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  1. Stockholm syndrome.
  2. Personally, I didn't mind the Nielsen deal at the time. Not signing a veteran second-line centerman to that contract might've been the smarter play (looking at the bigger picture), but I don't really fault Holland for doing it. The goal was to make the playoffs and compete for the Cup, and we'd just lost Datsyuk, and counting on Larkin to quickly become our 1C or 2C probably wasn't realistic and probably wouldn't have been good for his development, and I don't think many people expected Zetterberg to have the season he had. We're in a different situation now. We're in uncharted territory. I'm assuming the front office realizes that. I agree that Holland's cap management has been ass, but it's a new reality now. Or, at least, I'm hoping and cautiously trusting that the front office sees it that way and is going to proceed accordingly.
  3. Related note: he's basically the only high-end defenseman in this UFA class. Assuming "GMs gonna GM," he's going to get a lot of tasty offers. And he'll have leverage. "Don't wanna give my client what he wants and deserves? Have fun trying to convince your fan base that Dmitry Kulikov is a 'real good' consolation prize." Of course, again, it's widely believed that he has his heart set on NYC. Grew up in New York, was a Rangers fan, reportedly would like to move closer to home, the Rangers need a high-end puck-mover in their top four....
  4. Nielsen was meant to replace ("replace") Datsyuk and help extend the playoff streak. I'd like to think the fact that we're now officially a basement team has changed things and that Holland is not going to desperately do everything in his power to sign Kevin Shattenkirk, who isn't necessarily much better than Mike Green and who doesn't appear to be interested in becoming a Wing. Even if Holland does go all out for Shattenkirk, it's no secret that Shattenkirk wants to be a Ranger. Or, at least, that's what the rumors have been saying for the past year and a half. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up in Edmonton.
  5. Typically, money isn't the one and only factor. And even if it is, we're up against the cap and I highly doubt Holland will rearrange the roster just so he can throw max dollars and max term at Kevin Shattenkirk (especially when there are no clear indications that Shattenkirk has any real interest in Detroit). Let's give Holland a little credit here. For it to be a mistake that hurts the rebuild, it has to actually happen. Holland has to offer a ridiculous contract and Shattenkirk has to accept it. I can't see both of those things happening.
  6. True. But if Patrick or Hischier is available at #3, I have to think Nill takes him. I believe his "I'm open to trading the pick" stance is predicated on the assumption that Patrick and Hischier will be the first two players off the board. If Patrick or Hischier is indeed available at #3, then that pick might as well be the #1 pick.
  7. Phaneuf isn't very good. Karlsson is amazing.
  8. Pretty much. To me, it doesn't really matter who goes first and second. If Patrick and Hischier go first and second, the #3 pick probably costs something like Nyquist/Tatar + our 1st (assuming Nill would even be all that interested in Nyquist or Tatar in the first place), which I personally think is too much. If Patrick or Hischier is available at #3, Nill takes him. Or someone pays a king's ransom for the pick. So, no matter who's available at #3, we're not getting that pick. IMO.
  9. Here's how I'm looking at it... The Preds have Rinne, Subban, Josi, Ekholm, Ellis. It'd be their D and G (very thin at F) versus the Pens' F and G (very thin at D). Also, the Preds would be the fresher team. All in all, probably a pretty even matchup.
  10. I think Andersson or Kylington could do well enough in a sheltered role. Maybe, maybe not. Dennis Wideman, Michael Stone, and Deryk Engelland are all eligible for unrestricted free agency and I feel Green is better than each of them. Giordano, Hamilton, Brodie, Green could be one of the very best top fours in the league. Mind you, I'm not necessarily saying the Flames are the best hypothetical fit for Green. Eh, perhaps. He does seem to elevate his game in the AHL playoffs, but I'm not convinced he's going to become anything more than a bottom-six grinder at the NHL level.
  11. Preds lead 2-0 after 20 mins. I'm torn. On the one hand, f*** the Ducks. On the other hand, the Ducks might be the tougher opponent for the Pens -- and the most important thing in all this is that the Pens do not repeat. Ah screw it. Go Preds!
  12. "Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty sign with Oilers; rest of league quits."
  13. Agreed. I only said Nyquist/Tatar + our 2nd because I imagine that's about the absolute limit of what Holland would consider. Personally, I don't feel the third overall pick is worth one of our better players and the ninth overall pick. Nill himself has said there isn't necessarily any clear separation between the top ten players in this draft class not named Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier: "We know there are lots of choices at three. It's not like the top five or six are set in stone. Everyone has talked about the top two and then after that there is probably a group of ten players," Nill said. "I think it is going to come down to team's personal preference. Are you looking for a big, strong centerman? Are you looking for a scoring winger? Are you looking for a power forward? There are lots of different options there." But, yeah, I'm thinking it's all moot anyway, as Nill is probably fishing for a studly young top-four defenseman and we don't have one of those.