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Feb 23, 2020
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Hawkisles</b></div><div>Thank you, people keep saying “NYI will expose Bellows”, but gloss over the game requirement. Is the idea that the game requirement just whether or not a team is obligated to expose the player, and that the team can choose to expose the player even if they fall short of the game requirement?
Still, I’d think exposing, say, Bailey, Clutterbuck and Leddy gives the Kraken plenty to work with, right? That’s three NHL players with more than enough games right there. I guess I’m just confused on why the Isles expose Bellows if they’re not required to.</div></div>
The only players who are exempt are first and second year pros. Everyone else is exposed. The team must expose the 2 forwards and 1 dman under contract who meets requirements, but everyone else who isnt protected is still exposed and Seattle can take them. The only rule for Seattle is that they need to select 20 players under contract for next season. If Bellows is not protected, he will be exposed no matter what.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>ChampEddy</b></div><div>Yes, that is my only complaint is not acting on MP now. I think it would be better to make the move now.
I am fine for forwards I don`t think we needed to move there. Our biggest issue is in front of our own net. Teams have their way with us there, especially on the powerplay and that will only get worse in the playoffs. MP has been utilized incorrectly as our #6 LD in a defensive, physical role because Matheson has emerged as the superior offensive threat. MP doesn`t fit that role and isn`t good at it tbh.
I just think moving MP for futures and replacing him with an actual tough, physical D to play that role was the right move. From listening to rumors and hearing Hextall speak it sounds like they were looking for a 1st for MP and no one was biting so they decided to stand pat and not disrupt the team chemistry. I just think it still would have been better to offload MP and trade a 5th o 6th for Jordie Benn or use the picks from MP for Zadorov. That is my only concern with this team. Jarry is going to have a hell of at time seeing pucks and battling in front of the net, especially in the playoffs when it gets even harder there.
That is my only complaint. We`ll see, maybe the team is super tight and they can rally around together and make it work but when I look at the team I see one major hole and that is it and I think the opportunity was there to fix it today and they decided not to. Obviously I don`t know the details of what conversations were going and maybe they couldn`t facilitate the trades needed to make it happen but I think the team would have been much better if they did somehow make those moves work.</div></div>
The issue with moving him now isnt from our point of view, but other teams' point of view. A lot of teams already have 3 Dmen (or 4) they plan on protecting, so picking Pettersson up now doesnt make sense for them. Once the expansion draft passes, I could see teams having interest in him. I do think he is probably gone based on the emergence of POJ. Regardless, an MP trade at this point was never going to make sense.
Rowney is out for the year.
Deslauriers is a physical guy that Hextall would like.
Getzlaf also makes sense, but making $ work will be difficult.
You would need to send an asset that helps Boston now for Frederic, so I dont really see that kind of player that could allow that trade to work.
Thompson is big, but he doesnt use his body.
Eakin isnt what were looking for.
Bennett is what we are looking for, but I am not crazy about him.
Lucic is still a big contract and somewhat a cap dump so they would need to take a big contract back.
Tkachuk aint going anywhere.
We have no need for Zadorov or any D.
Soderberg could work, depending on price.
Glendening may work, but not super physical or big.
Wagner could work.
Brown doesnt work for cap.
Bjugstad had his chance.
Foligno isnt someone MIN would move.
Granlund isnt what we are after.
Haula could work, but isnt super physical.
Wood isnt physical, but is a good sandpaper type of player. I would like him, but would be hard to pull off.
Tkachuk is untouchable.
Watson would be good, but he is someone OTT likes and you would have to give up more than what he is worth.
Zaitsev/Gudbrason are dmen that I do not think we need.
Some good options here for sure. I think guys who fit what our management is after that you did not name are Crouse, Lazar, N. Foligno, Armia, Laughton, Blais and Motte. Depending on the price, I think some of these guys could be interesting.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pharrow</b></div><div>I don't mind it. But why would MTL do this if they are playoff bound?</div></div>
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Kotkaniemi15</b></div><div>If we have another deal in place to get a LHD then we’d probably do it. The habs are really tight to the cap, and Evans (who will likely be a healthy scratch tomorrow) is playing well, and we also have Caufield. And this is all while Armia’s out, so he could find himself as the 15th forward just because he can’t play C, he’s a right handed shot who only plays RW, and he isn’t as good defensively as Lehkonen, Evans, or Byron. He’s still a great player, the habs just don’t need him anymore.
Plus it’s very unlikely he gets re-signed anyways, so we don’t have to worry about next year.</div></div>
If they move Armia, they have Evans as a #12, Frolik as a #13. Like it was mentioned, Caufield may make an appearance at some point. They are using one of his ELC years regardless, so I am sure he will play a few NHL games. They also have Poehling is anything. Armia is someone they could move. I think Ruhwedel could also be a good RD option for MTL.