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#2522458 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 02 June 2014 - 04:44 AM

My impression is Engelland is gone. I mean from Pittsburgh. He's going to want a raise, and they're not in a position to give him one, so he probably goes to Edmonton. That's what I've heard from Pens fans.


Not to be grumpy me, but Murray is terrible, and the rest of those guys are largely-inconsequential depth guys. With the kids we have on the farm, I don't see us going for one of them unless it really makes sense. I think my ideal scenario, re: our bottom pairing, is Ericsson gets bumped down to the third pairing - because we land a Realgud top-four defenseman - and he embraces his gritty, stay-at-home, crease-clearing, bare-bones basics side. Put him with Marchenko and that's a Realgud bottom pairing that can shut down, block shots, kill penalties, play heavy in front our net and in our corners - and also move the puck really well and put some points up.

#2522191 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 30 May 2014 - 10:18 AM

So I was thinking.


Dustin Tokarski. John Gibson. Frederik Andersen. Jake Allen. Martin Jones. Chad Johnson. Ben Bishop. Robin Lehner. Semyon Varlamov. Jonathan Bernier. Alex Stalock. Darcy Kuemper. Petr Mrazek. Et al. They're all quite good and all quite cap-friendly. And there were a few nice veteran surprises, like Ilya Bryzgalov.


And then we have Jimmy Howard. Above average, but coming off a very disappointing, injury-riddled season. 30 years old, a cap hit of a little more than $5M for the next four or five years, has never gone especially deep in the playoffs. And the understanding - drilled into our heads through repetition - is that he is our guy, no matter what, hardcore, forevz.


Was the big-money extension a mistake? Could we maybe see one of those younger fellows doing for us what Jimmy Howard has done for us and only costing a fraction of Jimmy Howard's cap hit? Would a, say, Mrazek-Hiller tandem be so terrible? Is there a reason why we're so loyal to Jimmy Howard? Certainly we can't say, "It's almost impossible to acquire a Realgud goalie in this day and age." Unlike the borderline mythical Top-Four Defenseman, the Realgud Goalie doesn't seem all that hard to come by. Indeed, we have at least one in the pipeline who's ready for a legitimate job in the big league.

#2521844 J-S Giguere to announce retirement

Posted by Dabura on 27 May 2014 - 05:58 AM

It was time. Finnish flash and giggy done the same year. Makes sense


Exactly. This way, they can be a package deal! Kenny is salivating.

#2521793 Dan Boyle not coming back to the Sharks

Posted by Dabura on 26 May 2014 - 05:11 PM

I've referenced this piece by Kevin Weekes before and I'm gonna do it again, because he nails it (and echoes what we're all saying, right on down to the Kings being a model):




I think the biggest challenge for the Red Wings is that they don't have a Drew Doughty or a P.K. Subban or Oliver Ekman-Larson on their blue line. I think Niklas Kronwall is a heck of a player and Jonathan Ericsson is a nice player. Danny DeKeyser has also been really impressive but he's hurt again. They just don't have one of those game-changers. Without having that, it's pretty difficult to make plays and help get the puck out of your zone and get the puck out of trouble. Detroit doesn't have one of those guys right now.


Of course, they had one of the game's all-time greats in Nicklas Lidstrom. They haven't filled that hole since he retired in 2012. Obviously, Nicklas Lidstroms don't come along every day. But at the same time, look at the L.A. Kings. They had Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson and they were able to trade Johnson because they had Slava Voynov. That's a lot of good D.


When you look at a lot of the top teams, including the Boston Bruins, quite often they have one, if not two or three, of those guys on the back end. Detroit has some room to improve in that area.






ST. PAUL – The moment Mike Babcock learned the San Jose Sharks had acquired defenseman Brent Burns, he instantly got the look of a guy who’s [sic] team just let one get away.

His Red Wings are looking for a defenseman to replace the retired Brian Rafalski, but it was the playoff rival Sharks who pried the talented Burns away from the Minnesota Wild in a blockbuster trade.

“They just hit a home run,” Babcock said of the Sharks. “That’s a gold medal pick. I’m pissed off.”


Can you believe that? We still had Nick Lidstrom at that point, yet Babcock was, by his own candid admission, pissed off that we didn't add this top-four defenseman! I ask if you can believe that because, well, here we are, it's several years later, we have no Rafalski, no Lidstrom, and still no "Brent Burns" (solid top-four defenseman). And, oh yeah, our core players are that much older*.


*(Datsyuk is 35, slowing down, and making incredibly uncharacteristic mistakes on the ice. Z is 33 and has been battling back problems which recently pushed him to the ultimate measure of last resort for a pro athlete: back surgery. Kronwall is 33 and is being leaned on way too heavily. [Which is the whole point here, really.] Franzen is 34 and probably one concussion away from early retirement. Hell, our kids are barely even "kids." We talk about Smith like he's 20 when he's actually 25. Young, but not a kid.)


