Hey man, if you're going to fancy yourself a well spring of public information you'd better be prepared for the sting of public scrutiny. I issue federal government policy statements to the public for a living. You can imagine the kind of lunatics I deal with. I have no sympathy for people who don't check facts before disseminating "information".
Dude it's just a hockey blog. lol Relax.
Don't like his reporting? Don't read his stuff.
I don't really get why you felt so inclined to create an account, post several over the top attacks on him (till he would finally respond to you), and then come here to pat your self on the back with a "see what I did everyone!" attitude.
The whole thing was kind of sad to be honest. And I'm not even a fan of Malik...
Totally. What this thread really needs is another of your epic four-part blockbuster trade scenarios.
Nope but your saving what 1.5? Think richards cap hit is 5.5 and Phaneuf is 7 and they'll get more when clarkson is bought out ... Point is if a team really wants to keep someone they'll do anything to do it
Clarkson's contract is "buyout-proof" because of the way it's structured. Just google "Clarkson buy-out proof" and you'll see what I mean.
SOW, just because the league has been dumbed down, doesn't mean that waht I said isn't true. Good-the key word #2 C's put up 60ish points per year. There were 30 C's on your list with 56 or more BTW. Go back and look over the last 25 years. nearly every great team had 2 or more very good C's. Yzerman and federov, Datsyuk and Zetterberg, Crosby and malkin, the Ducks went and got Kesler because they needed better, same with the Stars and Spezza. Boston with Krejic (spelling) and bergeron. Sharks with thornton and Pevalski. The list goes on and on. No every team doesn't have true #2 C's. hell some teams don't have a true #1 C on their roster.
Just because every team puts out 3 pairs of Dmen, does that mean the guys playing on their top pair are truely top 4 Dmen? No and you know better. If Kronwall, Dekeyser, and ericsson all wake up with the flue and can't play tonight, does this now mean KFQ is a top 4 Dman? No. yes he is playing the spot, but we all know he isn't that quality of player.
Fedorov - was pre-cap
Datsyuk/Zetterberg/Crosby/Malkin/Bergeron/Krejci - are the best forwards on their team and is not some kind of standard. It's a luxury that they happen to be natural centers.
Kesler/Spezza - only put up over 60 points as #1 centers on their previous teams.
Pavelski - doesn't even play center for the Sharks. Him and Joe play on the same line lol
Who else ya got since "the list goes on and on"? lol
Mike richards? The one thing toronto is in serious need of is leadership .. Is richards severely over paid? Hell yes but Phaneuf keeps getting absurd by the media and picked on all the time by nhl players so much so it's become a joke
Maybe a richards + pick or mid prospect for Phaneuf I don't know ... I do know any deals involving those 2 would be done in the off season and not trade deadline
Ok...but did you forget what the conversation was even about??
You mentioned it would be easy for Toronto to trade Phaneuf in the off-season and get rid of his salary so they could tie up other important pieces. aka Franson.
This is what you said...
If he's as good as you think he is they do anything to keep him and trade say a Phaneuf in the off season.
Easy ? Nope but I think LA could be a team that would take him in a heart beat especially if voynov is no more
Taking on Richards doesn't help that...It just adds another bloated contract. Which doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
Every GM - including MacT, Snow and even Feaster - is better at being a GM than any of us fans are. There are only 30 GM jobs and it's extremely hard to get this job. Same thing goes for coaches, assistant GMs.. So that's nothing new Holland did set the bar incredible high by getting the players we've missed and Sather and him were the most active GMs on trade dead lines and free agency if the team needed improvement(s) but for whatever reason his approach changed and he became much more inactive. The Avs just lost EJ for an extended period of time and they are lucky if they even make the playoffs at this point.. Lol at Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago being risky picks...
Well apparently not all 30 teams cause toronto are stupid and I want to let him go ... Seriously though would a lot of teams want franson? Maybe but there's a salary cap now that everyone has to work with so you just can't throw money at whoever without thinking about it
Wisniewski comparison is he's another player everyone wanted here as you just said and I think is over priced and went to a team that no one wants to go to and can only attract free agents by over paying them(which is what I predict what will happen) say a Edmonton or whomever
As I've said before if we get him as a rental at the deadline ... Good .... I'm just not willing to give him 5-5.5 per year for 5-6 yrs ... I don't think he's done nearly enough to warrant that money
He plays with columbus ... Who exactly are they gonna give all the ice time to? There's a reason why top teams didn't give him all that money
Says the guy who think it would be so easy to unload Phaneuf in the off-season...
We have 5, yes, but none aside from Mrazek have been all that good consistently. Coreau and mccollum have great numbers this year in the AHL, but Coreau had pedestrian numbers at best in the echl. Perry has terrible numbers from what I recall though I admit I didn't look it up, and Paterson is in what, his 5th year in the OHL? And still doesn't have even good numbers. We have prospects but not good ones.
And let's say both goalies get hurt again next year, or the year after. A 1-2 combination of McCollum/Coreau/Paterson scares me. Not that drafting a goalie now will change that, but after this year we won't have a goalie prospect that has the potential to be an NHL starter.
And saying we have 5 we don't need more is like if I were to tell you since we have 30 forward prospects we shouldn't draft any more forwards.
Paterson played 4.5 years on a brutal Saginaw team and still managed to keep his save% over .900 and was even selected for the world juniors.
Since being traded to Kitchener this year he has posted 2.08 GAA and .932 S%. Not to shabby...
Smith you are truely a guy whose glass is half full. Yes Sheehan is on pace right now for 39 or 40 points. But those are not #2 C numbers. 60ish points is what good #2 C put up per year. Will he ever get there? Who knows. Larkin has yet to play a single pro hockey game and you are already saying he is a true #2 C. yet you insist Sproul is the "only top 4 D prospect we have" when Oullett and Marchenko have already passed him and are outproducing him. Now having 3 very good high end D prospects is a good thing not a bad one. But we are still a bit weaker at the F spot. You need more F's, we are losing a bunch of talent, and don't as of yet have the bodies to replace those guys-to say nothing of improving our teams depth and talent level. Yes guys like AA could be very good someday. No one is disagreeing with you. But as of today he hasn't blossomed nor has Mantha or Larkin for that matter.
Well that's just not true at all. Where do you get your numbers exactly??