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  1. I agree that the taxi squad is going to be very instrumental in a teams success this year. While we know and expect the top guns to be playing the more competitive nights which will be most nights in the beginning of the season, the nights where we are playing teams lower in the standings or with injuries we will be able to give playing time and get looks at the taxi squad players. We know that by the looks of things there are 3 main forward pairs in: Tkachuk - Lindholm Johnny - Mony Mange - Backs The obvious line mates for these guys are Leivo, Dube, Bennett, Simon, all of which would be on the right side. The fourth line is most likely going to be Lucic - Ryan, and a rotation of the others. The top 5 dmen is clear in Gio, Andersen, Tanev, Hannifin, and Valamaki. The sixth and seventh spots are up in the air. Nestirov, Kylington, and Stone look to be the front runners to me. Goal is obviously Markstrom, Rittich, then Domingue. Although I love the "idea" that changing things up with the busy schedule allows other to rest, and gives the taxi squad playing time I think it may cause more trouble than it is worth. Changing things up is good if it works out, but if it ends up sacrificing existing chemistry along with leaving top end prospects on a taxi squad which can slow down development. Yes they would get to practice with the big club, but real game minutes are huge in progression. Personally I would like to see Lucic and Ryan spend time on the taxi squad to allow Gawdin, and Nordstrom to get time on the forth line if earned.
  2. I totally disagree on the not being trusted in the d-zone.. You do realize he is a penalty killer right? And I watched every game that he has played as a Flame. He does drive hard to the net and yes that can allow players to get the jump on a return rush. This does not matter. He tries harder than most on this team to get back and plays the roles asked of him any given shift. If he is asked or required to play a certain way I believe he plays that way.
  3. I wanted to add to a few comments. I keep reading peoples opinions on a few players and where they should be slotted next year. On Backlund - he is not good on the wing, also he is seen as a very capable center. He is not to old yet but after next season his cap hit starts to look pretty steep. On Lindholm - yes he is our best right wing option. This doesn't mean that he wouldn't be our best center option if given the chance. On Tkachuk - He is very closely tied to STL, and may be as likely to leave as Johnny to PHI. If we really want him to extend long term start working on that now. Give him top line minutes on his strong side and put an 'A' on his chest. On Bennett - people will hate this but if he is going to make the full time permanent move to center he is best suited to replace the minute that Backlund plays as a shut down center but on the 3rd line. He will get less than what he would if we were to play him higher in the line up and replaces part of what both Ryan and Backlund bring but still allows us the option of Gawdin or Dube on the 4th line. As for the left wing - If we are honest, truly honest the older from best to worst is, Tkachuk, Gaudreau, Mange, and Lucic. I add Lucic only because I don't expect them to sit him and at this point training camp hasn't pushed him down YET!! As for right wing - It goes...hahaha Leivo, then who know....Buddy Robinson. (right shots) So even after Ryan is gone we will still have Dube and Bennett as center options right, why not put Gawdin on the right wing and start transitioning him to that position this year? He is said to be ready for NHL minutes and playing the wing is said to be easier. He is not small, or slow, and he is a right shot. In addition we as a team seem to always take chances on the RW position. Mainly on a player who is to old and it never works out. If we can clear the cap space isn't Tyler Johnson the right age, speed and handed player to add? He is free and comes with a pick or more. His contract for his type of player is actually fair. IMO. So why not? I know alot of people in here will disagree but think of things as if you are trying to put players where they fit, and what they have actually proven not what you or we hope they can be. It is not time to take risks on trying players here or there. I feel it is time to come to terms that Bennett is not a top six player full time. He is a gritty bottom six guy that could maybe fill in top 6 in worst cases but he has proven he can play in the bottom six and is so good at it, why move him and have to replace him and then have to give him a big raise if it works? Keeping him in the bottom 6 gives us stability and more cap control long term.
  4. After hearing Tre admit to the high possibility of Lindholm moving to top line center next year I am expecting a larger caliber player on the way out. My suspicions are Mony or Backlund. I am not exactly on board with this but I expect it. If Lindholm is moving to center that pushes Mony to the second line and having Backlund play third line minutes is a huge overpay on that line. I do not want to lose Backlund, I think he is our best shut down center option but I can not see us trading a younger Mony at all. Ryan has way less value being older, smaller and Backlund can easily improve alot of teams. Now what would I expect Tre to be adding in return? Not much actually. The value I would expect to be getting back would be disappointing to say the least. It would most likely be a depth RD and picks or most likely picks by themselves. Why do I say picks alone? Because I actually think he is all in on another player. I would like to guess Tyler Johnson. Reason I say this is because if you take a loss on Backlund you would be adding in the Johnson trade. If we took the route of not fleecing TB completely and just take his whole contract, all 5 mil, we could get a couple solid picks. Say a 2nd and a third round pick. Come trade deadline We would have 2 2nds, and 3 3rds, plus whatever we get for Backlund to sweeten any Ryan trade to make room for deadline additions like Hall, if the plan is to actually replace Johnny sooner than later. Or a solid vet with size for the playoffs like a Foligno if CBJ are on the outside looking in. I know Ryan is just 3 mil but with the right prospect and picks Buffalo or any other team can retain salary if and when they don't make the playoffs. The line up would look close to this at this start of the season. Tkachuk - Lindholm - Johnson Gaudreau - Mony - Leivo Mange - Bennett - Dube Nordstom - Ryan - Simon Yes I know Lucic is missing, NO he is eating popcorn as the extra forward. I posted this in the suggested trades but thought it related well to this topic, and your post.