Kenny needs to be aggressive. He needs to be ruthless. He can't be completely averse to risk. To which he'd say:


"Well, we need to draft well and build from within. We can't go chasing big names. We can't go out and get a guy every time we have a hole to fill. That's not the way you win these days. If you look at the top teams in the league right now, they got to where they are today by drafting well and developing well. Now they're reaping the benefits. Blah blah blah."


And yet, he was in on Suter and Parise. And he was in on Edler. And he was in on Bouwmeester. And he kicked the tires on Weber. And he kicked the tires on Salo. And he actually brought in two guys in Colaiacovo and Quincey (and a third in DeKeyser, if you want to count him that way). And he also brought in Alfredsson and Weiss. And he traded one of our best prospects and a second-round pick for a few weeks of Legwand.


I have a love/hate relationship with our GM.

#2521742 ECF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (4) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by Dabura on 25 May 2014 - 09:07 PM

Two blatant embellishments in one period. The Habs have no shame.


Brassard's goal. Wow. Looks like sheer brute force, but he picked that corner, in close, at full speed, with Tokarski aggressively challenging. Filthy.


Tokarski has been phenomenal. Tokarski-Mrazek tandem? GETTER DUN KENNY!

#2521618 Emmerton-ov: Cory heading to KHL

Posted by Dabura on 24 May 2014 - 09:33 AM

Thats odd. I didnt know being invisible 95% of the time was good?


He's a good hockey player. He's just not much more than a fourth-liner in the NHL. Which, from our perspective, makes him worthless, because he's not going to help our team. But if he can be more valuable to a KHL team (and make way more money), more power to him.

#2521543 Janne Makkonen - 'Life and Death'

Posted by Dabura on 23 May 2014 - 05:51 PM

You. Must. Watch. This.



#2521530 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 23 May 2014 - 02:34 PM

Y'know what's crazy? Evander Kane's numbers.The gist of it: he's right where The Other Kane was at his age, and he's done it with second-rate linemates. Maybe he has maturity issues (likely overblown by racist local pundits), but then, so did (does?) The Other Kane.


Point being, I'd give up quite a lot to get Evander Kane if the Jets were to shop him.

#2521515 Jaroslav Halak's negotiating rights traded to Islanders.

Posted by Dabura on 23 May 2014 - 10:20 AM

Unless the Isles somehow upgrade on D, Halak's numbers aren't going to be what they're expecting.


"D? You mean the vitamin?" - Garth Snow

#2521456 WCF: (6) California Dreamin' v (5) The Night Chicago Died

Posted by Dabura on 22 May 2014 - 06:46 PM

Watching those highlights, I wonder if there is ever a game where Queneville doesn't go berserk and act like a raging old drunk.


I wonder this every time I see him behind the bench. I think his record is 38 minutes.


Part of it is he has such an angry looking face. He even said in his presser today that he woke up today feeling angry.


Sometimes I wonder if it's all just the 'stache. It's clearly a demonic entity with a mind and will all its own.

#2521379 WCF: (6) California Dreamin' v (5) The Night Chicago Died

Posted by Dabura on 21 May 2014 - 09:42 PM


Crawford pulled with about four minutes left.

#2521376 WCF: (6) California Dreamin' v (5) The Night Chicago Died

Posted by Dabura on 21 May 2014 - 09:37 PM



LA's transition game is killing it.

#2521374 WCF: (6) California Dreamin' v (5) The Night Chicago Died

Posted by Dabura on 21 May 2014 - 09:28 PM

Somewhere, Edzo is crying.

#2521197 James Neal

Posted by Dabura on 19 May 2014 - 07:16 PM

Hate him but would love him. No way they shop him though. He's on an awesome contract.


I wouldn't be so sure. My impression - for what little it's worth - is they'd like to move a key player, whether it's to free up money or adjust the team's dynamic or play the accountability/optics game. I guess in Neal's case it'd be more the second one (team dynamic). Neal seemed really lost without Malkin. And when Neal gets lost, he gets frustrated. And when he gets frustrated, he gets stupid. And when he gets stupid, the Pens spend too much time shorthanded. Don't spend too much time shorthanded. Get rid of Cable and upgrade to DirecTV.

#2521158 ECF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (4) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by Dabura on 19 May 2014 - 12:26 PM

In a way, it's sort of poetic. They rolled over a Bishop-less Bolts team. Their whole thing now is "No one respects us. We deserve everyone's respect. We proved ourselves. We're an elite team." I guess we'll see.