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#2517309 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by Richdg on 26 April 2014 - 06:11 PM

A few things. I said at the time it was  a bad trade, I still think that and I am not a Jarnkrok fan. The 2nd alone should have been enough or Jarnkrok alone. We overpaid.


Now in this thread some are complaining about babs not changing the lineup et others are talking about him demoting Legwand. Both can't be true. Either he was making changes or he wasn't.

#2515977 Will Mantha join GR after the QMJHL playoffs?

Posted by Richdg on 26 April 2014 - 09:05 AM

Stupid rule. But yeah, I do recall the paper transaction just so the kids could play in the Calder Cup playoffs.

I wonder if the Wings will still send him to GR just for the sake of playoff exposure and training experience, or wait until summer dev camp.

If the timing works out, he will come to GR. He can be a black ace and start to see what being a pro player is all about. Don't forget he needs to add some strength and weight. he is currently listed as 6-5/205 which is very skinny. It would be awesome if he plays in the 215-220 range next season.

#2515953 The Franzen Hate.

Posted by Richdg on 26 April 2014 - 07:45 AM

Hate? No. Honest dislike for his play? Yes. I don't hate anyone. But Franzen needs to go. I have been saying it for several years. He has amazing talent, but only uses it for 15 games per season. Anyone else performs like that at their jobs and they are fired. So why isn't he?

Franzen isn't a young player that can get better, he is 34. He also has mental issues, has had 3-4 concussions, and a very long term contract. We have 1 more chance to fix all of this. We have 1 buyout left, and it has to be used this summer. No we don't have cap issues this year. In fact we have cap floor issues if we do buy him out. But over the next 2-3 years we have several young guys that will be pushing for long term big money deals. Do we really want to risk getting to the point where we can't resign a Tatar, Jurco, Sheahan, Dekeyser etc.... becasue we are short of cash due to Franzen's 4 mil per season cap hit? Hell no! In fact is Franzen even going to be able to play in 2-3 years? Concussion effects build up over time.

It is time to cut bait. Using the buyout on Tootoo-who has 1 year left at 1.9 mil is a waste and does nothing for us long term. In both cases each player is going to get their money no matter what happens. Time to buy out Franzen and let him go back home to play in Sweden where he doesn't have to deal with the media/pressure/concussion issues anymore.

#2515945 Will Mantha join GR after the QMJHL playoffs?

Posted by Richdg on 26 April 2014 - 06:23 AM

Join yes, play no. he can't play in the AHL playoffs because he didn't play in at least 1 regular season game. Silly AHL rule......

#2514144 ECQF - Series C - Penguins versus Blue Jackets

Posted by Richdg on 22 April 2014 - 09:51 PM

Did u really just say that the BJ's have been blowing leads all year??????

#2512979 ECQF - Series C - Penguins versus Blue Jackets

Posted by Richdg on 21 April 2014 - 09:47 PM

would it be wrong to say the BJ's choked tonight?

#2510297 2014 draft thoughts.

Posted by Richdg on 17 April 2014 - 08:00 PM

Sorry guys, but our 1st and Almqvist is not going to get us a top pair Dman. Would you make that trade if you were the other GM? Of course not.

#2508530 Maple Leafs Name Shanahan New Club President

Posted by Richdg on 10 April 2014 - 08:19 PM

Interesting. A team with no idea of where it is going and what it is doing, hires someone with no experience. Good luck.

#2507332 Draft Rankings 2014

Posted by Richdg on 08 April 2014 - 07:19 PM

Tuch at 12, perfect. A few euros and G's will go before him, so he will be there when we pick 17-20ish.

#2506122 Around The League - Eastern Conference Playoff Race

Posted by Richdg on 05 April 2014 - 07:49 AM

Have to love this time of year. Checking scores every few minutes, logging in for the updated standings, doing the math to see how many possible points other teas have left vs us.... it is GREAT! Not as great as running away with things, but still a ton of fun. BTW if I have done the math correctly-we need 2 more wins and 1 NJ loss to clinch! Then we win the tie breakers on ROW.

#2504257 Ovechkin and ES

Posted by Richdg on 31 March 2014 - 09:58 PM

LOL. Why would anyone want a 27 year old RW that scores 45+ goals per year and is good for 200 hits per year. blindness by some is funny. Praising backstrom over Ovie? really? I would take Ovie every day over backstrom. Not even close. Go do a google search for Backstrom struggling to score. There have been stories about it every year he has been in the league. Backstrom is -19 BTW, so it isn't an ovie thing. Washington has a terrible backend other than Carlson.

Now if one wants to ralk about how ovie is used, that is a worth while debate. he is told to find a good shooting spot and stay there. To be a force in the offensive zone. That is what he does.

Some of us are old enough remember when Stevie Y didn't play D either. He was told to score and did. it wasn't until Bowman
threatened to trade him that the captain learned to play D.

#2501646 Callahan called up from GR.....

Posted by Richdg on 26 March 2014 - 12:45 PM

Rick, big difference here. bert is done. toast, finished, career over. Callahan is just beginning. maybe he becomes something, maybe not. we don't know. But he needs to play so we can find out. There are many reasons why he was a step slow. unfamiliar, nerves, told to focus on skating, etc....... I still think he is a 4th line checking guy, which is fine. maybe adds 10-15 goals per year. Great!

#2500548 Pens Twitter Fail:Ask Neal Anything...

Posted by Richdg on 24 March 2014 - 07:45 PM

Thing is, with guys like neal you need to have 4 so that you always have 2 or 3 in your lineup. Others are on suspension.

#2499423 Kassian on the way out of Van?

Posted by Richdg on 22 March 2014 - 10:28 PM

I guess Probert would never be on the RW for most here..... So sad......

#2497405 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by Richdg on 20 March 2014 - 08:14 AM

I don't care if it is 1-0 or 8-7, find a way to win somehow!