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  1. I actually believe he will become a better version of Danualt. I think that managment seen him as the heir to Danualt anyway. Much like they did when Daualt arrived, they felt he could repalce Eller. Poehling will be more offensive, more physically in your face. As for the defensive game I am not sure where he is at with that. People need to know Danualt was 22 going on 23 his first really season in the NHL. He had 51 games between Montreal and Chicago that season and 10 points, prior to that he spent his time in the AHL. I to believe he has a center position to lose.
  2. I predict a 70+ plus point season for Droiun this year...
  3. I agree with this. Players are more responsible for their own development. Gallagher as an example. Same year Tinordi was drafted in the first round. Same team same coaches same development with one exception Gallagher worked much harder at his trade. Arturi Lekonen, same year Michael MCarron was drafted in the first round, dela rose 9 picks later Same team same coaches same development with one exception Arturi worked much harder at his trade. If it was just development you would think one of the players mentioned in previous post would have found there game with another organization. None did in some cases acually became worse player ALA Subban ALA Galchnyk ...
  4. Ya, I get it some players get traded and become really good players. There are probably just as many or more that dont ..Erik Johnson, Greg Joly, Brian Lawton. Nail Yakupov, Alexander Daigle name a few Chara- was 24 turned 25 his break out season - dorvak is 25 tuning 26 this season i guess there is still hope he can even get better or is the cut off at 24 Barkov really ..........makes no sense as an example 8, 16 and 28 goals first 3 season. 24, 36, 59 points. IF KK had those number first 3 season. This thread would not exist. Kotkaniemi, 11, 6 and 5 goals, going backwards, 34, 8 and 24 points. 1 goal in 13 games in the AHL... I am sure he will get better, how much dont have a clue, right now though getting a 25 year old player who is already better and cost 2 million less, well that just makes more sense from a team perspective, in a cap world. I dont think anyone has really said that KK may not become a better player, its quite possible he may, its quite possible he may only become as good as Davork, heck he may not even become as good as Davork. Right now though, we would have been foolish to keep him at 6.1 million when we could get a player at a fraction of the price who is already better in almost every aspect of the game. And we are not talking about a player who is 28 or 29 years old. He is still only 25.
  5. Habs management had 3 years to evaluate this kid, if they felt he was going to break out anytime in the near future I am sure they would have signed the contact. This is an extremely high risk for Carolina. There is potential for reward but still a high very high risk option. I am a little confused as to why Dorvak can't get better?? He is 25 not 35. He is coming to a hockey market, his point totals have increased each season. He was on pace for 21 goals two seasons ago, 24 goals this past season... He is certainly going to get better wingers, Caufield, Anderson, Toffoli, Gallagher, Hoffman, Droiun, Lekonen anyone is a huge upgrade over guys like Lawson Krause, Tyler Pitlick, connor garland I keep hearing 3rd line center, I think he is good enough to be a fringe top line center with the huge upgrade in wingers like he will have here, certainly a number 2. Time will tell, but I actually think he will be a hige upgrade over KK, certainly in the short term, next couple of years. His skating alone make him much much better that KK righ now. Not sure how that plays out in 3 or 4 years. But this is a big upgrade right now over the next 2 or 3 seasons.
  6. Let him walk, he certainly proved he does not want to be here, and those thinking Carolina may not stumble and us ending up with a lottery pick think again. They just lost a top five deeman in the NHL, he was third in scoring on that team and cleary better then any other dee they had. Their goaldtending is suspect at best. And a tough division They are however elite at the forward position but where does KK even fit in on Carolina. You have AHO, Necas, Stall, Trochek, up the middle, if he thinks he had trouble here finding icetime up the middle here good luck in Carolina. Like Bergevin, be careful what you wish for KK. I would say KK, have fun in Carolina. Take the 1st and 3rd and move on. Were cleary not ready yet anyway for the big boys. Maybe things have a way of working out, but no way do you pay a 21 year old 6.1million based on hopes surely managment has a feel for this kid after 171 nhl games. He will get better for sure but how much??? Certainly would have to be a lot better at 6.1 million and i have seen that ..
  7. Bottom line, this kid f*&ked up. He has to take repsonsibility for this young girl. I dont care if he was good enough to be number one in the draft. As long as society says because you have a certain skill what ever you do doesn't matter that is what is f*&ked up. There is no way we should have drafted this kid. Being young does not make it right. After being caught telling everybody your sorry doesn't make it right. Taking the punishment may help. Taking him out or the draft may have proven to other young men you dont get away with this shit. We have show to society. If doesnt matter how good you are at something you will always have less value then someone you f**&cked over not the other way around.
  8. You may be right. But he is one of the best offensive deeman in the game with really good size....But do we need to to tie of 9 million for 6 or 7 years. After some thought i would be more inclined to go hard after David Savard. Big Physical Player in the Mold of Weber. He was nasty on our forwards in the playoffs. French :).. 4 - 5 million 4 or 5 years....... Try a 2 for 1 with Suter and Parise. They seem like friends. Chance to play in a hockey hotbed for one season. Here split 5 million for 1 year.
  9. I liked Drouin effort this past season, even though he was not scoring he was still getting points. Ducharme used him in every situation back in Junior may just be the coach to point him in the right direct. Mentally i hope this time off helped him. If we could add Hamilton...that would be huge for this team.
  10. As the NHL lifted its roster freeze this afternoon, the Flyers had a trade to make official. After a bit of confusion surrounding which team would be sending draft picks, the trade became clear: Shayne Gostisbehere, a second-round pick, and a seventh-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for no return. I am not a Ghost fan at all, even though lots of posters liked him. But i would have done this deal.
  11. I agree the interference on the play, that was what got me the most. I am not a Kulak fan, but he played much much better then Merril or Gustavson. I am still shocked it took this long to get Romanov in. Blows my mind. anyway 3 to go
  12. Makes 0 sense, same as not playing Romanov over Merril or Gustavson. KK with Armia and Perry would be much better, KK is quicker, his stick is better and he is more physical.
  13. There is simply no explanation to have Romanov sitting for the likes of Merrill, Gustafsson or Kulak, 0 , nada. None of the latter 3 will be with the habs next season. Why not give the ice time to a player you hope to have play for your team for the next 7 or 8 years, someone you want to be developing. He will not cost you a game anymore than anyone else playing right now.
  14. I am with this also. I love what Danualt has done this playoffs. But for me it ends there. KK RFA this Year and Nick next season. I would be looking at long term deal for both ASAP, 7 years 5 to 5.5 for KK and and 7rs 6 to 6.5 for Suzuki. Buy low and fingers crossed - you get Toffli type return for at least 4, 5, 6 or even 7 yrs. If you give them a few more years to develop and they likely will your paying them in the range of 8 and 10 range. I would like to add a nice hard nosed LF forward to play with Nick and Caufield. Tkachuk Calgary. Landeskog - Colorado type player
  15. Such nonsense. Our dee has been rock solid throughout the playoffs. I can see why Bergy built the corp we have. It was never about creating offence it was always about clearing the lanes for Carey price and they have done that during the playoffs to perfection and it has played out well. Using some ridiculous numbers to say Kulak is better then Weber or Chariot or Edmundson boggles my mind. Of course there numbers are lower. They get the toughest assignments every single shift. They played guys like Mathews and Marner, Stone and Patches, Wheeler and Elhers ask there coaches how that played out and if they would have preferred Kulak and Romanov instead of Weber and Chariot or Petry and Edmundson Its almost laughable. The kulak of the game are a dime a dozen.
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