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  1. This broad stroke, one size fits all, solution is tone deaf, and causes damage to a minority, because of the optics of the situation. Some people need larger doses of pain meds to function. It isn't in their heads, they are legitimately in pain. Just because people don't want to do their jobs properly, and actively fight for their patients rights, and their own right to prescribe properly, doesn't mean that people should suffer. Too many people phoning it in has led us into this mess.
  2. This is the 2nd time in the last 2 games where you see the team take the lead, and let their foot off of the gas. We aren't built to just turn it on, or to stifle successfully for a long period of time. We are a team that will win only as long as we are working, for a full 60 mins. But if we can find a way to do that, to just continually pour it on, I think we shall see a lot of success thru the season. As for our D-corps play last night, it is starting to look like the sum of all those parts, might just be something to be in favour of. Especially with Tanev playing regular minutes beside Hughes and actually putting up points. This team is going to be a lot of fun to watch, win or lose, this season, if they play like they can. I hope I'm not the only one really excited for this season!
  3. I'd rather have Sutter than Gudbranson, every day of the week. And I was against the Sutter trade from the start of the rumour of it. IF anything, this teaches us that sometimes all those scratch lotto tickets that are draft picks are as volatile as some of the gambles you make on prospects in other teams systems. Plan accordingly, and learn from the mistakes for next time.
  4. You have to play them, and if you put them on waivers the team that had him last gets first dibs and can roll them down to the AHL, I believe.
  5. Quick, get Mckeown! Asset management! Make the years of pain with Vey all disappear.
  6. Hey, he laid down the beats and dropped the bass for the after party!
  7. This is a contract where the player is not only doing a solid for the team, but is betting on himself. If he isn't worth the hit, we can trade him, but if he comes in and nails it, he's going to get paid. And no one here will mind that in the slightest.
  8. Here here! It was my biggest concern with our acquisition of both players. Players who dominated at lower levels because they were bigger, stronger, faster than their peers. They didn't have to develop much in the way of hockey iq, because they could bull their way thru it all in the beginning. With time, maturity, and support, hopefully both will be able to get past all of that, and hit their niche, tho they will never be the Bertuzzi's that people would dream for. The mythical unicorn that is the proto typical power forward is exactly that. As to the question posed, there have been some excellent 'grit' that has gotten to play with some of the league's top talent all the way thru the leagues history, tho I love Semenko with Gretzky. And Mario Lemieux was so talented, he literally used his linemates as pilons to knock pucks in on bank shots.
  9. Agreed. The player wants to get paid what his comparables are, not what some guy sitting on his couch at home thinks will be fair. I can say that, for most everyone here, you do a job, you do it well, and the market for your services is x, you aren't going to settle for y because a guy not in the area you work in thinks that it would really work out better for him for you to get paid that much. Give your heads a shake. Now is the time where JB needs to get it together, negotiate as well as he can, then make the move many of us know is coming, which is either Sutter, Tanev, or Baertschi out for a pick or waive eligible b-grade prospect.
  10. If it is a 3 year deal, see it come in at 6.5 cap hit, but raise up to over 8 in the last year, making that the start of his negotiating point for his next contract.
  11. Well that escalated. As for the bust label, he's an NHL player. There are some first round picks, even high ones, that don't even get that far. I don't think that this is best for his career, but now am curious as to what he was being offered that the situation became this extreme. I'd rather play in the NHL than squeeze a few dollars more playing in a different league. But who knows...
  12. You know, I always worried about him being an NHL d-man, but thought all his other skills could have translated to him being a capable NHL forward. Speed, shot, creativity. Think he did himself a disservice and could have been a good bottom 6 winger with upside. Oh well, que sara
  13. Countdown continues as we are finally out of the dog days of August, and the time we've been waiting for all summer is almost here! New line combos, new players, exciting prospects here to try sneak their way onto the big club, and the big club with nail biting decisions if that happens. There is the nervous tension of the waiver wire, and seeing all of those players either get grabbed or luckily get thru. I'm waiting to see which winger shows the best with Pettersson and Boesser (yes, he signs before training camp and we all rejoice). Will it be Ferland, or will Travis Green's whipping boy, Goldobin, finally snatch it to keep, after a summer working on his cardio and his shot? Will it be JT miller as the winger with Horvat, or will Eriksson be coming in, hot and heavy to prove that not only is he a canuck, but has the stones to put the past behind him, and be the forward we need? If Miller gets pushed down, will he be the 3rd line centre that can drive offense and possession that he seems to be, and who are his wingers? Will a 3rd line of Baertschi, Miller, and Virtanen put the opposition back on their heels and make the choice even harder about who matches up with whom? Does our fourth line become the most expensive in league history, with a possible combination of Sutter, Beagle, and Eriksson? Oh, and we want to see Markstrom be lights out for a whole season, our D actually start to find the net with shots while keeping the puck out of ours. Here we go, everyone, lets get ready to be excited!!
  14. Step 1, alienate a vocal fanbase with a large internet presence step 2, get them going on twitter or whatever step 3, go to the boss, see how much traffic I'm generating, I'm a good employee step 4, rinse and repeat.
  15. I could have sworn this was an exact sound byte quote given last year and the year before that. Someone should make the guy do a reboot and install updates.
  16. Plus, there is the thing of being able to socialise with someone who can understand you. Being around people all the time that speak a different language, even when you are learning, helps you learn, but it is frustrating and kind of makes you feel alone. With no relief from that, you can kind of spiral. Not saying everyone is like that, but I think a few of the guys who've gone thru the organisation have spoken of that before. Make sure to not only surround the player on the ice with the things that he needs to succeed, but take care of your investment off the ice as well, to a certain degree.
