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Forum: Armchair-GM4 hours ago
Thread: Line shakeup
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>EccE</b></div><div>Teams have targeted all their defense towards Kaprizov, so pairing him with another dangerous attacker like Fiala could make them split their attention. It could be a welcome change for Kirill, who badly needs a goal to keep him from getting frustrated.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>drmantalban</b></div><div>Exactly my thought. Neither Kaprizov nor Fiala seem to have a ton of space right now, so putting them together should theoretically open up a little more ice. I’d welcome some sort of shakeup to try and provide a spark.</div></div>

Thing is, I don't necessarily think that Kaprizov is flat or that it's necessarily his lack of goal scoring that's the problem here.

He hasn't looked right or been the same since he went into the boards courtesy of Morrissey in our game against the Jets. He's been moving slow and gingerly ever since then. He just hasn't looked okay since then. I think he's nursing a injury, and currently playing through it.

I'm not convinced moving him off the top line will make a difference right now.

As for Fiala, he looked his best last night when he was out there on a extended shift with Foligno and Hartman. The three of them together probably had the best offensive pressure and puck possession 5v5 for nearly a 2 minute timepan, last night. Maybe during this entire young season yet. Outside of the powerplay that is.

I would consider putting those three on a line together.
Forum: Armchair-GMTue at 1:08 pm
Forum: Armchair-GMTue at 11:06 am
Thread: Caps future
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Sad_Siegs</b></div><div>Marat is still unproven along with the first round pick, i think you are over valueing prospects and picks rather than a finished product. But i do understand what you are saying, but the wild are a playoff team and will need to make a push to get to a championship level team. Marat probably wont bring that, the same is true with who gets picked.</div></div>

I'm not talking about a single playoff push for this year. I'm referring to the $12M in dead cap space next year and the $14M in dead cap space in the two years after that. Holding onto and keeping, then using, our prospects ELC's is paramount if we want to stay competitive during those years. This goes beyond just one year, this is more about keeping a realistic long-term outlook on the franchise than anything else.

In this regard, utilizing our prospect pool of Rossi, Boldy, Addison, Beckman, Khusnutdinov, Lambos, O'Rourke, Wallstedt on ELCs as cheap roster inclusions during the next 4 years as they make the NHL is more important than either a center or than two players who don't move the needle enough for us to properly contend. We're more than just a Kuznetsov and Hagelin away from doing that.

We won't have the means to properly go for the cup until the dead cap comes down in 2025 to a more manageable $1.6M. In this case the youth fits our timeline better than a 29 year old Kuzy. We're also taking on $11M in cap in this trade, and not sending an equivalent amount back. We have less than $3M in cap space right now, how are we supposed to afford this? The answer is we don't, and decline this trade for the multiple reasons I just stated above.
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Forum: Armchair-GMFri at 10:00 am
Thread: Deadline
Forum: Armchair-GMFri at 9:47 am
Thread: Deadline
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Ledge_And_Dairy</b></div><div>I mean you are overrating him, he scored 2 goals on an AHL backup, 1 rebound on Kuemper after someone fell on him and 1 against a mediocre backup. Its fine to be excited about him but to say he's worth more than a top 6 center is so incredibly homer</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Marcsnack</b></div><div>Schmaltz is that top 6 C the Wild can acquire without having to give up Rossi/Boldy. The value can be changed a bit, but I wanted it to be close to what Dvorak got in return. There are other teams who need a top 6 C as well, so I could change that. Just felt like MIN was a good spot for him.</div></div>

And I highly disagree that Schmaltz is anything close to being a top 6 center. Or that he carries anywhere close to that justifiable level of value. That's where we differ, he may play in Arizona's top six but that doesn't make him a legitimate top six center either. Just because Rask played with Kaprizov last year, does that make him a legitimate top six center too? Of course it doesn't.

Schmaltz's numbers have been bouyed by playing with Garland and Keller/Kessel the last two seasons once Dvorak got taken off that line and replaced by Schmaltz. Funny how Dvorak's best season came when he was on that line instead, three seasons ago. After that, Dvorak's numbers dropped and Schmaltz's rose. That's not a coincidence.

Everyone considers Dvorak to be nothing more than a 3rd line center type, when in actuality he's more skilled and talented of a player than Schmaltz is. Dvorak is a middle six center, by his skill and talent alone. I struggle to see Schmaltz as the same or in equal light. Dvorak is what people think Schmaltz is.

And as I said before, this is based on my having watched more than enough of them over the years.

In my opinion, I do not see or view Schmaltz as someone worth giving up one of our top prospects like Beckman for. The fact I have a much lower opinion on the guy then you two seem to do, is in large part of why I dislike it so much. And yes, I may be *homering* slightly about one of my team's top 5 prospects in our prospect pool, but that is nothing unusual. That is something every teams fans do constantly.
Forum: Armchair-GMFri at 6:27 am
Thread: Deadline
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 9:56 pm
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Radu47</b></div><div>Yup how there could be any debate on that is... *wild*</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Radu47</b></div><div>This has to be satire right 😳

Like you seriously can't be making a case for

Foligno + Hartman &gt; draisaitl

The point about Foligno there is identical to steve simm*ns trying to say bolland was worth his contract because of a single goal he scored I mean yikes

Very faulty logic</div></div>

It ain't about value or talent there chief. You can have all the talent in the world and still have no team identity. Edmonton has both McDavid and Draisaitl and what has that done for them so far? Leafs have Matthews, Marner, Tavares and Nylander... and how has that worked out for them?

I don't particularly care if we win or lose, so long as we always compete and never give up. Instead of caving and phoning it in and just rolling over and dying, outright. Foligno is a major reason as to why we don't and haven't done that the last couple of years.

Draisaitl is amazing, but if it came down to having him or Foligno. I'd choose Foligno, just because I've watched the Wild have no heart for the majority of their 20 year existence. I vastly prefer the team we have now, and would take them over having another elite high-end player like Draisaitl. Over becoming yet another hollow empty souled team in this league, just like the current incarnations of both the Oilers and Leafs are.

But to each their own I guess.
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 9:38 pm
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>drmantalban</b></div><div>I take this in a heartbeat as a Wild fan. Not even a moment of hesitation.</div></div>

Yeah, I get it. I love Draisaitl, he's a absolute beast. But my point is we don't win Tuesday if he's on the roster. Take out Foligno, when he's the heart-and-soul of the team, and we 100% roll over and just die and give up on that game. Fans are then 100% justified walking out on it once Scheifele scores the ENG. Stick a fork in them, they're done.

Sometimes, it's not about the talent. It's about a team's identity, as this poster is correctly seeking, and why he wants Foligno.

People look at the Wild and think Kaprizov is the face of our franchise. And our team identity too. They're only half-right. Foligno is that other half. Without him, we're stuck in the same rut we've always been in. Low-effort, low-energy, mentality that would cave at the first sign of trouble.

Foligno doesn't let us ever get there, or to that point. As amazing as Draisaitl is, he doesn't put us over the top or move the needle to contender status for us. Especially when our heart and soul got traded to make it happen. We're just a hollow shell of our former selves if we do. Don't underestimate what Foligno brings to our roster or our lockerroom, because while Edmonton definitely isn't getting full or near enough value here for Draisaitl, they'll be much happier once they've won the cup. Foligno is exactly the type of playoff presence they need and figure to get them over the hump.
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 3:00 pm
Thread: Per Source
Forum: Armchair-GMWed at 11:14 pm