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About Katobaron

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  1. I don't even know where to start... 1. 2 members of that Canucks list haven't even started their careers as Canucks yet 2. Obviously McCann had some worth or else he wouldn't have fetched Gudbranson 3. Since Carlo and Aho went in the second round, every other team looked past them in the first round as well 4. Benning doesn't have the benefit of seeing a few years past the draft and cherry picking names that he missed on draft day. He's blended a good mix of BPA and positional needs and by establishing a competitive crease and blue line (both take longer to develop than forwards) and including both some grit and some skill to his draftees, he has the team on track to develop a solid young core, something we haven't seen since the end of the WCE days
  2. So the Canucks pass on the smaller skilled Swed (Nylander) to go with size and physicality with top 6 potential (Virtanen) and people haven't let it go ever since. Now we pick the smaller skilled Swed (Pettersson) and pass on the size and physicality (Vilardi) and people are upset? WHAT. DO. YOU. WANT.
  3. So what's your quick and easy Sedin succession plan? You seem to know enough to criticize so I'm curious to hear your solution. And near the cap ceiling? What?!?
  4. Pretty brutal assessment of a player that only played 30 games in a new system under a now fired coach with a struggling defensive partner. If he's just a depth plug then why were Florida fans upset to see him gone?
  5. Wouldn't us being a mess with and without him also suggest that he's not the problem with this team? A team with no offense and a depleted stock of high skill forwards can't score, I'm sure it's the stay at home defenseman's fault. We didn't bring him in to play like Karlsson, we brought him in to lay the body, clear the net, protect his teammates and match up against the physical teams in our conference. He proved that he can play that Willie Mitchell type of role in Florida and if we give him a chance to settle in, get healthy and actual play on a competitive Canucks team then I don't see how he's not worth the money. For the amount people around here rag on McCann I don't see why you're expecting a high octane puck moving all star defenseman as his trade return. Doesn't make sense.
  6. Or it's a case of a highly drafted defenseman who got thrown into the fire in Florida and never really got a chance to develop behind serious top four talent. You can tout advanced stats and possession metrics all you want but the whole team played a foot taller with him on the ice and that's something this franchise desperately needs.
  7. The difference here is that teams spending the money don't just pay in dollars but also pay in player development. If the Rangers are willing to go all in next year for a season at the cost of four first round picks until 2022 that's a huge price to pay. Those picks would also be helping a team like Vancouver or Colorado acquire more draft picks and maybe shorten their turnaround time to maintain a more competitive league. Also of note, as I stated with the Marian Hossa example the team acquiring him would be taking on a cap hit of $5,250,000 but only having to pay $1,000,000 so it's not as if every team would be using it as an opportunity to break the bank on high priced contracts. By the time the season is done they'd still have to be cap compliant the following year as well, not sure if I mentioned that in the original post.
  8. I haven't even watched a game in the NBA since the finals rematch last year so I totally see where that's coming from, but I honestly believe that this idea would maintain the parity of the playoff teams currently competing for the cup and perhaps even do more in that regard for teams like Arizona and Florida who don't have the luxury of tanking away fans for higher picks year after year. It rewards both those with money and those who care enough about the sanctity of the game to maintain an adequate NHL roster for the entirety of a season which is seemingly becoming an anomaly in a league built through youth movements.
  9. I agree completely. The politics of pro sports and potential lockouts seem to be the Achilles Heel for a lot of salary cap restructuring across different sports. The only time I could see it being appropriately presented would be at the end of the current CBA but they have so much to discuss already it would be difficult even bringing it to the table. Perhaps if it got enough backing from the owners it would be feasible but it's a long shot at best.
  10. How so if you don't mind me asking? I tried to structure it so that it would provide benefits for both small market and large market teams as well as both tanking teams (would make it easier to move large contracts), teams who aren't tanking but finishing off the season well (gain higher chance at receiving more picks) and teams sitting in that purgatory of 9th-11th in their conference (easier to acquire firepower at the deadline and push themselves into the playoffs).
