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  1. Tavares or Carlson

    Tavares and its not even close. Even if our need in Defence was so dire that had to play Tavares himself on the first pairing I would still take him. IMO there is nothing more valuable than a Center in this game. The game is also evolving or already evolved into being ''offense first and we'll see for the rest'' type of game. We sweated that playoff spot in the second half of the season not because Schneider was out and Kinkaid was average or whatever, but because we suddenly lost a lot of the contribution guys like Bratt were bringing and it took us a lot of time to compensate or get back to a decent amount of goals per game. The same thing could be observed in this series against the Lightning. We had good enough defensive games, but we were held to 2 goals or less in 3 of the 5 games we played. Not saying we don't need help at D though. Just saying if I had to choose only one of those two, Tavares is a no-brainer.
  2. Considering this deal was done a couple of days before the deadline and looking back at it with the deadline day deals in my mind I like it more. I feel like Shero knew he had to move before the craziness started raining down and he'd have to give up too much. If he performs and we can resign him this summer then it's a very very good piece of business.
  3. You are right. I just don't like those 4 seasons in between where he dipped pretty hard, but that might be explained by the fact that he was playing for pretty bad teams (NYI and TOR)
  4. Nice, I hope Shero can work Bergevin into giving away a nice piece for a reasonable price. They are desperate and not really smart.
  5. I'm happy we moved for an attacking piece. Other than defenders being very expensive, especially at that time of the year, I feel like the major reason of our recent run of misfortune comes from the fact that we can't seem to score enough goals to give any kind of decent cushion to our Defense or Goaltender. You simply won't win games on a regular basis scoring 2 goals per night. Honestly, the slowdown from some of the young guys like Bratt was to be expected. Happy Shero is moving, but I don't know about giving away a 2nd and a prospect for Grabner. Stats-wise the guy is having a goalscoring season, but historically I was never a fan and his stats are not impressive by any means. I am not backing this with anything else than a simple gut feeling (that might be very wrong), but I feel like we are not done moving. I dont know why, but I feel Shero and Bergevin will do something together.
  6. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    Evander Kane perhaps? Out of contract this summer. Always had the talent, but its the attitude problems that scare me with this guy.
  7. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    Seven pieces as in seven players, prospects or picks? Which organization have 7 pieces to give (no matter how you split it between players, picks, and prospects)? I understand why GMs are running away from this. Based on historical willingness to bring a big name at any price I think the only team that would be willing to consider something like that is the Rangers.
  8. Adam Larsson traded to EDM for Taylor Hall

    Taylor Hall better be made into the main component of this team and kept for a very long time. I already suffered enough after the Kovalchuk/Parise fiasco, I wont be able to see us lose a guy like Hall. Give the man all the money he wants and re-sign him already. Edit: Extend him*
  9. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    IMO If they move Pacioretty they will surely have a huge asking price. They are kinda realizing one day after the other how much they messed up with the Subban trade and considering Pacioretty is a potential 40goals per season guy (and they know it) and he's the captain...they are basically going to ask for way much than we can afford to give them. Galchenyuk tho is one that might move for a lower price. I'm Shero, I would try and get the guy within the limits of what is reasonable. This guy only needs to be put in the right environment (pretty much anywhere else than Montreal) and he'll show up with the points production.
  10. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    Serious question: What is it we need more? Offense, defense or goaltending? Looking at the team these past couple of weeks, I changed my opinion about three times. Is Kinkaid that bad or have we gave him 0 chances on many nights (especially when Hall is out) with abysmal offensive performances? Same question for the defense...if you don't score, it's hard to come out with the points even if you defend correctly. I feel the main difference from the beginning of the season and now is that some guys just disappeared from the scoresheet. We can't afford a bad night from any of our top offensive guys. Do you try and get a guy like Galchenyuk or do you try to strengthen your goaltending options? Assuming we are still in the playoff race come deadline day.
  11. GDT: Devils @ Philthadelphia Phailures 7:00 PM

    Wait for it, Palmieri is about to come in with his 2 for 1 stupid penalties of the night, shake his head in total ''shock'' and watch from the penalty box as the game goes away. He might score us a useless one with 30 seconds to go at 4-1.
  12. GDT: Devils @ Senators 2/6/18 7:30PM

    Coleman should've known there is only place for one stupid penalty per period and that Palmieri is already assigned to that.
  13. GDT: Devils @ Senators 2/6/18 7:30PM

    I'm getting tired of Palmieri's stupid penalties lately. It seems the guy has just been piling stupid penalties over stupid penalties.
  14. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    I agree with that and I would tend to extend that logic across the whole team. I have been following the team as much as I could this season and I feel like there is a couple of names that I wouldn't risk throwing into trades unless it's for a guy like OEL or Karlsson simply because I feel like we need to watch them a bit more in order to really know what we are giving away. Looking at our position and how impressive we have been this season I just feel like not moving unless we are sure a deal is most certainly in our favor or at least that we are getting a good upside while shipping away a non-essential piece is the right thing to do. I mean, what drives you to do a trade where you are giving away significant assets or a player you have not 100% evaluated yet is usually the team being in a ''cup window'' or in dire need of help at a specific spot. I don't feel like we are in neither of these situations at the moment. I'm all for Shero looking around, making a couple of calls and pull the trigger only on a deal involving reasonable picks or expendable pieces of our current puzzle. Anything else feels a bit risky. This might also be just me clinging to the happiness of having this team back in the competition after suffering way too much the past couple of years and thus being too precautious. Ps: I did not have a look at the UFA market for this off-season so I don't know if there is a couple of names out there that would reinforce this idea of '', not trading unless we are 100% sure we're winning the trade'' considering the fact that we have the cap space to be shoppers.
  15. All purpose general trade speculation thread

    Getting Pacioretty would be nice for any team, but I don't think we are in a position where we need or can do the move. Despite Bergevin and Montreal being pretty bad in terms of trades, they will still try to bleed whoever comes for Pacioretty IMO. We are not in that position where we either absolutely need him or think we can win now and don't mind overpaying in order to win. On the other hand, Galchenyuk would be a good fit on this team. If Shero can work something with Bergevin then I would be happy. Canadiens might just let him go for a lower than expected price considering they don't like the guy and he is probably fed up with the team and the whole town at this point. No matter what Shero does I just don't want us overpaying for anybody. It's just not worth it with how well the youth train has been going this season. Vatanen is a good D-man, but I keep asking myself if we got enough considering that IMHO the only commodity in the NHL that is harder to find than a good puck-moving D-man is probably a good centerman who can play on your top 2 lines.