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Everything posted by yave1964

  1. I know the NHL is saying all the right things about returning at some point this year but assuming they dont, who would have won the cup? To me, it came down to the following: WEST The weaker conference, only a few teams really IMHO would qualify as cup contenders, they are: Vegas, Colorado, or St. Louis. Now someone else could conceivably come out of the West, someone like Edmonton or Dallas but they dont have enough to get past the Eastern conference which is loaded. IMHO Western Conference Champ, losing in the finals would have been the Avalanche. Explosive team would have destroyed the West until the Eastern conference champ exposed their goaltending. EAST Penguins, Capitals, Flyers, Bruins, Lightning are in no particular order the five best teams not only in the East but in all of Hockey. Teams like Carolina and possibly Toronto stack up well against the West but wouldnt have made it past these five elite teams. After looking it over, I have Tampa winning the East and therefor winning it all. Anyone else?
  2. @pilldoc Yeah obviously I have a bias but I feel that as the President trophy winner I should be declared winner of All Star and Rux in Nahana for the same reason,as I doubt the season in any form continues. Love you guys. Stay safe.
  3. more SC's than anyone ever, probably a record never to be broken. Pocket rocket, one cool nickname too.
  4. Outside looking in, the number one thing the rivals from the leagues toughest Division by far have that the Flyers do not: EXPERIENCE The Caps and Pens had cup runs, the Isles swept the Pens and the CBJ swept the Lightning in the first round last year before bowing out. Carolina went to the Conference finals even. The Flyers have not been out of the first round since, if I am not mistaken 2012 so eight years which is a lifetime in terms of a franchise in regards to turnover.Of the current roster, Niskanen won a cup, Hayes went to a Cup finals, so did Braun, aaaand I think that is it. This is a very talented roster, a team that could make a run but with very little postseason success to calm them if they lose two in a row at home (as Washington did in the first round in their cup winning season before rebounding) it may be the blind leading the blind come playoff time.The test is when they face adversity, will they crumple and fold and while I like the composition of the roster I worry over how well they will react when, not if they lose a couple in a row or get screwed by an official in a game or one of a dozen other scenarios. They just dont have many players in the locker room who can say, "calm down, I have faced this before and we won anyway." My two cents.
  5. @SpikeDDS Ben Simon, the talented coach of the Griffins told the press early n the season that yes, Veleno looked awful, yes, he couldn't win a faceoff to save his career, no, he didn't understand getting back on defense at thios level and then a HARD NO on if he was going to adjust his ice time down. He more or less said the kid is extraordinarily talented and he was going to keep throwing him out there for 16-18 minutes a night in all situations and let him either sink or swim, he made him his personal project and Veleno over the last month, as one of the youngest players in the AHL (Seider is the youngest) has stated dominating older competition. I hope he gets a half a dozen games at the end of the year and that Zadina comes back, they are a huge part of our future. Seider, too, give him six to eight games at the top level to show how much he learned as a baby in the AHL.
  6. They say this is the deepest draft of the last decade so yeah if we trade down from 3 to 6 and still nab the top dman as well as an extra 2nd or a ser icable roster player we need to do it
  7. Have the Bears hit the proverbial wall? Man have they been flat lately.
  8. @SpikeDDS If we do not get Frenchy.....quite frankly I haven't studied the draft that well as of yet, but I go defense all the way. We HAVE forwards, a shored up back end and goaltending makes the team a ton better. To me the big things going into the offseason are: 1) pick a coach, any coach. I have heard Lane Lambert, another former Wing who has been a long time protégé of Trotz is on the short list, he or Gallant would be ideal. 2) Find a goalie. Holtby, Dell Lundqvist, among a long list of others is available, my drothers would be Lehner as he is a hell of a goalie, used to a ton of shots, and would be cheaper than Holtby probably can be had for a 3 year deal. 3) FIX OUR BLUE LINE Seider/Hronek/Lindstrom/Cholowski are fine prospects of varying degrees of talent but a couple of vets are required. DDK and Nemeth miht be adequate but I would rather spend the money to bring in a vet. Pietrangelo or Krug would be great but as UFA's they wil command insane money and I dont see spending that as part of a rebuild. I think to me, two of: Vatanen, Ceci, Tanev or Montour, nice safe veteran blueliners who know how to play the game would be ideal. None will break the bank but are all solid players who would edge us closer to respectability. So Gallant, either Lafreniere or the top defenseman if we miss on him, Lehner, and two solid unspectacular defenseman make this team respectable by next year with hope for the future.Ideally, lets say DDk, Nemeth, Ceci and Vatanen are our veteran four, throw in Hronek and one of the kids with the others pushing from below and the back end has the makings of something.
  9. I am not certain what to think with DDK, I would love for him to be a top pair stay at home guy with Hronek but I am not certain if or when he is coming back and what kind of player he will be.
