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  1. Playoff rules in effect. Expected and we are normally disadvantaged by it. That's where our "big pickups" are supposed to step up. Not seeing much from them so far. Difficulty scoring was expected to carry over into the post season as well. Doesn't help when Lundqvist is in the opposite net and on his game. Price keeping the game close is also expected, though sometimes I wish it wasn't, so the players, and especially the GM wouldn't take it for granted. Good news is, the late 3rd period push is also expected from this team. Just have to hang in for another 15 minutes or so until everyone is fully awaken and ready to play.
  2. You mean like jumping people from behind, knocking them to the ice and punching them while they're down? Thornton has that covered ...
  3. It's been announced that expansion lists will be made public, at the same time they are distributed to the clubs. Good news for Armchair GMs, and just for extra entertainment in general to those who are interested in the process.
  4. That makes it sound like obdurate megalomania with a healthy dose of nepotism. Sadly, an apt description. If it came from Jagr, I'd tend to believe it anyway. Remember the girl that posted the photo, and he was like "Oh yeah, that was me. What of it?". Really hoping Julien influences some big changes in the organization. Less veterans taking less minutes in the AHL, better development staff, actual systems to follow, and hopefully he has someone in mind as a somewhat protege to recommend to coach the farm team.
  5. That's not counting all the points that have slipped away over the last 5 years because he "did" like a guy.
  6. Anaheim Protected: Perry, Getzlaf, Kesler, Rakell, Silfverberg, Lindholm, Vatanen, Fowler, Gibson Required: Cogliano, Vermette, Bieksa, Tokarski Notes: Speculation that Bieksa waives his NMC. Arizona Protected: Rieder, Burmistrov, Holland, Gaudet, Duclair, Martinook, Ekman-Larsson, Goligoski, Murphy, Domingue Required: McGinn, Richardson, Schenn, Smith Notes: Can protect one additional forward, other than those required. Boston Protected: Krejci, Bergeron, Backes, Marchand, Pastrnak, Spooner, Beleskey, Chara, Krug, Miller Required: Hayes, Nash, McQuaid, Khudobin Notes: Could be debate over who to protect instead of Beleskey Buffalo Protected: O'Reilly, Okposo, Kane, Ennis, Foligno, Girgensons, Larsson, Ristolainen, Bogosian, McCabe, Lehner Required: Moulson, Deslauriers, Gorges, Ullmark Notes: Could be debate over the Ennis and Girgenson spots Calgary Protected: Gaudreau, Monahan, Frolik, Backlund, Brouwer, Bennet, Lazar, Giordano, Hamilton, Brodie, Elliot Required: Stajan, Bouma, Bartkowski, McCollum Notes: Some debatable selections here in Brouwer and Lazar Carolina Protected: Staal, Skinner, Rask, Lindholm, Nestrasil, Teravainen, Di Guiseppe, Murphy, Dahlbeck, Carrick, Lack Required: Stempniak, Nordstrom, Faulk, Ward Notes: Could be some debate on selections here as well Chicago Protected: Kane, Toews, Hossa, Anisimov, Jurco, Panik, Hartman, Seabrook, Keith, HJalmarsson, Crawford Required: Kruger, Tootoo, Van Riemsdyk, Glass Notes: 8 of Chicago's selections are automatic due to NMC's, so this will probably be a fairly accurate list. Colorado Protected: