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herman:

--- Quote from: Bender on May 24, 2019, 08:57:24 AM ---
--- Quote from: herman on May 23, 2019, 04:57:55 PM ---Fenton has made assurances to Spurgeon, but I’m looking at their roster and I don’t know what he thinks he can do to climb out of the mushy middle.

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Spurgeon at 30 in 2019 for Kapanen at 23? I don't really like the sound of that....

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That's a fair point; at a certain place in the build, you do need to make a push to try to get over the hump though.

Kapanen isn't going to stay cheap (breakaway goals) and I'd argue that his team contributions next year probably aren't going to outweigh adding a 1RD even if only for a year. I get that this is exactly what most people want to say about Nylander, but for me (and Dubas it seems) Nylander = elite and Kapanen = pretty good but mostly replaceable (hello Trevor Moore, Ilya Mikheyev).

Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate:
I think they should take a hard look at moving Kadri as a way to sign Kapanen and/or Johnson before they get offer sheeted.

CarltonTheBear:

--- Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on May 24, 2019, 10:41:26 AM ---I think they should take a hard look at moving Kadri as a way to sign Kapanen and/or Johnson before they get offer sheeted.

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And then what? Move Nylander to the middle and have just a single legit top-6 winger in the line-up?

Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate:

--- Quote from: CarltonTheBear on May 24, 2019, 10:58:31 AM ---
--- Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on May 24, 2019, 10:41:26 AM ---I think they should take a hard look at moving Kadri as a way to sign Kapanen and/or Johnson before they get offer sheeted.

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And then what? Move Nylander to the middle and have just a single legit top-6 winger in the line-up?

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Kapanen and Johnsson aren't?

And yes, Nylander plays better as a center.

CarltonTheBear:

--- Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on May 24, 2019, 11:50:29 AM ---Kapanen and Johnsson aren't?

And yes, Nylander plays better as a center.

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They're sub-50 point players despite spending most of their time with Matthews. I think that they're good 3rd liners who can certainly look not completely out of place in the top-6. We're probably at a semantics battle, but the way I see it is if one of them is the 2nd best player on a top-6 line then that line is in trouble. Is this even really debatable? Didn't we spend a decent amount of time this season and especially in the playoffs talking about how they were holding Matthews back on that line?

I definitely like Nylander as a centre, but I'm not sure I'd say he plays better there. His best hockey has come with Matthews as his centre. And Matthews' best hockey has come with Nylander as his winger. Don't over think things, just keep them together.

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