krsmith17

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    2019 Trade Deadline

    Custance just wrote an article on The Athletic: "20 players who could move before the deadline" 1. Artemi Panarin, Blue Jackets 2. Matt Duchene, Senators 3. Mark Stone, Senators 4. Kevin Hayes, Rangers 5. Dougie Hamilton, Hurricanes 6. Wayne Simmonds, Flyers 7. Chris Kreider, Rangers 8. Brayden Schenn, Blues 9. Jake Muzzin, Kings 10. Gustav Nyquist, Red Wings: Nyquist has a no-trade and hasn’t been approached yet about waiving it, but it’s still early on that front. Outside of Dylan Larkin, he’s been the Red Wings’ best forward this season, the final year of his contract that comes with a $4.75 million cap hit. He’s a legit top-six forward, who is more playmaker than goal scorer so needs the right players around him to capitalize on his skill set. The problem for Detroit is that Nyquist doesn’t necessarily stand out compared to the other available wingers. “There are a number of pieces (available) that are the equivalent to Nyquist,” said one GM. The Oilers might be a good fit for Nyquist. 11. Jesse Puljujarvi, Oilers 12. Timothy Liljegren, Maple Leafs 13. Micheal Ferland, Hurricanes 14. Mats Zuccarello, Rangers 15. Nino Niederreiter, Wild 16. Jimmy Howard, Red Wings: At first glance, Howard is your traditional rental. Veteran player on an expiring contract from a rebuilding team that will soon be ready to sell. But starting goalies aren’t easy trades to pull off near the deadline. The buyers are buyers because they’re in a playoff spot and likely have been getting good goaltending to get there. Those teams won’t pay a premium for insurance in goal. The Red Wings like Howard. They’d like to bring him back after this season. There isn’t a lot of internal interest in trading him for a third-round pick or whatever a team looking for insurance might pay. So, really, the scenario where a Howard trade is most likely comes only if a contending team loses their starting goalie to injury and is willing to pay a premium (like, say, a first-round pick) to acquire Howard. 17. Andre Burakovsky, Capitals 18. Trevor Daley, Red Wings: Daley is out with a broken foot but should be back in early February, plenty of time to be a target before the trade deadline. He has one year left on his contract that comes at a reasonable $3.16 million cap hit per season, a number that could be sweetened even more with some salary retention. When healthy this season, Daley performed under his standard but that can be attributed, in part, to cycling through partners without a ton of NHL experience. He’s still a great skater with multiple Stanley Cups who would fit seamlessly into any dressing room. A second-round pick and decent prospect probably gets it done. 19. Alec Martinez, Kings 20. Nick Jensen, Red Wings: He might actually be the most appealing of the Red Wings’ rentals. He probably isn’t going to cost a ton but is the kind of player who can play a key part without giving up the farm. “I like him,” said one contending GM. There’s a lot to like. He’s still just 28, he’s a right-handed shot and is a great skater. He’s a rock-solid addition to any team’s bottom pair and the Red Wings haven’t ruled out a contract extension, but The Athletic’s Max Bultman reported last week that there have not been any significant talks yet. Nyquist, Howard, Daley and Jensen are listed as possible trade bait for the Wings. We need to trade Nyquist, even if both sides want to sign an extension. Sign a new contract in the offseason, after we acquire draft pick(s) and / or prospect(s). Howard should be shopped, but depending on the market at the time, he probably won't be dealt before the deadline. Regardless if he's traded or not, I think Howard should be brought back next season. Daley is the one player on this list that I want traded and would not want back next season. Trade him for a mid round pick, retain salary, just get rid of him. Jensen probably should be shopped as well, but he's another player I'd like to see back in Detroit next season. He's a great depth defenseman that can be re-signed relatively cheap. I'm not sure why Edmonton or Toronto would trade Puljujarvi or Liljegren, but I'd inquire on both. Leafs are probably only shopping Liljegren if they can get an established, top pair, right-handed defenseman in his prime though. Something we obviously don't have. Oilers on the other hand, are probably shopping Puljujarvi because that's what they do with their high end wingers (give up on them way too early for way too little). He could probably be had for Ericsson and a 3rd round pick...
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    2019 Trade Deadline