MacKinnon, Duchene, Landeskog, Grigorenko, Johnson, Barrie, Beauchemin, Zadorov, Pickard Required: Soderberg, Colborne, Barberio, Varlamov Notes: Some debate over goaltending. Columbus Protected: Saad, Dubinsky, Foligno, Hartnell, Atkinson, Jenner, Wennberg, Jones, Savard, Murray, Bobrovsky Required: Calvert, Karlsson, Johnson, Dansk Notes: Would like Hartnell to waive his NMC, but no speculation on it that I've seen Dallas Protected: Spezza, Seguin, Benn, Eakin, Roussel, Ritchie, Faksa, Klingberg, Hamhuis, Lindell, Niemi Required: McKenzie, Cracknell, Pateryn, Lehtonen Notes: Chatter that they should expose both salaried goaltenders. In case Vegas wants one, and they protect that one from them accidentally. Detroit Protected: Zetterberg, Nielsen, Nyquist, Abdelkader, Tatar, Mantha, Athanasiou, Green, DeKeyser, Kronwall, Mrazek Required: Helm, Sheahan, Ericsson, Howard Notes: None at this time Edmonton Protected: Eberle, Lucic, Nugent-Hopkins, Kassian, Maroon, Lander, Draisaitl, Sekera, Klefbom, Larsson, Talbot Required: Pouliot, Letestu, Fayne, Brossoit Notes: None at this time Florida Protected: Barkov, Trocheck, Bjugstad, Jokinen, Smith, Huberdeau, Marchessault, Yandle, Pysyk, Ekblad, Luongo Required: MacKenzie, Sceviour, Petrovic, Reimer Notes: Pysyk vs. Petrovic? Los Angeles Protected: Kopitar, Carter, Gaborik, Toffoli, Lewis, Clifford, Pearson, Doughty, Martinez, Muzzin, Quick Required: Brown, Nolan, McNabb, Campbell Notes: None at this time Minnesota Protected: Parise, Koivu, Pominville, Staal, Coyle, Granlund, Niederreiter, Suter, Spurgeon, Dumba, Dubnyk Required: Zucker, Stewart, Brodin, Stalock Notes: NMC's are going to result in some decent options available from the Wild, regardless of who they protect. Montreal Protected: Radulov, Pacioretty, Shaw, Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Byron, Danault, Weber, Petry, Beaulieu, Price Required: Plekanec, Mitchell, Emelin, Montoya Notes: We have our own debates here, but according to the crowdsourced data for this tool, we go 7/3 and use one of our protection slots on Radulov. There's a good argument to going 4/4 on this forum. Pick your poison, but remember, we only lose 1 player, we just have to make sure it is someone replaceable. Nashville Protected: Forsberg, Neal, Johansen, Arvidsson, Subban, Josi, Ekholm, Ellis, Rinne Required: Smith, Wilson, Irwin, Mazanec Notes: Preds are wise to protect an extra D-man, but it gives Vegas a lot of options here. New Jersey Protected: Hall, Zajac, Palmieri, Henrique, Greene, Moore, Merrill, Severson, Schneider Required: Cammalleri, Smith-Pelly, Lovejoy, Wedgewood Notes: None at this time NY Islanders Protected: Ladd, Tavares, Lee, Cizikas, Bailey, Nelson, Strome, Boychuk, Leddy, Hamonic, Greiss Required: Clutterbuck, Chimera, Hickey, Halak Notes: Islanders are likely to lose De Haan in this scenario. If they go 4/4, they will lose Cizikas, Bailey, or Nelson. Seems the "crowd" is okay with losing De Haan. NY Rangers Protected: Nash, Stepan, Kreider, Zuccarello, Miller, Zibanejad, Fast, Staal, Girardi, McDonagh, Lundqvist Required: Hayes, Grabner, Klein, Raanta Notes: NMC's have NYR's hands tied. The players they might prefer to expose, are automatically protected. Ottawa Protected: