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Bear55 last won the day on June 28 2015

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  1. Just a guess but we are probably giving it a year or two with the team we have to see what they can accomplish, I know that isn't as sexy and making trades and some big moves or blowing up the team but of the last 5-6 years last year was the first time we could be consider a true cup contender. That one other year we got Dubs and went on a late season run I think a case could be made for being a dark horse contender but of course we got booted by Chicago so ya they were just better than us on every level that year. Eventually Pommers will be gone, Staal's contract will be up and who knows what happens with Koivu and we will be forced to re-tool and get younger. This season will be very telling if we can sustain the level of play we saw for a good chunk of the season last year or if we go mental again. The positive to the mental side of our game is if we get hot at the right time we can be a force, the hard part is lining that up for the playoffs when we just can't seem to get it all together.
  2. Well looks like the draft came and went without much fireworks, sounds like Fletcher didn't like any of the offers so he is going to wait to make a move. Hard to see us fitting under the cap or filling out a full team without moving Scandella or Pommers so we will see what happens. Of course drafting from the 3rd round on doesn't lead to many super exciting players but it sound like we got a couple midgets with some skill and several projects. Our big off season move might have been keeping everyone through expansion.
  3. That Drouin contract at 5.5 is kind of bad for us right now. Nino is far more proven than him and Granlund has had the beast season out of the 3 of them. Hard to see anything under 5 for each of them.
  4. Haula is probably going to see a lot of playing time so I don't doubt he will have some nice years, kind of like how Brodziak scored 20 playing as our first line center. I like Schroeder as first call up or emergency player but he just can't consistently bring it in the NHL, that is no crime because when he gets hot he is fun to watch but he just can't stay there.
  5. Well it looks like we got out of expansion is pretty darn good shape. Haula + Tuch and we got a 3rd coming back to us, not bad at all. Tuch is no throw away prospect and could become a heck of a player some day but I feel like we still were able to keep our better prospects and center prospects which is big for us. Sounds like we still might move a D man to clear some cap space so maybe more fireworks to come.
  6. Saw that Haula rumor too but there could be a decent prospect involved too. Just have to cross the fingers and see what happens today. Sounds like if we cut a deal a D man could be traded to help with the cap, will be interesting to see what happens.
  7. We pretty much have to find a way to trade pommers, might have to eat a little salary but it would solve a lot of cap and other issues. The good news is his 47 points last season looks decent so he might be moveable.
  8. As good as Staal is now he will be 33 when the season starts, Dumba will be a 23 year old dman who despite some questions in his own zone can hold his own and just put up 11 goals and 23 points, he has his entire career in front of him. I have to think Vegas is taking the long view here, sure Stall would help now but they will need to win more once that new franchise smell wears off.
  9. Well our trade window is closed, looking like we will lose one of Brodin, Dumba or Staal to Vegas unless a deal can be worked out. I am kind of settled on us just losing one player and be done with it, if a deal happens great but Vegas has been accepting 1st rounders not to take players so the price won't be cheap. Rumor has it we protect Brodin and we likely lose Dumba, Staal could go too but I think Vegas understands they would only get him for two years and he might bolt after that, plus his age so he might be safe to expose which is a good thing.
  10. We probably get to do this all over again in a year or three, pressure sure they want to balance the league at 32 teams. Maybe by then it won't hurt as much but you would almost rather have it hurt because that means our prospects panned out.
  11. Trade rumors heating up about Brodin now, sound like him or Dumba could get moved today. We are just in a bad spot so I'm going to hold my breath and hope for the best, we have until tomorrow at 4pm to make a trade but things are starting to happen, Montreal and Tampa just made a big move so the dominos will start to fall.
  12. I wouldn't mind a bit but Vegas would have to be a little dumb to take him with that contract. I also see Graovac to Washington for a 5th. Sounds like they needed a body for expansion reasons. Kind of liked him, big with some skills but coaches were not impressed and he didn't have a well rounded game. Might be useful as a winger if he ever figures out how to use that size of his.
  13. I think you are right on the value, the offence Dumba provides will be worth more than a steady Brodin. CM will be there at #3 for sure, there is another Swiss kid that might be locked into #2. Nico Hircher or something like that.
  14. Russo is speculating we might protect Brodin and trade Dumba, I am slightly in favor of that move but not 100% sure but that is why they make the big $$$. Vegas likely snags Scandella or any valuable forward left unprotected. Pommers needs to waive, I don't want to lose any of Staal or Zucker before him, lets hope it gets done. We can't afford Hanzel so don't worry about him, not even sure we can afford Haula but have a replacement waiting in Ek. I like Schroeder as a first call up or bench warmer type guy, when he is on he can score a little, he just can't keep it up throughout the year.
  15. Look at the top scorers in the league, maybe 3 guys are gritty (Marchand, Getzlaf, Benn). Sure there are some bigger guys but many of them are soft but they have crazy skills that is why they are coveted by GM's. If you look at the best of the best size isn't a factor. Sure it helps but no one is lining up to take Getzlaf or Benn over Kane, McDavid, or Crosby because they aren't gritty enough. No doubt we bowed out early this year, we weren't playing well at a crucial time of year and our mental/elongated slumps took its toll again, I don't know if anyone has the answer for that but if we can use it to our advantage we might be deadly if we get hot. This is mostly the same team that overachieved and showed promise in the 2014 and 2015 playoffs, laying an egg one year doesn't mean our entire future is trash. No doubt we need to get some contracts off the books, Pommers for one was signed too long after a nice 30 goal season, Koivu needs a pay cut, Parise and Suter had to be done - we all knew that was going to hurt in time but it had to be done and teams were lining up to give them more $$$. If you take a million away from Parise and give it to Suter it makes more sense and doesn't really matter. Other than that the contracts Fletcher is handing out have been great, it will be interesting to see what Granlund and Nino get after their big years but it shouldn't be too bad considering their RFA. This was our best year historically and now you want to complain about draft picks when we obviously went for it this post season? Sure it didn't work out but we took a shot and we should have, don't be one of those hind sight draft analysts that gets every pick right 10 years after the fact. If you want changes you might see them because of expansion, guys might get traded or other creative things could happen, it could get a little crazy after the finals are over. Honestly BB its been great talking to you, you know your stuff and sorry about that whiney comment a while back. I am just the positive to your negative, we need a balance here right? One thing I nailed last year was BB was our greatest off season move, Staal was a great surprise too but our coach really had these guys playing amazing hockey for most of the year, lets give him 5 years and see what happens. No GM is perfect but Fletcher (despite some mistakes) has put us in a great position to content and that is all you can ask of him. We have a lot of talent on this team, if the stars align and the guys mesh well we can win it all with the parts we have. I have never felt that before, it was always an underdog/miracle type story but right now we are deep and skilled right, sure we don't have the high end talent but we have a lot of talent that could put it all together and make it happen. With that said enough of this hockey theory stuff, the cup is almost won and the expansion draft and draft will be here soon. It will be interesting to see what they do and I am excited about next year and hopefully the team can take us somewhere new next year.