    Like kliq said, I'm only asking for sources because you specifically said that you've "been reading that he could get all of a low first, a prospect AND a roster player". If you had said that it was your opinion, I would have just said the last sentence, "I'd be surprised if he could get us a 1st, let alone other pieces along with it". So yeah, sources are important if you're reporting a rumor. Otherwise people won't take it too seriously... As for sources, I would say Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun or any of the other big names from TSN are the most reputable. Ansar Kahn or Craig Custance are good for Red Wings specific news.
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    Rumors Thread

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    2018 Prospects Watch

    Veleno made his season debut tonight, and Drummondville stomped Shawinigan 12-1. Unfortunately, Joe was only in on two of the twelve goals scored with a goal and an assist, but hey, it's a start. So, through one game, he's on a 2 PTS/G pace, and I fully expect him to continue that pace through the full season. McIsaac is still out with injury.
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    2019 Trade Deadline

    Do you have a reputable source or is this just fan talk from other forums? I think this would be a case of overrating value on Kronwall. I'd be surprised if he could get us a 1st, let alone other pieces along with it.
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    Rumors Thread

    Holland, get Sweeney on the phone ASAP.
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    Rumors Thread

    I think scratching Cholowski is a terrible decision, but the timing of it makes it even worse... Cholo is from Langley, which is less than an hour from Vancouver. I'm sure he, along with all of his family and friends have had this game circled on their calendar all season. It would suck to see him a healthy scratch for his first game against his hometown team...
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    Rumors Thread

    F***ing Ridiculous...
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    2019 Trade Deadline

    Who was the last "homerun" that Andersson had a hand in drafting? Franzen? Our core is basically all players that Tyler Wright has drafted. Larkin, Mantha, Bertuzzi, Cholowski, etc. I wasn't a fan of the Rasmussen pick either, but I think it's way too early to write him off already. I have no issue with our scouting staff. I think they've done really well. They're not going to hit on every single pick. If we win the lottery, there's no way I'd pass up on Hughes. I'd be more inclined to trade back if we were drafting 2nd or 3rd.
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    2019 Trade Deadline

    Larkin couldn't go to the AHL (GR) his first season. Neither could Bouchard, Hughes, or Boqvist this season. Very few players have the option to jump straight to the AHL their first season. Zadina could because of a loophole of him being "on loan" to the QMJHL from the Czech league. If Halifax had actually owned his rights, he would still be in the CHL this season, just like all the other 2018 draftees.
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    Your Favorite Defenseman 2 Years From Now

    Umm what? You don't think there's a logjam on defense right now? I strongly disagree there. In my opinion, Hronek has earned a spot on the roster over several other players. You disagree, which is fine. I just think Hronek's positive impact on the games have far outweighed any negatives. No, his defense hasn't been perfect, but it hasn't been particularly bad either. Like I mentioned before, Ericsson has been the direct cause of at least two goals against when they were on the ice together. I think he should be playing in Detroit, but if he's sent down again, that would be better than him sitting in the pressbox for weeks.
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    2019 Trade Deadline

    I put a ton of stock into what Button says about prospects, but I think it's waaay too early to consider Bouchard a "potential bust". Especially based on one man's opinion. The same opinion that considered Bouchard the best defenseman (outside of Dahlin) in the draft, just a few short months ago... I mean, sure, the possibility is there that Bouchard flops, but the same goes for Zadina, or Hughes, or Boqvist, etc. at this point. I've heard a lot of negativity surrounding Zadina's name as well, but I'm not ready to consider the draft a complete bust, just a few months into the draft +1 season. I still think Zadina will be a top line scoring winger and I still think Bouchard will be a top three defenseman and number one power-play quarterback. I'm happy with the Zadina pick, but would have been happy if we traded back (like you're suggesting to do this year) and taken Bouchard, plus another player later in the 1st or 2nd round as well.
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    Rumors Thread

    Haha I hope your guy is right...
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    Rumors Thread

    Funny, the guy I know at LCA said your guy is full of s***...
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    Rumors Thread

    Source?
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    Your Favorite Defenseman 2 Years From Now

