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6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@Ranger Dave @shoot_the_goalie@Bueller@IcyCup 

Ranger Dave.  On second thought let's just make the wager just for pride.  It's my attention to details, but just read that unless the blog is a charitable organization (which I'm assuming it's not), technically this could cause issues and I wouldn't want to cause that or set an unfavorable precedent. Especially since we're involving the blog without it's consent.  Chances are no one would really care, but don't want to take even the smallest chance of causing problems for the blog out of courtesy for those who run it.  Hope you understand.  

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@Ranger Dave @shoot_the_goalie@Bueller@IcyCup

One last thing...I said it on top, but this applies only to him entering the open market.  If he signs with TB, this is all mute. But doubt thats gonna happen.  Cheers. 

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@Ranger Dave @shoot_the_goalie@IcyCup

Oh damn...I meant to put in that caveat!  I swear I did say it earlier in a post somewhere that the only way he'll get a downgraded offer is if he suffers a serious injury.  But yes, the wager is that he'll get at least 6yrs at 6.5m with full NTC pending no serious injuries. (i.e, concussion, eye injury, etc)  It's on like Donkey Kong unless Kevin has any issues with us defiling his blog. heh.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@Ranger Dave @shoot_the_goalie@calithirteen@IcyCup

Who thought David Clarkson would get the money he got last year?  There's always a GM out there who overspends (usually it's our own).  You're basically agreeing that someone will pay him 6yrs at 6m per with NTC.  Isn't it conceivable that someone offers him 500k more a year if there are multiple suitors, which I think there will be?

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@Ranger Dave @shoot_the_goalie@IcyCup

I disagree.  I think he'll get at least 6yrs at 6.5m with a full no movement clause IF he chooses to test the open market.  Friendly wager?  Whoever loses donates $20 to Kevin for maintaining the blog?  Either way, one step closer to maybe helping to get a better hosting site?  Did I just suggest to make Kevin's blog an online gaming site?  ha.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@calithirteen @shoot_the_goalie@IcyCup

with all that said, glad Slats did not sign him.  I would have been fine with 6yrs/6m per but had to have a modified NTC like the one Dan G. got.  And clearly that's what stopped Cally from signing.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@calithirteen @shoot_the_goalie@IcyCup 

and when he gets 6yrs at 6.5-7m per with a full NTC from someone else, he's gonna turn to Bartlett and say, "Nice job.  And thanks for taking all that heat off of me so I still look like the good guy"  NYR were ready to give him 6yrs at 6m w/ modified NTC. That's what they thought his market value was under their tight cap restrictions.  Other teams will not have the same cap restrictions, and I'm sure will be willing to pay a little higher than what the NYR were wiling to give in order to get one of the top UFAs on the market this year.  So not sure why people think he's all of the sudden gonna get downgraded offers.  It's not how the typical sports market works.  No, Cally's not gonna get 8 years at 7.5m per w/ NTC (and I'm sure he didn't really think he was going to get that either - but you shoot for the moon on first try, right?)  But Slats just set the market for Cally, and it's up to other GMs to go higher if they really want him, which some will. Only reason I can see Cally getting downgraded offers is if he suffers a significant injury that scares GMs away.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@cardboardcllctr @dook83  

Slats had some leverage.  With UFAs, the GM has little to no leverage.  Slats always uses his leverage against his players cause he can, and I would too.  With UFAs, if you want them, you gotta pay them what they want and final say is up to the player.  You can't trade a UFA if they don't agree to your terms and UFAs have nothing to lose as long as they have one team that they'll be happy with.  That's why Richie, Gomez, Drury, etc...got paid so much.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@IcyCup @1HockeyNut

Nope...unless Slats loses his mind and offers Cally more that his final offer.  Knowing Slats though, he could do it!

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@Wallace1  

Greg Campbell?  I joke and I get your point.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@gravey94 @shoot_the_goalie@Ranger Dave

I would be shocked then that they didn't trade him at the deadline.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@EquusBiz

he won't get a letter unless he signs with TB.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@gravey94 @upstate tom

before cap era though, it was getting outta hand.  and a lot of people blamed the NYR.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@DominickAndreula

depends on the injury.  If it's a severe concussion or eye injury or anything that scares GMs away, his offers will plummet.  If it's a broken bone, dislocated shoulder, something with a finite healing time, even with his history, I don't think it affects that market that much.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@gravey94 @Ranger Dave

Orpik!  he won't leave PIT though I think.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@DPSnotty @MikeBlue

I don't think Snow is doing that bad of a job, considering what and who he has to work with.  If you had Wang as your boss, most people would have traded Tavares for a 3rd round pick by now.  Snow is just Wang's puppet, as Wang loves to be involved but has no idea what he's doing.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@DPSnotty @shoot_the_goalie@IcyCup

well, at least we know it won't be Slats this time who overpays for a UFA on the market.  Or will it?  heh. 

