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realmdrakkar

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  1. Just looking at stats and noticed this. Ward's career-best GAA in the NHL was last season's 2.40, which would put him at #29 in the league right now. His career-best sv% is 2010-11's .923, which right now would put him tied for #22. Career-bests, for the 6th-highest-paid in the league. Yet he somehow proves to be utterly irreplaceable in this organization...
  2. I agree with everything, rem, aside from the goaltending situation - with every passing game, i'm more and more convinced Francis is going to re-sign Ward for $4-5M. I still hate it, but i'm seeing nothing that makes me think otherwise. Wouldn't surprise me to see Lack traded at this point, honestly. The braintrust still thinks we have a better chance to win riding a 31-year-old horse with a sub-.900% who allows a soft goal pretty much every game. Faulk is an excellent offensive defenseman, but i'm still skeptical about his defensive abilities. For that reason alone, if he can be traded for a long-term 1C, i'd be all in. I'm not into players who i think are in it for the money (which i think of Johansen), but meh. Though personally i'm still stuck in the RNH/Eberle trap...
  3. You saw him last year, didn't you? Or in his last year in Washington?
  4. How would you go about upgrading the forwards for the future, then?
  5. Faulk or no Faulk, i think the Hurricanes stand a much better chance at snagging RNH than Draisaitl.
  6. And that's one of the directions the team has been going in - better defensive responsibility. Two wins and McGinn still managed to drop his team-basement +/- even further. I could very well imagine Francis telling him to keep working on his defensive game and he'll keep getting looks until he's ready.
  7. Never underestimate the importance of someone who can tick off the customer base.
  8. He certainly has the power play hitting on all cylinders...
  9. Saldy JR F'ed it up for him with that NTC. Francis can do his best, but he isn't in control of his own destiny here...
  10. I was such a big fan that i can't even spell it...
  11. It's all good - i used to be a Capitols fan and they haven't booted me out of here yet. Of course the forms may be filled out and just awaiting approval, but if that's the case i don't know about it yet. Welcome.
  12. Enjoy the game, John! I wish i could watch a hockey game for the first time again - i was still toddling at my first so i don't remember it at all. One thing i perhaps do differently when i see a game live is that i don't fight to follow the puck - i tend to watch one player, whether he has the puck or not. Sure, i'll glance over to the puck here and there, but i enjoy watching a one-person perspective because it's fun watching how he positions himself based on what's happening around him - gives a good feel for what goes on in a broader sense. I'll usually do this for the entire shift - which, as stated above, usually lasts ~30 seconds. Then when he goes to the bench, i'll start on another player. Yeah, i'll miss things doing this, but at the same time i'll catch things that other people are missing - there's plenty to watch. And even there, when you watch a game that way it doesn't take too long to figure out who the more-dynamic players are and you find yourself gravitating to them. That way you not only see the dynamic players when they 'do something dynamic' such as score or hit, but you see what they do for 15 seconds leading up to it to get themselves in that position. Either way, again, i hope you enjoy it. And i hope the Hurricanes show up - if they turn in an effort like last night, you probably won't be too impressed. Unless you spend your time watching the Canadiens, that is!
  13. Lack certainly isn't doing anything tonight to make Ward look expendable...
  14. Another good point. Hanifin was not our greatest need, but he was too good to pass up. And while he certainly doesn't make Fleury 'expendable', he gives us 2 (or 4 or 7, depending on your opinions of some of the other prospects) of a great thing. But to go one step further, he's the readier of the 2 great things. I certainly wouldn't trade Fleury for someone's washed-up 4th liner, but if you can get a proven young forward for him, i'd certainly argue that that's where the bigger need is at this time.
  15. Yeah, i like that one more. Let's do that instead...
  16. I was going to say Nashville wouldn't surprise me either, but wasn't there some speculation of a whiny Eric running to JR because Lavi wasn't giving him minutes or power play time or something? But yeah, Pittsburgh. The Eric for Malkin thing, i agree, is a joke... but y'think JR would give us Malkin if Francis offered both Staals? Ha!
