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  2. kickazz

    Rumors Thread

    My god form is currently stronger than yours and you can’t go ultra instinct anymore plus I have a hotter wife
  3. Euro_Twins

    Rumors Thread

    But yet that's what you wanted Look at you always trying to be better than me, and always being 1 step behind still
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  5. krsmith17

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    The notion that every player has to play a "200 foot game" infuriates me more than anything. We have a ton of two-way forwards that are great at both ends of the ice. Every team needs players that can sometimes cheat on offense. In saying that, Athanasiou is a player I'd like to see play a bit of a two-way game, because when he wants to, he can pickpocket as good as anyone in the league. I do think he's much better defensively than some are willing to give him credit for though. If Athanasiou tops out as a 35-45 point, middle 6 winger, that's still good for us, and more than worth his current $3M x 2 year contract. I still think he has 45-55 point, top 6 winger potential though. And if he's doing that on a line with a defensively responsible center, and not negatively impacting the team, I'm more than happy with that sort of production out of a 4th round draft pick.
  6. kickazz

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    Exactly my point. A few players like Anze Kopitar that took care of the two-way game much like Yzerman and Fedorov did in 2002 and Datsyuk and Zetterberg did in 2008. Meanwhile Hull put was left scoring goals as did Shanny. Franzen took care of the Avs in 08. Exactly why not everyone on this team needs to be a two-way forward. Larkin, Rasmussen, Helm, Abdelkader, Nielsen. Plenty of two-way forwards. Mantha, AA, and Zadina should be allowed to focus on offense at this point. Pittsburgh offense won 2 championships. FYI. They're defense was not nearly as good as their overall offense that season and even into the playoffs. They had the highest shot generation per game that season. Best shots per game state and middle of the pack in shots against per game in 2015/16. The whole "offense wins games, defense wins championships" is a myth and something coaches teach little kids or heard in movies lol. What's hilarious is you've exposed yourself in at least 3 posts now with your insults towards AA. He's had 1 actual NHL season and somehow you've already judged him. Wat is it that you said? "AA couldn't wear their jock straps. And this team now isnt very good. When AA is scoring 50 goals a season and 500+ for his career and the team is contending, he can float whenever he wants. But it will NEVER happen." Then you go to a middle ground and say "well i thin AA does have potential". Make up your mind. You're flip flopping more than your boy Trump has the last 3 years. AA hater alert. At least guys like Dabura simply want him to get better and think he has the potential for it. You're here saying s*** like "will NEVER happen". Cool.
  7. 13dangledangle

    -RIP- Ray Emery drowns at 35 years old

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/former-nhl-goaltender-ray-emery-dead-35-drowning-accident/ Sad news out of Hamilton this morning. Apparently Emery was swimming with friends around 6:00am this morning, dove in and never resurfaced. Thoughts are with his friends and family.
  8. kickazz

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    Shanahan was a notorious floater. Fedorov in his hall of fame interview said that Shanny used to talk to him privately to look for him in the opponent blue line for stretch passes. Look the interview up on youtube. That's why Shanahan loved played with Fedorov since Fedorov did it all and Shanahan just had to score. Another weak argument. So because the team is bad, a player shouldn't play on his strength? Thankfully you're not the coach and Blash/Holland signed AA to a 2 year deal that you and others probably thought was overpaid. 4th worse offense in the league = need offense. AA should focus on offense as should Mantha. It would be different if our offense was middle of the pack. But we aren't. we're severely compromised on offense end of story.
  9. LeftWinger

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    I was very high on Mrazek, that's for sure.
  10. Prolix

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    Of course he can. But then he's going to keep getting 15 minutes a night until he's traded in 2 years.
  11. LeftWinger

    Rumors Thread

    On mynhltraderumors.com they're still making mention that Faulk is still linked to Detroit (and Chicago.)
  12. Neomaxizoomdweebie

