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  1. Eddie Olczyk

    He is.. when he's not commentating for NBC, anyway. He's also from Illinois and was drafted third overall by the Hawks/started his playing career there. Helps explain his bias against the wings anyway, that sucks to hear. I don't like the guy but I think anyone can say they hate cancer way worse.. hope he gets well soon.
  2. Vegas Golden Knights

    Thanks. I try to either post a source or add "imo" to my posts for clarity sake.. To be fair though, I thought what dickie said was the rule too.. until the league clarified it. Seems like it was more of a rule to prevent teams from protecting more than the allowed amount of players through the use of other teams' protection spots. So, for example, Montreal couldn't trade Drouin back to Tampa until at least January 1st (not that they'd want to).
  3. Vegas Golden Knights

    That's not true. Teams can reacquire a player vegas picked, they just can't reacquire a player they traded in a window prior to the expansion draft.
  4. Off-season moves

    Thought about mentioning them too. And playing in front of Carey Price has got to be appealing for any defenseman.
  5. Off-season moves

    Agreed something has to give regardless of this kid.. It sounds like Butcher will likely spend a season in the AHL where ever he goes though.. so maybe he looks at our defense as having a lot of openings in the next year or so and some other young d-men to start building some chemistry with in Grand Rapids for a year.... that is, if he agrees with the notion that he'll spend a year in the A. I think if he's looking at what team defenses will look like a little down the line, opportunity wise, that might give us an okay chance at signing him. Not going to get my hopes up though. If i had to guess where he'd go, I'd say maybe Chicago based on their roster/salary cap situation.... they lost a few d-men this off season and are right up against the cap.
  6. Off-season moves

    i'm sure we'll take a run at him. i haven't seen any indication on where he might like to sign.. not sure what he's looking for.
  7. Who would you Rather Have?

    Maybe it's the optimist in me but I have a really good feeling about Cholowski. All the reports of his vision and hockey IQ being good have me pretty excited for his development. It seems like the things he's good at are things that you either have or don't and the knocks on him on draft day (size/strength for example iirc) are things that can be trained. And he's already put on 20+ lbs since being drafted.. I do wish we had Chychrun; I think he'll be a stud sometime soon. But I think Cholowski has similar long term potential and adding Hronek and maybe Kotkansalo pushes me toward picking the side we got in this poll. Hopefully Cholowski gets to start in Grand Rapids and starts making a name for himself.. I'm excited to see how all of our young Griffin D men pan out this year and beyond.
  8. Ken Holland contract extension watch

    This upcoming season is year three of blashills three year deal, yes.
  9. Tatar Re-Signs 4 Years $21.2M ($5.3M AAV)

    WOW This guy has terrible attitude problems!
  10. Tatar Re-Signs 4 Years $21.2M ($5.3M AAV)

    Glad they reached a deal! Welcome back Tatar!
  11. 2017 Opening Day Roster

    As expected, pretty solid. I do like that Michigan defense a little better though
  12. 2017 Opening Day Roster

    That's a fair point too I suppose. I do feel like the hockey talent is a little more spread out (obviously in addition to a little thinner) in the US vs Canada though was my main point. Still crazy the amount of talent that comes out of one section of the country for sure though. Edit: can anyone tell it's the off season??
  13. 2017 Opening Day Roster

    To be fair, Ontario is what? 1/3 of Canada's population? Maybe even a little more? And Michigan is probably less than 5% of the U.S. population but yeah you're probably right.. maybe Michigan could beat Ontario team 3
  14. 2017 Opening Day Roster

    We can take em! We've got the intangibles on our side! Real talk: wow, that's gross haha
  15. 2017 Opening Day Roster

    Ok, we'll just go for that all michigan defense then