  17. Absolutely, a good blue line can do that. But if one (damned good, admittedly) prospect who hasn't played a single NHL (edit - or even a single AHL) game is the difference between Faulk, Hanifin, Pesce, Slavin, Murphy, Carrick, Ganly, McKeown, Biega, Rissanen, Chelios, Wesley, and Lowe being a good blue line and not being a good blue line, Francis better start looking for the next defenseman to pick with his first pick. Truly, i think Francis can afford to barter one or two of them if it helps boost the forward future, which isn't looking quite so bright these days...
  18. More proven than Fleury, though. I'm not underestimating the importance of the blue line, but at the same time i'd prefer a balance over feast-or-famine. You know what? I might. Rather trade Hainsey or Liles - hell, i'd rather give them Hainsey and Liles - but with the depth the Hurricanes have on defensive prospects, i could be coerced. Look at it this way, RNH's point total so far this year would make him the highest-scoring forward on our roster. Last year he would have been our leading scorer. The year before, our second-leading behind EStaal. We lose Staal, we need a top-line center. Eberle, meanwhile, is a right wing - and we lose Versteeg, we need RW just as desperately. And his totals? Yes struggling this year, but the past 2 seasons, even better than RNH. In fact he would have been our leading scorer last year and the year before Mind you i don't see Edmonton doing it, but i'd have to consider it pretty strongly. Here you go - EStaal, Hainsey, Liles, and Fleury for RNH + Eberle. Never happen, but a 1st-line of Skinner/RNH/Eberle and a 2nd of Lindholm/Rask/Nesty-or-McGinn? Hi...
  19. Faulk has, for the most part, been bloody awful defensively, if you ask me. Some nice moments here or there, and of course he has the offensive abilities, but he isn't our defensive best by a long shot. He just needs a good defensive partner to offset that. And Hainsey sure as hell ain't it. Or, as i half-jokingly suggested elsewhere, try him on the wing with Hanifin and Slavin behind him...
  20. Well, the futility in this argument is the obvious one - his contract expires before next year and the year after that. If he were signed through those years, this would be mere water cooler chatter. But he isn't, so we can't just coast through. And is Francis going to extend him 2 more years at his current $6.3M clip in order to keep him? If he does, then this team fully deserves the sub-.900 play they'll likely get from him. Great post, rem. I still stand by my $3M number, but that's the only place i disagree.
  21. I hate it, but room had to be made and he was the last guy up. Hoping for a follow-up trade announcement on Hainsey or Liles...
  22. And no way do we. Ward's more-valuable to Francis right now than he is to any other GM in the league. Francis will be lucky to get more a 6th-rounder for him. For that, you keep him around until the end of the year and try your chances then.
  23. No, but it should be damned easy being the goaltender for the team that is allowing the fewest shots on goal in the entire league (sure, the quality of those shots is high, but damn...). I'm not saying Ward's the best we can do nor the worst we can do. He isn't stealing too many games, nor is he single-handedly losing too many games (though i agree last night is probably on his shoulders). The $3M/3 years i mentioned, yeah, it's probably 'home town bonus', but i think we can live with it (and it certainly beats the $6.8M he's getting this year, yes?). But the long and the short of it is that regardless whether Francis re-signs him and at what price, nobody's giving Francis 1st-rounder + prospect for what is now 2.53gaa and .898%.
  24. Goaltenders tend not to bring in huge dividends as rentals. Even if Ward were having a career season, i'd say Francis would be damned lucky to even get a 2nd-rounder for him. But, obviously, Ward isn't having a career season. So what would Francis get for him? A consolation prize. Unless, again, a playoff team suffers a goaltender injury come January - in which case maybe he could bring in a 2nd after all. Simply put, Ward is worth more right now to the Hurricanes than he would be to any other team in the NHL. Unless there's a GM out there who severely overvalues Ward or who goes into panic mode, i don't see much more than a 5th- or 6th-rounder. If anyone offers up even a 2nd- or 3rd-rounder, i'm on the phone with Ward's agent trying to make it happen. Otherwise i just coast until the end of the season, offer him $3M for 3 years, and take it or leave it.
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