krsmith17

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  1. krsmith17

    Lufty Signed - 3 Yr ELC

    I feel like I'm just repeating everything over and over again... One last time... *Again*, I think a pure goal scorer like Mantha is a much bigger need for this team than another top 4 right-handed defenseman like Ristolainen. *Again*, adding Trouba via free agency is a completely different situation than adding Ristolainen via trade. I'd be okay with adding a top 4 defenseman in their prime in free agency, but I'm not okay with trading our best goal scorer to fill what I believe is a lesser need for this team right now.
  2. krsmith17

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    A "goal scorer" is a player that is known for his goal scoring. A "playmaker" is a player that is known for his playmaking. Does Larkin score goals? Yes. Is that what he's known for? No. Same goes for the rest of the guys you mentioned in my opinion. I'm not even touching the Ericsson comment... I never once said Larkin was one of our three goal scorers. The three goal scorers that I was referring to are Mantha, to a lesser extent, Athanasiou, and hopefully soon, Zadina.
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    C'mon man, you can't be serious... Your definition of a goal scorer is any player that can score goals? I guess all those players are "playmakers" too because they can pass the puck / get assists?... My definition of a goal scorer would be a player that primarily score goals. None of those players are on the same level as our three "goal scorers" in my opinion.
  4. krsmith17

    Lufty Signed - 3 Yr ELC

    I don't get that though. It's not better to have more right-handed defensemen. It's better to have a balance. I didn't say it's better to draft one than trade for one, I said that if the goal is to trade them later, it doesn't make sense to trade for them now. We currently have Seider and Hronek that should definitely be top 4 on the right side, then we have Bowey, Kaski, Lindstrom, Tuomisto, Regula, Barton that could fill that bottom pair. I just don't see the point in actively trying to add more right-handed defensemen via trade, when we have much bigger holes on this roster.
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    So basically you think any forward is a "goal scorer"... Larkin is not a "goal scorer". Bertuzzi is not a "goal scorer". Rasmussen is not a "goal scorer". Veleno is not a "goal scorer". We have Mantha, Athanasiou and Zadina. That's it. Mantha being the best of the three as of now.
  6. krsmith17

    Lufty Signed - 3 Yr ELC

    Because I assume when you say having too many good right-handed defensemen is a good thing, you mean, we can use them as trade chips later on. What's the point in trading for right-handed defensemen only to turn around and trade them again later?
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    Borderline stud? Again, that's where we disagree. I would say Trouba > Ristolainen. Also, the majority of the Trouba talk from me was pre-draft. Now that we have Seider and Hronek on the right side, I don't see a major need to add there. I'd still be open to signing Trouba as a free agent next summer (if he is a UFA at that time), but that's giving up no assets. It wouldn't be as big a blow if we didn't get him now anyway. What do we need more than defense right now? In my opinion, pure goal scorers. We have a lot of promising young players / prospects, but none that play the game Mantha does. Big, strong, power-forward that can snipe from anywhere. He will score 30, the only question for me is will he score 35+ on the regular. I think he could, and he showed what he is capable of in the last 30 games he played.
  8. krsmith17

    Lufty Signed - 3 Yr ELC

    Sure, to draft and develop them. Not so much if you're talking about trading for them.
  9. krsmith17

