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  1. This team has gone from a puck possession team to a dump and chase team because of the players not the coach. I think dump and chase hockey is losing hockey, but Blashill doesn't really have much of a choice but to play that sort of grinding game when his roster is half grinders. On a good night, we have two 4th lines, a 3rd line and a borderline 1st line. We seen last night that when Larkin, Mantha and Bertuzzi are on a line, they can play a puck possession game. But what do you expect with Abdelkader, Helm, Glendening, Ehn, de la Rose, etc. out there? Get rid of some of the slow vets and insert some hungry kids, and this team gets much faster, better and more fun to watch.
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    Rumors Thread

    As much as I'd like to see this happen, I just don't see it with Holland still managing this team. I'd like to see one of Ericsson or Daley bought out this summer. It doesn't matter which one to me. I think they've both been equally as bad... If we buy out Ericsson, we'd carry a $1,416,667 cap hit for each of the next two seasons. If we buy out Daley, we'd carry a $1,699,999 cap hit next season, and $733,333 the following season. Both scenarios would be beneficial next season, and hardly crippling the following season. Holland wouldn't do it. I think Yzerman might though...
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    Rumors Thread

    I disagree that we don't have much in the pipeline. We've consistently been ranked in the top 10 prospect pools in the league. Obviously not all of those players are NHL-ready right now, but they will be in the very near future. Like I've been saying, I'm okay holding players back for the remainder of this season, but this organization better be making room for some of these young players to make the team next season. We've seen some youth slowly injected over the past several years, but we should be seeing a real shift in the next year or so. All of Nyquist, Vanek, Kronwall, and one of Ericsson or Daley should be gone next season. All of Zadina, Veleno, Hronek, Cholowski and our 2019 first round pick should be given every opportunity to take those spots. Svechnikov should be given every opportunity to make the roster over Ehn or de la Rose as well. The way this organization has been run, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see any or even all four of the aforementioned back next season. That is the biggest reason I want to see Yzerman take over. I think he would want to make some changes right away. He's shown that he's willing to have young kids on the roster. Kucherov, Point, Cirelli and Vasilevskiy were all full time NHLers at the age of 20. Palat was 21 and Sergachev was 19. Yzerman is also willing to buy-out players if they're not living up to their contract. He used a compliance buy-out on Lecavalier, 7 years, $45M (no cap retention) and a regular buy-out on Carle, 2 years, $11M. I'm sure he'd have no problem buying out Ericsson or Daley with 1 year, $3-4M left on their contracts. Again, I guess this is mostly frustration that we're one of the worst teams in the NHL, one of the oldest teams in the NHL, the highest paid team in the NHL, and rebuilding... That to me is not a recipe for success. We need to shed some of the overpaid vets and inject some youth if we want to make this a successful rebuild. Just my opinion...
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    2018 Prospects Watch

    I've never seen a fan of a team root so hard for a player in their organization to fail...
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    2018 Prospects Watch

    Don't worry bud, we'll know long before that...
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    Rumors Thread

    No doubt he hit a wall. I don't think anyone realistically thought he would keep up the pace he was on at the beginning of the season. He's definitely had a few bad moments / games, but I still don't think it compares to those same bad moments / games as some of the vets. I just wish the coach (this organization) would play their best players, based solely on performance, not age, name, contract, salary, etc. Veterans need to be held accountable for their s***ty play too. I'm okay with Cholowski and Hronek playing in GR, but if there aren't any moves made at the trade deadline / offseason to get BOTH of them in the lineup full time, fans will (rightfully so) be pissed... I'm not seeing a "bunch" of NHL ready defensemen banging on the door either. But I do think Cholwoski and Hronek are two that are NHL ready. I disagree that sending a player up and down between the NHL and AHL is the best for his development though. Hronek has been lights out in Grand Rapids, and very good in Detroit. No, he hasn't been perfect, but neither has any other defenseman on the team. He's had more of a positive impact than negative impact though in my opinion. Literally no one is suggesting we give either of Cholowski or Hronek top line minutes or the tough assignments (although I do think they could probably handle it). They're both more than capable of playing 3rd line minutes along with power-play time, while the rest of the defense continue to do their thing...
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    Rumors Thread

    I'm not looking at Hanifin, and saying we need to dress Cholowski and Hronek. I'm looking at every team in the league (including Calgary) that are dressing young players as talented, or in some cases less talented than Cholowski and Hronek, and wondering why we have by far the oldest blue line in the league in a "rebuild". The bold is the exact reason we should be bringing in some younger players and the Flames and other contending teams are looking to bring in some older players (veteran leadership) for a playoff run. Cholowski was given a shot / stayed with the team as long as he did, because 1. veterans were injured, and 2. he didn't really give them much of a choice early on, with all that Calder Trophy talk...
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    Official 2019 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    Right, but the chance of another Veleno dropping to us is pretty slim. And as high as I am on Veleno, there's still no guarantee he becomes a top six center. A lot of people are still saying he'll be a solid 3rd line center (f*** those people)... Mantha or Athanasiou could also be used as currency to bring in a top 4 defenseman. I'm all for improving our team whatever ways we can, I'm just not into trading away talented young players in their prime for draft picks.
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    Rumors Thread

    I'm not sure what that has to do with willingness to play talented kids over washed up vets... If anything, shouldn't the s***ty rebuilding team be more willing to play the kids over the talented playoff team? We constantly hear the same old bulls*** from management, how the days of overripening is over, we need to play the kids. They've had to at times, only because of injuries, but the moment all the vets are healthy, a kid is scratched / demoted to GR. Just to be clear, I'm okay with Cholowski and / or Hronek playing in Grand Rapids. I even said that I'd like to see them go on a Calder Cup run. I just think it's kind of silly the amount of bending over backwards this team / media / some fans are trying to do to justify playing bad veteran players over kids that occasionally make bad plays...
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    Rumors Thread

    So do the Red Wings... I would say Cholowski and Hronek > Kylington and Andersson. But more importantly, Cholowski and Hronek >> Ericsson and Daley...
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    Official 2019 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    Not true. Beyond pick 20 of the 1st round, which is where those three picks could potentially be, you have approximately a 20% chance to draft a top six forward / top four defenseman. As much as people harp on Mantha, he is a legit top six winger. I'll take the sure thing, over the long odds of drafting another one that might be as good in 3-4 years... Like I said though, top 10 pick, sure. Anything beyond that, probably not. The only way I'm interested in trading a Mantha or Athanasiou is if we're getting an equally as good defenseman in return.
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    Rumors Thread

    We have old man Trevor Daley that you can have... Don't let the jet black hair fool you Burkie, he uses Just For Men... To CGY - Howard, Daley To DET - Smith, 2019 1st round pick Completely unrelated... Flames sit 1st place in the West, 2nd in the league... "Four defensemen aged 22 or younger"... So you're saying you can be good with a young team?...
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    Official 2019 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    So Vegas' 2019, 2020 and 2021 1st round picks? I'd say no. It would have to be a team with multiple 1st rounders in one year, and one being a guaranteed top 10 (or at least top 15) pick. Buffalo have three 1st round picks this year. They obviously wouldn't have any interest in a package including a pending UFA, but it would have to be a team in that sort of situation for me to consider that trade. I'd do it for Colorado's two 2019 first round picks in a heartbeat. They obviously wouldn't though...
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    Official 2019 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    Beyond this season? Re-sign Howard for 2-3 years, until one of Larsson, Petruzzelli, Eliasson emerge as the next big thing...