Well, you got your answer on Price.
Cap going to $71.4M apparently. Sharp being actively shopped by Blackhawks, expect even more moves from them. Toronto saying they're willing to take on a little salary back in any move for Kessel, but nothing close to his dollars/term. Will Price win Hart and Vezina, etc, etc, etc.
1-2 went as expected. The Eichel era begins in Buffalo!
What in the actual fuck goes on in Boston?
Boston went full retard on the Hamilton deal.
Then they fleeced the Kings for Lucic. What in the fucking fuck.
Caps are like, have Holtby plus at least 2 other goalie prospects, lets draft another one in Round 1 who is signed for THREE MORE YEARS in the KHL. I mean fuck I'm all about best player available but we could really have used that pick to try to hit a home run on some skilled winger.
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JFC, Saad just wanted 4 mill too. Trade Sharp for peanuts if you have too. Keeping Saad should have been a must.
Jesus that's a ton of money for him.Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie · 20s20 seconds ago
CHI traded Saad because he was looking for 6 yrs with AAV of $6.5M. May have been an offer sheet coming tomorrow from a team with those #s.
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Jones to SJ. LA was trying to keep him out of our conference via the Lucic trade but he came right on back. Love it. Hope this kid pans out because a first rounder and a prospect is kind of steep but I like our odds.
Toronto is trying to compete with Boston for worst offseason. They are off to a flying start today.
The two signings were fine, the trade was shit though I agree
Hunwick is a depth D, nothing special, priced accordingly.
But yeah I was mainly refering to that trade... What a horrible trade... Can't believe he couldn't shop more than that.
Pens should be interesting, you might not know 6 or 7 of the forwards they dress every night, but they might light it up with their top guys. Surprised at all the wording for the conditions on the picks going either way too. There is a slim chance Toronto wouldn't even get a 1st rounder out of the deal (think Pens would have to miss playoffs next two years though so unlikely).
Crazy couple of days.
Rumors are Saad is crushed too, although with the numbers coming out that he was hoping for what else did he expect? Especially as part of his RFA years.
Mike Green finally gone!
I'm shocked Green only got that deal. I could have seen the $6M AAV, but for longer term. Considering the other D men deals handed out he was worth more on the open market I think. That said, glad the Caps aren't going to pay him $6M a year to be a 3rd pairing D. We'd even moved him off the point on the 1st PP unit by the end of the year (to mixed results).
I would laugh if there is a total decline in Kessels' production
What do you do if you keep exiting the playoffs in Game 7 heartbreakers?
You sign the guy that's never lost a Game 7 (7-0). Welcome to DC, Justin Williams. Good money, good term, fills a hole on RW for us. If Kuznetsov and Burakovsky come along like we expect them to, our top 6 should be damn good next year. Subtracting Green's money, depending on the raises Joahnnson and Holtby get we might have the money to keep one of Ward or Fehr.
No ones having a worse off season than Arizona. They arent even trying to hide the fact that they want that organization to fail.
But so far I am please with the Ducks off season moves!
I'm getting a phone call from Merrith saying Caps acquire TJ Oshie in exhange for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a 2016 3rd-rounder. I think the fans will be happy.
To get back Oshie for him, a 3rd, and a goaltending prospect (somewhere we have obvious strength in, plus we just drafted another with our 1st this year) is quite a coup. A package for Oshie had been discussed for awhile, but we figured we'd have to give up a higher pick (maybe even a 1st), and a D prospect like Bowey if Brouwer was the only regular NHLer going back the other way. I'm elated. This likely means that Ward and Fehr are both gone as well though, unless we can shed Laich's contract. It'll really depend what our RFA's get.
Still wonder if GMBM will look to Holtby and see if he just wants to do a 2 year bridge deal, as Williams signed for 2 years and Oshie has 2 years left on his deal. It's a small window they're planning for, but one nonetheless.
