Mantha's issue isn't scoring or conditioning, it's playing hard every shift. Sometimes that can be learned, sometimes not.
Wings won't trade him or the first for a second pair D or second line forward though, I don't think. If there's a deal involving one or both, it will be big, and if it's for Phaneuf Toronto will need to retain salary
Basically, he's a mediocre checking line forward with a couple moves. He'll probably have one good year and cash in, sorta like martin lapointe. Lol wasn't he captain of the 'hawks? Ooh, maybe he's another kopecky??!?
He has far more talent than either Lapointe or Kopecky
He's been relatively healthy last few seasons but he's had some injury concerns in the past which are a concern , and he's not the best defensively ... I mean I wouldn't be pissed off since he's not costing us any assets but I'd be more comfortable with a 3 year term max
Ya he's not the biggest guy and he's been playing with a good offensive team in Anaheim and still new to the league , wouldn't be against landing him
But nyquist has the potential to get 25-40 goals so I'm probably biased but I'd think we could land someone better especially if we added another piece
I wouldn't do it since there in the east but I'm sure Pittsburgh would want nyquist to play with Crosby in a heartbeat
20 to 40 is a huge range.
I'm not sold on either Tatar or Nyquist being more than 60 point guys. Sure, they're valuable, but not guys you can't part with.
Unless Kenny is thinking keeping Z and Dats together on the 1st line. Sheahan centers the 2nd line and Soderberg centers the 3rd line. Babs seemed to think Riley was capable of much more than he's shown. I think its more important to acquire a top 4 dman. We have enough average forwards.
Even then Helm or Weiss could be the third center.
Well the loyal fans there got screwed over bigtime by the NHL. I mean the guy who is responsible for putting a team there should be fired once they are on the move. That Vegas gamble - oh the irony - is the next stupid project.
How hard is it for the NHL to understand that hockey in the desert will never work ? Now loyal fans are going to lose their team, because the interest has never been there from enough people and the NHL front office was too cocky admitting their mistake.
Give Quebec back what has been stolen from them a long time ago,, let the Nordiques return and for once have another strong slamdunk market, i.e. another Winnipeg.
Quebec is far from a slam dunk market. What has changed from the 90's? Are they going to have more corporate and government support? Will they still insist focusing on how French they are and have problems getting English language coverage?
I'm not convinced the Jets have a long term future either. They have a small arena, and even with selling out almost every game they're only the 20th valued NHL franchise. If they don't win consistently, which was their major problem in Atlanta, the novelty of having "Our Jets" back will wear off and fans will stop spending the money on games.
Just because Holmgren said after the fact that there was no deal, doesn't mean it's true. My guess is, Clearly was told that he could come to camp and if he showed anything he'd get a 3 year deal once the Flyers cap situation, which was a mess at the time, was resolved.
Either way, Clearly is done as an NHL player. I don't understand how he can't see that after being scratched so often last year
And depending on the return they might be right to do it. If they could get Buffalo to trade the #2 and a good young player, or Arizona to give up the 3rd and OEL, I think that wold easily be worth losing McSavior
Mrazek won't be handed the #1 job. I think Weiss will be bought out of he won't be a regular. Franzen on LTIR is not dead cap space and if he's healthy (a long shot I think) he will be playing. Kindly as the #7/isn't dead space either. Dead cap space is players not on the roster eating cap.