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Everything posted by MinJaBen

  1. He cleared if that was your question.
  2. Finally! I've wanted to see this line all pre-season.
  3. I wouldn’t shed any tears. You can add Dahlbeck to that list as well. At some point, having a few less contracts would be beneficial to making future moves. And those three are just stop gaps until younger players with more upside are ready....if that.
  4. I think Yamamoto will in interesting test case for the size debate. He is clearly outplaying Poolparty on the Oil, and if only one were staying, it should be him. But he’s small compared to Jesse, and coaches and GMs don’t seem able to be able to ignore that.
  5. Necas's size is not correct. All of the guides that have come out since the start of camp when they were remeasured have him at 6'2" 179 lbs.
  6. This says it all for me: My prediction and vote would be Slavin, but I would have zero problems with it being the new and improved Skinner that we've had since Eric was traded. The only one I would have a problem with is Williams. Not that he is not a good guy and capable, but having a guy that just joined the team be anointed the new leader is going to rub some guys the wrong way...even if they don't admit it to others or themselves.
  7. My guess is that you will see a lot of Slavin - Pesce and Hanifin - Faulk at home and a lot of Slavin - Faulk and Hanifin - Pesce on the road. Home allows you to situationally play the pairs appropriately, whereas on the road he can prevent the opposing coaches from rolling their best lines at Hanifin - Faulk.
  8. Correct. ELC slide happens in the AHL just like juniors or overseas if the guy with the ELC is 18 or 19 years old on Sept 15th of the year in question. And Necas has signed his ELC, so he has one.
  9. He is ripe for a trade. He is cheap, versatile and won't require a ransom to get from the other team. I think Pittsburgh is still looking for a 3rd line center at a bargain, so if Necas can win a spot, my guess is that Ryan is the first to go.
  10. Anyone know if this game is available to view anywhere, or if it will be on radio?
  11. The video evidence...is on the Canes website. He definitely launched himself upwards when hitting him.
  12. Yeah, that was not a clean hit when the guy's skates are a foot off the ground to hit another guy who is 6'4" with his elbow.
  13. I'm with you Coastal...I have big concerns with Gauthier and think Elynuik is a diamond in the rough. Wouldn't shock me at all if Gauthier busts completely and Elynuik becomes a middle sixer at the NHL level. The difference is between the ears...
  14. Kuokkanen has looked good...offensively. In our own zone he has given the puck away numerous times, including once that led to the Wings second goal. He needs to tighten up or he will be an early cut in camp. Gauthier looks absent.
  15. I'm surprised to say this, but of the skaters, Fleury is far and away the best player. Calm and poised and makes good passes out of the zone. He has been excellent.
  16. One of the guys interviewing him on XM said something along the lines of "letting the players vote, but the coaches do the counting of votes".
  17. Me too. I like Fleury, as well, but I see his ceiling as a #4 defender...and only third pairing on our team. Bean I see the potential to pass both Hanifin and Slavin if everything clicks. However, I think realistically it wouldn't be a stretch to see him as a second pairing offensive defenseman.
  18. At this point, and I know it won't happen due to Ron Francis's statements, I'd wait until after Traverse City to evaluate both Fleury and Bean. If both look really good....I'd strongly consider trading Hanifin. I know that is an unpopular opinion here, heck...I've even argued against it myself...but I think things maybe changing. Here are some of my points as why this would work: Hanifin would be the player Sakic would jump at at this stage of the game. Easily his best option as the most valuable piece (in his eyes due to wanting a future top-4 LHD) in any package he'd be offered, thus giving us leverage to reduce the total price or induce him to give more than Duchene. If both Fleury and Bean look good in the tournament, we've played with three rookies before, two this year would actually be easier given the lack of holes elsewhere in the lineup. Hanifin is not signed for next year, changed is agent group because he was disappointed, and was a high pick that got passed in the depth chart on his own team...something tells me he will be a hard signing or may court an offersheet. I believe Hanifin's talent, and thus perceived potential, pre-draft was partly a result of his extremely high work ethic and preparation habits. He was an extreme gym rat and was at peak physical condition. Just like Gauthier. This worries me as there is very little room to improve physically if you are already acting and working like a pro, thus he may be closer to his ceiling than other players. Keeping Fleury and Bean over Hanifin separates our defense contracts better. All that said, I have no illusions that it will happen. But as an armchair GM, that would be what I'd be thinking about.
  19. My response to the poll was in line with not picking Jordan...because I felt he didn't want it, otherwise it would have already been his. If he has changed his mind and thus has fully bought into the team long term (something there was doubt about after Eric left) then I would have no problems with him being Captain.
  20. He is going nowhere short of him badly screwing up this season by stupid decisions. The current GM...none of us...does not hold him accountable for the years without a playoff birth given where the team was when BP was hired. Here is a quote from April: He's as safe from firing as an water front condo in Kansas is from a hurricane.
  21. Really?!! Z-E-R-O is a funny way to spell Penguins, Capitals, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Lightning, Maple Leafs, etc. There are at least 11 teams that can legitimately challenge for the eight spots from the East. Peters is fine if we play well but fall short. If we crap the bed...well then we can talk.
  22. Should be Slavin or Aho going forward. Will be Slavin at the end of camp.
  23. I must admit, I first thought of Ron rolling the dice with Peters and PK before "draft and development" popped into my head. Ron: "We need a center with a +5 hockey stick of scoring for next season." PK: "You rolled a 2. You received a defenseman of shot blocking."
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