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No one's freaking out about the Leafs re-signing Roman Po-

I'm disappointed that Kyle hasn't liked this one yet.


I'd wait to hear this from a more trustworthy source. That tweet's a day old now and nobody else has picked up on it. Calgary certainly does seem like a logical fit though.

For crying out loud, someone just offer sheet him already. You could even keep the compensation here in the 2nd round pick category and the Wings would still be hard pressed to match.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2016-2017 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 10:38:25 AM »

Zetterberg essentially admits that his 12 year contract was to circumvent the cap and that he probably won't play the final 2 years of the deal (which pay him $1mil per year).

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Tavares
« on: Today at 10:22:20 AM »
I don't think that Tavares entertains it, but Button's idea of an enormous 1-year contract for him next season before the Matthews and Marner deals kick in is probably the only way I'd do it.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2017-2018
« on: Today at 08:46:33 AM »
A report from Russia indicates that Babcock and Lamoriello met with CSKA RH defenseman Igor Ozhiganov recently.

Per a redditor who has followed him closely, this is the defenseman that Kucherov has been trying to sell Tampa on. He has one year left on his contract in the KHL.

This article here, from about a year ago, has a pretty big write-up on him:

Certainly sounds like an intriguing player. Wonder if there's any way around that final year of his KHL deal.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Juuuust didn't quite make it
« on: Yesterday at 11:40:35 AM »
I really don't know why this thread made me think of Kyle Wellwood because he did go on to have a somewhat successful NHL career, just not with the Leafs. Maybe because he was sort of our fools gold of what we thought we had coming down the pipe back then. Its sort of a reminder of how lucky we really are now to be in this current position.

I was actually really bummed when Wellwood left the NHL. He really transformed his game and became a reliable 3rd line player in his later NHL years, even on the defensive side of the game. If he was just a little bit bigger I'm sure somebody would have signed him and he could have kept his career going. He's only 34 now and has been out of the NHL for 4 seasons now.

Just out of curiosity, I decided to look up his Hero chart:

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Juuuust didn't quite make it
« on: Yesterday at 10:55:36 AM »
Does Paul Ranger fit into this? I had pretty high hopes for his comeback. He didn't quite reach them but I thought that he was a pretty decent bottom pairing guy in his season here.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Juuuust didn't quite make it
« on: Yesterday at 10:51:03 AM »
Wasn't a big Ashton fan he would try to fight and always ended up bleeding profusely. A very punch-able nose apparently.

I blame Carlyle for that. He got into fights more frequently when it was clear he was fighting for a 4th line spot on team coached by a guy who liked to dress fighters on that line.

Yeah, I don't know if Ashton would have been a regular NHLer otherwise, but it's blatantly clear that he essentially tried to become a fighter to get into Randy's good books when it clearly wasn't something he was cut out for.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Juuuust didn't quite make it
« on: Yesterday at 10:39:23 AM »
Pierre Hedin was someone who came over to North America with quite a bit of hype but fizzled out quickly. Wasn't he the guy one of his Swedish coaches called Lidstrom-like (I couldn't find any evidence of that from google but I thought it was about him).

edit: Looks like that Lidstrom comment I remembered was about Stralman, man we really should have listened to that.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects - 2017-18
« on: Yesterday at 08:30:46 AM »

Anyone else think there's sort of a weird level of pressure on Dermott? Not in an immediate sense or pressure to be an all-star or anything but he does represent this management team's first real test of their draft acumen beyond picking in the top 5.

Also when you toss in the decision to trade down for him which yielded some interesting prospects but guys who seem like they'll be weird fits for the actual team and the guys they maybe passed on for him it strikes me like Dermott's actual ability to contribute, even as a bottom pairing guy, might be our first real glimpse in just how the Too Many Cooks era worked out from a scouting/drafting standpoint.

It feels like 2nd round picks are always the true test of a scouting staff/managements abilities at the draft. We've had 5 of them in the past 3 years (Dermott, Bracco, Korshkov, Grundstrom, Rasanen). At least two of them better become more than run of the mill NHLers.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Juuuust didn't quite make it
« on: Yesterday at 08:29:14 AM »
My serious pick would be Dmitry Vorobiev. I really thought that he was going to be a solid top-4 defenceman for us if we could only get him to come over from Russia. Then it seemed like he never really took his career seriously as there were reports of him getting massively overweight. He's still playing in the KHL right now but his numbers suggest that he's nothing special.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Game of Thrones (S7)
« on: August 21, 2017, 06:38:29 PM »
Watching this weeks Talk the Thrones (the Ringer's post-episode analysis show), and while I've only watched these for this season, I've never seen them rip into an episode like this one before.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Juuuust didn't quite make it
« on: August 21, 2017, 06:28:59 PM »
Yegor Korshkov.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2016-2017 NHL Thread
« on: August 21, 2017, 04:19:53 PM »
I was thinking sheltered third line minutes with Reinhart/Larsson, or subbing for Okposo with O'Rielly.

I don't see it. If Reinhart stays on the wing then they've got him, Okposo, and Pominville all on the right side. Kane, Pouliot, Girgensons, and Moulson on the left side. Plus a bunch of young guys like Bailey, Baptiste, Fasching, and maybe even Nylander fighting for potential jobs too. It's not a playoff bound group for sure but it seems like Griffith would be pretty low on their depth chart. He'd need to crush it in the A and then hope for an injury or two to get a look.

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