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  1. Hey, say it loud and say it proud. Alexander Semin. I’m pretty sure this is the last year we actually pay him his buyout. Do not bury your head in the sand and pretend that mistake never happened. Because it did and we have to learn from it. Semin. SEMIN!!! Is this triggering anyone? SEMIN!!!!!!! Anyways, interested in the weird payouts, not surprised to see a big first year in the 6m range. TT has been one of the best acquisitions we’ve made in the last decade and it’s a bit of a calming thing to have at least one of those three pending UFAs extended. Also probably helps our case with extending Aho. It’s been really exciting to watch Teuvo Teravainen consistently improve that last few years and now seems to be our best winger, definitely top-6. This was a good day for us
  2. It was a speculated number I’m sure, as most articles I read about these negotiations are either two sentences long and tell you what you already know or they are two pages long and full of speculation and career comparing. I wouldn’t be as worried if we signed Ferland to the exact same contract. But suggesting he makes more than TT is crazy to me. Yes, both have their pros and cons, but TT is younger, statistically better, and has a way higher ceiling than Ferland. The intangibles Ferland brings is the reason why the lowest suggested pay rate for him here is 4m per, which is more than twice his cap hit now. Other than that, how you can justify paying him about three and a half times more because he had one single 40 pt season and can beat someone when needed is beyond me. And the idea Ferland is the reason why Aho is scoring more is delusional. Sure, he helps, like he should, but he’s been much less impressive statistically since his concussion. (I’m looking at you, Tripp Tracey)
  3. This would be true if we didn’t have a self imposed cap. We aren’t spending up to the cap any time soon, we never have. While we have the most space right now, 10m away from the league cap ceiling might be 5m over our self imposed budget. Ferland getting whatever he wants also affects every other contract you negotiate in the offseason. No one player on this roster is worth paying whatever they want besides the two I’ve mentioned before (Slavin, Aho). How can you expect any player to ever take a smaller payout to stick around after you hand Ferland whatever he wants because the fans like him so much and he’s a tough cookie. I’m also basing most of my opinion on TD’s idea that you have to earn what you get. Ferland hasn’t earned anywhere even close to 6m/per. TD isn’t going to pay they guy because fans are pressuring him or the guy himself thinks he’s worth a certain amount. This is why we are diving head first into another lock out. Who here thinks Tom Wilson is worth 6.4m per year? Look at Wayne Simmonds. He makes just under 4m/per. He’s the kind of guy I liken to Ferland over Wilson (Who is a goon and doesn’t really have all that much skill in comparison to Simmonds/Ferland). And that is a reasonable contract. And again, TT is getting paid 5.4m per. Ferland is NOT worth more than TT in any capacity. If we were going to sign him for 6m per though, we would have extended Ferland a long time ago. I don’t see it happening.
  4. Find a way to convince JR that he needs Jordan Staal again, add a first, and one of our sexiest prospects and let’s get Malkin over here to center/mentor Svechnikov. It’s my fever dream.
  5. We aren’t the Washington Capitols. We cannot afford to over pay to the tune of 6m+ for someone like Ferland. Love the player, the style, the intangibles. But it is not worth handcuffing the rest of the team financially to keep a fan favorite. If Ferland truly wants to stick around he knows he’s going to have to give up his UFA payday. I see us trading him and at this point, ESPECIALLY with TT’s extension cap hit at 5.4m, I want to. If we pay Ferland obscene money then we are only screwing ourselves over. We cannot afford to overpay for Ferland. I don’t care how good he is or who was dealt to acquire him. Ferland has done absolutely nothing to substantiate such a massive raise in pay. 4.5m at the MOST. The other part is term, you sign Ferland to a 5 year 6m per deal, his style of play puts him in higher risk for injury. He’s already had a couple concussions. Then you’re feeling like Edmonton and how they love having Milan Lucic and his albatross contract. Or remember that guy David Clarkson? Take your emotions out of the decision and it seems pretty clear, no one on this roster aside from Slavin and Aho are worth 6m+. And Slavin is under that. If Ferland believes he’s worth 6.7m/per, that’s wonderful, take your gigantic ego with you on your way out.
