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Everything posted by tomh009

  1. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Sergachev? Then there is Gostisbehere, makes Lehkonen look easy!
  2. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    Turn offthe autocorrect and just have the phone flag (underline) what it thinks are misspellings. I did that years ago, as soon as I saw that it was mangling all foreign names and other words.
  3. Lehkonen Signs 2.4m/Year

    We really shouldn’t be Russian the development of the young players!
  4. Lehkonen Signs 2.4m/Year

    Certainly Julien does! I think both Lehkonen and Armia have upside potential for 2019-20, at least in terms of scoring.
  5. Armia 2yr $2.6/yr

    Shocking! Commandant predicted only $2.1M, I think this may be his biggest miss of the season. Two years is good. If Armia can improve, he'll be in a good position two years from now. (Hint: Give Tim Turk a call ...)
  6. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Yes, I think that's a good way to put it. Puljujarvi likely has a higher ceiling, but Hudon is more likely to reach his own ceiling. Puljujarvi is more of a gamble at this point.
  7. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I think Puljujarvi has more potential than Hudon. But we don't have room for either one in any case.
  8. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    In principle it's a good risk, and I think there is a good chance that Puljujarvi would feel more at home with with our Finn squad, and get his game to where it should be. But as was pointed out to me when I proposed this (or was it Honka?) we don't really have room on the NHL roster for him. And what he really needs is ice time, I think, to adjust and get his confidence up. But sending him to Laval is a non-starter as we would likely lose him on the waivers.
  9. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Part that, I expect, and part hesitation by other teams. The waiver rule is a killer: if he's not ready for NHL ice time, you can't get him into the AHL without someone else snapping him up on waivers. So you risk sitting him in the press box and using up a roster spot. So unless you are really weak on RW it's not a great risk to take.
  10. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Yes, but he would end up being a superstar playmaker without a sniper that would put the puck in the net.
  11. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I think either Laine or Gardiner would be a better fit (for our gaps) anyway so $11M for Marner doesn't make sense to me, either.
  12. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Thanks for clarifying that.
  13. Permanent Rumour Thread

    @iamhockey1 (Hockey 24|7) claims that Bergevin has presented an offer sheet to Marner for 5x$11M, but Marner has not accepted (yet). But the tweet is from three days ago so I would hazard to guess that either it's not correct info -- or else Marner will not be accepting the offer sheet at all. In either case there would likely be no official confirmation. $11M is the full Monty, four first-rounders, is it not?
  14. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Right. He has shown flashes of brilliance but only for a month or so at a time. And when he faltered he quickly got dropped down the lineup. I really think the issue with Puljujarvi is confidence more than anything. He came into the NHL too young, with minimal English skills. He's definitely not mature for his age, likely not really clicking with anyone in the Oilers' dressing room, and any remaining confidence will have crumbled as he has floated between the fourth line and the press box. A new team and an AHL assignment would be the best for him, I think, but by now he has enough NHL experience that he would need to clear waivers. And I expect that someone would pick him up from there. Going to Europe -- and not Finland -- for a year or two would probably be the best option for him to eventually succeed in the NHL.
  15. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Yes. But the challenge (as dlbalr pointed out to me in the Honka case) is that really Puljujarvi, too, should get some serious playing time in the AHL first, to get his confidence back and prepare for the NHL. I really think the Oilers rushed his development. But in order to do that, he would need to be able to clear waivers, which probably would not happen. I'm wondering, though, would a team be able to sign Puljujarvi and then send him to Finland for a year of maturing and conditioning in Liiga, and then bring him back for 2020-21? Based on CBA (section 13.23) it looks like waivers would only be necessary in order to bring him back during the same season. But I may have misinterpreted the CBA ...
  16. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    They might well have matched that, too.
  17. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    We do have a lot of D prospects in the pipeline. Based on eliteprospects.com, excluding Laval, eight of our 18 skater prospects are defencemen. And eight more D in Laval ...
  18. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Right, forgot about the waivers when I was thinking about this. Honka still has a lot of potential but I think he would get a boost from spending some time in the AHL, with lots of ice time, rather than being a fourth-pair D in the NHL, with minimal ice time. But if you can’t get him into Laval without losing him, that whole idea falls apart.
  19. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    From defendingbigd.com, a Stars fan site: Why wouldn't someone (if not the Habs, then someone else) pick him up using an offer sheet? Or trade inexpensively -- for Hudon?
  20. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Puljujarvi for Hudon and a 2nd. But while Puljujarvi might work out really well in the right environment, that doesn't really solve our problems (LD and PP), either, at least not for a few years.
  21. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I'm really hoping that he will address either LD (Gardiner, Gostisbehere etc) or PP (Laine etc) at the minimum. At least one of those is doable. And apparently Gusev is available from Las Vegas really inexpensively ... although he is not really a PP scoring threat, either.
  22. Arbitration deadline at 5 PM today

    Alphabetical order?
  23. Armia, Hudon, Lehkonen and McCarron are eligible. Will all file for arbitration? Hudon rejected his qualifying offer, apparently because it was for a two-way contract. That offer will expire on the 15th unless the Habs choose to extend it. (I assume they will need to extend even if Hudon files for arbitration.) There were only 44 arbitration applications in the entire league last year -- and I think 40 of those were settled before the arbitration hearing.
  24. 2019 NHL Offseason Thread

    It's possible there is still further medical checks ongoing, although we're now more than a week past July 1. Almost everyone needs D -- but this year it seems that the demand from the other teams was mainly for RD, not LD. I didn't actually do a count, but that's the impression I have from my reading.
  25. Habs sign Sebastian Aho to offer sheet

    The best UFA deals were the short contracts with the “P” team players: Perry, Pavelski, Panik. But I don’t really know how much of an impact they would have been able to make in the Habs’ lineup.