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  1. Yup, I dont think anyone can question Russ's heart or commitment. Hes a good defensive defender, who will block shots with his face if he has too! The problem is, we dont have enough defenders who can make a great first pass. That is the big issue from the backend. Unfortunately those defenders usually cost upwards of what Russ is making...and in todays game you need a good blend of defenders who can transition play, and defenders who defend intensely. Russ is obviously the later. Russ is more a victim of an underwhelming defence thats lacks what he cant provide, that overshadows what he does provide at a pricepoint reserved for what is missing on this backend...
  2. Ya I think its inevitable that Draisaitl assumes the 2C role, and Nuge flanks McDavid. The Crosby/Malkin model. And this is coming from one of the very few people that saw Leon as an elite winger for Connor, from the first season they played together...but I've changed my tune. Especially with Neal now in the mix...I agree that Nuge should flank McDavid, and Leon should center Neal. Nuge has the wheels and proven success with Connor, while Leon's abilty to both slow down and control the game, favours him feeding and working with Neal best. I see these pairings having the most success, to maximize the top 6. Rotating whomever else on the other side of center that complements these pairs best... Its hard to compare the 80's Oilers to the current lineup obviously, because the lack of wing depth, etc...but when they finally moved Messier to center, it changed the look and chemistry on that team. I see that being inevitable with Leon as well. This team wont be able to truly move forward or improve significantly until this occurs full time. Tipps has already stated how much he likes them together, but I think hes going to find that Nuge is ultimately better on the wing, complementing McDavid, than he is driving his own line. Leon is a better line driver than Nuge, and that ultimately will lead to this decision IMO. An opinion I didnt always have, but have come around too...
  3. Not this season. He needs a full season in Bakerfield like Benson.
  4. Gags is a versitile utility player you can move around lineup. In the same role as Chiasson with equal mins, I'd say Gags puts up better totals...but Im not sure that will be the case..? I know some are pencilling him in as a possible 3rd line center...given the lack of skilled options, Id try him there too...However Tippett is the coach that moved Gags to RW, and the GM shared Tipps feelings, as he thought he was getting a center the Yotes really needed at the time, and the organization felt he wasnt deployable at center anymore, so they shipped him to Philly. His best year as we know was with the Blue Jackets in 16/17, where the first half of the year he played great on the wing, flanking Sedlak as his center...However in support of his center chances, entering the new year and down the stretch in '17, he was moved back to his natural position, making up the Jackets hottest line down the stretch, with Bjorkstrand and Hartnell benefiting from Sam's playmaking ability. If deployed at center, could see something like... Nygard - Gagner - Chiasson Im not advocating for Gags as a pivot, but would like him on the club as a regular, and it seems all the RW positions are taken, as I believe theyll give Neal the best chance to succeed, and he's better on the right with a left shot center, as in one of the big 3. Then you have Kass, Chase, and Archie... Personally I tend to agree with Tipp, that he's a complementary winger on the right side...possibly middle six, depending on circumstances... But he could be the best in house default option at this point...maybe stop gap for a stretch anyway... I believe MacLeod will start as 3C to open next season... Of Note: I also think Sam should be deployed as the bumper, top of the slot on the 2nd PP unit. Thats where he was most effective for Columbus during his best offensive season...
  5. The obvious play to me again...is to sign Oscar Lindberg. To me, hes the best available low cost solution for 3C. A better option than Brassard IMO. Unless Ken is making a play for another center through JP trade..? However, it would suck to see another team sign Lindberg, and lose out on the player...
  6. I dont think anyone can question Russ's heart or commitment. Hes a good defensive defender, who will block shots with his face if he has too! The problem is, we dont have enough defenders who can make a great first pass. That is the big issue from the backend. Unfortunately those defenders usually cost upwards of what Russ is making...and in todays game you need a good blend of defenders who can transition play, and defenders who defend intensely. Russ is obviously the later. All of our defenders show glimpses of both aspects of play...thats why theyre NHL defenders. The issue is none of them excel offensively in transition. Nurse for example is very good at skating the puck out, but not as good at hitting forwards on the fly...Larsson is a better first passer, but not as good at rushing as Darnell. Klefbom is a good all around defender, but not great at any one thing either...though he does have a great shot from the point...when he hits the net. None of our current defenders walk the line well... IMO, What we need is more offensive defensemen or rovers paired with either good all around dmen or excellent defensive dmen. Unfortunately right now, we dont have those offensive dmen, that can transition play well...and QB a PP. Hopefully a player like Bouchard eventually fills that role...though it would be nice to have an experienced player who can do that now... To summarize, Russ is more a victim of an underwhelming defence thats lacks what he cant provide, that overshadows what he does provide at a pricepoint reserved for what is missing on this backend....
  7. Jets need someone more like Russell to play his strong side with young Niku, playing the right...thats how I looked at it...and Benny would be a bit cheaper and familiar to TM in LA...but I see your point...
