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7 hours ago, Junkyard Dog said:

I wonder if Zadorov would be a good target. He's playing on the right side of their 3rd pairing. He is a RFA and has a qualifying offer of 3.2M and they have a RD prospect in Timmins who could make the jump at a cheaper deal. They have to re-sign RFA Graves too, who looks good with Makar, and he's in for a big raise.

 

Not sure if the Avs need wingers though. They have a bunch of wingers coming off contracts.

 

 

 

And the Avs have expansion draft issues protecting him IIRC was well.

 

That's what we need to look for... Teams with excess D to their protection slots.

 

Though I'd prefer an Eastern team.

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So I hear the Canucks drafted this Virtanen kid. Big, gritty, good shot, really fast. I hear he could be a real playoff type player. Awesome. I'm looking forward to seeing him play one day.

 

What?!! 

He's in the lineup now? Weird.

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9 hours ago, -AJ- said:

Quite frankly, I've been one of Jake's defenders, but aside from a few bright moments, he's largely disappointed me in these playoffs so far.

I'm the same way. It's so frustrating because he obviously has the talent to be a very good top 6 forward but I think he's just too dumb to realize how talented he really is........

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7 hours ago, zduck14 said:

I'm the same way. It's so frustrating because he obviously has the talent to be a very good top 6 forward but I think he's just too dumb to realize how talented he really is........

He just doesnt get it he does seem like a bit of an airhead.

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15 hours ago, Junkyard Dog said:

I wonder if Zadorov would be a good target. He's playing on the right side of their 3rd pairing. He is a RFA and has a qualifying offer of 3.2M and they have a RD prospect in Timmins who could make the jump at a cheaper deal. They have to re-sign RFA Graves too, who looks good with Makar, and he's in for a big raise.

 

Not sure if the Avs need wingers though. They have a bunch of wingers coming off contracts.

 

 

 

Colorado has an abundance of riches on the back end.  Makar, Graves, Girard and then they have Byram and Timmins coming up very soon to the big club.  Erik Johnson can still play as well and he is their leader on D.  They are pretty much set for the next decade on the back end.  Zadorov is a luxury to them, they have him on their 3rd pairing and he is an RFA with arbitration rights at a minimum $3.2 million value.  They could look to move him for a similar young player.  

 

Having said that they are pretty loaded up front as well, especially on right wing so not sure they would want Jake.  Demko could be an option as neither of their 2 goalies is an all star.  They could use a centre so Gaudette could be an option as well.  Zadorov I think is exactly what we are missing on the back end.  If Tryamkin comes next year that will just be a bonus and we could have the Russian twin towers.  

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1 minute ago, Elias Pettersson said:

Colorado has an abundance of riches on the back end.  Makar, Graves, Girard and then they have Byram and Timmins coming up very soon to the big club.  Erik Johnson can still play as well and he is their leader on D.  They are pretty much set for the next decade on the back end.  Zadorov is a luxury to them, they have him on their 3rd pairing and he is an RFA with arbitration rights at a minimum $3.2 million value.  They could look to move him for a similar young player.  

 

Having said that they are pretty loaded up front as well, especially on right wing so not sure they would want Jake.  Demko could be an option as neither of their 2 goalies is an all star.  They could use a centre so Gaudette could be an option as well.  Zadorov I think is exactly what we are missing on the back end.  If Tryamkin comes next year that will just be a bonus and we could have the Russian twin towers.  

Gaudette isn't really a center and they don't need one since Compher, Kadri and Mack/Landeskog make up their top 3 Cs. Demko doesn't have much value to them since they have Annunen for the future. Grubauer and Francouz don't need to be replaced, they are playing very well.

 

They aren't afraid of playing people on their off-wing and several wingers already are. Nichushkin and Burakovsky are both lefties that are playing the RW right now, they can play both sides.  They have a need of a top 6 winger and top 9. Some people expect them to go for Toffoli for the top 6, who they were heavily rumored to be interested in during the season.

 

Overall Virtanen would be a nice add for them. A top 9 winger in their age group.

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12 minutes ago, Junkyard Dog said:

Gaudette isn't really a center and they don't need one since Compher, Kadri and Mack/Landeskog make up their top 3 Cs. Demko doesn't have much value to them since they have Annunen for the future. Grubauer and Francouz don't need to be replaced, they are playing very well.

 

They aren't afraid of playing people on their off-wing and several wingers already are. Nichushkin and Burakovsky are both lefties that are playing the RW right now, they can play both sides.  They have a need of a top 6 winger and top 9. Some people expect them to go for Toffoli for the top 6, who they were heavily rumored to be interested in during the season.

 

Overall Virtanen would be a nice add for them. A top 9 winger in their age group.

Good points.  Yeah Gaudette will probably need to be moved to wing.  If so then that will present even a bigger logjam for us on the right side.  Hey, if Colorado would trade us Zadorov for Virtanen and maybe an add on I would do it in a heartbeat really.  I'd pair Zadorov with either Rathbone or Juolevi.  If Tryamkin comes I'd put them both together and let the ice tilt...

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Virtanen seems to be a step behind in these playoffs. Not sure if he can't handle the speed, if he's not in shape or if it's just a confidence thing, but he's not winning the battles or getting the bounces although his skating is still good.

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For the love of god Jim, do not keep this guy next year

 

His hockey sense is 99% non existent. Kid can fly on the ice but he really lacks the hockey IQ to do anything consistent with his gifts. So completely frustrating.

 

And to those saying he doesn't play enough, there's good reason

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2 hours ago, NickTheGreek said:

For the love of god Jim, do not keep this guy next year

 

His hockey sense is 99% non existent. Kid can fly on the ice but he really lacks the hockey IQ to do anything consistent with his gifts. So completely frustrating.

 

And to those saying he doesn't play enough, there's good reason

Could not have said it better myself

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On 8/15/2020 at 3:58 PM, captainhorvat said:

Leonardo Dicaprio Point GIF by Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Every Virtanen fan trying to justify hes worth keepin around and that hes a difference maker because he threw that one lame ass hit.

This is exactly right.

"Look!!! He created a turnover!  He is amazing and about to break out.  It doesn't matter that he turned it right back over to the opposition!"

I was done with him a season ago.  His stats from this year might mean we can trade him for a decent pick and a cap dump.  This series is designed for his style of play if he wants to play it.  I can't even imagine how elite Motte would be if he was given Jake's talent and frame.  Who do you want to go to battle with in the playoffs?

Virtanen and Baertschi for a 2nd?

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10 minutes ago, Fred65 said:

Lest we forget here's Bennings opinion of Virtanen

 

 

I just can't get over the belief that these experts, I repeat experts, can clearly be so wrong. Think of all the media hogwash that followed that draft, yaddah yaddah yaddah and fans taking it all in. man a lot of red faces 

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