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  1. I don't think there is a single fan that would protect Kronwall at this point in his career, but can anyone say with any sort of certainty, that Holland wouldn't protect him? I'd hope he wouldn't, but I think there's a strong possibility that he would... The protection would obviously be much better served, using it on one of the younger defensemen. I too would love to see Holland's protected list, as well as the rest of the league. I'm hoping they will be leaked prior to the expansion draft...
  2. You can obviously forget about Doughty or any of the other elite defensemen in the league, but Trouba is attainable. What makes you think he's not the answer though? A 22 year old defenseman putting up 0.5 points per game, while playing solid defensively, strong all around game is exactly what this team needs. He's a very solid top pairing defenseman right now, and everything points toward him developing into a strong number one. He may never get to the elite level of a Doughty, Burns, Hedman, but just because a player isn't a top 5-10 player in the league, doesn't mean he's "not the answer" or we shouldn't acquire him... Making a trade for Trouba (or similar player) should be at the top of Holland's to-do list this summer. We have the pieces, it's just a matter of getting the deal done...
  3. I f***ing love Smith, everyone knows that. Despite what some here say / want to believe, he is a solid top 4 defenseman. In saying that, with such a logjam on the back end, I'm open to trading Smith if the return is worth it. He should get us a similar return as Stone, and if we're not re-signing him this offseason, sure I'd take that. However, if Kronwall determines in the offseason he needs to go on LTIR, and we miraculously trade Ericsson, I'd love to have Smith back. Same as Vanek though, we could still sell him at the deadline and re-sign him after the expansion draft if we really wanted to. My ideal (somewhat realistic) defense pairings going into next season... DeKeyser - Trouba Smith - Green (if we don't trade him) Ouellet - Sproul / Jensen
  4. Holland has made his fair share of boneheaded moves over the past few seasons, but there's no way he leaves Athanasiou unprotected. And even if for whatever reason he wasn't protected, it would be in favour of Helm, definitely not Sheahan... My bet is we go with something like this... Nielsen, Zetterberg, Nyquist, Tatar, Mantha, Athanasiou, Abdelkader Kronwall, DeKeyser, Green Mrazek I'm still hoping we make some trades, but as it sits right now, that's what I see happening. I'd also love for them to leave Kronwall unprotected, and protect one of the three kids, but I'm not so sure that will happen... I'm still holding out hope that one of our protections will be used on Trouba...
  5. Benn - Scheifele - Mantha Athansiou - Larkin - Zetterberg Nyquist / Tatar - Nielsen - Jurco Sheahan - Helm - Abdelkader How do we get Benn and Scheifele? THAT'S the trick...
  6. I wouldn't even want him without a cap hit to be honest. That may sound silly, but it's true. I'd rather literally any defenseman in the organization in over Marchenko, and that even includes Lashoff... I mainly don't want him taking minutes from the likes of Sproul or Ouellet, or even eventually Russo or Hicketts though...
  7. Hell No! Trading Mrazek would be dumb in my opinion, and regardless of what Mick said, Holland definitely isn't shopping him. No way do you trade a goalie with Mrazek's potential, unless it's straight up for a young, number one defenseman (and that's not happening).
  8. Ott is a better hockey player, and is on a better contract - one year, close to league minimum, you know, the way 4th liners should be paid. Glendening is way overpaid, both dollars and term, and is not a very good hockey player. I wouldn't have either on my team, but if I had to choose, it would be Ott every time...
  9. No. We already have a huge logjam on D. All of which are better than Marchenko, including a couple others in Grand Rapids.
  10. Very solid game for Smith, Vanek and Ott, which bodes well for the upcoming trade deadline... hopefully. Great game for Mrazek, and the Mantha - Zetterberg - Tatar line is looking dangerous every shift.
  11. I'm not too worried about Larkin. Virtually every player on the team (aside from Zetterberg) are "slumping". Larkin will be fine. You know who else is in his "sophomore season"? Jeff Blashill...
  12. 5 years ago, I wanted Hanzel on this team, now, not so much. Hanzel is a very good hockey player, but not at all what a rebuilding team should be looking for, especially as a deadline acquisition. I'd consider acquiring him in the offseason, if we didn't already have a ton of vets signed long-term. We really need to start getting younger, and Hanzel doesn't help in that regard. Hard pass for me as well.
  13. Yeah, pretty much exactly this for me as well. Oddly enough, the one I have the biggest problem with, is the one that is hurting us the least cap wise... Glendening. I think that was a terrible contract to hand out, both way over on dollars and term. But whatever, this team shouldn't have too much trouble offloading any of these contracts, and like has been mentioned, most of the bigger ones are due to be up, by the time the kids are due for their first big raises.
  14. I don't believe they're tanking in the general sense. I think if Holland, Blashill, Zetterberg, and every single player, thought it was likely this team could go on an insane run, make the playoffs and pick 20th+, they would without a doubt go for it. I just think reality has set in that there's virtually no way they're going to pull it off. Realistically, they'd have to win 18-20 of the 24 games remaining (or 36-40 points). Unfortunately, that's simply not happening with this team. I do believe that coaching and management have turned their attention more toward developing this team for the future, rather than winning now. If they get their highest pick in a quarter century in the process, great. I just wish they would give Jurco and Sproul more of an opportunity while they're at it. I just refuse to believe that they don't see either of these guys as pieces to their future. I'm really hoping they trade Vanek and Smith (at the very least) over the next week, to make room for them...
  15. I think you'd definitely have to think long and hard, but I'd have a hard time pulling the trigger on that trade straight up. The two hardest (most important) positions to fill in hockey are number one center and number one defenseman, and I think both Larkin and Trouba will get there in their respective positions. Larkin is the only guy in the organization with 1C potential in my opinion, and I'd rather overpay in other areas than give up a 20 year old with that ceiling. I still think (hope) a deal surrounding Tatar / Nyquist, high end prospect / high draft pick could be enough to get it done, closer to the expansion draft... Winnipeg may be perfectly fine going the 8 player, 1 goalie route, and protecting 4 defensemen and 4 forwards, but there's a reason most teams would prefer to go with 3 defensemen, 7 forwards, 1 goalie, it allows protection of 2 extra players. If the Jets go the former, they will likely lose a young kid like Dano, Lowry or Armia. None are likely to be huge losses, but moving a defenseman (Trouba) prior to the draft, while gaining valuable assets would allow them to protect more players. They would then be able to protect their other 3 defensemen, plus an extra 3 forwards, including one they could potentially gain in any trade...