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    Rumors Thread

    On HockeyBuzz, Ek has rumored to trade Gus, Helm and a draft pick for Max Pacioretty.
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    2018 Off-Season Trades / Signings / News

    I guess this means Tampa is no longer pursuing Karlsson. https://www.nhl.com/lightning/news/tampa-bay-lightning-sign-forward-nikita-kucherov-to-contract-extension/c-299449650
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    Andreas Athanasiou Officially Signed 2 yrs. $3M AAV

    I like this signing. AA is still really young and has shown flashes of greatness at times, but I'm more concerned with the fact that we only have $6 mil left to pay Larkin and Mantha and we're not really leaving any empty spots for Zadina, who, unless he has a terrible camp, should be on our opening day roster. Is $6 mil enough to keep our two best forwards? We still have a ways to go for this off season, so a trade could be on the horizon. I will say this, I'm not Ken Holland's biggest supporter, but the guy is getting things done this offseason. Good draft, active in free agency, re-signing players. I could be wrong, but I think this is the most active he's been in an offseason since the summer we got Hasek, Hull and Robitaille.
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    Bylsma joins the Wings

    A lot of people in Pittsburgh said the same thing about Bylsma when the Pens hired Jacques Martin as assistant coach. Never happened. However, I do believe that this will put a little pressure on Blashill and give the Wings options at the end of the year.
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    Rumors Thread

    So Barry Trotz is done with Washington. Somebody's going to get a really good new head coach. https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/barry-trotz-resigns-capitals-coaching-change-nhl-2018/
  7. Not sure what will come of it, but Monika and Mike are saying alt he right things. If they're guilty, they're not acting like it at all. Just as I suspected though, they're both being harassed and getting terrible messages. http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/hockey/nhl/senators-extra/exclusive-hoffman-fiancee-deny-harassing-the-karlssons?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter
  8. Well Mike Hoffman is denying the accusations saying: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/mike-hoffmans-longtime-girlfriend-allegedly-behind-campaign-of-harassment-against-melinda-and-erik-karlsson Maybe she's doing all this behind his back? Possibly? I'd like to know what concrete evidence the Karlsson's have on Hoffman's fiancée. I'm not saying Monika is innocent, but the things they are accusing her of saying seem really over the top and excessively evil. Maybe she doesn't get along with Melinda, but who celebrates the death of a baby? I mean, maybe she is a terrible person, but then again, maybe she's being setup. Right now they're just allegations and the police are investigating. You know the Monika and Mike are getting attacked, meanwhile, they may not have done anything wrong.
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    2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Good for the Knights. Surprised it was so high scoring though. Not sure if they can win the entire series if Fleury isn't at his best. Maybe I'm just being unnecessarily critical of our team or looking at things the wrong way, but LV is really showing how many bad decisions we've made lately. Gerard Gallant, a life long Wings player, was available when we hired Jeff Blashill. Blashill has not only done nothing, but it seems like our young players are regressing under him. Meanwhile, Gallant was a Jack Adams finalist with the Panthers and now took a team of misfits and castoffs to the Stanley Cup Finals. Tomas Tatar, who was a top 6 forward on our team, is a healthy scratch on LV and Tomas Nosek, who was in the AHL with us, scores the GWG for LV in Game 1 of the Finals. On one hand, I'm happy for former Wings players having success (once a Wing, always a Wing), but it just kind of highlights a little of what we're doing wrong.
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    2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    You're kind of picking and choosing what numbers here you want to focus on here. Yes, Fleury won more playoff games, but he also played in more playoff games. Murray's GAA and Save percentage were vastly superior to Fleury's in both regular season and playoffs and Murray came in relief of Fleury who was shellacked by Ottawa in Game 3 and the team fell behind in the series, 2-1. Another Fleury playoff meltdown appeared to be in the making, they switched to Murray and the result was another Cup. Point taken with the Cam Ward and Jim Carey examples. (Not Brian Boucher, he had one good year). However, none of those guys won back to back Cups. They were good and showed plenty of potential, but none of them did what Murray did. Murray is more comparable to Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy in terms of early success than those other two. You're REALLY pulling information out of context here. Fleury was the starter for only two of those four trips to the Finals. His name is on the Cup 3 times because Matt Murray won it twice as a starter. How many playoff failures did they have with Fleury during seasons where the Pens were expected to win it all? Murray's been in the league three years and this is the first time he won't win it. That's insane. Winning back to back Stanley Cups isn't enough of a body of work to demonstrate you have what it takes to be a long term starter in this league?? Fleury needed to be exposed in the expansion draft and that's the guy Vegas wanted the most, as they took him first overall. Working out a trade with Vegas to NOT take Fleury would have cost the Pens a price they didn't want to pay just to keep a $5 mil backup goalie.
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    2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    The guy won back to back Stanley Cups as a 21 and 22 year old rookie. What more do you need to be sold on the guy? lol I mean, Fleury was their goalie for 13 years, got them to the Finals twice, won once and melted down several times in the postseason when they had Cup caliber teams. If Fleury had played for the Pens in the postseason, the way he's playing for the Knights right now, they would have been a dynasty. Fleury's playing really well right now, probably the best hockey of his career, but I would've held onto Murray too.
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    2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I'm really surprised how well the Caps are doing against the Bolts. Didn't think they'd be this dominating. As to your second point, this is true. This could be like when we finally beat the Avs, then went on to win back to back Cups. Sometimes, its just one team blocking you from greatness.
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    2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    My son picked Tampa and LV at the beginning of the season to play in the Finals and I was like "No dude, you don't understand. Expansion teams never do well in their first year. They'll be lucky if they don't have the worst record in the league." Well... here we are. I feel like the Jets are a better team, but LV made it this far with everyone doubting them. I feel pretty confident that the Bolts will beat the Caps and go on to win the Cup no matter who they play.
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    2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Seeing as how they were a team on the rise and we were on the decline, that really doesn't bother me. Bringing our shortcomings into focus is, I think, a good thing. We could be like some franchise that are clueless, keep doing the same dumb things over and over again and fail. Maybe its just me, but I can turn my hatred on and off like a switch. If the Bolts aren't playing us, I'm cheering for Stevie's team. I want him to get his name on the Cup again. However, when they do play us... eff those guys!
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    2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    In the regular season the Bolts had some bad games on defense, but the playoffs, they've really fixed it up. Boston was one of the highest scoring teams in the league and they held them to 2 goals or less in 3 of the 5 games. Their ability to keep Boston's top line in check was really the difference. I would imagine they'd be able to do the same to the Caps especially if Backstrom doesn't come back soon.