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  1. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    According to Dallas's beat writer, Nischushkin could be on the trade block.  Would you trade Cammelleri for him more or less straight up, perhaps having to retain some salary or take on a less than desirable contract?  Would Dallas do that?
  2. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    All fans are whiny and hypocritical.  I'm generally ok with Flyers fans in that they don't seem to have this undeserved sense of entitlement that a lot of Rangers and Leafs fans have. 
  3. New Jersey Devils' Lineup/Roster Thread 2015-16

    Don't take my theory too seriously, at least with the Severson benching.  I don't think coaches make decisions based on factors like that. If the deal happens, I'll be in favor of it, in that it's a sign that the Devils scouts really think Drouin will live up to the hype.  In which case, you make that deal every time. 
  4. New Jersey Devils' Lineup/Roster Thread 2015-16

    I don't see Lou ever making a trade with the Devils, and certainly not this year.  For starters, I think there's a mismatch in that both teams are looking to get younger.  The only Marlie that the Devils might want, that's reasonably obtainable would be Kapanen, like one of the young defensemen for him, but who knows.  But beyond that, there are certain teams that a GM doesn't want to risk any chance of being on the wrong end of a losing trade.  I still have this inkling that the Devils are in on the Drouin sweepstakes and that a Severson for Drouin deal might be made as soon as Merrill comes back.  It's almost like the recent benching of Severson is designed to get a sense of how well the Devils can manage without him. 
  5. I remember being at that game.  Got into it with a really annoying drunk guy.  I have no idea if Kovy is still any good.  But man, he was a great player for this team... except maybe in analytics bizzaro world where everything matters except scoring goals and winning games. 
  6. Re Montana, I think he has heart issues. And the other thing I'll say about concussions.... I'm not a doctor, but I have been involved in litigation involving med mal, products liability, and the like.  From what I can tell, most of the stuff that gets fed to the press about the concussions in sports seems to come from plaintiffs' attorneys and their paid experts.  That doesn't necessarily make what they're saying wrong, but I wish there was the same skepticism in the press when it comes to their claims that even approaches the level of skepticism you get for the claims that come from the defendants side.  And I am starting to get the sense that the effects of concussions are being exaggerated in the press, perhaps the best case in point being that if an ex-football player commits suicide, and there's evidence that that player had a concussion at some point in his career (virtually all NFL players have it would seem) it's just assumed from the outset that concussions were the cause. 
  7. 2015 Miami Dolphins thread

    I don't follow college football, so I generally know a lot less about the NFL draft prospects than the NHL ones.  And I've followed this year's NFL draft class even less than others.  What I will say though is that I really hope that Miami doesn't use its first rounder on a corner back.  Maybe some statistical analysis will prove me wrong, but it just seems like corner backs drafted in the top 10 or 15 have this tendency to bust or be very pedestrian pros.  Maybe go with the best linebacker or interior offensive lineman.  Trade down if necessary.  I agree that the Dolphins should not re-sign Lamar Miller unless he's willing to give a discount, which he has no reason to do.  I'm glad that it appears they're giving Dion Jordan another chance, but I'm not holding my breath that he ultimately makes any impact one way or the other.  When you've been sitting out as long as he has, you really have to do a lot to stay in shape, and it doesn't appear that he has the stuff to do that.  Not to mention that he may not have been all that good even if he didn't have all the extracurricular issues.  Looks like it's really "in Gase we trust."  Talent-wise, the roster isn't going to be any better or worse than it was last year.  While they're not adding any talent, and should be losing some, the improvement you would expect from players like Parker, the fact that anyone should be better than Jason Fox, etc., should make the cap casualties a wash.  So let's hope Gase is the genius he's hyped to be... or that we find out that Philbin was, in reality, one of the worst coaches in NFL history.  If someone like that could lead a team to a close to .500 record despite having a rookie QB in one of those years, imagine what a competent coach could do. 
  8. New Jersey Devils' Lineup/Roster Thread 2015-16

    If they want to do a third jersey that changes the logo but that is only used occasionally, I suppose I could live with it.  And I've generally tolerated a lot of the stupid things the marketing group has done over the past few decades like that douchey and embarrassing "professional fan."  But a complete change of the jersey would  just be a money grab (that would be ineffective in the long run anyway) and, even worse, a sign that the Weber and company have gone full cargo cult in thinking that jersey changes are what generate fan interest. My guess though is that there won't be anything like that. 
  9. We've had this debate here before, but I already think Manning is the better QB, regardless of what happens next week.  When I compare QBs, I'll ask if you put both on the same team that has an average roster on both offense and defense and average coaching, etc., who's going to do better.  Or how bad is the same team going to be when you lose one or the other.   The first is purely theoretical, but the second test has occurred.  The Colts became the worst team in the league where the year before they were 10-6 and made the playoffs.  The Patriots were 11-5 with a very average Matt Cassell as the starting QB for basically the entire season.  That Pats team very well could have been 12-4, and then made the playoffs had it not been for the fact that they were the first team to have the Wildcat sprung on them. 
  10. Drouin

    Both Santini and Jacbos are right handed.  Obviously we have no idea if they ever become NHL regulars (and if they do, it's likely at least two years away) and the low point production for both of them raises red flags.  (Although I recall Conte saying that Jacobs reminded him of Severson).  Again though, it's not like you would be trading Severson for nothing unless you're convinced that Drouin is not that good, which appears to be an opinion that some people have.  EDIT: Mozik is also right-handed. 
  11. Drouin

    Admittedtly, I'm more bullish on Merrill than others.  (I think Gelinas is basically useless at this point).  I also think that you should get at least one NHL defenseman out of Santini, Jacobs, Mozik and Colton White.  And while you can't count on landing a particular free agent, especially when you're not a marquee destination, guys like Yandle should be available this summer and maybe Shattenkirk next summer.  I just look at how crappy this team is at making controlled entries into the offensive zone and making accurate passes on a consistent basis, and would really love to have someone of Drouin's skill set. 
  12. Drouin

    Agreed that you don't trade Larsson straight up for Drouin.  At this point, you're only trading him for a top line forward, a la the Jones for Johanssen trade, or perhaps as part of deal for Auston Matthews if Edmonton, gasp, gets the number 1 overall again.  (I'm only slightly exaggerating when I say that Edmonton would look to trade that pick almost out embarrassment.)  I do think that Yzerman would trade Drouin straight-up for Severson, at least based on the stuff that's out there, specifically that he offered Drouin for Dumba and that he's otherwise looking for a young cost-controlled right handed defensemen.  I would be very tempted to do that if the team's scouts are convinced that Drouin will be the player he's supposed to be in relatively short order and that the defense won't go to crap without Severson. 
  13. It's funny with Ginn that he turned out to be a lot better than the guy everyone wanted the Dolphins to take (Brady Quinn) although that's not saying very much. 
  14. Championship Sunday

    Definitely rooting for Denver in the Super Bowl as I am a big Peyton Manning fan, although I think the Panthers will win pretty easily. I'm making a one dollar bet with myself that the Pats are going to go after a big time wide receiver this off-season, either in free agency or in the draft.   
  15. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    If you're confident enough that Drouin will be what he's supposed to be -- consistent 70 to 90 point production -- and that the defense won't go to absolute crap without Severson you make that deal every time.  The thing about Drouin though is that some teams were not all that high on him even when he was drafted.  Who knows what the Devils scouts think of him.