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  1. We've been talking a D trade with Chicago since last summer. Clearly they preferred reliability (CDH) over poorly timed pinches (you know who).
  2. Maybe the goalie move is to clear the way for Darling's return to the Big Windy? I have to say, I'm not surprised we moved Saarela. Not to fire up the whole big vs. skilled debate again (because I think our priority has shifted to wanting both), but this further fuels my belief that Roddy is done with puny forwards who can't throw their weight around. I hope DeHaan's slot goes to McKeown. He's earned it.
  3. Thanks TR. Your Zyke point is well-taken, he was slower than molasses in January. I hope Necas can be all that, I really do, but until he puts some pounds on his frame, especially given the rate at which the NHL is becoming both big and fast, he risks running into a wall of meat, no matter how elite his stick skills may be. Personally I'd rather bring up guys who already have size and let the smaller ones develop in the A, because skating with 20 or 30 extra pounds is an adaptation that happens over seasons, not off- seasons. At 6-4 he's still a little too thin for me (207 lbs.), but I'd rather give a guy like Roy or even Goat (6-4, 224) a long look, and let Necas keep learning--and bulking up. I know they're slower, but guys that size, once they get to it, are tough for keepers to see around and to move out of the slot. At the moment the only thing we have close to a beast in the slot is JWilly. Jordan plays around it too much, Aho can't hold the turf and prefers to take shots and make plays from the flanks. I just shudder to think what a guy built like Marleau but about 100 years younger could do for this team, and especially its PP.
  4. Guess you're gonna have to break down and move here
  5. Not me. Based on what I've seen so far he's a bottom-six guy, and that's if he sticks. The inflated assessments of him completely ignored that he was playing in one of the worst European leagues on the continent. I am part Czech and would love to be proved wrong. But what I saw when he was at this level last year was a lanky kid who was easy to knock off his pegs and had his head down most of the time when carrying the biscuit. If the A didn't break him of that, the NHL will, and it won't be pretty. Don't know if realm is in the house, but would be curious what he saw in Necas, particularly as regards staying on his feet, and whether he thinks the kid made sufficient strides from one end of the season to the other. Zykov seemed like a shoo-in but looked completely without clue up here, despite leading the A in scoring the prior season and playing a much more physical brand of hockey.
  6. Exactly, neither Waddell not Petr's agent (or the stick boy--Luke's likely "source") is going to say "They're miles apart" at this stage of things. Better to say what they did; it lets them claim, if somebody pays him, that matching or bidding up the offer "wasn't fiscally prudent." Petr was good but Mac still shouldered enough of the load that I don't have faith he can hold the crease for a whole season and a playoff run. Plus, goalie agents don't seem to have accepted that the rules have changed and teams want to two proficient keepers--at or near the cost of one great one.
  7. Unfortunately, I do too. So I will laugh and laugh when the owners lock the rinks again in a couple of years. Then I'll cry and cry that there's no hockey until January of that year--if we're lucky. And I'll laugh once, more when the owners come crawling back to the bed they made, and start the process over again.
  8. If we're determined to hang the next 10 years of payroll on a 21-year-old kid who may or may not fill out enough to compete at the highest level in this league for the duration of his deal, that makes us even dumber. Negotiations that are limited to a single set of parameters are not negotiations at all, they're standoffs. But hey, it's TD's cow. He can milk it any way he wants. I'm just having a really hard time seeing what's the hurry. Do a deal at 7 million for each of the next three years, and assuming Aho's progress continues and he is able to stand the grind, fantastic--give him his payoff after the second year, with a 10-year extension at an 8.5 million AAV (or whatever). Now you've got a more-seasoned player that you're confident will make it--and you've locked him down until he's 33 (assuming a 10-year extension).
  9. I love Aho. I have his sweater. I think he's going to be very good. But if you guys are only looking at stats in the year prior to their contract and not player type, you're comparing apples and oranges. Draisaitl is 6-1, 214. Aho is (allegedly only) an inch shorter, and 40 pounds lighter (which, of the two, is the one that matters). Drai is a power forward. Aho is a skilled playmaker who can score if he's healthy, and has somebody else throwing around the weight he ain't got. This is why I've been comparing him to Johnny Hockey, and speculating that he's the yardstick the Canes are using with SeaBass. They are much closer in overall size, style of play, and production at the same points in their careers. If we plan to pay Draisaitl money to anyone anytime soon, my cash is on Svech. Everybody complains that Skinner was soft. Aho makes Skinner look like a freakin' power forward.
  10. We've actually paid DeHaan, Pesce, and Slavin. And on the forward side, TT. And at the moment we have no goaltender. You're right: Faulk has little value. But moving your shutdown D when your goaltending is a moving target gives you two things to worry about--scoring more than the other guys and goaltending--instead of goaltending alone. I believe in buying elite scorers from teams with cap issues (or wanting to move one for other reasons) via trade--of 4-5-6 D, bottom-six O, prospects and picks. This lines up with what cap-strapped teams can afford, and the position they are often in: staring down a rebuild. It's how we got Nino. If the cost of an elite scorer is a shutdown D, that's a wash; you're going to give up more goals at the same time you score more, and just have to hope the latter outpaces the former. I prefer having confidence that we'll keep the puck out of our own net and scoring on the power play (!) to hoping we're the better gunslingers at even strength every night out.
