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Everything posted by rocketdoctor

  1. @Heartbreaker Thank you for the thought! Great snag!! If I was still playing I might have been interested but my days wearing game jerseys around town are long gone!! Wearing a Johnny jersey on a 280lb frame would just not feel right 😆
  2. The guy I was disappointed in was Kinnvall. He seemed slow to me but it is only one game and you cannot see off camera. Zary stick handling in close and his ability to see open ice looks like we might have got ourselves a good player.
  3. Ah but putting the blame on Tre is where imho I think you and JJ are wrong. The blame lies higher up!!
  4. Yeah my pairings were based on thinking that both Zadorv and Gudbranson are at best 3rd line D men and I cannot see Sutter relying on Valimaki. I did not realise Mackey was waiver exempt. Just seems weird siging a young guy to a one way contract and then sending him down.
  5. So we now have 9 D and only Kylington on a 2 way contract? I expected Stone and happy to have him back as cover for injuries but Hanafin Anderson Tanev Mackey Zadorov Gudbranson Stone Valimaki, Kylingtom The balance looks all wrong to me. Valimaki looks the odd one out here with Kylington being waived and sent to Stocketon again. But perhpas they run with 2 D in the press box and Mackey sits with Valimiki partnering Tanev. Can see why the consipracy theroies are starting......
  6. I've been following Theo on twitter and some of the things he posts just make me cringe. I'm not sure who has his ear but some of the stuff he posts is just downright delusional. I love the guy but it is a bit like waiting for the train wreck that is going to hit at sometime. Unfortunately with his public tweets I can not see the HoF ever selcting him. The statement from BU is well thought out and rightly highlights all the good Theo has done. I just wish he had concentrated on continuing to make a legacy in the area of highliginting abuse.
  7. With the Richardson signing perhaps no PTOs this year at camp?
  8. No battle for the back up. Vlader is your man this year. Mackey still to be signed and would not suprise me if they go back to Stone as the veteren dman. Up front they always seem to like to sign a few from camp tryouts. Treliving has been very quiet which probably means he is working on something!! Still not convinced he is done tinkering going into the season. 4 weeks to go and optimism is currently ruling pessimism!
  9. Welcome to the Forums Becca and thanks for the idea to consider USA sports in the UK and sports direct Unfortunately not a lot in stock at the moment. Sports direct only have the usal bigger teams LA, NYR, TML, PIT with the old ducks logo and funnilty enough LV.
  10. Great piece by Darren Hayes in the Athletic on our goaltending situation. The Athletic has some of the best hockey content out there. He is suggesting that they might end up with 3 in AHL (or they try to loan one out) as they have 2 on AHL/ECHL contracts already signd up.
  11. Haha there wasn't many smart fans on here!! As I recall there was a clamour for both Brouwer and Neal and acqusitions were both roundly applauded. But it turned sour very quickly.
  12. You do see some but minimal choice and usally its penguins or rags. Thank you. Must be just the Flames shop does not want international orders. Weird when the postage is more than the hoodie!! i will keeep an eye out for the hoodie I want on those sites Saymizes. Thanks for the link
  13. Thought I would treat myself to a Flames hoodie andspread the word in the UK.. Especially as there was a good deal in the Flames store 😁 But $50 for shipping international. Wow is it really that expensive to post or can they just not be bothered with international orders?
  14. Scott Wheeler of The Athletic put out a goalie article out today. He ranks Wolf 5th in top 10 goalie prospects. Had some good things to say about him. He had him in the mid tier of 4-7 He had Askarov, Knight, Wallstedt as the top tier then Cossa at number 4 starting the mid tier. The other 5 Swayman, Dostal, Commesso, Mads Sogaad( ex Tigers), and Portillo. So just maybe, we have our 5' 11 goalie of the future. Going to be interesting to see who they give the AHL/ECHL goal to this year now they have signed Parsons for another year.