Hoffman, Brassard, Stone, Turris, Smith, Pageau, Dzingel, Phaneuf, Karlsson, Ceci, Anderson Required: Ryan, Burrows, Methot, Hammond Notes: Vegas has some good options here. Philadelphia Protected: Giroux, Voracek, Schenn, Filppula, Couturier, Simmonds, Laughton, Del Zotto, Gudas, Gostisbehere, Neuvirth Required: Read, Raffl, MacDonald, Stolarz Notes: I've seen debate that the Flyers should protect Stolarz. Pittsburgh Protected: Malkin, Crosby, Kessel, Hornqvist, Hagelin, Bonino, Rust, Letang, Maata, Schultz, Fleury Required: Wilson, Kuhnhackl, Cole, Murray Notes: I think we've all seen the keep Murray, move Fleury opinions, but as it currently stands, Fleury has to be protected. If they do avoid exposing Murray, there are some decent D prospects available. San Jose Protected: Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Pavelski, Boedker, Hertl, Karlsson, Burns, Vlasic, Braun, Jones Required: Ward, Hansen, Martin, Dell Notes: The tool doesn't list NMC for Thornton and Marleau, so not sure if they have to be protected, or people chose them for protection. They could probably be exposed in favor of other players St Louis Protected: Tarasenko, Stastny, Steen, Schwartz, Lehtera, Perron, Berglund, Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester, Edmundson, Allen Required: Reaves, Jaskin, Gunnarsson, Hutton Notes: I don't think St Louis has much to worry about, as there are a couple of 3rd times the charm players available in Yakupov, and Paajarvi, but I'm not doing the drafting Tampa Bay Protected: Stamkos, Callahan, Kucherov, Killorn, Palat, Johnson, Drouin, Stralman, Hedman, Sustr, Vasilevsky Required: Namestnikov, Condra, Garrison, Gudlevskis Notes: Good chance Namestnikov is selected Toronto Protected: Kadri, Van Riemsdyk, Bozak, Komarov, Brown, Leipsic, Leivo, Rielly, Gardiner, Carrick, Andersen Required: Fehr, Martin, Marchenko, Bibeau Notes: Toronto's leaving some decent options on the board, surprisingly Vancouver Protected: Sedin, Sedin, Eriksson, Sutter, Baertschi, Horvat, Gaunce, Edler, Tanev, Gudbranson, Markstrom Required: Dorsett, Granlund, Sbisa, Bachman Notes: None at this time Washington Protected: Ovechkin, Backstrom, Johansson, Oshie, Kuznetsov, Wilson, Burakovsky, Niskanen, Carlson, Orlov, Holtby Required: Eller, Beagle, Orpik, Grubauer Notes: Grubauer is tempting, but Vegas may choose to negotiate with Alzner or Shattenkirk instead Winnipeg Protected: Scheifele, Wheeler, Little, Perreault, Byfuglien, Enstrom, Myers, Trouba, Helleybuyck Required: Matthias, Lowry, Stuart, Hutchinson Notes: Armia has been gaining popularity in the AGM community, while Lowry was already on the radar. Is it possible Winnipeg goes with a 7/3 instead of the 4/4 scenario, and protects those players? It would require leaving Myers exposed
  7. I think that's the point that was being overlooked. If you're being taught the wrong things, it's going to take time and effort to correct that education, but teams aren't going to give a player 2 more years of development time when they have younger prospects with less bad habits they could be working on. You can't make up for a lack of experience either. A 28 year old that has being taking regular shifts for 4 years, is always going to have less experience than a 28 year old that has been taking regular shifts since he was 20.
