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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by hughest4 View Post
    Mika might only have 9 goals but I feel like they have all been huge ones.
    Awesome job by Raanta once again.
    It's tough coming back from that injury, I think Zibanejad will be going well by playoffs. I know everyone thinks we will lose Grabner of Vegas but if I'm them I take Raanta for a back up atleast. The guy is a gamer.

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    I'm not down on the team either but we gotta find a way to stay healthy, if this group is healthy they can compete but they are rarely healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsi View Post
    The big problem is that our PP is terrible, I mean it would be one thing if we did what the red wings did years ago and let the other team bury themselves with penalties but we can't even do that. I would love to have Dubinsky back on this roster for some fire. It was why I was hoping for a Ott or Rousell to join the team.
    I've wanted Ott for a while, and Rousell is another guy who can mix it up but not make you feel like you're sacrificing a spot in your lineup for the sake of adding toughness. We need more of that, though I like the forward group we have when everyone is healthy. Who sits in that scenario?


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    Quote Originally Posted by beast023 View Post
    I've wanted Ott for a while, and Rousell is another guy who can mix it up but not make you feel like you're sacrificing a spot in your lineup for the sake of adding toughness. We need more of that, though I like the forward group we have when everyone is healthy. Who sits in that scenario?


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    I liked the acquisition of both Puempel and Pirri but I think Puempel needs seasoning and Pirri is too soft and one dimensional. The way things have gone this year we never have to worry about open spots as we seem to always have injuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsi View Post
    It's tough coming back from that injury, I think Zibanejad will be going well by playoffs. I know everyone thinks we will lose Grabner of Vegas but if I'm them I take Raanta for a back up atleast. The guy is a gamer.
    Maybe they'll want Tanner Glass LOL

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    Checkout this article from sportsnet.ca
    By far the most interesting information that came out of the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., this week pertained to a potential expansion draft.

    Though nothing is official and many details still need to be ironed out, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman did say if the decision is made to expand by the 2017-18 season an announcement would need to happen by this June so teams could prepare for an expansion draft, which would in all likelihood take place in the summer of 2017.

    We learned that teams will be able to protect either seven forwards and three defencemen or eight skaters of any makeup – teams rich in defencemen might elect to take the latter option for example. Players in their first or second years in the pros will be exempt, but players entering the final year of their entry-level deal could be up for grabs. This means a lot of quality players and promising prospects will be left unprotected.


    Some of the most fascinating roster decisions will revolve around netminders because regardless of how many skaters a team protects, each club will only be able to protect one goalie.

    With that in mind, here’s a look at some teams that could potentially face difficult goaltending decisions if the NHL goes forward with expansion for the 2017-18 season.

    Anaheim Ducks

    The Ducks are an interesting case because they’re one of the few teams in the league who have multiple young goaltenders with the potential to be a quality No. 1. At times throughout their young careers both John Gibson and Frederik Andersen have shown plenty of promise. Gibson is 22 and locked up through 2018-19, while Andersen, 26, is a pending restricted free agent who will earn a new contract in the summer.

    Anaheim could potentially be put in a precarious position. If they can only protect one of these netminders, would they consider trading the other prior to the hypothetical expansion draft in order to get something rather than giving up the asset for nothing? Chances are that's what they'll be forced to do and you'd have to think they'd keep Gibson over Andersen.

    Pittsburgh Penguins

    Pittsburgh’s goalie situation should be the envy of most franchises. They’ve got a quality starter present day with Marc-Andre Fleury and an outstanding prospect poised to be Fleury’s successor in the form of Matthew Murray. It would be a difficult choice the Penguins would be forced to make.

    Now, if the NHL decides players with no-movement clauses are exempt – this is still up in the air – then this would be moot because in that case the Pens would very obviously protect Murray and not have to worry about Fleury who has a no-move through 2018-19.

    By the time an expansion draft would take place, Fleury will be 32. The veteran has been with the Penguins organization since being drafted first overall in 2003.

    Meanwhile, Murray has made a name for himself with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He was named the AHL’s rookie of the year last season and won the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL's best goaltender. He has continued his strong play this season and was recently named to the U-24 North American roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.


    To the Point: Will the Red Wings make the NHL playoffs?
    Colorado Avalanche

    Semyon Varlamov’s stats have progressively dipped since the 2013-14 campaign and he’s under contract for another three seasons. He’s approaching his 30s so if the Avalanche felt Calvin Pickard is their goalie of the future then maybe they’d risk not protecting the Russian. Pickard, 23, is a pending RFA in need of a new deal.

    Dallas Stars

    If an expansion team was looking for a short-term solution in net they could turn to the Stars. Both Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi are under contract through 2017-18. Both are 32. Both have been inconsistent this season. Lehtonen has a no-trade clause.

