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    News From Around the NHL

    Disagree. If you want to compare Larkin's contract to Keller's, it's probably not far off. Larkin signed $6.1 per for 5 years, not giving up UFA years (maybe 1?). Keller signed a $7 per for 8 years, gave up 3 years of UFA. You can't discount the value of UFA years, whether you agree or not, it's huge in contract negotiations. This alone brings the numbers close if not equivalent. Also, Keller's contract was signed a year later. As already mentioned, Keller produced significantly more to date as compared to Larkin at the same age. So, considering all that, one could say Keller's deal is better from a team perspective. When I look at it in isolation I think it's a huge overpayment and I tend to think the same to all the deals, including Larkin's when they are first signed. So many of them are signed for potential vs. what they have proven. This makes some sense of course....I don't want to pay for what you've done, that doesn't help the team, I want to pay for what you are going to do. History shows that some of these signings blow up in the face of the teams that have signed them and some turn out to be good deals.
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    News From Around the NHL

    This makes no sense to me. You think the thought of Dubas deciding to accept the picks, rather than to match an offer sheet will scare teams away from making an offer to acquire a player because there is some risk that such offer would result in them getting that player and losing the draft picks? What is the desired outcome of a team making the offer then?
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    Zadina Says It

    What Zadina has to say is irrelevant, it's always going to be super biased. Depending on contracts, what they will earn in the AHL is normally less than 10% of what they'd earn in the NHL, so I think that plays a huge part in any comment he may have. The AHL is not as far off from the NHL as it used to be. The biggest difference these days is really the top level talent. You make a mistake in the NHL, good chance it ends up in the back of your net, not necessarily in the AHL. Most players do need development in the AHL before making the leap to the NHL. The player's opinion on this needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Unless they are giving their opinion after their careers are done and perhaps given a more mature and honest view.
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    2020 Tank

    Pretty sure while Draisaitl is listed as a C, he pretty much plays LW on McDavid's line. I can't imagine the Wings being worse next year though then they were this season...the young guys should be getting a bit better, so not sure they'll get closer to a lottery pick. That said, they were very, very close to the bottom this past year and it was only near the end of the season they moved up some spots.
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    Poll: Datsyuk on the team at 41?

    Saw an article on TSN today that he officially signed.
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    Holland set to become GM of Oilers

    Interesting fact: Ryan N-H was drafted 8 years ago and will now be playing for his 7th coach and 5th GM (same team though).....that clearly illustrates the lack of success in that team.
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    Karlsson on the move?

    Not sure how it's possible for TB to get Karlsson, even if they get out of Callahan's contract, there would need to be more moving parts. They'd have about $14M to sign Karlsson, Point, 3 more forwards and at least 1 more D.
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    2019 Draft

    Not missing your point at all. Age is not the major factor here. I guarantee you, GMs, coaches, etc. do not look at age to determine readiness. You need to consider experience and at what level of hockey. The better comparison is really to look at where a player has progressed since being drafted.
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    2019 Draft

    That's a terrible example because I doubt you'd ever see a 20 year player being drafted at 6th overall. If a player is 20 years old and hasn't been drafted yet....more often than not, they don't get drafted at all and may make their way to the NHL as a free agent (rare)......but if they do get drafted, not sure how they would all of a sudden be drafted so high. You absolutely have to base comparisons on draft year. It's very difficult to compare a player born at the beginning of the year to one born at the end of that same year. In that case you have almost a full year difference anyway, but it gets more challenging when you get towards the pure age...may not be a big difference, but hockey experience gets impacted by cut-offs. Take the biggest comparison players of the last 15 years....Crosby vs. Ovechkin. Everyone sees these guys as the same age, coming into the NHL at the same time. But Ovechkin is almost a full 2 years older. He was only drafted 1 year earlier though because of where their birth dates fell. If Ovechkin had of been playing in North America, even though he's almost a full 2 years older than Crosby, he really would have only had 1 additional year of major junior experience due to the cut-off.
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    I don't like Kraken either, but I think you can find several team names that have little to do with city/'s not just a few.....don't have to look that far.
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    ECF- CAR vs. BOS

    Reality is though, teams were very close. Almost every team in the playoffs from the East was a 100pt team. The worst had 99pts and 98pts respectively. Carolina had 99pts and won just two fewer games then the Caps and Isles over the course of an 82 game season.
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    2019 Draft

    Why? Not sure how a 41 year old Datsyuk makes this team competitive.
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    BOS vs. CBJ - Round 2

    Looks bad for sure, they did go for it, but I think it was more of a need to just get into the playoffs and win a round maybe. Coming into this year, in their 17 year history, they were out of the playoffs in 13 of those years and out in the first round in the other 4. They never won a playoff series in their history, they had won a total of 5 playoffs games in their existence. This season, they won a series and put up 6 total wins (6W, 4L). For that team, it has to count for something I suppose.
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    Holland set to become GM of Oilers

    I don't think that was the premise. Not to speak for the person, but I'm guessing the thought process was that if hockey became very popular in the US, it might hurt Cdn teams because they earn revenues in CAD$ and if it got more and more popular in the US, overall league revenues would increase, therefore, cap and floor would increase and potentially Cdn teams would struggle to reach the floor. That's the only logical scenario I can think of, but it's still not logical. If the NHL became so popular in the US, TV revenues would increase dramatically and all teams would share in such revenues and who knows where the exchange rate will be anyway. It wasn't that long ago that the CAD$ and US$ were on par, in fact, the CAD$ was worth more. That exchange rate wasn't good for certain industries and was good for others. The overall population of the US is about 10x that of Canada, so hockey wouldn't have to become more popular in the US to reach the scenario that I think he/she was trying to get at. I'll be honest immigration continues to increase in Canada, I do wonder if hockey will continue to be as popular as it has been. I live in Toronto though, so the amount of people living hear that were born outside of the country is vastly different from much of the country, so perhaps the potential issue is not as great as it might seem.
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    Holland set to become GM of Oilers

    Was just wondering what you meant by “look where Edmonton was before they got Gretzky “....they didn’t exist. Not sure the oilers are much further ahead now before and after getting McDavid either. I half agree with you though...Edmonton isn’t going anywhere, but not sure I am as optimistic on their future as you...closer to your thinking then leaning towards them being bad though