  11. If they move out one of the guys we want, they can. They're basically in rebuild mode, so a first would have real value, and getting Marleau back would help them keep butts in the seats while they're doing it. Just spitballin', but like someone said, he supposedly doesn't want to play anywhere else. Gotta think he's a lever in a deal with them.
  12. Probably. My guess is we move that first AND Marleau to SJ for pretty much whatever roster player we name, and retain some of Marleau's salary as a sweetener.
  13. Exactly. Again, look at Gaudreau, who put up 16 more points than SeaBass this year. If we do anything more than that with Aho at this point in his development, we dis other players and limit our ability to pay guys who can play with him. Which sounds a little too familiar for me. My guess is that Aho decided this is a nice place to develop and then see what he can get, and that's what he's doing. But why let him name his price? There's no need; he's an RFA. If we let the summer go by without signing him and nobody offer sheets him for the number he wants, we prove our point. If he does get offer sheeted at that number or higher, we can match it--or not. We hold all the cards. Why fold when we control the play?
  14. Fine. What would you like broken? I love it when other posters intentionally misrepresent what the posters they are trying to criticize have actually said. Look at Faulk's numbers, his salary, and that fact that nobody will give us anyone of value and take his contract, coastal. The market has set his value, not me. If you don't like my pointing it out, use the ignore button.
  15. No. Their agents are. Our new owner said early on he's not going to do stupid things. So far he hasn't, and has had success, so we shouldn't be surprised that he's not doing stupid things now. Anybody looking at Faulk's numbers the last five years and saying the guy deserves a raise doesn't understand the concept of rewarding performance. He got a sweetheart deal much too early, and despite bestowing the (very questionable) mantle of All-Star on him, twice, the return we've been offered has been consistent: low. We're fond of saying around here that hockey is a business. Well, if you analyze the Faulk situation as the business world would, his salary (price) is clearly out of step with his market value. Teams are offering low returns in proposed trades because of the contract he is on. When they factor in what he is still owed, they can't justify letting go of the player(s) we sought in exchange. His fans may not agree, but his fans don't have to pay him--our trading partners do. The entire business world (companies that survive, at least) gives raises based on performance, not potential. I'm glad we have an owner who actually understands that, and is determined to run things that way. Aho has been good, but he's not Crosby--yet. If he wants 8 million, that means he's doing the same thing Gaudreau did when he was an RFA: seeing how much he could get. Ultimately, he got $6.75 million for six years, and it took until October to close the deal. Even though I'd prefer a bridge deal at around six for Aho, because I think he will be worth $8 million in another three years, the team has to work with what his agent is seeking, which (as always, with agents) is "as much as possible, right freakin' now!" So I have a feeling we may see something very similar to the Gaudreau resolution play out with SeaBass, because his performance thus far has been equivalent.
  16. That may have been true last year (although I have my doubts). Regardless, I don't think it's true anymore. Guys play this game for one reason: To get a ring. They couldn't care less who they're playing for when they get it.
  17. We've been shopping Faulk since we got Dougie. It's the worst-kept secret in the NHL. Edit to add: Also, unfortunately, he's the most overrated (supposedly) offensive d-man in the league.
  18. Yup, he names 15 teams he's willing to be traded to, every July 1. Took effect last summer. He's clearly wanting us to choose between him and Doug. Eeeeeasy choice.
  19. Perry could be the short-term Ferland we hoped Ferland could be, until we can get to Goat. But even if we get him, I'll hate his Marchard/Pronger-esque ability to irritate. I prefer hockey to pro wrestling.
  20. I wouldn't go higher than $1.5 million. Toronto might.
  21. I believe Ned joins the Canes this year at backup at least. He's achieved all he can at the AHL level and he's an RFA. We ask guys to perform and tell them they'll be rewarded. Ned has learned how to win. If we plan to commit, circumstances have conspired to make this the time to do it. I think Varlamov will get a four-year deal somewhere, on the understanding that he's the #1 this year and after that he's whatever he's told he is. Giving him 50 games this year and Ned the rest, then splitting the workload in 20-21, then working Ned into the majority during the last two years of Varly's deal would give Ned a great mentor, and Booth/Helvig time to steep.
  22. Doesn't mean we should set a new standard for back-up keeper salaries.
  23. Because he plays half the season--if that--and he's older than dirt. I love what the guy did for us this year, but how many more years like that can a guy his age have? Not saying I know the answer, but $2.5 million is a pretty big bet.
  24. I really don't think this is the case. I think Mac, as a 36-year-old who just saw his first start in the SCP, would be tickled pink with a one-year, million-dollar deal. In Toronto. For about a month after we picked him up, in every interview, he looked like a deer in the headlights: Stunned.
  25. I agree, but think Roddy's (unrealistic) expectations about team cohesion and commitment and loyalty could mean the door for Petr is already closed.
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