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  1. Eberle was traded before he signed. Draisaitl is supposed to become the center on his own line. When you have Caggiula or Slepy taking top line minutes with McDavid, that sure sounds like an opportunity. Pulju has to do more than he did last season in the AHL. He started off ok then fell off to nothing. He's probably going to be a NHL player sooner than later, but he has work to do. Then again, it is EDM.
  2. Because you don't get a read of him at the NHL level. He becomes a RFA and you have to qualify him or lose him. And the 2nd deal negotiation may not be that amicable if they don't even use him this year. The other thing is that we have Stajan as a mentor on the 4th line. You can send in Janko on faceoffs and let him cheat a bit, worse case is he gets tossed out and Stajan get the draw.
  3. The difference is that EDM ownership views the playoffs now as a given. Chia made moves that are only acceptable if they return there.
  4. I actually think he could make the team as well. But I think the decision to sign in CGY is deeper rooted than that. He's been on their radar since he started playing in Union. It's not like EDM that swoops in with Gretzky in tow and talks about how great it would be to play with McDavid.
  5. That would be a waste of his final year of ELC.
  6. Saw that the other day and thought "Is this new?". Nope, just another re-hashing of news to fill the off-season. That was the worst timed and uninformative piece I have seen in awhile. The episode shown is from just after the draft, and talks about him "expected to sign July 1st". Old new. As far as Conroy's assessment, that is pure speculation. He has great hopes for Foo, but there is nothing to suggest yet that he will play this season.
  7. Chia is as under the gun as BT. One year of success folllowed by missing the playoffs would be a firing offense. The expectations are cup or finals at least. He basically has determined the fate of the team last year, and not enough dramatic change to improve what he had. Very much what Feaster did; we think we are better than the results showed, so let's let the team take us to the next level as is.
  8. It's not that simple. Waivers play a big part. Lazar is not going to be waived because he didn't knock it out of the park day 1. Spoon and Kulak are more important to the team than Bart, as they are still prospects. What you see from Bart is what you get. Both Spoon and Kulak have had little opportunity to display their stuff, other than camp and AHL. Results being more or less equal, they would likely keep Spoon or Kulak over Bart. Unfortunately, all the RHS RD spots are filled, so I doubt we see Andersson at this point. Kylington just isn't ready yet. The skating and offense are there, just not the consistency of play. As far as forwards go, the team is light on RHS RW. We have Brouwer, Lazar (Center actually), and a couple of low ceiling guys like Freddie and Hathaway. As far as prospects go, we have a couple of guys that could compete for a RW spot; Poirier (LHS), Foo (RHS). I expect Poirier to be more of a mid-season callup, since he had only completed step one of his recovery (addiction part). He needs to show the player he was when we drafted him. Foo is a wildcard. Very possible he is NHL ready at this point. His compete level and skills may be enough for him to win a NHL job out of camp. Janko is probably almost guaranteed a spot out of camp. He is NHL size, has requisite skills and is ready to show what he can do at the NHL level.
  9. Maybe Tkachuk isn't the right fit for Bennett. Perhaps he is best used with Monahan on RW. If his best asset id playmaking, then that would help Monahan as well as giving Johnny a chance to finish the play or give Monahan a tap in, instead of having to carry the puck in all the time. If you go that route, then you can use Ferland to get the puck to Bennett in the greasy areas, rather than hoping that Bennett can bring the puck from the neutral zone to the crease. I personally think Ferland would be ideal for the 3rd line. Manages his minutes, he gets to become part of the pairings that works, and he isn't expected to produce at a top line level. Just me I guess.
  10. They were only able to get Strome for a much better player in Eberle. If Lucic is worse than last year and continues his decline, they would need to retain half his salary just to get someone to listen and that is assuming he agrees to waive his NMC. Just saying.
  11. I would never suggest trading a high-end prospect. They are the ones you need to keep.
  12. For one thing, you wouldn't disrupt it during the critical months of the playoff push. Was it thought about? Can't answer that. We are probably selling Backlund/Frolik shortrty if we don't look at their contribyution to the line as being significant. How good was Bouma on that line? I think it's a fair to look at this seriously.
  13. Trading a guy from the farm to another team is difficult if they are waiver eligible.
  14. Goaltending was an issue, not the only issue. You can blame Elliott for the losses, but in reality it was a complete team letdown. If you can only score on the PP, then you aren't going to win many playoff games. I would like to see more than two good pairs (Johnny/Monahan, Backlund/Frolik) this year. If that means moving Tkachuk to Bennett's wing or moving Ferland there and having Tkachuk take Monahan's RW, I don't think it disturbs the lines that much. I think you live and die with your bottom 6. Finding the right 3rd pair of forwards is crucial.
  15. ^^^^^ I'm not going to dispute the logic of over-ripening in the AHL, as it has worked for other teams. But then again, even Detroit is starting to back off that model. What I question is how we are ever going to get a proper read on players at the AHL level. You don't really have any idea of their NHL ability when they are playing there. Agostino and Grant were two examples of guys that played very well in the AHL, but have mostly failed to win spots at the NHL level, short of a few stints. The other thing is we need to start graduating players to the NHL. They need to sink or swim. They do not have much value as assets in the AHL. Nobody is going to offer you much for a 22 year old forward or a 24 year old D-man that hasn't played much in the NHL. The other side of that is that may never break out in the AHL due to level of competition and style of game. I'm mostly okay with guys like Kylington and Andersson playing the year out in the AHL, only because they both are still quite young. Shinkaruk and Poirier need to be brought up and played soon. Janko is at the age where he should start to be nearing his potential, so I don't see the value in him playing in the AHL this season, 2nd pro season or not. He's turning 23 and already NHL size. Waiting for a top 9 spot to open up for guys like Shinkaruk, Poirier and Janko isn't going to happen anytime soon. If there is an injury, we will see those callups playing the 4th line anyway, with the roster players moving up. That's how it seems to work. Instead of keeping guys like Freddie and Hathaway on the roster, put Shink or Poirier there and use them. Play every other game or see if they can outplay some of the vets. Get Janko on the 4th line and let him understudy Stajan. If he beats out Bennett, then you can move Bennett to the wing.