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#2519240 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 05 May 2014 - 09:03 AM

If we swap Q and Lashoff with XO and Marchenko, we'll see a difference.  Both are steady Dmen that make a good 1st pass.  Q's 1st pass is usually to the other team, and Lashoff was exposed badly this season when he had to play more minutes.  I still think that Ouellet is our best D prospect overall.

 

I don't mean to diss what we've got on the farm. I just want that top-four guy, who we should've added the moment Lids said goodbye but has instead been put off because something something you can't replace Nick Lidstrom something something there's no hockey store something something a trade requires two teams something something we're not going to move top prospects something something Colaiacovo Quincey something something DeKeyser is lost forever with a broken finger something something Ericsson is lost forever with a broken finger something something...




#2519194 WCSF : (6) Los Angeles Cartmans vs. (1) Coach Bombay and the Quacks

Posted by Dabura on 04 May 2014 - 07:25 PM

yeah i wouldve took gaborik over legwand. 

 

I love him on the Kings. He doesn't have to be The Guy, he can just be himself, play his game, no pressure to Be Great every night.




#2519124 WCSF : (6) Los Angeles Cartmans vs. (1) Coach Bombay and the Quacks

Posted by Dabura on 03 May 2014 - 10:58 PM

Ducks were floating on the play that led to the goal. Sweet goal by Gabs.

 

I really don't mind who advances here. 

 

I want the Kings to advance. Because I like them, but more because I think they'd be the tougher matchup for the Blackhawks, who must. not. repeat.




#2518872 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 02 May 2014 - 12:20 PM

Agreed.  That's my point.  Our team doesn't maximize offensive talent because we don't have the philosophy or system to do so.  Load the team up with offensively talented players and they'll all factor into each other's production.  It's no secret that Datsyuk's two best offensive years were when he had highly talented wingers to pass to.  It's also no secret that Zetterberg's best offensive year was when he was the one "being passed to".  If you're not willing to get those types of guys, or play those types of guys, then you're not going to optimize offensive potential, which is exactly the point I'm trying to make.  Doesn't mean you can't win, just means you better win the New Jersey way.

 

Semantics, probably, but I'd say it's more personnel (and injuries) than philosophy/systems. We're built for a skilled possession system, but we've lost our two engines in Lidstrom and Rafalski, and only getting half seasons from Datsyuk and Zetterberg didn't help. Plus, Quincey. And Kindl. And Lashoff.

 

But it seems like we're mostly on the same page there. Basically, we need moar skillz.




#2518706 Jaroslav Halak's negotiating rights traded to Islanders.

Posted by Dabura on 01 May 2014 - 03:07 PM

Nabokov is, like, 70 years old.

 

Ken Holland is so turned on right now.




#2518700 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 01 May 2014 - 02:36 PM

Broken record, but Niskanen would be a huge gamble. He's had a really good season, while playing for a contract, on the Pittsburgh Penguins, with Jacques Martin working his evil strategic voodoo. For that, Niskanen is going to score a massive contract. Just so incredibly massive you won't even believe it. And it'll probably be a team that needs to reach the cap floor. And everyone will probably be laughing at that GM in a year's time. And we'll probably want to laugh, but then we'll remember we have Franzen. But then we'll rationalize Franzen as a tremendous value.




#2518628 WCSF : (7) Minnesota vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by Dabura on 01 May 2014 - 09:25 AM

I can't pick which thread to rage in, there are so many options. Literally every match up did not go the way I wanted it to in the first round. I feel like I am personally being trolled by the NHL. Because it's all about me, and I know Gary stays up nights plotting ways to gaslight me.

 

Yeah, this kinda blows. So much promise, and now Ovie's gone, and I missed him. Why is that machine beeping? Guy punches father in the face (?).

 

There's three teams left: Blackhawks, Kings, Bruins. Just as in Mortal Kombat the movie, "One of [these] three will decide the outcome of the tournament." Between these three, the Kings are the obvious good guys. But I think I'm going to pull for the Rangers, if only because my dad scheduled hernia surgery on the same day roots for 'em. I'd say it's about time Lundqvist carries a team to the Cup and wins the Conn Smythe.

 

But srsly, Chicago's gonna repeat.




#2518136 Somebody's getting fired LOL (NSFW)

Posted by Dabura on 29 April 2014 - 09:41 AM

I co-wrote a dorm musical in college. One of this other writer's contributions was the phrase "boob-shot-s***owsky," or something like that. I assume this is his work. It seems very him.




#2518120 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 29 April 2014 - 02:52 AM

I think the streak is amazing. I think the streak is important. But I think you have to be careful not to place too much importance on the streak itself. Zetterberg himself said he'd trade a season or two of the streak for a deeper run one year. Point being, the streak isn't really about making the playoffs every year. It's about sustained excellence, being in the mix for the Cup every season, not just being glad because "Phew! We kept a streak alive. Thank goodness. Now we can rest a little easier." The Cup is all that matters. 23 straight seasons is important not because it's a ridiculous streak, but because it shows a commitment to winning. But the Wings have to make good on that. The commitment itself can't be fetishized. There has to be some actual winning. Just making the dance isn't good enough, even in a transitional year like this one. It's really interesting to see Zetterberg basically say as much.

