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#2624180 Moving Jimmy Howard

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 30 August 2015 - 03:56 PM


This is clear to most people, except a few hardcore Mrazek supporters. I mean it's the same story every year, a rookie comes in does (mostly) well and then people are expecting him to replace the current number 1 goalie and become the next elite one...when in fact more often than not the holy backup falls back to earth and ends up bouncing around between teams and in most cases never establishing himself as a proven number 1.


Mrazek isn't ready for the #1 job and still needs time to round out his game in the AHL because sooner rather than later his over-aggressive style will get exposed by more than just a few teams. That being said Jimmy needs to get back into his pre-injury form that's for sure.

You've said this a few times, but I guess you haven't read people's responses. He's been there for his 3 years. It's not a possibility for him to play there. We'd have to send through waivers and there's 0% chance he'd make it through. Furthermore, playing more in the AHL wouldn't help his game - he needs to just get used to the higher skill level/faster pace etc... Somebody else mentioned Carey Price - we all saw him struggle for years. Few, if any, goalies enter the league as all stars - they go through some growing pains.

#2624145 Free agents this off season

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 30 August 2015 - 01:54 AM


If Stamkos wants to come to the Leafs, there is no way they say no, especially when giving away assets is not involved.

I think he meant more that Stamkos wouldn't want to go there since they're rebuilding and it looks like they won't be competing for quite a while.

#2623376 Help! Where r Babs/Sapranos compare pics?

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 18 August 2015 - 12:32 AM

She's dead to me!

#2623343 Worst Free Agent Signings Ever

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 17 August 2015 - 05:44 PM

That was the worst signing in the history of the universe.

A humongous big mistake.

#2623340 Worst Free Agent Signings Ever

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 17 August 2015 - 05:38 PM

Bryzgalov to Flyers for the 9 year deal, 51 million deal?  

#2623037 Kane Off NHL 16 Cover

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 13 August 2015 - 01:15 AM

ya know...i think i just saw Vince Vaughn buying a Wings Kronwall jersey.


good choice.


like any good break up....just go clean and quick.

I wouldn't want him to wear a wings jersey. After he ruined True Detective this past year, I think if you want to keep a successful franchise you keep Vince Vaughn away from it. 

#2622896 Franzen's Gift to Nyquist

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 11 August 2015 - 05:13 PM

I think these would work as a realgud form of birth control. 

#2622332 Las Vegas rumored to get an expansion team

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 05 August 2015 - 02:31 PM

I just hope they get an Elvis impersonator to sing the national anthem.

#2622246 Which prospect will have the best nhl career

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 04 August 2015 - 12:29 PM

I'd venture to guess that most of the folks reflexively choosing Larkin this year, are the same folks who would have reflexively chosen Mantha last year. 


A better question would be, "which non first rounder will have the best NHL career?".  I think it requires a little more critical thinking. 

 I don't know why you're deriding "the same folks" - I think common sense would make most people excited about our highest picks. Once we see more of players then potential steals in the later rounds can be seen, but draft order obviously reflects their achievements up to that point and high drafts picks are chosen because the professional scouts think they have the highest chance at success. 


Excitement for Larkin seems to be on a stronger footing than Mantha last year (I'm not writing Mantha off at all - I just think he'll struggle for a bit and hopefully he can adapt/develop/overcome). We saw Larkin at College, we saw him at the World Juniors, the World Championship, Grand Rapids playoffs. He stood out everywhere and adapted to the AHL right away. 


At this point last year, we hadn't seen Mantha against NHLers or in the AHL. He already had some struggles in the Memorial cup and had the reputation for inconsistent compete levels. I don't know of many warning signs for Larkin that suggest he might struggle with the transition.


I do agree that non-1st rounder is a more interesting discussion, though. I like AA. Nobody's mentioned any Dmen. I'd also be interested on perspectives on who people think will play the biggest part in the team's future blue line. It seems very unclear at this point to me. 

#2620928 Stan Bowman (CHI) on CBA troubles

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 18 July 2015 - 10:38 PM

Meh, I think that's a bunch of crap.  If spending the most was the only factor, the Yankees would win every year, and so would the Wings pre cap.  But that obviously didn't happen.  

Well there are other teams that are 'buying a championship" in both those situations. Yankees haven't had the highest payroll for the last few years.


