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  1. Because there is little precedent for a player of his age going from a bad player to a good player. There is no precedent for it when you factor in just how long he;s been in the league. He has stagnated since being drafted.
  2. Trade or cut loose. It'd take way less than a first, but it there is anything sparking discussion that has suggested it's on the table, we take it and run to the hills. He is behind Tanev, Edler, Hutton, Stecher, Pouliot and MDZ, with Juolevi hopefully in the mix next year too. He's going to want a contract (and given the small UFA D market this year, he might actually get a contract) in the 5 million for 6+ years range, the most I'd offer a depth guy like that is $5m over 3 years. Cold hard facts: Gudbranson is a bad skater in either direction He does not clear the front of the net - we give up substantially more shots from that area when he is on the ice than when he is not. In fact, we give up substantially more shots from just about everywhere in the zone when Gudbranson is on the ice He has questionable defensive hockey sense He has bad offensive hockey sense He throws a lot of hits He punches people occasionally He has "intangibles" such as character, leadership and "jam". He did not ruin Evgeny Malkin's night He is massively overpaid at $3.5m and managing the cap is key to building a competitor (see: Loui Eriksson) Can back up any of the negative points there with evidence if anyone wants. We had another 3rd overall defenseman here that didn't pan out and we had no hesitation in cutting ties. I think we can sign a D man in free agency that is every bit as useful as Guddy for 1/3 of the price at some point in the next few years (or Tryamkin will come back and be a phyiscal presence and a good hockey player).
  3. Well, he's hardly going to say "he's a 7-8th defence-man on a bottom 6 team in the NHL and is looking for a $30-40 million contract in the summer, so we'd like a 2nd and a prospect for him please"...
  4. Why does every player on the team have better possession and goal differential metrics (adjusted for QOC, ZS, etc) when Gubranson's cheeks are on the pine, then? Only Vanek has more frequent giveaways than Gudbranson, so I'm not sure what you've been watching... He is literally the least safe defenseman on the roster: Most frequent giveaways Worst relative shot differential Fewest points Worst point share The things he does well are around shot blocking (2nd on the team in blocks) and driving up the goalie's save percentage. I'm not convinced he's better than Biega. I'm not convinced Sutter is better than Burmistrov. It's not about whether they can hold their own on the team, it's about how much we're willing to pay a bottom pairing defenseman or a bottom 6 forward, essentially because they were drafted in the top 10 of their class. If we were paying Guddy a million a year, I'd love for him to stick around. But can we get a substantially better Dman for 3.5> Absolutely (see Cody Franson, Nathan Beaulieu, Brad Hunt, Paul Postma...)
  5. Even when you factor in his high proportion of defensive zone starts, he is one of the worst possession players on the team. There's only so much of that that "big body" and "character guy" can cover up. Hopefully he has a good run on return from injury and gets a good price at the deadline. He is not worth a raise, and I'd argue not worth what we're paying him now. The expansion draft saved us from overpaying Sbisa anymore, so lets not repeat the mistakes of the past.
  6. Brock Boeser | #6 | Right Wing

    McDavid, Eichel, Hanfin for sure ahead of him. After that he's in a bunch of 3 with Marner and Hanafin.
  7. Brock Boeser | #6 | Right Wing

    So, should Boeser have been a top 5 pick that year?
  8. [Value Of] Jannik Hansen

    We'd get the retained salary spot back which might allow us to trade the Sedins if they so wish later in the year, so there's that... If we're out of contention come the deadline, maybe a 25-30 goal Vanek to SJ for Hansen and a conditional 1st might be something if we want to make retained salary transactions elsewhere?!
  9. Pettersson is 3rd in PPG in the SHL as an 18 year old. He is the real deal. Boeser has 14 points in 17 games. He is the real deal. I'll admit that at this point, I'd have taken Sergachev over Juolevi, but Olli will still be a top 4 Dman. That said, I'm pretty sure I could put up decent numbers playing on the same PP unit as Stamkos and Kucherov.
  10. Kole Lind | RW

    I just remember that video of Benning wondering why no one was picking Kole Lind. I wonder how high he was on our list? 12-15 range?
  11. [Signing] Avalanche sign Yakupov

    I'd put money on him outscoring every Canuck this year.
  12. Well, we have fans who are high on Sutter, Gudbranson and Sbisa (bottom 6/pairing on 29th overall team) so remember to take any fan's opinion with a liberal helping of salt.
  13. [Official] 2017 Training Camp Thread

    I'm really liking the look of Utica this year. A lot of talented young players. Goldobin - Dahlen - Megna Boucher - Chaput - Rodin LaBate - Molino - Archibald (?) Carcone - Cassels - McEwen Chatfield- Holm McEneny - Subban Brisebois - Biega Demko - Bachman
  14. [Game] CDC Gambling - Rodin edition

    Given that none of those 3 actually went on waivers (Upshall was released, the other two are waiver exempt) I question your sources. Still, they said he was going on waivers and didn't go on yesterday - keeping him up in case someone gets hurt in the last preseason game and then waiving him if needs be is probably the right call.
  15. [Official] 2017 Training Camp Thread

    Also, he's on an AHL contract which means no waivers. Signing him to a 2 way NHL deal introduces unnecessary risk. Do it day 1 of the year when everyone's roster is day maybe? Probably not until they want to call him up.