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    Official 2020 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    I guess I'm kinda neutral on all of this; I was ok with Holland staying on and I'm ok with Yzerman replacing him. I'm not convinced Yzerman is an upgrade over Holland (I discussed my concerns about Yzerman at length a few months ago), but, either way, it was probably time for a change. Fan resentment towards Holland had gotten so loud that it was threatening to become part of the Red Wings brand. Bad energy. Bad vibes. It became clear this past season that the Yzerman-or-bust movement would only continue to grow louder and louder until A) we got Yzerman or B) those angry fans became apathetic and tuned out. From a business perspective, the only thing worse than angry fans is numb, disinterested fans. Do I think Holland would've been crucified for doing what Yzerman's done this offseason? Yup. Do I think that's stupid? Yup. Do I think the fart-sniffing pundit class has, for years now, been too quick to shower Yzerman with praise and equally quick to rain scorn down on Holland? Yup. Do I think that's stupid? Yup. Do I think it's very possible that if Yzerman doesn't inherit Stamkos and Hedman, the Lightning rebuild goes sideways and he gets fired after a few seasons? Yup. Is any of this enough to keep me up at night? Nah. I'm willing to give Yzerman the benefit of the doubt for the time being. I'm cautiously optimistic. I'm telling myself that the brain trust is just trying to run out the clock on a number of our veteran contracts and that the end of those contracts wil be the end of the status quo holding pattern we've been stuck in.
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    News From Around the NHL

    Prob'ly Werenski.
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    News From Around the NHL

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    News From Around the NHL

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    Seattle Pinkos
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    Lufty Signed - 3 Yr ELC

    Maybe I'm in the minorty on this, but I feel like Ericsson's pretty close to retirement. Doesn't he have a chronically bad hip and/or a chronically bad hand or something?
  7. Point's 2018-19 shooting percentage = 21.5%. I think you're right to be skeptical. I wouldn't worry. Seems like Eklund is the only household name who's reporting ("reporting") on this, and I'm willing to bet NHLTradeRumors is just piggybacking for the clicks.
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    Official 2020 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    So our 2020-21 blue line could be... DeKeyser Trouba Nemeth Hronek Cholowski Seider Seems pretty decent to me.
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    Official 2020 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    We'll see if Veleno is up to the task in a couple of years. If not, we can go hunting for a 2C on the trade market or in free agency, or maybe someone else in our prospect pool will have emerged. Hell, maybe AA settles into that role. The Rangers were in the same boat as us right up until the moment they placed 2nd in the draft lotto. I suspect getting that pick emboldened Jeff Gorton and he decided Kakko + a couple big splashes = rebuild over. We'll see how they perform next season. Personally, I'm not entirely sold on that team. They could be a force next season or they could be thoroughly middling. I think if we'd gotten Kakko, Yzerman probably would've made a bold move or two. Instead, we picked 6th, so it's business as usual for at least another season. Sucks, but it is what it is.
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    Official 2020 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    Disagree. Rasmussen was pegged as a one-trick pony, a power-play/net-front guy who cleans up around the net and doesn't do much else. Easy to clean up around the net as a 6'6" player in the OHL. NHL? Another story. Seider did well in a men's league. He's dynamic, there's a ton to like about him. Projecting him as a good two-way top-pairing defenseman doesn't seem like a stretch.
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    Official 2020 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    Seider was a late riser, same as Kotkaniemi the year before. I noted back in mid-May that he was getting a lot of love: Craigh Button had him going 11th in his final mock draft. Cam Robinson (Dobber Prospcts) had Seider and Broberg both going in the top ten (though, he explicitly stated that he didn't feel they should go that early). Post-draft, we've heard whispers about multiple teams in the 6-11ish range wanting Seider and that this partly explains why Yzerman didn't trade down. Seider's a good player. I had wanted Zegras, but, as I've said before, I'm not sure I buy that Seider was a huge reach. WIIM sucks. On this much we can agree.
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    Zadina Says It

    Fair enough. The good news is the lazy and sucks virus doesn't seem to have taken hold yet. Well, maybe Zadina is infected. I guess we'll soon find out.
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    Official 2020 Offseason Rebuild Thread

    I don't care that he didn't fill the 2C hole. I don't care that he signed some veteran stopgaps. In fact, I said numerous times that he was probably going to sign veteran stopgaps. It's what he did in his first offseason as Tampa's GM. It's only disappointing to people who are laboring under the illusion that we're anything but an organization that's still in the middle of a painful rebuild. Maybe he could've acquired Marleau. Maybe he shouldn't have signed the UFAs that he signed. I dunno. At the end of the day, I don't think it really matters all that much. We suck, there's basically nothing we can do to truly accelerate the rebuild timeline right now, we need to get some (more) elite talent in the pipeline, we need to endure some more pain for a little while longer. I don't like the situation, but it is what it is. Yzerman felt we could use some depth (I explained that we basically had no decent veteran shutdown defenseman outside of DeKeyser and that having another Nielsen gives us a bit more depth) and it didn't come at great cost, so whatevz.
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    Zadina Says It

    I see you're still hung up on the fact that a lot of people had him going 3rd overall and the idea that this means we have to be very critical of him because he didn't score 15 goals in the NHL this past season which means people were wrong even though we took him 6th overall and he's performing more or less how you'd expect a 6th overall pick to perform (3 points through his first 9 NHL games). Y'all are a buncha drama llamas.
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    Zadina Says It

    He's low-key good defensively. I've been saying it since months before we drafted him. You can go back and check my posts about him. For a scoring winger, he's pretty good about not cheating too much for offense and minding his assignments. We can point to his 2018-19 +/- as proof that he's bad defensively, but I chalk it up to him going from the QMJHL to the AHL as a teenager. He had and still has a lot to learn -- but he's ahead of the usual curve for Red Wings scoring winger prospects.