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#2106016 Is the Islanders GM the dumbest GM in NHL history

Posted by hockey23 on 26 January 2011 - 11:27 PM

I would say Garth Snow isn't even the Islanders' worst GM ever, let alone the NHL's worst. Just check out Mike Milbury's tenure with the Islanders.

Here of some of his famous trades...

However, Milbury has also been criticized for the many decisions he made in which payroll or orders for upper management were not factors. Many young players and prospects that Milbury traded away went on to have distinguished careers, often eclipsing those of the players he received in return. He has traded away defensemen Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden, Bryan Berard, Eric Brewer, Darius Kasparaitis, and Bryan McCabe; goalies Roberto Luongo and Tommy Salo, as well as forwards Olli Jokinen, Todd Bertuzzi, Tim Connolly, and Raffi Torres. Milbury has also come under fire for his draft day decisions such as choosing Rick DiPietro first overall in 2000 over Dany Heatley and Marian Gaborik; as well as his decision to include the 2001 second overall draft pick (Jason Spezza) as part of the Alexei Yashin trade.

#2090516 1/4 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Oilers 3

Posted by hockey23 on 04 January 2011 - 03:03 PM

Please sit Miller so Tatar can play.

#2066880 Flames Fans Blame Refs

Posted by hockey23 on 22 November 2010 - 12:50 AM

Most of that thread is just bitching about the number of penalties. They don't actually make a case for which penalties shouldn't have been called and why they shouldn't have been called. Here's what I saw...
1. Regehr-obvious interference on Fil, never touched the puck
2. Jackman- obvious board/interference on Abdelkader
3. Giordano- weak hold, but they're called every night
4. Hagman- obvious hold on Cleary
5. Backlund- roughing coincidental with Abs
6. Sarich- hook, stick in the hands-called every night
7. Hagman- didnt see the replay, maybe a makeup call
8. Stajan- obvious hold, dumb penalty
9. Bouwmeester- decked Abs in front w/o the puck
10. Iginla- unsportsmanlike for dropping the gloves

I don't really see a bad call here outside of the Hagman slash which I didn't see. If your team plays dumb and takes penalties then they're going to get called. It's like the Flames fans think once a few penalties are called against them the refs should stop calling them.

#2043054 10/8 GDT: Ducks 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by hockey23 on 09 October 2010 - 12:36 PM

Good Freep article with quotes from Hossa and Kane

“I texted him, no fighting tonight,” Hossa said with a smile this morning after the Blackhawks’ skate at United Center, where tonight the Red Wings take on the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
Hossa watched Datsyuk and the Wings beat the Ducks, 4-0, Friday night in a game highlighted by Datsyuk’s bout with Corey Perry.
“I tell him, great job, well done,” Hossa said. “That was definitely – when I saw it first time, I was sort of frozen, like, watching the TV. That was something you don’t see often, Pavel fighting. I think he looks like he’s done it lots of times. He’s unbelievably strong, so I’m not surprised he hold up very strong.”
Patrick Kane also relished Datsyuk duking it out.
“I thought it was pretty cool to see out of him,” Kane said. “He didn’t back down from Perry. I know things got a little chippy, and it seems like he stood right up for himself. It’s good to see a player like that do that.”

Read more: Wings' Datsyuk has fight fans among Blackhawks | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com...7#ixzz11sszlZH6

#2019836 Wings offer Aaron Downey Tryout?

Posted by hockey23 on 27 July 2010 - 07:52 PM

Didn't see this posted or if it's true but per TheNHLWord on Twitter...

Detroit Red Wings have given a tryout to Aaron Downey

#2008997 Hawks deal Ladd to Thrashers

Posted by hockey23 on 02 July 2010 - 03:02 AM

By that same logic, the Red Wings won't sniff the Cup this season because they didn't come close last year and haven't improved.

Stick to talking about the Hawks. The Wings issue last year was secondary scoring and that was addressed by adding a 26 year old who has already put up a 57 point season. Also, free agents such as Modano may be added to also help with depth scoring. They have improved and may not be done improving.

#2007562 Versteeg a Leaf

Posted by hockey23 on 01 July 2010 - 12:36 AM

I think the 1.3 bonus figure he was getting from this- (from Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times)

Hardly definitive, but SH444 came from the same Chicago board as me so I'm pretty sure that's what he's citing. Who knows if it's true.

