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#2525296 Hartnell to Columbus for Umberger + 4th in 2015

Posted by number9 on 23 June 2014 - 03:10 PM

Don't know if I'd want Hartnell on the books for another 5 seasons.  He's already slow as molasses and with his style of game, he's going to continue to decline at a decent rate.
 
I think it's more fair than people are making it out to be.


Yeah I actually think Philly won here. Maybe not this next year, but after that...


#2525215 Player Development - Patience pays off?

Posted by number9 on 23 June 2014 - 10:01 AM

We've had more vet contracts over the years so its been easier to sink players


#2525170 Player Development - Patience pays off?

Posted by number9 on 22 June 2014 - 10:22 PM

When you give an over-ripe player a shot at the NHL you know he's getting his best chance. He's had ample time to prepare. If he doesn't cut it, it wasn't meant to be anyway. Sinking players in the minors also gives you the best contracts. They will all be deflated bc they haven't proven anything at an NHL level either. Wings have known about this for years, and are still great because of it, despite picking low every year. Damn Nill for letting the word out!




#2524830 Brad Richards bought out by Rangers

Posted by number9 on 20 June 2014 - 11:42 AM

It's getting kind of ridiculous how many options at center there might be this year. Kesler, Spezza, B Richards, O'Rielly, Stastny, Legwand, J Thornton, Bolland, Grabovski, Ott, Roy, O Jokinen




#2524756 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by number9 on 20 June 2014 - 01:48 AM

 

 

He played 82 games, so of course he'd be among the team leaders in these categories. 

 

Doesn't mean he's a good or effective hitter.  He's a decent PK man, but our PK wasn't that good when it counted in the postseason.  

 

Highest PK time per game as well. Still has the best gva to tka ratio too. Only forwards who really did better in hits per game are Abdelkader, Tootoo, Helm and Jurco. So basically Miller is our best 4th liner checker at the moment. I won't claim he's a bigger hitter, but the kid grinds, is fast, and smart in the D zone. He's a great PK man.




#2524514 Detroit re-signs Gustavsson 1 yr $1.85 mill

Posted by number9 on 19 June 2014 - 03:21 AM

 

Were there not at least one or two games where Gustavsson gave us more than a chance to win in the shootout. I'm thinking specifically of a game against Tampa when he stopped 6 out of 7 or 7 out of 8, but our forwards couldn't score a single goal (http://scores.espn.g...ameId=400484719).

 

I think certain people are also forgetting how he played in the playoffs when he was called on at the last minute - he played well enough that you weren't worried when he was put back in the next game. Other back-ups buckled in the same scenario (Tampa, Montreal, before they called up Tokarski).

 

Gus was a great back up this year. anyone who says otherwise is leftwinger




#2524512 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by number9 on 19 June 2014 - 01:55 AM

BULLCRAP YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG PUCK IS LIFE WHO DUNKED ON YOU WHAT IS THIS EVEN I CAN'T

OFFENS

 

 

BOS you must be as drunk as i am right now, god i wish hockey would start again




#2524508 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by number9 on 19 June 2014 - 01:00 AM

 

But they make our 4th line easy to play against.  We haven't had an effective 4th line since the grind line.  Your 4th line should be an energy, hitting line.  Miller doesn't really hit anyone.  

However I will say this: I think a perfect grind line should have a feared player, a pest, and a defensive all-star.

 

That's why I think Maltby - Draper - McCarty/Kocur was perfect..... Pest - Defense - Scary

 

Helm is the pefect Draper replacement. Abby is good, but isn't scary or pesty enough IMO. Miller is great as well, but he's like a Draper playing the wing, and we already have that in Helm.

 

Yet, with all that said, the nature of the game is changing. Gone are the McCarty Kocur types. In are the Helm, Miller, Draper types.




#2524506 Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the Bruins

Posted by number9 on 19 June 2014 - 12:42 AM

 

But they make our 4th line easy to play against.  We haven't had an effective 4th line since the grind line.  Your 4th line should be an energy, hitting line.  Miller doesn't really hit anyone.  

Drew Miller led the teams forwards in blocked shots with 63 (number 2 was Glendening with 38)

Miller had 26 take-aways and only 9 give-aways. Better ratio then any other bottom 6er on the wings.

Miller was 2nd to only abdelkader in hits among forwards on the team with 122 compared to Abbys 172.

Miller led all forwards on our team in PK minutes with 246, Andersson was number 2 with 170

 

That's a damn solid bottom 6er, or at least one of the better bottom 6ers on this team.




#2524436 Dan Boyle's rights traded to the Islanders…..

Posted by number9 on 18 June 2014 - 01:22 PM

 
Neither was Jurco...or Sheahan.  Yet they both made us more difficult to play against than all the mediocre old hacks in the world. 


I eyeball tested Sproul, and he's not ready, trust me


#2524430 Dan Boyle's rights traded to the Islanders…..

Posted by number9 on 18 June 2014 - 01:13 PM

If I'm understanding the arguments correctly, we should sign Dan Boyle because he'll give us a right handed puck mover (but not one good enough to help us advance in the playoffs), and he'll provide leadership (but not any more than you already had in Kronwall, Ericsson, and Quincey). 
 
I'm sold. 


Not a whole lot of Shea Webers lying around


#2524357 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by number9 on 18 June 2014 - 12:27 AM

Watching NHL network right now while I have the time, and couldn't help but mention that they interviewed Poile and he stated that he's still modeling the Preds off the wings current system. He also mentioned the spurs, comparing them to the wings, but ya kno, more basketballish


#2524356 Trading up?

Posted by number9 on 18 June 2014 - 12:13 AM

A captain that struggled last season with a back injury, a captain that might play three more season's if we are lucky. Overhyped? Ekblad is an exception player, first defenseman to gain this status ever. I'm not suggesting this particular trade necessarily, but I'm advocating that it could be an interesting possibility to trade up. OK, let's go back to discuss trading Franzen and some bottom six guy for top elite players, because that surely isn't NHL 14-esque at all.


I love the wings bc, despite his knees, they didn't trade Yzerman, and bc despite his back, they won't trade Zetterberg. If you want to root for a team that does that kind of thing, go be a deadmonton fan.

A captain that struggled last season with a back injury, a captain that might play three more season's if we are lucky. Overhyped? Ekblad is an exception player, first defenseman to gain this status ever. I'm not suggesting this particular trade necessarily, but I'm advocating that it could be an interesting possibility to trade up. OK, let's go back to discuss trading Franzen and some bottom six guy for top elite players, because that surely isn't NHL 14-esque at all.


Oh, and Franzen + pieces won't get u ekblad unless this is NHL 14


#2524354 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by number9 on 17 June 2014 - 11:58 PM

J, sorry mate but that is not a very good F corp. maybe 5 years ago it was, but not today. between Z, dat, frazen, Weiss, Alfie and helm, we will be lucky if they average 65 games played. Miller and Abby are not offensive players, and the other 4 will all be sophm. and there will be some slumps. There is still no toughness, grit, or any real size. The last official study I saw was from 2009/10. That year the average size of a NHL player was 6-1 1/4 tall and 208 pounds. Only franzen is over thatsize with Sheahan and Abby being that size. All the rest or BELOW that size.


Produce a link and I'll believe that "Study"


#2524259 GM moves

Posted by number9 on 17 June 2014 - 01:50 PM

Then why did lapointe leave? And how did the kings end up with those guys on one team. It's not like it can't be done.

 

The same Lapointe that was considered vastly overpaid by the Bruins and quickly declined after leaving the Wings for Boston? Maybe that's why.

 

The Kings got those players because Holland is the dumbest GM ever and it's all his fault.