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  1. Varlamov? But he's coming off a $5.9m AAV contract. Wonder how much he's willing to come down from that number?
  2. I was thinking the reason Darling hasn't been bought out yet is that Canes are keeping open the possibility they could do better by retaining salary and including him in a package to a team willing to take a flier on him coming back, but the numbers don't work. Canes would only save if they retained less than $1.18m a year, and no one is going to be willing to take a shot on Darling at $2.37 per for the next 2 years. So, perhaps posturing for the (apparently ended) Mrazek / Mac negotiations? Regardless, I'll be gobsmacked if Darling isn't bought out before July 1st. Link to a list of free agent goalies for next season. I can't see Isles not re-signing Lehner, nor Canes spending for Bob. Maybe targeting Varlamov? https://www.capfriendly.com/browse/free-agents/2020/Sv/all/goalies/ufa&display=weight,height&hide=clauses,position,handed,expiry-status,salary,skater-stats
  3. I'd love that but don't see it happening because Faulk only has 1 year left on his contract and a NTC to boot. Think about how much trade value has recently (presumably) been depreciated for 1 year "rental" players like Skinner and Trouba . . .
  4. Not me, I think that Fleury has a lot more value than that. I've got to believe that Fleury straight up for #18 OA is closer to fair value than Fleury plus #28 OA.
  5. I could be wrong, but my understanding is that if a player accepts an offer sheet that actually sets the terms. The original team either matches the offer and retains the player or he goes to the offering team. Yes, current teams can re-sign a player for 8 years, new teams only 7. But unless a team is offering more than $10.57m per year, an offer sheet is almost certainly going to be 5 years or less. That's because the AAV that determines compensation to the original team is calculated using the actual number of years offered or 5 as the denominator, whichever is smaller. An accepted offer of $10.5m for 5 years would cost a team two 1sts, a 2nd, and a 3rd. An accepted offer of $7.6m for 7 years would cost a team four 1sts.
  6. I could see a retaliatory OS if we do it. But I suspect that given the Canes cap space we'd be less susceptible to one directed at Aho given that teams must know we could and would match anything that isn't completely ridiculous. Seems like an OS would be most likely directed at a team with cap issues. Still, you've got a good point, probably best to lock him up before that possibility kicks in.
  7. For me, given our limitations as a small market team, I don't mind some negotiating as long as it doesn't start to get contentious. I think about where we'd be if we had just given Ferland what he was asking for several months ago (which several on here wanted to do). On the other hand, I suspect we could have re-signed Aho last summer or fall for way less than what we'll end up paying paying him no matter how hard we negotiate now, so I guess it cuts both ways.
  8. I could be wrong, but trying to be objective as possible I don't think the Canes have a player they wouldn't give up for Drai. And that includes Aho, Slavin, and Svech, painful as losing any of them would be. But it's kind of a moot point, because neither the Canes nor Oilers make a "hockey trade" for one of those 4 (it would require a significant overpayment on the part of a trading partner, imo). If that deal on Cardiac Canes were available I'd take it so quickly it would make your head spin!
  9. Rem, you forgot the 2 draft picks from the Canes. Even with those, that proposal is ridiculous. How does something like that even get published, lol? (I know, because the internet) Draisaitl just put up 50 goals and 105 points on one of the worst teams in the league. At 23yo he's already one of the top centers in the NHL. Value wise you could start with Slavin and add and the Oil would still decline because they are currently even more shallow on offense than defense (McDavid, Drai, RNH, maybe Chiasson, and then?). Imo, any halfway realistic trade proposal for Drai starts with Aho (or maybe Svech) and adds to the point of overpayment, which the Canes shouldn't do.
  10. https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/whos-the-next-jordan-binnington-the-top-10-ahl-players-poised-for-an-nhl-breakout-in-2019-20 Article on AHL "veterans" who might break out this year ala Binnington for the Blues. Two Checkers made the list. Andrew Poturalski, C, 25 (Carolina) There might not be a single player who was more impressive when it mattered in the AHL this season than Poturalski, an undrafted center with four years in the organization. And sure, a good season at 25 may scream “career AHLer” in the vein of Darren Haydar, but Poturalski’s rise this season was quite impressive. He smashed his previous career-high point total of 52 two seasons ago with a 70-point campaign before scoring 12 goals and 23 points in 18 playoff games en route to Charlotte’s first Calder Cup. As an unrestricted free agent, Poturalski, who played two games with the Hurricanes in 2017, could earn a spot in a team’s bottom-six next season and it would be wise for the Hurricanes to keep him around for some added scoring depth for next season. Alex Nedeljkovic, G, 23 (Carolina) The Hurricanes are expected to roll with the same goalie duo they had this season, but Nedeljkovic’s fantastic season with Charlotte could make things interesting. A second-round pick in 2014 (37th overall), Nedeljkovic took a few years to find his game, but after winning the Calder Cup and the top goaltender award (after leading everyone in wins for the second consecutive season), the time is right to give him a shot. His one NHL start with the Hurricanes this year resulted in a victory, but the team still needs to sign the pending RFA to a deal.
