05-11-2014, 08:38 PM #61
05-11-2014, 08:41 PM #62
Also, I think I officially have a hockey crush on Haula. My god that kid plays a fun style.
05-12-2014, 05:59 AM #63
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Think they need a defenseman with dumba as a prospect? I don't really think so.
They're definitely going to have huge money to spend!
05-12-2014, 09:26 AM #64
C - Granlund, Haula, Koivu
Wings - Parise, Pominville, Coyle, Nino, Cooke
So there is probably room for a winger. I'd like to see them add another rugged defenseman that would allow them to use Spurgeon more selectively.
Either way the FA class doesn't look stupendous. I'm guessing a trade is the way they go.
05-12-2014, 10:26 AM #65
I would stay away from Callahan, he is going to break down sooner rather than later, if you could get him for 3 years or so, yeah go for it, but the Rangers or some other team will be dumb enough to give him 6+ years.
Vanek sounds intriguing, but I don't know if handing out a huge contract is the best thing to do. You could always bring Gaborik back, but not sure if that makes sense. Moulson could be interesting to keep around, he has laid a turd in the playoffs but apparently he was playing through injury, maybe you bring him back as a scorer and give him far less years/money then Vanek.
Defense should be fine, I really think they are solid from top to bottom there. Goalie is going to be a big concern moving forward, at this point there is nothing but question marks:
Harding- Great goalie, zero reliability health wise.
Backstrom- Broken down? Good goalie when healthy.
Keumper- Inconsistent- Has the size though, but also...health!
Brzgalov- I dunno.
They have some depth and could always try to make some trades as well, Phil Kessel would look nice in a Wild uniform, and the Laffs may be dumb enough to trade him away without robbing us too much of our youth.
Either way, the Wild, no matter what happens the rest of this series look primed to make a really nice run in the coming years."You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"- L. Harvey Oswald
05-12-2014, 11:26 AM #66
Moulson (and Vanek for that matter) don't skate well enough to fit this team. Gaborik may actually fit for that but he'd be in the dog house for his defense in no time.
05-12-2014, 08:29 PM #67
Rumors are Phaneuf hits the block this offseason. He's a Cooke-type punk but a damn skilled one.
05-12-2014, 09:57 PM #68
05-13-2014, 11:13 AM #69
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05-13-2014, 01:39 PM #71
I don't even think Paneuf is a very good player, this team is pretty solid on defense with all the young talent etc. What they lack now is a scorer IMHO"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"- L. Harvey Oswald
05-13-2014, 04:36 PM #72
Get former UMD grad Matt Niskanen as well as Jonas Hiller, take your chances up front. Vanek would be nice but you need better movement from the back end.
05-13-2014, 05:19 PM #73
05-13-2014, 06:20 PM #74
Phaneuf is not that guy.
05-13-2014, 07:36 PM #75
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05-13-2014, 11:48 PM #77
Good battle by the Wild, crappy bounce, they deserved a better fate. Lack of finish and a dormant PP cost them in the end, Crawford was pretty steady.
Not looking forward to being in the same division as this team in the next few years.
05-14-2014, 06:36 AM #78
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So, I'm thinking they're going to be trading for a forward - Bob Ryan?, and signing a defenseman - Matt Niskanen.
I don't think Vanek is the guy, unless they could get him for 3 or so years.
05-14-2014, 09:20 AM #79
BRUTAL way to lose last night. However, gotta be pumped moving forward, we took the champs to the brink and this series could have very easily went the other way.
I'd still prefer to trade for Kessel. Vanek and Moulson both have their worts, but if it came down to it maybe Moulson would be a better value as we wouldn't have to give him too many years. We already have Koivu-Suter-Parise-Pominville under big contracts, need to have some flexibility moving forward to lock up key guys like Granlund etc
Also, I wonder if it would be worth shopping Koivu (who I still think is very great) however if you can get a scorer and another blue liner for him I think you have to consider it. Especially since it looks like Granlund could easily be a number 1 center, and Coyle/Haula can be your 2/3."You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"- L. Harvey Oswald
05-14-2014, 04:58 PM #80
Koivu, Zucker, and a pick to Vancouver for Kesler?
Right handed shot, good defender, better skater, better scorer. He'd make a good fit and there would no longer be a pressure to treat anyone other than Granlund as the top centerman. (Like, say, putting Koivu on the powerplay....constantly....*puke*)
Also, on Kessel - not a good skater. I think I'd rather them look at a guy like Cammalleri who has some position flexibility.