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  1. Maximum you can bury this year is $1.025M. Likely a moot point though.
  2. This narrative is not supported by reality. Sheahan was a regular on the PP for the first 10 games or so, while AA had little PP time. AA then was a regular for a few games until he got injured. Sheahan went back for a couple games, then was taken off for 10, came back for a dozen of so (when Abby was injured), then was removed again for 20+, regular again for around a dozen (after Vanek was traded), then again mostly off the last few games. AA was used sporadically for 25 games or so after returning from injury, then became a regular (more or less, near the bottom of the regular list) for the rest of the season. There's no correlation between Sheahan's PP time and AA being removed. (Might be a correlation between SHGA and AA's PPTOI being reduced at times, but I don't know what specific games AA was on the ice for a SHGA.)
  3. Correction: TB gave up the 4th and (conditional) 7th. They then sent Streit to Pit for a 4th. So basically they paid to get rid of him. That said, I agree we'd likely be better off if we had kept him and not signed Weiss/Richards/Nielsen.
  4. Artist rendering. This is the actual cube:
  5. While it's obvious the Wings are trying to add some size, I don't think it represents a philosophical change. It's just addressing a weakness that stems from most of our past big/gritty players not panning out. Things would be different if Ryno, Andersson, Ferraro, and Aubry had worked out better, or even if Sheahan and Abdelkader were better, and Franzen was still healthy. Rasmussen isn't just big. He was also one of the best players available and his skillset addresses a major weakness in our roster and prospect pool. And we have drafted bigger players pretty much every year even during our peak years...most of those players just didn't work out. Witkowski is certainly a nod to toughness, but no more so than Ott, or Tootoo, or May, or Downey... in other words it's not something out of the ordinary for the Wings, despite what people think. McIlrath is pretty irrelevant. It's a GR signing more than anything. He could see some games if we have a lot of injuries, but that's about it. Maybe still has a little potential to be better, and at one time was thought to be a potential shut-down defenseman. His play in GR showed he isn't just some goon at the AHL level, so it makes sense for them. He's better than many of our defense prospects right now, and fits in well considering most of our prospects lean more toward offense. Despite that one report, I don't believe McKee was signed by the Wings. None of the cap sites show him having an NHL contract, and I couldn't even find anything to suggest he even has a deal with GR. I'm fairly certain that the contract he signed is only with Toledo.
  6. They lost 4 of their top 6 forwards. Owen Wilson probably has a decent shot at making the team.
  7. One of us isn't keeping up, that's for sure.
  8. NTCs aren't as big a deal as people think. I researched it a while back and found that players with NTCs are traded roughly as often as players without. They mostly seem to serve as a way for the player to have some level of control over where they play. Generally, if you have a player you want to get rid of, whatever it is about him that makes you want to get rid of him is likely to be more of a problem than a NTC. Unrelated musing, not directed toward you specifically: Am I the only one annoyed that CapFriendly often cites themselves as a source for their contract information? Probably, but sorry, that's just unprofessional. "Because we said so" is only a valid source for parents.
  9. You're ignoring the opposite side of that; McDavid getting a bigger contract does nothing to help increase revenue, or raise the cap, or remove the cap. The league's best player taking a maximum contract does not help the half of the pie get bigger. It just assigns some of the current half to someone else.
  10. When I first brought up the "don't call Sproul an offensive defenseman" thing, it was nothing more than an offhand comment made to point out that Sproul's offensive production this year was poor. And that was part of a larger point comparing him to Ouellet, in response to krsmith saying Sproul was better offensively. I accept part of the blame for sparking the debate, and for allowing myself to be distracted at times by the semantics. I'll try to get things back on track: Xavier Ouellet is better than Ryan Sproul. Better both offensively and defensively. For the majority of their junior/minor league careers, he has scored just as well as Sproul. He had a more positive impact on the offense this year in the NHL. I believe due to superior instincts and defensive play, he was and will continue to be a more effective possession player, which will lead to greater positive offensive impact. Sproul has potential, and with his shot can be a PP asset, which Ouellet will likely never be. That could skew the stats, but I don't believe that would actually make Sproul "better" offensively. I also believe Daley, Green, Dekeyser, Kronwall, Ericsson, and Jensen are better than Sproul. I hope he's able to pass some of them this coming season, but I'm not too optimistic. I would expect his offense to at least pass Ericsson, and possibly Kronwall. None of Ouellet, Jensen, Dekeyser, or Daley should be out of reach offensively either (especially if the "real" Dekeyser is anything like we saw this year), though I wouldn't say I expect it next year. So there's my Sproul take, sans semantics.
  11. Context. There is a world of difference between describing your hopes regarding a player and making a realistic and accurate assessment of a player right now. I have made it abundantly clear that I have not been talking about his potential, but you keep trying to spin in that way because that's all you have. Enjoy your fantasy I guess. Maybe you'll get lucky and some of it will come true. If not I'm sure you'll be able to think of someone else to blame. NHL stat guy, putting together the game report, comes to Sproul's name. Is he going to write, "Sproul is an offensive defensemen. Scored a bunch in juniors, and OK in the AHL. Maybe he'll be good in the NHL someday!" Yeah, probably not... maybe something along the lines of, "0".
  12. You don't understand how it works. In the NHL, players are guaranteed a fixed percentage of revenue. Doesn't matter what any individual is payed. If McDavid signed a contract for $15M, or a contract for $1M, it wouldn't change the total amount payed to players by even a single penny. That's why the NHL has escrow; to make sure the players are paid exactly 50% of hockey-related revenue...not a penny more and not a penny less. If the contracts add up to more than that, the players lose some of the escrow. If it adds up to less, the owners pay players a bonus.
  13. Actually what I did was make a somewhat snide joke about you using the term, in order to imply that Sproul's offense in the NHL has sucked thus far, and so he doesn't yet truly deserve the label in reference to him as an NHL player. What I would say he is at this point in the NHL is nothing. A prospect. Late stage one on the verge of washing out if he doesn't start taking better advantage of his opportunities. But the label isn't really the point. It's the implication behind the label. You can call him a Norris trophy winner if you want so long as you acknowledge that he hasn't actually won a Norris trophy. You call him an "offensive defenseman" it implies he's good at offense. Or at least better at offense than a "defensive defenseman". Implies that you believe Sproul is better offensively than Ouellet. That may have been true at some points in their development, and may again become true in the future, but it was not true this year. Really wasn't even true their last two seasons in GR. There's plenty of reason to doubt that it will be true this coming year. Ericsson scored just as well as Sproul in the AHL, and the NHL so far. So call him whatever you want, just recognize that it doesn't mean anything. Be willing to look past your preconceptions and judge players by how they play rather than the label you've attached to them and/or whatever potential peak you think they might someday reach.
  14. http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/stats.html
  15. Scoring in the early 80s was around 45% higher than today. Scoring 20 today is like scoring 30 then, 30 is like 40+, and 40+ is like 60+.