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  2. Depends what they show in 20 games. In Cody Glass's case, he did very little between Pacioretty and Stone. Meanwhile, Vegas had Stastny healthy and playing well. So the swap was an easy one to make. 20 games is enough. After awhile, if it's not working, then you don't want to overplay the kid because that actually just makes them lose all confidence in themselves.
  3. Agreed. It's one thing to play a kid on the 4th line all season to get him used to NHL hockey. It's another to put a Center on LW and then think one day that will develop him into a Center. Like, once he proves he can play LW after 2 years, then he can play Center at the snap of a finger. No. He will play like a rookie Center.
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  5. Touche. However, i honestly never saw Bennett play in Juniors and only caught his highlight package. He was going end-to-end and doing it all by himself. The difference between Cozen and Bennett (at the same age in hindsight) is that Cozen uses his teammates and has the size to get into the dirty areas consistently. Cozens would find open space for one-timers (like in Ovechkin's sweet spot on the PP) and he generally reads his linemates well enough to adjust and react. Bennett, on the other hand, was scoring all by himself or he wasn't scoring. When he scored, it was a highlight reel. Fast forward a couple years, Bennett's end-to-end talents couldn't translate to the NHL. Once that was taken away from him, he had to fall back on average vision, average passing, average shot, etc. And we have the Sam Bennett we have today. I think if we get Cozens and immediately put him between Tkachuk and Lindholm, then we're putting him into a situation to succeed. I assume Cozens will be ready for the NHL by December 1 later this year.
  6. I think that’s what you get when you don’t play a guy in the position you want to develop him in.
  7. Is he at worst a 3rd line C though? Go back and read Bennett's scouting report. Maybe most of it was poor development or perhaps it's just that some players are good because they dominate younger players. Bennett seemed like a can't miss and the next Couture. He should have been at worst a 2C. Instead he's more like a young Brouwer. Lot's of places for a player like that, but not at the cost of your top player.
  8. I would say even 20 games isn’t enough. I like the idea of putting him in the position to succeed. Would it be good to put someone there next year to do the same thing? Experiment with someone like Dube or Bennett with Tkachuk and Lindholm. I think Bennett has it in him to skate around one player. It’s when he tries to go through everyone. But if he has guys to pass to, he was willing to use his line mates this year as a C. I just don’t think they were the greatest with the puck. but maybe Dube can be that guy, though he maybe more of an NHL winger than a center.
  9. I think you put him in the best situation to succeed. Tkachuk - Cozens - Lindholm Stick with it for 20 games... Vegas did similar with Cody Glass but Glass failed. Maybe Cozens will fail too or maybe he succeeds. We don't know but that's the best situation to play Cozens if we trade for him. The other line will be Hall - Monahan - Mangiapane... hoping Mangiapane can fill some of the play making void left by Gaudreau and Hall will bring elite speed to the line. Bennett - Backlund - Dube will form a shut down line. There's tons of speed here so we can shadow anyone. Lucic - Ryan... so damn expensive for a 4th line.
  10. I also think that’s reps. Your game can’t get to second-nature if you don’t get the reps in. Lindholm proves it with this team, that they can tend to be quick to give up on scenarios by saying if you’re going to play him at C then play him long enough to get comfortable there. I still don’t think they stuck it out long enough, but it’s like some say, you can’t wait around for it to develop. But I really think you gotta live and die with the wrinkles in a players game if you want to develop them at a position. For me it’s knowing you’ll get back out there if you make a mistake. If a player sits it becomes a thinking game and you can’t think in hockey.
  11. I would take the gamble on Cozens myself if the opportunity presents itself. He won’t hit 99pts like Johnny, but if he’s a 60+C that can play a responsible 2 way game, that’s a #1 to me. Statistically, Monahan is a #1C based on offensive output, but he can’t handle the tough assignments, which for my money is not a #1C. Where I’m hesitant is I really don’t trust the Flames to develop him properly. I just look at Bennett. He had success at LW as a rookie, when they put him at C he didn’t have competent linemates and I think it really hurt him. Part of that is on Bennett too, he didn’t elevate those around him. I guess what I’m saying is, if you landed a player like Cozens, take the time, develop him properly and then when he’s ready give him the best possible linemates to succeed.
