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  1. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Klefbom sure would make a nice addition playing along side Weber, a good Puck Mover playing with Weber is exactly the combination that would yield tremendous success for that top pair. Because it is so obviously a good fit for us, I am going to go ahead and predict we sit on our hands about it, and let the opportunity to balance our top pair in such a great way, slip on by.
  2. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    I can get behind this analysis, the trade in its current state didn't seem necessary when you consider the PMD is the way to go in today's NHL. However this could have easily been properly constructed with a proper plan and vision. If you are in the Front Office, and it just grinds your gears to see your #1D flying up the ice sometimes and going rogue and costs your team a goal, you might be tempted to make a move away from that type of player, I get it. His coaches want him to cool it, some of his team mates want him to cool it, but he tunes it all out and keeps doing his thing. Some people can embrace it, others are driven mad by it, I am sure we have all had multiple times where we just wanted to smack PK for doing something stupidly risky and having it burn us. Point is, I can understand the thought behind moving away from a dominant but high risk player for a dominant steadier player, once you establish that, you still have work to do as far as figuring out what hockey strengths you gain and lose from such a trade. In this case, Subban was almost unmatched in the Puck Moving department, Weber is almost unmatched in the Shutdown department, A trade for us would have also had to involve a larger plan to compliment the stylistic change we just made. Trading Subban for Weber had to also come with another move later to bring back some Puck Moving to compliment the newly acquired big boost in our Shutdown capabilities from the back end. It essentially was ok last year while Markov was filling the role beside him, but it faltered greatly this year with the loss of that and again adding more Shutdown guys like Alzner. This D has enough Shutdown with Weber alone, he is elite at it, it is why he plays huge minutes, for any team including Team Canada. We are, in hockey terms, chemically imbalanced, too much shutdown not enough puck moving, our group of D is improperly built around Weber. Weber brings extreme stability and decision making, he brings the ability to smother and shutdown top players at an elite level, call it a day on all those things and acquire at least 1, preferably 2, solid PMD who still fit your philosophy of not being high risk players, but their main strength is Puck Moving, and you have yourself a well thought out plan, and a properly setup D-Core. Unfortunately we are out to lunch on everything that followed the trade, which could have gave us a chance to properly move forward. It actually would have shown this management group was competent in realizing, High Risk players were not something they wanted on their roster, and were wise enough to make a real change in that department while making sure not to compromise the balance and overall ability of the D-Core in its entirety with a couple smaller trades after the big one. The plan ending at, we are trading Subban for Weber was wrong, it should have been clear, we are trading Risk for Stability, and we are going to acquire some puck movement afterwards to re-balance the D based on the abilities of the player leaving and the one coming in.
  3. Markov is a Champion. Is Subban next?

    Man I just don't get why one needs to get gunned down to raise up the other, that aspect has been annoying and incomprehensible to me from the moment this trade took place. We see it page after page, every time it is brought up, Its take a shot at Weber to play up Subban, take a shot at Subban to play up Weber. It is obvious enough to see these are 2 top pair Dmen we are talking about here, elite players at their position. Subban had a fantastic year, is a Norris finalist, there really isn't a need to harp on him for his "Meh" game 7, there were a handful of bigger issues that caused that demise, than Subban. Subban might be the better type of Dman to have in this current NHL, but that does not take away from Weber still being an Elite Player who does not deserve to be harped on just to play up Subban. Believe it or not, it is POSSIBLE to praise Subban for an excellent year, without throwing popshots at Weber to make the point. It is also possible to Praise and appreciate what Weber does, without having to cut down Subban's game.
  4. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Not sure why we would even be trying to move Weber while we would be going after the player who would compliment him really well, Klefbom and Petry are not going to be back boning any kind of viable Defense. Weber, Petry, Klefbom, however, starts to look interesting with Mete and Juulsen in the mix.
  5. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    What kind of analysis is this? Our offense is defunct for multiple reasons, playmakers being the least of our concerns. What is more troublesome are how skewed we are, positionally, up front, we got Wingers trying to be Centers, Centers trying to be Wingers. We lack a legitimate 1C, probably even a 2C but lets worry about one issue at a time up there. Then we have a D core that is carried by 2 guys, both playing from the same side, also happen to be the only 2 capable of producing points on any kind of regular basis. We have no one on the Left side capable of eating minutes while driving some offense on a consistent basis for the forwards. Those are the real issues plaguing this offense, you have to be properly setup at the forward and defense position before you can even get into what style of players you need to compliment each other better and further upgrade that offense. You need a real 1C, you need a real top 6 with maybe only 1 guy out of the 6 being a bubble guy, the rest have to be hands down top 6 guys. You need at least 3 of your 6 Dmen to be very good all around players who are capable of playing big minutes, solid in their own zone, while contributing to team offense, whether on the PP or 5 on 5. We are obviously not there yet, and need to get there before we can even consider talking about how many natural goal scorers, playmakers, or net drivers we are lacking to make it better.
  6. 2018 draft thread

