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  2. I think it has more to do with the rosters being set more than anything for the playoffs. Since if you were to be allowed to claim someone they would have to stay on the NHL roster. Which would some how circumvent the need for recalls I guess.
  3. I would love to see that, but what I'd love to see even more is a total collapse and they slip out altogether.
  4. Colorado Opportunistic in 3-1 Win Over the Wild The Wild didn't want it bad enough. We settled for the perimeter too much and then couldn't bury our opportunities. Colorado did and we lose by two. There were some strange personnel choices. I have a full game recap, prospect reports too...
  5. I only caught the last half on TV and listened to the first on XM. I agree with TFG that we were getting skated around. We also turned things over too much. I am beginning to think the most important change we have made this year is dismissing Pryor. Seriously--the rest of the league seems to draft Young Guns who barrel around and through us. Sadly, I don't think Sam Morin will do much to change that.
  6. Today
  7. Game # 73 7 3Smith, Marchessault lead Golden Knights past Sharks 7-3Marchessault scores twice in Golden Knights' winJonathan Marchessault scores a goal in the first period and an empty-netter in the third period to lead the Golden Knights past the Sharks 7-3.SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After an up-and-down second season together, the top line for the Vegas Golden Knights is starting to click again when it really counts.Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and two assists, Reilly Smith had a goal and three assists and the Golden Knights won for the ninth time in 10 games, beating the San Jose Sharks 7-3 on Monday night.William Karlsson added a goal and an assist as the trio combined for 10 points, giving the line 33 points during this 10-game stretch that started with the arrival of Mark Stone in a deadline deal from Ottawa."It's definitely been a little bit of a roller coaster year for us," Marchessault said. "We're not producing as much as last year. It's fine. I think we're playing well still defensively and shutting down big lines on the other teams. When we do that I think that's when we're the most successful."The way they have played the past three weeks showed why it's so important for the Sharks to catch Calgary in the Pacific Division race and avoid a first-round playoff series against the surging Golden Knights. San Jose trails the Flames by one point, and Calgary has a game in hand. The Sharks have a seven-point edge over Vegas in the race for second place and home-ice advantage in the first round.The Sharks dropped their third straight home game in regulation for the first time in three years as they failed once again with an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth."I'm concerned," said Logan Couture, who scored twice. "We hadn't played well, we're giving up too many chances, too many easy goals. We're giving up odd-man rushes. We have to get back to shooting the puck."Perhaps more concerning for San Jose was the absence of captain Joe Pavelski, who missed his first game with an injury in more than eight years. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said the team's leading goal scorer has a lower-body injury and is out longer than day to day.Joe Thornton had a goal for San Jose. Martin Jones allowed three goals on 11 shots before being replaced by Aaron Dell in the first period.Stone, Paul Stastny and Cody Eakin also scored for Vegas. Malcolm Subban made 36 saves in place of injured Marc-Andre Fleury.The game was a possible playoff preview, with the teams lined up to meet in the first round based on the current standings. A rivalry is already building between the clubs after Vegas knocked out San Jose in six games in the second round on the way to a Stanley Cup Final appearance during its expansion season a year ago.The intensity was high from the start, with Couture's goal on the opening shift setting the tone for a wild first period that featured five goals, 25 shots, five power plays and a goalie change.The Sharks tried to take control early. Tomas Hertl hit the post on the second shift before Vegas responded with two goals from its top line and another from the No. 1 power-play unit to take a 3-2 lead after one.Marchessault and Smith were involved in all three goals, capped by Marchessault's bad-angle shot that ended Jones' night."I think we were just getting rewarded tonight," Smith said. "We had other games where I think we were probably making better plays, creating better opportunities. Tonight the pucks were just going in for us."The Golden Knights could have had even more when they got a power play late in the period after Micheal Haley took exception to Ryan Reaves' hard hit on Melker Karlsson before a line change. Haley rushed over and tried to pull Reaves off the bench for a fight, getting a penalty on the play.Vegas couldn't capitalize despite getting 16 seconds of a two-man advantage for too many men on the ice.But the Golden Knights did take advantage of a bad penalty in the second period when Thornton hit Shea Theodore late in the offensive zone for an interference call. That led to Stastny's goal that put Vegas up 4-2 heading into the third and the Golden Knights poured it on from there.
