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  2. Blues 5 Boston 2 Blues Hoist the Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Same opinion. He needs a really smart young and fast helpers for his better production. I do not remember that Boudreau tried to combine him with Kunin and Donato as a 1st line. As a routine for the Wild organization the older and much slower players should be moved down because of the current level of the modern professional hockey. No any exceptions should be done for the old love buds/love pets.
  4. I think it will be the unfortunate luck of the Columbus Blue Jackets... ...3 times in a row to lose to the Stanley Cup champs. Sadly noone can say they didn't try this year it just didn't go there way. And in no way shape or form am I a Bruin fan or a Blues hater. Just call it like I see it.
  5. Today
  6. Why are people so high on moving Ratcliffe? There is NOBODY else like him in the pipeline. Not Ratcliffe, Laczynski, etc.....This is legitimate power forward with 35 to 40 goal upside. You don't move those guys. We keep hearing about how the Flyers lack size in the lineup. Ratcliffe brings it. He also showed what he can do when he has a legitimate center getting him the puck. Dude can flat out score. If there's a list of prospects that are untouchable, he's on that list.
  7. A true legend. Fortunately for us, his son John is almost a clone of his dad so we still can get that "Kelly" touch to accent any Blues broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest. They really sound a lot alike. Here's a sample of Daddy Dan. I'd also add Ken Wilson to the shout-out list. His radio broadcasts of the Blues back in the days of Hull & Oates are also the stuff of legends.
  8. Yesterday
  9. Draft season is coming soon. After watching and analyzing the link about the 10 worst #1 overall draft picks of all times, I am thinking more that the Wild organization should always look for number #1 draft (overall or not overall it really does not matter) exclusively for the most promising highly scoring available forward player, but not a defenseman or a goaltender. Last year it was a huge surprise for our fans what did we picked as a #1 draft – a defenseman, who disappeared from any hockey world radars – NHL, AHL, and from a Sweden league. Here is link below about the 10 worst #1 overall draft picks of all times: [Hidden Content]
  10. The only problem I know of with Kadri is the fact that he hasn't figured out where the line is. On another note, a bit from Rick Wilson from the current 31 thoughts: 27. Wilson agreed to discuss a couple of the Flyers. I asked him about the belief Ivan Provorov was mentally affected by trying to secure a big second contract. “I don’t know if the contract bothered him, or if he was being pushed to get more offence to help that,” Wilson answered. “Instead of letting it happen with his natural gifts, he was forcing it a bit. When that happens, you start to overdo it. You’re never going to be perfect, but that makes it worse. Less is more. Let the puck do the work and catch up to it, instead of you doing the work.” He paused. “But (Provorov) has the right attitude. He wants to be on the ice all the time in every situation.” On 35-point man Travis Sanheim, a left-shot who was moved to the right side next to Provorov: “Very impressive. We gave him a lot to chew on and a lot of responsibility by playing him on his off-wing. It can be good and it can be difficult. He handled it fairly well, but going to his normal side will help him more offensively.” Wilson talked up Robert Hagg (“good penalty killer”) and Radko Gudas (“he worked really hard to stay in control”), adding both Samuel Morin and Philippe Myers are “both ready. They can play. The key is they will both hit a wall, as all young players do. What do you do then? How do you handle it? It’s not easy.” Wilson did not mention Shayne Gostisbehere, so I brought him up. He was careful. “I would just say that I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t help him bring more of his best on a consistent basis … he is very talented and it is in there.”
  11. I think he's saying "suck it phanuef..." And the flyers front office too...
  12. Last week
  13. PRESEASON OUTLOOK A bit optimistic, a few of the other Western teams were getting a bit long in the tooth, the 'Yotes were hoping for a playoff run behind Raanta and Keller. FINAL RECORD 39-35-8 86 points 4 points behind the Avalanche for the final spot in the West. They didn't make it but somehow they came really close. HIGH POINT OF THE YEAR When they bested the Ducks 6-1 on March 14th they had won 10 of their previous 12 giving up only 15 goals during those 10 wins. They were 3 points up for the final playoff spot with 11 games to go. LOW POINT OF THE YEAR They faded from there, losing 8 of their final 11 games to barely miss a playoff spot in the last week of the season. WHAT WENT WRONG No scoring. None. Galchenyuk led the team with 19 goals which was tied for 133rd in the game, Keller had a sophomore slump but led the team with 47 points which was good for 122nd in the game. Raanta was supposed to be the savior in net and went down early only appearing in 12 games.Dvorak missed the first 60 games and only managed 2 goals in 20 games. Connautan who had established himself as a power play specialist over several years only managed 1 goal all year.Schmaltz came over from the Hawks and scored 14 points in 17 games before going down for the year. Derek Stepan had a very poor year. WHAT WENT RIGHT Darcy Kuemper IMHO deserved to be put up for the Vezina over Lehner who split time in net, Keumper came from nowhere and put this team on his back and kept them in the race until the final days with brilliant netminding. Galchenyuk was good, OEL was a beast, a force of nature on the back end. A bunch of guys like Grabner, Hinostroza, Panik, Cousins and Brad Richardson, all retreads bought into the team concept system and contributed with solid years. Conor Garland and Chrsitian Fischer showed they have potential to be at worst top nine forwards for years to come. The defense was unsung but very, very good. FREE AGENTS Servicable Panik, enigmatic Mario Kempe and the usable in a pinch Pickard are all free agents. The 'Yotes have expessed interest in retaining Panik. OFFSEASON QUESTIONS: WHERE THE HELL DOES THIS TEAM FIND SOME OFFENSE?It was not an accident that I left that last question capitalized, they need to find a scoring winger for the top line and a top six center. The next question is one of health, this team was snakebit last year with one player after another missing time, They need to figure out a way to stay healthy. The other big question is this penny pinching organization has a slew of free agents coming up next year including their top two goal scorers and Keumper. Can they, will they retain them beyond 19-20? Can Schmaltz be a top six center? Stepan? Chuckie? At least one of them needs to be, probably two of them. This past seasons near miss will be quickly forgotten if they dont add much needed offense but overall they should feel very satisfied with the direction of the organization.
