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Why is Ralph dumb?
The media hated Housley and he was moved out.
Housley improved the teams record by 14 points after losing O'Reilly, Kane and Lehner.
Miller, Jokiharju, Johansson and Vesey are added to the line up with Montour playing for an entire year from Housley's team.
The team winning percentage JUMPS from 0.46% to 0.49%
The PK percentage falls from 80.9% to 74.6%. If the PK had performed as well as it did under Housley, they would have allowed 12 fewer PP goals.
Vesey, Miller, Montour, Sheary, Rodrigues, Okposo, Skinner, Hutton (if Krueger did not know he had problems then that makes him even dumber) all had career worse seasons.
Who in their right mind has Sobotka on the second line?
Who separates Skinner's 40 goals from Eichel? Let's remember Skinner and Olofsson combined only got 34 goals.
Who upsets Pilut so much that he decides to play in Europe (please do not tell me Botterill told Ralph to do this, any coach who lets the GM dictate who to play is dumb, oh that is the title!).
I am sure there are other reasons for thinking Ralph is dumb, but space is limited.
Wow can you imagine adding Kahun, Dominik for $975,000 and Turris, Kyle for $1,650,000.
I know every one in Buffalo is crazy that Adams added Hall and Staal, but any one who follows hockey knows what really happened.
Guerin tried to improve the locker room and added Johansson who has a reputation as a team player.
Hall apparently wanted to play for Krueger.
While he did great to get Peterka, I have no idea why he passed on Rossi for Quinn.
But it would be amazing to have them together for ten year.
I also hated his UFA's signings.
Eakin and Girgensons means Buffalo has a $10,450,000 fourth line.
I guess with Neal on the fourth line your Oilers have the same issue.
There were much better players available than Irwin and Davidson at the same price.
Pouliot and Pysyk are true NHL defensemen, Matt and Brandon are average AHL defensemen.
Holland also managed to snag Koekkoek who will give Russell a run for the bottom pairing IMO.
Over all Holland did a great job with Kahun, Koekkoek, Turris, and Ennis three forwards who could easily be top 6 and a solid 6th defensemen for ($4,475,000) about what Adams got Girgensons and Eakin for ($4,450,000) who are bottom 3 forwards.
Then added Forsberg, and Barrie while bringing back Puljujarvi, I have him at the top of my manager of the year list.
Your Oilers will give Toronto a run for the top spot easily IMO.
Matthews and Tavares are good, but McDavid and Draisaitl are better.
Koskinen is at least as good as Anderson.
Nurse, Bear, Larsson, Barrie and Jones are at least as good as Holl, Muzzin, Rielly and Dermott.
Thanks for making this team and bringing it to my attention.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Skyraider112</b></div><div>WellNot a perfect player and he certainly has holes in his game (what player doesn't?). </div></div> <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Shootica</b></div><div>I've thought about this idea before and I wouldn't swap Risto for Ghost, even with the pick added in.</div></div> <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Hammerwise</b></div><div>I don't think you know very much about Ghost to make those observations. </div></div> What a great conversation.
I can hardly believe I read three different comments and not one negative remark.
Let's all agree to agree that there were many good points.
Let's all agree that the trade makes sense for both the Sabres and Flyers RHD for LHD.
Let's all agree that Gostisbehere injury made last season look really bad.
Let's all agree that at the start of '18-'19 Fletcher would have asked for first with Ristolainen.
Let's all agree that neither will be in the running for the best defensive defenseman soon.
Finally, let's all agree that they are strong offensive defensemen.
My goodness I cannot believe a contributor from another team recognizes this "IMO Buff has two young studs, one at RD, with serviceable vets in Montour and Miller at RD, with McCabe and Dahlin at LD." Most Buffalo fans think the Buffalo defense sucks. You my friend nailed it perfectly.
It would certainly make an interesting trade.
IMO Fletcher would want it to be straight up and Adams would want more.
Adams seems to be willing to take a chance and he may make this trade to balance the RHD with the LHD, I would not make this trade.