If it is though, they could do this (using the same players and figures as above)

Jonathan Toews ($6.300m) / Patrick Kane ($6.300m) / Troy Brouwer ($1.025m)
Tomas Kopecky ($1.200m) / Patrick Sharp ($3.900m) / Marian Hossa ($5.275m)
Kyle Beach ($1.171m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / Marty Reasoner ($1.150m)
* Jack Skille ($1.275m) / Viktor Stalberg ($0.850m) / Jake Dowell ($0.525m)
* Bryan Bickell ($0.500m)
Brent Seabrook ($3.500m) / Duncan Keith ($5.538m)
Brian Campbell ($7.143m) / * Niklas Hjalmarsson ($2.643m)
Brian Connelly ($0.875m) / Simon Danis-Pepin ($0.850m)
Shawn Lalonde ($0.773m)
* Antti Niemi ($2.826m) / Corey Crawford ($0.800m)
(these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)
ROSTER: 22; CAP:$58.1m; PAYROLL: $57.795m; CAP ROOM: $1.478m BONUSES: $1.173m

This is under and only missing Ladd, and that's still a very good roster.

I agree it's a pretty good roster, but Mirtle just tweeted that the Hawks would not give details on the bonus overages so I wonder how accurate that is. If it's only $1.3 they're in decent shape, but $4 mil could mean Sharp/Bolland.

Edit: $4.2 mil in overages. Now they might be in trouble.

#2007544 Versteeg a Leaf

Posted by hockey23 on 30 June 2010 - 11:48 PM

And you still can't do it. Complete denial.

K next question for Mr. Blackhawk. How would the Hawks look if they lost also lost Ladd, Huet, and Bolland/Sharp? Here's what I get with the $4 mil in overage (since you cant back up the $1.3)

Jonathan Toews ($6.300m) / Patrick Kane ($6.300m) / Marian Hossa ($5.275m)
Patrick Sharp ($3.900m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / * Jack Skille ($1.275m)
Tomas Kopecky ($1.200m) / Kyle Beach ($1.171m) / Marty Reasoner ($1.150m)
Troy Brouwer ($1.025m) / Viktor Stalberg ($0.850m) / Jake Dowell ($0.525m)
* Bryan Bickell ($0.500m)
Brian Campbell ($7.143m) / Duncan Keith ($5.538m)
Brent Seabrook ($3.500m) / * Niklas Hjalmarsson ($2.643m)
Brian Connelly ($0.875m) / Simon Danis-Pepin ($0.850m)
Shawn Lalonde ($0.773m)
* Antti Niemi ($2.826m) / Corey Crawford ($0.800m)
(no bonus cushion is used in these calculations)
ROSTER: 22; CAP: $55.4m; PAYROLL: $57.795m; CAP ROOM: $-2.395m

I'm lazy and just put 2's in front of Hjalmarsson's and Niemi's cap hits. I'm guessing they'll be signed somewhere in that range. But, this still leaves them with $2.4 mil to cut.

#2007497 Versteeg a Leaf

Posted by hockey23 on 30 June 2010 - 11:00 PM

and like I've said elsewhere, our core is younger and deeper, even if you disagree that in 2010 it isn't better. Most of your best players are in their 30s (Lidstrom is 40) , most of our best players are in their 20s. That is a fact. And we are absolutely STACKED with prospects. The Hawks are going to be good for awhile.

Don't compare the Wings and Hawks based on the core and where they're at. The Hawks now are somewhat similar to the '97 wings. YOu can start comparing once Kane and Toews win 3 cups and then they can transition flawlessly to a new core and that core wins a cup, all while being a top 4 seed every year.

#2002606 Who Do The Wings Draft in the First Round?

Posted by hockey23 on 22 June 2010 - 01:29 PM

Kirill Kabanov please

#2000356 Bertuzzi Signs 2 Year Deal

Posted by hockey23 on 16 June 2010 - 06:54 PM

Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m)
Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Jiri Hudler ($2.875m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
* Todd Bertuzzi ($1.938m) / Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m) / Kris Draper ($1.583m)
* Darren Helm ($1.000m) / * Justin Abdelkader ($0.850m) / Mattias Ritola ($0.517m)
Nicklas Lidstrom ($6.200m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)
Brad Stuart ($3.750m) / Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m)
Jonathan Ericsson ($0.900m) / Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)
Chris Osgood ($1.417m) / Jimmy Howard ($0.717m)
(these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)
ROSTER: 20; CAP: $58.8m; PAYROLL: $56.043m; CAP ROOM: $2.757m BONUSES: $0.000m

This leaves 2.75 to sign a forward and a d man. I say let Miller, Eaves, and Meech walk, sign Lilja/UFA for 750k then spend the rest on a 3rd line winger.