Before the cap, we were often outspent: A random year chosen for an example 02-03: by the Blues, Stars, Rangers




Without a cap, the winners are pretty much limited to the few big spenders. The top few have a relatively even playing field and then other factors come into play.

#2619322 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 06 July 2015 - 09:23 PM

Tatar got 19 and 29

Nyquist got 28 and 27

Even when Tatar got his contract it's not like they were that far apart ... At the most I see Gus getting 3.5 whether it's for a one year deal or 2

Anyone know if he Will he be a ufa if he signs a one year deal? Think it's in 2?

But that's what I was saying: Tatar last season doesn't matter since it happened after his contract was signed. Goose has more numbers to back up his negotiation then what got Tatar his deal.


54pts (Nyquist) vs. 39pts. (Tats) - including 8 more goals - is far apart to me. If you compare salaries for players with that point differential I think they would be very different. And add Nyquist's rookie season where he scored about a goal for every 2 games (28 in 57). It's a different situation.


3.5 is closer to the ballpark. I'd say that's the lowest possible. Holland is pretty good at keeping RFA salaries down. 

#2619309 Nyquist Files For Arbitration

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 06 July 2015 - 08:28 PM

I'd give nyquist 4-4.25 per year so long as it's a 5 yr contract so years 3 and beyond it'll look like a good cap hit for us

Otherwise what Tatar got looks like a fair deal since they both got similar numbers

Unfortunately I gotta think wings already offered him that and he refused so god knows what he's looking for

He's definitely not getting Tatar's deal. TT signed that deal with 1 season of 19g, 20a, 39pts (79games).


Nyquist has 2 seasons of 28g, 48pts (57games) and 27g. 54 pts. (82 games) Those are not really similar numbers at all. And he's more proven than TT was at the time - he'll get more or he should fire his agent.


I think you meant that they had similar numbers for this past year, but that has no real relevance.

#2618932 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 03 July 2015 - 06:27 PM

How about this perspective:

Since 1950, Every Hart winner has had their number retired by a team, except:


Al Rollins: No Hall of Fame, Never played for a team for more than 5 years

Jose Theodore: No cup, No Hall of Fame (also self explanatory)

Lindros: No cup, No Hall of Fame


Fedorov?: Because of contract disputes? 


Historical Footnote:

Before 1950, it's definitely a much different era. The majority of early MVPs are actually not retired. Retired numbers only really became a thing in the late 70s. Before it was just seems to be for players who had horrible accidents or died during their careers. When they did start retiring number they are rarely from earlier times. (I think this has to do with the growth of the games popularity around this time, and that mass media (HNIC started 1952) made certain players into heros or icons)

#2618715 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 02 July 2015 - 12:48 PM

Might be an unpopular opinion, but I would consider moving Helm. Krsmith, just looking at your proposed lineup, he looks out of place on that fourth line now, but I've got the exact same top-nine in mind. I can't see him getting "fourth-line" money. Who knows what he's going to ask for next offseason. Abdelkader and DeKeyser will be in for bigger raises, Sheahan and Mrazek smaller ones.

I'd like to see what the team has in Jurco and Pulkkinen, and they're in good shape with Larkin/Athanasiou not far behind. I wouldn't go so far as to call Helm expendable, but he had a good season and he's got younger guys right behind him with higher offensive ceilings.

Edit: Just to clarify, I don't think they'll move Helm. I think they'll kind of do a slow build with Pulkkinen, getting him to earn his ice time. If Mule is healthy, probably use Jurco on the 4th line with Miller-Glendening, which I'm not a fan of at all.

I'm a huge Helm fan and I think he adds a lot of energy and speed to the team and wouldn't want to let him go. I don't think he'll get that much in the offseason unless he has a huge season, but you're right that he won't get 4th line money.


We do have too many forwards, though, and we will also have to deal with the cap and new contracts. We'll have Richards' 4 million cap coming off next year (nhlnumbers says there's a 1 mill bonus) Quincey's 4.25 will also be gone. We'll also have some small contracts likely to take these places (Larkin, Marchenko, Ouelette)


If anyone has to feel the pinch, I would let it be Miller over Helm. I like Miller, but Helm adds more and is a better PKer, can play in most situations. 

#2618694 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 02 July 2015 - 11:26 AM



My childhood hero and all time favourite player.


I don't think they would mention it unless it was going to happen.