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  1. The sad part of the whole thing, is if they would have somehow found a way to get one in OT to win Game 5, I think they finally got to Allen a bit. The forward D zone coverage was terrible in the game and for much of the series. Those goals that start out with a player against the boards skating in front of the net are a sign of a forward breakdown. The winning goal was on Zucker. It happens. I know we were pressing a bit, but that killed us. Now, for the offseason thread! :-) I would be willing to bet Haula isn't back. Ek, I think is going to be forced into the lineup and play a significant role next season. I would actually like to see Hanzal signed. I was a fan of the trade at the time and still am. I think as a 4th line guy he would be a nice addition. Perhaps Fletch can convince Pominville to waive his no trade clause to free him up for the expansion draft. I certainly don't expect Vegas to take him, and he wouldn't want to go there, but this would allow the team to protect one other player. We would have to eat some salary if we are able to ink a deal with another team, but I think that is doable. Russo actually was saying the same kind of thing in a recent interview.
  2. I know the Isles have a special place in your heart, so how long has Snow been holding the reigns (since 2006) and what do the Isles have to show for it? They not only lost every skilled player they had, but dealt away some of their key prospects for washed up nobodies. Look at Nino for Clutterbuck. Their playoff record is just as dubious as the Wild's (not getting out of the second round), but they have also missed the playoffs 2 of the last 4 years. I would trust Fletch every day of the week and twice on Sunday before Snow. He's a tool. Trust me, I want the Wild to win as much as the next guy. This team midway point of the season they had a legit shot to be a threat or favorite to win it. Back up to the start of the season however. What was everyone saying then? I don't recall anyone, myself included picking them to finish 2nd in the West and a franchise best in points and that was WITH a terrible stretch of games. What have we been asking for the last 3 years? Our young guys to take that next step. This year they did it. Its because of them and the addition of Staal that we had this season. I have no reason to believe this team will not be a contender next year either. Yeah, we are going to lose a guy or two, but we have a very good core. We have some of the best prospects coming up and if we get Kaprisov (he worries me that he will leave KHL) to come in 2018 we should be dominant. By then we will be free of Pominville's contract for sure. Probably bring in some marquee guy and then we will go on to win the Cup 4 of the next 6 years just so we can do it better than the Hawks did.
  3. I wish I could like Bear's post more than ONCE!!!
  4. Lungdeflator, I wish it were that easy. To my knowledge these contracts are essentially guaranteed and you cannot restructure them. I think the only thing they can do while under contract is extend them which could bring down the per year ##, but I believe that's it.
  5. I know what you are saying, but my comments were about the instant those 2 guys signed didn't mean we were going to win the Cup just by that addition. The roster before they came here was terrible. Risebrough pillaged draft picks, horrible trades, etc. Houston Aeros had no decent prospects. All of our good prospects were with the big club. They were not ready. Nino, Granlund, Coyle, Brodin, etc. They weren't ready for primetime yet. We just saw this year what their potential might be because they all had career years. We had missed the playoffs 6 of the prior 8 years before they came! Since those two came we have made it every year. Do I think Suter and Parise have their best years ahead of them? No. Suter is going to have a longer shelf life and be consistent for several more years. Parise gets the dump beat out of him and no way is he going to be producing at a high level long. The contracts are heavily front end loaded so buyouts at the end will not be nearly as hurtful. These contracts were done right before the new collective bargaining agreement so there is a bit more flexibility with them than there is now.
  6. I get it, but winning the Cup is the hardest trophy in sports. All rounds of the playoffs are best of 7. There are no byes like in NFL, etc. I will say that I am disappointed they haven't made it to the Conference Finals at least following that signing, but I still think the signing was a success. 2 players do not a team make. Without them we wouldn't have been competitive for a while. I think Parise shouldn't have played in the World Cup. He was coming off a season ending injury, no sense in pushing that and adding a couple more weeks of tough games to his schedule.
  7. Have I said how much I love playoff hockey? There are great games every night and it sure beats doing yard work. Thankfully I got most of mine done before the playoffs started. Now its just burning some brush in my campfire ring to clean things up a bit. I am the biggest Preds fan tonight! That Leafs/Caps series is fun to watch too. Edm should rebound after getting destroyed by SJ tonight I think. Certainly wouldn't suck to have McDavid!
  8. You cant just look at one team's terrible play in a series like this and not give credit to the team they are playing against for making them look that way. The Wild were the 2nd best scoring team in the league, but suddenly in this series they couldn't get to 2 goals for 3 games. Why was that? The Blues owned the D zone inside and the Wild never got quality second chances. If they didn't score on the first shot, they likely didn't get a second shot. Flip that and I think the Blues look like they do because the Wild have found their D game again. Scandella who was terrible for much of the season is an absolute stud right now. He was huge last night. I love his game right now. He isn't showing up on stats sheets, but he was a real difference maker last night. Its been the race to 2 goals in every game thus far and I don't see that changing. I do think that if there was going to be a blowout the most likely team to do it is the Wild. I honestly don't think Allen can keep this up long. Actually that second goal, while it was a VERY well placed shot, should have been saved and certainly the first goal was completely because of a bad bounce or oversight on Allen's part. Plays like that will get into his head. Get a lead early on Saturday and we could be in business for a rout! I agree with this. I was just making a point that I don't think they would go out and find some crusty veteran for any "savings" by buying out Poms. There are guys that deserve more ice time. The trouble is they are getting up there in games now some of them, they almost have to "stick" with the big club or you face issues with them having to clear waivers. They lost Dalpe because of this. So, you are certainly going to have to balance the good with the bad. So far I think Ek has paid off. He is going to be a nice player for us in years to come. Kunin, and Tuch might be ready to see some serious ice time next year too. Problem all 3 of those guys are Centers primarily. So, someone is going to have to play out of position which isn't an issue I think it actually helps the younger guys to be forced to play wing vs center anyway early on.
