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@Sandysensfan There's really no upside to Ryan being honest if his plan all along is to sign with Philly after his contract is up. Ryan is saying all the right things and whether he means them or not, it's a lot easier to come to the rink when there aren't 18000 people booing you. Having said that, it's possible that he wants to see if the team is headed in the right direction; if Zbad and Puempel take over 2nd line duties and make some serious strides, he might decide things are positive enough to re-sign. However, when we traded for him, I fully expected he would play out his two years and be gone...and I wasn't happy about it.
As far as Methot goes, he wants to be paid like a top pairing guy. He's that now, but I really think of him as a place holder until one of the young guys is ready to take his spot. He's really better suited to the 2nd pairing. I don't know that we want to commit to 5 million/year for 6 years if he's not going to be on the top pair after year 2 or 3 of that contract.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/elliotte-friedman-speaks-bobby-ryan-issue-melnyk-approached-by-prospective-buyers.html
I think it's crap that Kuemper was asking for north of 4 million/year on a one-way contract. However, I can certainly understand him not wanting to sign a two-way contract. If the Wild offered 2.5 million on a one-year, one-way contract, that would be equitable for both sides, IMO.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/2014/09/minnesota-wild-rfa-darcy-kuemper.html
I wouldn't really expect the Canucks to have the same M.O. under the new regime.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/mondays-spezza-news-pulled-from-sens-marketing-material-and-kesler-impact.html
@boortjoon Well, I guess you and the author are excited by different things. Embrace diversity!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://the6thsens.com/2014-articles/bob-mckenzie-talks-nhl-rumour-mill-thornton-and-spezza.html
@boortjoon He said "exciting for rumours".
@jmikelittle they can talk about it all they want, from what I understand. They just can't sign anything.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Senators Content to 'Ride With Spezza as the Main Guy'?
@TrevorKluke I haven't given in to the notion that we're forever a low budget team. The Euge will turn things around and likely has already added to the budget with the TV deal.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Insider Trading Talks Hemsky
@FloAction It was a very low risk trade. A 3rd and 5th round pick is not a huge deal. You're probably 30% likely to get an NHLer out of those picks and *most* of the time, it's a plugger. There are exceptions, of course, and Murray does well drafting. In any event, it's not a tragedy if Hemsky doesn't sign; it was worth a shot.
I'd sure like to see him dominate at the AHL level before he gets his undies in a bunch about a job in Ottawa. Here's his chance without any potential thoughts about being snubbed.
2 years ago on Rooting For Robin | September
@Nichols6thSens @freewillig @slavitch
I have little doubt Rundblad will figure it out. But yes, he could easily get buried in Phoenix. There's a lot of talk Yandle will be moved. I'm sure the Yotes are asking for the moon and a couple planets.
2 years, 2 months ago on Turris Tells the Senators That He Can Score 30 Goals | August
Ah...that makes perfect sense. Also have to wonder how long Rundblad will be cooling his heals.
@silversevensens @slavitch I think it's probably pretty straightforward in chalking that up to weather. I don't want to live anywhere that is 115 degrees everyday of the summer. I can't imagine there is any decent ice for them to skate on in Arizona in the summer either.
@SteveHL @slavitch And the Senators payroll was just a pip over the Coyotes, so I don't know that that is much of a point.
@Nichols6thSens @slavitch why is that? Miele is quite a good player already. He's small so that will work against him, for sure but I, for one, won't be the least bit surprised if he's the 2nd line center this year.
My biggest problem with Turris last year was his strength and willingness to toss his body around a bit. It's a small issue that can be addressed, I'm sure.
@SteveHL I really don't have anything against Dany with the exception that he nixed the Edmonton thing. In retrospect, the deal we got was just fine. I'm really not all the venomous towards him at all; in fact, I had beers with him just a short time after he forced the trade out of Ottawa. However, there's a lot more to the story than just that he asked for a trade. As far as the MacAlpines go, I hadn't heard any details except what's in the Sun article. I know I hated Stacy when he was with the Gophers; I called him MacCowpie.