    I tend to agree here 3rd overall is a gift, if teams want to move down to get it they are the ones who need to offer the moon and the stars. Not us dangling it out there like a well seasoned carrot acting like it is a very expendable gift horse. You keep that pick, you screw Button's list, and you pick Zadina, and enter the next phase of your plan knowing you have now added an elite winger in the mix, making wingers already on the team the ones you are willing to give to fill needs. The only reason to deviate from this plan is if someone makes an offer we can't refuse for that 3rd pick. I am not even sure why we are debating how we can give this pick up for this, that, and the other thing, we don't want to make a trade with this pick, we want someone to blatantly overpay for it, or we use it, plain and simple in my books.
  7. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    This is starting to teeter awfully close to a debate i'm sure no one wants to rehash.. I see and hear different rumblings again about Florida and Montreal getting back to the drawing board on a Pacioretty deal, he seemingly would approve it in a heartbeat. Question is what do we go after as a return. Obviously I'd love to grab Bjugstad but he is likely an untouchable. Perhaps something involving Matheson for our LD problems, or somehow slip away with Borgstrom, who may actually be even more untouchable than Bjugstad. Thoughts?
  8. Lets get this thing Started, we are a little over a Month away. Who do you got in the Final and who is the Winner. Who represents your background/nationality and where do you think they will go. I'll start, I am represented by Portugal, and I think they will get to the Semi-Final against France. But I think the Final will be France vs Germany and Germany will be World Cup Champions again. They have gotten younger while remaining incredibly strong, I just don't see who is going to put them down this year. I will however note, Portugal is a very strong Darkhorse, and could pull it off in the same manner they did at the Euro's, fueled by a strong team game and of course, when you got this guy.... Anything is possible, in any match, at any time.
  9. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    What if its all smoke and mirrors, what if no matter what plan he comes up with, he is as good as gone once it is cheaper, or the absolute perfect candidate is up for grabs and he has to fork out the money, What if behind closed doors the relationship between them is a complete fracture, Bergevin knows he is only there because of the cost to make a change, Molson is just disgusted at the fact he has to keep him on board or blow millions more. He is forced to babysit his investment that went belly up the year after he dove into it just to make sure it doesn't get any worse while plotting plan B. Bergevin's very presence in the room annoys him, every time Bergevin tries to meet him and discuss future plans and ideas maybe Molson is like... And Storms out of whatever room they were in, leaving Bergevin standing there holding his nuts. I mean it is possible right?
  10. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    My post had 0 to do with Weber, it was touching on the fact someone mentioned Subban was playing his firewagon brand of hockey during these playoffs, and I was simply stating his game has calmed down quite a bit in Nashville. He has improved his decisions and game management if you compare him today to his last season in Montreal, improvements that could not be taken away from him with some nit picking, in my opinion anyway.
  11. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    The good has always outweighed the bad, it is simply a matter of whether you are the type of person who can handle that type of play style from a Dman or not. His game on the ice has grown and matured since the move to Nashville, you can't take that away from him. He is closer to a complete and dominant player now than he was 2 years ago, whether it was a the smack in the face from the trade, the fact he doesn't have to try to carry that ridiculously good D-Core on his own leading to that growth and maturity, or something else I don't know. But I do know that the PK who is a Norris Trophy nominee this year, is significantly better than the PK who won the Norris earlier in his career.
  12. Plekanec traded to Leafs

    What if we re-sign him to be Torrey Mitchel v2.0, McCarron and De La Rose are hardly shoe ins for 4th C, Plekanec could fill the role while being some insurance in case of injuries. Danault could still slot in at #3, and we could still be on the hunt for a 1C and 2C.
  13. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Ya i'm pretty sure it was Philly's offer sheet that Nashville matched at the time