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  1. The New York Islanders have signed Marc Methot to a 2 year deal worth 2.25M per year.
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  2. Vey scored 24 points... CDC: "Bust! Too small! Trade him! No future!" Wennberg scored 20, Paquette 19, Namestikov 16, Lazar 15, Teravainen 9... CDC: "ZOMG! If only we had young players this good!"
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  3. The Edmonton Oilers have signed Matt Cullen to a 1 year deal worth 1.1M. The Anaheim Ducks have signed Noel Acciari to a 2 year ELC worth 800K per year. The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Conor Sheary to a 2 year ELC worth 900K per year. The New York Islanders have signed Tyler Motte to a 3 year ELC worth 775K per year. The New York Islanders have signed Viktor Svedberg to a 3 year deal worth 925K per year.
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  4. No offense but... What a stupid @#$%'ing thing to say/think!!
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  5. CAROLINA HERALD How Much Worse 'Cane" It Get? By: Inanimate Carbon Rod Anything is better than last year. Or so I thought. If you were a fan of the Hurricanes last season, I'm not going to apologize to you, that's ownerships job. They may feel like things are moving in the right direction, but this reporter is not buying into the hype. As soon as things started looking up, our new GM pulls the rug from underneath us. Last season was tough, but let's go through the negatives quickly. 1. Five GMs! Yeah, that's right. Five. JohnTavares. Apollo. DoughtysCheck. SwedeHockey. Monty. Let's not kid ourselves fans, this was probably the biggest problem. No clear vision for this team, at least from my perspective. But let's just say there was a clear vision from each one. With five different GMs, they are all going to have their own thoughts on what the team should look like. You hand someone the keys to the car, they are going to drive differently. 2. Devan Dubnyk This team had huge problems last season, the biggest being that they traded Devan Dubnyk and ran with the tandem of Anton Khudobin and Martin Jones as their starters. Oops. 3. Defensive Depth There was none. But there were some positives last season and off season Trading Marion Gaborik landed Cam Fowler. And as much as this reporter loves Cam Fowler, our new GM flipped Fowler for Anton Stralman and 3 draft picks. This ultimately led to Dustin Byfuglien, Jakub Zboril, Nick Paul, Axel Holmstrom, and Rinat Valiev. Not a bad haul. There was also the trading of Justin Abdelkader for Kevin Hayes, Markus Granlund, and Eric Huala. Haula, of course, was subsequently flipped in a trade to bring in defenseman Marc Staal. Another brilliant trade for the Hurricanes. While they may have given up their 8th overall pick in 2015, it was a necessary payment for proven goaltender Tuukka Rask, who is one of the leagues top goaltenders and pool point producers. Last thing for positives is the depth this organization now has for prospects. Under Monty's short tenure, the organization has added: Nikolaj Ehlers, Madison Bowey, Julius Honka, Ryan Pulock, Jan Kostalek, Nick Paul, Axel Holmstrom, Andreas Johnson, Stephon Williams, Ilya Sorokin, Jakub Zboril, Rasmus Andersson, Kyle Wood, Keegan Kolesar, Aleksi Saarela, Rinat Valiev, and Conor Garland. Oh yeah, and signing UFAs Artemi Panarin and Viktor Tikhonov prior to the seasons ending. Good moves. When GM Monty came in, he pointed out 3 areas he wanted to accomplish. 1. Find a legitimate starting goaltender. 2. Beef up the defense. 3. Improve prospect pool. He's done all these things. And I was excited about everything he had completed. Up until Tyler Seguin being traded. I like Scheifele and I really like Brayden Schenn. The two together will undoubtedly garner quite a bit of points for the team. However, Tyler Seguin is not only an elite center, behind Crosby and Stamkos in talent, but his contract is what made him incredibly valuable. Now, perhaps that's why the return was as good as it was. However, I'm of the opinion that you NEVER trade an elite player. Especially on a contract as good as his. I honestly believed that with all the GM movement for the Hurricanes last season, this team couldn't be setup for a worse year. However, after all the positive moves Monty made, has he undone all of hard work by trading the leagues best center? We'll find out soon enough.
