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Everything posted by Derek21

  1. He's obviously not the finisher he used to be. But Nash is a solid three zone player. He still has good wheels and is effective in the offensive zone. He can play any situation. He's turned himself into that. That will be his second career. He can still score 25 goals. Maybe top out at 30 if he fits a system. He doesn't have much luck lately. He gets chances but isn't burying them as frequently. But he works hard. Obviously, he'll get less than his current contract with one more year at $7.8 AAV.
  2. They have to bump up Kuznetsov significantly. He's restricted. Orlov and Schmidt are Group II as is Burakovsky. Justin Williams comes off.along with Daniel Winnik and probably Karl Alzner. I don't see how the Caps can keep Oshie, who will command $6 million plus.
  3. Probably wants between $6.5 to 7 million on average. So, that could be in the neighborhood of 6 for 42 or 7 for 49 tops. Personally, I don't think he's worth it. Shattenkirk's an excellent offensive defenseman and puck possession player. But I am sketchy on him defensively. Of course, his market value and big season will get him that contract. The idea of giving up assets (top prospect, 1st round pick) doesn't appeal. I wouldn't do it if I were the Rangers. But they have a history parting with that kind of package for Yandle, who worked out okay. But Vigneault misused him on the 3rd pair and 2nd power play unit. I don't know what's up with Duclair. He's not even scoring since he was sent down. Bad year or was last year a fluke? Shattenkirk probably winds up here. He is from the area. Looking at his career statistics, more than half his points have come on the power play. That is a big need for the Rangers. Their power play sucks. They have no true point man. I would wait till the summer. If he wants to sign with them so bad, he can wait. I have heard they're in on Brendan Smith. Not sure how I feel about that. People like him. He'd come cheaper. Eh.
  4. Thanks. I knew a few of our guys have to be protected due to the NMC's. Good point on Stepan. At that cap hit ($6.5 million AAV) with the NMC kicking in this summer, Las Vegas will probably stay away. But i bet they protect him. I would consider moving him for the right price. It all depends on what happens with the blue line situation. I love Step. But he could be expendable. Hayes and Miller must be bumped after next year. Zibanejad is Group II this summer. I am still not sold on him. He's been inconsistent since returning from the broken leg. Might be a factor. I think a lot depends on what happens with this team in the playoffs. A crap shoot. I'm hearing they might be in on Shattenkirk. Why not wait? The Blues want a high end prospect and pick. Maybe another piece for a rental. Does he really fix the right side? If they trade Buchnevich, I am done until our stubborn coach is out. That would be asinine. He's scratched tonight for Pirri because they want to 'fix' the power play. Jesus.
  5. They drafted some good players. Blake Speers being one. He has the look of a 3rd liner. Ceiling is probably 2nd line. Was very effective for Canada in the WJC. Good speed and a good passer. Quenneville seems like the big prospect. Almost a point per game at the 'A.' He plays center. When they traded Larsson for Hall, they went for offense. Hall will give you that. He hasn't been totally healthy or consistent. I thought he'd be a lock for 30 goals and 70 points. I had the Devils just missing the 2nd wildcard to the Islanders. Agreed on Santini. He looks like he's gonna be good. They took him high and were patient. Defenseman take time. He played collegiate and they didn't rush him. Maybe they figured he could eventually replace Larsson. But the issue is more about your depth. Too many vets who aren't that good. Moore being one. Quincey, who has been decent. And Lovejoy, who they gave the contract to. He's okay. But nothing special. They need to get younger on the back end. They have one good defensive prospect in Colton White. He and Speers play on Sault Ste. Marie. He's 19. Wood has great speed like his father. But is streaky. If he ever learns to be consistent, you could have a solid secondary scorer. He could become a fixture on the penalty kill.
  6. I hardly post here. That was the first time I linked anything up that involved your team in months. I frequent here occasionally. I think you'll find that I bring a lot more to the table than him. He's dirt. He proved it in his immature response.

    This place was a lot better before they chased all the great posters away.

    I don't know you. You have 800 posts. But I am Derek. And have been on this board off and on for over a decade. 

