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#2617640 Weiss bought out (confirmed)

Posted by Buppy on 30 June 2015 - 05:46 PM

...Nyquist will get a contract similar to Tatar


I really hope so.  I am not saying he is bad or not an important part of our future, just needs to make it easier for us to keep our players together and be able to grow together.  Sign a 2-3 year at $2.75M each and then if he scores 25-30 in each of those season's, give him a big deal.

When Tatar signed he'd played one season and scored 19g, 39p. Nyquist has played 2 seasons, scoring 28g, 48p and 27g, 54p. He should and almost certainly will get more than Tatar. ~$4.5 range I would guess, around 5 years. I would much rather have that than a 2 yr cheap deal (when we don't need to be cheap) after which he'd be unrestricted.

#2617406 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by Buppy on 29 June 2015 - 10:55 PM

I think if holland signed anyone people on here would be complaining about it. There's nobody in this UFA class that is worth overpaying for. I would love to have green but he's going to get paid way too much and that kind of overpayment wouldn't be worth throwing a wrench in the development of our prospects. At least one of those guys (ouellette, marchenko, sproul, Jensen) needs to get significant playing time next year

There's maybe not even anyone worth underpaying. Just adds to the logjam and depending on how Datsyuk and Zetterberg go, we could still be a worse team next year.


I'm all for some trades, and if we were to move a few people out it could make room for a UFA or two. But I hope Holland isn't feeling any pressure to sign someone just to appease the fans or upper management. 

#2617348 Holland doesn't expect to be busy this offseason

Posted by Buppy on 29 June 2015 - 06:48 PM

Can't Ryan sproul and jensen be sent down without having to go through waivers???

Yes, the article is wrong. All four defensemen are waiver exempt for the coming season.

#2616877 Dougie hamilton to calgary

Posted by Buppy on 27 June 2015 - 03:39 AM

A 1st and 2 2nd's? That is it? But oh yeah, big name players NEVER get traded. Wasn't that the line from some of you a week or so ago? I think I remember reading that somewhere before........


The only way this makes sense for Boston is if Hamilton told them he wouldn't re-sign with them.

People were disagreeing with your notion that Stamkos, Kopitar, and Seabrook will be traded. It wouldn't even make sense to say that in regards to all "big name players" since (depending on what you consider a big name) trades like that happen practically every year.


And this trade doesn't make sense for Boston no matter what. 

#2616825 2015 Draft

Posted by Buppy on 26 June 2015 - 09:29 PM

Kylington and Roy both still available. Would be great if we could find an early 2nd somewhere without giving up much.

#2615536 2015 Draft

Posted by Buppy on 20 June 2015 - 11:51 PM

Why do people think Strome is so good, yes he's a good PLAY maker, that's like picking Joe Thornton over Toews, now I bet if Larkin played in the O(He was drafted into one of those Canadian leagues) he would've been a 100 point guy I'm sorry but your a stupid gm if you take an amazing play maker over an amazing two way forward, unless you wanna play golf in the Spring like Crosby, to me Toews probably has the highest trade value in the league right now. I hate Chicago but you can't deny it who cares if he isn't point per game, he led a s*** franchise to 3 cups.
Do you want the Stanley cup or do you want money? Strome will bring you money Larkin will bring you a cup, two way forwards(centers) are the most valuable players in the league and on your team when they are elite(Toews, Datsyuk, Kopitar)

Strome is pretty good defensively himself.

#2615367 2015 Draft

Posted by Buppy on 19 June 2015 - 06:34 PM

Does anyone know why people are projecting kylington to fall so far?
Wasn't he in the same conversation as provorov and Werenski?

I think the biggest reason is because he missed World Juniors with an injury. Also didn't play all that great afterward. Got demoted to the Swedish junior league. Also a defensive liability right now.

But he has elite skating and skill by all accounts. Good sense. Someone will be happy they grabbed him in the late first/early second.

#2615185 Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

Posted by Buppy on 19 June 2015 - 12:37 AM

So the hawks don't really have 15 defensemen as prospects and the wings have 8? And they aren't much better than ours?

Damn hockeysfuture ... Damn you

Having a bunch of prospects really only means they'll have more washouts and trade throw-ins when they run out of contract slots to sign all those guys.


I don't put much stock in HF ratings. 6.5 seems like their default rating. Could mean a pretty decent player like Marchenko, or someone who will almost certainly never see the NHL like Aubry. The letter grades seem to be C by default, B if the player is just about at the predicted rating already, and D if the player is all but washed out.


