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Well goodbye Detroit. I wonder how they will do without Datsyuk next year.

 

Would be good to trade his rights + pick. Otherwise I don't see them get in the PO next season tbh.

Happy with the way my Pens are performing. Caps are next, interesting series.

Didn't expect the Isles to make it, had the Panthers in 6 in my bracket.


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Isles are a better team currently. Granted Greiss may be a bit of a surprise for most but I am not too surprised. He has been a very good quality #2 for a number of years now. The only thing really missing on the Isles is a true #2 C. Don't be surprised to see a lot of rumors regarding Hamonic for Nugent-Hopkins in the off-season. And don't be surprised to see it happen either. Of course that doesn't mean it will happen. On the other hand the Panthers are still largely growing. Remember that this is a team that struggled to score with regularity until later in the season when Trocheck shined as the #2 center. Of course the team will be better next year but this year the Panthers were largely a team that had to win by keeping the opposing teams best players in check and scoring when opportunity arose. Greiss prevented the Panthers opportunistic offense to take advantage by coming up big numerous times. For the Panthers to be a real dangerous team in the playoffs they need to go from an opportunistic offense to a skilled one. Opportunistic offenses fall flat against hot goalies. Skilled offenses find ways to score pretty much no matter.

 

About Detroit I think they will be ok without Datsyuk. The question is what player will take his spot as a go to forward. Detriot certainly has a number of options available. It is just a matter of one of them taking the spot. The forward group is not my concern with Detroit, odd as that sounds. They have a number of quality young forwards they can turn to that are expected to at least be good in the future. Neither is the goaltending. My concern is the D. They are largely consistent with good play but nobody would be willing to pick Detroit's D core as a top 10 NHL D core. Detroit is about to lean heavily on a young forward group. The D needs to be stronger to cover for that.


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My Pens did a hell of a job. They made it hard for themselves against the Bolts, It should have never come to a game 7. Luckily we won!

 

Seems like almost every neutral fan is rooting for San Jose and Joe/Patrick. I'm hoping for a good series and a Pens win of course.


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Game 5 happening right now, crazy start to this game!  5 goals in the first period!  Can the Pens seal the deal in Pittsburgh?  Who will win the Conn Smythe?

 

Bringing this back to GPHM, it would be cool to have trophies to hand out at the end of each season, similar to the Vezina, Norris, Hart, Calder, et al.  I'm sure this is in the pipeline. :)


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Short of Pens basically not trying this series is over next game. The Pens have dominated almost every game for long stretches. Jones just happened to steal two in games where the Sharks found some bounces or took advantage of Murray's few mistakes.


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I'm excited to see what else happens!

 

To be honest, Subban for Weber was ho-hum.  A great defenseman for a great defenseman, woop-dee-friggin-doo!  I think the Devils got the better of the Hall/Larsson deal.  Larsson is not going to turn around the Oilers, and neither is Lucic, if they sign him.


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Shero did a hell of a job here. Devils have that top forward they needed and Oilers got robbed. How long will Chiarelli be with the Oilers. He keeps doing these things and Oilers are still at the bottom after all those top picks...

 

Weber/Subban must be an advantage for the Preds. Weber is older and sure he is roughly 1M less in salary cap but that's for another 10 years...


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I think it was an exceptionally bad trade for the Canadiens. They need offense and they traded one of the most dynamic offensive defenseman for a defensive defenseman with a big shot that will be on cap for the next 10 seasons and is going to be 31 at the start of the season. Also Montreal needed to get faster on the back end and Weber is slower than Subban so that only makes the problem worse. Not sure Subban fits what Nashville particularly needs either but hey they got the better end of that trade at least just for getting rid of Weber's contract and getting a quality return.

 

The Hall trade was again bad for the Oilers. Surely they could have offered 2 of the 3 between RNH, Eberle and Yakupov for Larsson instead. That was just too much to give for a good but not yet great defenseman. One of the elite goal scorers of the NHL for a good but not elite right handed Dman? Yes Edmonton needed a right handed Dman but that trade just reeks of desperation. At least get some draft picks and/or prospects as well.

 

Edit: Chiarelli was hired last year. His first high pick was McDavid. He should get about 2 more years to get the team playing well. Unless he keeps making trades like that.

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Yeah Subban trade was a head scratcher for sure. Hall for Larsson was also bad.

 

On my end of things here in Ottawa not too keen on the Zibanejad for Brassard trade either. Helps them in the short term, but I feel like Zibanejad is just about to become a good 2nd line center and is younger than Brasssard.

 

Getting a bit anxious for the season to start. World cup should be fun to watch as well. 


