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  1. 5 hours ago, KJUNKANE said:

    I'm late to the Honka party, and have/had not read anything, so with that preface of ignorance on it, could it possibly be that it could involve Honka for Faulk, then Honka for Kase? I mean, Dallas might not be in the 15 NTC for Faulk?

    This makes a ton of sense. It's plausible that Anaheim wanted two NHL-ready defenders and the Canes were unwilling to give of two of theirs, in favor of banking the ones they've groomed/are grooming, b/c they know them best. If so, smart smart smart. There are never enough quality defenders to go around in this league, and any rebuilding team--which in any given year is at least, what, 2 or 3?--will be in the market for one of our vets if they want too much money.


  2. 50 minutes ago, bluedevilcane said:

    Well, just saw the breakdown of Marner’s contract. Basically $750k per year salary, with yearly signing bonuses beginning at $15 million this year and dropping over time to $7.25 million. #1, this is setting the market for top end talent and is definitely a big advantage for the handful of really deep pocket teams. But #2, without knowing the details of Matthews and Tavares deals, if they don’t get all of their money in bonuses, is that going to result in locker room friction? I sure hope so.

    Yup, the Leafs have found a CBA loophole, and I hope the union rank and file let both their "brothers," Marner and Tavares, hear it at the next meeting for helping them crawl slither through it.

     

    Fortunately it's much harder to buy a Cup, and the Leafs have proved (and I am confident will continue to prove) totally incapable of doing so for more than a generation. 


  3. On 9/13/2019 at 9:09 AM, gocanes0506 said:

    they don’t want to lose Faulk for nothing, different situations.

    Nope. Same situation exactly: we're trying to unload a player whose services are no longer required. The rest is semantics.

     

    Although there's one key difference: Skinner actually earned his ASG appearance. Faulk earned neither of his.

     

    This org has tried in vain to build Justin Faulk's trade value for years, but as we've seen for the past two, no takers. Last year, he got an entire season to prove he can be what we've paid him to be on his current deal--a first-unit, NHL PP guy--but only managed to be in the first two years of said deal. If he could have returned to that form, as I've said all along, I'd forgive all his defensive lapses. But bottom line: He didn't.

     

    At least he got the chance. Skinner, coming off of two career years, got buried on the third line for a year before he got moved. Who do you think engineered that bit of BS? I'm pretty confident his initials are RBA.

     

    Now (actually, for the past two years) with Faulk, it's to the point that he is believing the false PR narrative the org has woven in trying to unload him. Thank goodness the org itself hasn't bought in.

     

    If Justin Faulk is a six-million-a-year NHL Dman, I'm Bill freakin' Gates. Any team that pays him that much is deluding itself, and the fact that Roddy says good things is meaningless: It's just another brick in the PR wall. The proof is on the ice, and we've all witnessed it for too long.

     

    When you can get everything Justin Faulk brings and more from a guy you're paying half as much (TVR), you're crazy to keep the one who managed to swindle a GM (who isn't even with the org anymore) into the deal he now enjoys. Do you sincerely believe, GC, the org picked up Gardiner this year or Hamilton last year with the intention of keeping Faulk?

     

    If so, please--don't bogart that thing.

     

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  4. 10 hours ago, beboplar said:

    The Faulk situation could turn into a distraction.

    It arguably already is.

     

    If I'm coach there's no way I want a guy with one foot out the door in my camp. Funny how Mr. Ambassador hitman Erik Cole beat up on Skinner to move it on out when he was clearly no longer wanted, but not Justin, when it's every bit as clear that the org wants him out, too.


  5. 1 hour ago, LakeLivin said:

     

    I can't claim to have researched Kase's concussion history.  I first brought it up based on a couple comments from some Duck's fans, and then picked off the first article I found with any details from a google search.  I don't claim to know how many he's actually had, and no idea how to find out if he had any in CZE (no way I'm attempting to spell that, lol). But the three mentioned in the article seem pretty well documented.

     Both I found were here, but I clearly missed the article you found. Link it if doing so isn't a PITA.


  6. I count two concussions for Kase, one in the A and one in the NHL. I don't know about the early one, but apparently the second was caused by an opponent or a teammate; Drew Doughty punched him twice in the back of the head and when a teammate tried to jump in to defend him, he apparently kicked Kase in the noggin. 

     

    The torn shoulder labrum he suffered to end his season is probably good news; unlike a rotator cuff, there is never a question about surgery versus healing on its own for this injury; surgery is the only option. The procedure completely relieves the pain about 2/3 of the time for pitchers (as the linked article, which is baseball-centric, notes). But given that hockey players in general don't make the same overhand motion often, let alone repeatedly, it wouldn't seem to be as (potentially) limiting, even if Kase is among the 1/3 of people whose effects linger after the operation.  

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  7. 7 hours ago, KJUNKANE said:

    Amen to that top!!

     

    On another note, Rutherford must be hitting the CBD too often again, as he is said to have commented that with the team makeovers to date, that this team currently RESEMBLES the one that won the Cup in 2016. I'd answer that by saying "resembles"is a stretch, and only because Crosby and Malkin remain does it resemble?

    Yeah, that addition of Brandon Tanev put them over the top. Mwhahaha.

     

    I see Velluci, in addition to being its coach, has added GM of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to his resume. All he needs now is the patented Rutherford NMC.

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  8. 4 hours ago, Canesfanforever said:

    Id agree with you if  Helvig  only gave up   maybe 4  goals .  But to give up 10 goals  in a meaningless prospect showing ???   it's not like anything was on the line like impressing the scouts or   coaches , lol     If that is an example of a bad game for him  i wonder what a good game would look like LMAO !!! 

    How about three good seasons (see below)? Kid turned 22 a few months ago and has one pro year under his belt, for crying out loud. Keepers are seldom close before they're 25. (Ned turns 24 in January).

     


  9. Helvig will be fine. He's risen to the occasion at every stage of his development, and as his development continues the hill just gets steeper.

     

    Everybody has bad games. Assessing potential career performance based on one game is pointless.

     


  10. 1 hour ago, super_dave_1 said:

     

    He wasn't the one to give Darling a NTC.  This is a long beaten down subject, but the Canes aren't any more guilty than the rest of the league

     

    The problem isn't using them, it's who they get used on, which JR has a demonstrated inability to grasp, and which he passed on to RF (who signed Darling). JR has rolled merrily down the same path in Pittsburgh. Besides the only two (and a half) guys on the team deserving of them (Crosby and Malkin and maybe Letang, none of whom JR inked), three more, all questionable and all of whom JR did sign, have either NMCs, NTCs or modified NTCs. His latest? Brandon Tanev, a 27 year old with 24 career NHL goals, who JR gave a six-year deal at 3.5 million per and a modified NTC this summer.

     


  11. 14 hours ago, slapshot02 said:

    Personally I thought Fleury did a more than adequate job with his limited play time last year. He seemed to make fewer mistakes and seemed to use the body more. He's still young and has more potential. The org may not see it that way but not sure what we get for him unless he is packaged with another player.

    I agree, and was frankly surprised when RBA seemed to penalize him with fewer minutes. He takes the body frequently, his head goes up the minute he has the puck on his stick, and he knows when to pinch.


  12. 2 hours ago, KJUNKANE said:

    When the $1,554,791 was mentioned Lake, that's who came to my mind, but even at that, and we are compliant on Day 1 of the season, he has to come off some time, so how is that adjudicated when we would then slide over? So, a trade has to be made.

    Plus there's the chance that CapFriendly is missing something; maybe they never took DeHaan's LTIR out of the equation.

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