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In Topic: WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

26 May 2015 - 01:17 AM

I remember another team squandering a two-goal lead in the 3rd, but they couldn't rally...


In Topic: Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

22 May 2015 - 12:44 AM

I think the change in sheer number of games, not only as a whole, but within a stretch of 4-5 days is the biggest challenge.  I would not be surprised to see him in GR for at least the next 13 months - if, for nothing more, to allow him the chance to build his endurance.  Not just skating, but in the weight room, in practice, and the physicality of the game.  That's gotta take some getting used to before someone is ready.

Do I think he could come up and be in the 80th percentile for three or four games?  Absolutely. Do I think he'd regress to the 20th percentile after 60 games?  Absolutely.

 

I think you leave him in GR just so he can get a feel for how to battle with a balance.  You can't go 150% all the time every time. 


In Topic: Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

01 May 2015 - 07:41 AM

Awful lot of work for a roster that isn't any better. 

 

I would suggest Zetterberg >>> Tatar/Nyquist.

Thornton > Zetterberg at the pivot.

Vermette >>> Sheahan/Helm at the pivot.

Green >> Ericsson.


In Topic: Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

30 April 2015 - 11:43 PM

 

Really like the though of going after Vermette. I loved watching him when he was on the Coyotes. Especially like that final roster!

Thanks for the compliment.

 

The big thing with that lineup is how often we'd start with the puck after a faceoff. Vermette @ 53-60%, Thornton @ 53-60% Datsyuk @ 50-55%, Helm @ 50-55%, Zetterberg @ 50-52%, Glendening @ 50-52%, 

Not one of those guys has had a season below 50% Faceoff wins the last three years.


In Topic: Things you would like to see for 2015-16 Season

30 April 2015 - 06:21 PM

So let's start with the UFAs:

Daniel Cleary (let go - 1.5M)
Erik Cole (let go - $4M)
Marek Zidlicky (let go - $3M)

Jonas Gustavsson (let go - 1.85M)

 

This puts us at a cap space of $10.5M.

 

 

Bring back all minor UFA/RFA's:

Mitch Callahan 

Nick Jensen

Louis-Marc Aubry

Jared Coreau

Tom McCollum

Andy Miele 

Kevin Porter 

 

 

NHL RFAs:

 

Brendan Smith (2-years, $2.5M/year = +$1.25M)
Gustav Nyquist (1-year, $1.5M/year = +$0.5M)

Tomas Jurco (1-year, $1.5M/year = +$0.75M)

Joakim Andersson (let go, saving 0.75M)

Teemu Pukkinen (2-years, $1.25M/year = +$0.5M)

Landon Ferraro (2-years, $1.25M/year = +$0.75M)

 

This leaves the team with roughly $7.25M in cap space.

 

So we're looking at a loose forward lineup of:

Abdelkader - Datsyuk - Zetterberg
Miller - Glendening - Ferraro

How do you fulfill the other two lines?  I think you have to give a long look to Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, Pulkkinen, Mantha, and Helm.  I'm moving Weiss to the first team that offers to absorb his contract.

 

Kronwall - ?

DeKeyser - Quincey 

Ericsson - Smith 

 

You have to consider Marchenko and Ouellet for a spot too.  Maybe move Ericsson and his salary ($4.25M)?

Let's say both Weiss and Ericsson are moved (getting nothing in return but spare minor league parts and cap space).  That gives the team $16.5M in space.

My two targets are Arizona/Chicago C Antoine Vermette and Washington D Mike Green.  2-years, $5.5M/year for Vermette and 5-years, $6M/year for Mike Green.

 

 

So we end up with:

 

Abdelkader - Datsyuk - Zetterberg
Nyquist - Vermette - Tatar
Sheahan - Helm - Pulkkinen  
Miller - Glendening - Ferraro

Callahan - Jurco

 

Kronwall - Green

DeKeyser - Quincey

Smith - Marchenko

Kindl

 

Mrazek 
?


... what's that, you say?  Yep, with $5M in cap space, I'm offering Ottawa G Andrew Hammond a $3M deal to play 1-year here splitting 50-50 with Mrazek, giving him the chance to springboard a 40-start season into a long-term contract. That's a 400% increase in his current salary.

 

So where does Howard go? My goal is to offer him and a player like Jurco-Pulkkinen-Sproul for a true #1 PWF or DEF.  What teams need a goalie?  Buffalo, Florida (if Luongo retires), Dallas, Edmonton, Arizona, and San Jose, in my opinion.  And with there only being one "true" #1 Goalie in FA (Niemi) I think there could be quite a bit of interest.

My most realistic top target: Joe Thornton.  Of course, his contract is an average value of $6.75M and, with trading Howard ($5.25M), the Red Wings have $0.50M in room or so based on conservative projections here.  I'm offering D Joe Hicketts / F Tomas Nosek / mid-round draft picks if necessary.  Nothing more, not with Joe going head-to-head against their front office so much.

 

So my final roster...

 

Abdelkader - Datsyuk - Zetterberg
Nyquist - Thornton - Tatar
Sheahan - Vermette - Helm
Miler - Glendening - Ferraro

Jurco - Callahan

Kronwall - Green

DeKeyser - Quincey
Smith - Marchenko
Kindl

Mrazek
Hammond

And we keep Pulkkinen, Larkin, Mantha, Ouellet, Sproul, Athanasiou...


Thoughts?