    Detroit Red Wings

    Jimmy Howard would be in a similar situation to the two Stars goalies. It’s clear Petr Mrazek, a pending RFA, is the Red Wings’ goalie of the future but Howard has a no-trade clause. An expansion team might struggle getting to the cap floor and picking up Howard’s $5,291,666 annual cap hit – even if he was used in a backup role – could be a positive thing.


    Gotta See It: Wings reward Mrazek after amazing save.
    Minnesota Wild

    Although Devan Dubnyk hasn’t been able to sustain his incredible 2014-15 numbers, he’s still a viable starter and locked up for another five years with a no-trade. Darcy Kuemper, a pending RFA, is four years younger with a higher ceiling. This is another situation where a team could be forced to choose between a proven veteran and upside.

    Washington Capitals

    We can’t foresee any circumstance where the Capitals wouldn’t protect Braden Holtby and that would mean Philipp Grubauer could be available. Grubauer has been solid as Holtby’s backup and if you’ve watched the 24-year-old German it’s clear he has potential to be a starter in the league. Maybe this puts the Capitals in a similar situation to the one the Ducks could find themselves in, as mentioned above. Holtby has a no-trade that kicks in in 2017-18.

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    Loved to see Glass score a goal.--Was it me or did AV pretty much bench him yesterday after he had the fight.
    Last edited by Mr.Wiskers; 03-07-2017 at 10:54 PM.

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    I'm happy with the wins and both goaltenders played unbelievable well in back to back nights.
    However, giving up 38 and 45 shots is extremely concerning to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughest4 View Post
    I'm happy with the wins and both goaltenders played unbelievable well in back to back nights.
    However, giving up 38 and 45 shots is extremely concerning to me.
    I know most people focus on the negative but Girardi is 7th in blocked shots, does him getting in lanes, making players become more selective in their shooting knock those numbers down? I know that's not the total problem here but I think at times we miss him more than we think and focus on the negative side way more than the positive. I really hope Kampfer stays in our top 6 D when everyone comes back.

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    Regarding Sean Day:

    Sean Hartnett‏ @HartnettHockey · 3m3 minutes ago

    Rangers GM Jeff Gorton announces that the team has agreed to terms with 19-year-old defenseman Sean Day on an entry-level contract. #NYR


    Sean Hartnett‏ @HartnettHockey · 3m3 minutes ago

    #NYR prospect Sean Day has registered 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 57 combined games with Mississauga and Windsor of the #OHL.


    Hope this kid makes it to the NHL soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJL80 View Post
    Regarding Sean Day:

    Sean Hartnett‏ @HartnettHockey · 3m3 minutes ago

    Rangers GM Jeff Gorton announces that the team has agreed to terms with 19-year-old defenseman Sean Day on an entry-level contract. #NYR


    Sean Hartnett‏ @HartnettHockey · 3m3 minutes ago

    #NYR prospect Sean Day has registered 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 57 combined games with Mississauga and Windsor of the #OHL.


    Hope this kid makes it to the NHL soon!
    One thing I would like this team to do is grab a few older veterans and plunk them into Hartford. As much as Redden was a bust for us he was key in the development of our younger dmen when he was there. We don't have that right now. For guys like Sean Day they need to go to Hartford and learn from guys who have done it and what it takes every day to be a consistent pro. Day was a real smart pickup for us, hopefully he continues to build on his play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsi View Post
    I know most people focus on the negative but Girardi is 7th in blocked shots, does him getting in lanes, making players become more selective in their shooting knock those numbers down? I know that's not the total problem here but I think at times we miss him more than we think and focus on the negative side way more than the positive. I really hope Kampfer stays in our top 6 D when everyone comes back.
    Girardi still brings something to the table for sure, I just wish he had a little(a lot) more speed.
    With Kampfer in, who do you sit? Klein, Clendening and Holden? I can't imagine us sitting Smith who we just gave up two picks for.

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    I am not a Clendening fan, but it looks like Klein is breaking down. Sit both of them. Keep Kampfer as your extra.

    McDonagh Smith
    Staal Holden
    Skjei Girardi... Kampfer comes in if anyone messes up.
    Last edited by bsi; 03-08-2017 at 01:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsi View Post
    I am not a Clendening fan, but it looks like Klein is breaking down, if Klein is fully healthy i sit Clendening
    But you said that when everyone comes back you hope Kampfer stays in top 6. Who else sits?

    McD
    Skjei
    Girardi
    Staal
    Holden
    Smith
    Klein
    Clendening
    Kampfer

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughest4 View Post
    But you said that when everyone comes back you hope Kampfer stays in top 6. Who else sits?

    McD
    Skjei
    Girardi
    Staal
    Holden
    Smith
    Klein
    Clendening
    Kampfer
    I edited it ...wasn't doing math well lol. Should probably have said I hope Kampfer stays in the mix.

    McDonagh Smith
    Staal Holden
    Skjei Girardi... Kampfer comes in if anyone messes up.
    Last edited by bsi; 03-08-2017 at 01:16 PM.

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