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  1. Bringing in Lucic and trading out Hall would go a long way to fix the culture of that team. Hall is obviously a much better player than Lucic but if you can bring in Lucic and a top 2 defenseman and lose Hall in the process I think they'd be further ahead in the short term at least. If Lucic ends up signing a 6 year deal, as has been suspected, I think the team will very much regret the final 3-4 years of that deal. If it's the Oilers and they lose Hall for 2 decent years of Lucic I suppose I'm in favour of that.
  2. Redslinger

    Goaltending

    There's a part of me that thinks that the Flames may regret it down the road if they don't re-sign Ortio. I think he could turn out to be a very capable goalie. But over the last few years I haven't liked some red flags that have appeared in regards to his attitude. Sometimes he comes off as a little entitled. He also seemed to sulk when he was sent down to the AHL. I guess it would be best to move on from Ortio but I also think that with a new opportunity and a new environment he may do very well.
  3. I'm surprised the BJs passed on Puljujarvi. But it certainly makes you wonder: not only is their GM Finnish but he's generally drafted very well and prior to taking over as GM he was considered to be the draft guru for Finnish players. Of course, it's quite possible that he simply likes Dubois better, or he thinks a center is a better fit. Side note: why is that it seems like so many Fins have goofy smiles?
  4. You mean like Dallas at the trade deadline?
  5. I don't think Nylander would be eligible to play in the AHL next year, would he?
  6. Redslinger

    Goaltending

    Sorokin seems to be talented but he's very young and has never played in a North American style game. He would need at least a couple of seasons in the AHL to see how he rates. So, I think it's a stretch to say it'd be the equivalent of a Murray or Vasilevsky, both of which are proven commodities, more or less. He has the potential to be a future starter but is unlikely to be in a position to succeed in the NHL for a while, so he certainly isn't a solution for the Flames for next season.
  7. Saskatchewan does well in the CFL because it's the only "major" sport they have and tickets are reasonably priced. Plus there are 9 home games per year which makes it relatively easy to travel from Saskatoon to Regina, which together have about 400,000 people or roughly 1/3 that of both Calgary and Edmonton each. The entire population of Saskatchewan is probably a little less than that of Calgary and Calgary is one of the leagues smaller markets. If there were 41 regular season games, priced significantly higher than a Riders ticket with essentially no corporate money a team in Saskatchewan would be doomed to failure. Winnipeg is the leagues smallest market and it has a population over 600,000 and a relatively decent corporate base and they are struggling despite selling out every game. Riders fans can be "rabid" because that's all they have going for them. It's a little sad actually.
  8. Redslinger

    Goaltending

    At this point I'd rather have Murray than Vasilevsky, if given the choice. Murray seemed more poised and calm. Quite often when Vasilevsky got scored on he'd look flustered. It didn't really seem to affect his play that much though. I wouldn't complain if the Flames got Vasilevsky in the offseason, but he wouldn't be my first choice.
  9. Redslinger

    Goaltending

    My largely unresearched list of possible goalies as possible Flames starter that may be available if the expansion draft goes ahead, by team: UFA's- Cam Ward James Reimer Ana- Gibson or Anderson (RFA) Dallas- Lehtonen or Niemi Detroit- Howard or Mrazek (RFA) Islanders- Halak or Griesse Rangers- Lundqvist or Raanta Ottawa- Anderson or Hammond Philly- Mason or Neuvirth Pittsburgh- Fleury or Murray St.Louis- Elliott or Allan Tampa- Vasilevsky or Bishop Vancouver- Miller or Markstrom Winnipeg- Hutchinson or Pavelich I'm not 100% sure which of these guys have NMC though. In my opinion, Anaheim, Detroit, Pittsburgh, St.Louis and Tampa should all be Flames trade targets. But what would it take to get the guys likely to be available? My guess is: Anderson- 2nd round pick plus either a roster player or prospect Howard- 2nd or 3rd round pick Fleury (I believe has a NMC)- 2nd round pick with maybe a little more added Elliott- probably same as Anderson Vasilevsky- Close to Anderson So, is it worth it for one of these guys or is it better to just try to sign Reimer, Ward, Ramo or another UFA? If so, Reimer will likely be looking at $5 millionish. Ward and Ramo would obviously be less.
  10. That's a reasonable comparison. If it was circa 2002 I'd be inclinded to agree with you. Regehr was more effective before the lockout when skating and puck moving weren't at such a premium. If Gudbranson is on the ice for 27 minutes but not offering any offense than for half a game you're asking the other 4 skaters he's with to do all of the offensive work. He isn't a Doughty or Weber or Hedman that can play lots of minutes, shut down the other team and be an offensive threat. Who are the Gudbranson comparibles in the league today: Matt Greene? Alzner? Hjalmarsson? All three have done more in the league and are probably considered better defensively than Gudbranson. I wouldn't trade McCann, 33rd overall and the 4th rounder for one of those guys and certainly not a guy that has the potential to become one of those guys.
  11. Seems like Vancouver overpaid a little. Gudbranson is a stay at home defenseman and based on what I've seen has limited upside and isn't a great skater. So, he's not a guy that will be your #1 or #2 D but more like a shut down guy. That's good to have but it's a lot to give up. I think Vancouver should probably stop making trades with the Panthers. It hasn't gone well recently.
  12. Burke was asked his opinion and gave it. Doesn't mean that's how the team will be run on the ice.
  13. Redslinger

    Goaltending

    It's not just the pedigree of the defensemen in Edmonton that's a problem. It's also that many of their forwards have either never been taught how to properly support the D or the behavior hasn't been enforced properly. Even if they move a guy like RNH (who happens to be one of their better defensive forwards) for a defenseman or two the team culture is still suffering. There are guys like Hall and Eberle (in particular) who get a tonne of ice time that are either clueless or careless in their own zone. But I digress... At the moment, Elliott appears to be a real possibility for the Flames. I don't know what Hitchcock was thinking but there's a chance he may have damaged that relationship permanently. He would be a HUGE upgrade in net. Also, I don't see anything wrong with having Ortio as a backup either especially if you have a real #1 ahead of him.
  14. That's a reasonable argument (besides the tanking part). However, the team did make the playoffs with the exact same goalies the previous year. How was Treliving to know that Hiller would mail it in, Ramo would get injured and all of them would start slowly? In addition, there were a few reports that Treliving was trying to acquire a goalie but the prices were too steep. Because of the likely expansion draft and some other factors, this is the season that Treliving should be able to get a decent goalie without overpaying.
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