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Everything posted by Link67

  1. Sept 21, DEVILS vs HABS, 7PM

    Just wanted to stop by the thread and express how little hope I have for Joe Morrow to be anything more than a part time NHLer, his game is so incomplete. Some aspects are nice and some are just horrible, and its the kind of good you can't teach, and the kind of bad you can't fix. Gelinas is also lookin better than I thought, interested in seeing how his camp plays out if he keeps going the way he is.
  2. The way I see it... Drouin has a better chance at becoming a superstar forward than Sergachev does at becoming a superstar Defenceman. Therefore in my opinion, regardless of position, we have acquired the player most likely to have a higher impact on this team night after night in the short and long term. Especially during this season and likely the next, where Sergachev has maybe a small chance to become an instant bonafide top 3 guy, but Drouin is very likely to be a very productive Top Center or at the very least top line impact forward.
  3. I'll take a positive outlook on this game.. - Mete, who i was looking forward to watching, did not disappoint, he translated his speed and smarts to the next level. He has all the tools to succeed in today's NHL in the near future. - Jerabek looked like he could get the job done at the NHL level and likely to progress throughout the season. - Drouin looked like a smooth, skilled, top line forward once he got going, his PP play was incredible, he will likely be as pivotal on our PP as Kovalev once was. His ability to do anything with the puck from his spot make it next to impossible to stop for long stretches. He can hurt you with a shot, hurt you with patience, hurt you with passes, he is constantly roving up and down the left side making it very difficult to keep tabs on his next move. - Thought Lindgren looked very good during the time he played. - Hudon looks like a guy who is going to have a solid rookie year, start in the top 9, and possibly move into the top 6 when injuries start creeping in. He looks like a rare case where his talent and ability is so good, he was able to avoid being hindered by the Lefevbre effect, thank god. I see him as this season's Lehkonen, and very similar production potential.
  4. very interested to see how mete looks with Weber, though I love this kids potential, and have watched a lot of him when he comes to Windsor, I still think he is a couple years away from really putting it all together. That said, still want to see how close he is currently against and with some NHL caliber players.
  5. 2017-18 Line-up

    We can thank Pehlps and the Shark for this..
  6. That would be helpful under a very specific set of circumstances. - We don't give up any key roster pieces to get it done - Philly retains some salary otherwise we are just hanging ourselves
  7. I don't mind Danault as a 2C, it is not the best case scenario, but he could do a solid job there without being a major hindering on the roster. However I am absolutely done, and been done with not having a bonafide 1C who is capable of consistent 60+ point seasons.
  8. Hey look I understand where you are coming from, but the bare bones facts are, When the season starts, the guy who is going to be expected to fill the void left by Radulov's departure, is Drouin. So to say he is not replacing him because the trade/signing did not relate to each other is incorrect, Drouin is going to be playing in Radulov's spot next year or now possibly at Center and Galchneyuk will be in his spot. Either way we are replacing Radulov that way, And as I mentioned in that post, I was able to move on from that decision, and I say that because I wasn't thrilled about losing Radulov, and did have to "move on" as you would from a situation you wish didn't have to happen. But I moved on easier from the decision not to over extend on Radulov because I could see the viable pieces in place after the fact that could replace his production. Now on the Markov front, Why I was and still am so upset about it, is that no matter how I look at this, or which way I flip the box around that I am trying to think outside of, we have no replacement. There wasn't even a remotely close option, There was no Drouin on Defense that I could think to myself, well we didn't over extend on Markov because we have player X ready to take on his role, it would be best to use the cap differently. There is none of that, he was necessary on this Blue line at the time we were negotiating, and he is still necessary now a couple weeks away from pre-season. I can understand Bergevin's thinking if he has in his mind a magic number he won't go past with Radulov, because he sees it in his head that well since I have Drouin, If I am going to have to spend 7 mill to keep Radulov, I'd rather replace him with Drouin and use the 7 mill towards a Center. I can get behind that type of thinking because Drouin is a viable replacement at RW, and a Center is a position of need on this club. Is it what he was thinking? I don't know, I hope so, it is what I'd be thinking, and I am just little old me discussing hockey on a forum from my home office. I would also see a potential plan of action in over extending a bit on signing Radulov, 7mill for 5 years, having that top 6 winger depth, to then be able to use one as trade bait for a top 6 center, whether it is a Galchenyuk, or even for the right fish in the pond, a Pacioretty, that would also be another way to acquire a quality Center. What I can't understand in any way shape or form, is not overpaying a little for Markov, who brings offense, the ability to play on the top pair, a PP quarterback, a Leader, and a one of a kind type of player on the roster who could not be directly replaced from within or free agency. Not to mention we lost 3 LD within the organization during the previous 6 weeks, the decision there is baffling. I like to try and stay neutral with Bergevin, give him props when he deserves, give him his lashings when he messes up, and this one is clearly a screw up in my eyes. You just can't justify not getting her done on a deal for Markov when you gut the position he plays during the summer, have no replacement on board, and cannot easily acquire an adequate replacement through other means.
  9. Rookie Camp roster/tournament thread

    Reeeeeaallly looking forward to see how Reway looks, if he looks pretty close to rehabilitated, I am going to be pretty excited about how his season plays out.
  10. Radulov I was able to move on from, we replaced him with a better and younger player, It would have been nice to have both, but there is ultimately no need to overpay for a 31 year old player long term if you have Drouin in the Hen house. Markov though, that one has bugged me since the first hour, and continues to bug me, we don't have an adequate replacement on that front, and we have done nothing with the cap up to this point anyway so why not give it to him for another year. It would have bought Jerabek a season to learn and adapt to the NHL, and hopefully adequately replace Markov at the end of his journey, properly.
  11. You get the feeling we are heading for a "yep, stupid move" scenario? lol
  12. I don't think he will pan out but there is no harm in trying
  13. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    I doubt Pittsburgh makes this deal, there are far cheaper 3rd line centers to be had across the NHL, Maatta is a top 4 guy for them, and their defense isn't exactly scaring anyone at this point, why make it even weaker? Its a nice deal for us any angle I look at it, which also means it is likely a bad deal for them.
  14. 2017-18 Line-up

    They didn't do anything back there besides swap Hunwick for Hainsey, so unless Andersson has himself a spectacular year, I would expect more of the same on that end. However they did add to their offense, which would likely help them win a few more games than last year and continue to progress in the right direction. Toronto's Achilles heel will be their back end again but I am sure they will work towards addressing that when the right opportunity comes.

