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#2509883 Gus & Tatar almost traded to Calgary per McKenzie

Posted by DickieDunn on 15 April 2014 - 06:33 PM

Kenny is a trade machine:
Nyquist, Smith and the 1st (Mantha) for Edler
or
Nyquist and Tatar for JBO
Well, he said that this isn't the kids league afterall right?!


The other side are the people screaming about how he doesn't have the balls to make a trade or the ones who think that Cleary, Almquist, and Miller will bring back a quality player.


#2509844 ECQF - Series A - Bruins versus Red Wings

Posted by DickieDunn on 15 April 2014 - 04:53 PM

 

I can only like Backes every 4 years.

 

I'd take him in Detroit in a hot second.




#2509787 flyers sign macdonald to 6 year $30 million extension

Posted by DickieDunn on 15 April 2014 - 10:10 AM

He would have gotten more on the market. $10 says they try to trade him in the next 2 years.


#2509655 Kyle Quincey Appreciation thread

Posted by DickieDunn on 14 April 2014 - 06:04 PM

It depends on what else they do.  I'd like to see Marchenko on the 3rd pair, but the free agent market is going to be paper thin, with  a few decent players and a bunch of guys who are old, injury prone, or just plain bad, if not a combination of them.  The odds are anyone they'd sign won't be much of an upgrade, if at all, just have different issues.  Ideally they can trade Kindl and a prospect or two and get a top 4 quality defender and use Smith and Marchnko as the 3rd pair with Lashoff as the #7.  If not, trading Kindl for a pick and re-signing Quincey to a pay cut to play on the 3rd pair won't be the end of the world.




#2509113 Sproul and Ouellet recalled from Grand Rapids

Posted by DickieDunn on 13 April 2014 - 09:32 AM

Sheahan plays a much more mature game than a typical rookie. Jurco has shown flashes but 15 points in 35 games isn't all that spectacular.

The 3rd pairing doesn't need to be spectacular.


Just reliable. Sproul and Ouellet aren't ready for that yet.


#2508957 Babcock and Holland Talk About Stuff

Posted by DickieDunn on 12 April 2014 - 10:44 AM

Remember when the topic was what we need to win the cup again.

Now we are content to keep this streak alive.

 

They need time to reload before they're going to be favorites for the Cup again.  There are no quick fixes in free agency like there used to be where your 3rd choice was still going to be pretty good.  Now there might be 2 legit top flight players available at any given position, usually one, and the 3rd or 4th best player is going to be a big step below that top guy.  They need to develop and build through the draft, and despite having some guys graduating, they're still a couple years away.




#2507727 Puck Daddy: Trotz is probably out in Nashville

Posted by DickieDunn on 09 April 2014 - 04:39 PM

Trotz takes a year off, Babcock decides to step down after next season, Trotz takes over.  Him and Tippet are the only 2 active head coaches I'd consider over Babcock.




#2507230 A plea to Holland.

Posted by DickieDunn on 08 April 2014 - 04:15 PM

 

When you're the only top-pairing defensemen on the market and a great PP QB, that changes things.

 

Just because someone will give him a huge contract doesn't mean it's a good idea.




#2507039 Jack Adams award discussion and speculation

Posted by DickieDunn on 07 April 2014 - 06:42 PM

Babcock should have won it several times now. Bowman should have won virtually every year. It almost always goes to a coach who gets his team to the playoffs with a bunch of injuries or a coach who has a young team that plays better than expected. By those criteria Babcock deserves it. No team has lost better players for as long, and the Wings lead the league in cap hit lost to injury by a long way last I checked. A good chunk of the Pens man games list are their backup goalie.


#2506834 A plea to Holland.

Posted by DickieDunn on 06 April 2014 - 07:07 AM

Kindl has the talent, but is inconsistent.  He's always been that way.  When he was in GR, he rarely looked like an AHL player.  One night he'd look like he needed to be a top 4 NHL guy, the next he'd look like he should be a 3rd pairing ECHL guy.  Lashoff doesn't have the skating ability or the hands to be an NHL regular in a puck possession system.  He might be better in a more dump and chase style, but even with that he's a solid #7 guy.

 

Sproul is NOT ready for the NHL.  He still makes too many defensive mistakes.  So does Ouellet.  I think both will end up being top 4 d-men, but not for another couple years.  Marchenko is the most NHL ready of the D prospects, but with him being hurt, I'd rather go with what they have.




#2506236 Glendening signed to 3 year extension

Posted by DickieDunn on 05 April 2014 - 05:51 PM

 

Either we use our second compliance buyout on him or trade him and Almqvist for Stamkos.

 

 

No way.  Kenny needs to get Stamkos plus their best prospect or he's a moron.




#2506207 Detroit says Weiss "Not Getting Better", likely done for year

Posted by DickieDunn on 05 April 2014 - 03:05 PM

Clarkson benefited from playing with 2 good guys on his line and in a system where the strategy was "bank it in off Clarkson."  He should have stayed in that system even though they weren't going to pay him as much.  

 

Weiss is a good hockey player who is dealing with an injury that can linger long term anyway, and that is complicated by the fact that it's in an area where hockey players use more than just about any other athlete.  It's no different than if a starting pitcher tears his rotator cuff or a running back tears an ACL.




#2506169 Apparently it can get worse in Vancouver.

Posted by DickieDunn on 05 April 2014 - 11:52 AM

 Corrected on my post, I thought it was $6m/yr ... damn, the Canucks are so SCREWED.  Another Gillis brain fart mistake.  

 

 

Detroit has almost that much wrapped up in Datsyuk and Zetterberg.  Datsyuk is older and Zetterberg has back issues.  The Sedin contracts aren't the problem, the fact that the owner forced Tortorella on him and he's made a lot of other bad choices.  They have 5 guys who are even arguably top 6 forwards, one of whom (Burrows) is playing like crap this year, traded a talented player for a big guy with questionable skill and created a hole at the #2 center spot, and has had to trade both of his starting goalies over the last year.  Now he has the most overrated coach in the NHL pissing on everyone to the point where his good players want out, and he had no choice in the hire and probably wouldn't be able to get the owner's blessing to fire the guy.  At this point he'd probably be better off telling them that either Tortorella goes or he does, taking a year or two of, and looking for a new job.




#2506165 Riley Sheahan - Underappreciated and Overshadowed?

Posted by DickieDunn on 05 April 2014 - 11:43 AM

A lot of Sheahan's increased offense has to do with his role.  ND played a defense first system, and with the Grifs he was their shut down center, again focusing more on defense.  Now he's being allowed to play more offense, and he's producing.  That doesn't mean he's a sure fire #2 center, but I think he can play the grinder role for a couple skilled wingers, like Steve Rucchin did with Anaheim, only to a lesser extent.  At worst I think he'll be a big bodied defensive 3rd line guy.




#2505686 Apparently it can get worse in Vancouver.

Posted by DickieDunn on 04 April 2014 - 07:10 AM

The way Gillis manhandled the goaltending situation in Vancouver = player mismanagement.
This mess started long before Tortorella's hiring. 


Then Tortorella went into the mess, dropped his pants, took a dump and lit the whole thing on fire.