  8. I've always felt the Wild don't sign ENOUGH Russians. Lots of good snipers come from Russian roots. Czech players as well. I can appreciate Minnesota catering to the largely Scandinavian fanbase with the Swedes and Fins (very good source of players too of course), but I've long felt some diversity was needed with this team. Some Russian forwards for high end duty...maybe some Czech players to man some bottom six roles (yet they can PLAY like top six guys oftentimes), Czechs on defense....and some good ol raw boned Canadian power forward types.
  9. March 23, 2019 AWAY HOME NY Islanders 2 Philadelphia 3 Arizona 2 New Jersey 3 Chicago 3 Colorado 4 Ottawa 2 Edmonton 3 Boston 4 Florida 3 Minnesota 3 Carolina 4 Buffalo 3 Montreal 5 Nashville 3 Winnipeg 2 NY Rangers 2 Toronto 4 Pittsburgh 3 Dallas 4 Tampa Bay 3 St. Louis 2 Detroit 2 Vegas 3 Calgary 4 Vancouver 1 Anaheim 1 Los Angeles 3
  10. Yesterday
  11. March 22, 2019 AWAY HOME Minnesota 2 Washington 5 San Jose 4 Anaheim 2
  12. March 21, 2019 AWAY HOME Boston 4 New Jersey 1 Arizona 3 Florida 4 N.Y. Islanders 4 Montreal 3 Pittsburgh 3 Nashville 4 Detroit 2 St. Louis 3 Colorado 4 Dallas 3 Philadelphia 4 Chicago 3 Columbus 3 Edmonton 2 Ottawa 1 Calgary 5 Winnipeg 2 Vegas 4 San Jose 3 Los Angeles 2
  13. March 20, 2019 AWAY HOME Toronto 4 Buffalo 3 Tampa Bay 4 Washington 5 Winnipeg 4 Anaheim 2 Ottawa 2 Vancouver 4
  14. As long as the Flyers don't know what direction they're headed in with regards to the coaching staff and system, it just re-affirms not getting involved in the free agency game this year. There's LOTS of good players that are heading for free agency in 2020 and more important, the Flyers should have a much better idea as to what kind of players they can target to fit whatever coach is brought onboard and what system is used. I think it needs to be stressed that free agency hasn't been too kind to the Flyers when you look back at Flyers history. I think the only real free agent that worked out for them was Mike Knuble and Danny Briere and even then, Briere didn't fulfill his contract because he was bought out. Roenick was a shell of himself when he signed. Joel Otto couldn't skate anymore. Luke Richardson could only move laterally. Chris Gratton was supposed to be a 40 goal scorer and shore the 2nd line center spot and he flamed out. Vincent Lecavalier was done. Ilya Bryzgalov completely blew up. Turner Stevenson was done. The list goes on and on. Free agency really hasn't been kind to this franchise at all.
