Jul 23, 2019
Tampa Bay Lightning
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He was sent back to Syracuse because he will get more minutes there as he rounds out his game. He was more than adequate here and have no doubts he will be back sooner rather than later. Tampa has obviously had some problems changing systems this year and I still believe this is Cooper's final year if the team misses playoffs or goes out early. They have plenty of C depth and when Johnson comes back there's another option at 3C(although he has struggled this year, no doubt). Cooper needs to coach to the teams strengths, which, as we've seen, is a fast paced, high octane offensive style that is willing to trade high danger chances, not a heavy, defense first style that Tampa simply isn't built to play. The biggest problem though has been the terrible play from Vasi. He has been nowhere near the level of goaltender that the bolts need him to be. He is getting outplayed by the other team's goalie almost every night. Tampa outplayed the Caps for a large part of that game, but Vasi ruined any chance they had in a 45 second span early in the 3rd. Unfortunately this sort of thing has now happened 6 or 7 times at least and it is a serious problem. The season isn't lost because the Atlantic is laughably bad this year, but if things don't change soon, this team is out in rd 1 or 2 at best. Yeah Killorn has been a .5 ppg player his entire career, one season of potentially going higher doesn't make him underpaid at 4.45 aav. Gourde isn't waiving, and is currently part of the most consistent line Tampa has this season. He's not overpaid, and adds depth in the bottom 6 this year. He can easily slot 2nd or 3rd line if needed. Killorn is likely to be moved bc of cap reasons and bc he has a mntc rather than a full one, not because the Lightning value him less than others. If Tampa can convince Johnson or Gourde to waive, then maybe Killorn stays, but if not I hope he has a 60 point season so his trade value will be at its peak next summer. Sergachev is far more than a 3rd pair shaky d zone player, lol. He has taken another step forward this year to anyone actually watching, is on pace for 40-45 points, and is only 21. He is a future top 4 here and he's going nowhere unless a team severely overpays for him, which is unlikely. Here we go again with the shrimps are atrocious hilarity from you, and Stamkos being moved may be the funniest thing I've ever heard from you, and that's saying something. But in all reality, the team is a pile of dog **** and this season is almost lost unf. The changes that need to be made are going back to a more aggressive up tempo game and stop with this heavy forechecling defensive style, as Tampa is not built that way. Seeing as how that won't happen under the gum chewing idiot, step 1 is firing him asap. If that helps and this team starts to look something like a playoff team by the tdl, make the trade for Kreider or Toffoli and help the top 6. The defense is also much weaker this year, unf the player they should've kept is with the Panthers now. Shattenkirk is great offensively but Tampa didn't need an offensive dman with the offense they had. If they miss the playoffs then sure,
see if a couple guys might waive their NTC's and trade Killorn, but I doubt those guys will oblige. Change the coach and the system first though, it may be all that is needed to save this season.
Gourde has advanced his career plenty here in Tampa, and although on the 4th line now, no guarantee he stays there forever. There's very little chance he waives for NJ, as noted, he goes from a contender to a likely lottery team, gets hit with much higher taxes and from all accounts, he has settled in well here. For what would be a rental Hall, Tampa could offer Joseph, Raddysh/Verhaeghe, a 2020 1st, and a 2021 2nd. That is the high end of Tampa's offer for a guaranteed rental Hall. Tbh would rather pay less and go after Kreider or Toffoli, as though both will also likely be rentals, they will cost less to acquire at the tdl and both provide solid help to Tampa. Lol, Sergachev is 21, yep, washed out, no top 4 chance, what a joke of a take that is. 6 years/60 million does not work long term lol, keep dreaming. Please show your agm where Tampa fits Hall at 10 per and actually ices a competitive 22 or 23 man roster, I'll wait lol. Oh and you say Vatanen is a rental? Lol, so the defense next year looks real stellar in your fantasy land. No Sergachev, Shattenkirk is gone, no Vatanen, welcome to Rutta and or Schenn in your top 4 since Foote will maybe be ready for 3rd pairing next year but not top 4. Give me a break with this nonsense.