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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:25 pm 
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Been a while since we've had a new thread in here. Anyone down on them after Rinne imploded in the playoffs? They have one more year of him before they hand the keys to Saros.

Grinder and middling former 1st rounder Austin Watson might also be gonzo after assaulting his wife. At least I hope they take the opportunity to cut him.

They've spent a lot in recent times but they actually have a lot of cap room this year to add a big name (Poile likes doing that) and can now comfortably re-sign Ellis, who's a UFA after the season. Fiala took a step forward last season and Tolvanen should be a Calder candidate. Turris struggled to score in the playoffs but they don't seem down on him. Sissons and Jarnkrok are elite checkers at this point.

And of course Forsberg might be the offensive star they've been looking for since their inception. Could notch 80 points if he stays healthy.

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Hamhuis-who cares

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:40 pm 
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They looked very beatable in the postseason. Honestly, they should've curb-stomped the Avs, instead they drew it out to six games. If Bernier hadn't been even worse than Rinne it might've gone seven, or worse.

Yes, they look like a fast, balanced team with depth to spare and an elite blueline corps, and their pipeline still isn't done spitting out potential stars (Fabbro and Tolvanen look like they're next). But something still seems...off. I've said ad nauseam that you need an elite 1-2 punch down the middle to be a true contender (and shut up about Chicago, Kane is a center, I don't care where he lines up for faceoffs) and while Johansen and Turris are very good, are they elite? I don't think so.

Also, for all his genius, Poile still makes dumb mistakes. He obviously regrets the whole Mike Ribeiro fiasco, and had no reason whatsoever to give a dime-a-dozen grinder like Austin Watson term or give up a 1st rounder for Ryan effing Hartman, and now inexplicably brought aboard Zac Rinaldo, whom I'm fairly certain was the worst player in the National Hockey League last year.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:01 pm 
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You knew Poile wouldn't let Ellis get to free agency: 8 years, 6.25M AAV.

He's good, and you can afford to overpay with Josi and Ek making a pittance for years to come, but I doubt he'll hold up for the length of the deal.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:05 pm 
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No trade protection--sets up an interesting scenario for Nashville in the event of another expansion draft in 2020 or so.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:37 pm 
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Austin Watson suspended 27 games for hitting his wife.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:20 pm 
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Hmmmmm...I mean that's a pretty hefty suspension. But still not nearly enough when you consider Nate Schmidt got seven less games for a ridiculously minute amount of a banned substance in his bloodstream.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:30 am 
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NHPLA to appeal the ruling.

https://nhlpa.com/news/1-16223/nhlpa-st ... tin-watson


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:11 am 
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Logical Progression wrote:


Well...that's kinda their job so that's not surprising. Note that the statement said nothing else. I do hope this doesn't turn into the complete farce like it did with the NFL and Ezekiel Elliott last season.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:16 am 
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Pokecheque wrote:
Logical Progression wrote:
Well...that's kinda their job so that's not surprising. Note that the statement said nothing else. I do hope this doesn't turn into the complete farce like it did with the NFL and Ezekiel Elliott last season.
No, not really surprising, except for the fact that he plead no contest.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:33 pm 
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Calder candidate Eeli Tolvanen sent to Milwaukee. Fat, probably.

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