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  1. Yeah, you grabbed him the same time I grabbed him in AllStars. I thought about NAHANA about an hour later and you'd already grabbed him.
  2. Yes, I think so. Even if the Flyers change nothing else. But if they make some of the additions they should, missing the playoffs would be epic failure. Kind of like Tampa in the first round failure.
  3. I don't know how to tell you this, but I have your first pick. You're picking with Pipers' pick, so 12th, I think. We should probably move this elsewhere so this stays a Calgary thread, but the goalie thing is something you'll probably need to wait until camp (or after some trade/signing in the offseason) to figure out. Been there, too.
  4. I don't think so. I just think they were offensively cold some down the stretch and their goaltending failed. This one was vastly less a surprise to me than Tampa (In fact, I have to point out again that I called Colorado in this one--but only because I've gotten nearly every other series wrong. Well, and because if you look above, I was the only one that called Colorado). But people like Lindholm were cold down the stretch and Gaudreau does his disappearing act every year in the playoffs. Plus, I didn't like what their goalies were doing. i just think things became unhinged for them the last 15-20 games. I also wonder if they need to think about bringing in some big game players. Their stars seem to shrink when the lights get brighter.
  5. I agree. This was a dumb call. Honestly, Rittich scared me down the stretch, so I don't know if it would have ultimately changed things. I think the dumb move, probably, was not shoring up that position at the deadline. In other news, I really do wonder about your goalie keeper in NAHANA.
  6. Yes, I'd do this on a two-year term. He can swing to right wing, too, so there's room to adjust if someone else catches fire in the fall (Frost, Vorobyov, Rubstov, etc.). Plus, I really just like the 2-year term. I'm not sure I actually like the JVR-Little Joe--Jake line. I mean, maybe. Maybe it's just the presence of Jake, but it really doesn't inspire excitement for me. I do like the look of a Lindblom/Patrick/Connolly line. I'd almost kind of like a different 4C and swing Laughton to left wing. I still don't like Scott at center. Then have Raffl be the 13th guy. All in all, if we can figure out a team defense structure (including, but not limited to, the defensemen), it's not a horrible lineup.
  7. I know by low sell high, but this particular argument makes me wonder why I want to throw in for a guy who disappears when the stakes get high. As far as Flames' best player, I'd put Giordano in the conversation with Monahan. And then Johnny hockey (or Lindholm).
  8. One of these times I need to remember to let the ruxpin login be right just so it's not so damn obvious.
  9. I think all that is valid. I mean, as it was Hextall signed arguably the second best player available. I wouldn't advocate spending just to spend. I completely agree on the Hakstol thing.
  10. I agree. On the other hand, they did finally win the organization's first playoff round. But yeah, if they lose this next round, the tradeoff remains huge.
  11. From here, it's impossible to disagree with any of that. My assessment was simply about "now," but you're right that the cavalry seems to be coming.
  12. Yes. But i don't want to mix passengers with those that are simply too many duplicate players that are working hard. We do have passengers. But my nagging concern is what tucson was talking about. Too many redundant grinders and passers. Like a bunch working hard grinding to get the puck (it happened once. It was a Wednesday. I remember because it WASN'T raining) but once they get it and can pass it, there's few if any to pass it to that know what to do with it to take a good shot. We have a bunch of point guards with no jumper but no shooting guard, power forwards or centers. But yeah, the passenger thing, too.
  13. I was with you until this last part, specifically regarding the islanders. They were actually worse than the Flyers in overall offense and power play (3rd worst overall on PP). The brilliance of Trotz is he had them playing incredible team defense. Best overall. The Flyers and them were similar in offense, but the Flyers with nearly "who cares?" better numbers. The reason the Isles are still playing and the flyers are not is because we gave up over a goal more a game than them. While they were first in the league, we were third from last. I don't want that to undermine your basic premise, though. We need more shooters. I don't want the pendulum to swing too far, but we're out of balance with too many mucker/grinders.
  14. Thank you for the edit! I came to that word and it wasn't what I wanted but couldn't get my head to come up with "personalities." That's perfect.
  15. Yeah, I agree. I can excuse the deadline. I really can't excuse last summer. Between coach and lack of anything last summer (JVR, but that shouldn't have been the beginning and end of it), that had to have been a negative message received by players.
  16. There's definitely all of this. I've been thinking about something else and I'll float it because I'm not sure whether it has merit. This might apply to slow starts to the season as well, in some way. But I've been thinking about their slow starts to games the entire time Hakstol was here. Some players complained that there was too much thinking and that Hakstol was too complicated. Is it possible that they started the games trying to do whatever insanity Hakstol wanted, which caused them to over-think and therefore be tentative and a step behind the game? As the game went on they began reverting back to just reacting and playing hockey. The problems here would be many. First, they'd often be behind quickly and the game away from them before the revert. Second, players would revert at a different rate, so some would be playing while others were still thinking. So you'd, in essence, have one team playing with multiple philosophies simultaneously. Just throwing that out there in the event it makes the slightest bit of sense.
  17. Until this season, we were strapped by the cap, but I don't think there's any excuse for this past summer or even this deadline. The deadline I'll allow that we didn't want to give up the prospects it would have taken just for a big "if." At the deadline, we still had a pretty big mountain to climb. But that doesn't excuse the cap room we left on the table last summer. Maybe the options just weren't there last summer. But definitely agreed on the coach thing.
  18. Yeah, I thought about right wing for Giroux shortly after, and I think OR mentioned it as well. I think that's plausible. So I'm willing to shop for a leftwinger again.
  19. For the record, I told you that you were wrong. Lol. I didn't see a minute of that (or any) series. My exhaustion level is reaching critical mass. But was this series about the Isles or the Pens? Or both? In other words, did I grossly underestimate the Isles or grossly overestimate the Pens?
  20. Oh dear God. It only took Columbus a kazillion years. And we're negatively comparing flyers scouting to Columbus. I mean look what they added at the deadline. There's negative, and then there's simply foolishness. Good lord.
  21. That's an option too, especially if they're hell bent on Panarin or Skinner. Then, you're set except for center. It's not horrible.
  22. I think I stay away from him. He should be really good, but something is off. I mean maybe, but I guess I'm suspicious.
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