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About paulwoodsfan

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  1. Official 2018 Off Season *Rebuild* Thread

    Whatever we do with Mantha and Larkin (and other young players), please please no more NTCs. Those are the scourge of the NHL.
  2. Detroit's first rounder.

    Thanks for that link. FWIW (which is nothing since it's a simulator), I tried it 20 times. Wings got first pick twice, second once and third once. Mostly picked eighth or ninth under the sim.
  3. Svechnikov Nickname

  4. Yeah, my mistake. Z was an almost unstoppable force that year, especially in the final where he seemed to practically will the team to victory.
  5. Fedorov for sure. The best player in hockey for a season, and one of the top 10 for many seasons. Datsyuk for sure. Widely regarded by his peers around the league as the most talented two-way player and the most dangerous to play against. Zetterberg yes. Captain of a Stanley Cup champion and a warrior for 15 years and counting. Osgood no. Never close to the best goalie in the league. Two Cups is nothing to sneeze at but he wasn't the main reason either Cup was won.
  6. 2017 NHLTrade Deadline Discussion

    Sorry if this has already been discussed elsewhere, but I seriously think Holland should ask Z and Kronwall if they'd be interested in trades to contenders. Z has a cap hit of $6M which makes it tough, but he but will probably play only another two years, and maybe only one more year. Kronwall's cap hit of $4.75M is also tough but he will probably retire after next season (when his actual salary will be a manageable $3.5M). It's difficult to imagine anyone taking on those cap hits, but either guy could be a hell of an addition to a team with Cup aspirations. Kronwall is beaten up and has not had a good season, but he's a playoff-tested defenceman who could log top-four minutes somewhere. Z is still a tremendous player and leader.
  7. Bjørn Botta Skaare

    I'm afraid I can't offer any help, but I sure am curious as to why you are doing a book on Skaare. Was he a superstar in Norway or something?
  8. Hall of Fame Worthy

    Datsyuk was hugely respected by his peers. They don't vote for the Hall, but their opinions are widely known in the hockey community. IMO Datsyuk goes in within the first 3-4 years of being eligible.
  9. Darren Helm re-signed: 5 years, $3.85m AAV

    I would have been OK with him walking, but maybe this is a reaction to Filppula/Weiss -- overpay the guy you know rather than the guy you don't know who will replace him, and hope that in a year or two he isn't considered overpriced for what he brings.
  10. The Holiday tradition: 2016 Draft thoughts.....

    We are hardly overloaded in goal. We have one young goalie we know can play (Mrazek). Whether any of Coreau, Patterson et al pan out is anyone's guess. It never hurts to freshen the pipeline at that incredibly unpredictable position.
  11. Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

    I've asked this before and I think it's worth asking again. With Mr. I. possibly out of the day-to-day operations of the team due to age and heath, how do we know the decision-makers still intend to spend whatever it takes, the way he did? Maybe the next generation would rather maximize profits than spend to and beyond the limit every year. Taking a big contract we have to pay in exchange for one we don't have to pay (Pronger for Datsyuk) presumes we don't mind spending money and getting nothing in return. I believe Mr. I. was that way, but don't know that's the case for whoever is making the ultimate financial decisions these days.
  12. Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

    The market for cap hits has started to get set. Devils took on Marc Savard's salary PLUS got a 2018 second-rounder for two minor leaguers, one of them 27 years old. I'd say that indicates we're going to have to give up something of value along with Datsyuk, and won't get much of value back.
  13. Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

    I remain worried that with Mike Illitch's influence on things possibly waning due to age and health, the actual decision makers in the org may not be as willing to spend to the max each year as he was. The idea the Illitchs would order KH to trade a contract that doesn't have to be paid so that they can use that money on someone else presupposes that they want to spend money and aren't interested in saving where it's possible to do so. I'm not so sure about that.
  14. Jim Bedard gone... Ferschweiler demoted

    Compared to the first three-four months of the season. In the late stages and even when he was playing fairly well in the playoffs, he was surrendering more and bigger rebounds than earlier in the season, and some of his angles were terrible. I agree he's far from fully formed but given the trajectory he had been on, to me that's regression and the coach bears some responsibility for it.
  15. Jim Bedard gone... Ferschweiler demoted

    I'm surprised at the surprise over Bedard. As I posted after the first round, Howard is horrendous at playing the puck, and a lot of technical flaws emerged in Mrazek's game this season. Rebound control was a problem even when he was winning, and his angles went to hell when he was slumping. Bedard has had six or seven years to improve Howard, and it hasn't happened. And Mrazek seemed to regress. Time for a change, good on whomever (Holland or Blashill) made that call.