  17. Having a person on staff to translate and make sure that directions are not only understood, but why someone is having trouble catching on, could only help. Doesn't necessarily have to be an assistant coach, but whether you sign a respected free agent of that nationality, or hire someone to be with the team in a capacity that would help, can only do good. Probably good to have people down on the farm team with the same job title, so that our scandinavian guys don't get so frustrated and bolt all the times.
  18. This should be more of a learning tool for how to properly use a player. We are obviously not using Sutter in a way to incur success. You can say injuries, etc, but his play across his term here hasn't exactly lived up to the hype of being the Foundational player he was said to be. The warning signs were there in Pittsburgh, they are here as well. Doesn't mean he can't be a decent player, doesn't mean that he can't play a role, just that maybe the role he is being used in right now probably isn't good for him, or for the team. I wouldn't mind him being switched to wing and see what he can do. He is not a distributor, but he can probably be an effective option to match up with face offs, as well as provide support for a developing center....
  19. Well, that took out the profit margin for the first 2 months of this year....good thing they have 10 other months to shore things up. A fine along these lines doesn't send a message, it just becomes part of doing business, and a write off in the long term. Slap on the wrist, this is barely a tickle with a feather. Gutless, pandering, unintelligent cowardice is what this is. If they wanted a dent, they would have hit this company for a fine that would have totalled the profits made over the last decade, and I'm betting that would have been enough to at least send a little bit of a message.
  20. I agree with you 100% lol, Boesser being injury prone! What a freaking farce. He broke his back on a weird accident when he slammed into the open door side of the boards....I'm sure that was conditioning, not just unlucky. And then, while recovering from said back injury, he ended up with a groin injury incurred because he was trying to get into game shape in a shorter amount of time because of said back injury. After that, he was a freaking horse for us. Go jump in a lake with the opinion he's like Mr Glass. We'd all have probably had the same things in the same circumstances. smh. If anything, we're lucky that he had the fluke, and could probably slide in at under 7 million per year. He's going to put up the points this year, and everyone is going to say what a steal he is.
  21. Whoa there man, heard you were going to sign in Edmonton, are you okay? Here's 1.2 million reasons to not do that, and possibly enjoy the playoffs while not freezing your ass off and being thrown under the bus when the team under performs again!
  22. This could be awesome for the Oilers. He's instantly better than anyone in their bottom 6, including when he gets injured. They'd be able to actually have centre depth to a point, as Draisatl can only play wing with McDavid. This is the kind of signing that actually impacts them in a positive way. Wish it hadn't of happened, as I was looking forward to just feasting on the Coilers.
  23. Stupid question here, and I know it isn't Jonathan Dahlen related, but any word on that Linus Karlsson guy? I mean, not to say I'm not riveted by the Dahlen conversation, but it would be interesting to hear a few things about Karlsson.
  24. Okay, lets go point by point Statement 1: I agree with the assessment that the old core deserved a kick at the can, and did make the playoffs. But they showed that that was all they had in the tank, and that a rebuild was in order. There have been arguments on the semantics of the wording, but what we got was a rebuild. Did it go the way other teams have, no. But I'd say as of the moment, we are more competitive than many other teams rebuilding at the same point in the rebuild. Hell, Edmonton, and Toronto, both had to rebuild from their rebuilds, and Buffalo is starting to look like it may happen...after a miserable time of it. I'd take our last season over Edmonton's and Buffalo's all the damn time. Statement 2: 4 years of downtime and the possibility of playoffs this year or next, with a solid core, consisting of ? marks, but reasonably solid assumptions to those question marks. We have a potential top pairing d-man, we have a first line centre, a sniper winger, and solid #2 centreman, and for the first time, we have wingers for two top lines!! Holy $&!#, could you imagine if Kesler had had wingers? Statement 3: The process hasn't been ideal. There have been some signings that were ....questionable. But sports is a gamble, and rather have a guy willing to gamble and crap out, but solidly moves forward nonetheless, than a coward who only shoots for the sure thing, missing all the potentials along the way. And yet we still have a solid core to build around, and some top tier pieces still on the way. Statement 4: I agree with the assessment that we have elite talent in the key positions needed to win a cup. It is surrounding that talent with the proper depth and skill to make it all the way. The team has to prove it, but realistically, we are 2 points/month away from the playoffs. We were in a lot of the games we lost last year, we added goals, we added defensive ability, and we just need players to now match what they did last year. If they can match and improve on their seasons from last year, we're rocking. Benning has done a fair job, and although he makes me want to tear out my hair with some of his gambles, he is a shrewd judge of who he has in the system for the most part. And when it comes to trading away prospects that are burn outs....he gets fair value. Shinkaruk for Granlund anyone? And knowing when to cut ties with a gamble is a good quality in and of itself. Yes, he sometimes digs his own hole, but you can see where he's going in the big picture. I think a lot of those gambles will be of the past, as the team is now solidly set up to move forward. No mass resets, but tinkering around the edges will leave the team with time to properly develop. Add to that, he solidly makes improvements to things one step at a time, from the drafting, to the product on the ice, now to player development. This is going to be a big year, and regardless of his extension, if the Comets don't develop, or if the team falls flat, I'm sure Aqualini will cut bait with Jimbo. But I think a lot of the organisations problems have been dealt with fairly, and this year we'll actually see improvements in all areas.
  25. I think Lemieux is something that the Rangers need in their line-up for this season. He has a skillset that is kind of a rarity nowadays. But could you imagine him and Roussel in the same locker room?