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I know it's not the offseason yet, but didn't think it would fit in the Stanley Cup thread, so...
Bryzgalov to Philly?
Daaaaaaaaag. Huge get.
in before Richards to the Rangers
and yea Philly is gonna be scary
oh and the Sather pulled another sick trade stealing the Flames top prospect NHL ready defensemen Tim Erixon and a 5th round pick for two 2nd rounders and Roman Horak who projects as a solid 3rd line winger down the road.
Erixons father Jan played for the Rangers and is apparently still pretty tight with the organization. Our defense is incredibly young deep and talented. If Del Zotto gets back to his rookie year form we literally have our top 6 set for the next like 5 years if we wanted.
This post was edited by BklynTerp on 6/8/2011 at 1:38 PM
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They don't have him yet.
And supposedly Bryzgalov floated some huge numbers out there. If they sign him some of there depth will have to go.
But yeah Flyers will be sick if they sign him to a reasonable deal.
Yea it's a good get but they are going to have to do some serious cap clearing to fit bryzy. Like 2 or 3 good players. I would start to worry about the flyers back end pretty soon as pronger is getting up there and is getting significant back surgery and kimo looks to be declining. That pronger contract could be a killer in a year or two if he retires.
My hope is that the caps sort of revamp their bottom 6. I would love a guy like scottie upshall who can score and really pursue the puck. I also would like to swap Hannan out for someone a little quicker but if they brought him back for a short term deal I would be ok with that.
Caps already have 7 d-men under contract. To re-sign Hannan they either have to be sure that they can bury Poti on LTIR - and that opens up a whole can of worms with other free agents if you do a player that way because of a groin injury just 9 months after he signed an extension - or know they are trading someone else.
I would be stunned if Poti counts against the teams cap next year. He will either retire or be on LTIR. He lives in Cape Cod and has played in a pro summer league with several guys I know for a long long time and Poti told them there is no chance he is playing in the summer league this year with the way his groin feels.
That's a big leap from not playing in a competitive league this summer to declaring a guy out for the year and parceling out his cap space. I have never, ever in my life heard of a 33-year-old retiring from any sport with a groin injury.
Obviously it's serious. But even if Poti starts the year on LTIR no one has any way of knowing if he will still be there on Jan. 1. And if he is ready to go by then I don't think GMGM can just say 'Yeah - hold up there guy. We don't have any cap room for you. Do you mind going to Hershey for a month...or five. We'll call you."
Ummm yes he 100% can if that's what he wants to do and has clearance from Ted to spend the money. The rangers did it this year with redden and it has been done a fee other times in the NHL. I personally don't think it will come to that anyways.
"Can" is different from "should" if the problem is injury AND Poti is no longer hurt. Isn't there a difference between an average player like Poti who got hurt and can presumably still play and crap players like Redden or Michael Nylander, who not only suck but also have salary-cap crippling contracts? I just don't see Poti's play or his salary as that big an issue if he did regain his health. Dude took a $625,000 pay cut to sign that extension.
If he's fully healthy and the caps are fully confident his groin injury won't come back, fine he's more than a serviceable defnesemen. If poti and/or the caps still have their doubts about his health, then they need to make other plans.
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Looks like there could be realignment beyond just shifting teams to accomodate the Atlanta to Winnipeg move. From ESPN:
Those who like the two conference/six division format of the NHL should enjoy it while it lasts. With the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg, a major realignment could be in play after next season. If Gary Bettman gets his way.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the NHL commissioner presented a proposal for a major overhaul in terms of the league's set-up for the 2012-13 season during Tuesday's board of governors meetings :
"Sources say under Bettman's proposal, the league will have four divisions: Pacific, Midwest, East and South. It's believed the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets would both get their wish to move to the East conference ...
... Teams would play a balanced 82-game schedule with home-and-home against teams outside their division.
The top four teams in each division would make the playoffs. The first round would be divisional play, the teams would then re-seed for conference play. Bettman's idea would not affect a East-West Stanley Cup final matchup.
With 30 teams, one division in each conference will have eight squads while the other will have seven ..."
Although this collection of changes is still only in the discussion phase, a realignment is expected by all involved and desired by most.
Not sure how they will do this. With 15 teams slotted in the Western Conference let's suppose they are the Pacific and Midwest. I can only come up with 14 without moving someone in the East/South assuming they are moving Detroit and Columbus. They should just go back to old names (Patrick, Norris, etc) since somebody won't be fitting in with their geographical division. It is so much easeir to put 14 teams in the West with 7 team divisions (moving COL from Pacific to MW) and 16 teams in the East with 8 team divisions. Would be an imbalance in terms of finishing top four in the division.
East/South (16)- Who gets moved to the Western Conference? That would determine the divisions and the Atlantic Division would likely get split, but how considering you have the three NY area and two PA teams which are all natural rivalries.
This post was edited by MagooTerp on 6/23/2011 at 2:07 PM
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The Flyers have traded Jeff Carter to Columbus for Voracek, their 1st round pick (8th overall) & 3rd round pick.
And apparently more to come from Philly
Well, I'm guessing that paves the way for the Bryzgalov signing
Mike Richards may be on the move, as well.
Thank god. Goodbye Carter. Mr playoff no show. Helloooooooooooooo Bryz!!!!!!!!!
what a great day.
Richards to LA for schenn and simmonds
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Done deal, and it's a blockbuster. Phi trades captain Mike Richards to LA for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
I am not a fan of giving up Carter AND Richards. But wow. This is a huge day for flyers
on the lighter side of offseason
How awesome is it going to be when the Flyers finally have a goaltender that can stand on his head but then lose 1-0 and 2-1 b/c they can't score?
The schedule came out today as well. Caps open 10/8 against Carolina. Atlanta moving to Winnipeg really screws up the schedule.
Holy shit Philly.....
9 years, $51 million.
"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."
after listening to Al Morganti talk about the Richards deal I am sold. I am fine with it now. Still mind boggling though that they both went
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