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Forum: Armchair-GMFri at 4:07 am
Thread: year down
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>SociallyHawkward</b></div><div>Idk. As a hawks fan strome lit it up for a season and only got 3 mil. If Fiala has a great season I still can't see him getting more than a 5 mil 5 year deal.</div></div>

Strome experienced notable fallback from his trade year (in his contract year). He also was playing with elite players.... and happened to take a bridge deal due to the Hawks cap situation and the state of the league / world.

Hawks fans generally like to compare situations on other teams to the hawks (aside: i mean i get it, but why does it seem like hawks fans do this more than other teams??) but theres no comparing Strome and Fiala.

- Fiala has already had his bridge deal. Players come off bridges either aiming to go to FA, or to get money. Strome is 2 years behind... essentially getting what Fiala already did.

- Fiala already had a proven year in Nashville, followed by a down year that sparked the trade

- His explosion was on a different tier from Stromes.

- Fiala became the face of Minnesota. the faces of Chicago are long established. Your profile picture is one of said faces. Minnesota had no face, then Fiala exploded.

- He's doing this alone. There's not really any star power on this team. he has become a star, and plays with undeniable energy and determination. Watching him late last season, in the playoffs, and even this first game tonight... you know when he is on the ice. He's the teams best player; and I note again that he is able to do this essentially alone. There's no Toews or Kane, heck, there's no DeBrincat level players on this team.

If he builds on the past two years, and at the age of 24, continues to grow, I see no reason why MIN won't hand him a big boy long term contract now. It's the same type of betting on the future that happened with Keller and Hischier. Except I'd argue there's more to look forward to in this case, and more already proven than those two cases.

Wild fans can chime in ( <a href="/users/TanSor" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@TanSor</a> <a href="/users/MNBassman" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@MNBassman</a> ), but if he exceeds all odds again this year and decides to ink long term, I'd expect at least 6.5M....
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Forum: Armchair-GMJan 8 at 6:32
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>PleaseBanMeForMyOwnGood</b></div><div>Vancouver's entire season will depend on goaltending and I am not entirely confident it's going to work out. I have little faith in Holtby and the average for Demko hasn't been great really. He was a 3+ GAA and his save percentage was what .904? Then he had a few great games in the playoffs. I think what he will be on any given night will be closer to his regular season than the playoffs. Better hopefully but even a bit better than last year is still an average goalie.

As for the defence, I just don't see the improvement, Edler is a year older, Schmidt was on a great team and while he is definitely good how will he be on a weaker team? Hughes is obviously terrific but he's hardly going to be a defensive stalwart. Myers isn't good and his contract is terrible and then Juolevi is just at best a passable NHL defenceman. I think both Myers and Edler will regress and won't be able to take on huge minutes, Myers literally hasn't been able to for years if ever, and I think Schmidt will be asked to do a lot more than he may be used too.

All in all, they could very well be the 3rd best team in the division or 6th, it'll all come down to goaltending.</div></div>

Goalie coaches can make a large difference (Clark is great). Also remember the entire Washington motivation last year was down. I am willing to give Holtby a chance. Also Demko and Hart were always up there as top goalie prospects. His sudden success might just be a realization of that potential. He won't be as solid as was in the playoffs - but I'm expecting noticeable improvement. I want to see it before i discount anything.

Edler was better last year vs. at least the 3 years before this. We might see his age more, but he will have a lesser role. Team can't be all that much worse given we took Vegas to 7 games in the semis... we didn't make it there by fluke. Schmidt just adds to an already solid team. Your analysis on the VAN defense kind of shows that you have never routinely watch Canucks games as few of those points are relevant to the team nor are these the major issues.

I do agree that the teams success will be a large product of the goaltending.