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  1. Now that I have a few moments, let me expand. My thinking on player improvement is that although everyone can improve during their whole life, with hockey guys the biggest improvements happen early in their careers which is why I said Bennett and Tkachuk have the most improvement POTEntiAL. Others can as well but I'm doubtful it'll be as significant as the former two. I may be wrong but that's the comment. As for "deciding we are in our window", no I wasn't saying that we are, just that once we are can we assume that trades will work to make a significant improvement to put the team over the top? Typically teams in that position trade picks and prospects for the near-term here and now but its far from a sure thing. Just look at Minnesota, Washington... and etc as examples. Sure it helps, but it doesn't always get you over the top.
  2. Excellent analysis. Bishop also did well at the end of the year with LAK, it was their lack of scoring that kind of tanked his record. Get hime signed, Johnson #2 or perhaps Rittich and give Gillies another year as starter in the AHL. The year after, bring him in as the backup and give Parsons the starter's job in the AHL. 3-4 years down the road, if all continue to develop you're solid, if not we always have Bishop.
  3. Not a lot of benefit in arguing over misunderstandings. Have a nice day.
  4. Smith-starter, Rittich-backup
  5. Not sure where you are getting the WOW from my comments. I'm not lumping anyone, just looking at vets on the cusp or the way out versus prospects similarly on the cusp and the way in. In any year there may be 1 or 2 or 3 changes, but over a few years there is mega turnover. The point that was being made is that on whole, how likely is it that the new guys are going to be not only equal, but substantially better than the guys there now? If they are not, or there is a significant risk they are not, then how does the team improve overall? Of course, trades are a factor and one or two great trades can make a HUGE difference, but at the same time, the reverse is also true. What is the likelihood that we can all of a sudden make great trades now that we've decided we're "in our window" and need to succeed? Finally, yes players develop and that includes ours as well as the rest of the league. If everyone is improving are we getting better relative to other teams? Its the teams that make major improvements that make the big jumps and that is most likely with young players before they hit their prime.
  6. I kinda agree with your premise, especially that the primary avenues of major LT improvement with this group is Tkachuk and Bennett, and that's about it. The hope is that our prospects coming in will be better than the vets they will be replacing, AND have room to improve, but that is fraught with doubt even though I think (hope) it may happen. Can Jankowski/Klimchuk/Mangiapanne/Tuulolo/Shinkaruk/Hathaway be significantly better than Stajan/Bouma/Chiasson/Brouwer/Versteeg/FHamilton on an NHL regular day basis? Can Kylington/Anderson/Kulak/Fox/Hickey be better than Stone/Engelland/Bartkowski/Wideman/Smid on a regular NHL basis? Can Gillies/Rittich/Parsons be better than Elliot/Johnson on a regular NHL day-to-day basis. I believe the answer is YES to all three questions, but it remains to be proven. Gradual improvement is fine, but until/unless one or more of these guys makes a huge jump, or we see the same in management/coaching I think its going to be very, very difficult.
  7. Your comment through me for a loop because I was pretty sure Hall is Calgary born and raised, and he is. He lived here and learned hockey before heading to the OHL in his mid-teens. Outside of that I can't disagree with your comments, though I think Hall back here might be very successful for him.
  8. It returns both players to (near) their hometowns and both play similar positions. It would be a pretty fair trade but not sure why a team would make it, unless the players were starting to complain. I think it might motivate both guys to higher success as they would both be close, but not at the place they really wanted to be.
  9. That's an interesting scenario. Another would be to just elevate either Conroy or our ex-Phoenix GM. Bringing in the LA guys would strike a cord with the Sutter connection, and they certainly have had success, and it would mean some dramatic moves to realign the team into their West Coast mold. Hmmm... Let's get this thing done. The longer it lingers, what with the Buffalo situation of big money, big changes in the offing, the more people are going to be suspect and get concerned.
  10. That sounds like a possible scenario, however I believe their focus will be on creating the best team possible out of the gate, which would include a healthy amount of higher paid vets. I would think they would draft to the Cap max, then offload higher paid guys, if desired, to other teams looking to fill holes, like the Flames. You are correct that they can only draft to the max, and have to take minimums at each position: 14F, 3G and 9D which I messed up when I did a mock draft myself. I'll have to go look at it again...
  11. Yeah, I ended up taking Granlund...meh! The Sedins idea sounds good but I think they have NMC?
  12. Actually I had Fowler exposed but it could easily be Vatanen, it wouldn't change the point that Anaheim is very likely to lose an excellent young D. I also had Myers exposed, but yeah, they could go 4D protected as an option. Overall my point was there are way more quality D available then other positions, plus D seem to be more valuable in trades than other positions so if I was Vegas I'd be stocking up heavily on D, and secondarily goalies and then off-loading the excess over the summer for top young forwards or high draft picks.
  13. Trouba, Buff and Hanifin would all be protected by their teams and so are not relevant to the discussion. Hamonic could be exposed and no, I would not trade him for Gio via NYI, but would trade something (not Gio) for him from Vegas which is my point.
  14. Based on my draft I think Vegas is going to have lots of trade chips to cash in over the summer and end up with not only good-excellent goaltending and defence but a very respectable forward ranks as well. If they play their cards right they could be in the playoff bubble grouping of teams their first year in the league.
  15. Since you are talking pre-draft trades it has to be teams able to not only trade for them but also protect them. Having just gone through the process I doubt there are 3-4 teams able to say that, certainly not the Flames. And I picked 15 D in my mock expansion draft with at least 6-7 available for trades over the summer, if their previous teams are unable to move the pre-draft.