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    Dylan Larkin's comments on ASG Last Man In voting...

    Here's my basic logic...which is a cop out really, but it's true at the same time. Those suggesting Larkin has proven himself as a 1C.....I want to say are wrong, but at a minimum, would have a hard time supporting that. I'm not going to say he won't prove to be one over the course of his career, but he hasn't shown the consistency yet to suggest he's "proven". Did it look like he was well on his way last year after building and improving on 60+ points the year before? Absolutely. I'm guessing he'll bounce back at this year is just a stumbling block. Bad teams or not though, that can't be a big excuse. There are + and - in terms of being able to produce based on how good your team is. On the flip side, has this season proven anything regarding his ability to be a 1C going foward? Absolutely not, however, it's fair for people to be concerned.
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    Dylan Larkin's comments on ASG Last Man In voting...

    All star game and selection is not what it used to be....I'm sure 90+% of that is because what it used to be is when I was a kid, so much different perspective, but for me, part of looking at player accomplishments is how many all star selections they have....which really doesn't make sense anymore. The best players don't always get selected anymore....didn't use to be that way. How does the #5 scorer not make the all star team? Is it annoying when players say stuff like what Larkin said? Sure.....easy to disparage him for that. However, since I don't care enough anymore, I'll just give him the benefit of the doubt and look at it this way: If I'm in Larkin's shoes....I'd be thinking to myself "please don't vote me in"....I'd be embarrassed being selected when I clearly don't deserve to be there....I'd be dreading showing up to the event. The John Scott was a completely different scenario....everyone had fun with that.
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    On bad losing streaks -- Found this story on Twitter

    Could always look at it as the team is chasing history this year.....could they have the worst season in their history? It will be close, but I don't think they can pull it off due to the 3 point game in today's era. They have the best chance to pull off worst GF vs GA stat in history though. Currently sitting at -62, on pace for -159.....lowest in team history was 85/86 season at -149 and that makes this year look even worse as there was a lot more goal scoring in 85/86, so easier to get blown out and run up a huge -
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    Holland set to become GM of Oilers

    Don't disrespect (by omitting) the legendary Dave Lewis!! Barry Smith was in there too, but just temporary, so he doesn't really count.
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    Holland set to become GM of Oilers

    You're right on him being 5 years younger and about 5 years worth of wins away from Q, which is why I'm saying it's possible, but will he coach 5 years longer than Q? Who knows.
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    Holland set to become GM of Oilers

    Possible, but I think Quenneville and Trotz are pretty big roadblocks between Babcock and #2 all-time. Paul Maurice even.
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    News From Around the NHL *Mod warning page 75*

    He probably played a style of game that makes you think he's bigger than he is and that's probably why his career didn't last as long as it could have.
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    News From Around the NHL *Mod warning page 75*

    Don't Zetterberg and Forsberg pretty much have the same body (size)? Draisaitl is quite a bit bigger than both.
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    Mike Commodore's experience with the Wings

    He was thinking it was his last chance, but can't imagine he was thinking he was at the end of his career. He was 31 years old when he signed. He was hoping he'd prove some things that year and it would translate into a 5-6 year deal somewhere else after that.
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    The Whipping Boy

    I think the problem with Mantha is that some have built up unreasonable expectations for him. Maybe because he's a 1st round draft pick, people expect more, but mostly, I think people built up unreasonable expectations based on his stats from his final year in the Q. He's not unreasonably paid, in fact, probably a team friendly deal based on his goal totals.
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    News From Around the NHL *Mod warning page 75*

    The cost of buying into UFA years is obviously high.
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    News From Around the NHL *Mod warning page 75*

    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 *Mod warning page 75*

    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.