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    playoff game...

    Reminds me of 2006 where seeds 1-4 in the West all lost first round. If memory serves, Anaheim was the #6 seed and beat Calgary, then suddenly found themselves with home ice advantage in the second round despite being the #6 seed. I have no problem with it, especially when my team is out of it. I enjoy rooting for the underdog. It is pretty crazy that we could potentially see the lower seed win 7 out of 8 series. To me this is part of what makes the NHL a superior product to leagues like the NBA where the lower seeds rarely if ever win. I want all 16 teams in the playoffs to have a genuine shot at the Cup, otherwise what is the point in being there? In the NBA they might as well just skip the first 2 rounds of the playoffs because there are usually only about 4 teams who have a legitimate chance to win.
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    I was going to say this. I thought that goaltending would be their downfall, but honestly Mike Smith kept them in that series. They were outplayed throughout. Smith saw 205 shots in 5 games! Even including a period of OT, that's an average of almost 13 shots against per period. That's a pretty insane number of shots to allow on a regular basis in the playoffs. In comparison, St. Louis kept Winnipeg to just 6 shots through the first 2 periods of their Game 6 victory. Lol.
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    Jones was actually great for them tonight. He's turned his series around which has gotten the Sharks to game 7.
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    Jones is seriously terrible. The Sharks would probably be leading this series if they had a real goaltender.
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    The Sharks actually outplayed Vegas in much of their 5-0 loss but they couldn't beat Fleury and Jones sucks.
  6. 'WHL rivals' lol they aren't even in the same conference. The top 7 are probably going to be the top 5 NA skaters and top 2 international skaters, meaning that Cozens will likely be gone by the time Anaheim picks at 9. Which is unfortunate as he was the guy I was hoping we would target when our pick was looking more like the 5-7 range a few months ago.
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    It didn't even look like it was in his wheelhouse. His release is insane.
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    I would love for Anaheim to go after Point. Can't see Cooper getting fired since they just gave him an extension 3 weeks ago.
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    Leafs fans are still crying about this. But we are talking about a kneeing minor versus what probably should have been a match penalty for attempt to injure by crosschecking somebody in the face. That explains why he did it I guess, but it's not really a proportionate response.
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    playoff game...

    Rinne gives up 4 goals on 8 shots in 14 minutes. LOL!!!
  11. Yeah that crowd was insane right from the start of the game. Awesome playoff atmosphere.
  12. Hughes and Kakko are really good, Cozens and Dach are slightly below them, then the next 6-7 picks should all be pretty decent and largely interchangeable IMO. After the 10th pick I think there's a bit of a drop off. Anaheim should be able to get somebody decent at #9. There are a few diamonds in the rough further down though I think. If Anaheim is picking around #20 I would take a serious look at Matthew Robertson. I know, another LHD, but he's a big boy, plays physical and plays in every situation. Hunter Jones and Mads Sogaard are the 2 top goalies available in the CHL and they are both good prospects. Sogaard is huge (6'7") and his stock likely dropped after he and Denmark played poorly at the World Juniors but both could go in the second round and both could end up being steals much like Gibson. Brett Leason should go late in the first round as he only really emerged this season but he led Prince Albert in scoring this season. He could be a steal late in the first round. So I don't think its an overly deep draft but there are some nice pieces to be had.
  13. If they know they why didn't Luc Robitaille storm out and refuse to be on TV. Lol
  14. I agree that the most pressing need for this team moving forward is replacing our #1C. Without somebody filling that role this team is never going to be a true contender. If I'm Murray I'm making moves to try and move up to get a center like Cozens at the top of the draft. I still feel like if he's available at #4 that Colorado could be open to a deal. They have their top forwards to build around, they might be willing to trade the #4 for the #9 and #20 picks and a roster player, as that would give them more depth players to place around their core guys. Or what about making a deal with Tampa for the rights to Point? Tampa will be hard up against the cap next season, they likely only have 1 pick in the top 80 picks this season which will probably be around the 30th overall. Also Point is legit and could be our top line C answer. Perhaps they would be open to moving him for the #9 pick + something else?
