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  2. I have to believe that the upgrade in bottom six we should see this year will make up for drop-off in either G or V. On paper, this will be a much tougher team to defend. By the way, you might...and I say might, see some drop-off with JVR, not because of skill or age, but rather, new personnel. By Turkey Day that will be straightened out. We might get that in other ways as well. But all in, we should not be as first line-dependent as recent years. If we are, something is wrong.
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  4. Rotty, I agree with you about just about every player, except may be Zucker and Staal during the regular season (both showed an improving outstanding production for 2 seasons in a row), but in playoffs 100% agree with your post on August 9 regarding the whole team. Hope, Zucker will reach 40 goals this season and will start to produce in playoffs as well as Staal and other members of the big club. It is a time to change their mentality towards their permanent playoffs production. That is a tough task but possible. An example was our single playoffs 3rd game against of tough Jets this year when we won with a score 6:2 despite of their bull helper Byfuglien. To have some bulls in the team is a good thing but consistent multiple productive players are more important in all 4 lines as well as among defensemen too. In interview this year, Kaprizov said during Gagarin Cup finals against AkBars that it is a team’s play, which CSKA (Moscow Red Army Club) lost it in 5 games . Partially agree with that, but plus to that we still need a consistent mental catalyst for the better production. Usually, coach is not good for that role because he has too many emotions and too many doubts regarding all players during any game. Maybe someone out of our new youngsters will be a good one (even better to have 2 or 3). Time will show if we have one. So far no yet. Or maybe the big trio (K-P-S) itself will improve their mentality too to boost the team that we badly need a better SCORING especially during playoffs? I am really skeptical if we have one out of our new free agent signings this year. But who knows? I am very excited, even getting more interest to our Iowa Wild team this year to see what kind of future we have for the big club with their renewed roster. Old veterans some day will go, but the future is always more intriguing than reality, which is normal.
  5. To add to your comment I'd like to say that I'm not sure why any GM would want to be in that situation, either. Not to point any fingers.
  6. Aug 18: BISONS ADD D-MAN FROM NIPAWIN The Bisons are going to play their first exhibition game of the season in just three days. However, since school doesn't even start until they return from the overseas tour. So there is no roster page, nor an official team announcement of recruits. But other sources confirm one more blueliner. Carter Doerksen - Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) - D Whenever a Saskatchewanite moves to Manitoba the average IQ of both places decreases. Hopefully this young man's desire to improve his life by leaving behind moonshine, banjo music, and possum shanks in order to have electricity, indoor plumbing, and footwear in summer will show that he is ready for this step up the evolutionary ladder. If he marries a local girl who can civilize him we may see a young man really turn his life around. Doerksen was the captain of the Hawks, winners of the SJHL championship. He does not run up the offensive numbers, which suits me just fine. The Bisons need good-in-their-own end defencemen, and hopefully he fits the bill. He is smaller than the typical Bison recruit, at 5'10" and 187 lbs. He is the second Bison recruit from Nipawain, joining Thomas Lenchyshyn, a LW/D. Here's what the SJHL story says: The Hawks are sending quite a few players to other teams in USports, plus one to the BCIHL and two to the NCAA: - Brandan Arnold - to Mount Royal - Brett Harasymuk - to UOIT - Michael Grant - to Lethbridge - Tyler Adams - to Regina - Josh McDougall to Mercyhurst - Logan Casavant - to Trinity Western - Grant Baetsen - to Adrian College That's a lot of grads to move in one season. Links: ► [SJHL: Nipawin Hawks Commitments] ► [SJHL: Player Profile Story] : [Stats Page] ► [Carter Doerksen at Eliteprospects.com] : [at HockeyDB.com] The Banjo Mutts became the last CW to release their exhibition schedule. Their games are: Sep 14 Saskatchewan at Regina Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (in Regina) Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan They will not leave the province of Saskatchewan. The few players who like toilet paper will have to wait for a road trip where they can stock up. All teams have now released schedules, although some alterations will no doubt be made. Here's what I suspect: - The Evil Monkeys have not announced anything for Sep 21-23, but they do appear on the ACAC schedule with a game against NAIT on Sep 23 in the Athabasca Tournament. I suspect they will add a game against MacEwan on Sep 21. - The Bedrock Dinos claim they play the