 

Then again, I suppose it's possible that the whole sustained excellence and commitment to winning thing might not be doable without yearly playoff revenue. It's entirely possible that Mr. I has been able to spend like he has largely because of the streak itself.




#2517934 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Dabura on 28 April 2014 - 09:31 AM

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Jaromir Jagr ($4.000m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($7.500m) / Dave Bolland ($4.000m) 
Daniel Alfredsson ($3.000m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) 
Riley Sheahan ($1.000m) / Stephen Weiss ($4.900m) / Tomas Tatar ($1.000m) 
Luke Glendening ($0.628m) / Marcel Goc ($1.700m) / Ben Eager ($1.100m) 
Anthony Mantha ($0.894m) / 
DEFENSEMEN
Matt Niskanen ($4.000m) / Dan Boyle ($6.667m) 
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($4.250m) 
Brendan Smith ($1.263m) / Danny DeKeyser ($1.000m) 
Andrew Alberts ($1.000m) / 
GOALTENDERS
Martin Brodeur ($6.000m) 
Petr Mrazek ($0.595m) 
BUYOUTS
Johan Franzen ($0.000m) 
Carlo Colaiacovo ($0.000m) 
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Jordin Tootoo ($0.975m) 
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Not sure if serious.




#2517785 WCQF - Series G - Anaheim versus Dallas

Posted by Dabura on 27 April 2014 - 07:24 PM

Dallas up 1-0 early. What a start. These Stars are a blast to watch.


Jim Nill has really accomplished a lot in the span of a year. 

 

Absolutely. Arguably the GM of the year.




#2517758 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by Dabura on 27 April 2014 - 05:46 PM

It's all moot, though. Whether he was our best prospect or just one of our better prospects, the point is that the return for Calle Jarnkrok and a second-round pick was a few games from David Legwand (unless he re-signs. Though, even then....) The only way that doesn't hurt right now is if we rationalize it. "He was gonna go back to Sweden anyway." "He's not that good anyway." "We have too many centers anyway." "We need to get bigger anyway."

 

meh




#2517748 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by Dabura on 27 April 2014 - 05:35 PM

Not even close.  Mantha, Mrazrek, Jurco.

 

I'm not just making stuff up or talking out of my butt. For the past couple of years, when people would talk up our pipeline, Jarnkrok would usually be regarded as The One. He has a lot in common with Zetterberg. He doesn't have Mantha's size or mutant scoring prowess, he's not a goalie, he doesn't have Jurco's size or shifty hands, but what he does have is elite sense, very good all-around ability, that Zetterberg-esque knack for holding the puck and making plays out of nothing, and tremendous upside. I've seen him play. He's extremely impressive. (I have no real reason to be defending him. It's not like I'm especially biased about this. If I didn't think he was all that, I'd have no problem saying so.)

 

Saying he wasn't even close to being our best prospect is revisionist history after the fact. Same thing with "He had no future here, he was never gonna crack the lineup." What if Nyquist or Tatar had been moved? People would be saying the same thing. Hell, some people were saying that neither had a future here because too small not enough room blah blah blah.

 

Datsyuk won't be around much longer. Zetterberg is a warrior, but he's on the wrong side of 30. No one knows if Weiss will pan out. Legwand probably won't re-sign. Sheahan probably ends up a solid third-liner. Helm is a third-liner. Andersson is a fourth-liner. Glendening is a fourth-liner. Jarnkrok projects as a top-end two-way centerman, possibly one you can build a team - or at least a top-six unit - around. Guys like that are very hard to come by. I'm not talking mystical voodoo or rocket science here, guys. I'm saying we lost a guy who, a few months ago, was the face of the next generation. He struggled in the first half of this season, but he was adjusting to the NA game. He seems to have figured it out, and now I expect him to get better and better and better.




#2517691 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by Dabura on 27 April 2014 - 04:01 PM

You answered your own question. He wasn't a key piece of our future and had no future here

 

He was our best prospect. He had a very bright future here, until he didn't, because he was traded. He was essentially our only high-end center prospect, and he's right-handed. If a center logjam was an issue, he could've been moved to the wing, which Babcock likes doing with young, inexperienced centers anyway.

 

My question was, How many times did Holland say he wouldn't sacrifice futures for the short-term? (More to the point, maybe, How many times has Holland talked up the importance of drafting and building from within and developing what you have in the pipeline? You know what I'm saying.) By trading Jarnkrok for Legwand, he moved our crown jewel for...David Legwand. And very possibly only a few games from him.

 

Like I've said elsewhere, I'm not looking to s*** on Holland for any and every little reason. But, so far, this deal was not worth it. If, however, Legwand re-ups with us and goes on to be a key piece for a few seasons and we push deep into the playoffs, I'll feel a lot better about it.

 

Jarnkrok is a very, very good player. I've been high on him for some time now.




#2517551 Was Legwand worth it?

Posted by Dabura on 27 April 2014 - 08:48 AM

Except for nailing Malkin in the nuts. 

 

Are you implying Legwand is a Terminator, sent from the future to prevent Evgeni Malkin from being able to impregnate Sarah Connors of Stanley Cup of Chowder?