    Do we know if the entire surface will be covered though? Or is Bergevin planning on entering the season with a bunch of open Ice space
  16. 2017-18 Line-up

    I have more faith that Hudon can come in for a full season and have a Lehkonen type of season, than I do in Hemsky hitting 40 points. I agree about the Wild Card aspect, if Jerabek comes in and has a Zaitsev type of season and progression, he could easily make this top 4 more interesting going forward. For now I will just expect him to come around slowly, and by seasons end, hopefully have shown enough to suggest next year he could be a top 4 option on a full time basis. I agree, I do think Tampa will have a better season but they lost a 50+ point top 6 player with no replacement, and are banking on a young netminder with a lot to prove this season, the only gains they can hope for now are healthy bodies. Ottawa already had a rollercoaster year, to determine which is the real Ottawa is not something simple, they also lost a top pair guy with no replacement and will be more of the same. Toronto made some slight improvements and Boston did nothing to improve from the bubble team they already were. We make the playoffs with relative ease as long as Price is healthy, it just is what it is there, but it will be a 3 horse race for the Division title between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. If we make an addition of note with the cap space we have though, this could all change and turn into a "our division to lose" type of scenario.
  17. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Guys don't get me wrong here, I don't WANT to trade Pacioretty, I love the guy, he is an elite goal scorer, I have defended him from his unfair critics for several seasons now. But what he brings on the wing, which is high and consistent production, i would simply rather have at Center. I am not one to poke around the bushes of fantasy land when it comes to hockey discussions, I am aware to receive quality players you need to give quality packages. He is not my first choice to send out the door for a major Center like Tavares, I would rather we exercise every other avenue to bring in a Tavares to Montreal with a Pacioretty playing at his side. But ultimately if a GM says "You know I just can't see myself trading Tavares/Backstrom/Insert True 1C name here, unless you make Pacioretty the center piece on your end". You ponder it for a moment, maybe you call back in an hour, but you ultimately have to make that deal happen, because this team has been starving for a 1C for too long. This team already has a legitimate #1 Goalie, it has a legitimate #1 Defenseman, if it had a legitimate #1 Center, imagine the possibilities for a team with that kind of make up going forward, the fundamental needs to be a contender would be in place. You would only have to move around the pieces in the outer ring of the puzzle from there until the pieces all fit and we achieve what I think we all want in the end.
  18. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    we have nothing else to offer besides quality wingers, so if that isn't what we're offering then we aren't getting a top 6 Center of any kind, which is also a problem, a big one.
  19. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    it is quite the opposite, Backstrom is an elite Center, among the very best at his position. It is for this reason the trade won't happen, Pacioretty doesn't help their team get better, But Backstrom definitely helps our team get better. The picks mean nothing to them, they are not close to rebuilding yet, it is for all these reasons the trade has pretty much no chance of happening, not because we wouldn't want to make the trade, but because they wouldn't.
  20. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Nope, not a chance in my opinion
  21. Permanent Rumour Thread

    No interest in Chris Neil, That is music to my ears.
  22. Permanent Rumour Thread

    I think that is the post he was referring to, and for the record Radulov might be a lot of things, Passionate, Skilled, Confident, Energetic, and maybe even a tad Greedy, but he is not the type to take a night or a shift off, what makes you think he would take a whole season off just because he got paid. You can make a case he is not the most loyal and a bit greedy, but to suggest he will suddenly get Lazy and take a seat in the recliner for the next 5 years because he has his money is a stretch. He is going to give Dallas everything he's got, will it be enough to be worth the money in a few years? we shall see.
  23. Permanent Rumour Thread

    See in this scenario, if we did go with a Drouin - Galchenyuk 1 - 2 punch down the middle, it would have been of paramount importance to keep Radulov,. The fact it was not treated as something that was dire, suggests to me, that Drouin was the replacement plan at RW if Radulov could not come in at the price they wanted. They went to the negotiating table with that in mind, that they didn't HAVE to re-sign him at all costs because they see Drouin as a Winger. If it was the case where they saw him as a potential top line center and also see Galchenyuk as a #2 Center, then they would have treated the Radulov negotiation as if they need him no matter what, and fork over the money to get it done, we didn't see that level of desperation in their negotiation at all. then you would have a core top 6 all sticking together for more than one season that looks like Pacioretty - Drouin - Radulov Lehkonen - Galchenyuk - Gallagher That plan needed to be agreed to, and followed, prior to July 1st by Management, if that is the look you are going for, and it is a pretty damn good look I have to admit, it needed to be a plan before July 1st. There are many different plans they could have moved forward with during this offseason, this would have been one I could get behind, but that ship has sailed, and it really looks like they never had a plan to go with Drouin and Galchenyuk as the top 6 centers from the get go.
  24. Permanent Rumour Thread

    Right, forgot about that, I am not entirely sure he will play 40 games for them either, kind of a 50/50 on that one. Hopefully he does and we have more assets at our disposal.