The more I read about Nielsen, the more i like him.. The term obviously isn't great but that's free agency for ya. Hopefully holland isn't done.
I'm in the same boat. Seems like he'll be a good fit. And the limited no trade after two years makes that contract movable if he starts to decline or if Larkin and AA surpass the hell out of him at center.
Damn. We should have went after Staal if he was that cheap.
I've been saying all week he'd be cheap with a short term. Would have given us depth at center long enough for Larkin and AA to develop into legit top 6 centers themselves. Now in 3 years we're gonna have a 5.25 million player we do not need. At least Backes would have had value as a role player in the bottom 6 in a few years.
Would we maybe be better off say signing 2-4 guys like mcginn eriksson Brouwer backes and then turning around and trading both Tatar/nyquist in seperate deals along with a prospect/picks and getting one or 2 of trouba/brodin/fowler ... Or a duchene/landeskog maybe being available (long shot)
The forwards are older than nyquist and Tatar but it would enable us to get some defensive help ... Didn't add okposo cause I read his wife wants to go back to minnesota
Nope. Trade one of Goose or Tats if and only if it's part of a package for a dman.
Agreed on Brouwer and Backes, but would much rather Okposo than Eriksson. Goose and Tats canbe the guys to put up Erikson numbers. It's players like Backes, Brouwer, Okposo that would create the space for them to do their thing. Trading Goose and Tats to bring in Eriksson just doesn't make any sense.
If we get a top 6 center like Backes and add a winger that brings a new element to the team, it would go a long way to help the more skilled guys we do have to play their game. What you suggest would just make the team a lot older, leading to even more declining players in 3-4 years.
I think if it takes a 5-6 year deal to get Backes here, Holland should do it. He could be a huge part of this team down the middle for the next couple years, then become a role guy when the youth take over the top 6 roles. If he declines to a point his cap is a deterrent to the team, trade him to whatever rebuilding team needs a character guy to help out with their kids.
To be honest there isn't anyone out there that will get us to the playoffs this year we might be in true rebuild mode this year
Backes and someone like like Okposo or Brouwer can make this a playoff team. finding the right dman can even make the Wings a competitive playoff team. It would also give Larkin and AA to grow into legit top 6 centers.
If we miss out on those guys, that's when i'll be worried about Holland doing something dumb to keep the streak alive.
Nashville wins. Weber's best days are already behind him, more or less. Subban is younger and, frankly, better.
Poile has basically undone the Seth Jones trade -- only, he gets to keep Ryan Johansen.
And that, my friends, is how you GM.
He got the best years out of Weber's Philly offer sheet contract, and have now replaced him with someone younger and better suited to how the game is played today. Preds fans got a lot to look forward to.
Weber is gonna be counted on to play even more minutes in Montreal, meaning possession against the Habs will increase. Stay out of the box vs the Habs to avoid him running the pp and you're set.