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  1. Assuming the expansion draft was tomorrow, who would you protect? Obvious choices are Gaudreau, Monahan, Lindholm, Tkachuk on forward, and Hanifin and Valimaki (will be eligible by draft date), probably Rittich for goal. That leaves 3 forwards and 1 defense. I'd probably protect Backlund, Dube (again, will be eligible), and one of Bennett or Jankowski. On defense it's a tough call. You only get to protect one of Gio, Brodie, Anderson and Hamonic. If we are going by today's value, you probably protect Gio, but he'd be 37 by the time the draft takes place. Brodie seems to only really play well when paired with Gio, so would he be worth it without Gio being around? Probably protect Hamonic. Tough choice.
  2. Seattle Hipsters?
  3. Conroy's name has been floated several times in the last couple years when GM positions open up. I'm not sure how important his current role is, but it isn't just the fan960 talking heads raising his name, so he must be doing something right.
  4. I think we agree for the most part. To me, it was simple interference as the play had moved on, so I would have assessed a 2 min minor penalty on the play. I didn't see any targeting of the head, the force was not over the top (no flying elbows or launching movement with the arms, etc.). Sure, if you hit someone no where near the play maybe there is intent to injure, but Wilson had been just stripped of the puck. Hit was just late, nothing more, nothing less.
  5. I hate to see anyone get injured, but if he had been wearing his helmet properly he would have been fine. Was it a dirty play, I suppose, definitely a 2 min minor in my book. But the hit didn't target the head, and wasn't overly violent. All the damage was caused by his head hitting the ice after his helmet flew away. I sometimes wonder why players even bother wearing helmets if they aren't going to tighten it up properly or make sure it is secured correctly...
  6. Here’s my Nylander theory. He will either cave and sign a team friendly contract last minute or... Leafs don’t sign him, then trade his rights to a bottom feeder team for assets. Maybe a team like Philly. The receiving teams gets the rights to a top flight forward while actively making their team worse because the guy literally can’t play this season, thus improving their draft lottery odds. Kind of like Buffalo when they traded for an injured evander kane.
  7. I was worried about Neal, but I won't write him off as Brouwer 2.0 just yet. We'll see where he's at by the end of the season. If we can keep his numbers serviceable, maybe Seattle will take him in the expansion draft in 2020...
  8. Klimchuk was not doing well this season in the AHL. He was behind Mangiapagne, Foo, Lazar, Graovac, Rychel, Quine, and a few others. Maybe it’s just a bad season, but when you are behind that many guys and the odds of any of them becoming a flames regular are low, it makes sense to make the deal from a standpoint of what helps the farm team now.
  9. Looks like he's cooled off quite a bit. Now sits at 33 points in 26 games, so roughly a ppg over the last 12 games. Still very good, and is currently 11th in league scoring.
  10. And Gio is on pace for 75 points. Not likely to get there, but he will probably be around his career best (56 points in 2015-2016), assuming he can stay healthy. Those two guys just seem to bring out the best in each other.
  11. Kessel did well playing on Pitts third line for a few seasons. No reason a third liner can’t put up 20 goals.
  12. Yeah, Stone signing that 1 year deal screams "I'm out of here!" Things change of course, and they haven't been nearly as bad as predicted, but still. I see the sens extending Duchene as more of a face saving move after everything they gave up for him last year. PS. No way Melnik shells out the money for both Duchene and Stone. 'Salary floor and not a penny more' is likely plastered all over the GM's office.
  13. Some of the coaching changes were simmering after last season. Chicago was rumored to be mulling it over, and the oilers supposedly under-performed. Of course, I wouldn't use anything the oil does as a sign of the times, since better management decisions could be made by throwing darts at a board of possible choices. I do think that the changes are happening now in the hopes of saving the various teams seasons. To your second point, I think the answer is yes for at least some of the teams. Both CHI and LAK are past their primes, and have been for at least a season now. No retooling is gonna fix those boats, they are sinking. ANA is also close to the tipping point, but have some decent young players they could build around. I still think STL is due for a rebound, but some of their core is aging out. PIT seems to also be fading fast; their core players are all getting old, and they have next to nothing coming up having traded away almost all their 1st rounders for years. They'll probably hang around for a few years (especially if Murray rebounds), but they might be in for a long rebuild in the not too distant future. I think these are exciting times. New teams are about to become winners, and we could well see a Toews or Doughty traded in the next year or two. My prediction for this year is that both cup finalist teams will be teams that did not make the final four last season.
  14. Sure, but that's a them problem
  15. Personally I'm on the leafs side on this one. We don't need another 8+ mil comparable for when Tkachuk is negotiating next summer...