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Forum: Armchair-GMFeb 28 at 10:28
Now this is interesting. Juulsen might never be the same player he used to be, he is just now back to practicing/playing. But it will be interesting between Juulsen and Fleury for the RD 3rd pairing next year. Hudon is having success at AHL level, can he translate that to NHL. He is not a bottom six player, his skill set is ideally a 2nd line player but he is not producing at NHL level. Was it a confidence issue? coaching style? But a decision needs to be made.

Now for the interesting part and you are one of the few people addressing this. I see Suzuki as the 1st line C in two years. Can he improve on his faceoff's and handle top line responsibilities. As much as I love Danault, he is not a 1st line C. However, I am old enough to remember Lemaire between Lafleur and Schutt. A responsible two way player between two snipers and it worked. KK is producing at AHL level, I think this has really helped and it should have been where he started, however, he either stuck at NHL or went back to Finland and team wanted him here, so I get it. I think Suzuki, KK, Danault and Evans are your four Centres of the future with Poehling sliding to the wing. But I also think KK should do another year at the AHL level. I like Domi, but he is not a winger. So the question is do you sign him to a short term deal, considering you still have RFA status left in him or do you move him for the trade you mentioned? I like your offer, would it be enough to get those two guys? If you do get Silverberg, I see him above Armia.
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Forum: Armchair-GMFeb 1 at 8:43
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BOLTLOVER1</b></div><div>Couple points ..

1. Gourde hasn't scored ... and has played every game .. since BEFORE THANKSGIVING

2. In 2017-2018 .. he had 60 pts as a 26 year old rookie with Stamkos and Kuch .. In 2018-2019 .. from Jan 1 through the Columbus debacle .. he only had 21 points in last 4 months .. and was 3rd and 4th line before Columbus debacle. So a HUGE step backward as it became obvious he sucks.

3. This year he is on a torrid pace to 29 pts .. see a trend here? .. folks think Gourde is a veteran having a bad stretch.. NO .. he is only 2.5 years experience with a downward ski slope of performance to what he really is.. a good 4th liner worth 1M a year.

4. The ENORMUS question is why JBB gave a 32M NTC contract to a 26 year old rookie with less than 1.5 years NHL experience when he didn't have to! .. Gourde is not a veteran and is not going through a rough patch .. he had opportunistic rookie year and sub par since.

So the million dollar question is what to do with this mess? The idea of a "bad contract swap" is not a bad one. Tampa has 3rd line and RD holes in 2020. Question is who is best bad contract swap for Gourde?</div></div>

okay this is excellent information, as opposed to the small minded response I got above, with the lmao. I never understood where all the bums end up if they all fall off the people. At least they are collectively laughing together! But I digress. Not to name drop or anything but in 2007, I was a scout for an OHL TEAM and the GM gave us the assignment to pretend we were drafting the kids. So I took one month and did tons of research. I hardly saw my family. I handed in my completed work the the head scout, laughed at it in front of everyone in the room and said "you don't know anything about hockey do you?" 12 of my 15 picks played in the OHL or QMJHL and 7 of the 15 picks played at least 30 games at the NHL level.

I do not follow the lightning at all but it appears you do or you have done some valuable research. Based on what you wrote, I would be very hesitant to make that trade.
Forum: Armchair-GMSep 18, 2019 at 3:58