22 juill. 2019
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We def need a legit D who can step in and play big minutes. There's a couple of trades I'd like to see.
One is for Chychrun. We have the pieces to make it work. He would make our blue line much deeper.
The other is for Horvat, and depending, maybe Myers. I know he kind of sucks but he has a solid history and he's huge. I think he would be a good addition if we couldn't get Chychrun and they'd be willing to retain salary.
If we got Horvat... all bets are off. He'd be our 3C and we could afford to keep him. He is an absolute beast in the dot, and plays all special teams. Heart on his sleeve. Great loyalty. He would make the room a much more accountable place.
Jarry, Dumo, and Zucker are UFA at the end of the year, clearing up a bunch of money.
Letang needs to find his game and get back to producing points, especially at ES. Malkin needs more ice time, and Sid needs less. Sully has always played Sid more the last 3 plus years and look at what that's gotten us.
Sullivan, I do believe, is a good coach. BUT his deployment is highly questionable, and as he's said in the past, it's one of the only things you CAN control as a coach. Sully's line changes are annoying af ESPECIALLY in OT. With this much skill how the hell are they so bad in the extra frame? It makes no sense. And it's because of coaching.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Knuckl3s</b></div><div>Until Geno gets hurt</div></div>
Well, you know, maybe an entire offseason and clean bill of health has him good to go for once. Last year he was never really healthy. Right now he should be. Motivated too. I always assume players will be healthy and stick to the positive aspect of it because you never know. He could be healthy the rest of his career. I sure wish him that clean bill of health. Would be nice to see him look like his old self confidence wise.
To go back on your other post, to me the D is GREATLY improved because Petry is much better than either Marino or Matheson. Neither of them impressed me, in fact, they both made mental errors in the playoffs in their own zones multiple times. It was frustrating. Our 2nd pair is locked in now. We have another guy who, actually, could be trusted to play some top pair minutes. Rutta played with Hedman and won 2 cups. He is versatile, and probably smart.
Smith will be better with us, he's very young, and he has a legit high ceiling. Who knows. I do still want us to get another top 4 guy. But right now, not paying those 2 guys over 9m for years to come is a huge win in my book.
On paper, we have great forward depth man. Our top 6 is stacked. Kap is on the third line, and he had chemistry with Carter last year, who is also a solid 3c. Our 4th line, right now, is a bit sus b/c I'm not sure about Poehling. But Archibald flies around. Blueger is a good bottom 6 guy. Zohorna has potential.
We had no problem scoring last year in the playoffs on the best goalie in the league... but they didn't have much trouble putting shots through our 3rd stringer either. If Jarry and DeSmith can play to their ability and stay focused and healthy come playoff time we are a legit Cup threat.
It all comes down to goaltending. Maybe we'll trade DeSmith and Zucker to Minny for Dumba and Flower.... HA
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Db1899</b></div><div>Dobson didn’t get the opportunity to be as good as Seider his rookie year, but their underlying numbers were similar
Dobson is solid defensively at even strength and on the PK. Dobson was literally drafted to be a #1 minute muncher because of his defensive ability. Klingberg is a liability.</div></div>
Well... maybe Seider got more of an opportunity because he was better earlier in his career? Like if Andy Greene was on the Red Wings you don't think Seider would have beat him out for a spot, or put up better numbers than him, as a rookie, on the Islanders? Dobson had 7 points in 34 games as a rookie.
If their underlying numbers were the same but Seider got deployed more and against better players, more often, that means his underlying numbers were much better, doesn't it? Because his quality of competition was higher in both quality and quantity.
Plus he won the Calder.... to me their rookie seasons aren't really comparable.
On the other note, Dobson's zone starts point toward him being more offensively deployed. Maybe they realized he's good in that zone once they drafted him, although I do seem to remember him being billed as such when he was drafted too. If you're saying he isn't a liability... maybe you're right. He's clearly better in the O zone though... He's an offensive defensemen. He just scored double digit goals in a season with 50 +points.
Petro's zone starts are split in favor of the D zone (49%o/51d). I don't think Dobson's ever will be that close because he's more often deployed in the O (~62/38) than Kberg (~61/39), with a much smaller sample size, but still.
And as far as the top pairing jazz I guess you could say that, looking at his numbers. The Islanders have a legit balanced/defensive top pairing already though, in Pelech/Pulock. Guess we'll see how he looks in Year 4. But yeah, you high on this boy. I get it. Are you an Isles fan, you watch him a lot?
They build around Huby now. Crazily, like this never happens, but they lost their top 2 Ws in one offseason. Luckily they got a Hart candidate for one of them. Huby > Tkachuk and he's close to Gaudreau, they're very similar players actually. Either way, if I'm CGY I'm pumped. He signed long term. Now they can figure out how to build the team around him. Lots of the pieces are there. The blue line needs tinkering. But this is a team that was really good last year, especially at ES. I don't see that changing, and I could also see them getting better through perhaps another trade on the back end.
Sutter is a good coach. Markstrom had a tremendous year. Can they compete with EDM, VGK, LAK in the playoffs? We'll see. That's where they need the biggest improvement. But most teams don't even get there. They may have lost a franchise icon this offseason but they added one of the best W in the entire league to become the next version of what they lost.
Overall who cares about his age. We'll see how he gets along playing with Lindholm and ____ (Mangiapane?). He's not an overly physical guy. He has amazing hockey sense, hands, and skating ability. We'll see if Monahan can come back or if he is washed. But this is the type of deal they needed. Anything less than him resigning would have been a loss. Now they got their guy. It'll be fascinating to see if FLA or CGY even comes close to winning a Cup in the next 8 years... talk about a wild ass potential Cup final haha.