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About lomekian

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. Back on topic ...a trade both sided can be happy with. Smith with a genuine number 1 guy will be fine,despite the odd bonehead play. There is a reason him and McD were so good together in college. From a wings perspective, we can enjoy the fact that Kenny decided not to hand out another unwise contract extension and stock up on picks, because beyond the first 10 picks, almost as many 1st line d-men come in rounds 2 and 3 as between 11-30 in the draft. While I think Smith was probably the 3rd best D on this team as it currently stands, he's not ever going to sufficiently better than those behind him in line to not make a 2nd and a 3rd a good deal.
  8. Bless your little cotton socks. You prize material wealth and that is apparently going well for you. Have a biscuit. Any of us who try to pass judgement on others due to their ability to succeed in our priorities is, for want of a more nuanced phrase, an idiot. Me? I jacked in my managerial career a decade ago to do things I love that pay me very very badly. I suspect that I am in a worse financial situation that most posters on this board in absolute terms. I'm also by far the happiest I've been in my life, and look forward to every day. What I do that I love may be of no interest to anyone else on here. It seems like you love playing investment markets, and the challenge of making your assets grow in an uncertain world. Cool. I used to love playing around with business and stock market simulations when I was younger, and continued sufficiently to have the various higher education paperwork to prove it. But ultimately I felt I couldn't connect with most people in those fields. I know now that my brain workings and relationship with the world means that although I'm pretty good at all that kind of thing in the short term, long term it gives me no satisfaction. I turned down my white collar pathway, ignored the blue collar left turn, and now live a life outside both of those worlds. It turns out it suits me and my personality type. I'm not desperately successful at it, but, in all honesty, I'm basically getting paid to do things I would happily do for free. But here's my primary point. This is a hockey forum. I'm not from a hockey country. we have no ice here! But I love hockey for the speed, the intensity, the emotion and the connection. The relationships between fans and players and the camaraderie between players from all types of backgrounds are fantastic. Whether it be the PK and Weber tributes or the enduring love for troubled souls like d-mac or Mickey Redmond and his ginger ales on the airwaves or all the college kids from educated families or the Jagr-esque Eastern European farm boys, more often than not Hockey is a family world that is increasingly embracing diversity and builds bonds over barriers. Whether its the 'If you can play' campaign, or the vast sums donated by players who come from comfort or come from nothing, it is primarily a game characterised by generosity, humility, understanding and class, particularly as it continues to develop and become more global. While perhaps provoked, your post is the opposite of so many of those values. This is a great community, built of a joint love of a great franchise and a great sport. Lets keep it that way. Right now this world needs to embrace the things that connect us and look beyond differences as much as possible. Its entirely possible that things like sport will by vital in stopping people creating wars for their own gain, as sport makes it harder for us to hate and judge those who are different, because it makes us connect with them. Hell look at the Russians in Hockey. 30 years ago, they were hated and mistrusted in much of NA. Now every fan wishes they had a Vladdie, Sergei, Ovechkin or Bure or Dats on their team, an not just for their skills but for their character. Also, technically, financial wealth in the investment markets are only ever a few hacks and technical and security breakdowns from being meaningless...;-)
  9. Have to say, the PK tribute represented one of my favourite things about Hockey compared to many other sports. There is a gratitude and a respect between the fans and players for the most part that is often very touching. Its why I hated it so much when Sergei was booed, even though he walked/
  10. Hell if Stammer had come here, everyone would have hailed KH as a genius. As things stand, jury's out and it far too early to make a judgement on the trade. Chychrun will probably round out as a #3 d-man, but could rise to a #2 or stall to a #5. Cholowski is much more boom or bust. His passing and skating are both excellent, and he's clearly a very smart kid both on and off the ice, but much will depend on his physical development and ability to cope with NHL physicality. He could be a top pairing guy if it all pans out or he could never make it past GR. Hronek looks a great pick at this stage, a sort of combination of Sproul and Oullette, but better rounded than both. Very impressive points totals to date, and impressive international play. Still too far off to make a call, but he certainly has 2nd pairing potential. And of course the other factor is how Nielsen does for us, and perhaps what we get in return for Vanek, who took up the rest of the space cleared by Dats. If Nielsen maintains a decent level of play and the Vanek pick is used well, we'll look like big winners on this deal unless Chychrun hits that 1st pairing potential and neither Cholowski or Hronek hit their potential. All far too far off to guess at. What I will say is that it is undoubtedly the case that Nielsen is being affected by the coaching and systemic mess we currently have. Seeing as Blash has made every single previous roster player's points output drop by a significant %, its safe to assume Nielsen may be affected by that as well.
  11. What was particularly bizarre about benching AA was that this was after he gave him a couple of shifts with dats...
  12. Well that was a damp squib. Same problem as all year. And for the last few years. This team has had lots of skilled smart players but no goalscorers. Franzen has been a massive loss, despite the endless flack he used to get from the stupid, because for all his floaty streakyness, he ALWAYS put up points, was a consistent goal threat (if not a consistent scorer) and could both snipe from the outside or score in close. We have to pin our hopes on Mantha being that player going forward. Like last year, the wings deserved to win this series, being the better team in more games than not, but just couldn't solve Bishop (who was at his huge best tonight). Sad to see Pasha go like this, but like Z and K, he's not the player he was (despite still being one of our better guys). While I don't see a tank coming, I do think this is a seminal moment. Unless KH can somehow rustle up Stamkos or a Lucic in FA, I think its much more re-build and youth movement in earnest. While D, Z and K were at the level they showed last year and at times this year, it was always worth going for it, and hoping a hot goalie or a Franzen like emergence could get us deep into the playoffs. With Franzen done, Dats going and Hank and Kronner having clearly dropped off to support player level, the game changes for the wings. Unless they trade D's contract and hit a HR in FA. Oulette, AA, Larkin, Marchy and Mrazek will all be fixtures next year. I expect Mantha to be so soon enough, and I wouldn't be shocked to see Sproul and Pulky (who despite his flaws should have seen a lot more games this year, because the guy can score, and if he can learn to adapt to the NHL, he could be important going forward). Maybe not everyone's choice, but I hope Helm is willing to come back at a reasonable salary. We all know his limitations, but if a more in earnest youth movement can change the balance of the roster a little, he will remain a useful (and highly tradeable) piece
  13. GDT

    Stripes only capable of calling them one way today...
  14. gdt

    Apart from converting chances and the embarrassing power play, tonight was almost as well as the Wings can collectively play. The question is, can they keep up this pace. Much better line distribution from Blash, and the D looked better sans Quincey. On of the easiest shut-outs Mrazek will ever have. Smith once agains shows that he is a different proposition in the playoffs with an inspired performance, but to be honest, all the D were solid tonight. Dare I say it Ericsson looked like the D-man who signed that contract, rather than the imposter who has been here for the last 2 years. This roster's lack of finish and goalscoring instincts remains a real worry, but Glenny, Sheahan and abdelkader is an excellent shut down line that also has a goal threat. Feels like that was the performance we've been waiting for, bar the PP.
  15. GDT

    I don't think there can be any doubt that whoever is coaching the PP needs to be relieved of their position...jesus...