Slapshot or not he's still projected as more of a PP specialist. That's not untouchable.
He was projected to be a "secondary-scorer" and "PP specialist" when he was drafted and during his time in Europe because he was a "bad skater" and had "questionable work ethic".
I don't know where you've been, but that pretty much all went out the window the moment he touched NA ice. He's the most dominant prospect in the entire AHL, especially at his age. He has tremendous work ethic, skating, sense, and natural ability. He's pretty much going down the exact same road as Nyquist.
He's definitely a coveted prospect at this point that probably has a 99.99% of not being traded.
Yes I do who is protecting Johnny hockey, Monahan and Bartschi now? Is big Ern a goal scoring machine? No nor a defensive stud but he is a damn good team mate loved by the fans and an absolute gym freak with great work ethic.Hope some team claims him and then others have to respond, fighting is part of hockey and needs to come back
Sad day for hockey, this league is quickly becoming something it shouldn't be.
I hope he finds a place on another team, or a job in the front office somewhere. What af****** league it has a place for rats but no place for great energy players and like Burke said I'm sure all thef****** greenpeace folks are happy now. Of course the softest team - which not long ago used to have the HW champion - in the league willk pass so I'm not getting my hopes up.
How the hell does Burke not step in here ? He is the president and should overrule the GM in that case it's a bad day for hockey
Cept HW champions used to actually be able to play hockey too
WIZ a tough start to his career. He played on numerous different teams and never had a chance to come into his own until he got to MTL. It was understandable that he was looking for his first big pay day and some stability on a long contract.
I was basically trying to identify options that people hadn't talked about already, and who were in the realm of possibility. I agree that neither Barrie or Wisniewski are likely to be moved, and only included them because their teams are absolutely horrible. That usually makes teams willing to listen a little more than they might otherwise prefer to, but agree that it would take a lot to pry them out.
As far as Franson, I didn't put him on the list because A) We're all aware that he's availabe, and B) We're in the same division, and C) Toronto might just make the playoffs (and therefore keep him). But yes, I'd have interest in Franson (as would everyone else in the league).
I generally agree with your assessments across the board. Except that I'd say this: Wisniewski's "comments" have been overblown on LGW since he made them. His exact quote was something like "in my experience...um...uh...they (Detroit) don't usually pay market value...um...so I was looking elsewhere", or something to that effect. Afterward those moderately critical (and totally true) comments morphed thereafter into "I don't want to play for that cheapskate Ken Holland". I have no doubt that Wisniewski, or Kesler, or Rafalski, or Gordie Howe would accept a trade here if his contract was guaranteed already and our team was better than the one they were on. Such is the case with Wisniewski.
Not to mention THE WIZ "WHITE LIGHTNING" WISNIEWSKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiii grew up a Red Wings fan.
Regardless of what fans think of him, the reality is that Pulkinnen is a second tier prospect who is most likely still viewed as a guy who is far from a sure fire NHL player and who needs to prove that he can do more than shoot the puck at the NHL level. I know the feeling around here is that he's going to be some kind of second coming of Brett Hull and score 50 goals a year, but he's far more likely to top out as a 20-25 goal PP specialist playing on the 3rd line.
He's arguably the best player - other than a few KHL stars - outside of the NHL right now. You don't have to be one of the best snipers of all time to be untouchable in this league. Any comparison to hull, other than being in general a sniper, is completely off base