Shaman

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Shaman last won the day on August 24 2010

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    Die hard Red Wing fan and realist.
  • Birthday 07/20/1986

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  1. Athanasiou Rumor

    Being able to play at least decent defense is what separates someone on the third line from the top 6. If you're playing against the other team's best talent, you don't get to pass on defending.
  2. Athanasiou Rumor

    Yes, by far. AA would have to have a 40 goal season this year to do what Nyquist did at his age. And the reason why Nyquist can't score is because the league adjusted to him. They forced him to the perimeter and he responded by becoming pass first. AA hasn't shown either 1 that he can score at that rate or 2 that he can adjust to the league adjusting to him. Until he does both, Nyquist being a 50 point player is more than AA has done. And, given his skill set, likely will be better than AA in the long term as well.
  3. Athanasiou Rumor

    Yes, Nyquist right now is far better. In 10 years I be surprised if AA surpassed Nyquist's points total. Teams can adjust to speed (literally look at Larkin, who is a better player than AA), AA doesn't have the tools to adjust. Nyquist, and I am not his biggest fan, at least had the tools to adjust when teams started planning for him and is still good for 50 points a year.
  4. Athanasiou Rumor

    And Nyquist was a guy who scored on pace for 40 goals, that's who he was. Until other teams planned for him. Until he breaks 20 goals in a season he's not a 20 goal scorer. Until he can show he can score at the same pace with more minutes, there's no way to know what will happen in the future.
  5. Athanasiou Rumor

    Its true for for a lot of European countries. Finland. Czech Republic, etc. So for European players it makes sense to play in Russia over the US or Canada if you are worried about paying loads of taxes. Even American players will get tax relief because they will not pay combined US/Russian taxes over their effective US tax rate (IE if they pay 15% in Russia and their tax rate in the US is 25% they will have to pay the US Government the difference, 10%).
  6. Athanasiou Rumor

    I will now start being super blunt about the KHL. Going there isn't tax free and in fact he could be double taxed because Russia may not have a double taxation law like the US has. Here are relevant quotes on the topic of a Canadian citizen working overseas (Russia): This is straight from the Canadian government. Here's from Canadian tax experts: So unless AA becomes a permanent resident of Russia, he has to pay taxes. The whole AA won't pay taxes is a trope that needs to die. He has to pay taxes. And he actually will likely pay less by playing in Michigan (both total amount and effective rate) than he would in Kazan because the US government has provisions that prevent you from being effectively double taxed.
  7. Athanasiou Rumor

    Given that Connor Brown got 2.1 (6.3 total) per year for 3 years, 1.9 per year for 2 years for AA seems like market rates. If AA wants to damage his career by playing in a lesser league for "more" money, that's his choice. And I put more in quotations because as a foreign worker who still is a Canadian citizen he will have to pay Russian and Canadian taxes on it. At least by playing in Detroit he gets a credit for taxes he would pay to the Canadian government, and wouldn't have to pay beyond his effective US tax rate (IE if his effective US tax rate is 25%, he pays 33% to the Canadian government, he would have have overpaid the US government 8%).
  8. Howard 2017 Starting Netminder

    Wow, you really are childish. Bad attitude is not the same as a head case. And I never said Mrazek was a vezina candidate or an elite player. I just pointed out the fact that there are a lot of criticisms about Howard that predate the emergence of Mrazek.
  9. Howard 2017 Starting Netminder

    Literally this shows you know nothing about what you're talking about (though your long posting history is a testament to this fact). Mrazek isn't a head case, even the negative press he got said the exact opposite, that he's over confident. His problem is that he tries to complicate easy saves and hopes he can use his elite aestheticism to compensate. And also, by your logic Abdelkader a 20 goal scorer and Cheechoo is an elite player. Because one season really tells you a lot about a player.
  10. Howard 2017 Starting Netminder

    The problem is that Howard's inconsistency is a well know fact about him, look at articles before 2013 and after 2015 and they will all talk about it. People just forgot that was a thing during the two season he played at a high level. But in college, the AHL and when he first started playing NHL games his consistency was always an issue. During his 2.5 good seasons, he was pretty good, but he also benefited from the team he was on (Team defense, not necessarily the D-core itself) run by Babcock who preached team defense. I would also point out how much game plans differed between Mrazek stars and Howard starts last season. Wonder why GPG were so different between the two? It had a lot to do with the team collapsing further into the D-zone in Howard starts vs Mrazek starts. What happens when you start your breakout deeper in your own zone? Well the transition takes longer, the other team can adjust, and the breakout/transistion can be more easily stifled. And what does a less effective transition lead to? Lower offense. In the end, Howard was, is and always will be a good goalie who was also a head case and now is an injury proned over the hiller.
  11. Ken Holland "We protected our best goaltender"

    The LTIR Isn't a blackhole that will just suck up and destroy any contracts you throw in it. It's more like a toilet, the more you s*** in it the more likely it will overflow. After 10% over the cap and there is no more relief. And that hurts the team for call ups.
  12. Mike the Muss

    No, he's not nearly good enough to even make the current Wings team out of the gate.
  13. 2017 Draft

    It's hard to compare between leagues in the CHL and between years. But I will say, within the same league and same year, his stats are underwhelming. Add to it that his production, corsi, and P/60 and G/60 5 on 5 scream third liner and PP specialist, then you can see why a lot of people were projecting him as a late first rounder and why people aren't happy with him at 9.' And lets not forget to sprinkle on the bacon-bits on this draft suck salad, Holland did mention that he could see Ras being converted to wing.
  14. Hossa's Career Might Be Over Already

    First, it seems that they have been treating him for awhile. But with these type of things (at least enough to get him on the ice) will be so life altering that it makes sense that he would eventually have to hang them up over it. And I say that with literally two post-graduate degrees to my name in relevant fields and working on my third.
  15. Hossa's Career Might Be Over Already

    You do realize that he had more goals than any player on Detroit this year? And did it in 13 less games?