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  1. I played a couple beer league games at the dome. I even flipped over on the bench like McKinnon did when he was yelling at the coach the other night. It was a blast. Would be sad to see them knock it down.
  2. So glad theydid the right thing and bypassed the forever a flame nonsense.
  3. You are probably right. I got a bit carried away. I don't like kicking a guy when he is down. I didn't like the Neal signing from day one, so I am probably never going to be convinced it was a good idea. Most, or all of those guys are significantly younger than James Neal. There is less risk that they are past the prime of their careers. Would anyone offer James Neal $20MM for four years if he was coming into free agency this summer? Or would they rather sign one of the bolded UFAs for more money, or one of the remaining UFAs for less money?
  4. I am saying that most of them could be signed for better value. Less $/year and/or shorter term. Based on Oct. 2018 to Jan. 2019, none of them are a significant downgrade from Neal. My concern is that the Flames have Neal locked up for four more years. If his play doesn't improve significantly his contract is a boat anchor. Going back to your original suggestion - trading Neal for Panarin, I guess I just don't see why Columbus would want to lock themselves into 4+ years of Neal at $5MM/season, when they could likely sign a similar player this summer for better value. Forwards who score 5-10 goals per season don't generally make $25MM over 5 seasons. Maybe he will turn things around in the second half of the season. Maybe there are GMs out there who think they can revive his career. For what it's worth I think what you see is what you get.
  5. I don't think it is fair to say Neal has been unlucky. His goal against Pittsburgh was a fanned shot that comically fooled the goalie. His last goal bounced in off his skate. So half his goals have been fluky. Take those 2 goals away and he is on pace for only 4 goals this year. I agree it will be difficult to trade Neal. My guess is his contract will be bought out at some point.
  6. From I would guess that none of these guys will sign 5 year $5MM/year contracts. Possibly money better spent. More notable UFAs of 2019: Tyler Myers, Jimmy Howard, Jordan Eberle, Eric Staal, Mats Zuccarello, Gustav Nyquist, Brock Nelson, Zdeno Chara, Alexander Edler, Michael Ferland, Semyon Varlamov, Jakob Silfverberg, Joe Thornton, Ryan Dzingel, Brian Boyle, Jason Pominville, Nick Jensen, Joonas Donskoi, Jason Spezza, Marcus Johansson, Valtteri Filppula, Derick Brassard, Justin Williams, Ron Hainsey, Patrick Maroon, Jay Bouwmeester, Robin Lehner, Cam Talbot, Mike Smith, Marc Methot, Deryk Engelland, Mikko Koskinen, Niklas Kronwall
  7. I think Columbus would be better off to let Panarin walk at the end of the year. If they have $5MM burning a hole in their pockets they can spend it on a better value free agent in the summer.
  8. This is not a good situation...but I can't blame Frolik for being upset about getting scratched while Neal plays every night.
  9. I think the Flames should have sent Hathaway out for the shootout. His slow deke is elite.
  10. I was going to say Dwayne Roloson...but he was never drafted. It turns out that he was a free agent signing out of college. However, he was developed in the Flames farm system and then went on to become a pretty good goalie.
  11. Good point. I doubt Hitchcock will want McDavid on the ice against the Flames third defensive pairing. He, like Glen Gulutzan, doesn't believe in line matching.
  12. That was a cheap takedown by Manning.
  13. Tkachuk is also a more physical player and is willing to get his hands dirty. Nylander is a better skater. I am biased, but I don't think there are many teams that would take Nylander over Tkachuk (ignoring salary cap considerations).
  14. That doesn't line up with the facts. Neal - 79 goals and 143 points in the three seasons prior to signing with Calgary. 26.33 goals/season. 47.66 points/season. Brouwer - 64 goal and 127 points in the three seasons prior to signing with Calgary. 21.33 goals/season. 42.33 points/season. Five goals per season does not separate a bonafide sniper from a checker/grinder. Five points per season doesn't make them the opposite of eachother. Offensively, they were similar players prior to coming to Calgary. Brouwer was probably a better defensive player.
  15. That's a fair point. Neal doesn't hurt the team when he is on the ice. His contract hurts the team because they need a player earning >$5MM/year to provide offense. Brouwer didn't score, he prevented his linemates from scoring and he was not great defensively. However, I don't share your optimism that Neal will start contributing offensively this year or over the next four seasons.