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  1. Khrox

    Goaltending

    I was so stoked about that Zagidulin signing. Yeah, he was a 1b on a fairly good KHL team, and goalies tend to look really good in the KHL (because of the style played), but his play and fundamentals reminded me a lot of Rittich as well (all the tools, and the skills, to make the NHL. Maybe not the flashiest, but definitely a good goaltender). Really hoping in a couple years we have a medium-term (I say medium, but like 4-5 years) duo of Big Save Dave and Big Snag Zag in net.
  2. Khrox

    Goaltending

    I wouldn't say full on workhorse, but definitely a starters load (60 games or so). That gives him 3 out of every 4. If he starts to falter we can cut him back to 2 out of every 3 or so (or even just 1 out of every 2, if he falters and Talbot heats up at the same time). I don't want to work him quite the way we did Kipper (who was doing 70+ games a year and seemed to just be too tired for playoffs).
  3. I would think Frolik's issues are probably over with. Apparently ice-time and a spot was his biggest issue last year. With Neal gone, Frolik is back to being our de-facto #2 RW, and will probably get some of his PP time again this next year, as well as slightly more ice time ES. Seeing as his ice time was his biggest issue (or at least the issue his agent made it out to be), it should be resolved now that no one is here to really take it away (short of a prospect really blowing everyone away, or perhaps Bennett catching fire playing his off-wing). Though, Frolik for picks (or even a prospect) is something we may have to do anyways depending on what kind of contracts Tkachuk, Mangi, and Rittich get.
  4. Khrox

    MILAN LUCIC

    Yes, Edmonton wanted Neal because next to McD, it's hard for him not to score 20 (he regularly makes 4th liners 20g players. Look at Chiasson who was a 4th liner here, 3rd liner Dallas, 3rd/4th liner in Ottawa, 4th liner/13th forward in Washington. 1st line and 22 goals in Edmonton). Neal is automatically one of their best wingers (and their best RW). It's hard to see him not stapled to McD and 1st PP. At worst he is playing on second line with Drai (who spends about half the season as 2nd C, the other half 1st LW) or RNH. Both of which are more than capable of doing the heavy lifting so Neal can be the triggerman. I'd be hard pressed to bet against 20g next season for him. In Calgary he was a 3rd/4th line winger, who could be replaced in house. With his 8-10 minutes a night 5v5 and 2-4 minutes on the second PP unit, he realistically wasn't going to score 20g here (and I'd say 15 would be the upper limit with that ice time). And in that much of a limited role, with his lack of physicality and poor defensive play, he doesn't fit that 3rd-4th line player we needed. Lucic on the other hand, fits what we need. A 3rd-4th line winger, who can chip in 20 points and crash and bang. He can kill penalties in emergencies (with how good our defensive forwards are, I'd imagine it'd take multiple injuries or multiple penalties by our PK'ers to ever have him out there), and he can take Neals spot on the 2nd PP in front of the net (and in honestly, if we're parking in front of the net, Lucic probably does better than Neal, I believe Neal should have been a shooter on the 2nd PP, not the net-front presence). Yes Neal probably looks a lot better next year. But for the roles and ice-time Neal vs Lucic would get in Calgary, Lucic fills our needs more. I don't believe it was a good trade. This was a sideways trade at best for Calgary. Toxic contract for Toxic contract. At this point though, Lucic is a Flame, so I'm gonna hope he just comes here, plays his game, and does well for us. If he hits 20-25 points and 200+ hits (which isn't unreasonable. Hathaway lead the team last year with 200, Lucic finished with like 240), he'll replace Neals points and Hathaways hits. And hopefully he has a small breakout next year (most players do recently when leaving Edmonton. Look at Perron, Petry, and Dubnyk for more recent examples).
  5. Khrox