  15. Their depth is an improvement on last years bottom 6. Ryan is a good pick up for them and i think that 3rd line maybe better than we hope! The D could be interesting I hope I am wrong and it is all a shambles but McD is coming into his prime years and could put this lot on his shoulders and carry them.4
  16. I think my point is that 32 teams are chasing very limited elite talent. And my annoyance at JJ is that you use emotion "a higher percentage of first-round-pick goalies win Stanley cups than in any other round" to back up your narrative which is just not factual. BTW nothing wrong with emotion and the forums would be a lesser place without it so keep your posts coming!! If we add in the good and lets say Samsonov, Knight, and Oettiger are going to be starters that still only gives you 10 goalies taken in the first round last 20 years to go around 32 teams. The top end talent is just not there always in the 1st round. A goalie taken in the top 5 would appear to be a lot more of a safer bet (unless you supoprt NYI!). However 5 of those 15 taken, a pretty hefty 33%, did not turn out how the teams drafting them in the 1st round envisaged! Goalies - what a special breed!!
  17. Hmm really? Recent years goalies taken in round 1 2020 - Askarov 11th 2019 - Knight 13th 2018 - None 2017 - Jake Oetteinger 26th 2016 - None 2015 - Samsonov 22nd 2014 - None 2013 - None 2012 - Vasilevskey 19th Subban 24th 2011 - None 2010 - Campbell 11th 2009 - none 2008 - Pickard 18th 2007 - none 2006 - Bernier 2005 - Price 5th 2004 - Montoya 6th 2003 - Fleury 1st 2002 - Lehoten 2nd 2001 - Leclaire 8th 2000 - DiPietro 1st 3 goalies won Stanley cups in that list and Bernier did not play a game as a back up to Quick. Of the 15 goalies listed Elite Fleury Vasilevsky Price Good Lehoten Okay Bernier Campbell Meh DiPietro Leclarie Montoya Pickard Subban Too early Knight Askarov Oettinger Samsonov 3 eltie goalies taken in the 1st round in the last 21 years!! The other 29 teams are obviously doing something just as wrong as the Flames are.
  18. we didn't lose Gio for nothing. We just saved 6.75 of our cap and BT stopped spending a 1st and a 3rd. In a flatcap world trying to move Gio's at the deadline was probably not a viable option for any team. And how are we yo know if he was being shopped or not. What I have got out of this is what a class player, gentleman and team leader to the end Gio is. I wish him every sucess I would not be averse us taking him back in 12 motnhs time on a smaller contract.
  19. Not Tkachuk - I hope to god no. No obvious candidate but my vote would be Tanev for at least an A. Mangiapne for an A Backlund for the other A I would take the A away from Tkachuk and Monahan On the hockey side we should probably go with no 'C' for a while but I think owners will want a figurehead for the community/marekting side. So it would not suprise me to see Backlund get it.
  20. Ok so we know JJ wants to take a goalie!! Of the 2 I could get behind a Wallstedt pick but Cossa looks a big round 1 gamble to me. Afterall our past successes with goalies in the first round is not very impressive. Kidd 11th Krahn 9th Irving 26th Muzzatti 21st Just some names:- Brodeur 20th overall Hasek 199th overall Roy 51st overall Price 5th overall Fleury 1st overall Kiprusoff 116th overall Joseph - undrafted Recent years goalies taken in round 1 2020 - Askarov 11th 2019 - Knight 13th 2018 - None 2017 - Jake Oetteinger 26th 2016 - None 2015 - Samsonov 22nd 2014 - None 2013 - None 2012 - Vasilevskey 19th Subban 24th 2011 - None So in the last 10 years only 6 goalies have gone in round 1. Vasileveskey arguably the best goalie in the league right now but Subban taken 5 picks later is a backup at best. Jury is still out Askarov Spencer Knight looks like he will be a solid goaltender and Oetteinger has played 26 games for Dallas So is Cossa more Subban or Vasilevsky? Is Wallestedt the next Fleury? Or is there a Domink Hasek sonewhere in the later rounds? There is no guarantee taking one of these top 2 goaile prospects is a recipe for success. Taking a goalie in round 1 is a huge gamble. I think I would be in the camp of making a safer pick in round 1. If Wallstedt falls to 12 then.....
  21. Might have been a no brainer but BT got the exposure list correct. I am hopeful he doesn't make a last minute move and waste any picks on protecting players.
  22. Nesterov going back to the KHL
  23. hmm thought this was the Mangipane thread..................
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