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Forum: NHL TradesTue at 1:41 pm
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Yojimbo</b></div><div>Yeah, I believe that Bill Guerin was the GM of WBS while he was assistant GM for Pittsburgh, before moving to the Wild...

It's just the added depth of the trades with if the guy is good enough for another AHL team to want, how does the original parent NHL team "feel" about it? Is he a call up option being moved for someone that we will never call up? I just think that there might be more discussion put into a trade like this than many NHL-level player trades.</div></div>it's probably the same amount of discussion, just aimed at a different section of the organization. With the level of the players we're talking about in this particular trade, I think the only reason the parent NHL club even got involved was because the players involved were signed to NHL contracts, and, even then, it was probably more of a bureaucratic "hey, sign off on this, pl0xkthxbye" type of conversation.

Mike Vellucci is HC and GM of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He sees that Oula Palve isn't really panning out for his team the way he'd have hoped. At the same time, he's not too happy with his defensive depth. He's had injury issues on defense; Pierre-Olivier Joseph missed a good amount of this season with injuries, I think, so the defense is a bunch of vets (David Warsofsky, Zach Trotman, Kevin Czuczman) and a few other young guys (Niclas Almari, Matt Abt, and Jon Lizotte). The W-B/S Penguins and the Texas Stars were playing a series last week, and so Vellucci probably talked to Scott White, GM of the Texas Stars, and said, "hey, whaddya think about a trade?" like most GMs do. they talked it over, agreed to something, and then each GM contacted the GM of the NHL parent club and got the go-ahead.
Forum: NHL TradesTue at 12:59 pm
Forum: NHL TradesOct 29, 2019 at 11:23
Forum: NHL TradesOct 18, 2019 at 4:48
Forum: NHL SigningsOct 2, 2019 at 6:12
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>rollie1967</b></div><div>Kuemper had good numbers last year, it would be a stretch to say hes a proven #1. The fact they already have Raanta signed is an issue. The idea that a tandem works where the work and salary is split close to 50/50 has not been proven(starters have lost their jobs to up and comers- but they werent paid like starters, nor expected to split duties). It didnt work with Dallas (Lehtonen/Niemi), NYI (Greiss/Halak/then Lehner) nor the multiple times the Flyers and Blues have tried it. While the cap hit for goalies for Arizona is only 6.8 this year- it jumps to 9.4 next year, if it was affective this season- that would put them #2 (behind Boston-9.75m) in goalie costs among the top cup contenders ( Bos. Dall . Vegas, TBay, Wash, Colo, Tor, St.L, Pit) .
If they were to move Raanta, or figured he was to spend most if not all season on the LTIR- then this would be an ok back-up plan (pun intended). They do have two good prospects in net: Adin Hill and Ivan Prosvetov ( a few years away for Ivan).</div></div>"sir, this is a Wendy's."

jokes aside, one seems to be conveniently forgetting the facts that:
a) the Islanders made the playoffs at all due to Greiss and Lehner's goaltending, when noooooobody expected them to, and also in spite of their 223 goals for over the season, more than 20 below league average;
b) the Bruins, oh, I dunno, made the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Finals in the first place because Halák's goaltending was good enough in a tandem role to get the Bruins through Rask's slumps, thus not working Rask nearly as hard as compared to if he had played 60+ games and giving him enough gas in the tank to carry the Bruins through the playoffs.

sure, Rask and Halák aren't paid close to the same, but that's more due to the paradigm of paying goaltenders that still exists and hasn't really changed yet across the league.
Forum: NHL SigningsOct 2, 2019 at 3:50
Forum: NHL SigningsOct 2, 2019 at 2:31
Forum: NHL SigningsOct 2, 2019 at 1:09
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hard to be unhappy with this deal. If Kuemper has a tough season, it&#39;s only two years - and if he plays well again, hard to see him signing something this cost-effective (and short term) rather than going to free agency at the end of the year. <a href="https://t.co/ilwZqaUbzN">https://t.co/ilwZqaUbzN</a></p>&mdash; Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) <a href="https://twitter.com/catmsilverman/status/1179438380205010944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To add re: Kuemper: even if Antti Raanta has a stellar year as well, let&#39;s say you decide to keep him and give him two years, $5M AAV. If you think that a team tying up &lt;$10M in starting-caliber goaltenders is a poor move, you&#39;re living in a fantasy world.</p>&mdash; Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) <a href="https://twitter.com/catmsilverman/status/1179440180517691393?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2019</a></blockquote>
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personally, I think it's fine. it's a bit hypocritical of fans to expect goaltenders to accept lower money than skaters when goaltending is a very key part of how well teams do. sure, goaltending can be incredibly variable, but the Coyotes also employ a pretty good set of goaltending coaches, so, clearly, they like what they see from Kuemper. there's obviously some risk involved, but I don't really think any of their available prospects are really ready to make the jump in the near future, and the Coyotes look like they want to contend now, so retaining Kuemper for a couple of years past this one is a smart move, rather than letting him go to FA.