Brian McGrattan in his new front office position. Nobody is more capable of A) figuring out which rat hypnotized Brian Burke and forced him to waive the aforementioned McGrattan, and B) making sure that all future Flames embrace a different rat ethic...of the gym variety.
All in a day's work for Brian McGrattan, Calgary Flames Toughness Czar.
Is Klingberg really much of an upgrade over Jensen/Marchenko/Sproul?
From what I can tell, he's Dallas' version of Ouellet, in the sense that he's ready to play NHL hockey right now. And he shoots right. As far as the other three I'd say this:
He's probably got more offensive upside at the NHL level than Jensen because Jensen doesn't have a great point shot...Klingberg seems to.
He's an offensive defenseman, so the comparison to Marchenko is shaky. They're not really the same animal.
He's probably got the same, or a little less offensive upside than Sproul. But he's ready now, and Sproul isn't. Also, he's much skinnier than Sproul and would need to put on weight to have the defensive upside that Sproul has.
Again, just my assessment. I'd go to Nill with Ouellet and a 3rd to start the negotiation and go from there.
I'll admit, I don't know much about any of the bottom 4 guys, other than Postma, who played quite a bit of hockey in the minor league here with the St. John's IceCaps. But Klingberg and Savard are kinda intriguing based on their stats this season. I doubt either would command a ton in a trade, but like I said, I have no idea what any of these guys are worth...
Neither did I. I basically just looked up right shooters on bad teams, and then started unpacking the stats, ice time, scouting reports, and commentary on them. I didn't know much about the last four either...before today. But figured it would be a worthwhile endeavor to see what was out there beyond the usual Myers, Green, Yandle, etc. crap.
I believe Franzen and Holland would work something out, -- IF -- Franzen actually decided to hang them up... but I agree Kip, we're going to see Franzen on this roster for a loonnnnnggggg while. Ultimately eating up a roster spot that could be used more effectively.
If I were GM, I'd say screw it... and buy him out next off-season. What's gonna happen? Franzen signs with Boston and magically gets back to previous form and goes beast-mode... wait.., I best stop that right now!
Well I certainly am not against getting rid of the guy. Wouldn't hurt my feelings. I just don't see it happening.
And if we did, and IF he went crazy for another team, good for him. I'd legitimately be happy for him. Wouldn't change my mind about buying him out one iota. I'd feel about that exactly how I feel about "losing" Hudler.
Honestly, you probably could trade him to Boston right now. They're interested in getting help on the wing...and are considering Chris Stewart. So clearly they're desperate lol.
I won't be surprised to see Weiss up on the third with Sheahan and Pulkkinen before the end of the game. Particularly if he gets a powerplay point. I'm not sure Mike's too comfortable breaking up that fourth line if he wants to use it as a matchup line like he usually does.