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  1. Hall is a terrific player; love to have him, but you can't offer Bean, a 1st, and Reimer for a guy on an expiring contract. Even if we can sign him, Hall is going to expect serious $$$ and term, which would impact the $$$ remaining to resign Svech.
  2. Since as has been reported; that a leadership group of players went around BP to RF, and he didn't address the players concerns. At the very least, it's likely that the underperformance of the team was the result. There must have been more than Jordan's allegations going on for a group of players to go to the GM. Don't be surprised if RF faces quite a bit of scrutiny up in Seattle for that episode. It's also likely that RB knew what was going on and how the players felt, but was in a lose/lose situation if he spoke up.
  3. Gardiner's performance is part of a more interesting narrative. Our BIG slash this summer was Gardiner, Dzingel, and Haula. Dzingel and especially Gardiner have be underwhelming; and of course Haula is unavailable. He was quite effective when healthy, but that doesn't matter in the present. That said, what has driven this team are guys who were already here, and their significant improvement. Svech, Turbo, Dougie, and now Necas have really stepped it up and kept us in the playoff hunt. Gardiner makes more errors than Faulk at his worst. Perhaps Gardiner and Dzingel will turn it on, and be the players that we signed as FA; but we are doing pretty well in spite of their gaffs.
  4. Attendance has definitely improved! If it would make you feel better, check attendance for other teams on a nightly basis. There are the obvious teams which always sell out; but lots of empty seats in less likely places including Buffalo, Dallas, Ottawa, Anaheim, NYI, LA, CBJ, and NJD. Buffalo had almost 4000 empty seats the other night. October and early November can be soft across the league, but it usually picks up after Thanksgiving. Also, I saw ads on both the Flyers and Rangers telecasts recently offering deep discounts on select ticket packages.
  5. As a player, RB had to grind at both ends for him to be successful. He wasn't the fastest, the biggest, the most skilled skater on the ice, but he made up for it with tenacity, positioning, and hockey IQ. He has the credibility to teach those lessons to Necas and Svech, ( and others ); and it appears to be working. His influence will certainly make those two much more complete players.
  6. RB can move Dzingel to the 3C and get on his hands and knees and beg Willy to suit up!!!!
  7. A little after the fact to be debating Ferland's value! However, his stat line for a pretty good Vancouver team is: 12GP, 1G, 4A, -1; and again on IR like the last 2 seasons with a concussion. He got 4 years at 3.5M per. No thanks; glad we let him walk. He is WAY overpaid, with too much term, a 2 year full NMC, and then a 2 year partial NMC. He will be bought out before the end of his deal!!
  8. The volume of hits isn't as important as hitting that results in gaining puck control, as on a forecheck, or disrupting the oppositions control in our end. With our speed and skill, we need to deliver hits with a purpose, not just to intimidate the other team.
  9. McGinn is really an excellent 4th liner; so perhaps he replaces Marty, creating a Gautier/Staal/Svech line. That my friends would be a tough line to play against!!!!!!
  10. Essentially we got a big physical (approx 20 minute per game) stay at home defenseman, and a 1st round pick (Bokk), for a guy on an expiring contract. We already had a top tier defense; but lacked real toughness on the back end. He should add that to our D; and he is a Stanley Cup champion! Always good to have that kind of experience in the locker room.
  11. I trust that RB already knows who will wear the "C" in 2019-2020. As fans it's fun to speculate; but RB has a special connection with this team, and will award it to a solid leader. And, I'm sure that he discussed it with Willie to get his opinion.
  12. A successfully dominant D out of the NCAA at age 23 is considerably more NHL ready than 19 year old CHL stars, who stand out playing against 17 -18 yo. In Division 1 NCAA, he was competing against other 22-23 yo players, so being more physically mature at 23 yo is an asset, and might allow him to make an immediate impact. If he plays to expectations during training camp, he may pass Fleury on the depth chart, and challenge Bean for the remaining slot.
  13. Great signing! This is only speculation; but it's not likely we would have pursued him if Adam Fox was a Cane. So, in a sense, he replaces Fox on the depth chart.
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