Predicable is boring. I am more excited for this season than any in a few years. I am really intrigued to see what kind of players we have developing and whether they can take that next step. Can Vanek contribute? How good is Neilson going to be? How good can Mrazek be? Can't wait for this season....
Every off season takes years off Frank and Lefty's lives lol
You guys need to relax and quit talking extremes with absolutely everything.
Winnipeg knows Detroit is desperate? Well Holland also knows Winnipeg has an asset that won't sign. It works both ways.
If Trouba is going to get traded for, there will be a sizable contract going the other way. The salary cap does exist and we are at the limit. This whole idea of Trouba for Mantha, XO and picks makes ZERO sense.
You don't have to be an "excel nerd" to figure that one out. And no you can't just throw Helm in...
It can't get any worse in my opinion. It will either be the same or better. The team we have is a decent team. Just wasn't at full potential with a rookie coach.
Omg guys Steve Ott has a better faceoff percent than everyone on our team over his career. Does this mean we should use him in every key defensive situation to take the faceoff? Should we use him when we have a 1 goal lead and there's 2 minutes left to play? Is he the new Luke Glendening? I know a few around here have praised Luke because of his sole stat of being good on faceoffs. Steve Ott is even better! (56% on faceoffs). Can kill penalties too and is "gritty". Also has better possession numbers and likes to shoot the puck rather than sit and take the shots. See below.
Very few teams carry 8 D for more than a few games here and there. Helm's contract guarantees him a top 9 spot, so unless they waste Sheahan on the 4th line there's no room for Mantha or AA. Holland won't keep them to play on the 4th line.
Agreed. Both with the roster as it is I think it's the most likely scenario.
There is no way Sproul or Ouellet would get waived before Frk.
Those are more or less locks to be regulars. Frk is this year's Pulk. Big AHL numbers, lacks things he needs to be a good NHL player, but will probably start with the team. Jurco probably gets the other 4th line spot, square peg in the round hole. Ott probably makes the team. That's the 14 forwards. Holland will stammer about how Mantha, AA, and maybe a couple other guys are good enough but won't play a top nine role because of numbers and trading is hard, like, really REALLY hard and you have to give up a good player to get anything of value back and he won't do that, so they'll be riding the bus in GR. The defense will be a fuster cluck, Jensen will be waived to much crying and clear, whoever loses out of Marchenko, XO, and Sproul will get claimed. A rumor will leak out that whoever gets lost on waivers threatened to go to Europe instead of GR and fans will cry about him for a year until everyone figures out he's nothing special anyway.
Frk and Pulkkinen are nowhere near comparables in terms of numbers in the AHL.
121 Points in 119 Games
68 Points in 149 Games
You can guess who's who.
We're not waiving one of Sproul/Ouellet/Marchenko to keep Frk as a 14th forward...
Mantha, Nosek and AA have exemptions left. Frk does not. The 3 can start the season in GR without danger. Frk has no exemptions. Unless Frk s***s the bed in pre-season then it's absolutely possible that he'll be here with one of the other guys with exemptions.
I'd prefer Mantha, AA and Frk be here, but this is Holland and he has to re-sign Helm and Miller. Plus refuses to dump Nyquist for a top defender. At least so far he has refused to...
Helm was a decent signing. What trade did Holland refuse to give up Nyquist for?