  8. This is the only applicable thing in regards to that, which I'm aware of: Any players picked by Vegas cannot be traded back to their former team before January 1, 2018, and any player picked in the expansion draft cannot have their contracts bought out until after the completion of the 2017–18 season. These rules were imposed to prevent existing teams coming to deals with the expansion team to take on sub-optimal contracts for their mutual benefit. There is no rule I'm aware of that explicitly prevents it, which makes it tacitly legal, but ... These rules were imposed to prevent existing teams coming to deals with the expansion team to take on sub-optimal contracts for their mutual benefit. If there is one rule intended to prevent this from happening, perhaps there are other rules either in the works, as yet unknown, or under consideration. They may add that you can't "bribe" Vegas to select a certain player, but they may allow you to "bribe" them to not select a certain player, for example. With the goal being to ensure Vegas has more freedom of selection and aren't being taken advantage of. (Pure speculation on my part) This is an often overlooked and unconsidered rule that is interesting: Vegas will be granted a 48-hour window prior to the draft to sign any pending free agent (RFA or UFA, one per team) that was left unprotected. If a team loses a player to Vegas during this signing window they will not have a player selected from their roster during this draft. If I understand that correctly ... Radulov, for example, is going to be UFA. Vegas is going to get 48 hours to convince him to sign there. If he does, we're off the hook for protecting our players. If we want to stop Vegas from negotiating with him, we have to protect him, even though he is going to be UFA? That could be not only a saving grace for some teams, but it could potentially make the free agent market even sparser this year. What isn't clear, is whether a UFA agreeing to terms with Vegas would count toward one of their required "players signed through 17/18" picks, or one of their less restrictive selections.
  9. He didn't do too bad last night. Galchenyuk had 2 more dangerous chances in the early going than he's had for most of the last few games, and managed to score on one of them, with Shaw setting him up for it. More of that would be nice to see.
  10. I don't tend to mind the changes as much now, but I do want to see some consistency before the playoffs. It doesn't help that teams are able to pretty much focus on Radulov. It's nice when he can outmuscle and maneuver around 2-3 guys to come up with the puck, but Pacioretty needs to get in there to make it more of an even battle, more frequently. I feel like everyone thinks they should wait around an open area for Radulov to magically get them the puck sometimes. Radulov is great at one on one battles, but he's getting outnumbered with more frequency. That line needs to simplify. Fight for the puck, get it back to the point, get open, pass pass shoot, fight for the puck, get it to the point, get open, pass pass shoot, repeat.
  11. I'm disappointed, but have no problem with Galchenyuk playing wing, under the following conditions: 1. He produces better from the wing. 2. Playing wing doesn't affect his attitude (ie: He doesn't hate playing wing, or still view himself as a center). 3. We don't keep shifting him between wing and center. Once he's declared a winger, he stays there. 4. Bergevin brings in viable 1st and 2nd line centers, so there is no further need for Chucky to play there. I'm actually somewhat interested in seeing Hockey Shaw (alter ego of Blundering Pest Shaw) at center, and how he performs there with Galchenyuk on his wing. Good opportunity for him. I don't think the likelihood of that line being productive is high, but I will be more than happy if it is. I don't like that we took apart The line with Danault, as they were proving to be an effective 3rd line. If they were going to go that route however, I would have preferred Shaw between Galchenyuk and Gallagher. Call it the Scrambled eGG line. Shaw is the scrambler and the two Gally's are what's left of the former EGG line. Pacioretty - Danault - Radulov Galchenyuk - Shaw - Gallagher Lehkonen - Plekanec - Byron I would also prefer Lehkonen remain on the LW with Byron on the RW in that scenario. Lehkonen has just started looking dangerous again, and Byron can use his speed from either side of the ice. I think he plays right side on the PK anyway?
  12. That's my concern as well. We could probably pick up a lesser 2nd line center using prospects not named Sergachev, but it doesn't look like we are getting a 1st line center without overpaying, or including Sergachev or Galchenyuk in a trade. (Unless we offer sheet someone, which never happens, and never works when it does, and ends up in contracts like Weber's :p).
