Posted by rick zombo
on 19 November 2015 - 10:19 PM
He allegedly wants to go to Weatern Canada, not Detroit, and the Islanders want an equally skilled defenseman in return to replace him.
Ie it's not happening. Of course all of the details will get lost a year or two from now when everyone says Holland sucks for not being able to acquire him for spare parts.
He has family Western Canada and wants to be close for personal reasons. A real GM like Nill or Yzerman would use pure willpower to induce a tectonic shift of the earth's crust, capable of moving the Pacific coast closer to Michigan. Holland sux.
Posted by Euro_Twins
on 19 November 2015 - 07:22 PM
Who cares, look at the past few years in who one this thing and did they really do anything after that??? Yzerman didn't win it, Zetterberg didn't win it and look where they're at compared to who won it those years.
Are you saying if Steve or hank had won they would have fizzled out? I know that's not what you're saying but it's not like Larkin is gonna be some fly by night kid he has all the tools to be an all star for a long time. Many great players HAVE won it. But I doubt he gets it, wings players never get the same respect as the big hype players
Define "good opportunity"... He has played 2 games, averaging under 11 minutes per night and zero time on the power-play, not saying he should be getting PP minutes, but still, not much of an opportunity to do anything...
Again, people need to stop viewing lines as top 6 and bottom 6, it should be top 9. You can't just cram all your best players on two lines, you need to have chemistry and balance...
Larkin isn't going to improve in the faceoffs playing on the wing. He needs to get experience as a centerman at the NHL level. He's had his bad games and some good games, but he's been improving. He was our best player in the faceoffs last game at 60%.
I definitely wouldn't give up Mantha in a trade for Byfuglien, nor would it cost anything near that for a rental. But even if Byff had years on his contract at a friendly cap hit, he's not the defender I would be willing to give up a Mantha prospect for. I'm not sure if anyone has watched any of the Griffins games so far this year, but I've watched two and in both games, Mantha was our best player. He does still float from time to time, but what big bodied sniper doesn't? He looked absolutely dominant on a few shifts, and despite only having one assist in 4 games, he's had his fair share of opportunities. He hit a couple posts and got robbed on a few other chances. The points will come for Mantha, along with the rest of the team (he's tied for 3rd on the team in points with 1 through 4 games...)