    Well I guess this is where we disagree. I don't believe veterans should feel that secure, that no matter how well or how poorly they play, they'll be right back out there every shift, every game. What kind of message do you think that's sending the young players? If a veteran is playing poorly, they should sit. Simple as that. If a rookie is playing as well as Hronek was, he should not sit. You're right that there could be another reason, something that may have happened outside the games that us fans seen. I acknowledged as much in my first response to this, but I highly doubt that's the case here. I think Blashill needed to scratch a player when DeKeyser returned from injury, and the easy choice was the kid. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is I guess. It will be interesting to see what happens when Daley comes back, assuming everyone else is still healthy, and no trades have been made...
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    Your Favorite Defenseman 2 Years From Now

    You coach a player by playing him in games, not sitting him. Only so much can be taught in practice and watching games. Hronek needs to play, and if he's not playing in Detroit, he should be sent down to Grand Rapids. I don't expect Ericsson to learn anything from being scratched. I just believe that the vets should be held accountable, just as much or more so than the kids. They should be held to a higher standard, and they're clearly not. I'm sure there's a veteran bias with most coaches in most organizations, but this team takes it too far in my opinion. Game after game we see veterans make lazy, careless plays with no repercussions. The exact same play from one of the younger players, and they get benched. I'm fine with a player being benched for a period, or even a game, but three straight games is ridiculous. And it's not even like you can say he was playing poorly. In his last 5 games, he had 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists), was a +4, had 11 shots on goal, 5 hits, 5 blocked shots, and was averaging over 19 minutes a night *as a rookie defenseman*... That's impressive even without that last caveat. If Hronek is "cheating on D", it's clearly been working for him and the team. Blashill always preaches that a players' "positives must outweigh the negatives". Regardless what Hronek's negatives were, his positives were definitely outweighing them. It should also be said, that there were several plays in which Hronek and Ericsson were scored on (or almost scored on) where Ericsson coughed up the puck, or put Hronek in a bad spot. Ericsson should be sitting over Hronek.
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    Your Favorite Defenseman 2 Years From Now

    That philosophy is exactly what's been wrong with this organization for the past several years... Play the player that will help you win games, not the player that you thought (when you signed the contract) was going to win you games... Also, it's the coach that makes these decisions, not (usually) the general manager...
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    2019 Trade Deadline

    Yup, really hope we go for some homerun swings, especially in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I was really hoping we would have taken a "gamble" on Bode Wilde in last year's draft, despite his supposed "off-ice issues"... Oh well...
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    2019 Trade Deadline

    He looks like a good one for sure, but we have a few goaltenders ourselves in Larsson, Petruzzelli and Eliasson in that same age range, that could develop as well or better than this kid. Goalies are such a crap shoot, I wouldn't give up the assets it would take to get Luukkonen. If we're trading for a goaltender it needs to be for one that can step in as early as next season, not another long-term project. If we're giving up major assets for a 19 year old, it should be for a defenseman or right-handed forward, not a goalie. Just my opinion...
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    Rumors Thread

    We did trade Calle Jarnkrok and a 2nd round pick for David Legwand... Not saying they're the same, but at least somewhat similar I would say. There's no doubt that GM's sometimes make "bad trades" when they get desperate, in win-now mode. However, I do agree that there's zero chance we get a top prospect from Toronto for any of Daley, Helm or Glendening. No matter how "expendable" another player has made said prospect...
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    Your Favorite Defenseman 2 Years From Now

    It certainly can be, but do you honestly think that's the case? I get it. We as fans don't see everything behind the scenes, and there's obviously much more that goes into these decisions. But based purely on the on-ice product, Hronek has been far superior to Ericsson in just about every way; advanced stats and eye-ball test. I know it's preposterous, but maybe just maybe, there is sometimes a veteran bias... Hronek should be playing right now. I'm not saying Blashill is an idiot for scratching him, but it sure does seem like a bass ackwards move for a team that is supposed to be rebuilding... I just hope Holland is able to alleviate the log jam on D sooner than later.
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    Your Favorite Defenseman 2 Years From Now

    Production / Results > Salary / Cap Hit
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    2019 Trade Deadline

    I think Jensen could fetch more than a 4th, but like I said, if that's the most we can get for him, I'd hold onto him... unless he tells management that he's testing free agency. Prepare to be disappointed...