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  2. He sure is but he also put up just over 40 points for the last 4 seasons on a crappy team. And he's big and probably won't get pushed around in front of our net.
  3. Yeeeep...can't think of any.... ... But, I definitely meant more like...immediate move the needle...whether trade deadline acquisition or the most recent off-season, so like I wouldn't count the Chara signing. But you bring up some good points about players...Kessel for sure. Agreed. He should have gotten the Smythe, no doubt about it. And like, you could argue there's no Cup for a bunch of teams without a bunch of players they signed at some point and still had on the team or traded for them.
  4. Former Duck (that will always sting) Wild Bill Karlsson signs an 8-year extension with Vegas @ $5.9 mil AAV. Great contract for the Knights but I'm still more impressed with Kevin Hayes' agent getting $7 mil+ from Philly.
  5. Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were both blockbusters in 2012. LA doesn’t win their first Cup without them. They also may not have won in 2014 if not for the Gaborik trade. Kessel for Pittsburgh in 2015 was a blockbuster. He was a beast in the 2016 SC playoffs and should have won the Conn Smythe that year while playing on the HBK line with Hagelin and Bonino (also acquired that season via trades). The 2011 Bruins made two blockbuster trades. The first was sending Wideman +1st + 3rd for Horton + Campbell. The second was at the deadline when they traded a 1st + 2nd + two prospects for Tomas Kaberle. Outside of trades, many recent champs have also relied on major UFA signings to get them to the mountain top. Chicago probably has zero Cups without Hossa, and same goes for Boston without Chara. LA probably doesn’t win their first Cup without Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi. Anaheim certainly doesn’t have one without Scotty (and Teemu, who also came back as a UFA). What’s actually rare is for an organization to win a Cup solely with home grown talent. Outside of maybe Detroit, I can’t think of a Cup winner in the past two decades who didn’t rely heavily on players brought in via trade or free agency to get them to a championship.
  6. If we make a rebuilding, why not trade some picks and draft in the next 1-2 seasons talents? when I look to the Seattle ED... we cant protect all juniors and only 3 defenders... it would be the perfect time to do this! Trade some players for picks and add some depth players like Holzer, Street and co, who you dont have the need to protect them in the ED...
  7. I really wanted Murray to go after ROR. The guy is an absolute stallion that can do literally everything. As far as the Ducks moving the needle towards a Cup, I think them actually starting the youth movement is the first step to hopefully get them back there. If things go well with Eakins and the prospects along with a savvy trade or two, then this team could be a lot of fun in two years. Ryan O’ Reilly! Mr. Conn Smythe and Señor Selke.
  8. Yeah, I'd have to agree. I can't think of a blockbuster trade that turned someone into a cup contender lately. Maybe it happened more before the salary cap...
  9. Carter....hmmmmm yeah....Vermette well....then we're starting to get to 3rd/4th line players which...well...starts to prove the point that Murray should feel fine making those signings/trades I'm more just trying to point out how rarely those "big name trades/signings" really actually pan out and move the needle to a Stanley Cup.
  10. You could argue vermette for Chicago. Maybe Carter for the kings. Yeah it's really hard to point to a single player otherwise.
  11. If only the Kesler trade happened a few months earlier
  12. Something about Hartman besides the sweaters he had to put on always rubbed me the wrong way. This is going to be his 4th team now in not even a year and a half. I'm probably just confirming my own bias here but that's not a good sign for a promising 24 year old capable of giving you 30 points a year. Philadelphia really botched the Simmonds trade.
  13. Here's a list of free agents (reported on capfriendly) that I think fit our bill: https://www.capfriendly.com/browse/free-agents/2020/age/all/forwards/ufa&limits=caphit-1000000-6000000,gp-30-90,goals-10-80,assists-10-80,points-30-130,shots-99-399 I would say that Maroon might be signed... but he may not want to come back here. he didn't have enough goals or points, i don't remember.
  14. Yesterday
  15. IT'S GAMBLE...sometimes it works sometimes it does not. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  16. How often do those pay off?....I feel like ROR was a big one for St. Louis...but...I mean....Pronger was definitely a big one for us...but...trades or UFA signings...I just don't see much of them truly moving the needle to a STANLEY CUP. Pronger and ROR are the only ones I can think of just off the top of my head... I mean...if we wont 2015, MAYBE I'd put in Kesler there...but also, we didn't win lol
  17. Ducks GM Bob Murray's downside he is passive in making Big time Trades...which I call it "Pronger-type". DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  18. Wonder who it could be....Ducks RW weaken with Departure of Perry. Just curious if they are going to make trade or Sign to ensure development of Ducks Next Generation players. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  19. Interesting you gotta wonder what deals were also in place by the Ducks at the Draft. DuckPride4 ever MooseDuck
  20. Comtois needs a season in the AHL. There really isn't a need for him with the big club yet. It worked wonders for Steel, Jones and Terry to spend a good amount of time there. Shore is just meh. Maybe he improves over the summer but BM can get that type of player for a lot less $$.
  21. Me either. But GMBM has surprised/disappointed in such ways before. Also, my preferred starting lineup does not include Ritchie or Shore, but if both are still here I think GMBM pushes them into the lineup in a lineup similar to what I posted. He seems to be higher on Shore than, well, everyone else who watches this team regularly.
  22. I don’t think that Shore was horrible but he certainly shouldn’t be getting third line minutes over any prospects, unless they are really struggling. Put him on the 4th line with some combo of Sherwood, Grant of Rowney. I agree with you about Comtois. His play was so-so and was noticeably declining, granted it was a short stint. His underlying stats were really bad but things were just bouncing his way. He didn’t look ready for a full-time role and seemed absolutely lost at times (which should be somewhat expected). There’s no reason to rush him up unless, like you said, he is crushing it in San Diego, similar to the way that Terry did when he was sent down.
  23. I would not think Comtois is going to be callup...Don't be surprise if earns a Spot on Ducks Roster for 19-20 season. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  24. @capfriendly TRADE: To Philadelphia #Flyers F Tyler Pitlick To Dallas #Stars F Ryan Hartman (RFA)
  25. I don't want Shore anywhere near the lineup. Okay, fine, he can be an extra who slots in on the 4th line and PK unit when we get tired of Rowney. But Shore is bad and doesn't belong. I like Comtois, but his hot start last season feels a little unearned and fluky to me. Not saying he can't come right back out and show that he's the real deal, but barring injury (which is always a factor), I would love to see him play like a beast in the AHL for a bit before giving him the call up.
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