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  1. As compared to the pre-lockout NHL where teams could spend as much as they wanted, with or without the $6 million advantage we should be able to ice a team that can compete and win. It isn't so much how much money you spend now as where you put it. If we make smart signings then we can compete with any team in the league. If we draft smart we can compete with any team in the league. It's just a matter of making the right choices when the cards are down. In 2002 we made it to the Stanley Cup Finals with one of the lowest payrolls in the league. We matched up against a team laden with future Hall of Famers signed to enormous contracts and they walked away with the Cup. Had a few bounces gone the other way, we would have won it all. The salary cap is forcing GMs to make smart choices. The teams that make the smartest choices will be rewarded for that. Just because this team does not throw around big money in unrestricted free agency, don't think it doesn't spend money. We just promised Eric Staal about $80 million and Joni Pitkanen $12 million at the start of the season. What we need is for the players that we have to step up and play hockey like they can. Eric Staal has been bouncing back. Samsonov has come alive. Ruutu has been playing strong. That whole line is working together as they should have been the whole season. The truth is that we need more from Brind'Amour, Cullen, Walker, Whitney, Williams, and Eaves. If we can get those guys all going at the same time, we're pretty hard to beat. $6 million more in players isn't going to solve the problem of our best players not playing like our best players and Brind'Amour has been just awful this season. As soon as Williams starts playing like Williams again, this team should be able to keep its head above playoff contention with the way Cam Ward is playing in net.
  2. Option C my friend. livestream.whl.ca is the site that I have used in the past and continue to use. I watched a ton of Red Deer and Spokane last season because of Brandon on Red Deer and Drayson Bowman and Justin McCrae on Spokane. Plus, Center Ice airs a lot of the WJCs and Top Prospect games so if you're looking for these guys they're hard to miss. You don't have to watch a player in person, especially to grasp their offensive talents, to really understand how they play. Teams around the league are cutting their scouting staff in half by using the same tools that are at my disposal through video scouting. I'm not saying that i'm any kind of scout because i'm not, but I have an interest in watching our guys and by the time they get to the NHL I have a decent enough idea of what they can and cannot do. Sutter is a future captain of some kind for this team. He's a leader by example and he never takes a shift off. There were times for Red Deer last season that he would take 1:30-2:00 shifts and kill entire penalties by himself for that team. If I had to take a guess, since this isn't a recorded stat for public consumption for Junior hockey, I would say he played 28-32 minutes per game down there. If you wanted to see Brandon play hockey, all you had to do was buy one game. You weren't going to get cheated on any particular night because their roster was full of 16 year old kids and Brandon was the elder statesman.
  3. Sutter has always reminded me more of Ron Francis than Rod Brind'Amour. Brindy is a more compact and low skater who looks to be going full bore at all times. Francis was an upright skater who used his smarts and his reach to mask below average skating ability. Sutter has a decent stride but he'll not be confused for Samsonov out there. To me there are two types of PKers. "Effort" and "Smarts". Chad Larose is an effort penalty killer. He chases the puck like a rabid dog but he doesn't have the defensive instincts to predict where the puck is going before it gets there. He doesn't hit a lot of passes with his stick because he doesn't block the lanes that way. He just flies into the face of the point men and forces them to get rid of the puck before they're comfortable. Meanwhile, a guy like Sutter sits back and uses his stick to defend the point and puts his stick in position to get hit by passes. He reads the opposition and where he thinks they're going with the puck and breaks up the play with his smarts. You need both in order to have success. The reason Brind'Amour has been so valuable in the penalty killing role has been the fact that he is a effort and smarts hybrid which is a pretty rare talent. Sutter will be for us what Jordan Staal has been for Pittsburgh if you're talking about the way they're used. His primary use to this hockey team will be his elite penalty killing abilities and playing a defensive brand of hockey from the 3rd line and giving the occasional goal.
