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In Topic: Rank our griffins d prospects

Yesterday, 04:16 PM

They just traded a 6th rounder to Carolina for Jay Harrison. Carolina is retaining 25% of his salary (1.5 million). Seriously?

In Topic: Rank our griffins d prospects

Yesterday, 11:25 AM

I'm not worried about Backman, he will be fine. But I do agree that Ouellet needs to get up with the big club full time. Why Kindl is still on this team is beyond me. We're not going to get much of a return for him but I believe he can still be a serviceable defenseman on several other clubs. There are 3 teams that I think could use help on the back end right now, due to lack of depth or injury. The Oilers need help at every position, but mostly on the back end. Kindl could be a good fit there. The Islanders and Jets could also use a little help on their back end right now, because of injuries. Any of these teams could have him for a mid to late round draft pick or even future considerations. We can bare to lose the "asset",  the roster spot should be more important to us right now.

I think they'd all be good suitors, as well. The biggest issue with moving Kindl, I believe, is the term on his deal. One less year on his deal and he's gone by now, IMO. The Jets seem like a perfect place for him to go, considering a lot of their injuries have some term on them, and they have plenty of cap space.

Rumors have them offering a bottom six player (Thorburn, Halischuk, Peluso, Galiardi) in return for a defender. I'd prefer a pick, but at this point I want that roster spot cleared up above all else.

In Topic: Rank our griffins d prospects

17 December 2014 - 05:29 PM

So, it looks like there's something to the rumors about Backman being unhappy, after all.


To be honest, I'm a little torn. I really think Holland needs to step up and move Kindl now. This would allow Ouellet to play in Detroit, and create space down in GR for Backman and others to play on a more consistent basis.

On the other hand, is Backman going to complain every time he doesn't get the playing time he thinks he deserves? Is he going to threaten to bolt back to Sweden in 2-3 years if he's not getting regular time in Detroit?

“I play almost four years in Swedish league and played on national teams, so it’s kind of weird you don’t play here," Backman said. "In my opinion, the Swedish league is much better than here. But it’s like different hockey, so it’s hard to compare. You have to get used to the smaller rinks.”


To me, this quote screams a sense of entitlement. At the end of the day, I do think the onus is on Kenny to free up some room for both Ouellet and Backman. I think it's fair to be concerned about Backman's tone, though.

In Topic: 12/16 GDT : Blue Jackets 1 at Red Wings 0 (SO)

16 December 2014 - 02:19 PM

Babcock scratching Kindl and Lashoff over Ouellet screams, "Hey Kenny. I want this kid here. Do you see!?"

In Topic: Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

16 December 2014 - 10:54 AM

Honestly, if this team does manage to grab a Yandle or Green, my first inclination would be to put them on the 2nd pairing next to DeKeyser. In my mind, on paper, those seem like a solid pairings. Then I look down at that 3rd pairing and it's Smith-Quincey staring me right in the face. I wouldn't want to break up Kronwall-Ericsson, but I sure as heck don't wanna see the Smith-Q pairing. This is assuming that he wouldn't be moved in the deal, otherwise it would be a different situation.