  5. After hearing Tre admit to the high possibility of Lindholm moving to top line center next year I am expecting a larger caliber player on the way out. My suspicions are Mony or Backlund. I am not exactly on board with this but I expect it. If Lindholm is moving to center that pushes Mony to the second line and having Backlund play third line minutes is a huge overpay on that line. I do not want to lose Backlund, I think he is our best shut down center option but I can not see us trading a younger Mony at all. Ryan has way less value being older, smaller and Backlund can easily improve alot of teams. Now what would I expect Tre to be adding in return? Not much actually. The value I would expect to be getting back would be disappointing to say the least. It would most likely be a depth RD and picks or most likely picks by themselves. Why do I say picks alone? Because I actually think he is all in on another player. I would like to guess Tyler Johnson. Reason I say this is because if you take a loss on Backlund you would be adding in the Johnson trade. If we took the route of not fleecing TB completely and just take his whole contract, all 5 mil, we could get a couple solid picks. Say a 2nd and a third round pick. Come trade deadline We would have 2 2nds, and 3 3rds, plus whatever we get for Backlund to sweeten any Ryan trade to make room for deadline additions like Hall, if the plan is to actually replace Johnny sooner than later. Or a solid vet with size for the playoffs like a Foligno if CBJ are on the outside looking in. I know Ryan is just 3 mil but with the right prospect and picks Buffalo or any other team can retain salary if and when they don't make the playoffs. The line up would look close to this at this start of the season. Tkachuk - Lindholm - Johnson Gaudreau - Mony - Leivo Mange - Bennett - Dube Nordstom - Ryan - Simon Yes I know Lucic is missing, NO he is eating popcorn as the extra forward.
  6. Who care about Laine, he is not what we need. He is a me guy not a team guy. He strikes me as the kind of player that will hand cuff his team at contract time.
  7. It is hard to respect you right now.....lol jk
  8. I like the thinking of a possible Hannifin move along with Ryan. A good option right now that I can see is Ottawa. They have picks to spare and they are very young. Hannifin would easily be an upgrade on there back end and is of the age he would fit in to there core going forward. Ryan would bring age, leadership and could bring a balance at center while showing the team he may be worth a short term extension going forward. That would give us 9+ million in cap space but to make this work we could take back a prospect and some picks. We do not retain on Ryan seeing how Hannifin is on a good value contract. I am not sure I would even spend the money right away. I see our current forward group as being able to function well without Ryan. Our defense may seem scary but I just don't see Valamaki playing third pairing long and with that do you move Hannifin down thus lowering his value in a trade deadline move? I guess that would all come down to do you have the pieces to start a defense next year without adding. Gio - Andersen Valamaki - Tanev Kylington - Nesterov Is the risk worth the cap space? I say yes, having the cap space come trade deadline to add the right piece is worth the risk. Might be Hall. The best thing I see out of a move like this is throwing minutes at Valamaki while supporting him with the likes of Tanev. Ok que the stones and disagreeing comments, I can take it.....lol
  9. I like this signing. I have suggested him a few times, just what we need cheap, right shot, can play on the right wing, not small, can really skate, and most of all he wants to win. He showed up for Toronto in the playoffs. I don't personally see this as a depth signing. I think he slots in on the 3rd line RW position to start the year. Less room for the young guys we already have so does this mean there are bodies leaving in a trade soon? Alot of us believe that Gawdin is ready to make the jump full time. We added Simon, Nordstom, and now Leivo. We only lost Reider and Janko. So what does that say for the line up? Johnny - Mony - Lindholm Tkachuk - Backlund - Mange Lucic - Bennett - Leivo Nordstrom - Gawdin/Dube - Simon That looks really good, so does Ryan get moved for a pick or third pair RD?
  10. Simon is the same size as Reider and Nordstrum is smaller than Janko but twice as physical so how did we get smaller really. We may have actually got stronger a bit.
  11. From where? the Corey Perry talk I mean, who is saying this?
  12. There is atleast a first round pick and a Connor Brown type player missing.
  13. Crazy Toffoli gets 4.25 and Gallagher gets 6.5 with more term. Explain that. If I am Toffoli I am pissed. If I am Hoffman I am jumoing up and down and asking for 7.5 even if he is a little soft.
  14. We lucked having the early date for Mange in arb hearing. For the teams waiting to have there hearing before picking up those final pieces we get a jump. My hope is still Leivo or even Sheary if he is cheap enough. We could free up some cash and trade someone but if it is not a obvious improvement I would rather clear some space and save the cap for the trade deadline.
  15. So we agree...wow it is nice to agree with "The People"....cool
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