  12. I see what you mean. Me as a player suck on my own, but I can help guys with skill due to hard work and hockey sense. But without a guy who can play I got nothing lol. A guy once said, I never think you’d be in a position you should be, but you turn and look and I’d be there. I guess I like workers because in the end it seems guys who put the work in can get rewarded. It’s a fine line between enough skill and not enough and fit sometimes.
  13. Eric Staal. Just a hard worker who was unstoppable in his prime because he was so big and fast. He had above average everything but elite in nothing. That's kind of like Cozens (if he can bulk up more). Can't say he does anything bad but cannot say he does anything elite.
  14. the thing is though, Eric Staal was boardering on elite when he was young, but injuries maybe changed that. Or are you thinking Jordán Stall? one thing the team lacks are guys who have drive when things get tough. We have Mangiapane, (hopefully) Dube, Bennett and Lucic. Ryan maybe that to a certain extent. Tkachuk is young. I feel the Canuck playoff series might be an aberration and stacked some stats for some. The Canucks were a bad team then, but maybe they had some decent stats verse the Ducks.
  15. it is why I think it took them by surprise or possible the way the team ended the season the belief just wasn’t there, I think it one or the other, but the team didn’t play the second half the same way as the first. We know when Johnny’s line isn’t going the team can tend to struggle in the long run. i believe they did get outworked but also they weren’t working before the playoffs began already anyway. The Ryan line kept them afloat and they were winning games I felt they shouldn’t have down the stretch. On record they were the 2nd best team in the league but by the eye test, my eyes saw they were dysfunctional since the ASB even if the record was good. You could say it was complacency since they were so far ahead then sure, I will accept that argument too. But that’s been a trend with the team too. They’d go on a streak and get complacent. You can also say it is believing the hype... They’re better as an underdog or against teams that are deemed as “good.”
  16. I also just base my opinion on Cozen on some highlights and World Juniors. So I'm not the most qualified to comment. From what I've seen though, he puts up numbers from hard work more than skills. He's tall but not overly bulky. Decent speed for his size. He works hard so I imagine he plays a 200 foot game. What does this all mean? I don't know. Nolan Patrick struggled to translate WHL results to the NHL. Is Cozens comparable to Sean Couturier? I'm thinking something like a Sean Monahan? Ryan Johansen? Ryan O'Reilly? Or worse, Jankowski type? Is Eric Staal the greatest 3rd like Center of all time? Cozens is not an elite #1 Center but he could become something close. He's at worst a 3rd line Center right, .. So, is Gaudreau an undersized and one-dimensional 70-point LW?
  17. There was a storty about JH and his girlfriend (works in PA). I found it interesting, because it shows that he has interests that are not in Calgary. Now, a nurse is in demand in many locations, but there's a good chance she doesn't come to Calgary. That's reasonable smoke just there. Sure, things could change in a month, but chances are that they won't. I'm not saying trade him, but I am realistic about exploring all options. Settling for a prospect that could or may not become a top 6 player is hardly worth the trade. It has to be a sideways trade at worst. We could be looking at Cozens in a few years thinking there's another bad trade.
  18. For me the LW/RW debate has some merit but the fact that RW is so scarce in the NHL I don’t think you’re gonna have it any other way but have some LHS play the RW. Personally I’d prefer it if it was a player with high hockey IQ as I think they’d transition better. some say all Gaudreau needs is another puck carrier, I kind of think that Lindholm is no slouch at doing that so.... for me, if we are confident signing Hall, Hall would be entering the closest to a competitive roster on paper he’s ever played on. Getting rid of some players who coast when it gets hard could be a good thing. Not saying it is necessarily Johnny... my bet is if the Flames want to trade Johnny for low Cap players they have to Go with a buffalo. Any team that wants him will have to trade cap for cap. Are those teams Jersey, Buffalo? id keep looking at the Rangers or the Islanders. The rangers seem to have prospect depth to pull it off if futures work. I Didn’t look at their cap. I can see Gaudreau switching wings to play with Panarin. Or the other way around. They’d want a player to push them over the edge for the cup. Maybe Carolina could be that team?
