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  1. Thanks for all your very good content. This one I do not understand; care to clarify?
  2. About a week or so ago, JB apparently said something like he was not impressed with Jake's playoff performance. Others ran with it for a while and I was just trying to further it's journey to the curb. I personally see nothing in it except that JB made somewhat similar comments that amounted to lauding Demko, which in turn seemed to have certain implications for Markstrom. I think he will, and I hope he does, hold onto both Jake and Jacob. As for the actual Jake quote, I think it may have been in that video with Green and Benning after we were eliminated (but I'm not going to look it up, lol). Nice to see you back ON, and full of beans too, I might add.
  3. Shotgun Jake is going to sign a team-friendly contract and be very good value for the foreseeable future. (IMO of course.) JB's comments are just posturing (again, imo) as he has to squeeze every negotiation for every loose buck to massage the team through the next two years. Crazy adjustments coming due to Covid, shortened season, bubble playoffs, cap flattening, escrow, all forms of revenue disappearing, AHL not playing, people getting sick and dying, old contracts locked into new realities, etc., etc. For me, I am excited to see how everyone navigates their way through all this, and how the Nux can come out on top. We have great team spirit and character, many players now want to play for our team (Hello Jared "It is what it is" McCann), and hopefully this translates to savings on every contract and negotiation. The team was giving Jake the cold shoulder a bit until he got up to speed in the Play-Ins, but I think that was tough love (e.g. from Horvat, "C'mon Jake, move your &^@#in' ass!" and Jake's whining about nobody liking him and just skating around him every time and making him look bad, or some such like). If Jake signs such a contract, he will be a solid player on the third line, with the ability to move up and add to both the power play and penalty kill (do not ignore Jake's takeaways). If Toffoli is true to his word, and willing to accept a lower contract to stay with us, then we save a bit more there and keep another valuable player. Pearson is on record as saying something like, "if the team can find a way to sign Toffoli, he would be willing to take a cheaper contract (next year) too". Markstrom may take a cheaper contract to stay, and the team can afford to pay JM enough to make Seattle think twice if we were to leave him unprotected. If Seattle takes him anyway, we save his contract cost; if not, we get to keep Jacob and Thatcher. It is time for Benning to play hardball and insist on at least a little bit of 'give-back' on every single contract to keep the team together and build on last season and our playoff successes. I do not think it is time for him to be paying new UFAs high dough until we see how this transition period goes, what's available, and at what cost. The minute these Stanley Cup Playoffs are concluded, the starter's gun will sound, and we are going to see an "offseason" like we have not seen before. So many balls in the air, and some of them "Super-Sutter-Sized"*, some players holding huge bags of cash and some very good players signing much smaller contracts. I hope Tampa wins the next 3 games and gets this out of the way (and thwarts Gaglardi, our owner's long-time rival). But mostly so we can get on with this fantastic off season. * Super-Sized Sutter Family Roots:
  4. Long read but great article; thanks for posting.
  5. Good for you. I didn't know they allowed Sharpies in the padded cells.
  6. Thanks for the clarification. I was thinking more of the negotiations leading up to a possible arbitration than the arb process itself. JB's comments seem more intended for Jake and his agent than for possible trade targets for Jake. Cheers!
  7. I think it is premature to think Jake is going to be traded. JB's comments translate directly to negotiations with Jake's agent now and arbitration if they break down. His comparison with Tuch is the prime example, of course, but talking of draft picks, and other young players at similar points in their careers, seem to be adding to Big Jim's negotiating arsenal. I believe it is the wrong time to trade Jake as he had a pretty good year and made progress, even if he is a frustrating player for fans. It would be a mistake, imo, to get very little back for Jake, when we can re-sign him (he is a RFA w/arb rights) on a tight contract, perhaps for less than market, at this point. Jake might be available for a 2 - 3 year deal, at double his last salary (i.e. 2 x $1,250,000 = $2,500,000); gives him a nice raise but also lets him know that he has to continue to improve to land his next (big?) deal.
  8. If this is true (fact check pls), Podz is 6' 4" tall and weighs 203 lbs. Let that sink in; only 19 years 2 months old, and still growing compared to last year's numbers (6' 1" 190 lbs April 2019). That's 3 inches and 13 pounds in just over a year and a half. Will he get even bigger? Stronger? ********************************************* Vasily Podkolzin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Vasily Podkolzin Born 24 June 2001 (age 19) Moscow, Russia Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb) Position Right wing Shoots Left KHL team SKA Saint Petersburg NHL Draft 10th overall, 2019 Vancouver Canucks Playing career 2018–present
  9. Don't usually quote myself (lol) but Deboer said himself last night, "we'll use both goalies." Such confidence in his team. Note to coach: have a listen to what Travis said about his team: I have confidence in our team. They want to win. We're not here for the experience. Etc.
  10. The NHL doubts the Knights: Golden Knights battling adversity entering Game 7 of West Second Round Will try to avoid repeat of last season and close out Canucks after losing two straight by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist September 3, 2020 Facebook Share Twitter Share Link Share Email Share The Vegas Golden Knights face three burning questions entering Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). Who will start in goal? How do they beat the other goalie? Is it happening again? The Golden Knights held a 3-1 series lead in the first round last season before losing to the San Jose Sharks in seven games, and they're in danger of suffering the same fate here after a 4-0 loss to the Canucks in Game 6 on Thursday. "This is a different group, different team," said Vegas coach Peter DeBoer, who coached San Jose last season. "I think we've hit a group over there that is feeling confident and getting great goaltending, and that's going to happen on the playoff trail. You've got to find a way. This is our adversity, and we've got to stick together and come through it." Robin Lehner has started 11 of the Golden Knights' 14 games in the postseason, including five of six in this series. But he has lost his past two, and DeBoer has said he will use both of his goalies. The last time Marc-Andre Fleury started, it was the second game of a back-to-back, as Game 7 will be. He made 28 saves in a 5-3 win in Game 3 on Sunday. "Whoever plays, plays," Lehner said. "If I get to play, I'll do my best like I always do. I feel pretty good out there. It's just the bounces are not going our way right now." Recap: VGK 0, VAN 4 05:00 • September 3rd, 2020 The bigger goaltending issue for Vegas is at the other end of the ice. With Jacob Markstrom unfit to play, Thatcher Demko got his first Stanley Cup Playoff start in Game 5 and made 42 saves in a 2-1 win. He followed that up with 48-save shutout in Game 6. The Golden Knights have outshot the Canucks 91-40 over the past two games. They felt they got to the net better and had better scoring chances in Game 6. Still, they had 21 missed shots and 21 attempts blocked. "There's no magic solution when they pack five guys around the net like they do," DeBoer said. "They do a good job of it, and you've got to penetrate." Vegas is 0-for-7 on the power play over the past two games, too. "It's usually a symptom of our 5-on-5 game, and I think the same issues we have creep into or bleed into our power play," DeBoer said. "It's traffic and making it tougher on him to see the puck and getting more pucks into that area with more bodies in that area." In theory, the Golden Knights should have an advantage in Game 7 because of their depth and the quick turnaround. "It's nice that we're going to have this opportunity tomorrow," Vegas forward Max Pacioretty said. "You don't want to sit around the room in the bubble and think about what went wrong to get to this point. But that being said, get some sleep, show up to the rink tomorrow energized for a Game 7. This is what you dream about, so we should be excited for the challenge."