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Forum: NHL SigningsOct 15, 2020 at 1:19
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>exo2769</b></div><div>So...I'm not sure I 100% agree with that. Smith &gt; AA. It's hard to argue with a historically bad PK last year to the 6th best in the NHL. Smith has been a HUGE part of that. His cap hit is lower and AA's been injured this year. With DeHaan's injury...The Hawks have needed Maatta in a HUGE way and he's produced. Kahun isn't a difference maker to the Hawks. Obviously Joki would have been a welcome addition to the back end...so maybe the answer is yes by default for that move alone, but I don't mind the other two moves at all.</div></div>

Okay, nobody will ever convince me that Zach Smith is a better NHL player than Artem Anisimov. I jsut had to get that out there before I try to explain myself.
Smith is the 5th forward for PK on the Hawks. Its Carpenter, Kampf, Toews, Saad, then a rather decent fall in ice time to Smith. Anisimov was also 5th. Your fifth forward does not make you go from 31st to 6th. It's likely due to a schematic change from coaching and Ryan Carpenter who has been EVERYTHING the Hawks hoped he would be. To add to this Anisimov is a FAR superior 5-on-5 player than Smith is. Anisimov would also not be a center on this team which would open him up to more production.

With Joki over Maatta you would put Gus back on his natural side and would run Koekkoek/Seeler as the 6th man the same as what is occurring today. Is Joki that much better than Maatta RIGHT NOW? That can be debated for sure. They bring different elements but Joki will certainly be better in the future and is cost controlled still.

I get your point on Kahun. He doesn't stand out. Isn't much of a special teams player. However, his 5-on-5 production this year and last year is some of the best in the league in terms of pts/60 min. He is sound defensively, works his ass off, and provides exactly what you look for in a #9 forward. And the biggest point is he's undeniably a better player for the Hawks lineup than Nylander.
Forum: NHL SigningsOct 30, 2019 at 10:23
Forum: NHL TradesOct 29, 2019 at 10:42
Forum: Armchair-GMSep 20, 2019 at 10:24
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>exo2769</b></div><div>I think we're 99.9% saying the same thing. I thought it was juniors because A.) he was drafted, but also B.) the AHL is an NHL affiliate in which the player can be brought up or down. Example being Cal Foote. (link below) He only spent 6 games on an NHL roster in his career, but he lost a year of eligibility last year with the Syracuse Crunch last year despite being 19 for most of the year. I actually think the CBA states an exact date...August 15th comes to mind. I'd have to go check the CBA. But if you're 18 or 19 as of August 15th...I believe.

<a href="https://www.capfriendly.com/players/cal-foote">https://www.capfriendly.com/players/cal-foote</a></div></div>

So Cal Foote's contract didn't slide because he turned 20 before January 1st. If his birthday was after Jan 1st it would have slid.
I'm not sure of CHL birthdate cutoffs for when a player is considered an overager (I'd guess the CBA follows the CHL dates here), but i"m guessing that is why Cal was allowed to play in the AHL and not sent back to juniors.

EDIT: After further research, a player is considered an overager in the CHL if he turns 20 before Dec 31st of that playing season. So the CBA rules do follow CHL rules in regards to eligibility for CHL players to play in the AHL and contract slides for non-CHL players playing in the AHL.

Hope this makes sense. Sometimes this stuff is hard to articulate via text. ESPECIALLY LTIR rules. That stuff is complicated as hell.