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  1. But the Callahan contract. What if they retain less and say we have Callahan at $3.5M annually
  2. Tampa Bay: Burrows at 50% and Baertschi Vancouver: Callahan at 50% and Drouin Tampa receives a veteran RW signed for this season and is outproducing Callahan at the moment. They get cap relief for the rest of Callahan's contract, with savings of $2.9M annually for the next three seasons. The Lightning, while downgrading on LW, get a potential top-6 forward who will command less money than Drouin would. All of these combined savings would then allow Tampa GM Yzerman to retain his core group of forwards. Daniel - Henrik - Eriksson Granlund - Sutter - Callahan Drouin - Horvat - Hansen Gaunce - Chaput - Megna Skille Edler - Stecher Hutton - Gudbranson Tryamkin - Tanev Sbisa - Biega Miller Markstrom
  3. Charlie McAvoy played for Boston University last year (his draft year) and scored 25 points in 37 games. This year, his draft+1 year, he has 12 points in 14 games. By comparison, Dante Fabbro -- who was drafted three spots later and spent his season in the BCHL -- has 6 points in 14 games playin on the same BU team as McAvoy. I don't know much about Poehling but I mean it could be worthwhile to draft someone with NCAA experience if we find ourselves in the middle of the first round. Button said he projects to be a top 6 centre.
  4. I wonder how that Finnish WJC will fare. They won last year because of Puljujarvi and Laine and Aho and had a good supportng cast but we'll see this year. Hopefully Juolevi and Tolvanen can connect and generate in the offensive zone if Puljujarvi doesn't go. And how WHL defenseman Jusso Valimaki will fare. He could be a good early 2nd round pick or if we get a late 1st too.
  5. "The Sedins are pointing fingers now!!!! Well normally they only use those fingers to lick the peanut butter off of their bread, what are they doing pointing fingers??!??" LMAO
  6. I'm not too worried about our offense. We can fill the wings quite easily with UFAs. The one position we do need however is a #1C, which we will very likely only be able to get at the draft. I do believe that Horvat can develop into that #1C role, but we should draft for it anyways so that if Horvat does develop into a #1C we can have an excellent one-two punch down the middle with Sutter taking care of shutdown responsibilities on the third line.
  7. Ya he's on at like 6pm on I think Wednesday nights. Pretty cool getting that recent ex NHLer perspective.
  8. Definitely BMac, Donny and The Moj. The overtime segment with The Moj and Mike Santorelli is pretty interesting too
  9. I don't think I overrated Erik Gudbranson. Dale Tallon, the man who built the Chicago team before leaving for Florida, believed Gudbranson was worthy enough to be the third overall pick. Has Gudbranson lived up to those expectations? Not yet, and neither did his offensive game develop. Regrdless of those expectations, and regardless of the fact that he was a former third overall pick, Erik Gudbranson is a top-4 defenseman. In the post-season Gudbranson was the leading minute defenseman on a playoff Florida team. He was used in a shutdown role and played against Tavares and the Islanders' top scorers. Throughout the 2015.16 season he played on average 20:07 TOI per game and started 59% of his shifts in the defensive zone. Even here in Vancouver Gudbranson is playing 20:11 TOI per game and being the defensive presence to Hutton's offensive presence, and will split matchups with Edler. For other examples, Dan Hamhuis is regarded as a top-4 defenseman and he plays slightly more on a talented Dallas team with 20:16 TOI per game. Adam Larsson plays slightly less at 20:08 TOI per game but is he not considered a top-4 defenseman? Dougie Hamilton on the other hand plays just 19:20 TOI per game this season but is he not a top-4 defenseman? Usage and TOI over a long period of time defines a player's roster role, especially when it coms to a defenseman. Based on his usage and minutes both in Florida and in Vancouver, Gudbranson is a top-4 defenseman.
  10. Trade an aging top 6 centre plus a few pieces for a top 6 centre, a former 3rd overall pick and current top 4 defenseman, and another #4/5 defenseman. That's preeeeeeee good.
  11. No love for Gudbranson?
  12. Since being put on the same line together against the Rangers in New York.. Baertschi: 8 pts in 8 gp (2 pts in previous 13 gp) Burrows: 9 pts in 10 gp (0 pts in previous 9 gp) Horvat: 11 pts in 10 gp (5 pts in previous 13 gp) With the Sedins and Sutter still creating chances on the "first line" and powerplay and Baertschi, Burrows, and Bo leading the "secondary" scoring, if Hansen comes back and generates scoring on the second line with Eriksson and Granlund, we'd be a pretty high scoring team would we not?
  13. Domi. Max Domi please. I don't know what their needs are, but I heard they needed a centre if they were to trade of Hanzal. So maybe a three-way deal involving another team that has excess at centre? ARI: Stepan NYR: Tanev VAN: Domi Maybe? I just want to see Domi and Horvat reunited from their London days. They showed insane chemistry and skill together. Bottom 9F when healthy would then be... Baertschi - Granlund - Eriksson Domi - Horvat - Hansen Gaunce - Chaput - Burrows And then in the future... Domi - Horvat - Boeser Baertschi - Hischier? - Virtanen
  14. To Dallas Ryan Miller Jordan Subban To Vancouver "Everyone's favourite auntie" Antti Niemi Julius Honka Dallas improves their goaltending for this year and takes off $4.5M in cap for next year. They lose a recent first round pick in Honka but get Subban, a similar defenseman, in return. Vancouver receives a former Stanley Cup winning goaltender in Niemi who can help mentor and backup Markstrom for the remainder of this season and next, allowing Demko to develop in the AHL. We lose Subban without ever really giving him a chance but get a similar defenseman with higher upside in Honka in return, who could potentially play alongside fellow countryman Juolevi in the near future. Vancouver solidifies its defense and goaltending for the next decade and can now focus on drafting, developing, or trading for offense. Juolevi - Honka (offensive pairing) Hutton - Gudbranson (shutdown pairing) Tryamkin - Stecher (two-way pairing)
  15. If we are in a position to take Liljegren then by all means, if he is what everyone says he is then take him. In that case, I would much rather trade Tanev for a forward instead of Gudbranson because of the need for physicality. Otherwise, if Liljegren is gone we should go with the forward with the highest offensive ceiling and hockey sense.