. We're still passing and receiving pucks like we did in the past two series, which was enough to open shooting lanes. The only way to beat a PK like the B's is with a series of one-touch passes, with the last finding the open guy at or below the dot--think Vinny Lacavalier in his prime with TBL. It's a shame that TT missed that open net early, but that's no reason to stop creating that opportunity. 99 times out of 100, he buries that shot. But we're holding pucks up top, at the half-wall, and behind the net as if we think the red (or in this case, the black and gold) sea will part, giving us free shots. That's not happening--we need to create them, and our failure to do so is a failure of our PP coaching. Poor power plays may not lose series, but good ones certainly win them.
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