Since he retired a Devil, dont the Devils reserve his rights until that contract is complete? I dont understand how this would work.
Lamariello let him go and relinquished his NHL rights to allow him to go to the KHL. He's no longer tied to the team. If he comes back for another team, that would make that a bad GM decision. It was classy at the time, though, so maybe Kovalchuck would feel some sort of debt to him or just a general respect.
Would it be worth while too give Helm just one more week. With his past... It wouldn't hurt.
Helm's problems haven't been due to him coming back too soon. He's had a bunch of unrelated injuries. I'm sure if they say he's back, he's ready. He's an important player for us and I want him back ASAP especially as we're setting the stage for the playoffs.
Exactly. I mean would people really not have a problem with Petr if he played the next 20 games and went oh lets say 4-16?
Even if you put all other things aside (scoring and defensive support), I think there he would be s*** on pretty hard if he were to put up that kind of a record.
But like it or not, that's the W-L he would have to go in order to end up with Howard's current 20-20 record.
I just don't understand why people would rather lose with Howard than win with Mrazek. It doesn't make sense.
This phrase obviously sticks out and you must have meant it to provoke a response: "I just don't understand why people would rather lose with Howard than win with Mrazek. It doesn't make sense." Come on! You know things are not as simple as that. Mrazek will be a great goalie, but he's still getting used to the league and developing. It's not being "a Howard apologist" or Howard diehard or whatever to be reticent to put our trust in Mrazek in this year's playoffs. He's got us wins, but has also been pulled a couple of times and had a string of bad games. He hasn't been absolute lights out and that's what he would have to be to supplant an established number 1 goalie. It's definitely not "lose with Howard than win with Mrazek" in the playoffs. We really don't know how Mrazek would perform in that situation.
A more measured response to Mrazek's success is to allow him Gus's spot as backup and get him some more games this year. I don't think anyone would be against Mrazek playing the next game after a solid win. Then we'll hope Howard can get back into the form he was in earlier in the season. That would be the best situation for the team come playoff time. He was being talked about for the Vezina and had a top GAA at some point. We're not talking about Joey MacDonald here. (Sorry, Joey - was trying to think of a low level goalie) Then let's see how they play for the rest of the season. If Mrazek goes full Hammond and Howard struggles mightily, then maybe it's time for this discussion. It's not right now from what we've seen.
I dont think anyone is a fan. The guys hasnt worked out. The fact they tried moving him at the deadline proves they are ready to rid themselves of the mistake. Holland panicked and signed a guy at the age where players start to decline for way to much money. Then basically missing two years of meaningful hockey compounded the issue.
Weiss is 31. He was signed at 29 (Or maybe 30 depending on his birthday. That is not "the age where players start to decline." But, yes, I think it's time for him to move on. He played well when he first came in this year. You could make an argument that his current struggles have something to do with confidence issues that could be from Babcock putting him on the 4th line even when he'd played well. But, anyway, It just seems to be a situation that would be hard to turn around at this point.
I think a lot of peoples' views on Franzen are skewed by a dislike of him, but I don't think it necessarily has to be the case here.
Think of when Crosby went through his concussion problems. There was many speculations that his career was over. It was pretty was pretty irrational in Crosby's case after 2 concussions, but anything is possible since concussions are unpredictable and most people (myself included) know very little about them.
With Franzen's case, we have been given so little information on how he was doing (until a day or 2 ago) so I think that may have contribute to people speculating. An absence of information always results in speculation. I originally assumed he be back after a game or two after he was out because it looked like he wasn't hit very hard at all to me. That's speculation of my own. I just think we're all kind of still in the dark with concussions.
As for people speculating on Franzen having mental problems such as anxiety and such, I think that's the result a general dislike toward him. Also, the way some people interpret his "just want to get back to having fun" and "I'm not a goal scorer" quotes reflect biases against him.
The reason it's a discussion is because both Holland and Babcock have said a lot of great things about Marchenko and basically stated they like him in the lineup. It's a question of whether or not they like him enough to keep him on there at this point; that point isn't clear and no one can really speculate it either way. Of course everyone is entitled to opinions. I'm not sure if I would jump to the conclusion that Marchenko is #7 quiet yet. Neither Babs not Holland have truly hinted at Marchenko being inferior to Kindl or Smith. They've just spoken positively of him thus far. All we can do is wait and see what happens when Marchenko is healthy again.
Well there's 0% chance he'll be the #7. That would make no sense - he's developing he needs to play. Our #7 spot is for under-performing players (Ian White, Kindl,...) or extras (Lashoff). Prospects with potential either get opportunity in the lineup due to injuries or develop their game in GR. He may be an extra player for the playoffs, but that's different. If you're basing your opinion on what Holand and Babcock say, the quote "We’re going to make sure he’s playing.” - no matter how you read it - negates him sitting in the stands as a #7.
As for whether he'd be in the lineup, He would have to beat out Kindl and Smith. Kindl would have to be waived in either situation. Smith has played well this year and recently (though some people have chosen him as the resident whipping boy). You're not going to diss an established player on your team by replacing him with a prospect just because the prospect played good in his 12 games this year. I think Smith is definitely the better player right now. He would have had to vastly outplayed Smith for this to happen.
Because he's not as good as the vets and it's dumb to play a lesser player because he shoots right
I'm with you on this one. Marchenko's played really well, but we're not going with the inexperienced rookie over B. Smith or Quincey. I don't know why this is so much of a discussion on the board the last few days.
Marchenko may be a real player for us in coming years, but (like with Mrazek) that time isn't now. Let him get used to becoming full time NHLer next year. Adding Zidlicky demonstrated we weren't comfortable going with him into the playoffs.
The only way Marchenko stays in the lineup is if Quincey's foot injury gets worse and forces him out. Even if that happened I think Kindl would get the first call (he's been playing well since returning) and would have to show himself inept (like last year's playoffs).
This is how it works with our prospects. Marchenko's been good, but not Dekeyser good where we are forced to treat him differently and clear a spot for him after a dozen games.