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Messages - Peter D.

Nice to see an immediate response to a couple of the Capitals goals to create some distance again.  Good win.

How Washington is on the cusp of a Wild Card spot is beyond me.  They stink.  Well, besides the fact that the East is awful after the top six teams.
General NHL News & Views / Re: 2023-24 NHL Thread
March 15, 2024, 04:22:40 PM
Quote from: Frank E on March 15, 2024, 11:59:57 AMHaven't heard much from Corey Perry since he joined the Oilers...he's got 7 points since joining them 20 games ago.

Probably a good thing we haven't.
Quote from: Guilt Trip on March 08, 2024, 04:23:30 PMLeafs are doing it as well and have done it often. They just haven't won. The phrase Robidas Island started with the Leafs. Rules are the rules and no one is breaking any. I remember reading/hearing that while some complained about it, the owners don't want to change the system.
I think it's great and I love that Vegas is going for it. There's no guarantees they'll even make the playoffs right now so we'll see.
Vegas does prove one thing, there are no excuses for not getting the player you want/need.

There's a difference between just burying guys in the minors, and stashing guys on LTIR for the regular season and having them miraculously return for Game 1 of the playoffs, no?

Like I suggested, I applaud the Golden Knights for exposing the rule and using it to their advantage.  And I usually don't mind it.  It just intrigues me that Vegas is the one primarily doing it.  Although on the flipside when I see a garbage franchise like Arizona take on dead contracts to artificially inflate their cap, it rankles me too.

Maybe what I'm trying to get to, long story short, is that I despise the cap system.
I'm unsure if I should applaud the Golden Knights for their creativity in circumventing the cap, or be pissed at the league for constantly allowing it.  Because I'm sure if there were some other teams *cough*Leafs*cough* who continually pulled this off, the league would step in and squash it.
I'm okay with the Leafs just having tinkered the last couple days.  They don't have the draft capital to burn, nor should they continue to do so with the structure of the team.  Let things play out this season, and re-evaluate in the summer.  It just sucks that yet another prime year of Matthews, Marner and Nylander is likely going to be wasted.
Why would Guentzel decide to re-sign with Pittsburgh?  They're a sinking ship.  He'll get enough offers from teams in much better positions to make it worth his while to forgo signing back there.
I can't believe Marner passed on taking the shot there.  That was a tied game.
Quote from: louisstamos on March 07, 2024, 10:48:45 AM
Quote from: Zee on March 07, 2024, 09:00:54 AMWhat if the Leafs top-4 right handed dman trade turns out to be Justin Holl?


Hell no!
Unnecessary yet necessary trade, if that makes sense.  I don't hate the trade...don't love it either.

I'd rather not see Treliving blow a 1st on some player nowhere worth it like we've seen the last few years.  And the draft capital of the team is severely compromised the next couple years, so he's handcuffed in what he can do.  So a deal like this and the one for Lyubushkin are fine for a blueline that severely needs some extra bodies and toughness added to it.
Much harder than it needed to be, but they squeezed it out.  Nice pass by Marner there.
I'm really digging the Bertuzzi-Domi-Nylander line.  Keefe may have found a sweet spot there.
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on March 06, 2024, 01:55:02 PMI liked Henrique, but would have never given up a 1st for him. That's Foligno-like.

I wouldn't want the Leafs to either, but Henrique is posting far better numbers than what Foligno was.

I think the trade (including Carrick) helps round out the forward group for Edmonton just nicely.
Quote from: Bender on March 06, 2024, 11:25:36 AM
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on March 06, 2024, 10:13:24 AMThis contract basically just mimics my feelings on Sandin at the end of his time here: it feels fine I guess but I wouldn't want it on the Leafs.

If you factor in who the pick was used on and what Sandin's done as a Cap my feelings surrounding that trade have only improved over the last year.

I definitely wouldn't want that cap hit, good lord.

For the Leafs that'd be ugly and tough to fit in.  But for a team like the Capitals which is aging, set for a severe downswing, and pretty much only trying to stay afloat to get Ovechkin the goal record, I think it is a reasonable gamble for a team that'll have more than adequate cap space in the coming years to secure a young player who can and will play lots of minutes.  They did well with Dylan Strome, and certainly they're hoping to hit the same with Sandin.
Kerfoot got a video tribute.  Seriously...? LOL
I can't help but wonder why more players don't wear a neckguard like Bertuzzi does.  And it looks like he is rocking one of those old school velcro ones than the kevlars.