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  1. I assume you're exagerating because I don't believe he was offered for a 6th round pick last summer, but the reason why a trade couldn't be facilitated was 100% contract related. He still had 2 years at $2.5M per left on his contract. I wanted him traded too to free up a roster spot for one of our prospects but no one wanted that contract. However, at less than a 3rd of the price he still can and likely will provide value as a bottom 6 forward.
  2. Higgins is just over a year removed from a 36 point season. Name a face that Prust pounded in that season? It's been years since he intimidated anyone. The last thing Prust did that anyone remembers is calling out a ref. Prust is done. Higgins has a more rounded out game and can still contribute in a bottom 6 role.
  3. Do you realize Prust has 40 career NHL goals? I fail to see the comparison.
  4. Higgins is 10x the player Prust is and will definitely get another shot in the NHL. Edit: He was just under .5 points/game 2 years ago, can kill penalties and is a solid team guy. He has another couple years left in the tank but not at $2.5M per. He'll likely sign a 1 year show me deal at around 800K and I could even see him signing another deal with Vegas after.
  5. I'll never forget that horrible rap he did at Chicago's stanley cup parade. What a dummy.
  6. OMMGGGzzzz fire Benning....durrrrp
  7. Clearly hating on Canucks management is trending around the hockey universe. As far as CDC goes, these nerds are still butt hurt over trading a 2nd for Linden Vey and for taking the safe road and getting an NHL caliber player for that smurf Shinkaruk. Haters gon' hate.
  8. If Vrbata needs to play with the Sedins in order to produce, why would we want him? There isn't a player in the NHL that wouldn't produce playing with the Sedins. We need versatility in our lineup and the Sedins have stated themselves that they prefer having a grittier winger to play with. Hansen and Eriksson both have 10x the compete level that Vrbata has. So even if we didn't dislike Vrbata, there's just no spot on our team for him. Unless you think Sutter and him would magically form great chemistry together? But we all know that isn't going to happen.
  9. I don't think today's events change anything for potential suitors. If anything it just further solidifies that Buffalo is going to have to sell low if they wish to move on. So I would still kick the can and see how low Buffalo is willing to go. I know JB is trying to build a character team but I think he would make an exception for Kane in hopes that our leadership group can turn him around, given that he's a local kid and exactly the type of player (on ice) that he is reportedly seeking. Plus, half of CDC was 100% against Lucic because of his alleged lack of character but JB still went after him on 2 seperate occassions in the last year and a bit. So I think he might still be interested in Kane for the right price.
  10. Gaunce is already better than Granlund IMO. He plays a heavy game and has better speed than people think. He is going to be a lock in our bottom 6 this year.
  11. I'm not saying Biega isn't replaceable. I'm saying that we know he can handle himself in the NHL. We don't know that about Pedan and Larsen. You're right in that they are all replaceable, but I don't want to be in a situation where we have to play some pylon 40 games so we can meet the expansion draft requirement. Biega can at least handle himself at this level. There still may be a trade available for Pedan. Something like when we traded for Adam Clendening, where we would get someone younger back. But I'm sticking to my guns on this one. Biega will be in the lineup come opening night. Also, why on earth would we ever carry 14 forwards? My point was that we may carry 8 Dmen for a short period of time, but we will end up with 7 D and 13 F. So something has to give and IMO it isn't going to be Biega. It doesn't matter that JB traded a pick for Pedan. If he doesn't have a better camp than Biega, he is gone.
  12. Yes but that's assuming both are capable of playing 40+ games (and contributing) in the NHL next year and stay healthy enough to do it. We know what Biega brings to the table. We know he can play at the NHL level. We don't know that about Larsen and Pedan. We can make all the assumptions that we want. But there's also a chance that both players turn out to be worse than Biega. Only time will tell, but I think Biega will be staying, Sbisa will be traded and one of Larsen and Pedan will be eventually waived. Of the two, Pedan is more likely to be that guy given our need for a dman that can play on the PP. Edit: I also don't believe we'll carry 8 dmen for long. 2 weeks max to start the season.
  13. I agree that Pedan has the skillset/physical atributes that you look for in a dman but he did not impress at all last year, albeit in a small sample size with the Canucks. One other thing that you aren't taking into account is the expansion draft. If we lose Biega to waivers then we have to expose another dman that will have played in 40 games next year or 70 games total in the 2 years leading up to the expansion draft. They also need to be under contract for the 17-18 season. Who else do we have (and can afford to get rid of) that will meet that criteria? So Biega isn't going anywhere. He only needs to suit up in 12 games next year to meet that criteria. He will be our 7th dman all year and Sbisa will be traded prior to the start of the season.
  14. We clearly see this 2 different ways. I think you're looking at it like it's a guarantee that Kane rights the ship, puts his off ice issues behind him and realizes his offensive potential. I'd say those odds are 50/50 at best. Probably not even that good. Is that worth giving up a 15-20 goal scorer who is our best PKer and a leader in the room, who also has the most team friendly contract on our roster, plus a #5 Dman and a 2nd round pick? That seems like a HUGE gamble to me. No?
  15. I'm all for going after Kane at a reasonable (discounted) price but chances are 50/50 that Hansen outscores Kane next year and maybe even the year after that. So that's probably not a trade that helps us today and tomorrow (future years) isn't a given either. So I'd much rather hang onto Hansen. I would however offer Sbisa, Grenier/Zalewski and a 5th or 6th for Kane. But I don't think I'm willing to include our 2nd. We need to start holding onto more of our picks. If that isn't enough to land Kane then JB can look elsewhere. The only way he trades for Kane is if it's a clear buy low situation. The local media would crucify him if it wasn't.