  8. Theres a decent chance Rangers buyout Shattenkirk this week... Scenario: Trade Benny and Russ to teams in need of D for picks...Benny to LA and Russ to WNG for example, as theyll be buying out Kulikov. Retain 1M on Russ. Frees up 4.9M + 2.4 remaining = 7.3 Sign Shattenkirk for 2-2.5M. 1yr term to pump his stats. Sign (3C) O.Lindberg for 1M. 1yr Sign (Depth D) J.Morrow for 750k. Leaves Ken roughly a 3M balance... Lineup: Drai/Nuge - McDavid - Kassian Granlund - Nuge/Drai - Neal Nygard - Lindberg - Chiasson Khaira - Haas - Archibald Gags, Benson, Gambardella... Klefbom - Larsson Nurse - Shattenkirk Jones - Persson/Bear/Bouchard Morrow, Lagesson A much better puck moving defense and a cap cushion of roughly 3M for any deadline trade/acquisition if we're a buyer at that point... With this many players with something to prove, and a coach who's MO is getting the most out of his players...our chances would be better than people think...
  9. Yup, no doubt. But if Im Fenton, theres no way I do that deal. I actually like the players Ken has signed so far to shore up, increase tempo and create real competition in the bottom 6. Unloading the unmoveable Lucic will be looked at as his best move. Neal will pop at least 20. We still need a 3C obviously, but Im not sure that deals there..? Ex: moving Russ for Eakin or something like that works for us, but Im not convinced it works for Vegas, as theyre D looks set after resigning Engelland. And in order to sign a proven 3M center we'd have to at least move one of Benny or Russ. Id like to move JP for Haula somehow, but I'd imagine that tires been kicked too... Ive mentioned simply signing Oscar Lindberg in two other posts already because I feel strongly hes a low risk bargin who could fill that hole this year. Another 20 something player with experience, on a 1 yr deal.
  10. We should sign Lindberg to fill 3C, experienced Swede to help Nygard. I think hes underrated and being overlooked...Unless Ken can turn JP into Eriksson Ek for example... And trade Benning for a pick. Try to pry a 2020 3rd from a team like LA, to cover cond. 3rd in Lucic trade. Sign Edmontonian J.Morrow for experienced depth. Lineup: Drai/Nuge - McDavid - Kassian Granlund - Nuge/Drai - Neal Nygard - Lindberg - Chiasson Khaira - Haas/Cave - Archibald Gagner, Gambs, Benson, Jurco... Klefbom - Larsson Nurse - Jones/Russell Russell/Jones - Persson/Bear/Bouch Lagesson, Morrow Coaching clearly hasn't been the issue, but I think Tippett will get the most of his lineup. Thats whats hes always done. We should have a much better performamce from the bottom of the lineup. Some of these players like Archie and Grans will have great years. Expect a much improved forecheck and PK. Goals against will improve greatly, idk if it will be enough...but probably gets us close to at least knocking on the door...with adequate goaltending and a more or less heathly squad of course... Maybe even enough to make a trade to upgrade a winger if need be at the deadline. Ken will want to be about 2M under cap just in case...
  11. We could sign Oscar Lindberg and call it a summer... Would be a decent 3C and help probable linemate/countryman in Nygard... Maybe send Benning to LA for 3rd round pick to cover/replace conditional 3rd sent to CGY in Lucic trade. Done.
  12. We could sign Oscar Lindberg and call it a summer... Would be a decent 3C and help probable linemate/countryman in Nygard... Maybe send Benning to LA for 3rd round pick to cover/replace conditional 3rd sent to CGY in Lucic trade. Done.
  13. Ya, he played wing, thanks to Tippett. But they needed a center...
  14. If we had to start Gagner at 3C, it might be a temporary fix...but it was Tippett that first moved Gags to the wing in Arizona, and Coyotes mgmt didnt belief he could play center at the NHL level, and sent him to Philly as they thought they were getting a center...not a winger. I love Gags, and would like to see him stick around as he'd play his butt off to stay in Oil country...happy wife, happy life. And personally I want players who will bleed copper and blue...but he almost seems like the odd man out atm...but certainly provides veteran depth if others don't pan out through camp/preseason...
  15. Let me preface this by saying Holland has done an amazing job! Still need a true 3rd line center to complete this roster. Trade options... My preferences in no paticular order involving Russell, and teams he may waive clause for... - Russell (750k retained) to Vegas for Cody Eakin - Russell +* to Wng for Andrew Copp - Russell +* to Nsh for Colton Sissons - Russell to Nsh for Bonino Deals involving JP... - JP +* to Car for Erik Haula *indicates late pick, B level prospect, or salary retention, if necessary..? And last but not least...I know this sounds crazy...considering we had both these players already under contract...but could right 2 wrongs in a way... - JP to NYR for Ryan Strome Having Stromer back wouldnt be the worst thing for the 3rd line...and Rangers need to shed salary and may lose a winger in the process they have to replace cheaply...and we could fit Strome in, whom of course already knows the city, is great friends with Connor, and never wanted to leave in the first place...and thats worth something as well... Ill start ducking for cover from the myriad of rotten vegtables being thrown in my general direction...
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