    Lufty Signed - 3 Yr ELC

    Another right-handed defenseman... We should just acquire ALL the right-handed defensemen...
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    Yes, his trade value is definitely at an all time high. I wonder if there are any young, up and coming teams in the middle of a rebuild that would be interested in a 24 year old 30 goal scorer... Sure. Isn't that why pretty much any hockey trade goes down? Does that make it the right decision though? I asked earlier (wasn't answered...), do you think the Hall trade was a good one? Or was it a dumb trade that happened only because the Oilers felt they had a need on defense and a surplus of wingers? We don't need Ristolainen and we certainly don't need to trade one of our best young players just entering his prime. Yeah, Yzerman would have to answer that question, but in my opinion, I think we need a pure goal scorer like Mantha more than we need another top 4 right-handed defenseman like Ristolainen. I've asked this question several times now, but if we were to acquire Ristolainen, where does he fit into our future defense core? Who is he pushing out?
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    So you either have a borderline elite winger that can pot 35+ goals, or a really good top six winger that can pot 25-30 goals. Win-Win in my opinion. Either way, I wouldn't trade him for Ristolainen, and it's not even so much to do with the player as it is to do with the type of player. He just doesn't fill a major need in my opinion.
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    Mantha scored 8 goals, 7 assists (15 points) in his last 8 games of last season. He then scored 7 goals, 7 assists (14 points) in 9 games at the World Championships. Sure, you can say "that was just another one of his hot streaks", or you can believe that maybe, just maybe, he's starting to put it all together and could be a dominant force through his prime years. I choose to believe the latter. I obviously don't think he's going to be close to a 2 points per game player, but I do think he could be close to a point per game player, and take over games and eventually playoff series', the way Franzen once did. I'd just hope that the cold streaks would be a little fewer and further between... But my question is why not have Ristolainen part of that top 4 if he's as good as some people seem to believe? The bold I agree with.
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    Key word, that they just acquired. They acquired these defensemen for a reason, and if they did so to trade a 24 year old top 4 defenseman, is that a player we should be giving up our best goal scorer for? It's funny that you were using Zadina's +/- against him despite being one of the youngest players in the entire league, but you don't think Ristolainen's league worst +/- is reflective on his defensive game... So hypothetically, who plays their off side between Seider, Hronek and Ristolainen?
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    No. Again, I don't want Ristolainen... What are you talking about? Hronek was a 2nd round pick too. Does he hold the same value as a 2nd round pick now? McIsaac was regarded as a steal in the 2nd round. I'm not saying I wouldn't trade McIsaac (or a 2nd round pick), but I wouldn't trade that package for Ristolainen. If I felt Ristolainen was a player we really needed, I'd probably pull the trigger, but that's where we disagree. With the emergence of Hronek over the past year and the addition of Seider last month, I'm not giving up premium assets for another top 4 right-handed defenseman. A few years ago, I would have been all over a similar trade. Now, not so much.
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    I don't get your drift at all... What does Mantha have to do with Trouba? Are you saying that Mantha wants to get traded or bolt to Montreal when he becomes a UFA? It's not just about his atrocious +/-, it's all of his underlying stats. Again, I don't know a ton about this kid, but from what I've seen and read, he's far from a legit top pair defenseman. Why would Buffalo trade him if he were? Everyone knows how difficult it is to acquire big, steady, minute munching defensemen. There's obviously a reason he's on the trade block, and I'm not trading our best goal scorer for that player. I don't think Mantha is "untouchable", but I wouldn't trade him for Ristolainen. That's just me though.
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    Sure, that's your opinion. I think you're undervaluing Mantha. Also, calling McIsaac a bust before he's ever played a pro game is dumb. The 2nd round pick, I could care less about. A legit top 4 defenseman that for whatever reason Buffalo wants to trade...
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    For a player we don't have a real need for? Not much. I think Mantha is good value for Ristolainen, but I personally wouldn't make that trade.
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    It's not just about points. Ristolainen is a defenseman that doesn't really play much defense. His underlying numbers aren't great. Mantha's underlying numbers are very good. Ristolainen could be a very good defenseman in a few years, but he's not exactly what this team needs right now. Goal scoring is something this team needs. Hence the reason most Wings fans would be upset by trading the teams best goal scorer. With Seider and Hronek looking like legit top 4 right-handed defensemen of the future, where does Ristolainen fit in? I'm not saying it wouldn't be a "fair trade", it's just not a trade I would be looking to make right now. Now ^that^ trade would be extremely dumb for this team.
  19. krsmith17

    Zadina Says It

    Svechnikov is waiver eligible. It's been reported multiple times by reputable sources. Not just Helene. Because he was injured an entire season, and did not play a single game, his waiver eligibility gets pushed back a year. Unless he steals a spot out of camp, I would expect him to start in Grand Rapids, and that is likely the best thing for him right now, until he gets back up to speed. I'm still hopeful that he can become a player for us. Losing out an entire season definitely hurt his development, but I still think he could be a solid middle six winger.
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    Lufty Signed - 3 Yr ELC

    This along with Hronek is the reason I'm not all that interested in a trade involving Ristolainen or any other top 4 right-handed defenseman. I know it would never happen, but can you imagine if we could somehow pull off a blockbuster bringing Heiskanen to Detroit... A Heiskanen - Seider pairing would have the potential to be one of the best pairings in the entire league...
  21. krsmith17

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    In 74 games. In 80 games. Seriously though, Mantha and Athanasiou are our two best goal scorers right now, and both are more than capable of 30+ a season. I'd be thrilled if either reach 35, but I'd personally give the slight edge to Mantha. We'll see.
  22. krsmith17

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    We will never be able to have a real conversation if you refuse to take pace into consideration. Mantha will score 30 goals. So no, Zadina alone would not cover the loss of Mantha. You also refuse to answer several questions I asked pertaining to the conversation, so whatever...
  23. krsmith17

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    Considering he was close to that pace last season, I'd be shocked if he doesn't reach it this season (assuming he's healthy). I expect 30-35 goals, 60-70 points. IF he is that player through his prime, would you trade him for Ristolainen? I wouldn't.
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    No thanks. Oh okay, so you're going to have two players in the organization do what one player can do. Well then in that case, Hronek and Cholowski can do what *insert trade target* can do.
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    So you don't think a 24 year old (soon to be 25) that scored at a 30 goal pace can hit 30+ goals if healthy for an entire season? Yeah, okay... Sergachev would probably be one of the defensemen on my 10 player list, so yeah, I might consider trading Mantha for Sergachev. Maybe. But again, it's filling one hole by creating another. I think it's more likely that Cholowski (or McIsaac) could fill the role of Sergachev (lite), than anyone in the organization being able fill the role of Mantha. Defensemen are perceived as being more valuable than scoring wingers, but I don't necessarily share that mindset. Do you think Adam Larsson is more valuable than Taylor Hall? I'll admit that I don't know a ton on Ristolainen, and I'm not totally against trading for him, depending on the cost. What would you be willing to give up in a trade for him?