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@DPSnotty @shoot_the_goalie@IcyCup

BUF, after their recent purge, will have tons of cap space next year, but no marketable stars.  They're rebuilding, but probably need one or two big names to justify their rebuild in good faith to the fans. (at least if they don't want to lose revenue)  Cally is perfect for them.  I can already see the billboards.  "Please welcome the new captain of your BUF Sabres, hometown boy Ryan Callahan!"  He'll definitely get his NTC from some other team, and I wouldn't doubt he gets 6.5-7m per from another team.  Look at Clarkson.  Anyone think he was going to pull the money he got?  Happens all the time...there's always a team, always a GM who'll overpay a UFA.  Usually it's Slats!

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@IcyCup

Icy, I love ya and all, but come on.  You don't think Cally himself wanted that NTC and all the oodles of money?  Blaming it all on the agent?  If most fans blame the agent, then the agent did his/her job to perfection.  Agents are there to help make the deal and also take a lot of the heat for the client.  I bet Bartlett even told Cally to let him take the heat for any bad PR.  Cally's gonna get paid in the offseason - no doubt in my mind, and probably more than the NYR were willing to give, and he and his agent are going to pretty happy in the end.  Cally saying "it's out of my control" and "I'm shocked".  I don't buy it.  I'm sure Cally was communicating with Bartlett to the end, and if he really was worried about being traded, he would have conceded in the last minute.  I think the true quote should be "I'm shocked....that the NYR didn't give me the contract I wanted"

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Tying Up St. Louis for Callahan Loose Ends

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@DruBreezay @ATCRyan

he's still in a blueshirt?

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT

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@josh930 @DruBreezay@ATCRyan

Again, why do we blame his agent and not him?

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT

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@IhaveawaiteratMSG

the 2nd period was particularly a snore fest.  

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT

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@Ranger Dave

Cause Wang knows nothing about hockey?  Wang makes Dolan look like a genius.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT

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@Ranger Dave @Bring back Langdon@johnnyb3910

UFA market is not that great this year.  Only UFA I would pursue is Orpik, who'll probably stay in PIT anyway.  If NYR want a legit #1 center, they're gonna have to trade for it. 

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT

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@dsclaw88 @Ranger Dave

or try switching Zucc w. Kreider?

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT

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@Rangers_54

Last goal shouldn't have happened.  2 on 4 coming into the zone.  Dan G. needs to take the body on Kessel to prevent Kessel from getting the puck to a wide open Bozak, but instead he tries to use his stick.  Kessel's too talented of a player to defend with poke checks.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT

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@KreiderisTheChosenOne

Wallace1 suggested switching Kreider with Hags.  I'm all for it.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs 3, Rangers 2, OT

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Ok...Zucc is officially listed as smaller, but man St. Louis looks smaller on the ice than Zucc does.  

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@Wallace1 @shoot_the_goalie

Thats a very interesting thought, to put Kreids with the TB alumni.  Kreids would bring some strength to that line and be a net presence.  Hags could help open up ice with his speed for Nash (though Kreids is fast too, but doesn't seem as aggressive as Hags lately)  Anyway, can you get AV to read your post?  Would be interesting to see that personnel switch.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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Just for those all up on Nash...yes, he's struggling and could play better, but it's not all on him.  He has very little open ice, and a huge part of that is due to Stepan's play.  Watch the attached video.  I know it's the Swiss A League and not the NHL, but look at what Nash can do when he has a speedy skilled center who draws defenders and opens up ice for him.  Watch Thornton and then ask yourself if Stepan does anything similar in terms of puck possession and setting up plays.  I'm not saying Stepan doesn't bring anything to the table (and comparing him to JT may not be fair), but he's clearly suited to be a checking center who contributes from time to time, rather than the guy setting up your two more speedy skilled wingers.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHKkHj-LRT8