    MILAN LUCIC

    Gonna quote myself from the HF Flames board on this topic: I definitely went through the stages of grief after hearing about this trade. I did NOT want Lucic here, but, I did not want Neal here either after his efforts. I truly believe Neal will be more likely to bounce back to that 15g+ range though. On the other hand, I do see why we did this. Neal as a third liner vs Lucic as a third liner, who do you think has more success? And in that case, I do feel like Lucic has more overall success in that role. Not happy about this, but Neal wasn't happy here, Lucic WANTS to be here (and has not only talked to Iggy about it, but also Big Ern, Cammi, and a few other former Flames as well). So we got the more effective third liner, and saved some cap space. Whether or not Neal scores 20+ next season, he'll be getting a lot more time on the 1st PP and top 6 in Edmonton. That was playing time he was NEVER going to get in Calgary. Lucic played some top 6 in Edmonton (which is a scary thought), but like Neal, that is playing time he is NEVER going to see here. Is Neal the better top6 talent? Absolutely. But as a bottom 6 guy, Neal is hot garbage. Lucic on the other hand, is actually a serviceable bottom 6 winger. His advanced (sorry, "fake") stats show that he can drive play. If he plays with Ryan (who can also drive play), it could help create a more effective third line. If Bennett plays there as well, I honestly feel like it could be the best third line (assuming you counted the DAG line last year as the 4th line) we've had in a while, and could actually help Bennett's game (I feel like Ryan can help bring out the best in them, while they can kind of split some faceoffs if needed. Lucic on the line means Bennett can actually focus on playing a bit more rather than being the toughest guy on the team). At this point, Lucic is a Flame. I hope he does well. A 10g-15a-25p stat line while being on the ice for more goals than he allows, and I'll be happy (because that's the kind of stat line Neal would have gotten in that same role, and he would have been on ice for a lot more goals against than for). Gonna quote myself on this topic from the HFFlames board:
  6. This. Both teams got what they wanted. Calgary needed a bit of a culture shift, as did the Hurricanes. While Dougie was the best player, there was at least enough questions about his attitude that it came out as a sticking point from multiple reporters, and was mentioned multiple times by various insiders. Ferland was going to want a big raise, and we sold high on him (as much as we all loved him, with his injury history, especially with concussions, it was a good move). We got 2 players, one was basically where Dougie was at when we got him (except on the left side), the other was a very versatile forward who filled a lot of needs for us (RHS, can play C or RW. Plays PP and PK, defensively responsible. All at the cost of a bit of physicality), and we got them for a good price, on good term. The Flames have got to be happy with what they got, and you know Carolina is happy. Sometimes you've got to accept that a trade had literally no loser in it.
  7. In 20 playoff games, Monahan has 8 goals, 13 points. (slightly above average, but not overly special) In 20 playoff games, Gaudreau has 4 goals, 12 points (making him slightly above average, but not a special player). I know it's not much, but I've seen a lot of people talking about how Gaudreau underperformed this playoffs (1 assist in 5 games) but you take that out he has 11 points in 15 games (pretty good). Doing the same for Monahan (taking out this years 1 goal, 2 points in 6 games), he has 11 points, in 15 games (making him just as valuable as Gaudreau). Whether or not Monahan has produced like you'd hope as a top end center, he has been otherwise invaluable for us both regular season (roughly 30 goals a season), and still decent at the playoffs for us (still over 0.5 ppg). He is a 1C. Maybe not an elite 1c, but a 1c none the less, and arguably one of the better ones in the NHL. The upside of parity is that anything can happen, the downside is, that the talent becomes much more similar amongst most teams. The top end teams will be top because of better scouting, and hitting more regularly on 3rd round and later picks. The bottom tier teams will still have good players, but will rarely hit on anything out of the first or even the second round (look at Edmonton for example, or even Buffalo). With parity, the only way to keep ahead, is good scouting, and good development teams. Right now, Calgary has decent scouting (could be better, but I'd still say above average). Our development could be a fair bit better though. A lot of our best prospects our developed in other leagues, (be it NCAA or CHL), and often come straight out of College/Juniors with little time in the AHL (Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Monahan, Valimaki are all good examples. Vali spending time in AHL only after suffering an injury and other players showing they can play up here such as Kylington). If we could improve the drafting just a bit, and get a bit better developing, we could easily be a powerhouse, and we could contemplate much more easily, the trade of the lower-end top guys like Monahan or Backlund (or Ideally, developing a guy to push Monahan down to 2c and Backs to 3c).
