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      Insults/Name-calling will not be tolerated   11/19/2016

      It's great to see the boys earning their way into the playoffs this season (barring a Colorado-would-be-proud collapse).  What a night-and-day difference from way back in November.   With the playoffs, we typically see more traffic/visitors on the site, usually from the opposing team's fanbase (especially from the Oilers).  This is just a reminder that stating your opinion is fine (it's exactly what these forums are for), and friendly, good-natured ribbing is OK, however, name-calling and insults will still be a major no-no and cause for the Banhammer to warm up.  This applies to all new guests and visitors as well: you're more than welcome to join the party, but civility is house rule around here.   All insults/name-calling will be met with a zero-tolerance approach, regardless if you are a new person to the forums, or have been around since these forums began.   First-offenses will be met with a moderator-needs-to-approve-your-post for 3 days Second offenses will be met with a week-long suspension Third offenses will result in a perma-ban   If you have any questions regarding this policy, or would like to voice your concern about it, you are absolutely free to contact me directly.   We all love this team, and this game.  Let's all hop on the Bandwagon, enjoy a few beverages, and ride this wave of excitement as far as we can.   --  Kulstad

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  2. Blues in 6 Ducks in 5 Rangers in 7 Penguins in 7
  3. One reason, not the main reason but just one of, is that his health is a ticking time bomb.
  4. Agreed (and have agreed here for a while). I also agree with the comments about Kane, but Gaudreau is not Kane. There's only one thing less popular I can say, then suggesting a Gaudreau trade. If we are to realize his full value, IMHO, we're very likely looking at the 2018 draft. Or more generally, when we look at a go-forward plan for this team, we're...probably, like it or not, looking at the 2018 draft. JMHO, sorry. It's a defenceman draft. But it is by No means a weak draft. Quite the contrary.
  5. So, reading through this, I think it's fair to say that we're not happy with the results. Whether you spin that in a positive or negative way, I think it's fair to say that most on here want more from the team than first round 4-0 exits. At least, I hope. So....from that perspective, we're not done the rebuild. But, from a prospect pipeline perspective, we are done. We're not getting top picks this year (which is also a weak year), we don't have enough in the pipeline to see the kind of improvements we want, and the 2018/2019 draft is a far away land. We are in the twilight zone. And I don't like it.
  6. The point was that we improved special teams but failed to be good even strength.
  7. Agreed Mac. Oh, and I did take a look at available UFA wingers and see Vrbata, Vanek, Williams, Eaves, Marleau... and quite frankly I think your suggestion of Oshie is probably the best fit. Eaves is an interesting consideration, and I've always been a fan of Justin Williams though for his penchant to score when it's most important - just not sure either is a fit with this team. Additionally, UFA will always cost more... perhaps there's a trade out there for the winger we're looking for. I'll keep my eyes peeled.
  8. You wouldn't like my thoughts on that, because I agree on his value. I see him as a trade deadline trade to a contender. A team that Really needed to go far in the playoffs in a given year, would see his value. ...so yes, the sinister part to this, is that trading him might be a sign that we are re-entering a rebuild to some extent. I won't even start...it's too soon to talk about that. Gaudreau is a very different story. In return, I can see basically anything but another top center. Likely of the prospect variety. A winger, a D, even a top goaltending prospect.. and I think we could use any of them. Personally I would do draft picks too. Of the first round variety.
  9. and we were misisng Gio...they do pretty much have the deepest D.. we might have done even better if Fowler had played, Theodore was a major player in this series, they didnt even miss Fowler We didnt look good.. we looked badly overmatched..there was never a shred of hope in that series, it was just a question of how far we could stretch it
  10. You must understand that the NHL is a business of sports entertainment. While they claim to be stewards of the game they are not even close because their decisions are based on money and income generated by the stars.
  11. yes..but the difference there is our goaltending stole us a game ..and kept the others closer than we deserved to be .. Not saying Ramo is a better goalie than Elliot , but in that series he was.His playoffs that year is what got him re-signed BT put it best .. we got overwhelmed in that series..
  12. Sounds like Backlund here...a bunch bad luck injuries at the worst times.
  13. Congrats Cross. Nashville in 7 might be the best series of all of them this round. Anaheim in 6. NYR in 6 Washington in 7(all the way BB)
  14. Exactly!!! I thought of Chicago. The difference Kane has learned to do a pretty good job of protecting himself and Toews WILL get directly involved. When Gaudreau does not feel threatened his game is top notch. So until we pair him with physically stronger line mates or he trains 1 on 1 with Theo Fleury over the summer we can scale back our expectations on his 5 on 5 point output.
  15. I get where you are coming from and the injury history is a bit of concern, but if I am not mistaken he has been injured twice in the last years from taking shots from his own team mates. Last year he broke his finger from a shot while standing in front of the net and this year it was his hand I believe it happened the same way. Prior to last year he played 82 and 81 games.
  16. Most excellent replay!
  17. LW is the easiest position to replace in hockey. Having said that JH is an elite LW talent with limitations. If you could fill any other position(RW D or Goaltender) with an elite talent(maybe with some limitations too) then you would have to give it a good hard look. However trading him for a basket of pucks and a few overprice journeymen shouldn't happen. Getting lots of decent players back does not make it a good trade(see D. Phaneuf trade).
  18. I should have said, "as high as third" lol Wow, I'm going to kick the aphids out of this by the end of the 2nd rd lol I'm sure that sounds right
  19. Heat bite back, square series with Barracuda - theahl.com Boxscore - Stockton Heat 6 at San Jose Barracuda 4
  20. In the end people will only look at the results and the stats. BH managed 1 win in his attempt to beat the Ducks in a 2nd round playoff series. GG failed to register any wins in a 1st round playoff series. Both ended up in failure overall. I give the edge to BH because he got a 1st round series win and 1 win against the Ducks with an inferior team facing a younger and healthier Ducks team than GG.
  21. I'm not worried about Mangiapane at all. The Ohl players that take beatings and give it back are the guys I want. Monahan Bennett Tkachuk Need a couple more. Even Josh Ho-Sang, he of "not-in-shape" fame last year. He plays a harder game than half of our roster... I digress, as much as I'd really like to level in on this.
  22. I thought about that but Gallagher's injury history is really scaring me. I get some of that is bad luck but some of it I wonder about it being related to his style. Hes a great fit, but the injuries worry me a lot.
  23. Do the Hawks have a team built to protect Kane? They aren't really a team that is built to fight and intimidate. Kane just has learned to fight and play through the slashes and tight checking, Gaudreau has to do the same.
  24. I feel as it sits right now The Flames are not capable of protecting Gaudreau. We are not built to have an under sized superstar anchor our offense. This needs to be addressed or a Gaudreau trade should be contemplated. Can you imagine Gaudreau on a line with Getzlaf and Perry.
  25. Lets be clear about this 3 goalies situation was all on BT. BH said many times previous that he did not want to deal with 3 goalies except in training camp. He said multiple times 3 goalies during the season is a poor bad situation that has never worked out. In defence of BT he admitted at the end of the season it was his decision and his poor judgement however we don't know if he was just saying it because it was the diplomatic thing to say.He is the one who decided he did not want to chance putting Ortio through waivers so that was more important to him at that time than to have 3 goalies all wanting game time.
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