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  1. 52 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

    I think this team needs to think about trading Carey regardless. We're not close where we are now, and we've gotten better goaltending from Lindgren/Niemi this year than from Price, and by a wide wide margin. Price is still valued based on reputation, and I don't doubt he can get back to being a .920-.925 goaltender. But I think Waite can do enough with other guys to not have to dish out 10.5M a year on your goalie.

    Pretty much this.  Carey's $ can be much better spent elsewhere, especially if Lindgren can add the physical and mental stamina required to play 50+ games at a solid, middle-of-the-league goaltending standard.

  2. 3 hours ago, PuckPundit said:

    It's only one game, but looks like he's here to stay. :6280:Who would've thought the #2 Dman would be a 19 year old? Only question is how many games can he sustain momentum before exhaustion/injury takes over?

    He needs to eat a load more pies before his body is in the shape needed to endure the D-man's regular NHL grind.  165 pounds????

    I'm sure Uncle Shea is - genuinely - the best man in the NHL he could have as a provider of on-the-job mentoring and support.

  3. State of the Habs 2017/18?

    In a bit of a state.

    Swapping Radulov for Drouin isn't a bad move (although it cost us Sergachev) and Drouin still has room to grow further.  GallyA staying with the club is also a win - perhaps we can employ a personal sports psychologist to work with him though?  I still think we're light by one genuine top 6 forward.

    However, if we accept the limits on our offensive prowess, we're still 2 defenders short of the sort of top 4 we'd need to genuinely contend with it.  Alzner in isolation isn't a low quality player at all, but we don't need a poor man's Shea Weber as well as the real Shea Weber in the same top 4.

    I still think this team, if healthy, will be in the playoffs. Unless Drouin and Gally A grow into 70 point+ quality players this season, I won't hold my breath for much in the way of post-season progress.


  4. It's weird - he looks like he has some sort of time dilation field working around him as he glides about, seeminlgy without much effort, but always seems to have so much time to glide about, control the puck, pick a pass or make space for a shot.

    The guy defines what being "a natural" is. Not sure if he'll accept any new contract offer we make him, but it's good to see a pure talent like this in the CH after all those years being a pain in Sabres colours!

  5. This trade is looking pretty good for us right now. In 15 games with Hamilton (who has been less than good) this year, Tokarski is maintaining a .944 SV% and a GAA of 1.73 with 3 shutouts and a record of 6-6-0.

    6-6 is just heartbreaking. Let's hope the next wave of prospects light the Dogs up next season - would love to see Collberg come over next season and learn his North American rink craft.

  6. I think Columbus did well in this deal, the only problem is the first rounder is a very low pick.

    Nash is 28 (an old 28) allegedly entering his prime and will be playing with a Top 5 center in Brad Richards, I think we can chalk him up for 35-45 goals and 35 assists assuming 75 games played. Solid first line/All-star production, who knows what he's got in the playoffs though and the offensive depth on the Rangers isn't very good. Also, Nash and Gaborik both shoot left and like to play on the off-wing, so one of them is either playing the off-wing or OFF Richards line. So, either Stephan or Callahan is going to have to set the table at an All-star level to make the duo's impact worth it. I don't think it will happen, either they create a monster line with a thin offensive behind them or they dilute their top end production. I feel like the Rangers lost the identity that made them successful last year: Depth, toughness, tight checking and timely scoring from a wide variety of players.

    Columbus gets a young, future captain type player that plays in all situations and is tough as nails and will get 40-50 points a season on average in Dubinsky.

    Young, big talented top 6 player in the making in Anisimov.

    Young, big, solid stay at home top 4 potential 21 year old defenceman Tim Erixon to potentially play with Johnson, Wisniewski or Murray in the future.

    Low first round pick. Likely leads to another solid yet unspectacular player.

    So, in summary the Blue Jackets, an awful organization and team for many years with one star player, have traded him for 3-4 long term pieces on a developping team. The Rangers have traded depth for star power, again.

    IMO, 3 years from now unless the Rangers win a cup and only a cup, this deal will be slanted towards the Blue Jackets as they return to the playoffs by 2015.

    Excellent analysis - arguably a win/win trade for both sides but if Nash / Richards / Gaborik don't fire the Rangers to the Cup this coming year people will be saying that CBJ fleeced them big time.

  7. A 3rd line of Moen - Eller - AK will see a lot of minutes. It could be one of the best 3rd lines out there in terms of all-round "usability".

    AK really earned some credit , in my view, for his team play and work ethic last season. He's got a chance to really excel as a 3rd line star player, rather than disappoint as a 1st line scoring threat.

    Sure, $3.5m is a lot to pay for a 3rd liner.......but for a hit-leading, 40 point + 3rd liner who can fill in higher up, what would you have to pay on the market to replace it?

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