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  1. Evans is surprising me - showing some poise - Chiarot definitely an upgrade over Benn but then so is any AHL slug of a dman Need to see more of Leskinen he’s not flashy but playing safe steady positional play. Dreadful power play
  2. Interesting speculation on giving up some prospects in a trade - my question is which d-men prospects have more value? IMO I would rank Romanov at the top then Josh Brooks who has played both sides in junior but the nhl is a big leap to do that, then Cale Fleury - I’m still unsure about Juulsen’s ability to stay with the big club - the resumes of the rest of the dmen signed are not impressive
  3. Has there been a team that has built a contender primarily thru free agent additions and by that I mean at least 3 rather than 1? With the exception of the Oilers, the draft and develop model seems to be the route to success. When mgmt. starts listening to impatient fans, that seems to be the recipe for disaster such as the leafs and the rangers in previous years.
  4. I have such a hate love relationship with MB hate that he chose Patches over Subban in the rift love that he has his pulse on the temperature of the team by dumping lazy chucky and lazy patches love that he has energy guys like Domi, Gally, tatar, Mete, Kulak and leadership thru Weber Petry Hate the stupid risks of swinging for the fences thru Alzner or other free agents - honestly the kinkaid signing surprised me wasn’t Lindgren ready for a chance? love he gets occasional nuggets in pickups - Byron, Weal, Danualt, Armia im torn on the Drouin trade - yes we need scoring huge but gave up a lot for Drouin Hoping he takes risks on youth with moderate plugs via free agency - Jesper, Poehling, Suzuki, Romanow in a year, Brooks, Caufield in 2 years, Lehkonen- Juulsen is a tbd Stay the course on youth despite price and Weber not getting any younger
  5. +1 for being ok with this signing - imo better than resigning Benn, gives us some toughness around Price, and a solid #4-5 defenseman- not sure there was much else out there that would be the silver bullet without giving up prospects via trade and Gardner while fluid in skating wouldn’t push this team over the top Easier to trade contracts of lower value and term than having to retain salary like the high priced Kessel deals too. Surprising no one has mentioned Romanow in this thread as even Poehling called him the real deal from junior tournament competition - assuming they can pry him away from the khl year after next, he should be the up and coming #1-2 LHD if his success at the world juniors is a indicator