  4. You do realize that Brandon Sutter played hockey prior to joining the Carolina Hurricanes, correct? I have watched him play for Red Deer. I have watched him in the Super Series. I have watched him in the WJCs. I have watched him in Top Prospect games. Ever since we drafted the player I have made a point of watching him at every opportunity and I have seen FAR more than 6 games of this player. I'm not "talking down", about Sutter's offensive ability. I am offering you an objective analysis that any hockey outlet would back because they all have. Check out his pre-draft reviews. He was considered a concensus "safe pick", because of how well he played defensive hockey and how hockey smart he was. Scouts have said throughout Sutter's career that he didn't have top level offensive upside. This isn't something new that i'm making up. If Brandon Sutter had an ounce of offensive potential in his arsenal he wouldn't have made it out of the Top 10 that year. We're talking about a player that never reached a point per game status in major junior being a potential franchise player? Please. It hasn't ever happened. Look back through the annals of hockey of find me ONE single player that played three years of major junior without scoring a point per game that ever went on to score a point per game over the course of his NHL career. At those lower levels you should be destroying the opposition. We're talking about leagues where Chad Larose scored 61 goals in 64 games in his final overage season for Plymouth. He nearly had a GOAL per game. Just for a comparison point, people said that Eric Staal didn't have elite offensive upside because he never topped 100 points in the OHL prior to being drafted. He scored 98 points in 66 games and people still thought his offensive upside was limited. Yes, those people were proven wrong by this particular example but a player coming from scoring 50-60 points in Junior does not just jump out and become a star at the NHL level.
  5. Sutter does not have the offensive pedagree that Brind'Amour had coming into the league. The two aren't comperable. Rod Brind'Amour at 19-20 years old was viewed much like Jonathan Toews. A potential offensive and defensive force. He scored an abundance of points at the start of his career before setting into the defensive mode that we know today. With the Flyers he was playing second fiddle to Eric Lindros and that modified his role. When Brind'Amour played on a line with Recchi for a portion of the 93-94 season he scored 97 points as a 23 year old. When Brind'Amour was traded to Carolina he was asked to play an even more strict defensive role than he played in his later days with the Flyers. That combined with his wrist injury, personal problems off the ice, and disenchantment with the franchise in the early going translated into him devolving from a 70 point scorer per season into the mid 50's then the high 30's at the end of Maurice's reign of terror. I think that Brind'Amour and Maurice never really saw eye to eye on what his role should be. When Laviolette took the helm at the end of 03-04, Brind'Amour once again became a threat in the offensive zone. Laviolette told him to open it back up and to his credit he was able to do that. I think that if Maurice never coaches this team that Brind'Amour continues to score in the 70 point range and locks himself into HOF consideration. That is conjecture on my part but the obvious decline and rejuvination leads one to believe that the system was more than likely the problem. A story that most do not know about Brind'Amour is why he played those 3 games for Kloten in Swiss league during the lockout season of 04-05. He brought his father in to watch the games and asked his father to give him his true and honest opinion regarding if he could "still skate with these kids", because he was considering retirement from professional hockey. His father told him, and the stats back it up, that his play was still steps above that of his peers and convinced him to give it another chance. Brind'Amour came back to the NHL totally rested after taking the rest of the season to rest up and we all know the rest. With all that said about the history of Brind'Amour, i'll get back to the original point. Brandon Sutter does not have half the offensive talent that Rod Brind'Amour has had or ever will have. Sutter is a defensive genius, ridiculously hockey smart, projected to be physical, shut down center. If you've ever seen a Sutter play hockey, especially his father Brent Sutter, then you have a pretty good idea of what Brandon projects to contribute at the NHL level. If you evaluate Brent in his years away from Bossy, Trottier, and LaFontaine which were essentially outliers to his overall production, he was a 50-60 point player. I think Brandon has that upside in him but we've already had an exhibit of his hockey smarts weighing more than his finish with the amount of open nets he has missed. Yes, the amount of those will decrease as he gets older and stronger but to project him to score more than 25-30 goals at the NHL level would be an unfair leap in logic to take and unfair to the strengths and weaknesses of this particular player. He will battle for you. He is a future captain of some sort for this franchise i'm sure. However, the scoring should be and likely always will be left to those that can do it with a higher propensity for success.
