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#2575032 Official 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by VM1138 on Yesterday, 05:51 PM

I see why Florida did this. They've been rebuilding so long there's probably pressure to do something now. They are knocking on the door of the playoffs and Jagr can help give them a boost in depth. I don't know what their bench looks like but they probably were willing to give up a pick in favor of making playoffs and adding a bit more scoring. Maybe it's an overpayment but not a major one. They probably couldn't have gotten anyone else for that price.

#2573527 Official 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 22 February 2015 - 10:16 AM

Nyquist will get a big payday when his contract is up. No one else currently on te team will command much more money. Pulkinnen still hasn't proven anything so they'll qualify him, maybe with a small pay increase. I'm really not concerned about cap space.

#2571567 Official 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 17 February 2015 - 08:26 PM

I'd rather focus on a scoring forward. Fact is, prices are too high and the selection is too slim. Best to make a move for a top 6 forward while teams are focused on defense. No one available save maybe Yandle really helps us on the back end. We already have depth, we need a top 2 guy. And since we do need more reliable scoring (Tatar and Nyquist and everyone else disappearing last year, plus a decent amount of shutouts against this year) might as well make the move now.

Grab a forward now while prices may be low, then sign a FA defenseman come summer.

#2569807 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by VM1138 on 11 February 2015 - 01:00 PM

I'd assumed they were looking to package Kane and Bogosian together. I think I said so here or on SBNation.


Bogosian's bombed pretty hard, and everyone hates Kane, but those are basically the two pieces we're looking for - a premier power forward with serious issues (otherwise, his team wouldn't be trading him) and a right-shot defenseman who can log big minutes. So in that sense it's kind of a bummer. (Not to mention the fact that we get to see Kane five times every season now. Ugh.) But I'm assuming Cheveldayoff would've wanted Nyquist or Tatar.

Bogosian has like 13 points.  He's always been way overrated.

#2569621 Original Six...Sorta?

Posted by VM1138 on 10 February 2015 - 01:49 PM

It means something because people like history. These are the oldest teams with vaunted histories and legends. That's all. There's no rule they have to be rivals. Detroit and Chicago, for example, have been rivals in several sports. But the legends and the rivalries that do exist have had time to mature and get intense. Newer teams with shorter histories just don't have the same experience.

#2568492 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by VM1138 on 05 February 2015 - 12:47 PM

Whoever said we don't have space for a big contract is wrong. We've got $8 million in space right now. And we are relying on cheap drafted players for the future. We've got plenty of cap space moving forward.

#2567182 Marchenko recalled from GR... Ouellet sent down

Posted by VM1138 on 30 January 2015 - 03:34 PM

I know he's played years in the NHL already but I'm just not seeing why Myers over Marchenko would be an improvement.

#2565885 Greatest US-born NHLer of all time?

Posted by VM1138 on 25 January 2015 - 10:15 AM

Chelios.  Skill, longevity, and accomplishments are unrivaled among American-born players. Leetch and Modano are up there, too, but like others have said, Modano was never the greatest at his position, so it's hard for him to take away the top spot from Chelios, who was.

#2565481 New Zealand and South African Hockey?

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 08:44 PM

Hanta yo!

#2565395 2017 Winter Classic Red wings vs. Blue Jackets?

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 10:50 AM

No one really thinks Detroit-Columbus would be a good Winter Classic, right?  I don't think in the entire existence of the Columbus franchise I've ever been excited about a game against them.  Putting them outside won't change that.


If you're doing a throwback/heritage style event you need heritage/throwback style teams.  It's got to be Detroit versus an original six team.  Or at least one of the teams from the '67 expansion.

#2565392 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 10:49 AM

That's precisely why we should run with a 50/50 Howard/Mrazek setup in the next few years.  He's not anywhere near his prime yet.  Balance the load and run with the hot goalie in the playoffs.  It worked for us in 2008.  We haven't really had a chance to try it since.

#2565388 Brodeur retires. Named Sr. Advisor to Blues GM

Posted by VM1138 on 21 January 2015 - 10:42 AM

The thing that makes Brodeur hanging around sad and different than someone like Chelios playing way past his prime, is that Chelios never had any illusions about his skill level declining.  He played in the AHL because he loved playing hockey and wanted to play at the highest level he was capable of.


Brodeur still thinks he's a starter.  That's why he left New Jersey and I think he's taking so long to "decide" because he's still trying to convince people behind closed doors that he should get a starting job somewhere.  Or at least a backup job he thinks he can turn into a starting job.  His ego is well-known and I think that's what makes the situation kind of sad.


EDIT: My point being that it's not necessarily sad for a player to hang around, as long as they're not fooling themselves.

#2562207 McGratton on waivers

Posted by VM1138 on 10 January 2015 - 08:22 AM

I bet we'tee the only team board in the league that devoted six pages in 24 hours to McGrattan.

#2551546 Saluting the fans

Posted by VM1138 on 24 November 2014 - 02:24 PM

I hate the salute. It's forced and meaningless and fans already demand it. If they do something because they have to, it doesn't mean anything. I doubt the players are thinking 'gosh I love these fans.' It's muscle memory by now. Like wearing an American flag pin on your suit.

#2550755 11/20 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Jets 3

Posted by VM1138 on 21 November 2014 - 11:16 AM

Let's also give some credit to Johan Franzen.  He seems to be putting up the most consistent numbers he's had since 2009.  He's not tearing the world apart, and is only on pace for something like 25 goals I think, but he's scoring every few games which is what we need him to do.  I'd gladly take 25 goals instead of 30-35 if it means he's scoring in 25 games instead of 10.