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@AngryPanda @Lionel Hutz @beeline @MrsMalkinsBorscht Maatta is another RFA coming off of a lost season from multiple shoulder surgeries.  It's not going to take 6 million a year to do it.

12 hours, 34 minutes ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@AngryPanda @beeline @Lionel Hutz @MrsMalkinsBorscht i don't have a problem trading despres, i think the writing is clearly on the wall that he wasn't going to become what we all hoped.  but between the option of trading him for maybe a slightly better defenseman and holding onto him for a little while longer and seeing what happens, i would have held.

12 hours, 35 minutes ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@ CFA i would give anything to see the internet melt down with that trade.  oh boy.

12 hours, 37 minutes ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@KONP winning internet arguments over 3rd pair defensemen is all that matters.

12 hours, 37 minutes ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@AngryPanda @MrsMalkinsBorscht @Lionel Hutz @beeline he doesn't really have much of a choice as a RFA.  he either signs or sits out and he doesn't have the street cred to pull that move.

12 hours, 38 minutes ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@Lionel Hutz @beeline @MrsMalkinsBorscht I would rather have Despres as a RFA for 3 more years, which is typical, and at that point you make a decision.  maybe he develops a little more and you move him for something that is actually worth the effort to file the paperwork.  maybe he doesn't and you can still trade him for a lateral at that point.

12 hours, 39 minutes ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@Lionel Hutz @beeline @MrsMalkinsBorscht no, but how many RFA's sign for one year?

12 hours, 41 minutes ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@Lionel Hutz @beeline you're really worked up over this.  i'm just questioning the logic in trading a cap friendly player for an aging defenseman that really isn't that much better.  I've liked all of GMJR moves so far, but this one just doesn't sit right with me.


You brought up shero's trades, but he never really traded someone like this for purely a lateral move.  He traded lovejoy and gogo but those weren't lateral trades.  he traded morrow but that was also a completely different situation.


I don't have a problem if he traded despres for something that really adds to this team, but this really seems like a trade to just make a trade.  on a team where every cap dollar counts each and every year, I would want to keep around as many of these favorable contract situations as possible. 

12 hours, 44 minutes ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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We took on a 31 year old that will be an unrestricted free agent and gave away a 23 year old who will be a restricted free agent.  Removing all the names and just basing it on that fact along you would assume the 31 year old is significantly better.

But in the Despres trade, they are essentially a wash.  why move laterally when the end result is losing contractual control over an NHL ready defenseman.  worst case scenario, Despres doesn't improve at all and he is essentially a 3rd pair defenseman, which he is right now.  Lovejoy isn't much more than that, if at all more than that.

I've been on board the GMJR, but he really lost me on this move.  hopefully he knows something the rest of the world doesn't, but I haven't heard anyone defend this trade from the PIttsburgh perspective other than to say lovejoy has played more mediocre playoff hockey than despres.

14 hours, 20 minutes ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@Flip i thought both trades were weird and at best laterals.  but i can't pretend to know much about cole or lovejoy over the past few seaosns.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@Gmus my only beef is that I thought lovejoy is already RFA and Despres is still on rookie contract.  If that is the case, its a bad move financially as i view despres as an equal to lovejoy with more future upside.  Am i wrong about either contract?

1 day, 7 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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I don't mind trading Despres, he wasn't living up to the hype we had for him, but he was a solid contributor and still had some growth potential.  just not sure i agree on the price being lovejoy.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@WetShoes @MrsMalkinsBorscht @not_Yanni no problem, was just confused.  get me zach brown band tickets

1 day, 7 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@WetShoes @not_Yanni did you get the job?

1 day, 8 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@WetShoes i don't think anyone was confused.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@YinzerinCT @Lindas1st all trades are pending physicals, unless the team knows that the player won't pass the physical for X reason.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@YinzerinCT @Lindas1st as long as the potential injury wasn't concealed.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@AngryPanda who is the new 7th dman?  Cole?

1 day, 8 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@bgw @Gmus i don't think so, i thought despres was on the last year of rookie contract

1 day, 8 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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is lovejoy still a below average defenseman???

1 day, 8 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@Lionel Hutz does that mean pending NHL approval or rutherford swordfighting with another gm.