  6. I miss GDTs, but it’s near impossible for me with the move to LA. ☹️
  7. And on that note we are back in the top three of our division. I do agree we need to make a move. They played noticeably better tonight. I think Aho is better at center and wants to stay in the middle but will do whatever he’s told to.
  8. What a convoluted contract. And how can you get away with paying 8.3m in signing bonus and only 700k in salary. Meh. Maybe dominoes start to fall now that Nylander signed.
  9. Also, earlier in the season they mentioned multiple times how Svechnikov really enjoyed having a fellow Russian to help explain the system and to talk to. Wonder how Svechnikov feels about how he was handled.
  10. Isn’t the entire point of this forum to share our opinions? I’ve never claimed to know more than NHL staff. Plus, five other teams put bids on claiming Zykov, further suggesting he’s got something to show at the NHL level and that our staff gave up on him too quickly. I just simply am bothered by the fact PDG has nine lives here, yet Zykov who has a much higher cieling and is just getting his first real shot at the NHL was waived over him. PDG cleared waivers, if we want to play zykov and not give him up for nothing, play him in PDGs spot and send PDG down. The whole “we want him to play” reasoning of sending him down doesn’t add up to me. There were other options which would have kept Zykov here.
  11. Do you ever consider many of those teams may not have the roster space, or the need for a forward? Just because someone says no thanks doesn’t mean they didn’t even consider it or look at the possibility. Nor does it mean the teams saying no are valuing Zykov as garbage, as you eloquently put it. He was claimed and you still try to devalue him. Zykov is a promising prospect with offensive skill. And the fact he was claimed before halfway up the list shows he’s valued around the league and teams wanted him. If EDM didn’t claim him someone else would have. The dude deserved more of a shot here. He deserved to be coached and developed wherever he may have been lacking this year, instead of being bounced around leagues and tossed aside as if he hadn’t accomplished anything or was worth anything. I’m not saying we should have traded him, his value isn’t anywhere near worth trading. Yet his potential could have seen his value skyrocket if we were patient and manage our players better instead of trying to bury him in our system and claiming you want him fresh for IF you ever need him. There was no logic in how Zykov was handled this week. I can understand the conditioning stint to keep his rights and avoid waivers. But if the whole thing was going to end with him going on waivers regardless without even getting a single game post-conditioning stint in, what the heck was the point?
  12. And let me re-iterate. PDG brings nothing to the table. Why is he taking ice time away from guys like Zykov who would benefit from NHL ice time in a bottom-6 role (if in fact RBA’s problem with Z was his defensive ability). What I really don’t like seeing is all this talk about how our forwards need to be defensively responsible. While this is true, our forwards need to be offensively existent as well. Look at our shooting percentage. Worst in the league. And our coaching staff believes the issue is backchecking? What?
  13. PDG is still here, still doing a great job of doing nothing, and yet Z who has led the AHL in scoring last season and impressed in a 10 game stint in Carolina is now no longer a part of our organization. The lowest part of the whole thing, the dude worked his butt off and earned a 1 way contract and NHL time. They gave him 13 games, shoved in the press box, then sent him down to Charlotte for “conditioning” and then calls him up, sits him healthy again, only to send him through waivers. It seems like they just wanted to get rid of the contract. Which makes no sense, he’s around 600k in salary and has tons of potential. And was a huge part of Charlotte’s PP unit last season. He never got a good shot here this season, he had two games where he was slotted in the top 9, and in one of those games had a beautiful play and screen on a PPG. But RBA doesn’t care about what he did well and was ****** he was too slow on the back-check. I’m starting to legitimately worry about our player management here. Seriously, what was the logic in the final days of Zykov’s time here?