Yeah, we lost three defense prospects this year, so our total number is low. But that's no reason to go chasing Chicago's garbage. We already have more guys running out of options than we have room. We need a few guys that are further away than what Chicago will be trying to dump. We'll try to draft a few this year, a few more next year, and so on, and our shortage of D prospects will be taken care of that way. If we're going to trade for D, it needs to be someone better than someone on our current roster.


Besides, Chicago's depth is nothing. Dallas has the real goods. :) 

#2615010 Free agents this off season

Posted by Buppy on 18 June 2015 - 12:04 AM

If Babcock were still here, I would tend to agree, but Blashill seems to like his defenseman to get a little more involved in the play. Their styles are very similar in a lot of ways, but l do believe we will see significant changes in certain areas. A little more free wheeling from the back end, hopefully being one of them...

Don't get me wrong, I don't think we should stray from the defensive game, I just think when we have some of the best two-way forwards in the game, we can afford to have our defemsemen jump up in the play a little more...

Don't let Kip's anti-Babcock bias confuse you. Babs always got good production out of capable defensemen. It's far more likely that Smith just isn't very good than that he (or anyone else) was being held back by Babcock.


Not saying that Blash won't also, just that I wouldn't expect any dramatic improvement. 

#2614196 Free agents this off season

Posted by Buppy on 12 June 2015 - 09:10 PM

Would anyone be stunned to see Holland offer Barret Jackman a contract?

Yeah, kinda. He's not at all what we're looking for.

#2614188 Free agents this off season

Posted by Buppy on 12 June 2015 - 07:30 PM

I wonder if Anaheim would be willing to trade one of their defensemen
Tatar has to be a very attractive peice to other teams. A guy that hovers around 30 goals that's very cheap on a short deal and a RFA at the end of his deal. I think Nyquist gets a long term deal when he signs

Wisniewski could be available, though I wouldn't give up Tatar to get him.

For that matter I wouldn't give up Tatar for any of their defensemen. At least not right now. No sense in fixing a hole by creating another one, and none of their guys are so good that it would make up for the loss.

#2613264 Time for an offer sheet?

Posted by Buppy on 05 June 2015 - 12:36 PM

Couple things. Compensation goes by number of years or 5, whichever is lower. So that offer would be 4 first rounders. Second, you have to have your own picks to pay the compensation in your next draft year (or years in the case of multiple picks from the same round). Since we don't have a third in 2016, we can't make any offer that would include one.

The reason offer sheets are rare isn't because GMs are nice. It's because the RFA system very heavily favors the original team.

#2613057 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by Buppy on 03 June 2015 - 09:37 PM



You know his number wasn't actually "retired" though right? In fact, it had been worn since his retirement. And it also never hung from any rafters right? You make it sound like Illitch personally ripped it from the rafters when he bought the team. That just isn't the case. 

It most definitely was retired. It was worn for a few years by his cousin, to honor him (he had died a few years prior), with the blessing of the family. Never hung from the rafters but neither did any other numbers until Ilitch bought the team. (I think Howe's was the only other one retired at that time, or at least the official ceremonies for most were in the '90s.) Whether you want to call it retired or out of circulation, it amounts to the same thing. Ilitch and the team have honored that part, they just refuse to display it for whatever reason.


And back on topic, no. No to Fedorov. No to Osgood, or Datsyuk, or Zetterberg. Jersey retirement should be something truly special, and none of them are.

#2612961 The "enigmatic" Tomas Jurco: A Thread

Posted by Buppy on 02 June 2015 - 10:48 PM

Still only 22 and was used more as a checker ... 


...With Blashill coming in he'll be used properly (scoring role, not checking). So I expect a better year from him.

I think this "checking role" thing is being overstated. Probably because it was later in the season and so fresher in everyone's mind. Jurco bounced around lines quite a bit this year. I'm not going to add up all the numbers, but war-on-ice.com data shows he spent quite a lot of time on scoring lines. Looks like he was with Sheahan and Tatar as much or more than he was with Miller and Glendening. Also looks like a decent amount with Weiss, Helm, and Datsyuk. At least a little with just about everyone. And that's not including all his PP time. I'd certainly say his overall time with other scorers was much greater than his time with checkers. Furthermore, even when playing with guys like Miller and Glendening it's not like he's being told to go out and not score. Glendening had 12 goals. We've seen plenty of 4th-liners hit double-digits in goals in recent years. Guys that don't have the kind of skill Jurco has. 


Even if he gets used the same way next year, he can and should (and I believe, will) be more productive. 

#2612846 The return of The Mule?

Posted by Buppy on 02 June 2015 - 11:34 AM

What would you get for him in trade that would be any better than him being a "complimentary scorer" in four years? ...

A roster spot.