  10. The turnaround will take time but I like the way that the Yzer-plan is working. Our roster for next season could/should look something like this Mantha-Larkin-Zadina Very good top line Bertuzzi-Veleno-Lafreniere Veleno after a horrible start is starting to take over in Grand Rapids, this is assuming getting Lafreniere with the first pick Rasmussen-Nielsen-Fabbri okay veteran line Givani Smith-Helm-Glendening experience and smarts mixed with nasty play frm Smith This will b the last chance for Svchnikov to prove he isn't a bust, Abdelkaer is still under contract. If we assume normal health forward will be okay. Filppula as a fill I as well DEFENSE Hronek Nemeth Seider Cholowski Lindstrom and ?????? We could retain Bowey and or Biega who were a mixed bag, recall McIsaac who truthfully needs more seasoning or sign a veteran puckmover. GOALIE Bernier should be the backup. starter is a bit tricky but there will be some decent ones out there who could be had for 60 cents on the dollar, Lundqvist is aging but is sure as hell better than Howard, Lehner, Matt Murray, Aaron Dell, all are available and would be a huge upgrade. The big prize would be Holtby but he is going to be expensive. Any of the above are much better than what we have been tossing out every night. So a couple of veteran smart defenseman and a goalie upgrade and luck with the draft and getting the first pick, the Wings could notice a significant upgrade next season.
  11. barclay Goodrow sounds like a third grader who gets his lunch money taken by a bully every day lol but actually he is a pretty fair tough hockey player. Agree the first was high payment but the bolts are built for playoff hockey now
  12. @TropicalFruitGirl26 I left the Wild out of it because I like the Zucker trade for them but agree they shoulda moved one of their d-men if they were inclined. I think they were so wrapped up in the Parise thing that they dropped the ball but the Zucker trade IMHO kept them off the loser list. Agreed with the Senators, they are loading up with picks and futures, just recalled Josh Norris who is killing it in the AHL and who came aboard as part of the Karlsson deal. They are loading up to get this thing turned around within a year or two.
  13. The dust has settled with only a few AHL trades still trickling in, the hype seemed to be worth it as most teams got involved (with a few exceptions) here are my biggest winners and losers from this years deadline BIGGEST WINNER TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Yeah I know giving up a late first for Goodrow was a reach but he is signed for beyond this year, is a big boy who plays the body, Blake coleman does the same and will probably finish around 30 goals for the year, Bogosian has lost a step but is a bruiser and nasty essentially all three are playoff types that this club desperately needed along with offseason addition Maroon they will be hard to play against in April, May and probably June BIGGEST LOSER TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS Other than one eye raising deal after another where they added or subtracted borderline AHL forwards interchangeably they didn't do much of anything. Rumored to be dealing Barrie or Kapanen or adding desperately needed blueine help they more or less did nothing. SECOND WINNER CAROLINA HURRICANES Yes they gave up four players for Trocheck but he filled a massive glaring hole at center, and with the defense beat up they added the two top defenders available in Sjkei and Vatanen. Chips all pushed in. SECOND LOSER COLUMBUS BLUEJACKETS It appeared they had Athanasiou wrapped up before the Oilers snuck in at the 11th hour. Instead the team who is ravaged by injuries and defections but still somehow in the mix in desperate need of help only managed to trade Milano for Shore, a nothing deal. THIRD WINNER EDMONTON OILERS They traded two 2nds, a 4th and a 5th but added Athanasiou, Green and Ennis to a team in need of confidence. AA and his blazing speed should fit nicely with McDavid. FOURTH WINNER(TIE) KINGS AND DEVILS Both went full on rebuild, Toffoli, ColemanForbort, Martinez, Simmonds, Vatanen and more were moved out by the two teams for futures, both teams have decided to go full on rebuild and aggressively set about doing it. THIRD LOSER ISLANDERS look, I love Pageau, I really do, a favorite underrated player but at a cost of a first, a second and a fourth they overpaid, THEN they spent most of the afternoon screwing around with the whole Parise thing only for Lou to back out at the last minute. That is mine, others I thought of were Calgary who was sneaky under the radar improving the blueline towards the end, Buffalo who couldn't get out their own way and decide if they were sellers or buyers.
  14. wow. both he and ladd waived ntc and then...… nothing
  15. Saw it/heard it three places, haven't heard the return
  16. Lehner to Vegas Goodrow to Tampa at the deadline
  17. Calgary added blueline depth inUFAs Forbort from the Kings and Gustafsson from Chicago.
  18. Pens trade Kahun who started well but has faded a bit to Buffalo for former Pen Sheary and Evan Rodrigues.
  19. Tyler Ennis traded by Sens to Edmonton for a 5th rounder. Holland has traded his second, 4th and 5th for the coming year as well as his second for the following
  20. The Oilers have been seeking a scoring winger to play with MCD so Draisatl can run his own line and balance the team. Another move for the Wings, added Dmitro Yimashov, I read the thoughts of Leaf fans they are furious, they say he has a non stop motor and loves to hit and cannot believe the Leafs lost him for nothing....
  21. Brady Skjei traded to Canes from Rangers..... Held up for now as the Canes do not have the cap room. Scrambling to move a contract out to make it happen.
  22. Two second rounders as the return. Okay. I would have rather added a roster player, preferably a blueliner but it makes sense.
  23. Doubt it the Avalanche already added Michael Hutchinson lol
  24. To play on a line with McDavid. Wow that is a lot of speed on one line.
  25. @SpikeDDS Not sure of the return but TSN says AA officially has been traded to the Oilers. Arguably the fastest guy in the game (aa) going to be playing on a line with McDavid.

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