  15. Even with no changes I don't think the current roster is bad, so long as they can stay healthy (which to be fair seems like it would take a miracle at this point). Looking at the roster for next season, say we had the following: Jones/Getz/Kase Rakell/Steel/Silf Terry/Henrique/Perry Ritchie/Rowney/Grant Manson/Lindholm Guhle/Fowler Gibson Without really knowing the third defensive pairing or backup goalie, I honestly think this roster when healthy is better than both of the wildcard teams in the West this year overall. This roster is good enough to be a playoff team when healthy IMO. That doesn't even consider young guys coming in like Comtois and Lundestrom who are close to NHL ready, as well as whatever moves Murray makes in the offseason. I expect this team to be contending for a playoff spot again next season unless Murray blows the whole thing up.
  16. I don't think you understand the dynamics of New York and New Jersey. While they are close in proximity, the Devils getting another #1 pick isn't going to make a bunch of people living in New York suddenly become Devils fans. That would be like Ducks fans jumping ship for the Kings. New York folks don't like New Jersey. They're a small market team.
  17. That non call on the Dustin Brown trip was a joke. One of the most obvious calls you will ever see and they missed it. Unbelievable.
  18. I've given up trying to assign logic to the decision making of Randy Carlyle.
  19. I think so too, but he was a 0.5 points per game player this season getting paid $1.5M per season, that's pretty great value. I would keep him for another season but I think Murray is done with him. That last game where he went crazy in the third period and had 16 minutes in penalties after seemingly reacting to nothing might have sealed his fate.
  20. What Florida has is a good core of forwards and limited bad contracts. Huberdeau, Barkov, Trocheck are locked up all for <$6M which is a steal. Hoffman and Dadonov have 1 year left on their deals, if they can lock them up that's a solid core of forwards - or if they were to add someone like Panarin, look out. Of course in Ekblad at the back you already have your #1 defenseman and he's signed for another 6 years. Goaltending is their biggest issue and having Reimer for another 2 years and Luongo for 3 is a problem. But they already have pieces in place to build around. All of their scorers are on such cap friendly deals it's almost unbelievable. Now as is tradition of the Panthers, let's see them screw it up.
  21. Kesler isn't going to make this decision based on what is best for the organization. They gave him the contract, that's not his problem. It would be the easiest thing for him to just 'retire' (i.e. go on LTIR) and not play another game, but Kesler is one of the most competitive people you'll ever meet, he will try every available option before he's forced into retirement. It's easy for us as fans to say 'just retire' but effectively he's giving up his life long dream and what he's been doing for his entire adult life. That's not an easy call to make.
  22. Ritchie was my first thought too.
  23. Yeah, but re-signing Grant to a cheap deal should be easy enough. Holzer is fine as a #7 guy but if he's a regular we're in trouble.
  24. I do think Jones will probably start to get top-6 minutes from next season. He's clearly adapted to NHL speed and its just a matter of time before he breaks out offensively. He's also a quick guy so if we put together a Jones/Getz/Perry line that could be a decent line if Getz can stay healthy and gets back to point per game pace (he was better than a point per game player only 1 season ago so I don't think that is out of the question). Rakell/Steel/Silf I really like. That leaves Kase and Terry for the third line and with a decent center that could give us 3 good scoring lines without really having a genuine #1 line, which should hopefully make the team competitive. I'm not sure the center answer is Henrique as much as I like the guy. Hughes would be great but that's more fantasy than anything else at this stage. Could we even see Terry moved back to center and Comtois or Sprong slotted in on the wing? I would be happy with a Ritchie/Rowney/Grant 4th line. Rowney and Grant fill that role pretty perfectly. If Ritchie gets moved then we can slot in some other kid or journeyman with those 2 guys and have a decent 4th line that won't give up a lot of turnovers or bad goals. On defense our top-4 of Fowler/Lindholm/Manson/Guhle should be pretty good. I don't want to see Holzer playing a lot of games next season and that third pairing worries me because I'm not sure any of the young guys have really stepped up enough to take one of those spots. Maybe Mahura gets a chance and shows he is ready for NHL minutes.
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