  6. The extra $25k is not a signing bonus of any kind. When a player is given this kind of deal it amounts to a promise that he will play at least five games on the NHL roster or they will pay him the difference at the end of the season. Small little loophole type transaction done in good faith to show the player that there is a serious chance he has been signed to be more than AHL depth. We gave Shane Willis the same contract the year before last. If Matt Murley is called up during the year and is paid on the NHL side of the ledger and exceeds $125,000 for the year then Carolina owes him nothing in addition to that upon the expiration of his contract. If Murley stays in Albany all season, they have to cut him a check for an extra $25k. If he stays up for half the season and gets paid $250k of NHL money and $50k of AHL money for the other half of the year, then Carolina owes him nothing else.
  7. I hear he has been wearing 15 in camp. I would assume he'd stick with that. He has worn 12 and 14 before... both numbers obviously not available here. I suppose 41 could also be a possibility.
  8. I would hold him out of the first two games to evaluate the team's performance and if they needed him in the first round then I would activate him and let him play. If it looked like we were going to be okay, a four or five game series, then just let him rest up for the next round. I would only use him if we really really needed him out there. I think people need to have faith in the rehabilitation process going on with Williams right now. If the team has cleared him to practice, he has worked hard enough to get back into shape to play. He was obviously working as hard as he was to get back into the lineup this season ...and who are we to deny him that if he pulled his end of the bargain? I can only imagine the jump the team would have with him back in the lineup. How sick would this team be by adding another point per game 30 goal scorer?
  9. That seems a little excessive ...but hey, you've gotta do what you gotta do. I'll be on my way.
  10. So you're saying you can't take a shot from the neutral zone? The rule is that it must be a normal shooting motion or wind-up ....there is no "by zone" rule here. I was screaming at Magoo and he gave me the "follow through" signal with his hands.
  11. They actually said he could play if he wanted but another tear would mean a possible loss of his leg below his knee, IIRC. In any case, that's an extreme example. I was only using it as hyperbole.
  12. Two knee injuries does not a career end. Pavel Bure tore his ACL in 95-96 and three times after that and still continued to play and could probably have even come back from that one. I have heard nothing at all regarding his future being in jeopardy. In fact it was said that Williams first operation was a total success and he came back in about half of the diagnosed time. Even if he takes the full recovery time this time, he'll be back and he'll be back at a high level. Williams doesn't take a lot of hits and his style of game isn't based upon being shifty and cutting a lot. Take this with several grains. There have been leaps and bounds made in knee injuries and their rehabilitation since the days when Clement was playing. Back then, if baseball pitchers had a Tommy John type injury then they were done forever. Now players have them in the offseason. We're learning more and more about the nature of ligament injuries and how to properly recover from them.
  13. Samsonov is going to give the powerplay a shot in the arm. He is a faster version of Ray Whitney with nearly the same puck skills and minus the ability to finish with the puck on his stick. If anything he'll help the powerplay gain entry into the zone with his dangle and will draw some attention away from our other threats. The guy is an absolute burner and that kind of speed is dangerous in the system we employ. Samsonov also has an underrated ability to play a physical style and be durable while doing it. When he is on top of his game, he isn't unlike the Sami Kapanen that we had in the Francis days. When he is off his game.... well we claimed him on the second time through waivers.
  14. Is it just me or did the title of this thread change like magic?
  15. The key there would be for what in a trade would we be willing to give for him? I would think that Montreal would want a fairly decent pick for him considering what they could get at the deadline for him and we're quickly approaching the time of year where people start to overpay for proven commodities. If Montreal wanted to give him away for a 3rd round pick ...then so be it. However, if they're talking about wanting a 2nd or a 1st for him then they can keep him. With as close as we are to falling from 3rd overall in the standings to 13th we could be talking about a potential Top 10 pick for Ryder if they're demanding a first for him. We're not a good enough team this year as it stands to add pieces for a playoff run that may not last five games.
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