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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:50 pm 
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Isles sign Jan Kovar to a 1 year deal, $2 million deal. Overall he was a pt/game player in the KHL, but that was mostly with very good linemates and his production dipped after 1 of them left. Still a good player who can fill the 2C spot. And for the contract it's well worth the risk.

Rumor has it that Mitch Korn is very close to finalizing a deal to the the Isles goalie coach, or goalie development coach.... Depending on his travel schedule. He took a bit of a backseat in Washington last year because he didn't want to travel all the time with the team. Isles will need as many goalie coaches as possible with Lehner & Greiss.

Forwards are looking to be in better shape, although there are 15 now (not including the prospect of Ho-Sang and/or Bellows making the team), and no upgrades to the D yet. In fact, they lost de Haan, who was arguably their best D last year before getting hurt. Rathgeb? Toews? Aho?

Where's the spot for the third goalie? :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:44 pm 
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I think it's pretty clear that "Plan B" was a transition year, aka, they be tankin' it.

Which makes sense. They just lost their best forward and best player in a generation, so now they have a shot at a kid they're calling a potential generational talent in the 2019 draft, and even if they miss out on him this draft will reportedly yield a few really good players, especially forwards. I mean, at least they're not blatantly tanking it like the Sabres did in 2015. Lou isn't the type to do that anyway, and I doubt any franchise will do what they did ever again, seeing how badly it's gone for them since then.

As for Tavares, to paraphrase Robert Redford, I don't mind what he did, but I mind how he did it. I believe him when he said it came down to TO and NY, but I wish he hadn't dragged it out like he did. That said, I don't think he necessarily owes the franchise that essentially wasted a good number of years, a franchise he purposely took a cheaper five-year deal for, while they did virtually nothing to build a team around him, and especially whiffed at the draft. The only reason it wasn't worse is that Snow is light years smarter than Peter Chiarelli, which should say a lot about the Harvard-educated lawyer.

Also, while none of the moves he's made roster-wise will cripple them, it's fascinating to me how utterly horrid Lou Lamoriello continues to be at free agency. He was the inarguable master of the trade, but when the cap era came along and he needed to replenish his talent pool in NJ, he continually stunk the joint up. No difference here where he's doubling down on a whole slew of grinders on a roster that had too many to begin with. Whatever. I think Lou will show some of his savvy at the deadline where no doubt Jordan Eberle could fetch a high price on the trade market. But yeah, free agency for some weird reason is just not his bag.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:06 pm 
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Well, Lou continues to roll out the big hits. 4 year deal to Ross Johnston. No details yet. I'm sure it's a 2-way deal (fucking better be!), but it's like that Spiderman cartoon where he's looking at the other Spiderman... That's Johnston & Martin.

And I mostly agree about JT leaving. He was free to go. Snow and Ledecky/Malkin are idiots for not giving him an ultimatum to sign by or they'd trade him. Like 99.9% of Isles fans, they believed JT when he kept saying things like "that's never gonna happen" about signing in TO, how great players stick it out with one team, when he texted this year's draft picks that he looked forward to playing with them, etc.

But I think he's full of shit about being torn and almost crying over it. It just doesn't add up. Literally 2 minutes after saying that he went and tweeted the photo of himself in his TML sheets, saying it was a dream come true, 17 years in the making. Next day he said he didn't give the Isles the opportunity to pull a sign & trade or trade for negotiating rights because he didn't want to weaken the team he was going to. That just tells me he was leaving long ago, and that he doesn't give the slightest fuck about the Isles. And hey, he doesn't have to. I know. But he always roboticly (not a word- I don't care) said the right things. So it's mainly on Ledecky & Malkin for believing him. They really thought he was coming back. Apparently they were both furious over the news. And they should be. They let him walk for nothing, over a handshake that may not have even happened. Lou is making the media rounds saying that JT is a classy guy and has his respect... I don't know if that's legit or just face saving lip service, like JT gives.

