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  1. A defense of FA signings/Benning by a Benning hater

    So you want Benning to trade assets for guys rather than sign them for free. The way I see it signing these guys gives the team the time to develop their own for these roles. Only one of the three is over 30 and the other two are 27 and 28. Two are four year deals and the other only two. Not exactly handcuffing deals.
  2. Battles at camp

    The problem Rob is many fans don't actually judge it objectively. Their desire to have the rookie on the team often blinds them to reality and common sense will go out the window. There's more to the decision than just a better preseason. It is after all preseason when most teams are also having a look at prospects. A rookie needs to be more than a little better than a veteran to make a GM move the veteran and put all his faith in the rookie. A GM also has to keep depth for call ups in mind as well as waivers. Imo a rookie doesn't need to be better to force a move, he needs to be head and shoulders better. Sometimes making room for a rookie comes after the regular season begins. Sometimes it's a numbers game to protect depth.
  3. A defense of FA signings/Benning by a Benning hater

    Then why are you upset Benning went out and signed three of those guys?
  4. Benning, Goldobin, and a logjam of forwards?

    He needs to do it himself. I don't think he showed up in the best shape last year. To me he looked like he put on weight and I'm not talking muscle. It's up to him to work his tail off and come into camp with a fire in his belly to win a spot. Green can't do it for him. He'll simply go with whoever gives him the best chance to win games.
  5. Benning, Goldobin, and a logjam of forwards?

    Are you sure you heard him correctly, or possibly just heard what you wanted to hear? The only thing I found from valid sources was that there were a few teams (no definite number or what teams) that had contacted Benning about Hutton. That's rather the opposite of Benning trying to move him. Or it could just be typical 1040 spin on reality. If other GM's called inquiring it means Benning could have moved him had he been willing to take what they were offering because it was their interest in his availability rather than Benning making calls shopping him and finding no interest. On one hand I'm not seeing why teams would be overly interested in a d-man that spent a good portion of the year as a healthy scratch on a bad team and has a $2.8m cap hit. On the other hand it's not a huge cap hit or long term if a GM wanted to roll the dice on a young player he could possibly get cheap. Cheap offers is likely the sticking point on why he wasn't moved.
  6. Horvat or Pettersson for #1 Center ?

    Making it past the second actually requires more than a first line. The triple crown line, like the WCE, was one of the best lines in the league. They triple C line never made it past the second round either. And when Marcel Dionne retired he was 2nd in career points behind only Gordie Howe and he never made it past the 2nd round in his career. He actually went to LA's owner and told him to make the GM improve the team or find somebody who would, otherwise trade him. He was traded to the Rangers. One line teams often have a tough time getting deep into the playoffs despite having a great top line. The only way a one line team gets deep in the playoffs is with an elite goalie and a strong defensive team. Neither the WCE or Triple crown lines had that luxury. As I said, it's rare to find three elite players on a top line. The best lines in the league are typically two elite players with a good complimentary player. Burrows certainly wasn't elite but the Sedin line was also among the best lines in the league. Morrison wasn't elite, but during the WCE peaks years his point totals qualified him as a top line player, just not the top line player. The two years before the lockout Morrison's production was top 15 in the league among all centers. He was the "good complimentary player" with two elite players.
  7. Horvat or Pettersson for #1 Center ?

    Crosby averaged the second highest ice time in his rookie season behind only RW Recchi. He was tops on the team with 1174 faceoffs taken that season, more than 400 more than 2nd place and more than 700 more than #66. This would certainly indicate he was 1C in his rookie season.
  8. A defense of FA signings/Benning by a Benning hater

    What? You don't like getting the answer you've been giving?
  9. A defense of FA signings/Benning by a Benning hater

    Do your own research.
  10. A defense of FA signings/Benning by a Benning hater

    I tried my own research thinking kingofsurrey obviously must have had some opinion prior to ufa starting and found this thread.... But surprisingly he never posted at all in that 12 page thread. This suggests he had no opinion on who should be signed in free agency. Well, until Benning actually signed a few players. Then of course Benning was wrong and signed guys the team has no use for.
  11. A defense of FA signings/Benning by a Benning hater

    Just curious, how is somebody else suppose to research who you believe JB should have signed? Second question, having several offensive forward prospects would it not be better to give them the opportunity than signing expensive offensive UFA's and not having room for those prospects? Benning already did that signing Eriksson and people weren't happy about it. You won't get quality offensive ufa's with term, money, and in most cases, some form of ntc.
  12. Horvat or Pettersson for #1 Center ?

    It depends entirely on the makeup of the line. Morrison wasn't an elite center but between Bertuzzi and Naslund it was an elite line. Toews I wouldn't consider an elite center on his own. But put him between Kane and Hossa and you have an elite line. There aren't many team with three elite players on their top line. It's typically two elite players with a complimentary player regardless of positions. That said, those thinking Pettersson will start this year at 1C are living in fantasy land. Completely unrealistic expectations and completely ignoring what Benning has publicly said.
  13. Horvat or Pettersson for #1 Center ?

    Speaking of skinny kids....
  14. Benning, Goldobin, and a logjam of forwards?

    Truthfully I googled it and couldn't find any source saying Benning "tried" to move Hutton. There were articles saying teams had called inquiring about him, and there were articles speculating he would be moved because of Pouliot playing over him around midseason season. But I found nothing at all stating Benning 'tried' to move him. I just wanted to see what canucksnihilist's response would be. So far nothing.....
  15. Horvat or Pettersson for #1 Center ?

    Based on seeing so many of his games? Centers are often started on wing when going from junior to pro. That decision depends on several factors. The centers already on the team and the young players size can be a factor. The higher the skill level the a junior going pro has, the more likely he'll succeed at any forward position. And Pettersson seems to have skill in spades. I suspect your opinion is based more on being a Horvat fan and your own want for him being captain and number one center than any real knowlege of Petterssons ability at the same position. The decision won't be made now, it will come down the road as Pettersson and other young players develop. I've said it before, I can see down the road our number one line being Virtanen/Pettersson/Boeser. With his speed I can see Jake being the complimentary physical player, and net presence, to Pettersson and Boeser's high skill play. Much the same as Burrows was to the Sedins.