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  1. The Kings were happy to add Wisniewski this offseason, as he is a great producer. We were also dismayed when he got a serious injury on his very first shift. If James were definitely out for the whole season, it wouldn't have been an issue, as we could have replaced him with a rental player and left him on LTIR until next year. However, there is a possibility that he will return before the end of the season, even if just for a couple of weeks. So in order to acquire a replacement, and not end up in trouble, we reached out to him to see if he'd consider waiving to go to any non-playoff teams. He gave us a list of a few, and we made a deal work with one of them. We expect James will be back to his 250-point self next season - maybe even better, as he will be playing for a new contract, and will likely be higher on the depth chart on his new team. We probably would not have had the room to extend him either, so this also gives him an opportunity to earn a new deal during the season. Thanks to Squeak for the smooth negotiations.
  2. Kings send down Frank Vatrano and call up Bobby Farnham.
  3. Hamhuis and his place on this team

    Defensively-oriented D-men rarely play their off-side as well.
  4. Hamhuis and his place on this team

    Even though I think it's time to move on, Hamhuis is still a good D-man. He just needs what Mitchell did - a younger, faster, offensive, free-wheeling D-man to pair with. Then he can just hand over the puck, and focus on covering for his partner, rather than having to drive play himself. Mitchell played some of the best hockey of his career paired with Doughty. And Hamhuis was outstanding at the WC's paired with Burns. But we don't have that kind of player, so he's been dragged down by fringe NHL-ers like Weber and Bartkowski. The closest we have is Tanev, and Hammer and him actually played very well together before. But Edler is so dependent on CT now that their pairing is a must.
  5. CDC Puck 2015/2016 (1 GM Position)

    Isn't there an NHL rule against trading a guy you claimed on waivers? Doesn't apply here?
  6. Lack of hitting one of our BIGGEST problems

    We lost the cup in 2011 because of hitting. Guys throwing the hits get worn down and hurt too.
  7. Hamhuis and his place on this team

    I like Hamhuis...a lot. Even have his jersey. That said, Edler won't waive, is younger, and provides more offense. Hutton is the real deal. And Hamhuis is showing signs of his age; he has taken a step back in each of the last 2 years, and will continue to regress in the future. It's time to cut bait.
  8. I know - every time I look at the Bruins stat sheet I get all giddy at seeing how well Miller did. ...Then I realize it isn't Kevan Miller...
  9. Los Angeles Kings Prospect Report The Kings are having great success at the CDCFL level, but there are also some youth in the organization making great strides in their development. Here are a few highlights among our 'future Kings': FORWARD Kevin Labanc - Kevin exploded in his draft+1 year last season, and has picked up right where he left off. In his first 22 games with the Barrie Colts, he has 37 points, and is a +17! Was CHL Player of the Week in late October. Frank Vatrano - The AHL rookie fresh out of NCAA had 10 goals in his first 10 games. Now he has 3 in his first 7 NHL games, with limited minutes. He's generated lots of grade "A" chances as well. He had been called up earlier, but then sent down for conditioning after a recent injury...but if he continues this play we won't be able to refer to him as a "prospect" anymore. Warren Foegele - Warren struggled at the beginning of the season with UNH, and then suddenly left and joined the Kingston Frontenacs. Things are going well so far, as he has 4 points in his first 6 games. Interestingly, Foegele played last year with current Hurricanes rookie D-man Brett Pesce in the NCAA, and now plays with future Hurricane rookie D-man Roland McKeown in the OHL. DEFENSE Roland McKeown - A lot of people were down on McKeown (great title for a movie) last year, as he took a step back from his draft year. However, this year the Frontenacs captain has picked it up in a big way, with 20 points in his first 20 games. Jack Dougherty - Jack left his terrible NCAA team, and joined the Portland Winterhawks this season. He has already equaled his offensive production from last season in less than half the games (9 points in 16 games), but has also gone from a -25 to a +4 (good example of how +/- usually says more about a team than an individual player). Is likely to be in Team USA's top-4 in the WJC, and will probably join the Predators' AHL team at the end of the season for a playoff run. Marc-Andre Gragnani - Gragnani has 8 points in 11 games for the Albany Devils. He's due for a call-up at some point, when NJ has some blueline injuries. GOALTENDING Igor Shesterkin - St. Petersberg decided to send the 19 year-old to their farm team, where he has absolutely dominated. In his first 11 games, he has a 1.26 GAA and .953 save percentage. Jon Gillies - Jon has had some injury troubles early this season. However, he has been very good in his limited AHL action, with a 2.31 GAA and .920 save percentage in his first 7 professional games.
  10. NHL 16 Thread

  11. Agreed. If a college player doesn't want to sign with the team that drafted him, fine - but at least let the team trade him for fair value.
  12. Do you ride a horse to work?