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  6. There’s been a lot of questioning of Jim Benning’s decisions lately. First with the Eddie Lack trade, then with the Kevin Bieksa non-trade to San Jose, then the Zack Kassian trade, and then most recently with the Bonino trade (which I addressed in my last post). Benning’s been beginning to clean house, no doubt about it. Here is the Canucks’ lineup, from last year to this year: The first line and the top two defensive pairings would be the exact same, the second line would be faster and youth-infused, the third line’s defensive responsibility with the addition of Brandon Sutter, and the fourth line would just be a smash show. Hits, hits, hits, baby. While the team’s average age has jumped almost a year (which, it makes sense if you think about it), Benning has done his best to replace his older vets with younger players such as Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Linden Vey, Frank Corrado, and Sutter if you count him as younger – he’s 26. This year’s group looks faster, grittier, and definitely scorier than last year’s group. The forwards will consist of much of the same group as last season: Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Radim Vrbata, Horvat, and Derek Dorsett are all locks to start the season on the Canucks. Meanwhile, Chris Higgins, Jannik Hansen, and Alex Burrows are pretty much guaranteed to start the season in the NHL – however, if a prospect outdoes them in camp, they could very much find themselves on another team to start October. Finally, a seeming upgrade on Bieksa, Kassian, Brad Richardson, Shawn Matthias, and Nick Bonino is the aforementioned Baertschi, Corrado, and Sutter (who provide depth and scoring), as well as other newcomers Brandon Prust and Ronalds Kenins, who will each look to secure a spot on the fourth line. As a prelude to the defensive analysis, here are the bottom defensive pairings become the ones with the best possession numbers from last year: Via Pass It To Bulis. Interestingly, the defensive pairings this year coordinate with the the top three pairings in Corsi-For %. As giveaways were noticeably a problem last year (I see you, Sbisa), you have to wonder if perhaps Benning let Bieksa, Adam Clendening, and Ryan Stanton go for a reason – however, Matt Bartkowski’s fancy stats numbers aren’t all that impressive either. Alex Edler will look to improve on his last few seasons, and perhaps reclaim the D-man scoring crown from surprising Yannick Weber, who only two years ago was being used as a fourth line forward. On the other end of that pairing, defensive stud Chris Tanev will once again anchor his offensive counterpart. Luca Sbisa showed signs of being a decent defender last year, but will end up on the bottom pairing or even the trade block if he hasn’t improved his game during the offseason. And then there’s Dan Hamhuis. Probably the most mature member of the Canucks’ defense, Hamhuis will likely step into a leadership role now that funnyman Bieksa is gone – if he hasn’t already. He’ll likely be on the second pairing with Weber, as those two worked somewhat well together last year. In the goaltending area, Ryan Miller has a new, young goalie to mentor – Jacob Markstrom. Markstrom absolutely torched the AHL last year with a remarkable 1.88 GAA and saved 93.4% of the shots taken on him, earning him the starter’s spot in the AHL All-Star Game. While Markstrom’s numbers were less than decent in his NHL games last season, Benning believes that he’s ready to at least play backup in the big league. Meanwhile, Miller will try to repeat last season – without getting injured, that is. Barring any more surprises, Richard Bachman and Joe Cannata will tend net in Utica although they have signed Clay Witt to give more competition and perhaps backup if an NHLer is injured and triggers the line of call-up dominoes. Now, which prospects have a chance to upset the balance and earn a roster spot? Hunter Shinkaruk, for starters. He’s almost made the roster two years in a row, and if he can out-muscle Chris Higgins (doubtful with those abs, but nothing’s impossible), Brendan Gaunce is another forward in the same position, having really found himself last season with Utica. The 6’5, 200 lb Alexandre Grenier and the somewhat smaller but more forceful Jake Virtanen will be competing for jobs on the right wing, while Cole Cassels, Alex Friesen, and Jared McCann will all push for a job at center. McCann and Virtanen will be sent back to junior if they don’t make the team. On defense, names like Jordan Subban, Andrey Pedan, and Ben Hutton come to mind as to which prospects have the best chance to make a move to the big leagues – however, while they are all skilled players, it’s highly unlikely any of them will start the year other than in Utica. The extremely-doubtful-but-really-cool-if-they-made-it pack also includes 2015 draftees Guillame Brisebois and Dmitry Zhukenov, who have loads of potential but need time in the minors. While they may end up getting some pre-season games, they both have a 99% chance of getting sent down to the QMJHL. Of course, the YoungStars tournament is still a few days away (September 11), and we could see some surprising prospects there, but there likely won’t be too many if any changes at all to the current roster. Original article published here.
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  7. The Islanders would like to thank Agent Nail for his time and these players for electing to sign with our franchise. We'd like to welcome Marc, who will provide a solid shutdown presence on our blueline. Tyler is a talented young small forward prospect with a lot of game, and Svedberg is a giant that we feel has a good skillset to go with his intimidating frame. Both welcome addtions to our relatively thin AHL group. We'd like to thank GM Drew - gave us a tough negotiation/decision - Barrett is a very good bang for the buck player that we weren't looking to move, but we felt the pick was worth the risk.... if one of Clendening, Percy or Carrick are able to step up to our NHL roster this coming season.
