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  1. At the same time though the debate would have to include that if you have more free agents and more supply what does that do to the cost of the players? It’s a large debate and I’m not suggesting all RFA be scraped just that there is quite a bit of silliness to the system. Both hockey and baseball are imo starting to see the flaws of having a system where players are tied up in restricted status for so long.
  2. Yup because you can exceed the salary cap in the offseason.
  3. Some caution flags popping up with Puljujarvi. There are lots of reports coming out of Edm that the Oilers actually tried a few things with him last year and he was very stubborn and now he's being quoted as saying he wants a top 6 role. https://www.sportingnews.com/ca/nhl/news/oilers-jesse-puljujarvi-wants-top-6-role-is-it-realistic/1lzjf0vqemy741tmarfzbm20kg I can understand where he is coming from becuaes when you are drafted 4th overall, team doesn't really give you a shot and then almost seems to hold you back, the comment make sense. Flames don't have the best RW depth, but can they really offer him a spot in the top 6 and what happens if someone like Bennett out plays him. I still like the player for a certain cost and while I agree Janko for Puljujarvi is fair and makes alot of sense, that might be overpaying given what's been said here. Puljujavi wants a one way deal and is now waiver eligible so you are in trouble a bit if this doesn't work.
  4. Because it's not a cap issues, it's a negotiation issue. Pretty much all of these RFAs could sign today because the cap room is there it is not an issue of the GMs needing to create cap space The "problem" (if you want to call it that, but I don't) is that there is no urgency to get these deals done and the economic landscape is changing in the NHL. Players use to want long term security and didn't know where the cap would go, but not with revenues increasing and the potential more more revenues in the future, admist a better understanding of cap % versus cap hit, players are risking shorter term deals for more total dollars over their careers. That doesn't jive with the GMs who want the long term security of the cap hit so negotiations have hit a snag and IMO if you want to speed it up you need deadlines to create action. The problems with the arbitration system are well known and can be easily google'd if you want. The history of arbitration in the NHL is one one of artificial salary inflation, and now it's so silly that you have team that low ball, and players that go high and the arbitrator basically always pick the exact middle number. There is a reason teams are doing everything they can to avoid using arbitration. The arbitrators also by rule cannot be associated with the league in any way so it's not me saying they are not hockey people the rules are. But i'm also a free market guy so it's never made sense to me what you want arbitration, just like having restricted free agency until 27 also doesn't make sense to me.
  5. Cool story here. Stockton signed Johnny Gaudreau's brother to an AHL deal, among 3 others.
  6. I'm the complete opposite, i think the NHL should actually make offer sheets more attractive. Lower the cost in picks to send them over and create more competition and you'd likely see guys get signed sooner and perhaps even more player movement. I think the archaic old boys club that is the NHL and their owners is a big part of the reason this process is dragging out. Need to join modern times and create more deadlines if you want teams to act faster. I don't think having someone who knows nothing about hockey decide salary is a smart way to go. Arbitration tends to artificially drive up salaries
  7. There has to be motivation by both the player and the other team to pursue an offer sheet, and that team has to reasonably believe they've got a shot at the player. Calgary has room to mach that offer and Tkachuk has made all indications that he wants to stay in Calgary at least for this deal. I don't see a team pursuing an offer sheet with him. It doesn't really make sense.
  8. Good perspective from agent Allan Walsh and an article about why the landscaping is changing for RFAs and why it's them pushing for shorter deals.
  9. Agreed. I don't really agree with the notion that this deal is being held up due to cap or trades for the reasons you stated. If fans on message borad can see the cap and do the math why don't other GMs? I have no doubt Treliving is working deals to both improve the team and clear cap but I don't think that is why Tkachuk is unsigned. He signed Hanifin on Aug 30th, Monahan on Aug 19th and he let Gaudreau to till October. This is how he works, and how most GMs are working now. Time can be an asset in negotiations so why not use it? The cap issue is also being a little overblown. Another comment that stuck out in that article is how Meehan mentioned that the Aho offer sheet "confirmed" the market. The Flames could sign Tkachuk today with the cap space they have and still woudln't be even using the 10% overage. Clearing cap is more about adding some depth and breathing room for the season, not about getting Tkachuk signed. The Stone buyout now means that neither Frolik nor Brodie HAVE to go for cap reasons. I think the Flames only need to clear about around 2 mill and more depending on their target for depth on D. They have the option of moving people like Czarnik or Jankowski in order to free up room as well so there are options out there. Retaining salary on Frolik is an option too and all those discussion take time.
  10. For me there wasn't much to see here. Pretty standard media posturing from the Agent and what you would expect him to say at this point if the sides are understanding it's a process. Only thing I take away from it is there was really no negative remarks or connotation to it which tells me the negotiations are proceeding without angst or frustration.
  11. Tkachuk's agent: https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/matthew-tkachuks-agent-gave-fair-offer-flames-june/
  12. He was both but towards the end he started to play wing pretty much full time. That comment referred to starting him in the d zone and using him as in his main defensive line, like Backlund. Lindholm hasn’t played a pure center role in many seasons. unless you can get a replacement at RW I think the idea of moving Lindholm to center has passed. I don’t think he is an upgrade to Backlund and I don’t see the value in have his contract, or Backs for that matter, at center when there is really no replacement at RW
  13. Deprnds how you define skill it in most cases I’m taking the skill. The odds that skill, such as hockey sense, puck handling, IQ and skating are learned post draft are extremely rare and not likely to happen so you wind up with a bunch of guys they can’t play. Exactly what happened with Sutter. This isn’t an either or thing either. Of course you can find players who have both and that’s the goal. My point would be the fall back shouldn’t be guys who have holes but are “big” with “intangibles” the fallback should be skill. And if that means small so be it. At least if you draft for skill and they don’t pan out they can be depth, trade assets , or play other roles. If they are big and unskilled and they don’t pan out they are in the AHL
  14. Clutch and grab was for sure a part of it but then who look at teams winning cup and you see the likes of St Louis, Richards, Leclavier, Elias, Niedermayer, Scott Gomez etc. youve always needed skill to win a cup and drafting big guys just because they were big didn’t really work for anyone, including the flames so I for sure pin that on Sutter. It’s changed for sure since clutch and grab but I don’t think as much as you are suggesting. You still needed a skilled roster to win a cup in those days.
  15. See and that’s exactly why I think Sutter and co missed the boat. It was always about skill, it’s just swung A little more recently. Even in the clutch and grab era the teams that won cups were skilled
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