  15. He has admittedly become a HATER, but hates the Haters (who call out 9, 20 or the Wild). It can be confusing. I don't think either of our comments disparaged the Staal contract amount, or re-signing. In fact, I have always really liked Staal (and on the Wild), I just noted the 'slow down' factor that hits most at 30+ that have as many years/games as Staal does. To me, he is a future HOF inductee, and has a Cup; which Klyde never was or will have (and for $2MM/year less during one of his last contracts). I am just still searching for a Plan from Fenton; but Staal could fit as THE veteran center and Captain: just get rid of Klyde and call it a day
  16. Pittsburgh 4 Carolina 2 Montreal 3 Philadelphia 4 Detroit 4 N.Y. Rangers 2 Boston 3 N.Y. Islanders 4 Washington 4 New Jersey 1 Edmonton 2 St. Louis 4 Colorado 4 Minnesota 2 Toronto 5 Nashville 4 Florida 3 Dallas 4 Columbus 2 Calgary 4
  17. Bottom line here people is, I think the Wild are realizing they will need goalies pretty soon...and this may just be the start of the organization getting candidates and see who can stick in the next two to three years. Dubnyk will be 33 in two months, he has two years left after this year, and at the very end of his contract he will be a 35-yr old goalie who may or may not be NHL viable anymore....or at the very least starter viable. Stalock, though a year younger, certainly is no long term solution. And having Kahkonen already is nice...but the Wild would be fools to just put all their eggs in that one basket and hope it really works out. Thus, more goalies, better odds. I actually thought the Wild hung on to Nik Backstrom way too long.....maybe they did out of some "loyalty" to him (he had been a good soldier, but it was clear well before his contract was up, he was no where near the goalie he was), and I really hoped the team wouldn't repeat that kind of mistake with Dubynk when his time came. So yea, I welcome any decent to good goalies, from any league, and let the team try to develop them and see which one will really turn into an NHL caliber starter that can carry a team. Who knows...even with Kahkonen, the Wild may STILL not have "their guy" in the organization yet. Too soon to tell. Let the goalie shuffling and signings in the lower levels commence and see who emerges!
  18. Today it was published a very nice article on 2 pages about a Jared Spurgeon in Star Tribune newspaper. I do not remember such a big article about any Wild player. He put the most goals (70;+/- +61) as a defenseman for the Wild team and having a chance to surpass Burns record per season in a Wild uniform (17 goals). His picture was placed on a first page (almost half of the page) in a sport section of it.
  19. So am I, admittedly not thinking so positively as you are. The positives were there in the Bolts win. Not so much in here IMO.
  20. Yeah, that is what boggles my mind. He has one start since coming here and has played in two games total. If it is the teams reasoning to shop him down the road to be a starter then showcase him at least as a spell for Hart. As for what he is doing now when it comes time to move him if that is what the plan is they aren't even going to get a bag of used pucks for him because he hasn't been good this season.
  21. Excellent question--I guess Fenton thinks he still has a chance to learn--for whatever its worth I'm on the doubtful side of that coin... I read somewhere that most GM's give a good prospect at most 5 years to develop(I guess into what they were expecting) and then give up. Looks like Nashville had reached this point(or almost had) and traded him to the Wild. There's no doubt Fiala does have skills, you can see them--but-- After thinking about the trade more, I think what makes it a bad one is that a good organization(Nashville) has put 4+ years into this player already--how much time do the Wild think they have to put into developing him? Another 3-4 years?? I think Fiala has shown his spots already and will never become the player Fenton thinks he can be... I almost forgot, welcome back, lynxrattle! I was a member of the old forum under a different name.
  22. Oh God how I have missed this passionate and sometimes even too hot arguing on hockey! Any potential lurkers, don't get fooled with the tones of voices, but join in and state your points of views
  23. LOL.... yeah what was I thinking... the curse of HJ lives on...LOL. Plus the Sabres only have 2 games this week and it being the last week... I figured I could get better production elsewhere. Man have both the Sabres and Leafs sucked recently. Andersen is killing my goalie stats...
  24. Wow. Sorry bud. Didn't mean to make you have a conniption fit. The 1000 time Jim Carey thing isn't an analogy, it's real life. Deep breath, it's only a game and it'll all be OK. Just like the Manny Lovers and Haters, it will all pass...
  25. Last week
  26. March 18, 2019 AWAY HOME Arizona 2 Tampa Bay 5 Vancouver 2 Chicago 4 Vegas 3 San Jose 4 Winnipeg 4 Los Angeles 3
  27. Ivan said he owes this play to all the hard work Macdonald has put in with teaching him... ...HAHAHAHA....NOT!!!!! Just bullshitting around....what a play...
  28. The Wild is not going to improve in the next at least 3 years relying on its own draft picks. Either you go after UFAs and pay them or keep things as they are, stay boring for 5 more years and hope long term rebuild works.
  29. Hey, I won! On my own without Chuck as my sidekick. Thanks for the likes too!
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