Bluegars on Sep 19, but the Bluegars say they are playing Minnesota State that same day. I find it odd that an NCAA team would be allowed to play that day. So my guess is that the MRU schedule will be altered so that the Minnesota State game goes to Oct 5 or 6. - Manitoba's schedule does not list their opponents for the Regina tournament Sep 14-15. Since the Bisons face Sask on Sep 15, and since Regina plays Sask on Sep 14 and SAIT on Sep 15, my guess is that the Bisons will face the SAIT Condoms on Sep 14. Regina's trip to civilization will then consist of just the one game on Sep 22, due to the York tour. - The York tour deserves a mention. It is not yet on their website. But from the CW teams we have this: Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden) Sep 21 Calgary v York (in Humboldt) Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan Links: ► [Saskatchewan Schedule] ► [Saskatchewan Team Page] ► [York Schedule]
  7. Pretty cool. I will get more involved once the season starts. Enjoy the game threads
  8. Judging by the return, they only got some Ice Age and mirage packs
  9. That is of course a very deep question. I know initially when foolish activities between line choices and such first started taking place when Todd Richards was coach my alert meter immediately jumped all over Fletcher and Leipold for allowing those types of actions taking place, then railed on Yeo (and Leipold and Fletcher) for much of the same thing all over again but it obviously got worse... And as time went on it kept getting more questionable.
  10. Congrats. I'm an old timer, haven't checked in much lately, but good to see you folks havin' a time here.
  11. It is strange with Elliot because his way of doing things is rather odd at how he accomplishes the end result, but it seems to work for him mostly, but at a higher level toward the end it's wanting, is the feeling I am left with. I think he works when the circumstances are right on both sides, but deviation from the norm with a few quirks in between and that's when he might not shine at all, but then again does every goalie have his kryptonite?
  12. How about a five year deal where the first two years the payout is 7.5 mill and the remaining 3 years at 5.5 mill with scoring incentives to bring it up by a mil or two if incentives are met. I know Simmer wants to stay and the Flyers want him to stay. So why don't both sides make it work with the right dollar amounts with incentives, like if Simmer scores and plays a certain amount of games during the regular season and hits certain numbers in the playoffs, that way it can be fair on both sides. If your producing you get rewarded for it , if you have a down year, you still make fair money but not higher than what your body of work produced. Simmonds is a valuable player on and off the ice, the organization has to remember this in negotiations. The Flyers are trying to win and build a Stanley Cup winning team for years to come, Simmonds has to understand this and ask himself if he wants to be a part of that group for the following five plus years. I remember when Briere realized this after understanding he had to be bought out because he got big money on a contract and later realized that big money contract in the later part was strapping the team financially and had to buy him out because it was just too expensive to have him on the team and make the team not be over the cap. They would of liked to have kept him for more years but he was too expensive for what towards the end of the contract he was producing. Simmonds is worth two more years of higher pay, it's the next five years after that where it can become a gamble. Hey Flyers: Give the man his worth for two more years and pay him a fair amount with incentives for the next three or five years of the term. Hey Wayne: Ask yourself: How much do you want to be a Flyer and do you want to be a part of the organization afterwards.
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  14. Here below is a schedule for up coming soon a Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament. We are in a Ted Lindsay Division against of pretty good teams. Interesting who is going to play for our team this year? Last year we played not bad at all. I think in general we had a good pretty solid team. We lost only one last game then. Kunin, Ek, Greenway, Sokolov, Lodnia, Mason Shaw, Soucy as well as other players from Iowa Wild played there too. Unfortunately, Mason Shaw was badly injured(ACL tear) during that tournament and missed the entire season after. Hope, Khovanov will play this tournament together with Sokolov. I liked that's pair chemistry after development camp this summer, may be because of their better communication, which is important too. Hope, also to see Belpedio and both Johanssons . Those tournaments bring lots of heart plays, which I like it for years. [Hidden Content]
  15. We have reached today 3000 posts on our Wild forum which is a 6th place among other posts of other teams forums. The most impressive part of it, that we did reach that level in about 3 months. Our leaders continue to be the same - LIG, Rotty,and KA.