  11. "A luxury tax in professional sports is a surcharge put on the aggregate payroll of a team to the extent to which it exceeds a predetermined guideline level set by the league. The ostensible purpose of this "tax" is to prevent teams in major markets with high incomes from signing almost all of the more talented players and hence destroying the competitive balance necessary for a sport to maintain fan interest. The money derived from the "tax" is either divided among the teams that play in the smaller markets, presumably to allow them to have more revenue to devote toward the contracts of high-quality players,[1] or in the case of Major League Baseball, used by the league for other pre-defined purposes." As we all know, possibly the biggest change to the NHL coming out of the 2004-05 lockout was the introduction of a hard cap salary. Much like the NFL, it prevents any of the NHL teams from exceeding it's limit within an allotted time frame. This creates a much enhanced league wide parity and structure but sometimes at the cost of player acquisitions and deadline day excitement. My proposal would be for teams to be able to exchange draft picks in order to gain cap space and possibly add the players they need to make a run at the cup. For example, this breakdown laid out somewhat similar to the NHL's current RFA draft pick compensation: Less than $1,200,000 Fourth-round pick Over $1,200,000 to $1,800,000 Third-round pick Over $1,800,000 to $3,500,000 Second-round pick Over $3,500,000 to $5,500,000 First and third-round picks Over $5,500,000 to $7,500,000 First, second and third-round picks Over $7,500,000 to $9,500,000 Two firsts, a second and third-round picks Over $9,500,000 Four first-round picks The draft picks would then be redistributed among the remaining teams using the "Gold Plan", as presented by Adam Gold at the 2012 Sloan Analytics conference. http://www.sloansportsconference.com/content/how-to-cure-tanking/ This would not only aid in the league's ongoing effort to maintain parity among all of it's teams but also as a deterrent to "tanking" and plummeting your team to the bottom of the standings for a higher pick. In a hypothetical 2017-2018 season, Washington finds themselves third in the East and second in their division behind Pittsburgh. With a rapidly closing window and a star like Alex Ovechkin soon to be on the decline, the time is now to make a trade and push for a cup. They manage to convince Stan Bowman to trade them a hypothetically rejuvenated Marian Hossa at the deadline in exchange for a defensive prospect that will help solidify the Blackhawks blueline and alleviate some of their salary cap woes. Though Hossa's salary of $5,275,000 won't cost the Capitals it's full amount (only $1,000,000/yr owed till 2022) the Capitals are pushed into exceeding the salary cap by $4,500,000 and because of that, they will be required to surrender both their first and third-round picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. At the end of the 2017-18 season the hypothetical Colorado Avalanche again find themselves at the bottom of the NHL standings, but because of their 18 points gained after their elimination compared to a late charging hypothetical Winnipeg Jets team that finished with 22 points after being eliminated a month later the Jets find themselves receiving the highest drafting luxury tax pick available as determined by the "Gold Plan". This would accomplish numerous things: Allow the Capitals to go all in for a playoff run without having to move blue chip prospects in their system Allow the Blackhawks to move a large contract off the books without having to retain salary Deter teams at the bottom of the standings from "tanking" by providing draft picks as motivation for a strong finish to a season Bring back the excitement of events such as the Trade Deadline and Free Agent frenzy which has lacked some luster in recent years Allow the NHL to make a change to the current NHL draft system without sacrificing the idea that the worst team has the best chance of picking the best player available Obviously some of these ideas leave a lot on the table in regards to how they would fit in the current bargaining agreement and how they would be policed by the league but it would provide potential working points for what I'd consider some pitfalls of the current rigid hard cap system. Sources: http://www.sloansportsconference.com/content/how-to-cure-tanking/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxury_tax_(sports) https://www.capfriendly.com/players/marian-hossa http://www.coppernblue.com/news-and-notes/2016/5/18/11701904/nhl-offer-sheet-compensation-2016-restricted-free-agent
  12. Someone's been listening to a little too much 1040.
  13. Blackhawk fans have some mighty short memories. Anyone remember their 2006-07 season because they sure don't
  14. More home and home divisional games in the regular season. Divisional games are so important for playoff seeding and playing back to back nights against the same team will do wonders for NHL rivalries.
  15. Trading has evolved since the Sedins first came to Vancouver. With the addition of the salary cap after the lockout and the focus on drafting and developing your own players it's a lot harder to acquire top end talent for minimal assets. In order to get something good you have to give something good in return.