If it wasn't for the Boston suckification I would be a little nervous being in the Metro. Shit is getting real and given how tight the race was last year, these big moves could portend trouble for my blueshirts.
So Kessel hasn't missed a game since '09? Streak break immenent!
Happy retirement Martin St. Louis. Got to see him play a lot when he was in TB, and he was always exciting to watch.
SJ picks up Ward. I am very happy with this at 3.2 mil. It's pretty crazy how quickly this team picked up missing pieces.
It's stuff like this that make me chuckle: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/colum...e636e610c.html
The stuff at the bottom about Troy Brouwer was amusing, brings up his 4 goals and 4 assists in 19 games in 2010 when Blackhawks won the Cup, ignores the fact that other than that year Brouwer has only 11 points in 59 other playoff games. Also brings up his goal scoring while claiming he is a clutch performer come playoff time, when he only had 3 goals in 35 games last 3 playoff runs with the Caps, while getting much more favorable deployment.
Whether or not the off ice/attitude stuff about Oshie is true, he's still clearly a skill upgrade at RW over Brouwer. He also managed to score almost twice as many goals as Brouwer did in the playoffs over Blues last 3 appearances, and in only 17 total games.
Funny news, the waived off goal for the Caps late in the 2nd period of Game 5 against the Rags (due to Joel Ward "interfering" with Lundqvist by being outside the crease and not being the one to initiate contact) was reviewed by league GM's as an example of new coaches challenge rule and every GM that was present thought it should have been a good goal.
I'd be more upset about it, save the Caps always are on the short end of goalie interference calls in the playoffs. Against Flyers in Game 7 back in '08, Game 7 against Halak to open the 3rd period on the Ovechkin waved off goal, etc. Plus, we ended up taking a 1-0 lead with ~8 minutes to go anyways and couldn't hold it anyways, I'm not thinking having a lead for 20+ minutes would have held up either.
So Sharp finally got moved, as expected. Some D men going back and forth as well, surprised Johns was moved.
Caps have Holtby and Johannson going for arbitration in the next 2-3 weeks. Will be interesting to see what happens, rumors on Holtby contract talks had both sides looking at a ~5 year deal, but were about $1M apart in dollars per year. Rumors had Caps offering ~5-5.5M a year, and Holtby wanting north of 6M a year. Anything over 5.5 would hurt to be honest, but we'll see what happens.
Merrith & Dima, as a super casual hockey fan, how do the Stars look after some of their pickups (Sharp & Oduya) this off-season? John Madden out.
Holtby for 5 years, $30.5 million.
I'm happy with it. Most excited I've been for a Caps goalie since Olie.
Unless they find someone to take Laich's contract off our hands.
Fucking Pens signed Eric Fehr to a 3 year deal around ~$2M per. Also unloaded Sutter for Bonino and Clendenning, along with swapping a 3rd round pick for a 2nd. Great trade for them. Metro is going to be stacked this year.
Gorton (and probably Sathir still) really got the job done in NY. With Stepan locked in for another 6 years (39mil), we somehow remain unscathed from what was an extremely tight salary cap crunch. Bummed to lose Hagelin, but barring some stupid huge trade we got off really easy and actually look like a better team going into next season. Truth be told, Etem has all the potenial and youth for that trade to work out in our favor down the road anyhow.
Really excited for a full season with Yandle and especially stoked to see some of our new, younger guys step up.
With so many big names getting moved around and such a talent packed draft there's alot to look foward to. Fuck off summer, October can't come soon enough.
Kane rapin' more than just goaltenders?
Pretty fucking stupid if true.
Oh kaner you drunken asshat.
There's like two things to do in Buffalo. Getting drunk and doing stupid shit are one of them.
If they end up pressing charges, I wonder if the NHL will be consistent and suspend him like they did Voylnov and if the Blackhawks be on the hook for his salary cap hit like the Kings were with Voylnov.