  13. That whole debate was supposed to be gone with Therrien, so I'm disappointed. I'm with Ted here. I think Galchenyuk back to wing should have been an absolute last resort. If he's centering Pacioretty and Gallagher, the numbers have been pretty good. It's with Radulov that Galchenyuk has struggled, at least lately. As for Eller, I definitely think having him would make a difference. He was supposed to replace Plekanec. They have around the same numbers right now, despite Plekanec averaging 3:00 more TOI and over 5 times more PP time than Eller. Danault has been admirable, but not much more productive (~10 more points) considering he is the only one of the three to see significant time on the top line this season. I'm not even suggesting Eller would be an offensive juggernaut. It may have been the difference between moving Desharnais or Plekanec sooner however. Starting this season with them, gave the illusion of center depth, an issue that should have been resolved by MB way before the trade deadline. If Shaw sticks to (mostly) playing hockey and competing for pucks, rather than for a seat in the penalty box, as he has been doing lately, then I'm okay with his addition, but I still consider him a downgrade from Eller. Eller could disappear for stretches, but Shaw's rough patches are highly visible. I'd rather not notice a player that isn't producing, than notice him for the wrong reasons. Galchenyuk's faceoffs aren't as much of an issue as believed. Here are some players with bad faceoff stats: Couture, Eichel, Malkin, Scheifele, and McDavid. All under 45% with more than 50 points this season. Perhaps those players would have a few more points with a better faceoff percentage, but it's not like they are struggling to produce because of it. Galchenyuk has been having problems because he has been on a leash for so long that he hasn't learned how to use his skills in moderation. Now that he's out from under Therrien's thumb, it's like he's making up for lost time. Therrien was too restrictive and Julien has been too lenient, perhaps not wanting to assert himself too strongly at first. There's a wide area in the middle, and CJ needs to help Galchenyuk find that "sweet spot", and keep on top of him to make sure he stays there, until Galchenyuk himself is accustomed to it and can self-discipline. Regardless of what position Galchenyuk plays or is best suited for, it's past time to make a decision and stick with it. If he ends up finishing this season as a left winger, then he is permanently a left winger. No more center talk. Then MB has to be aggressive with finding 2 top 6 centers in the off season.
  14. Pacioretty - Galchenyuk - Radulov The idea was to stop playing from behind and have a line that could score somewhat consistently, hopefully first and often. Well, some of us wanted it, and it has looked really good at times, but it hasn't been producing like we wanted. Pacioretty - Galchenyuk - Gallagher Lehkonen - Plekanec - Radulov Byron - Danault - Shaw Those are the best linemates for each center, all having improved GF% when together. The only exception is Shaw, where it breaks even at 50% Goals For, but with 65% Corsi For. The biggest issue, is that while the Plekanec line has a good GF% (around 60%), they don't have a lot of goals overall (2.11-2.45/60). I just thought that was interesting.
  15. Lots of bad stuff tonight, but I'm going to focus on the one good thing ... Heck of a game by Monty. He deserved better.
  16. Sorry, I meant with Montreal. From what I can gather, he wasn't as dependable or consistent in Dallas as he has shown here so far, but I don't know first hand.
  17. I would prefer to protect Beaulieu, unless we have a plan in place to acquire another LD soon. If Benn prefers the right, he isn't going to displace Petry or Weber, so 3rd pairing guy. Beaulieu will at least be able to leapfrog Emelin, so 2nd pairing. Beaulieu is also younger and at least has more trade value right now. Let's keep in mind that we really haven't seen a lot from Benn, as good as he has looked (Weaver?). Luckily, that also means Vegas hasn't seen much from him either. For Weber, I've said it before. If it wasn't for the optics of having lost Subban for nothing, I would be tempted to expose him. I think Vegas takes him though. Gives a new fanbase someone to latch onto, as he would likely be the star player and first face of the franchise. The money will eventually become an issue, but there are always ways around that, and silly GMs waiting to make a bad move.
