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#1 Triumph

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:36 PM

capgeek says Taormina's signed an entry-level deal with the Devils, running through next season. Taormina had been on an AHL contract up until this point.

I think this is a precursor to Tyler Eckford being traded.

Edited by Triumph, 26 February 2010 - 12:37 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:37 PM

capgeek says Taormina's signed an entry-level deal with the Devils, running through next season. Taormina had been on an AHL contract up until this point.

I think this is a precursor to Tyler Eckford being traded.


Hmmmmmm.......
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:53 PM

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 12:57 PM

please say tyler eckford isn't be traded. please
ninja edit: If it included Roloston and or pando and its for someone who isn't a rental, over the age of 35. i'll take it

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:08 PM

Tyler Eckford is a good prospect so If this a trade sign who should we expect coming here? Hamhuis? My body is tingling over these exciting rumors but I'll be in friggin school during deadline day :argh:
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:13 PM

Tyler Eckford is a good prospect so If this a trade sign who should we expect coming here? Hamhuis? My body is tingling over these exciting rumors but I'll be in friggin school during deadline day :argh:


Maybe they just want to give Taormina a couple of games in the NHL, he's got a good shot from the point and might shake up the PP. :pray: Or maybe Ecky's going to get regular minutes in the NHL. Either way, it's a good plan to make sure Lowell doesn't make the playoffs so the NHL team has a practice squad.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:16 PM

Maybe they just want to give Taormina a couple of games in the NHL, he's got a good shot from the point and might shake up the PP. :pray: Or maybe Ecky's going to get regular minutes in the NHL. Either way, it's a good plan to make sure Lowell doesn't make the playoffs so the NHL team has a practice squad.


neither of these things are likely. eckford didn't get the call when davison, murphy, and corrente were all called up in the same week - barring serious injury, eckford's going to be in the minors the rest of the year, unless he's included in a trade.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:20 PM

Either is possible if there's a trade involved, which is still possible until 3PM Wednesday. Thanks for the heads-up, Triumph. It could be just a formality, a way of telling Taormina he's earned his stripe.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:48 PM

Tyler Eckford is a good prospect so If this a trade sign who should we expect coming here? Hamhuis? My body is tingling over these exciting rumors but I'll be in friggin school during deadline day :argh:



I think it's going to take a hell of a lot more than Tyler Eckford to get Hamhuis.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:02 PM

I think it's going to take a hell of a lot more than Tyler Eckford to get Hamhuis.

You know, a lot of folk have stated their interest in Hamhuis including me. The thing is, Nashville is still in the playoffs, I'd be surprised if they traded him. You'd think the Pred's would want to keep him for their own playoff push ?

I know I might get flak for this but I'd like to take a chance on Liles. Yeah I know he's not been as good as he was this season (or even last season) but he was on team USA recently.

Maybe a change of scenery will jumpstart his performance in NJ ?
Again though, the Avs are right in the thick of it too with a chance to win the Northwest division.

I like JML, I think he could fit into a Devils type player.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:22 PM

Good news!

The guy earnd it. We have mega depth on D now.

We can deffinatly afford to trade someone now.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:35 PM

You know, a lot of folk have stated their interest in Hamhuis including me. The thing is, Nashville is still in the playoffs, I'd be surprised if they traded him. You'd think the Pred's would want to keep him for their own playoff push ?

I know I might get flak for this but I'd like to take a chance on Liles. Yeah I know he's not been as good as he was this season (or even last season) but he was on team USA recently.

Maybe a change of scenery will jumpstart his performance in NJ ?
Again though, the Avs are right in the thick of it too with a chance to win the Northwest division.

I like JML, I think he could fit into a Devils type player.



Re: Hamhuis- he's a UFA, and he's gonna want big $$$$, so Nashville is looking to move him and get a return rather than lose him for nothing in July. They can afford to trade him, as they're stacked on the blue line.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:38 PM

Re: Hamhuis- he's a UFA, and he's gonna want big $$$$, so Nashville is looking to move him and get a return rather than lose him for nothing in July. They can afford to trade him, as they're stacked on the blue line.

Ok MD, you've convinced me. Do it Lou.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:49 PM

If we're getting Hamhuis, who's going the other way? Would think someone who makes decent money has to be going to Lowell or to Nashville, since we're up against the cap, and Hanhuis is $2 million per year. (Or does the prorating make it work without unloading?)

It would be very interesting if Colin White, with the $3 million cap hit is unloaded in a trade. Allows the Devils to make a much more serious run at signing Kovy and Martin.

(Before you say why would Nashville want White's contract, I think it would be necessary for Nashville to stay at the salary floor next year).
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 03:00 PM

the devils are not up against the cap. according to capgeek they have 9 million+ left in cap space this year. the kovalchuk deal only added $3 million or so.

i don't think hamhuis is a good option because nashville is in the playoff race and can afford not to sell. liles is a better option, but getting him basically rules out kovalchuk for next year and colorado's fine wrt salary commitments, there's really no pressing need for them to get rid of liles - so his price doesn't figure to be too low either.

nashville is already at the salary floor with salary commitments next year.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 03:43 PM

Not to put you on the spot, Tri, but who are some other options you think the Devils might be looking at?
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:14 PM

can we do a Men In Blank Memory-Wand thing but on ROlston's contract.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:31 PM

Not to put you on the spot, Tri, but who are some other options you think the Devils might be looking at?


i mean they've been covered to death - zidlicky, corvo, seidenberg, leopold, and maybe colaiacovo.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:46 PM

i mean they've been covered to death - zidlicky, corvo, seidenberg, leopold, and maybe colaiacovo.

I hear Ken Sutton is avail.
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:46 PM

This kid has elite skills, if he is just slightly below average defensively at the NHL level he will be successful.
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