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#121 CarpathianForest

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:46 PM

Possible Left Wingers:

 

Morrow, Clowe, Gagne, MacArthur, Penner, Filpula, Cleary, Raymond, Latendresse, Cooke, Miettinen, Stalberg,


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:47 PM

I'm ok with that feisty.

 

Also, in terms of who we can pick up - I'm ok with big money-short term, because we don't have any big pay days coming up to young forwards.

 

Feisty, do you think Devils are expecting Reid Boucher to make the team?

I'm not even a fan of Briere but if they can get him on a short term contract, even if it costs a bit, I'd be down for that.

 

I doubt they are expecting anything from Boucher this year and even the next. He won't turn 20 until September and is still pretty raw. His shot is definitely NHL quality but his skating and defensive game still need a lot of work. I hope they take their time with him and let him prove himself in the AHL over the next year or two. I also hope Devils fans are patient with him since his impressive stat line last year doesn't tell the full story. I'll admit I'm skeptical of him but it is intriguing to have a guy who is a pure goal scorer. Hopefully he puts it all together eventually.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:51 PM

RFAs: LW: Paajarvi, Komarvo, Boedker,

          

          RW: Chris Stewart, Wheeler, Condra

 

            C:  Gagner, Little, Hodgson, Burmistrov, Spaling, Kruger, Backlund


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:55 PM

Boucher fell off at the end of his AHL stint last season, I mean, he played alot of hockey but if they're banking on him playing next year.... whoa boy.

 

He maintained his shot rate, just didn't score.  He's not likely to be ready for the NHL, but the idea that he 'fell off' - Albany's not Sarnia, he's not going to be a point a game guy there.


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 06:52 AM

Boucher fell off at the end of his AHL stint last season, I mean, he played alot of hockey but if they're banking on him playing next year.... whoa boy.

 

what? thats not very true 


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:32 AM

Feisty, do you think Devils are expecting Reid Boucher to make the team?


I sure hope not, he needs more development, wouldn't wanna ruin him with subpar minutes, waste of a year
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:45 AM

so reports from MTL are reporting too that clarkson is looking for 6m a year. Its matching what Detroit has been saying. lol

 

so who here was arguing with me awhile ago that Clarkson was not selfish? Please stand up


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:58 AM

so reports from MTL are reporting too that clarkson is looking for 6m a year. Its matching what Detroit has been saying. lol

 

so who here was arguing with me awhile ago that Clarkson was not selfish? Please stand up

 

He's not "selfish", his agent is just capitalizing on a good 2 pre-UFA years. Honestly, his goal totals this shortened season was the worst thing that could've happened to us. 4-6 goals less and maybe everyone would've thought 2011-2012 was a fluke. A stupid year and a half of overachieving spiked his price up at least $2m...


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:02 AM

so reports from MTL are reporting too that clarkson is looking for 6m a year. Its matching what Detroit has been saying. lol

 

so who here was arguing with me awhile ago that Clarkson was not selfish? Please stand up

I never argued with you that he wasn't selfish -- but I will now  :evil:

 

Clarkson taking a 6mpy contract isn't selfish.  Asking for it isn't either because it's not him, it's his agent pushing for all it's worth.  Clarkson is in NO WAY worth it -- but it's the agents job to work his warped magic for HIMSELF not for his player.  He's not working to get Clarky the best deal, he's working for himself, to get the biggest 10% from his clients that he can. 

 

This must be a dream come true for Morris (it is Morris right? I forget and refuse to look it up ^_^)  Devils ROCK for getting twerps huge paydays come free agency.  In fact the only free agent lost by NJ that could have turned the tide was Neidermayer -- but I still think even that was tough - he'd never have been the leader he became with the Ducks.

 

Some players (for themselves) need to stay some need to leave.  Holik needed to stay.  Gomez needed to stay.  Rafalski needed to go.  neidermayer needed to go.  Martin, Gionta, Parise, that ilk - whatever - they'll be the same wherever, so go where the money is and the freedom is, you know? Whatever makes them happy in their personal life.  I'm always fine with that.