2 years, 2 months ago on Heatley Sues Former Representative | August
Admittedly, I am not an Anderson fan. Admittedly, he was better than what we had the previous year. However, I don't think you can pin all the defensive problems on the skaters. I certainly would not consider Andy's play to be "consistent"; he was up and down even if he did make some great saves and keep them in some games. He was 64th in GAA; only 1 goalie with 50 games played was worse and only 7 goalies who played in 50 games had a worse Sv%. Yes, his numbers got better in the playoffs but so did the numbers for every goalie not named Fleury. He's fine for now, but I really hope we have a different answer when we're ready to challenge. In my estimation, we still have a few years of turnover with our D before that will be the case. Gonchar and Phillips will move on in the next couple years. We are also incorporating 2 new (young) forwards into the top six in the next two years. It's going to be interesting, for sure.
2 years, 2 months ago on They Had The Greatest of Expectations | August
It's called "risk/reward" Dany. Don't put down money you don't want to lose on risky investments. I could easily be a financial advisor to the NHL players; it would be easy. It goes something like this "collect your paycheck, pay your agent, max out your Roth IRA (or Canadian equivalent) put half your money in a well balanced mutual fund, live on the rest. You'll never have to worry about money again."
@JimBobv2 nothing speculative about it.
I take things personally," Ryan told the newspaper. "Anaheim to me has been a team over the past year that really has shown me nothing to prove that they want me here, unfortunately.
"Obviously, it's not the ideal situation. When you get drafted, you want to win championships with that team and every time they look to add a piece to the puzzle, I'm the piece going the other way.
"I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don't care. Move me ... because it's just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you're going to be the guy moved."
2 years, 2 months ago on What would it take to land Bobby Ryan? | Articles
@JimBobv2 Well, I guess it usually comes down to the deal you want vs. the deal you can make. They can ask for Schenn and Couturier all day. It doesn't mean they could get a player of that caliber for Ryan. The Ryan Bridge in Anaheim is in flames so they have the choice of getting what they can even if not exactly what they want, or going through the season with an unhappy player.
In any event, it's all speculation anyway. We don't even know if this deal is on the table.
@JimBobv2 I think they would make that trade because they need to fill a number of holes. Koivu and Selanne will only play another season; maybe two. It's not as though Stafford and Armia aren't quality players in their own right. Along with Palmieri and Etem coming up, they could very well have their top six filled for a long time were they to make this deal.
I'm a Senators fan so I hope it doesn't get done this way. :~}
I don't think Detroit's one size fits all approach is a whole lot better than teams that rush their prospects simply because they need players or the fans are clamouring. It's probably safer, but being too conservative means you're losing valuable games played in the minors against the entry level contract when the player could well be helping the big club. Every player is different. I see no reason to treat them all the same in this regard and each wil respond to a given situation according to their gifts. The braintrust is supposed to earn their money determining who is who.
2 years, 3 months ago on Ottawa's Farm System Gets an Average Grade | July
@JeffLively What do you think is a fair price for him?
....and I'd like to add, I'm pretty excited about Maidens' prospects as an effective 2nd/3rd liner. He does an awful lot very well.
I have little doubt that Silfverberg and Zbad will be top 6 forwards and I'm excited about Ceci's prospects although I have my concerns about whether he can be an effect PP guy at the NHL level. Lehner needs to show a lot more consistency before I'm ready to commit any real hopes to him. I don't question his talent, just his temperament.
Stone; needs to prove he can keep up. Puempel needs to show he's over his injuries. Noesen; if he's a third liner, he'll be a great one. If he's counted on for 2nd line duties, it *may* be too much to ask.
The trade for Turris took the pressure off Zbad to develop as a 2nd line center with the big club in his early years, but in the end, I suspect we're going to end up regretting that one.
The 'lack of toughness' thing has been driving me crazy as well. How many fighters does one team need to have these days? Many teams are answering that question with "zero". It's great if you have one who can actually play and we do.
2 years, 3 months ago on Tuesday Morning News and Notes | July