  19. Cozens shouldn't be available, but it seems BUF is focused solely on making the playoffs. Cozens is probably 2-3 years away from being a truly impactful player, which doesn't fit too well with an unhappy Eichel. I would love Necas from CAR, unfortunately they have the same issue as the Flames, they lack RHS.
  20. Wow. Some polarizing opinions on Cozens here. Unfortunately I know squat about the player so I can’t weigh in, but, signing Hall on the cheap due to flat cap, hometown team, etc etc just seems like a logical succession plan and whatever happens with Gaudreau happens with Gaudreau. I‘ve said on many occasions Buffalo is desperate to do something NOW. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if Buffalo would be willing to deal just about anybody for some immediate success. But, if Gaudreau is available, our GM has to do his due diligence and listen to all offers before pulling the trigger.
  21. To a certain extent the ASG is kinda like that. They play for a prize and they seem to give it their all. Maybe they aren't taking slapshots, but then again possession hockey doesn't have that. Monahan mentioned that last playoffs they got owned, outworked and outcompeted. How is it possible that happened to an entire team? The shutout in game one should have not made them complacent; it's not like they cruised to a victory, they just got lucky on their shots. If your leadership group realized they were being outworked, wouldn't they decide to work their butts of?
  22. they have yet to announce how many players can dress per team.. seeing as it's just an exhibition maybe they will allow all players to dress but limit the number allowed on the bench.. say 9 forwards.. 5 d men and 2 goalies.. with 6 men on the ice.. that leaves 10 players on the bench.. you can add and subtract players in between periods
  23. They should play beer league inter squad playoffs against each other. Have a prize for the winning team, even just a trophy or have the losing team take out the winner for a dinner. it’s probably harder for pros to get up for something like that, but if we had Michael Jordan‘S mentality it would work. Play a full 5-7 game series. Put the 1st and 4th line on one team and the 2nd and 3rd on the other. Play the extras for the third lines. Have ten minute periods. It might get them moving for game situations. we aren’t pros but playing for pride is a great motivator.
  24. I was a little surprised at first, why would they schedule the BOA in a nothing game. But it's TV ratings, essentially every exhibition game is some form of a rivalry. It just comes down to common-sense, play hard and compete, but don't be a bone-head. If Kassian does anything stupid he will get himself locked in his hotel room, it would be suspension #3 this season. It could be beneficial playing EDM, it will get the juices flowing.
  25. Yesterday
  26. If you sign Hall and trade Gaudreau it accomplishes a few things. You are able to fill organizational needs, while still having a legit 70pt LW. You also would likely get Hall for cheaper than what Gaudreau would cost. I would be thrilled to get Cozens, if he's not the best drafted prospect in hockey, he's top 3 IMO. It's not often you find a 6'3" RHS C that brings what Cozens does, he has all the tools, he just needs to be developed properly. If he was a Flame, I wouldn't rush him into the lineup next year, over-ripen him in the WHL. Flames have had some luck trading a corner stone player for an unproven RHS playing in the WHL... Cozens is also the best prospect that I could see being available. We've talked a lot about this, but BUF is a mess, the owner is essentially calling the shots, I could see him wanting Gaudreau to play with Eichel. The Sabres seem to me to be looking short term.
  27. I think if you looked at every final regular season games between the two, you saw a lot of both, even though it was meaningless. I just can't see them play it just between the whistles. Too much hatred between them. One "questionable" check is going to have payback.
  28. Yeah, I'm not too high on an unproven C who will only make the team or play junior again. Call me crazy, but if we were trading Gaudreau to BUFF, I would want to include him in a larger deal. To Buffalo: Gaudreau + Hanifin to Calgary: Reinhart + Montour + Cozens. To which BUFF promptly hangs up. Basically it's two unsigned RFA's + prospect for an elite player and a top 4 D signed long term. I'm not too interested in an elite player for a prospect swap.
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