  14. With Darling in the A, does his 4.5m cap hit no longer count against our cap? If so, we are extremely close to the absolute lowest the cap can be without be under it. That said, even with Darling’s cap, we are the lowest cap team in the league. If our internal cap is consistently leaving a whopping $22,341,125 in cap space on the table then it’s no wonder we consistently struggle to remain relevant. I’m not saying spend to the ceiling, but being the cheapest team in the league is not going to help us win any games. This is why I think this a precursor to a move. Nylander I’m hoping. We sign Nylander to a 6.9m x 6year deal, we still have plenty of space for Aho and his 8-9 million cap hit, TT and his ~6m cap hit, and Ferland who will probably see something like 4.5m bridge deal to see if he can score with consistency (beyond this season). Other than that everyone else is expendable (among our pending FAs), and can be replaced via internally or free agency going into next season. If we don’t make a move, for Nylander or anyone, then waiving Zykov is brutal and a second red flag that pops up with this front office’s decision making on players. (We all know the first red flag)
  15. With Rask returning I don’t see us making a move for Nylander until we see what Rask is bringing. If Rask looks good I see the committee looking at a potentially cheaper option at the wing rather than moving Pesce, unless the deal involves more than Nylander coming our way and more roster players than Pesce going north. Slavin isn’t going anywhere. The only way Slavin becomes a Maple Leaf is if Matthews becomes the Hurricanes top line center.
  16. I just hope we make whatever moves necessary before it’s too late. We need offensive help before the end of November. The Pens, Kings, Rangers, and Oilers have broken the trade ice, Strome being swapped for Spooner earlier today.
  17. I feel like we should restaff our assistant coaches. With Q, Stevens among others available. (if we could ever get one back in an assistant role again and is willing to come aboard.) A lot of small issues that are compounding, I notice it mostly on defense, I think a lot of these stem from the changes in assistsants and not RB.
  18. I will admit if we can win tonight, the next two against Detroit and Chicago again (and most likely Ward) opens up an opportunity to go 3-0. I hope we figure it out.
  19. Not to be overly negative here, but I also worry about Aho, TT, Ferland’s new contracts coming into next season. Do they want to stick around this mess? We miss this year and it’s a decade, tying the Panthers for basically the biggest loser streak possible in the NHL. Who wants to stick around for that? Or for 6k people in the arena because we’ve seen this show before, and it’s not even close to entertaining. Or where you haven’t seen save percentage above 90% in almost five years. How do you think Williams responds? I say his head explodes from rage and frustration. I don’t know what we keep doing wrong, but it’s astonishing we keep doing the wrong things. Nothing seems to work out in terms of getting us on track for the playoffs. I hope the team figures their *edit* out in this coming week. Otherwise, here we go again. We’ve begun to bury ourselves before Christmas yet again.
  20. At least the games would once again be entertaining to watch. I care about our goaltending, but the fact remains they actually already made two moves to address our goaltending. The move to bring in a finisher, top-6 guy, who can play C is more important, hands down. Goaltending and goal scoring are necessary for winning. But looking at the goalie market, the fact we already have too many NHL goalies, and Ned tearing it up down in the A, there really isn’t as much of a panic as you suggest. Yeah, the stats blow. But the team’s defense in front of these goalies blow just as bad. Almost as bad as the offense blows. I hear you, it’s been a long time coming since we’ve had a legitimately good starter. Think any elite goalie around the league is going to want to play for a team thats style consistently hangs their goalie out to dry? While not scoring any goals for? Fix the offense, if our current goalies can’t benefit from the added offense, then you begin to look at which of the three you waive first. And then looking at when is a good time to give Ned a look that won’t screw Charlotte. If we’re being brutally honest though, I’ve half thrown in the towel. I don’t want to watch the team to struggle, to lose any resemblance of revelance gained in the beginning of the season before mid November. It’s depressing. And now with RB behind the bench it’s almost personal. I want us to be that 4-0-1 team. But our play since that stretch proves that isn’t our team. We have one top 6 line, followed by three third at best lines (I’d argue the bottom two lines are both 4th line caliber, in terms of production). You can throw the best goalie in the league in our net, but if you play our system, that goalie will get lit up time and time again. Seeing ridiculous amounts of short handed chances, odd man rushes, and breakaways. More than any team. tl;dr I’m almost already given up on the season. And don’t get me wrong I’m usually doing math to convince myself there’s still a chance. But with all this opportunity for change and improvement I see the same *edit* show. Goaltending has already been attempted to be bolstered. And the market is non-existent. Plus, next off season there are better options in the crease, and you have the option of Ned too. This team needs a C, and points, and team defense. This team needs basically everything. After tonight, if we drop the ball on this one, I’m going to care less about scheduling time and life around being able to watch and support my team and just not care anymore. The Kings suck too, but at least they’re making active moves to address it while the season is young, not calling up fourth liners in an attempt to spark some offense? Like really?