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For the Sens it is a now move. Yes you are giving what would likely be an equal or maybe slightly better player (same offense but better defense) in the future but what you are getting now is a player that can play a 1st line center role reliably (at least more reliably than Turris in my opinion) for the next roughly 4 years or so. Also Brassard is the opposite handedness of Zib and Turris and Zib are the same handedness. Having Brassard and Turris gives what should be, in the short term, a much better 1, 2 center combo than Turris and Zib would have been while giving the team better offensive flexibility when it comes to faceoffs in the offensive zone.

 

I would have rather traded Turris over Zib but I am not a GM of a NHL team so. I also think that the Sens gave too much in the trade. Zib and a 2nd for Brassard and a 7th? Also the Rangers would not have taken Turris in return.


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For the Sens it is a now move. Yes you are giving what would likely be an equal or maybe slightly better player (same offense but better defense) in the future but what you are getting now is a player that can play a 1st line center role reliably (at least more reliably than Turris in my opinion) for the next roughly 4 years or so. Also Brassard is the opposite handedness of Zib and Turris and Zib are the same handedness. Having Brassard and Turris gives what should be, in the short term, a much better 1, 2 center combo than Turris and Zib would have been while giving the team better offensive flexibility when it comes to faceoffs in the offensive zone.

 

I would have rather traded Turris over Zib but I am not a GM of a NHL team so. I also think that the Sens gave too much in the trade. Zib and a 2nd for Brassard and a 7th? Also the Rangers would not have taken Turris in return.

 

I understand why they made the trade, but still think Ottawa lost on that one. Apparently the 2nd was for Brassard $2M bonus, which is a pure budget move. The trade offers an improvement offensively, but who's going to eat the PK minutes Zibby used to get. Pageau, Kelly? Maybe Turris? Considering the Sens were decent offensively last season, but useless defensively, they should've tried to improve defence and get a real partner for Karlsson instead in my opinion.

 

But I'm also no GM and and hope Pierre Dorion has a plan.

 

So with a another LHD we would have:

 

Shattenkirk - Karlsson

Methot - Phaneuf

Wideman - Ceci

 

Just using Shattenkirk as an example since he's rumored to be available, but could be anyone of that calibre.

 

To me that would help them make the playoffs


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They definitely did considering they gave Zib and a 2nd for Brassard.

 

Kelly easy. He has been a PK specialist (and faceoff specialist) pretty much his entire career.

 

Shattenkirk is out of the question for the Sens. They don't have what the Blues would want in return.

 

If the Sens really wanted to win in the Zib-Brassard trade they should have added Borowiecki for Girardi. Before you balk let me explain. First they could have leveraged that if the Rangers want the 2nd for the supposed 2 million bonus then they would have to eat some of Girardi's salary. Second Girardi has been struggling in Vigneault's system. That being said they could just go get Kris Russell (who I am assuming wants a Girardi like deal) or Barrett Jackman instead.

 

The two biggest questions for the Sens are can the young forwards coming in step up and can Borowiecki (not likely) and Wideman improve enough to become a good 3rd pair.


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I just used Shattenkirk as an example. If they are planning on going for it now then I think the Sens do have what the Blues may want. But that requires selling the farm and not worrying about the future as much.

 

They have a bunch of great prospects (White, Chabot, Brown) and add a 1st pick or something of the sort. Either way the point is they need defence and I'm not balking that much at trading Boro.  IF they could have turned Boro into Girardi I'd be dancing right now :).

 

I'd also be OK with Jackman or Russell, both would be an improvement on Boro.

 

Boro is a player old school Bryan Murray really liked, but to me he's the most expendable guy on the team. He's a physical presence and that 's all he is. Very limited skill set.

 

My assumption is that they are trying to capitalize on the remaining cheap years on Karlsson's contract, because he will either get a HUGE contract in a couple seasons or walk and now is the time to go for it.

 

As for forwards, I'm quite confident in the Top 6 as long as MacArthur is healthy, the bottom 6 was a tire fire last season and hopefully the addition of Kelly will help. Lazar should be in the AHL honing his offensive skills and not on the starting roster IMO. They rushed him in. 

 

Also Anderson is getting old and they don't have much to replace him considering they traded Bishop AND Lehner away ?!?!?!

 

Hamburglar was a bit of a flash in a pan.

 

Matt O'Connor is not doing so well in the AHL (although the team wasn't very good as a whole either) and Hogberg is a few years away at least. 

 

So I understand why they are going for it, but unless they sell the farm to get a really good defenceman or spend some money to get one at some point, they are going the set the team back and still not be able to compete with the Big boys of the West or Tampa and Pittsburgh.


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I would take him back in a heartbeat LOL.

 

I don't know why you don't like him, 0.924 is not bad at all for a first year starter. It just sucks he got injured so early in the season. Against the Sens none the less.

 

I think you will like him after watching him for a full season, his lateral movement is unreal. He just needs to work on his rebound control and he'll be just as good as most starters in the NHL.

 

Plus his laser beam eyes are scary when he's pissed LOL 


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