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@Wallace1 @shoot_the_goalie

True.  One of the intangibles that St. Louis brings is that he may help elevate Richie's play, which is a double edge sword, cause frankly, I think they still should buy Richie out.  St. Louis & Richie looked good together.  Hags still looked a little lost I thought.  Step looks completely lost, and as I said, he can't keep up with Nash & Kreider.  It's frustrating to watch Nash struggle cause he has very little open ice, which should be set up by his center. It's like when Jagr lost Nylander.  Gomez nor Dubi could open ice for Jags, and opposing defenses just smothered Jags to neutralize him.  As much as people criticize Nash, it's not easy to contribute offensively when you got the other team suffocating your space on the ice at all times.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@Wallace1

Well said.  I think the common misconception is that the Bruins win because they can out bully opponents, when actually it's because they are a solid puck possession team and make very few mistakes with the puck because they are so disciplined defensively. (very Claude Julien).  DET back in the day was a very similar team, and I think they were also one of the least penalized teams for many years.  NYR are getting there with the speed, but puck possession is still sorely lagging behind.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@Gorangers0525 @shoot_the_goalie 

Kessel skated into the zone with 3 NYR surrounding him, and not one guy took him out of the play (it was a 2 on 4!).  Allows Kessel to drop pass to Bozak.  Then the puck goes to the boards to Kessel and Dan G. and McD both have a great opportunity to take the body to knock him off the puck, but instead poke checks at him and Kessel comes away with the puck, passes to an undefended Bozak in the crease, and game over.  I can see letting Kessel gain the zone, but he should not have won that puck on the boards to setup the pass.  One of the D, (specifically Dan G.) needs to take the body on him.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@Gorangers0525

that last goal was all because nobody took the body.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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Oh...last take away.  Dolan's plan worked!  He must have been walking around the Garden and laughing at the profits.  All those old Cally jerseys, and all these new St. Louis jerseys!  I mean really, there were a bunch of St. Louis jerseys on, and he's been with the team for like 8 hours?  WTF?  Gotta love the fans who rush out to be the first to own the new jersey, even if that player hasn't even stepped on to the ice yet.  Reminds me of someone who went out and got a NYR Sakic jersey cause he wanted to be one of the first.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@dsclaw88

Carrying the puck slows him down about 200%.  Can't have that, or Nash & Kreider will be offsides all the time.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@Bleed_the_freak @dsclaw88

He did a great disappearing act tonight.  but then again, he must have taught the trick to a lot of his teammates too.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@Chris M

Not excusing Nash, but what do want him to do when his center is nowhere near the offensive zone because he can't keep up?  Step is supposed to open up ice for his wingers, not the other way around.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@JustinRP37

OT goal.  I was yelling for someone to hit a Maple Leaf.  Sure enough, I wasn't loud enough (heh) and the NYR just let them enter the zone and score.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@KreiderisTheChosenOne

True.  Dorsett was invisible tonight.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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At the game...a few takeaways.  
1) Garden was packed - guess they wanted to see the "new toy"2) St. Louis is TINY.  Smaller than Zucc.  I thought I was watching intermission when they put the local kids out there to play when he was on the ice.  He is fast though.3) I don't think any NYR threw a body check all night.  If there was any hitting, it was incidental contact.  Maybe losing Cally made things softer.4) that 2nd period was a snore-fest.  I'm glad I had a couple of beers for that period.5) Dancing Larry needs to go.  It was fun while it lasted, but it's just embarrassing now.
St Louis' size compared to Staal....

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 63) - Martin St. Louis in the Building

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@Derek Stepan @DubiLeetch@shoot_the_goalie

aren't you nervous Derek?  Your name was bandied about a few times.  How are you holding up?

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis

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You think guys like Boyle and Moore are sitting in their stalls nervously right now watching the clock on the wall?  Kinda like that scene in "Miracle" before Coxie gets cut?  Guys looking at each other with the "oh crap" stares?

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis

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@Bueller @shoot_the_goalie@trswann

wouldn't surprise me if there is a GM out there that gives him even more.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis

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@trswann

You know, I bet Cally is still going to get a major pay day in the offseason when he hits the market (there's always a sucker - usually it's the NYR), and he's gonna end up happy with a big contract. It's just not going to be with the NYR.   

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis

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@tygalpin

On thing they should have known is that Slats, for all his faults, does not bluff.  He doesn't have to...he has job security for life.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis

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