  21. No thanks. Pesce is way undervalued, even by many fans here. I completely agree with TS1. If we are moving Pesce, they need to not only sign Nylander for us (and not at a ridiculous term/$) but add to the return, which probably wouldn’t happen. People need to acknowledge not only Pesce’s ability and his position (RHD), but his ridiculously wonderful contract (6 years at 4.025m per). For a top pairing (in ice time) elite defensive defenseman who is a RHD, that contract greatly increases his value. Especially when you’re talking moving a guy who takes a nice franchise-friendly extension like that for a guy who is forcing his team to either pay him more than they want to or trade him. Or he just won’t play. Now, I personally think it’s every player’s right to get paid what they feel they are worth. And Toronto screwed themselves by signing Tavares financially, creating this situation. Still, I’d pass. The season is early, while Nylander could be a top-6 center that pots 60+ points per year for 7 years or whatever consider: A, how much this will cost the team in $? B, how will it effect Sebastian Aho’s ongoing contract extension negotiations? C, how will it effect our penalty kill? Edit: thought of more horrors D, who eventually gets cut loose in free agency to mitigate Nylander’s roster spot/cap hit? Ferland, Aho, TT all need new contracts.... Also a point to make: Do you really think we’ll be able to find another player like Pesce as good as he is and on as good of a contract? Players consistently see raises in pay as the cap rises and their value is established. Slavin and Pesce’s contracts on the back end (and Faulk and Hamilton’s for that matter) are the reason why have the ability to really push for a Cup in the next 3 years (with this current D corps). Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure that’s our goal. Win now. I don’t think moving Pesce for Nylander would do that in our current window. If we move Faulk it makes more sense, as his contract while not bad is nearing its end and he’s less a crucial cog in our team makeup. But either of Pesce or Slavin, and you are risking the assets in place for sustained success and contender status down the road as well as right now. Just my opinion. Pesce and Slavin are the keys to our defensive side of the game. While Aho and TT (and Ferland atm) are currently the keys to our offense. While one line cannot carry an entire team offensively, Slavin/Pesce being split up spread their talent out on the blue line while being paired when the situation is dire. They carry our D. Who takes Pesce’s spot with Slavin in those situations? TVR? Tl;dr - I wouldn’t do it for Slavin or Pesce. Anyone else I would. I think Faulk may have an edge in value based on his right handedness. But I don’t think Faulk would get us Nylander. Pesce is a bigger part of this team’s defensive corps than some people realize, and at on an amazing contract. Speaking of contracts, Nylander’s contract will most likely effect Aho’s contract, plus we also have Ferland and Teravainen to sign to new contracts!
  22. The thing that kills me personally is I just moved to California in June and can no longer use my presence at games as support. I am eager to see the Canes at Staples Center though. But still, it’s weird being so far from the team I’ve grown up with since 97
  23. The biggest issue I’ve had with HCRB is his use of Hamilton on the PP. He should be QBing our first PP unit over Faulk.
  24. Zykov was missed. Especially on the power play. The guy brings so much consistent net front presence, and has quick enough hands to either tap pucks in or reload the play by a quick pass up.
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