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In Topic: Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Yesterday, 03:57 PM

I predict the wings are still too small and will get roughed up in the east again. Nagging injuries will plague them and the playoff streak will end.

Sorry to be pessimistic, it's just how I feel at this point.

 

There are rumours on the Leafs board that they will let McLaren go the guy would fix our smallish problem immediately and save for Lucic, Parros not many are able to go toe to toe with him I'm not even talking about winning. The guy has 1:1 record against the beast that is John Scott.


In Topic: Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Yesterday, 03:53 PM

Will never forget that great goal I remember jumping out of chair and screaming my parents got REALLY pissed at me (game ended at around 4 am here *g*) and I lived at home back then.


In Topic: Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

28 July 2014 - 01:37 PM

It may only be retaining a player we certainly should have retained, but this is still very good news.  It's easy to forget the time when Tatar was buried in GR and getting frustrated.  He's a talented young scorer that we have locked up for 3 years of what will be his peak physical ability.  And if he becomes a perennial 25 or possibly 30-goal scorer, he'll be worth well in excess of $3 million per year by the end of this deal, so I won't lose too much sleep over whether or not this feels like an "overpay" when the cap hit comes out.

 

Couldn't care less either I'm just happy we have him locked up for 3 more years. If he can score around 20 - 25 goals annually that would be absolutely fantastic - to quote 'Babs :) -


In Topic: Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

28 July 2014 - 01:31 PM

Great news now sign DeKeyser to the same deal.


In Topic: Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

28 July 2014 - 01:25 PM

It is really simple, if people are asking for predictions there will usually be all sorts of outcomes...Being a realist isn't the same as being a debbie downer just like being optimistic isn't the same as being a delusional fanboy.

 

Anyway, given our outstanding record since 2009 and another wonderful UFA period here are mine:

 

1. There will be injuries and our stars are aging, so their bodies will need longer to recover. So yeah if Pasha and Z can play a combined 130 games I would be very happy with that.

 

2. Top 2 - 3 in the East will only happen if some former all-stars are using their Delorian, then sign with the team in their prime years (yes I'm talking about Lids, Y, Mr. Hockey...). Pittsburgh and Boston will have the number 1 and number 2 spot locked up, after them it will be a battle between Tampa, Montreal, Rangers, Columbus and the Caps. Wings will fight with Toronto, Philadelphia for the last remaining spot.

 

3. The goaltending is not that bad, if Howard struggles again I'm more than comfortable with Gustavsson having to bail him out again. No goalie not even the King would look good behind such an atrocious defense and this is nothing new.

 

4. I'm sure Alfie will be back so this is going to be the exact same roster like last year, only 1 year older. Of course other teams are now knowing well how to shutdown our kidline and this will make life harder for Tatar, Nyquist and Sheahan. So I can't see how the exact same roster which barely made the playoffs all of a sudden would be able to climb near the top of the league again.

 

5. Team is again soft as butter and it only takes one iltimed check for an injury to reaccure, since other teams won't have to fear anyone on this team Z's back will for sure be a target...great times...

 

6. Kronwall will be asked to play in an uncomfortable position again (running the PP) and even forget his former nickname too bad his hits often created excitment back in the days.

 

7. Mantha hopefully - I pray - will get a full season in the AHL to bulk up even more and learn the in and outs of the pro-game. Sproul might be able to get the first 9 games on the roster and then we will see.

 

8. The saddest part, this will be the last year of watching the best coach in hockey using his magic to get a rapidly declining team into the playoffs again. If he succeeds in that regard he should be the frontrunner for the Jack Adams (long overdue).