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    I'll give u Smith. But Jurco and Mrazek were both electrifying players without a lot of skill. Pretty sure if I went back and looked, you yourself have said something to that effect Yes. Forgot about him. Too early to know where to slot him tho.
  13. joesuffP

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    Imagine firing your coach for Dan Bylsma what is this world we’re in
  14. Neomaxizoomdweebie

    Hossa's Career Might Be Over Already

  15. LeftWinger

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    Those lines, no matter who gets the most minutes all look very, very good! Honestly though, I have a strange feeling that Berggren may be here within 3 years as well.
  16. Neomaxizoomdweebie

    Rumors Thread

    I hate you all for getting me to watch DBZ now. Thanks a lot.
  17. Neomaxizoomdweebie

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    Bertuzzi - Larkin - Mantha Smith - Rass - Zadina Most likely top 6 IMO. AA - Veleno - Svech 3rd line. That spreads out the scoring over 3 lines.
  18. LeftWinger

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    I'm just excited to have a future potential top 6 of: Mantha-Larkin-Zadina AA-Rasmussen-Svechnikov Barring trades or if we could actually get Jack Hughes. Jurco and Smith never had the electrifying game as AA has. Not a good comparison.
  19. Neomaxizoomdweebie

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    Hull? Yes. Shanny and Luc? No. They were also generational talents on STACKED teams. AA couldn't wear their jock straps. And this team now isnt very good. When AA is scoring 50 goals a season and 500+ for his career and the team is contending, he can float whenever he wants. But it will NEVER happen. Like Jurco. Mrazek, Smith......
  20. LeftWinger

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    We'll never know until he gets those minutes.
  21. Neomaxizoomdweebie

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    NO. So offense wins Cups? No. https://pittsburghhockeynow.com/its-possible-to-win-a-stanley-cup-without-superstars-but-it-aint-easy/ The Los Angeles Kings won a pair of Stanley Cups (2012, 2014) with Anze Kopitar up front and Drew Doughty on the back. Doughty is considered one of the best defensemen in the game, and Kopitar is an annual Selke Trophy contender as best defensive forward. However, neither player is a generational talent. Los Angeles amassed as much shot blocking, physical, defensively responsible talent as the law allowed, then sprinkled in a few players like Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter for just enough offense to win a pair of Cups. In 2013-14, the Kings allowed the second-fewest Corsi-Against (shots/shot attempts). It was nearly impossible to score against them. It was the same story in 2011-12. In fact, in 2011-12, the Kings also scored the second-fewest goals. The didn’t drive their Corsi through the roof with puck possession; they did it by taking away space. The 2010-11 Boston Bruins had Patrice Bergeron at center and Zdeno Chara on the blue line. They too were a physical, pounding bunch who won a Stanley Cup and advanced to another Stanley Cup Final by preventing their opponents from scoring and finding just enough offense. The 2011 Bruins had average regular season analytics but caught fire late in the season and steam-rolled through the playoffs. Those teams didn’t have a prolific scorer like Patrick Kane or anything close to a Sidney Crosby. It’s debatable the Kings or Bruins Cup teams even had a “Phil Kessel” type scorer.
  22. kickazz

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    Damn, you might be worse at debating than Jonas. We had the 4th WORST offense in the league last year. You need to learn how to look up some stats and information. Too weak. Thanks for proving my point. Following players were allowed to excell at their strengths and didn't play a strong two way game. In fact 2 of them were known cherry pickers.
  23. kickazz

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    I don't even have that big of an issue with Blash. He actually gives AA decent minutes now. Some people in the boards act like AA is worse than he actually is. From what I'm seeing this contract 3 million per year x2 speaks volumes about what the org thinks of AA's potential.
  24. F.Michael

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    And this is why I want someone else behind the bench (Bylsma would be a good start). Blashill is nothing more than a Babcock wannabe.
  25. kickazz

    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    No. Everyone HAS to be a two-way player. Lets emulate exactly how 2008 team was even though we have zero offense.
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