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      It's great to see the boys earning their way into the playoffs this season (barring a Colorado-would-be-proud collapse).  What a night-and-day difference from way back in November.   With the playoffs, we typically see more traffic/visitors on the site, usually from the opposing team's fanbase (especially from the Oilers).  This is just a reminder that stating your opinion is fine (it's exactly what these forums are for), and friendly, good-natured ribbing is OK, however, name-calling and insults will still be a major no-no and cause for the Banhammer to warm up.  This applies to all new guests and visitors as well: you're more than welcome to join the party, but civility is house rule around here.   All insults/name-calling will be met with a zero-tolerance approach, regardless if you are a new person to the forums, or have been around since these forums began.   First-offenses will be met with a moderator-needs-to-approve-your-post for 3 days Second offenses will be met with a week-long suspension Third offenses will result in a perma-ban   If you have any questions regarding this policy, or would like to voice your concern about it, you are absolutely free to contact me directly.   We all love this team, and this game.  Let's all hop on the Bandwagon, enjoy a few beverages, and ride this wave of excitement as far as we can.   --  Kulstad


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  1. The point was that we improved special teams but failed to be good even strength.
  2. Not worried about Mangiapane yet. Just his first year. Rittich was signed for his experience and maybe a bit of a hail Mary. I have a bit of faith in the "kid"
  3. ^^^^^ So, you believe that the top scoring C and LW for the last three years needs to be split up. Without having a consistent RW for the last two year, they have still managed to be tops on the team. If you are bringing in Oshie, why make the switch. As far as Tkachuk goes, why not move him to Bennett's LW and put Lazar on the RW. That gives Ferland to Backlund. I don't really bother with the 4th line right now, because that is where value players are going to fit. You don't need Bouma or Stajan. The line could be filled by a hundred different guys, some are not on the team right now. SO, using your Oshie suggestion, I would set the following: JH-Monahan-Oshie Ferland-Backlund-Frolik Tkachuk-Bennett-Lazar Re-sign Versteeg to be that Swiss Army Knife player. Work ou a deal to have Vegas take Brouwer. Trade Stajan. Buy out Bouma or just send him to the AHL.
  4. ^^^^^^ I think you have to give the net to Rittich. He has been the better of the two for the season. As much as it's a development league, you have to give the net to the better goalie. 6 goals against in two games is too many. How has Mangiapane looked? I think he plays with Vey at evens, but with Janko on the PP.
  5. One career year does not high value make. (said in my best Yoda voice). He's had two injury free seasons. What serious return do you think? I know he has tremendous to the Flames, but are there that many GM's that would give real value? If you have a small winger then the C or other wing should make up for him. When Hudler was on, that line was unstoppable. He was hobbled in around the first series, so he could not help in round 2. Chaisson doesn't shy away from hits, but his hockey sense in not that great. Bouma? Well, I just don't see the same player he used to be. Takes himself out of the play for a hit. Has little to no offense. Brouwer has size but doesn't play that game, or at least he didn't for us. Versteeg is small, so you need to give him someone to make the space. Inability to clear the zone was one of our biggest problems this year, especially the playoffs. That starts with the defense. Fix that first. First pass still seems to be a problem with the breakout. Instead of just looking for size, look for hockey sense.
  6. SInce you represent those other two teams, I will have to ask you to recluse yourself from the negotiations. I would give Elliott a bit more for one year. I think he has earned at least some opportunity to play here again, playoffs aside.
  7. The coach is part of the management group that decides on the roster. Keeping a 3rd goalie. Not playing 3rd goalie until an injury forced him to be considered. Keeping and playing Bollig. Waiving Byron. Bringing up players, but they sit in the press box. If they weren't on the same page, then it should not have ended up being a situation of "sure, I will keep the player, but how or if I use them is my business". That is how it looked. You're right, we will never know, but some of the comments seemed to point in that drection.
  8. Ok, then please start the paperwork. We could get him signed now and actually have a goalie to protect in the draft. Obviously, we would need to speak to his agent to gauge the interest and have some idea of the cost. Much like we did with Bishop. Many may not agree, but we should also re-sign Elliott July 1st. I think Darling is the real deal, but he may not be ready for 60 games this coming season. Elliott gives you usually 30+ games of quality starts. I think it may be time for them to move on, regardless of what is "right". Maybe the team would be better served having him in the front office.
  9. You could say that he was fired because he followed up a playoff season (without Gio) with a lottery season. The lottery season was also career years for Johnny and Monahan. So, it's a weird mix of success and failure. We joked around here about the goalie "schedule" that last year, but having three goalies and not using them probably irked BT quite a bit. Remember that BT also said they didn't agree on a lot of things. I'm not going to say that possession is the only way to go. It's not just LA that excels in that respect, though. Teams that win the cup have a better possession game. LA is out because they chose to play a heavy trap game, not being able to score.
  10. The guys that subbed in were better than our bottom 3D. I don't think they play that much better against us with Fowler or Vatanen in the lineup. In the regular season, those two accounted for exactly 1 point against us. Defensively, they may have had more of an impact but then again, our goaltending made it worse for us. We were bad even strength, but a lot better on the PP and PK.
  11. Simmer down there bud. You don't spend $1.7m on a backup, unless that guy showed he can play 1/2 a season. The only reason CJ didn't get as many games as Elliott was his horrendous December and January. That is the point of the season where Gully declared Ellott to be the #1 guy.
  12. Hadn't heard there was interest from the Jets. 4 seems high, but that's just because he's not currently a starter. I wasn't lowballing; just don't know the value. If he was a signed goalie, he would fetch what Talbot and Jones fetched. Since he isn't, LV could select him for nothing but the use of the pick. I would trade our 1st this year if he was signed.
  13. Nobody was the #1 guy until they went with Elliott in January/February. 1a/1b simply means you have two good enough to play 40 each. He was that in STL. CJ lost the net almost entirely in December/January due his miserable GAA.
  14. I'm missing something. You talk about him like he is Jet. I thought he was Chicago's. The limb is for the players. I have no idea of the dollars that male sense. Goalies are voodoo.