Im guessing it will be a suspension for the regular season, just in time for him to come back for the playoffs. Hes to much of an asset for the NHL right now. Or some how the charges will miraculously drop (thanks to that new monster contract) and he will be there start of the season.
I'm thinking Kessel finally scores 40+ goals in a season this year
He looks so happy.
He really doesn't look like an elite athlete. That USA pic is pure gold.
Imagine how good he'd be if he actually gave a shit and was in tip top shape.
I only find it fair that they vacate their title last year. Not that I'm biased toward the team they beat in the finals or anything....
I'd buy the fuck out of that. Still sad the two games I went to (game 4 against Rangers, game 1 against Blackhawks) they lost. I probably shouldn't go to any more playoff games.
I laughed.The idea of McDavid, the so-called ‘Once every 10-year’ player, not winning the Calder Trophy isn’t that far-fetched. Penguins megastar Sidney Crosby took the league by storm in 2005-06 by scoring 102 points and living up to the billing that he could help transform the lowly Pens into a playoff contender. Crosby lost the Calder race that season to Alex Ovechkin, who piled on 106 points while playing on a Washington team that had a decent supporting cast
I don't think there's much question that Washington was the better team in 2005. The standings for that season reflect that. Pittsburgh was pretty terrible for years prior to Crosby coming in. Washington had actually been a pretty good team in the early 2000's, save for 2003-04.
Crosby played with: Lemieux, Recchi, Leclair, Gonchar and Palffy (not to mention other present/future regular NHLers in Whitney, Orpik, Talbot, Scuderi)
Ovechkin played with: Zubrus, Willsie, Clark and Pettinger, with Heward and Muir leading the way on D
As someone on Japers noted, Ovechkin scored as many or more goals sliding on his back/ass (the Phoenix goal) than 19 other skaters who dressed for the Capitals that year. Caps may have finished higher in the standings, but both teams were dumpster fires (worst 2 in goal differential in the East by a large margin over anyone else). Sid just had far more talent around him his rookie year.
Lemieux played a quarter of the season, he hardly counts. I'll give you Gonchar, he was still in or near his prime. Admittedly when I go and look at the actual rosters, I'd have to agree that Washington's was actually pretty thin, I'd forgotten they'd blown it up prior to the lockout. I wouldn't agree that the Pens were any better though. They had some decent players like LeClair (37), Palffy (34) and Recchi (38) but all three of those guys were getting extremely long in the tooth, even if Recchi went on to play half a dozen more seasons. Leclair and Palffy were out of the league the next year. Ryan Whitney was shit most of his career, coasting on power play points he got from playing with Crosby. Scuderi was just breaking in to the league and didn't really contribute much.
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To be honest, looking at the rosters/stats the thing that sticks out the most is that neither team had a goalie under 3.25 GAA. Not one. Game was so different even just 10 years ago coming out of the lockout from how it is now. I'm not calling it another dead puck era by any stretch, fuck the Devils forever for that...but man.
The number of power plays the first season back from the lockout was ridiculous. Hell, it's a HUGE part of the reason the Oilers made it to the finals. They had Pronger quarterbacking a very good power play (Pronger, Spacek and Stoll all had phenomenal one timers with Smyth in front of the net and Hemsky along the boards to pass), and there were many playoff games with 10-20 PP's per game, between both teams. It was kind of ridiculous. Even strength scoring hasn't changed all that much since the lockout, it's mostly a decline in powerplays that's resulted in the decline in scoring.
I'm all for good defense, but I don't like the return to the clutching/grabbing/legal interference that goes on almost constantly again. One type I hate is the little flyby interference a D man will do while their partner is retrieving the puck deep in their zone. At times the interference completely interrupts any forecheck pressure the opposing forwards could have put on. I understand the desire to protect D men from big hits this produces sometimes, but it gets fairly ridiculous and obvious for it to go uncalled they way it does at times (especially in the playoffs).
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