  14. Agree.They all(Fiala,Kunin, Kaprizov) did pretty well there. Interesting that Nino after Stanley Cup playoffs joined Fiala with a Switzerland team and played against a very competitive Canada team in quarterfinals. Fiala and Nino had assists in that tough game, but unfortunately lost in OT. Fiala had 4 goals and a couple assists in that tournament. Kunin played hard too with USA team against Russia team in a quarterfinals , but lost with a score 3:4. Kaprizov put one goal for the Russia team in that game and having so far 2 goals in that World Championship.
  15. Yeah, I know who he is. Things will be pretty awkward between him and Gudas I'd suspect. I don't see them having too much trouble signing those three plus either Myers, Trouba or Hayes for the 26+million they should have available. Conner and Laine shouldn't get more than $14-15 between them (using Pastrnak and Nylander as measuring sticks) and that's generous IMHO. If the Flyers did make a deal that brings in Perreault, they might just buy out MacDonald at this point and waive Perreault. Waiving either buys you at least a million in cap space and I'd have to assume Perreault has the better chance of being claimed and saving all his money. If he does clears you can use him as your 13th man. It's not that he's not good. He's a decent player, I'd just rather have Laughton, Raffl and Hartman and not just because they all cost less. Buying out MacDonald this summer saves you about 3.7 million or something. That more or less pays for Perrault's cap hit doesn't it? Still, like I said... if we're doing them a favor, I'm not interested in sending the first.
  16. These games have been very unpredictable. Finland has come up pretty big and Denmark has surprised me with putting up some good fights.
  17. I'm guessing all the season ticket holders will get a robocall from Modano telling them the team has all sorts of exciting giveaways this year, and all you have to do to find out what they are is re-up your season tickets!
  18. I like Zucker quite a lot, two way player, great 5 on 5 guy which killed your Pens last year. He can score too, not like Kessel to be sure but offense is part of his game. In Pittsburgh I could easily see 30 goals, great even strength two way play and while he is nowhere near the player Kessel is on the power play he has never played with the likes of Crosby/Malkin/Letang either, but I would consider that the biggest drop off. Rask is garbage pure and simple. He had a very good first year in the NHL, not great but showed promise and has done absolutely nothing since. I am sure if he is in the deal it is to make the salaries work. You dont want him trust me, he is slow and is kind of Brassard lite if you can picture that.
  19. Same reason the hand pass in game #3 was not reviewable. The NHL review rules are stupid.
  20. As a Blues fan I just wanted to say that the Stars were the team that gave me the most concern going into the playoffs. I hated that we had to play y'all since both teams play a similar style and are extremely talented, It was a great series that could easily have gone the other way. Had it done that, I believe it would be the Stars ascending to the Cup finals instead of my beloved Blues. We got lucky but sometimes it's luck that makes all the difference. Your future is very bright. I see great things for your franchise in the next couple of years. Thanks for the awesome series.
  21. I'm on board with this - to an extent. Aside from firing Hakstol - which absolutely, no question, should have been done - I don't know what other moves he was "expected" to make that he didn't - and after he was fired his replacement managed to deal: Jordan Weal for Jacob Graves and a 6th Taylor Leier for Justin Bailey Dale Weiss + Christian Folin for Bryon Froese + David Schlemko Anthony Stolarz for Cam Talbot Wayne Simmonds for Ryan Hartman and a conditional 4th Hardly anything earth-shattering. Bailey (23 games) and Hartman (24) were the only skaters to suit up for the NHL team and their combined 2 goals and 5 assists didn't do terribly much for the direction of the team. Remains to be seen what they will do with Talbot. And the team was virtually out of options when they were basically forced to call up Hart, which they didn't do until the day they fired Hakstol - and only because Stolarz went down with an(other) injury. Presuming that not firing Hakstol was the straw that broke the "disrespected" ownership's back, why did they wait another three+ weeks to pull that plug?? Hextall signed the (arguably) #2 overall UFA this past offseason, drafted the Frost, Farabee and Ratcliffe you mention (in addition to Sanheim, Lindblom, Konecny, Provorov, Patrick, and Hart), signed Couturier to a tremendously team-friendly deal and Gotstobehere for a pretty good number as well. I get that Dave Scott and some Comcast Spectacor functionaries had their feelings hurt. I get that the team was underperforming - again, for the third coach in seven years. I get that that third coach in seven years needed to go. But this was only starting to turn into "Hextall's team" - and they had to dig out from the wreckage Paul Holmgren wrought for, arguably, the first three years of Hextall's tenure. Which is to say that the team will be benefiting from the "plan" that Hextall put in motion for the next 3-5 years. And that this offseason was the consequential one in that plan where there are good pieces to be had and - potentially - cap room to go get them. I wouldn't think for a moment that the "Frost, Farabee, Ratcliffes" of the world are "untouchable" under a new "win now" mandate. But at least the team is actually built to start winning. We'll see whether they do. I'm not sure I get this at all. How is hiring a coach to "spy" on the head coach the GM hired - and apparently at least in part got fired for not firing - "crossing a line"? What line? And, again, why wait three+ weeks after firing Hextall to can his "spy"? Legitimately curious.
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