  8. To say regular season doesn't matter isn't exactly true. Without regular season performance we could not be in the playoffs. I've said this before, and I'll say it now. The initial trade I feel we upgraded forward (Lindholm>Ferland) but downgraded D (Hanifin<Hamilton). At the same time, I feel like Hanifin is where Hamilton was when we got him, though a bit different in style (Hamilton more of a goal-scoring D, Hanifin being more like Brodie in the aspect of being a better passer rather than shooter). This season, Hanifin has developed a fair bit more than he had the last few years, and there is no reason to doubt that he won't continue to grow the next couple years (much like Dougie did with us). Don't get me wrong, I feel like Dougie has more potential to be a #1D, but at the moment, I feel like the difference isn't that much at the moment. The biggest issue with our playoffs I feel is two-fold. The amount of playoff rookies (Hanifin, Ryan, Lindholm, Janko, Hathaway, Valimaki, Andersson, with Rittich who never saw minutes, but was also a playoff rookie) and a head coach in his first playoff as head coach (and even assistant coaches in their first NHL playoffs as assistant coaches). No matter how many times people get told that the pressure amps up, and it becomes harder, it's one of those things that if you do not experience yourself, you never truly understand. The second part is a bit more on the coaching (but players as well), and that is failure to adapt to the play. When the zone entry didn't work, instead of adapting, they went with the same strategy over, and over. The players on the ice should have adapted to that, but also, the coaches should have pushed a change their as well.
  9. Seeing as I didn't see a thread anywhere, we recently signed 24 year old Russian KHL Goalie Artyon Zagidulin to a 1 year ELC. As mostly a backup in Metallurg Magnitogorsk, he posted a 1.96 GAA and a 0.924 save percentage. He went 12-7-3 in 25 games this year. He is likely playing in the AHL next year, but short of a big signing (or Smith re-signing), may make a push to be backup on the Flames as well.
  10. Yes, the Blue Jackets moved up to pick 3, but really, that didn't make a difference. I really believe that Tkachuk was our guy either way. And if he wasn't, and it was Puljiarvi, well, it seems we dodged a bullet there.
  11. If we're doing two Czech goalies, I'd make a move for Neuvirth. coming off a an injury, and semi-rough season in Philly (but much like Edmonton, Flyers goalies tend to do well outside the organization, look at Bob). Shouldn't be a big cost to get him, and at worst, gives us someone to push Gillies/Parsons.
  12. Honestly, that Vali-Brodie pairing I think would have some real potential. Especially since Vali plays a game that is reminiscent of Gio, which means that especially with experience, Vali-Brodie should work as a pairing. Also, Fanta has been great. He is like Butler in that he doesn't stand out in really, any way (bad or good). Except unlike Butler, Fanta still does all the small things right that Butler would just not do.
  13. The Avs top line is ridiculously good. On the other hand, their 2nd to 4th lines are mediocre at best. If we have the 3M line vs their 1st line, the rest of our team should just feast on them. The biggest question is will Grubauer collapse in the playoffs again like last year.
  14. So they maybe go even, but don't score. And instead they give more scoring chances to the 3M line? The top line? The third line is the weakest, but Neal was playing really well before his injury (8 points in 10 previous games I believe), and Czarnik has been pretty good as well. The thing about our Depth is that we have 3 lines that can reliably score, a fourth line (technically it's the third line) that is capable of breaking out, a PP that can be pretty deadly, and a PK that has almost 20 goals on the season. Now there are definitely tweaks we could make, but it's definitely hard to line match when every line can do some damage.
  15. Khrox

    Oilers

    Probably. You forget that even some of Chia's decisions were made for him by Nicholson and the Brain Trust they have back there (including MacTavish, Lowe, etc..). Including that genius Koskinen signing (one of the more recent ones).
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