lomekian

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  1. All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

    It's pretty simple. The NHL club needs to have a couple solid, experienced AHL d-men it knows it can call up and they will do a stable job for a game here and there without a) being unpredictable in their ability to adjust b) be too freaked out if it goes badly and c) by sent up and down without damaging confidence/form/etc Lashoff is a reliable AHL guy and NHL plug who has proven to be a decent pro who has made as much as he can out of his career as a limited undrafted guy. He's proven he can fill in when needed. You don't want to call up a kid unless they can get a few games on the bounce. For covering day to day knocks, guys like Lashoff are perfect.
  2. All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

    It's pretty simple. The NHL club needs to have a couple solid, experienced AHL d-men it knows it can call up and they will do a stable job for a game here and there without a) being unpredictable in their ability to adjust b) be too freaked out if it goes badly and c) by sent up and down without damaging confidence/form/etc Lashoff is a reliable AHL guy and NHL plug who has proven to be a decent pro who has made as much as he can out of his career as a limited undrafted guy. He's proven he can fill in when needed. You don't want to call up a kid unless they can get a few games on the bounce. For covering day to day knocks, guys like Lashoff are perfect.
  3. Athanasiou Rumor

    Toronto only planned to suck after a long stint of entirely accidental sucking, and proof that their star players didn't complement each other anyway.
  4. Athanasiou Rumor

    I posted this elsewhere...it still applies.... Its an interesting scenario. I'm not sure what AA's agent's plan is here. Short term it puts a hurry up on KH, and if DRW doing get their house in order in time, the possibility of short term greater cash, lower tax earnings in the KHL.But really, unless KH is willing to both move other assets & pony up more cash for prioritizing this year's team performance, what does it achieve? If AA goes to Russia, if he ever wants to come back to the NHL, where the real money is, he'll still be a DRW RFA with no more leverage, but less remaining time in the NHL in order to maximise his earnings, profile and chance at winning the SCF. The only way this could be to AA's benefit would be if he absolutely dominated the KHL and then returned as an asset that other teams would make a BIG offer sheet for. Which happens once in a blue moon, and mostly only when personal emnity is involved.In the meantime his DRW roster spot might be won by someone else, and the team may evolve without him (or failing that, bomb out and draft high - which if its a fwd works against him even more).And the thing is, despite the bedwetting of the 'lynch Kenny' brigade, everybody knows it.
  5. Ken Holland "We protected our best goaltender"

    Abby never got 50 goals in junior. He played in the USHL (27 goals in 60) & CCHA (15 & 19 goals in 40 ish games). He's never been a big time scorer (unlike Malts!), but has been the same kind of player at every level with only slightly diminishing returns. He always projected as a top 9 forward with top 6 upside and he's met that projection very nicely. If he wasn't overpaid, he'd be much loved, one suspects.
  6. Smith vs. Daley

    Short term probably a little (though not with Smith's usage) long term, we got better I think.
  7. Zetterberg assists this past season

    What's most impressive beyond his physical recovery is his re-invention. He used to be a creative goalscorer. in 03, 06 (damn lockout), 07, 08 & 09, as well as most of his Swedish seasons (and the swiss half season), he scored a very similar number to his assists. As his shot has fallen away, his creativity as a set up guy has increased. Many elite players goal totals slowly drop off, but not many become such good playmakers if they were scorers for so long
  8. Smith vs. Daley

    I like Smith and always thought he was over-criticised and utilised wrongly, but I disagree. Because we are a 2nd and 3rd round pick, $1m and 1 year better off contract wise, and Smith never found a real consistent fit here. The only D-men he's played well with on this roster are Green and Kronwall. The former will be gone in February in all likelihood and the latter is on borrowed time AND would force Smith to play on his weak side. He's a better fit in NY than here and the draft picks are a better fit here than in NY. Also Smith, for all his raw talent and likeable nature isn't the sharpest tool in the box, and all those who aren't part of our long-term plans might as well be good mentors for those who are I guess.
  9. Of those Smith & Jarnkrok have developed fine from where they were drafted. Until last year, you could say the same about Sheahan in all honesty. Either way, using those picks to criticise the organisation's current operations is sort of invalid as all were drafted and largely developed by people no-longer part of the organisation.
  10. I guess 4 years is what I mean by Medium term...I'd certainly say 3-4 years is the minimum to make us really competitive again, and that is with some luck and some good management.
  11. One Thing that's Not Being Said

