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  1. 3 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

    I’d consider Casey straight up. That could work well for both teams. 

    I'm sure each team has scouted the other guy plenty since they're both on Michigan. 

    I would do it.    

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  2. 12 minutes ago, Oglethorpe13 said:

    Looks like Tatar is coming back

    Eh, Fitz did a pretty good job of addressing all the major holes on the team.   Middle six wing is pretty easy to address in season and at the trade deadline.   If this is just a stopgap move, I'm fine with it.   Doesn't feel the same as Lou bringing back the ghost of Petr Sykora and Brian Rolston to fill out the 2nd line 3 years after they stopped being productive NHLers.    

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  3. 2 hours ago, NJDevils1214 said:

    Idk if this is real but it is believable and funny.


    Haha, that's pretty funny.  Remember when Toronto was all pumped up for Stamcock '16?   They were sure they were getting both Stamkos and Babcock that offseason to dominate the world.   

    I think Stamkos crushed their dreams and re-signed with Tampa in that same crazy hour where Montreal sent Subban to Nashville for Weber and Larsson was traded one for one.   

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  4. 1 hour ago, RizzMB30 said:


    I understand Steve Dangle's frustration. I am a frequent sub to SD freakouts about the Leafs core four. 

    His breakdown on his podcast on why they cannot continue this salary structure for 4 forwards, and even 3 if their plan is just to run out the Tavares contract, was a good listen.

  5. 34 minutes ago, NJDevs4978 said:

    The obvious second guess people seem to have now is Askarov, but people forget that Blackwood was on our roster, 22 years old and a recent second-round pick at the time who had two fine years to start his career so I'm sure he wasn't a real consideration and the fact Nashville isn't exactly rolling out the red carpet for him to start anytime soon isn't a great sign to this point.

    I would have lost my mind at the time spending the 7th overall on a goalie.  

  6. 13 minutes ago, NJDevs4978 said:

    TBH I'm not even that high on them using a second-round pick on a goalie now when they still have Daws/Poulter as near term prospects and you can get far-term prospects later on but I'm a bit biased by the whiffs we've had with high goalies (Ahonen, Damphousse, Jeff Frazee...Blackwood's the BEST of the 1st-2nd round goalies we've drafted since Marty then Mike Dunham three decades ago).  Plus clearly Fitz's obsession with size extends to goalie and the Russian kid they drafted is big.

    Some blasts from the past here.  

    The Ahonen and JF Damphousse drafts were the worst.   I don’t remember Marty ever threatening to leave and he operated without an agent so those seemed like wasted picks from day 1.  Brendan Morrow was the pick after Damphousse too   

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  7. 1 minute ago, MadDog2020 said:

    Big guy, physical. Can bounce between the bottom six and second line. 

    He won the Cup with Vegas. He’s not nothing. He’s the type of player we need.

    Okay thanks.   Watched the Vegas finals so not sure why I don’t remember him at all.  

    Sad to see Schmid go after what he did for us against the Rangers.   I still had a lot of hope for him once Markstrom and Allen moved on.  

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  8. 18 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

    These pick swaps before the draft even starts is weird.

    It certainly feels like Buffalo made a mistake trading down from 11 to 14 before seeing how the draft played out.  Highly regarded players fell to both 11 and 12 in Dickenson and Buium.  Good work by the Sharks.  

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  9. 1 hour ago, jagknife said:

    “There is going to be a lot of activity at this years draft!”

    3 trades, all only involving picks…

    I feel like they say this every year and maybe 20% of the drafts actually end up with any meaningful moves.   Last year there was a ton of buzz about the Leafs moving one of Marner or Nylander on the day of the draft.   

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  10. 4 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

    Plus Askarov is CHEAP and won’t require an extension for a while. It assures you keep the cost of your goaltending low for years. Fitz HAS to be trying on this. 

    I'm on the Askarov Schmid '26 train!

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  11. 5 hours ago, NJDevils1214 said:

    Yes, this. I don't think they want to take a chance on both Marino and Siegs both having down seasons again and Pesce was basically a direct upgrade to Marino in every way based on last season's performance(including advanced stats from what I remember seeing).

    While he's no doubt an upgrade, I was under the impression that Pesce was a guy who had already started to lose a step from his peak.   That makes me a little nervous.   

  12. Just catching up as I was driving to the shore during the draft.   My draft preview from The Hockey News has him ranked #3 overall for the entire draft!   Like others have said, seems like a good compliment to the other guys we already have on the roster.   They also use the Victor Hedman comparison for his upside 

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