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  17. I think that is a superb question. I think it is indeed plausible based on what we've seen be deployed on the ice that perhaps there has to be a certain level of player consent to line combinations. If true, I am not sure why ANY coach would want to be in that situation.
  18. Let's say 2 full seasons (164 games). I think one season definitely is not enough to determine a significant draft success.
  19. Did he give too much power to certain players or was he told to listen to certain players? Because there is a big difference. If he let the inmates run the asylum, then that’s on him. But if he was told to let the inmates run the asylum, then no matter what his vision for the team was, it was never going to come to fruition if his managing of the team was always interfered with.
  20. Aug 16: SUPPLEMENTARY UPDATE Former Bison coach Barry Trotz is bringing the Stanley Cup to Dauphin! That's the only major trophy the Bisons have never won. The Horny Ones have now released their exhibition schedule, leaving the Banjo Mutts as the only dilatory bunch. Here it is: Sep 07 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge Sep 08 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge Sep 21 Lethbridge at Lakehead Sep 22 Lethbridge at Lakehead Oct 06 Lethbridge at Western Michigan (NCAA) Oct 07 Lethbridge at Ferris State (NCAA) Dec 29 Lethbridge at New Brunswick Dec 30 Lethbridge v Moncton (in Fredericton) All of these games were previously announced elsewhere except for the game against Moncton. It seems odd that they are not playing on Sept 14-15, when there are open events in Regina and Edmontown. Time for a new logo at York. The old one was kind of busy. However, would it not make more sense for sports departments to put additional funds into programs rather than logos? Most of what I have seen in new logos have been good, but so were the old ones. Links: ► [Former Bison men's hockey coach Barry Trotz bringing Stanley Cup to Manitoba] ► [Lethbridge Team Schedule] ► [NEW ERA FOR YORK UNIVERSITY LIONS BEGINS WITH LOGO LAUNCH]
  21. That's very true, but I do believe he gave too much power to certain players and as we all speculated, it tied his coaches hands as a result. Way too often under Yeo the lines we saw were often mind-boggling. Far worse have been the PP lines. Then it trickled into Boudreau's realm too.
  22. Our NHL tandem is on the weaker side forsure in terms of star power in net we lack yes but when Elliott isnt hurt he can be pretty good and on a roll and Neuvy had solid numbers in net to be honest for his sake but we still made the playoffs with them so still can get us there and have been a decent stop gap situation for us until Hart is ready which i will say does look good so i think in the end we will be alright and solid for a long time in the future but right now we just gotta roll with it
  23. I’m a big sanheim fan. Got to see him a few times in the Dub. I saw him take over games like never before. His skating is elite and combined with that size, it’s worth the wait to see him come together. i can’t see Hexy doing a RNH trade till after camp. Flyers are not in a rush and might have a young player ready to step up.
  24. A smart GM (or fan) will look at what Vegas did and realize that it's almost impossible to recreate that situation. And there is no guarantee that they will be successful long term just because they've had immediate success. You look at the teams that win Cups and they almost all have high end players they drafted and developed (many of them with the high picks Vegas won't have because of their immediate success). Building a team properly takes longer than one or two years. If Vegas continues to be a playoff team, then maybe you can look at it as a blueprint.
  25. Well, I wasn’t referring to the overall significance of a player. I was referring what we want to define as a significant amount of games to be with the NHL club to be considered a draft success. Is it 82 games? 100 games? 164 games?
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  27. It is a very good question IllaZilla– What is significant means for a hockey player and for a fan watching that player’s play? How to determine right his significance for the team and for the fans as well? I think significant means the real value, the real production, the real influence for the team in helping to advance to the top of Stanley Cup. I do not think the significant means how many games and how many minutes the player played in NHL, because even he played lots of games there he still could present a weak significant ballast/ be very unnoticeable for the team during that time.
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