  7. You're not getting Duchene for Henrique. They want draft picks and top prospects. Unless you're willing to part with a Quenneville and a first plus something else, forget it. They are asking for a lot. If I were the Devils, I would consider using either Henrique or Zajac for a defenseman. Henrique is the easier sell. Younger and a better contract with more value. The Devils desperately need a defenseman.
  8. It's not that close. Duchene has 133 ES goals to Henrique's 74. Adam is a better shorthanded player with 13 SHG for his career compared with only 1 from Duchene. I don't think playing for Colorado helps Duchene. That is an awfully run franchise. They're also asking ridiculous prices for both Duchene and Landeskog. They wanted a ton from Ottawa including future stud Thomas Chabot. They rejected it on principle.
  9. Don't forget the Yotes have Anthony DeAngelo. They sent him down. He's been in the AHL lately. Maybe they plan to recall him.
  10. I couldn't help but notice this tweet from Backlund on his newest teammate:
  11. I can agree with you on the amount played. But he had just shut down the Islanders. Why not stick with him? They're paying him starter's money to be the man for those big game situations. I think that game called for it. But as has been said already, they could've gone to him and replaced an ineffective Kinkaid.
  12. If you're not gonna start Cory, then they should've gone to him for that final period. It was make or break. They get within 4-3 and Kinkaid gave up two stinkers.
  13. I am gonna disagree here. You don't yank your starter during a period on home ice. Therrien did that to Price. That was the beginning of the end. Where does it say that you can't replace your backup? I'm not suggesting you pull him in the middle of a period. I am more a fan of pulling after a period is over and starting fresh.
  14. You didn't even prove anything here. Tell me why Schneider shouldn't have started or at least replaced an ineffective Kinkaid to give the team the shot in the arm it needed. I went and looked up Cory's game log for the season. So far, in the second game of back-to-back situations, he's 2-1-1 allowing 7 goals on 144 shots. That is pretty good. I would've thought Hynes would ride the hot hand with such huge stakes.
  15. Who? The rest of the post I don't get. They don't have enough cap space to make a significant move. I expect maybe a small trade for depth. Whether it be a depth defenseman or physical winger. One or the other would be okay,
  16. There is no travel. It was the only back to back on the schedule. Schneider made four straight starts and had been playing better. Your argument is about activity. It was their fifth game in eight days. Even if you start Kinkaid, at some point they have to pull him. Whether it be at 3-1 down or when they cut it to 4-3. The game was too important. They didn't give themselves a chance.
  17. I don't care about views. Most previews and recaps don't attract readership. It's when it's an obscure piece that people read. I don't write sensationalist crap like rival blogs who make it seem like the Rangers have missed the playoffs the last five years. I write for fun and keep perspective. Hasan doesn't post anything because of public perception. In the old days, there was more tolerance.They even linked up our old site under the News Section. I never post anything Rangers. But a few people here do when it's relevant. Yet that's what I'm labeled. As a Rangers fan. I can write blogs on anything hockey related and it wouldn't change public opinion. I did a piece on the Sabres the other day and their surge. Unfortunately, they got blasted by the Blackhawks. I don't need to defend myself. Hasan writes good posts about this team and has backbone. He doesn't believe in tanking. I am nice. I don't care about whose team is better. Hockey isn't life. It's sport. It's about time you started acting like it. Enjoy the games for what they are. A needless distraction. Enjoy being around friends and surround yourself with positive people. Do what makes you happy. Have a nice day.
  18. You're wrong. At some point, you gotta go with your horse. Hasan has complained plenty of times about how they don't give Schneider enough leniency in back-to-backs. It was the same opponent he shut down. He was responsible for the first win. In a home and home where they needed four points, you don't go with your backup unless he's Raanta or Darling. If it's a quality backup you know you can count on, then sure. But the Devils needed the game. That was their best chance. I guess the tankers got their wish.
  19. I couldn't believe they didn't start Schneider. That was a must win scenario. They had to sweep. Off a 40 save performance, you gotta go with your best. I also agree with what you said on the lineup in your post. Maybe the Devils want to tank. They obviously didn't care enough to put the best roster out in a game they had to have.
  20. Derek21


    So, is he getting traded? It's clearly not working out. And the Devils are better off promoting from within. They have Quenneville. Any chance he'll be back? I could see a team taking a chance on Cammalleri. But he's got two years left at an AAV of $5 million. Not easy to fit in.
  21. My Dad would rate Bossy ahead of Ovechkin in terms of best finisher. Look at the numbers he put up for those Islanders teams. There are other great finishers. Brett Hull. Bobby. Maurice Richard. Pavel Bure. Gretzky's single season record and NHL record will never be broken. Gartner was a heck of a sniper. Blazing speed and the shot to match. Money on breakaways. Ovechkin is at 551 goals in 896 games entering today's annoying 12:30 game at MSG. I'm sure he'll add to it today. He is 31. He could reach 800 by the time he's done. So, maybe you have a point.
  22. He isn't because his team hasn't won and Ovechkin isn't a complete player. I love him. But he's more pure sniper. He also can make plays with the puck but his assists have dropped off. Maybe due to the Caps balance. Or maybe he's never going to put up total number of points he used to. He isn't asked to do as much. He doesn't penalty kill. And Ovechkin has never been a 200 foot player. He's also lost to Crosby twice head to head in the second round. Unfortunately, it could be a hat trick due to the awful playoff format. The idea that that the Caps and Pens should be forced to play each other in the second round is terrible. They need to wake up and go back to 1-8. And don't reward the other division if they can't have more points. The Metro is a zillion times better. I would not give the Atlantic winner home ice unless they have more points. I hate the current system. It sucks. This is what the players voted for. I am already bored.
  23. He was part of their 2012 team and the fourth line basically won that series. Classy move by the Devils.
  24. You got a problem? I don't need your approval to post a article Hasan wrote previewing your team's weekend. It's not like anyone else cared enough to start it. You're too busy praying for them to tank. A sweep gets them back in play. One more win and they're right there.
  25. This is make or break for the Devils who host and then visit the Islanders in a home-and-home series. The kind we should see more of. But due to the schedule, you don't get it too often. Hasan previews the big weekend.
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