  18. I'm starting to think that these deals with Vegas are going to be at a heavy premium. Some trades will be made for quantity, and when Vegas isn't particularly interested in a certain team's offerings, some misdirection on Vegas' part could result in extra assets. Example 1: Vegas is interested in Davidson, but tells Montreal they plan to select Benn. Montreal then offers a pick in exchange for picking Davidson, which is the player Vegas wanted anyway, and they get an extra pick for nothing. Example 2: Vegas agrees to pick Emelin, if Montreal gives them De La Rose. They get 2 usable players from 1 selection. The problem is, that a lot of teams are going to be interested in unloading a contract. It's a get out of jail free card for GMs that doesn't come around too often. For reference, when the compliance buyout was made available 18 teams took advantage of it, for a total of 28 players. This is arguably a more appealing opportunity, as the team doesn't remain responsible for the salaries of the players they are seeking to unload. Teams that were questionable due to budgetary constraints can take part. Obviously Vegas isn't going to take 18 players that other teams don't want, let alone the 18 picks/prospects that come with them. There will likely be a few teams that offer intriguing prospect incentives, that Vegas will deal with. They will increase their prospect quantity to improve their chances at ending up with a usable player. Then there will be a few teams that offer quality draft picks. We could be talking picks in the 20-40 range, at least. Competing teams that are willing to drop a low 1st rounder to free up the cap space for a quality acquisition, will likely be the players there. Example: Montreal wants to sign Oshie. Plekanec's salary goes to Vegas, along with a 1st round pick. Essentially trading Plekanec and a 1st for Oshie. Vegas is going to squeeze teams hard, just as teams have been scrambling to ensure they aren't offering up too much value in the expansion draft. The teams that are willing to pay, are going to be the ones that benefit. From what we ordinarily see from MB, he's a bargain shopper and prefers to sit on his prospects, only moving them when he's decided they have no value. I don't see MB being one of those "big players" in the expansion process.
  19. Tough call for me, between NYR and Bruins. I went with Bruins because: - one less matchup against a Metropolitan team - good track record for us, especially against Rask - storyline and any tactical advantage of having the Bruins' former coach on our side - no Kreider
  20. What does GDT mean? Ever consider automating the process somehow and/or allowing "editor" access for custom changes? Perhaps allowing thread creation in advance and having 1 person pop on to unlock it at the right time? I've done some in the past, but I can't commit ahead of time.
  21. Well, Markov, Emelin, and Nesterov have all played with them in the World Cup. Only Washington has the same number of players from that team. http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2016/9/13/12682672/2016-world-cup-of-hockey-team-russia-preview-roster-x-factor-strengths-weaknesses-ovechkin-malkin If there are any connections between them (and/or Radulov), they might be sold on coming to Montreal. If they were really close friends with Markov and he asked them to come help him win a cup before he retires, for example.
  22. Basically, the 2nd line needs a "spark". Whoever is left over can give us a solid 3rd line, as most of them are defensively responsible. We need to change the dynamic and give someone the opportunity to take advantage of those defensively responsible linemates to be free to go wild on offense. Any of those players, given permission to do what it takes to produce offense, can potentially work. If McCarron is focused on getting the puck to the net instead of grinding and fighting, Scherbak is allowed to use his skill/shot and let his teammates cover for his mistakes, or Hudon gets the call to not always be the first one to abandon the zone, we might create some controlled chaos and get some better opportunities.
  23. That's a relief. I really want to keep him, but within the realm of what is reasonable.
  24. True, but one good season from a 30+ year old player isn't enough to warrant an 8 year contract for that kind of money. If we consider his previous time in the NHL, he's actually producing at a lower pace, despite an increase in power play production. Not that either sample is large enough to draw conclusions, but it's as fair to suggest he's already in decline, as it is to suggest he's worth in the vicinity of $48M over 8 years, based on his performance this year alone. Where the production comes from is tough. Trades and UFA's will have to be looked into. This is where MB, MT, and SL, have combined to really handicap us in player development. We have some options to try, though none are particularly high probability. I think Radulov's expectations are too unreasonable, but I don't doubt he can find an equally unreasonable GM to meet those terms.
  25. I love Radulov and would like to re-sign him, but if he wants 8 years, goodbye and good luck. Unless he wants to sign for less than $4M/year + performance bonuses. That way he can still earn $6M/year if he continues to produce past 35, otherwise his cap hit is more manageable if/when his production does decline.
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