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#2622416 Who is better Nyquist or Tatar?

Posted by amato on 06 August 2015 - 12:20 PM

It's situational.. Nyquist is better if you have a cold and Tatar is better if you are eating a nice fish dinner.

....I'll see myself out.. :P

#2622305 Free agents this off season

Posted by amato on 05 August 2015 - 11:05 AM

I think that a lot of the success attributed to Howard AND Mrazek really belongs to Babcock's shot suppression system.  I'm not saying that either guy wouldn't be good otherwise, but it's pretty clear that they didn't get challenged nearly as much as most goalies do.  I think I'd wait to see how things pan out under Blashill before I start penciling in starting goalies.  Might be that Howard stink worse than we thought, and Petr easily takes the job.  Then again, maybe Mrazek falters under more shots every single night and the veteran is our saving grace.  Who knows?



I feel like I remember Mrazek playing best when he got peppered with shots...? I could be remembering that wrong but he seemed to steal a couple games here and there. 


At any rate, I'm excited to see what blashills effect on every part of the team is. should be an exciting season 

#2622304 2015-16 Grand Rapids Griffins

Posted by amato on 05 August 2015 - 11:00 AM

that AA-Larkin-Mantha potential though  :w00t2:

#2622208 Which prospect will have the best nhl career

Posted by amato on 04 August 2015 - 05:37 AM

Too early to say anything about Svechnikov, though I do feel good about his future. Mantha has all the tools to be a top sniper - but the golden boys of the NHL are your 1Cs, 1Ds, and 1Gs. I believe Larkin will be a 1C, or, at the very least, a damn good 2C. This is a franchise player. This is Zetterberg's successor.
In Larkin, we basically drafted a top-five talent at 15th overall. He's the kind of kid a team tanks an entire season for.

So #tankit2013/14 was a success? :P

#2622131 Then and Now: Tatar vs Hudler

Posted by amato on 03 August 2015 - 08:45 AM

What I want to know is which one parties harder?

Now or in their primes?

#2622119 Free agents this off season

Posted by amato on 03 August 2015 - 05:33 AM

1a/1b until management determines Howard is expendable. He'll be traded before his contracts up but it won't be until next off-season at the very earliest.. even that seems like a stretch.

#2621542 Free agents this off season

Posted by amato on 24 July 2015 - 09:06 PM

Heatley 2.0


#2621500 Lovable Dan Cleary update thread

Posted by amato on 24 July 2015 - 01:00 PM

If Franzem retires he doesn't get paid. If he sits on IR he does. It's to his advantage to not retire.


Yeah, that too. Whatever happens, it's very unlikely he'll retire so I don't think we'll have to worry about the penalties is all I was trying to say. 

#2621495 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by amato on 24 July 2015 - 12:39 PM

We had room to add one veteran forward (barely). Richards > semin

#2621454 Free agents this off season

Posted by amato on 24 July 2015 - 10:39 AM

make it or break it season for semin's nhl career, imo. 

unless he's ok with cheap one year deals year after year 

#2621331 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by amato on 23 July 2015 - 01:19 PM

Good article, pretty much my thoughts all along. Dunno who was calling him a "reclamation project"..? Other teams' fans hoping to land him cheap?

#2621312 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by amato on 23 July 2015 - 11:55 AM

There is an interview for slovak portal http://hokejportal.netwith Jurco.

Summary, they are close to 2-years contract, because he has some medical problems, and in case of possible injury during a season, he would like to have more opportunity to convince redwings, that he is a right player for red wings.

He also mentioned, that he welcome Blashill as a coach, because he (blash) knows him, and he will not probably try to make him a 4th line player

This. Jurco last year was basically the definition of misuse.. would love to see a jurco-sheahan-pulks third line.

#2621257 Pulkkinen re-signs.... 1 year deal

Posted by amato on 23 July 2015 - 06:03 AM

I wouldn't trade pulk for buff (and you can count me as cautiously optimistic re: pulk) simply because we likely wouldn't be able to re-$ign him with the amount of raises players will command in the next couple off seasons.. granted Quincey comes off the books next year and of course Richards, so it's certainly possible but we'd have to make sure any player signed long term is a great fit. Getting rid of pulk isn't worth that kind of a one season or less gamble, imo. You just don't deal his kind of potential for a possible rental.

#2621168 Holtby Asking for $8M

Posted by amato on 22 July 2015 - 08:45 AM

If our Henrik  were a netminder - he'd never wear a goalie mask since his Viking-Warrior like beard would be more than adequate.

The league might make him wear a mask though.. to protect the puck from his beard.

#2621087 Pulkkinen re-signs.... 1 year deal

Posted by amato on 21 July 2015 - 12:57 PM

There's no doubt he will be with the big club. He would have to clear waivers to get sent down, and he would definitely get claimed. I'm expecting him to be a fixture on the 3rd line and 2nd power-play unit under Blashill.

I hope he plays regularly and succeeds is more of what I meant by "stick".. my bad ha. But yeah, I agree with your assessment.