    Also NIll gets far too much credit. He let Hakan do his thing, but he also wasted lots of picks in the mid 2000s. To my mind the drafting appears to have become a bit more consistent in rounds 1,2 & 3 since he left.
  12. In the short term and with a better coach, yes. But his mandate at the moment is to try to get us in the playoffs while simultaneously bringing one or two new kids onto the roster a year. At least we now know if next year is a disaster too that he'll sell what he can, and he's also said if its 3 in a row its full tankathon time. Of course much will be influenced by who we lose in the expansion draft and how the lottery for picks goes. We get lucky and this team will be too good to fail next year. We fall and have to take a longer term prospect with upside and it'll be lottery time next year too regardless of any cheap UFAs
  13. One Thing that's Not Being Said

    Technically in the last 15 years, we've had Flip and Franzen who were vital in winning a cup in Round 3, and more importantly we have had 8 genuine regular roster players, most of who still have trade value in rounds 4 & 5, so at worse we get to get more chances at them! And of course, this doesn't include any later picks from the last 4 drafts who are as yet still waiver exempt on the AHL or in junior. Entire possible that an Ehn, Holmstrom, Turgeon, Saarijarvi, Pearson or Sambrook can do a good job as a roster player at NHL level given their performances at lesser levels. Will any be stars? No, but all can be used as part of trades or to make other current roster players expendable. We all know first round picks are better, but they tend to only get traded away for big big roster pieces over the last 3 or 4 years and we didn't have anyone to be rid of enough to make a team part with one, even as part of a package..,.because a 1st round pick is worth more than a bottom 6-er and a 2nd round pick to many teams. Sure, our 3rd round pick drafting has sucked, but given that we get a genuine regular roster player ever year and a half in rounds 3 and below, these picks are not worthless. And there will be much more horse trading around the league with the expansion draft out the way. And who knows, maybe this'll be the year when we luck out in the 3rd round and grab a Parayko or a Gaudreau or a Barrie with one of those later picks...
  14. Grade the deadline

    With the expansion draft coming up, He was never going to get a good return for a non-rental. The assets worth selling would only be of interest to teams who view themselves as contenders but most of them have too many players that they want to protect already without giving up significant assets to get hold of more. Also, not many of our assets that we want to part with have shown themselves to be great playoff performers, so their value is less at this time of any season than at the off season. It just made no sense to sell anyone now unless a suprisingly good offer came out of left-field. And given the return that any forward not names Hanzal, Eaves or Jansen recouped, that was not going to happen. He did what he had to do, and got more for the weakest pieces than expected, so B+. Nothing to blow you away, but all good solid moves that fit in both reloading and broader rebuilding philosphies at this stage, giving more flexibility going forward.
  15. It is a good job when the team is going nowhere and by the time its relevant again he'll be past his prime AND as an upcoming UFA he wanted more money than any of us would have been comfortable giving him on a team that is already overloaded with bad contracts we need to slowly get rid of AND we have kids in the system who are less dynamic but more controlled who will probably reach a level not far off Smith's pretty soon. As for Holland, we have no idea what will happen next, as he's never been in this situation before. Personally I expect him to give a few kids a look once missing the playoffs is confirmed, and then sign some low cost short contract vets (1 or 2) in the summer to have another go at squeezing into the playoffs, before flipping them for picks when we fall short again. Not attempting to rebuild on the fly the same way as before, but not tanking either...