  9. Right, the only way I see them buying him out now is if they replace him with someone they are already paying (in Iowa) making it a wash which was said earlier. I'm just happy it was a well-played game last night and ended in a good result. Much better than playing pretty well or outplaying the Blues and losing. Winning is so much more fun. Its lame that the Wild get the 2PM game Saturday because Chicago MIGHT be playing Saturday. Losers. Ive got a ton of work to do this weekend and I cannot afford to be drinking that early in the day. :-)
  10. IDK, that is a lot of dough to cough up for a buyout. If the CAP increases I think it makes it more palatable, but if it stays flat, I'm not so sure. Don't get me wrong, I want him out of here in the worst way, but I just don't think buying him out at that rate is in the cards. Maybe it will get done, but that is a lot of money IMO to pay a guy to not play that hurts our ability to replace him. Here is what it would take. Might work, but we have 3 guys we need to worry about signing for next year and we will lose someone to Vegas. Maybe it works???
  11. The thing people forget is we would still have the opportunity to retain SOME salary so getting rid of Pominville wouldn't be as far fetched as you make it sound. Yes, we would be on the hook for a chunk of change yet, but it could certainly be less than what we are paying him now and possibly get something in exchange even if it were a new water bottle carrier. Hanzal and White will not be resigned, but I disagree about Hanzal's play. He has been just fine. Last night was another step up in his game. He was physical and had a sweet goal that ended up icing the game. He has been valuable as a 3rd or 4th center. He wins a ton of faceoffs. We couldn't trust Graovac in ANY D zone faceoff and he was going to be the guy we would have in there if we didn't do the trade. Yeah, Grao is faster, but nothing else about his game intrigues me at this stage. Haula is out, so, if we hadn't done the trade, where would we look for that additional center? Shroeder? Please! He would be a good guy to put in for energy at wing, but I don't want him at center. The 1st round pick the wild gave up in that deal was going to be a basic high 2nd round pick. This draft is very weak. We have talent emerging with Ek, Tuch (hopefully), Greenway and Kaprisov hopefully in 2018. We can afford to give up a pick this year if it helps our chances this year. Which I certainly think it has.
  12. Right, its a pickle for sure. One thing I did read is that Pominville has a Modified No Trade clause which basically means he lists teams. I assume, not 100% sure which way it goes, that the list is of teams to NOT be traded to. For 2016-17 it was 20 teams. For next season its 10. So, maybe that is a good thing.
  13. Ive been a very vocal critic of Dumba the last couple years. He isn't having a good year, neither is Scandella though he has picked it up in the playoffs IMO. Up to this point I would have gotten rid of Dumba or would leave him exposed in the expansion draft. Then I looked at their ages. Scandella is 27 and Dumba 22. There is lots of room to grow for Dumba yet. He has a higher ceiling than Scandella I think too. I'm a bit torn now. I might want to keep Dumba hoping that more time with Stevens gets him to develop more. Wouldn't you know it, I text my buddy "I'm done with Coyle" and then 30 seconds later he gets one of the greasy goals he needs to be scoring on Sunday. Figures. Around December I was wanting Fletch to buy off Vegas so they wouldn't take ANY of our players. At this point, I don't even really care. Its been that frustrating. Pominville is absolutely killing us right now. He doesn't produce at all. Isnt a factor in any games and is costing us $5.6M for TWO MORE YEARS! Ouch. We are still paying off Vanek after this year. If the Cap doesn't go up, we cannot buy out Pominville too. That would be almost $7M toward the Cap of dead money between the two next year. Ouch! Too bad we cannot find a team willing to take him like the Phaneuff trade to Toronto last year. Arizona owes us one...
  14. Parise, Suter, Koivu, Pominville ALL have to be protected in the expansion draft because they are on "No Move" contracts. Granlund isn't under contract for next year, neither is Nino or Haula. Our D corps are all signed through next season, but we have forwards to lock up. The only other notable player with an expiring contract is Kuemper. Suter, Koivu, Parise, Pominville (all required to be protected), Granlund (once signed), Dubnyk I think are guarantees to be protected. After that it gets muddy. The expansion draft requires some players exposed to be under contract for the 2017-18 season as well Valuable info here: Its going to be tough. Coyle, Niederreiter, Granlund and Zucker all had career years this season. They are on the upswing. We can either protect 7 skaters, 3 D men and a Goalie OR 8 skaters and a Goalie.
  15. I agree. He was solid the first half of the season. Then got hurt and maybe he just doesn't have his legs back. I really like how he was so hard to knock off the puck on those board battles. Its something this team lacks on the back end. Home team woes continued last night with Chicago losing. The Caps had a heckuva scare against Toronto with the Leafs jumping out to a 2-0 only to fall in OT. Sure some good hockey. The playoffs never seem to disappoint for a hockey fan, just your favorite team might. Here's to a better result for the Wild tonight! Play that same game again tonight and they win.