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Forum: NHLYesterday at 6:21 p.m. Forum: NHLYesterday at 5:43 p.m. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>exeko123</b></div><div>He was given several chances on the weakest roster of the NHL - couldn't crack it. Now he has to go through waivers to go to the AHL, so what team would be willing to pay for such a player? It's not like he was a high pick either, and used to be a high-end prospect (ex: Turris a decade ago, also in ARI). To be honest, he'll probably be waived after camp and only after passing the waivers will he be traded, and that'll be for future considerations.</div></div>
This is a weird take to me. He had a major injury his draft year and fell off a lot of people's draft boards. D+1 he was over a ppg with Hamilton. D+2 he was 22g-34a-56p in 27 games, again with Hamilton in the O. Since early then he has been constantly banged up and underwhelming, but he had 47 points in 51 games in Tucson two years ago.
I can't see any reason to be this negative on a guy that skates well and can play anywhere in the lineup and plays with a little sandpaper. He either comes into camp ready and earns a shot, or he goes through waivers. Lots of guys in that position. I don't see the reason for all the hate. I don't even necessarily agree that he's had a real chance to make the squad as they've been committed to keeping guys in Tucson (see: Soderstrom, who has also been underwhelming and a bit mercurial and probably winds up back in Tucson unless he steals a spot). He got his cup of coffee as a reward and a chance to evaluate him at this level, and the results were mixed at best, but there's no reason to think he can't be a good utility player for them or someone else if he stays healthy and puts in the work.
Honestly thought they'd save the contract slot and loan him out to Europe again, like they did a few years back when he went to Finland, so they think he has a future in North America either here or elsewhere, or they wouldn't use their next to last contract slot. They are at 49 (assuming Geekie and Maveric slide and return to jr).
Forum: NHLSep. 12 at 9:58 a.m. Forum: NHLSep. 6 at 3:04 p.m. Forum: NHLAug. 12 at 4:44 p.m. Forum: NHLAug. 12 at 1:46 p.m. Forum: NHLAug. 12 at 12:22 p.m. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>CantStopWontStop</b></div><div>Randomly hyping the Coyotes.
Bjugdstadt, Crouse, Maccelli is a lethal, physical, 5v5 200 foot line. Perhaps close to my ideal line if I could sculpt one. Give me infinite possibility and my perfection is pretty close this.</div></div>
Bjugstad was great on that line, and you're right, Bear could throw them over the boards in any situation. What makes it even more interesting is that after the tdl McBain stepped right in and they didn't fall off much. Of McBain's 26 points last season, 14 came in the 20 games after the deadline when he was promoted from the fourth to replace Bjugstad.
If Hayton is left to do his Rucchin impression between Keller and Schmaltz, and McBain stays between Crouse and Maccelli, then Cooley and Bjugstad center your other two lines between some combination of Zucker, Guenther, Kerfoot, and Boyd.
I don't remember forward depth like that in AZ since the 90's.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Caniac2000</b></div><div>I don't think Grier can take an underwhelming return again. He did it for Burns and then Burns returned to being Burns. He cannot do it with a dude coming off a 100 point season, he's got to sell high.</div></div>
With his age, history, and contract, just moving the contract is selling high, imo. Last off-season he was considered unmoveable. If I'm Grier, I just want out from under the contract. Being lambasted for not getting enough back is part of the price, I'd pay. If there was a market for more, the deal would be done. Look at what happened with Hayes and RyJo. Because EK had a phenomenal season, you're able to turn what was an unmoveable contract into a first and a prospect. If you have to take back a short term dump, so be it. I'd just take the win, and ignore the hate. It's not like the Sharks are going anywhere with or without Karlsson in the next season or two.
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