1 day, 8 hours ago on Tanking er…… Unwinning Status of 3-2-15

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@presidentjlh goalies in the east are ordering new chest protectors today.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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Crosby and Malkin for McDavid.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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@Lionel Hutz @MrsMalkinsBorscht but it usually is.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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@presidentjlh it always is. 

1 day, 11 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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@orby owner's son.  every so often he sends me a juicy nugget.  there are certain owners who have voting rights, his dad is one.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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@NHreD  @MrsMalkinsBorscht but that's just pure speculation.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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@NHreD  @MrsMalkinsBorscht i'm betting the owners rejected because they don't want to trade kunitz more so than the guy coming in.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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@NHreD  @MrsMalkinsBorscht i have no idea whether it was good or bad as I don't know what was on the other end.  But you have t presume it would have been a pretty big trade considering the names and the cap space it would clear.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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@orby can we flip ovi for a young defenseman?

1 day, 12 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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Pens rejected a deal over the weekend that would have involved kunitz, beau and either a pick or dumoulin.  Don't know what the pens would have received in return, from what team, or what the pick would have been instead of dumoulin.  The deal was taken to owners by rutherford and the owners turned it down because they were concerned over locker room affect.  Owners had a say in it because one of the contract(s) in return constituted certain parameters that made it a "business decision" that required owner approval.


I think its really interesting because if Rutherford took it to the owners then he would have accepted it had it not required permission.  second, either they were worried about a player coming in being a cancer or a player going out, presumably kunitz, hurting the locker room.  After discussing it some with another friend, he came up with Sharp, but that's just guessing.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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@Kinguin coffee served black is coffee, anything else is a latte

1 day, 12 hours ago on Gameday 62 – Blue Jackets at Pens

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that would be a fun playoff series.

6 days ago on Gameday 61 – Pens at Capitals

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@kirk_75  @MrsMalkinsBorscht yeah you showed me them.  expensive repair.  i'll make sure i don't hit mine with a sledgehammer...

6 days ago on Gameday 61 – Pens at Capitals

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new f150 mmmmmmm gets me hawt.

6 days ago on Gameday 61 – Pens at Capitals

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@orby hello biff tannen.

6 days ago on Gameday 61 – Pens at Capitals

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@NHD @MrsMalkinsBorscht yeah, i sort of see his point but he takes it to an extreme.

6 days ago on Gameday 61 – Pens at Capitals

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@NHD @MrsMalkinsBorscht or.....hold your breathe this will hurt your brain, MJ helped him find his game...

6 days ago on Gameday 61 – Pens at Capitals

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@NHD @MrsMalkinsBorscht someone called into the fan today trying to say letang wasn't earning his contract.  if it wasn't for MAF, tanger is the easy mvp this season.  i'm glad he finally found his game.

6 days ago on Gameday 61 – Pens at Capitals

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well that's the crosby i remember.

6 days ago on Gameday 61 – Pens at Capitals

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we sort of look like a real hockey team tonight. 

6 days ago on Gameday 61 – Pens at Capitals

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@AngryPanda @MrsMalkinsBorscht my mom called in a prescription for percocet, but i can't pick up until the AM.  I imagine i won't really need it tomorrow.  but i'll keep them around for the next time i get fancy with a knife.

1 week, 1 day ago on Gameday 60 – Panthers at Pens

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@KONP yeah, i did a number on my pinky.  damn near fileted the fucking thing.

1 week, 1 day ago on Gameday 60 – Panthers at Pens

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i regret turning down the pain pills from the ER. jesus christ.

1 week, 1 day ago on Gameday 60 – Panthers at Pens

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birdman, are you an insurance agent? 

1 week, 1 day ago on Gameday 60 – Panthers at Pens

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just got back from the ER.  damn near cut the tip of my pinky off.  6 stitches later, good as new.

1 week, 1 day ago on Gameday 60 – Panthers at Pens

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@Lionel Hutz @MrsMalkinsBorscht its still real to me.

1 week, 2 days ago on Gameday 60 – Panthers at Pens

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rastling blog...night, enjoy.

1 week, 2 days ago on Gameday 60 – Panthers at Pens

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i guess we can stop panicking until we get our shit pushed in by the caps again on wednesday.

1 week, 2 days ago on Gameday 60 – Panthers at Pens

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@shooter` @MrsMalkinsBorscht ok, i just wasn't sure if it was something on my end.

1 week, 2 days ago on Gameday 59 – Pens at Blues

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