No matter what, it all sucks for the Isles & us fans. It's going to take a few seasons to recover from that. And they were finally almost recovered from the dumb moves Snow made letting Nielsen & Okposo walk a few years ago. After almost recovering from the damage that Milbury did for a decade. And the damage he took over from Maloney... This team has been mismanaged for so long I wonder how the hell I'm still a fan sometimes. I'm either loyal to a fault or just stupid.

So yeah. Ross Johnston for 4 years. Culture change! Bring back face punchers.

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I think if Kovar had come over last seaaon he would've made serious coin. But he's got average speed and below average size so I'm wondering if his down year turned people off. Still like him as a playmaking 2C though. Good signing.

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I like Kovar as well, may as well give him a shot.

I really don't get that Johnston deal though. Why four years, and all one-way!?


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I like Kovar as well, may as well give him a shot.

I really don't get that Johnston deal though. Why four years, and all one-way!?


And it's for 1M a season. Just...why?

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Bosc wrote:
Pokecheque wrote:
I like Kovar as well, may as well give him a shot.

I really don't get that Johnston deal though. Why four years, and all one-way!?


And it's for 1M a season. Just...why?


Because Matt Martin is only signed for 2 more years, so umm, they, errr. I don't fucking know.

I have to admit, the old school asshole in me kind of likes having at least one face puncher around. The Isles got tossed around a lot the last few seasons. But you don't need Martin & Johnston. I think Johnston is going to be the big money man in Bridgeport, which is really scary in its own way. Bridgeport is a sketchy city overall. Being a millionaire there may attract a lot of bad attention.

I get wanting to keep people happy in Bridgeport though. And they probably told Johnston that he's going to be sent down with Martin back and 439 other 4th liners. So he probably got pissed, so Lou offered more money. Only thing I can think of. Or Johnston has photos of Lou in a tutu or something. As far as 4th liners go, he's decent. He's pretty good in the AHL. But yeah, 4 years @ $1million/year is too much. But there's no cap in the AHL and Malkin said improve the farm system... They've signed a bunch of other AHLers. Both Bourque brothers. I believe they're just AHL deals. No mention of them on the Isles site or Cap Friendly Isles page.

Luke Richardson is with the Habs now. Funny, I never heard he was let go by the Isles.

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Kelly Buchberger is gone now too. I forget where he went, but they're not going to miss him. Weight's Oiler Crew have scattered already. Although I believe Gomez remains in tact. Hopefully Korn comes into the fold, but those rumors have died down in the last week.

The Sound Tigers look to be pretty stacked this year. It's about time they paid attention to them! Give a winning atmosphere in the AHL and kids will expect to win when they come up, not be content losing by 2 or 5... This is a very important change for the org, and I like it. Shows Malkin is concentrated on making the Isles a winning org, even if not for a year or three.

Isles fans have pointed out that in interviews, neither Trotz nor Lou have mentioned Ledecky's name at all. They only refer to Malkin. Up until Ledecky's odd post-season rants/press conferences about analyzing things, Malkin was totally behind the scenes. The general consensus is that Ledecky had drank Wang's Kool Aid and was content with Snow & Weight, while Malkin was fed up and was the one solely responsible for bringing in Lou, who then dropped the hammer on Snow & Weight. Ledecky also hasn't spoken publicly since the post-season rants that brought him lots of mocking. Maybe he's just gun shy, or maybe he's on the way out. Could also be pissed about the dick who wore 91 leaving, since he said re-signing was plans A-C and he's concerned he'll say something he'll regret. I don't know. These are all fan theories.

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Isles have now hired John Gruden as an assistant. If he sounds familiar, he's the guy who was fired by the Flint Firebirds owner for not playing the owner's son enough, only for the entire team, including the owner's son, to quit and have Gruden brought back. (He was fired again the next year and the OHL took over the team). He did a great job for the Hamilton Bulldogs after that.
And now he's part of the culture change, or the Culture Club.

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