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#761 slasher72

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:49 PM

Lou won't dump Salvador. Langenbrunner was a different situation with his discontent.


I think you're right. Lou has also stated that he may not use the buyout. I wont be shocked to see us lose Fayne and keep both Sal and Volch. I think it's a real possibility.
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:44 PM

Knock it off!

 

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This was absolutely perfect :lol:

And yeah, we can all pretend otherwise, but I'd wager there's a 75% chance Gionta is here next year.

 

Wouldn't mind him if we didn't already have a ton of non-scoring wingers.  


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 01:01 AM

It could be possible that Lou is also trying to work out a deal with Buffalo so Buffalo can get to the cap floor. They're 16 million below with 15 players on the roster. They don't figure to go after any big free agents, and are in full tank mode for this coming season.


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This. Heck, any of the bottom 4 salary teams would make sense. 


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:20 AM

With buffalo buying out erhoff - they have to trade for contracts. Murray has said he'll take contracts with draft picks.

Hey Sal, enjoy western New York.
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:21 AM

With buffalo buying out erhoff - they have to trade for contracts. Murray has said he'll take contracts with draft picks.

Hey Sal, enjoy western New York.

 

I think Sal's pretty much a company man and Lou likes that.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:22 AM

With buffalo buying out erhoff - they have to trade for contracts. Murray has said he'll take contracts with draft picks.

Hey Sal, enjoy western New York.

Just posted a McKenzie tweet about this in the other thread- this is screaming Lou's name loudly.
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:23 AM

With buffalo buying out erhoff - they have to trade for contracts. Murray has said he'll take contracts with draft picks.

Hey Sal, enjoy western New York.

 

It's not going to happen unfortunately.  I think Lou just believes Sal is a good, and perhaps very good player.  Volchenkov has the NTC.  And we don't need additional cap space than is already there to give Brian Gionta 4 years/$16 million. 


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:24 AM

4-16 for Gionta would be put Lou in the loony bin type crazy.  AT MOST he should get a two-year deal, and not at that money per year either.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:26 AM

4-16 for Gionta would be put Lou in the loony bin type crazy.  AT MOST he should get a two-year deal, and not at that money per year either.

 

I believe Gionta was making 5 in MTL. I wouldn't be surprised if Lou gave him something close to that.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:26 AM

It's not going to happen unfortunately.  I think Lou just believes Sal is a good, and perhaps very good player.  Volchenkov has the NTC.  And we don't need additional cap space than is already there to give Brian Gionta 4 years/$16 million. 

 

Lou decided to walk away from Gionta 5 years ago because he wouldn't pay him 5/$25, but now he'd feel comfortable giving him years and $$$?


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:28 AM

Lou decided to walk away from Gionta 5 years because he wouldn't pay him 5/$25, but now he'd feel comfortable giving him years and $$$?


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:28 AM

Lou decided to walk away from Gionta 5 years because he wouldn't pay him 5/$25, but now he'd feel comfortable giving him years and $$$?

 

Well the cap is higher now.  And he said he wants to address the lack of scoring.  Gio also proved to be a leader capable of carrying his team to the conference finals.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:50 AM

I believe Gionta was making 5 in MTL. I wouldn't be surprised if Lou gave him something close to that.


Talks have apparently broken down in Montreal. I say Lou signs him for 4.5 mil for 2 years.
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 02:26 PM

Lou isn't ever going to create a list of defensmen that looks good on paper because he slots players in certain roles. If you buy out Salvador and Volchenkov than you have Greene, Zidlicky, Merril and Fayne playing PK. These guys are speciality players for the PK and it seems Lou values a strong PK over certain weaknesses 5 on 5.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:11 PM

Lou isn't ever going to create a list of defensmen that looks good on paper because he slots players in certain roles. If you buy out Salvador and Volchenkov than you have Greene, Zidlicky, Merril and Fayne playing PK. These guys are speciality players for the PK and it seems Lou values a strong PK over certain weaknesses 5 on 5.

 

I don't think anyone is asking Lou to get rid of Sal and Volch, but one should go.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:23 PM

I don't think anyone is asking Lou to get rid of Sal and Volch, but one should go.

Gelinas, Larsson, Merrill and Zidlicky are all most likely poor on the PK. With Fayne  likely cashing out that leaves Greene and Salvador/Volchekov to kill penalties. 

 

Greene - Merrill

Volchekov/Gelinas - Larsson

Salvador-ZIdlicky

 

THis is most likely how NJ opens the season.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:34 PM

Gionta's also going to be 35 at the beginning of next season and clearly on the downside of his career, he's not getting a 4-year deal from ANYone, come on.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:39 PM

Gionta's also going to be 35 going into next season, he's not getting a 4-year deal from ANYone, come on.

 

Although I like him and I hope he's 100%, Clowe, was coming off recent postseason injuries, a history of concussions and received 5 for 5.

I don't think anything is impossible with Lou.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:42 PM

Five years was dumb but I'm sure others were offering at least 3-4.  Clowe also has a specific skillset we needed, and gets ridiculously overpaid in FA because there aren't many physical players who score goals (see: Clarkson, David).


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:45 PM

Five years was dumb but I'm sure others were offering at least 3-4.  Clowe also has a specific skillset we needed, and gets ridiculously overpaid in FA because there aren't many physical players who score goals (see: Clarkson, David).

 

I think Clowe is awesome and I like what he brings, but signing him based on his injury history was incredibly risky.


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