I freaking love PMB. I pray to god he stays healthy cause if he does he WILL be the top line guy we were looking for. Will give us the offensive production of PAP and has a more complete game.
Look at our division
Devils: Schneider, Clowe
Hurricanes: Sekera, Komisarek
Flyers: Lecavalier, Emery
Rangers: No one… Yet
Capitals: None… Yet
Isles: Bouchard, Clutterbuck
We have to push our selves ahead, not just try and keep pace.
Im sorry, but at 4 years, 13.5 mil tot he Pens, Scuderi should have been ours.
Every guy we sign who isn't a legit 1st liner is just pushing another young guy off the roster
^If Bouchard's healthy his production will easily equal what PAP did for us if PMB is on line one. PMB will also take much less stupid *** penalties.
Meh. After getting Clutterbuck, I don't really get a signing like this. At this point they should be swinging for the fences on a big name to pair with JT.
This guy, though i like him, isn't who I want to replace Boyes.
^Very pissed about that. Very pissed.
Could have had Emery and Khudobin (which is the tandem I wanted if a trade didn't happen) for less than nab by.
Garth also said Nabby is "absolutely our starter"
Trying to make a positive out of a negative here…There are 2 options.
1) Nabby has a great regular season, gets us to the playoffs again, maybe we advance if we don't have to play a Boston or Pitt.
2) Nabby is very shaky early giving Poulin/Nilsson starts early, and they will impress, I have no doubt about it. Both are very talented. Both could be good starters soon. it's just to risky for a team trying to take a step forward. But look what Reimer did last year, and Crawford, guys who are young and weren't expected to be great. I especially love Nilsson. Think he can be a perennial .915 goalie, which is slightly above average for starters, which would eb great.
The more I think about Nabby, the more Im alright with it.
He had a bleh start to the season but as the season went on he got better and better. The last month and half he played like a Vezina candidate. He'll have a real training camp this year, he'll have much more time average between starts, and he won't tart 85.4% of our games like last year. He'll be much less fatigued, an older goalie needs his rest and he'll get it. he'll start 60ish games, give or take 3-4, and he'll have a more consistent and better statistical regular season.
Still scared for the playoffs, as last year wasn't the first time. He's led so many amazing Sharks teams to the playoffs and gotten ousted in rounds 1 and 2 cause he wasn't on his game, but if that happens, we're gonna have built up enough trust and confidence in either Poulin and Nilsson to actually pull Nabokov if it happens.
Take into account we definitely upgraded on Boyes, the fact that I firmly believe Donovan as a rookie will be a Calder trophy contender, and Brock nelson has a shot too, and Clutterbuck and Nelson/Lee/Strome on that 3rd line is a huge upgrade from the Grabner, Aucoin, Martin, McDonald, shuffle on the 3rd line last year.
Okposo, Bailey, JT, Mac, Martin, Clutterbuck, Hamonic, Donovan< nelson, Grabner, Cizikas, Strait, Hickey, Poulin/Nilsson are all sub 26 and will just get better due to experience, confidence, and even physical growth.
I'm confident for next year. I'm still confident Garth will bring in either another good middle 6 forward and /or top 4 defense (would much rather that, offense will be great).
It's tough because basically very one got better. Flyers, Devils, Bruins, Pens and Ranger will be playoff teams. Ottawa definitely got better imo (even though their goaltending this year just can't possibly be as good), Capitals, the Caps will be just as good or better, the Canes and Sabres most people think underachieved big time last year, the jackets just missed the playoffs this year, have a ton of young talents, and will have a full year of Gaborik and added Nathan Horton, even though Bobrovsky will almost certainly let down. The Leafs were great last year and added Clarkson, Bolland, and Bernier. Hopefully the Habs don't overachieve big time this year again, they lost Ryder so hopefully… Lightning lost Lecavlier but got Filppula, have to think they'll be very dangerous if they get a dman or 2… Detroit was also added, and they're always in the playoff regardless, hopefully the losses of Brunner, Flippy, White, and Cleary will hurt and the aging of players will hurt, cause they added Weiss and Alfy...
All in all, there's really only one team (Florida) I can confidently say won't make the playoffs last year.
We got better, but we have 16 in the East now and only half make the playoffs… We got better, and well be good, but good enough? Wells ee
Pierre-Marc Bouchard Tribute video
Not bad at all it would appear...
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I like this signing for you guys in a lot of ways. PMB was one of my favorite Wild players since he was drafted. He was an absolute stud, playing with limited talent on the team (besides Gaborik), and putting up very solid numbers before the concussion. Starting at the age of 21, he strung together 3 straight 55+ point seasons, it would have been 4 if not for the concussion.
Coming out of the concussion, he didnt show nearly as much ability, and seemed scared of contact, which seemed to be getting better in the last year or two. He was showing the ability to yet again be a 50+ point guy, but unfortunately for the Wild, his contract ran up, and the Wild are now in a place where they have multiple blue chip prospects who need to play in the NHL, which made resigning PMB unlikely...He may very well be the breakout player in the NHL next year, he seemed poised to breakout at any minute for the Wild the last two years.
You get a very skilled offensive player, who creates for his teammates, who is best suited for the wing, but can play C if need be. The upside for him, as stated before is 50+ points, the downside about him, is there is absolutely no physical play from him, which can maybe be masked by your other recent former Wild addition Cal Clutterbuck. There games go well together, and they may find themselves on a line together, however, Cal is an ideal 3rd line guy, while PMB is a top 6.