  11. From my perspective the problem is that Pulju becomes subject to waivers this year. That means we'd need to keep him on the Canes roster or likely lose him to a "shallower" team and sacrifice whatever we gave up to get him. If we had less depth, I might take that risk, but given the kids we currently have in our system I wouldn't want to "commit" a roster spot to Pulju at the cost of Fleury. If we could get him cheaper it might be worth a shot . .
  12. https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/capitals-complete-gudas-niskanen-swap-with-flyers-but-whats-the-next-domino-to-fall "But what really seemed to seal Niskanen’s fate, or at least indicate that a move of at least one defender wasn’t too far in the offing, was the signing of Nick Jensen to a four-year, $10-million extension almost the very instant he was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings ahead of the trade deadline. The signing saw the Capitals’ spend on five blueliners – Niskanen, Jensen, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Kempny – climb to $23.85 million. That created a financial logjam, one that needed to be broken up as it left Washington with less than $10-million in projected cap space this summer. Friday’s trade does exactly that and gives Washington roughly $3.4 million in additional breathing room this off-season while also removing the $5.75 million Niskanen would have been owed next season from their books entirely." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Even after the cap relief from this trade, Caps have a projected cap hit of $69.5m for only 16 players and need to re-sign Connelly, Hagelin, Vrana, and Burakovsky.
  13. Sports Illustrated also had a long detailed article on the AAF a while back and turns out it's online as well. https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/04/30/alliance-american-football-aaf-collapse-charlie-ebersol-tom-dundon They implied that Dundon wasn't interested in the software and that a major factor in TD shutting the league down was that rather than getting paid for television rights, the league was actually paying to have the games televised. A couple excerpts: Then Dundon took over. And he, says one engineer, “couldn’t give a s--- about the tech.” The same engineer recalls having a very brief conversation with his seemingly uninterested new boss . . . only to be fired when the league closed a few weeks later. The tech team would later get a kick out of speculation that Dundon shut the league down in order to steal their work, perhaps even applying it to the Hurricanes. If that was the case, why the hell did he get rid of the only people who could make sense of it? If anything, the new leader’s apparent lack of interest in the tech should have heralded a change in direction. This was no longer a tech startup on a three-year march to profitability. To Dundon, it appeared, the Alliance was a fledgling football company that needed to show him something concrete. It may have been due diligence on the television front, however, that eventually helped inform Dundon’s decision to shut it all down before his investment reached nine figures. According to a high-level sports exec from one of the four major networks, Dundon called to ask about the Alliance’s TV future. What he learned: While it wouldn’t necessarily always be this way, the AAF would have to continue paying to be on the air for the foreseeable future. The Alliance would remain an underdog fighting for TV time in a crowded sports marketplace.
  14. As to your first point, the Canes at that point didn't stick up for any of their teammates, so I can't imagine any link to intra locker room conflicts. In general, I'm not an absolute hard core Skinner proponent. But I do look at the overall picture, and given the circumstances around Skinner's career in Carolina, I question some of the absolute assumptions I've heard on here. The key word being "question" as compared to "refute". I'm just articulating the reasons I'm doing that. I am a "couch fan", so it could well be that my opinion might have been influenced by an expanded view of Skinner's play his last Canes season if I was able to watch him in person. And I'll accept the perspective from those of you that got a better look at Skinner his last season that he mailed it in far too often. But, even so, I still wonder about the effect his environment had on that when it comes to what to expect from him going forward. Bust your butt for 2 years trying to play the "right way", perhaps get no recognition or reward for doing so, with a team that apparently isn't all that interested in keeping you, and on top of that find yourself in an environment where team futility seems to be the norm regardless of what you do? Ideally none of that should matter, but realistically? I'm sticking with the perspective that ultimately Skinners story will be defined more by what he does going forward than by what has transpired in the past. And I hope he does well, except where it hurts the Canes. Oh, and I agree that given where we ended up he pretty much had to go, from the sake of both sides..
  15. Rem: I agree that the way things played out, Skinner needed out of here as much as we needed him out of here. And that I wouldn't want to give him the deal he got in Buffalo. I just wanted to point out that apparently "playing the right way" to a significantly greater extent in seasons 6 and 7 didn't seem to have much effect on the team's opinion of Skinner (no negotiations toward re-signing him). Brindy may have had an opinion of Skinner that was so set it wasn't going to change no matter what Skinner did. Combine that with the mediocre team play in 2017-18 and I can understand how all that might have facilitated a backslide for Skinner. Again, I wouldn't want Skinner's current contract. But I wonder if things had played out differently if we might have been able to retain him at a home team discount that might have been palatable. Kjun: You're right about the Canes not sticking up for one another in general. But Skinner was particularly targeted. And, ironically, my impression is that Skinner was more likely to jump in (not fight) when another Cane was abused than players like Staal or Faulk. I agree with you that the story on Skinner will be determined by what he does going forward. Seems like his first year in Buffalo was a success based on his stats (goals and that even +- on a highly negative team). And the comments from Buffalo fans seem to be extremely positive. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
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