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  8. Great blog again, I'm really hoping Gaunce makes the team, he oozes character. I can see him being a big part in the bottom six in the next few years. I originally wanted Virtanen to make the team this year but I recently remembered Ryan Getzlaf spent an extra 2 seasons with the Hitmen after being drafted so I guess the extra WHL time couldn't hurt someone who plays a similar style.
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  9. Just an add on to what I responded to earlier, nah, we did great this window. Heading into the window needing a CDM, CM, LW, RB, CB, ST, & GK, CDM - Schneiderlin. Playing great so far and best years are ahead of him (only 25). CM - Schweinsteiger. Legend. On the older side but filled the need regardless. LW - Depay. Biggest prospect this window to move. Excellent player and young af. RB - Darmian. Arguably the best in his position in the league. Best years ahead of him (only 25). GK - DDG & Romero. Ends up David stays and we retain the leagues best keeper who might sign an extension. And backup in Romero. CB - Didn't get on. Only position of need we never hit. Ramos/Otamendi, both never got. ST - Martial. Highly rated young prospect who is capable of playing. Could've added a more ready ST though to help more. ...we've done everything other than add a CB which we can do the next window or next year. Same as ST although we have Martial, could use a ready/prime aged one as well. How anyone can say we "screwed" up is beyond me lol.
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  10. Clarifications on the Anthony Martial transfer details: - Utd pay £21m upfront - Additional 4 payments of approx £3.5m each = full amount/total cost of £36m for Martial - To reach the full £58m is dependent on Martial being a top league scorer 3 times, winning the golden boy, and ballon d'or. ...so as of now, Utd have only paid £36m. Pretty fair price looking at it with the full details.
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  11. We have a trade to announce... To ARZ: Barrett Jackman To NYI: ARZ 2016 2nd Round Pick
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  12. Saw today that Jackson is talking to the Seahawks... ...they've had a bit of success with former Bills' running backs...
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  13. No kidding. Life ain't a comic book. You're not going to reinvent yourself as a dystopian hero. Suffering, sickness, starvation...and that's for the 'lucky' ones
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  14. The Los Angeles Kings agree. Here is an exclusive clip of GM D-Money and his imaginary assistant at the King's control station right after confirmation of the Seguin trade:
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  15. it was his rookie season...
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  16. I really don't think Virt's as good of a fit with the Sedins as people seem to think. Different games entirely. He plays North South and they most certainly do not. I can see how his speed(puck retrieval)/physicality/shot might seem attractive on the surface but they don't play very complimentary styles. How effective is his speed while they're patiently cycling the puck? I'm not convinced his positional awareness (while good for his age) is anywhere near Burrow's or Vrbata's. IMO, if he does get promoted to the top 9, it's with Sutter or Horvat. (He could basically be a bigger, faster Kenins with more offensive talent on Horvat's RW). Besides, if he's starting anywhere, it's almost certainly sheltered on the 4th line with minimal expectations so he can ease his way in. If he's on the third and one of the PP units by the end of the year, we call that a huge success IMO.
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  17. this is one of the great RvN moments (for Holland)
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  18. lmfao TRR those quotes are hilarious and also cringe-inducing
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  20. Holy man crushes Batman lol. But seriously, kids that just turned 19 don't look like that typically. Fastest skater forwards and backwards in his draft class. His first shot in practice at Utica went through the net. Draft +2 is fine for his skill set. Just give him some coaching and some Sedinery.
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  21. This is a weird thing to see especially in the kayfabe world of pro football. LvG and Woodward solidify their heel turn by not allowing De Gea go to Madrid, while both DDG and Perez turn babyface. LvG and Woodward vs Perez and De Gea at Wrestlemania imo.
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  22. This is one of those players we will want to be VERY patient with as a fan base. It may pay off in spades. I'd easily give him until 23 to show up in the bigs.
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  23. People gotta stop expecting so much outa these kids, when they don't pan out people take it personally. It's ridiculous. His odds are slim but just let him play and see....
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  24. Good point. I remember reading about how he was great value.
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  25. It should be noted that he's been playing on big ice. He'll have to adjust to smaller ice which holefully plays to his advantage in the long run. If he can hold his own on big ice he might have a chance. We forget reach is huge for a defensman and if he's got speed he's got a chance
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