Alright, I'm sharing my very small Emmerton connection.
My grandma lives next to Emmerton's grandma. She doesn't have a tv so she'd watch some Red Wings games with my Grandparents. Somewhere along the line it was passed along that I was a huge Red Wings fan. He passed along an autographed card for me. He seemed like a really good hardworking guy. Hope everything is alright with him after the fight and concussion.
To be fair both McDavid and Eichel are at around 190lbs. But yeah, to never draft anyone under that mark is a little ridiculous...
Yeah, Actually Eichel's listed at 194. My bad. McDavid's 187. I thought I remembered them being listed at less a while ago. And, yeah, my point was that a size cutoff of 200lbs would exclude a lot of skill players especially since they would be young and could put pounds on later.
Agreed, neither have been preferred destinations. But no doubt they'd prefer to be on the #1 team in the league rather than stuck in Toronto (which was the original opinion that you responded to.)
Haha typical LGW. We didn't land him, so... we didn't even want him... Franson is garbage, not worth the asking price...
To me, that's not typical LGW at all. Typical LGW is: "Why can't Holland make deals like this! (even though nobody would want him to pay the price that was payed). He's just booting the tires while wasting the rest of Dats and Z's careers..."
Hey, didn't we trade a 1st for Kyle Quincey?
Holland does overpay. Just for the wrong guys.
To be fair, Quincey came hear with an expiring contract, but he would be an RFA so we knew we'd have him for more than the rental period. Franson is purely a rental at the time of this trade - It's a much higher price to pay for the return.
Many people have argued that 13 is the best player in the league (more often a few years ago). Why would he not be up there? He hasn't put up huge number, but he's one of the best 2-way players of all-time, life-time Wing. I also think Z gets up there for similar reasons.
I also think that 91 should be up there. From our recent golden age, the players you most associate (and most responsible) are 19-91-5. Get him up there.
Marchenko or Ouellet will take the final spot for playoff time. Listening to Holland's recent interviews I really don't think we're doing much. Green is still available, but Washington is in a Wildcard spot so I don't see them trading him. Also, we're just 4 pts. ahead of them so I don't know why they'd want to help us out. I'm fine without a trade now. Adding the RH Dman was supposed to help our PP and our get our offence going. Our PP is #1 and our offence has been doing well. With Marchenko we have a viable RH shot on D and having him seems to have helped Smith.
I just hope we find a taker for Kindl at the deadline.
I think it's just a game of semantics that Olberman is nitpicking at. I always took "original" to mean before the 1967 expansion. I think it is fairly well known that, in the early years, the NHL was in flux and included teams that don't exist anymore.
I never understood why he left the Sharks. Was it just the whole go back home to Russia/get paid thing?
When his contract was up he asked for too much (somewhere near 6 mill, i think, but my memory could be off). Sharks were really close to the cap and wanted to use the money elsewhere or else they'd have the same team that hadn't gotten them very far.) Then in free agency, some weird situation happened where he waited for the sharks until all goaltending openings were gone or maybe no one wanted to pay him a big contract (kind of forget). I remember thinking it was a good cautionary tale about dealing with Free agency, though. He definitely should have been able to find a good spot, but it kind of messed up career when he was pretty much in his prime.
Edit: I also think Niemi was signed after he was gone, but I could be wrong
Saskatoon is roughly the same distance from Calgary as it is to Edmonton, though Edmonton's a tiny bit closer. Looks like he was all around, though, so who knows who his childhood team was. I wonder why - A military family?
I really don't see Babcock going anywhere else. The way he speaks about the team in interviews, he just seems so personally invested in many up and coming players and very happy with the organization.
No one wants to see bitter rivals kiss and make up. Keep it nasty and in the past.
We've already seen it, though. McCarty and Lemieux giving autographs together... Osgood interviewing Roy. No one can pretend to think they're still bitter rivals. Anything that would potentially bring Fedorov back is okay by me.