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  1. 2016 Draft

    I guess one way to split the difference would be to find out how big/small Keller really is at the combine. If he's really closer to 5'8 or 5'9, then maybe you go the safe route and pick the guy who puts up the big numbers somewhere but is not a total shrimp. On another note, according to Friedman, the Blue Jackets might consider trading the third pick if they come to the conclusion that Puljujarvi will not be a center at the NHL level and that they really like Logan Brown, who some project to go right around where the Devils are picking. http://www.todaysslapshot.com/from-the-ice/friedman-explores-possibility-blue-jackets-trading-top-draft-pick/ Columbus also has cap problems coming up since they have to sign Jones to an extension and they have some pretty crappy contracts on their books -- Hartnell, Clarkson, Tyutin and Jack Johnson with Hartnell, Clarkson and Tyutin having NMCs with the expansion draft coming up. The Devils obviously have the cap space to take on a crappy contract if it means getting a good cost-controlled player, although it would be dicey for them to take on a defenseman that has NMC and needs to be protected in the expansion draft, because it means you're almost certainly losing Andy Greene -- since Severson, Larsson and D-man X with NMC would be protected. So for sh!ts and giggles, No. 11, Second Round Pick, Blackwood for No. 3 Pick and David Clarkson.
  2. 2016 Draft

    Yeah, Keller is the player I want, and might give up a third to move up one or two spots if that what it takes to make sure we get him. He's more or less the same size as Marner and probably had better numbers in his draft year adjusting for league strength, etc..
  3. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    Denis Potvin -- who does color commentary for the Panthers -- was on XM this morning. He believed that it Vancouver that initiated the discussions, which surprised me a bit. Panthers are going full analytics and my sense is that analytics people do not think much of Gudbranson, which seemed to lead everyone to believe that dumping him was one the first orders of business of the new regime there, but apparently not.
  4. 2016 Draft

    While I don't know the ins and outs of the amateur hockey circuit, it seems pretty clear to me that you need to dominate the BCHL in order to have any hopes of being a good pro. At the same time, it's not a guarantee that you will be anything other than an ok player. Recent players off the top of my head who have put up similar BCHL numbers to Jost include: Gomez, Turris, Beau Bennett, and Zajac. (Brett Hull too if you want to go back that far).
  5. 2016 Draft

    The problem Edmonton has is that there's a drop off in the forward talent after pick 3, or at least it's perceived to be that way. It was perhaps possible that the Isles would have traded Hamonic for 4 overall, but he has since rescinded his trade demand. The other one getting floated out there is McDonough for 4th overall with other stuff going one way or the other. Think that would be a huge minus for the Rags. I don't see the Devils moving up to get 4 nor do I really see the need to considering it will probably be an overpayment for a team that can't afford to overpay in terms of assets right now.
  6. 2015–16 Prospect Thread

    Shero apparently was interested in getting him at the deadline. From what you hear, the Oilers turned down an offer similar to what the Bruins gave up for Brett Connelly. With Team Russia basically telling him to F-off for the world championships, my guess is that they'd be lucky to get a third rounder for him.
  7. 2015–16 Prospect Thread

    The pass from Provorov was almost as good. Man, the Flyers could be really something to reckon with if Giroux and Vorachek don't regress too much in the near future.
  8. Devils looking to add offense in the offseason

    While I would never underestimate the tendency of an NHL GM, even an otherwise successful one, to do something puzzling, Blackwood, at most, is a piece of larger deal or maybe someone that helps you move up a few spots in the first round (and even that is doubtful). He is at least two years away from being even a backup in the NHL. In fact, I can't remember the last time a CHL goalie has brought back anything significant in a trade, if one has even been traded. I know there was talk of the Bruins trading Malcolm Subban after he had a good year in junior, but that never materialized.
  9. Possible "Palmieri-esque" trades for the offseason

    I meant trade for him. Buffalo really didn't give up a ton for him, so they don't have the same reluctance that Toronto had to trade Kessel for all those years.
  10. Possible "Palmieri-esque" trades for the offseason

    Here's a crazy idea... try and get Evander Kane on the cheap.
  11. League sets expansion draft rules

    A lot of the players that got those stupid contracts also have NMCs (one of whom is Girardi, although I'm not sure if it's set to end before or after the expansion draft ultimately takes place) so they'd have to be protected. Also, I'd venture a guess that between UFAs and cap space transferring trades and the like that any expansion team would not have to waste that many, if any slots, on getting crappy players on overpriced deals to reach the cap floor. Why waste an expansion draft selection on someone crappy like Andrew MacDonald when you might get another player that can help your team more. If anything, you can get more stuff back after the expansion draft in a trade that another team needs to make to be cap compliant.
  12. 76ers sell first jersey ads

    Think about this way, almost all of us here pay good money and invest a lot of our energy in following a bunch of people we don't know, who don't know us, many of whom will be gone just as quickly as they got here, play a game. In fact, as much as everyone says they hate public money for stadiums and arenas, it never seems to be a problem when its the rich guy who owns your team that's getting a subsidy from the taxpayer. Once someone is selling you a product that you demand to that extent, some ads on jerseys, on the boards, or beamed directly into your brain from the seat in front of you isn't going to change things.
  13. 76ers sell first jersey ads

    I guess that'll be an alternative, but if European football jerseys are any indication, most people are going to have to get them with the ads if that's what the sponsors want, if these google searches are any indication: "manchester united jersey without ads" and "barcelona fc jersey without ads" and everything that comes up on the first page of google shopping has the big ad on it. https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#q=manchester+united+jersey+without+ads&hl=en&tbm=shop https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#q=fc+barcelona+jersey+without+ads&hl=en&tbm=shop So I think it'll come down to the amount of fans that stop buying jerseys altogether once the sponsor demands that the ads be on the merchandise that will drive the decision, and won't really take into account the number of fans that will buy knock-offs. At the same time, I think that teams will need to get a pretty penny from sponsors before that happens. Having a jersey is a big part of being a hockey fan, so I imagine it accounts for a not insignificant part of even a small market team's revenue. How much do you think a sponsor would have to pay a team like the Devils to have a very conspicuous ad on a jersey be mandatory for sales to fans and would it be worth it for the sponsor and the team? $10 million a year? My guess is that you, and people who feel the same way, might not watch as much for a certain period of time, but that your viewing will return to what it was once every team starts doing it.
  14. 76ers sell first jersey ads

    I imagine that even if it starts as an option to not have the ads on jerseys that are sold to fans, eventually sponsors will offer more money to make them mandatory, or at least make it difficult to buy a team jersey that doesn't have an ad on it. You would think that's inevitable. What's better than 23-25 people a night wearing an article of clothing with your corporate logo on it? Having many thousands more wear the same thing at all times in all sorts of places.
  15. 76ers sell first jersey ads

    While not being a conspiracy nut, it's worth noting that the Sixers have the lowest attendance (can't speak for the off-court troubles) largely, if not entirely, as a result of ownership's decision to do a long-term tank job that would make the 2014-15 Sabers blush. The bigger issue with all this stuff is that the NHL (like every other North American sports league, and probably every European football league) is a monopoly. So your only choice if you really hate things like ads on jerseys is to stop watching, since you can't find another North American hockey league to follow. (Note that I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad thing that sports leagues are monopolies, but this is one of the effects of it). FWIW, the only way I could see my own behavior being affected, so far as following the team generally, would be if the jerseys were covered with the ads. Even a small ad like the Sixers have would cause me never to buy a jersey if it were mandatory that they have them.