 

Clarkson -- I used to think needed to stay.  but when I DO step into shoes he might wear (I have no effin' clue with this guy - he's like a Randy mcKay read - he loves his hockey and he loves his partying and he loves making the best of himself and all...is he smart?  Who the hell knows?  Does it even matter?  No.  is he valuable? no question (giggle)  Is he THAT valuable? not really  :noclue: )  Let's face it - as much as his agent and the press want to play this up - Devils aren't colored by it.  To ME, for my way of thinking which is pretty far from mainstream obviously, I'd really be hesitant to go to any team colored by talk - obviously they dont look for themselves they dont see clearly and can be lead to hate you as fast as they are led to love you -- and THIS is what you want managing the team you're on?  no.  Unless you know, your priorities are elsewhere - David's kind of should be elsewhere now.  I think it's fine if he concedes he's peaked and it's time to take the payoff.  Just dont go blowing sunshine up your ass thinking you're just entering your prime and that peak is still to come.  It's not.  Holik made that mistake but he lived with it no problem.

 

ANYHOW - it's not selfish.  Gomez... that was sort of greedy not just monetarily but more over ego-wise.  It was just a big stroke fest for him and that was what made it rather gross to watch.  Holik was a huge strokefest but I forgive him because he was acting out of spite and that's never gratifying.   Clarkson is NOTHING like those cases.  just NOTHING.  It's not his fault if people will pay and he'd be sort of nuts to NOT go for the payday particularly if he knows his best years are behind him.  I dont want him to confess that - why shoudl he?  but to me if he leaves that's the point.  He's not going to improve enough to merit this mad money so why not take it now?  Try as I may I just can't blame him or even feel angry or even feel SORRY FOR HIM if he leaves.  I feel nothing but "Good for you!"  It is a guys total life we're talking about not his hockey career -- this is pretty much what I want for Clarkson - he's earned it and he's got everything in perspective. That is one thing you know the guy really does have.  So I'm not upset no matter how it plays out.


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:09 AM

If Clarkson can get $6M, more power to him. I pray it's not from us.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:17 AM

Sportsnet reports two teams pushing hard for David Clarkson are the Toronto Maple #Leafs & Edmonton #Oilers


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:24 AM

What confuses me is that it seems like members if all fanbases including Toronto don't want him to get signed for more than 4/5, how are GMs at the highest level of each team thinking its a good idea?

I've seen Toronto fans voice nothing but disapproval, they're convinced Toronto won't be the team that offers him a monster contract..

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:38 AM

What confuses me is that it seems like members if all fanbases including Toronto don't want him to get signed for more than 4/5, how are GMs at the highest level of each team thinking its a good idea?

I've seen Toronto fans voice nothing but disapproval, they're convinced Toronto won't be the team that offers him a monster contract..

 

I think a lot of teams are banking on the cap going back up again after this season. That's the only real reason I can justify any team offering Clarkson 6 per year.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:01 PM

I like clarkson on this team.  He has his faults and the wrap arounds are actually funny to me.  I may be in the minority but I wouldn't even break 4 per season for him based on production and holes in his game.  I would like him back but even at 4.5 I don't think he's worth it.  If he can get a 6+ payday.  Go for it and take care of your family Clarky!


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:13 PM

I can't wait to laugh at the dipsh!ts that give David Clarkson $42 million. That's just gonna be hilarious.
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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:21 PM

Clarkson, as expected, being targeted heavily by Ottawa. Spent the day in Ottawa yesterday. I think he is buddies with Spezza too. Ottawa has oodles of cap space, and I think would be a pretty solid fit. 


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:27 PM

Clarkson, as expected, being targeted heavily by Ottawa. Spent the day in Ottawa yesterday. I think he is buddies with Spezza too. Ottawa has oodles of cap space, and I think would be a pretty solid fit. 

 

There's rumors that Melnyk is also in the same spot, personal finances wise, as Vanderbeek though.


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:31 PM

There's rumors that Melnyk is also in the same spot, personal finances wise, as Vanderbeek though.

 

Absolutely, and he went from saying they would always spend to the cap...to now having a very low cap limit. I think he saw how well the team did the past two seasons with a smaller cap and is almost punishing the staff for drafting so well.

 

Ottawa isn't going to outbid everyone for Clarkson. They might not even much more than the Devils. Murray is going to sell Clarkson on the city, the fans, the passion, being closer to home, and playing for a very good young team that is going to be a lot better in the next few years. If Clarkson wants the most money, he'll go elsewhere. 


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:31 PM

Well the Leafs just bought Grabovski out or they are on the verge of it. Makin space for Clarky maybe? We can only speculate...
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Posted 04 July 2013 - 03:23 PM

Well the Leafs just bought Grabovski out or they are on the verge of it. Makin space for Clarky maybe? We can only speculate...


What a joke... "Making space for Clarkson... " Never thought I'd hear those words.. One team's in the verge of making a really big mistake..
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