Great post, great discussion, great comments, loved reading all of them.
My word, what is this world coming to, my second rant of the day.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>SalamiCheese</b></div><div>As I understood the message about Ikin was this: speed, goals (points), leadership, and help on the PK, although this is secondary, since he will supposedly replace Larsson in position, but they are different players. I do not know what will come of it, but we will look. It's still a mystery to me why Larsson left, maybe there was some kind of conflict about which we just don't know, who knows.</div></div> Larsson left because he was not offered a contract.
We now have a bottom line with a cap hit of nearly $10.5KK
Successful teams will be about 1/3 to 1/2 of that.
If Skinner is over paid, by how much is our bottom line over paid. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Jdfitz77</b></div><div>I try not to get too upset about moves for guys i don’t know that much about- it’s too easy to overreact
So hopefully Eakin does well.
If not.... then we do have some young guys that have been looking good, so we can insert them & see what happens.
Sheahan is an ok bottom6 guy from what I’ve seen here n there, so he could be an option also</div></div> Let me close, this team is closer than most sport writers think.
Hall and Eichel are elite among the top 20 NHL players.
Skinner, Staal, Olofsson and Reinhart are all proven NHL producers.
When did Buffalo have six top six forwards.
Cozens will be much better than Reinhart and could approach 45 even in this shortened season.
Let's not give up on Casey, he had 12 goals playing with 3rd line wingers and getting 4th line minutes. Buffalo has better forwards now who can play along side of him.
Let's not give up on Thompson, even management thinks he will do well offering him a 3 year contract at $1.4KK/yr. He may be the big body who can collect those loose pucks from the front of the net.
Wow can you imagine if Arttu Ruotsalainen could have the same splash Olofsson had.
Dahlin will get over 40 pts even in this shorter season.
Ristolainen is improving every year, he will not get his 40 pts but it will be close.
Jokiharju, Miller, Montour and McCabe are more than adequate to fill out the balance of the defense.
So the team has a new top Goal Scorer, capable of hitting the net from 180' away.
Ullmark will make his mark this year and take over the #1 GK and with an improved offense will see his GA % plummet as the puck will be in the offensive zone.
Finally, again this is just my opinion and the Sabres disappointed me last year with six straight losses after the TDL, but here it is:
They are better than the Devils.
They are the equal of the Islanders and Rangers and could finish above them.
That puts them fifth in the East, if any of the Bruins, Flyers, Penguins or Capitals have issues (age, GK, injuries, chemistry, etc) Buffalo could slip in.
EDIT: That is my rant of the day.
If the Sabres get off to a good start as they did in the two previous seasons, who knows.
Riley Sheahan was an excellent addition, he IMO is a better PK center than Eakin.
Eakin scores more but he gets better Zone Starts and better line mates.
Lastly, changed the lines to what Krueger may do based on the reports of the practices.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Jdfitz77</b></div><div>I’m not a huge Eakin fan either,
but I’ve also not ever paid enough attn to him to have a solid opinion. I guess I’ll just hope for the best with him.
I’d have loved Larsson back, but oh well
This season all comes down to goaltending imo
If it improves, we have a shot at the playoffs.
If it doesn’t, then no chance in this tough division.
Also.... GO BILLS!!!</div></div>
We normally agree and we do again.
TBH, I only did a quick look at Eakin earlier and came away wondering why we let Larsson go and signed Cady for 50% more than Johan got.
When I prepared this post I did a deeper search and saw how poorly his advanced stats compared then looked up his line mates and nearly tossed my laptop across the room.
As I said, while I liked Larsson from the first day I saw him play, the PK needed to be addressed, but Cody is definitely not the answer.
If I were the GM and i wanted to improve my PK, I would have targeted Nate Thompson $750,000 to 2020-21.
He won 55.1% of his face offs, played 2:15 min/gm short handed, and had only a 36.9% OZ start.
All slightly better than Larsson's stats.
But what do I know, he and Cody each had 15 pts last year at 1/3 the cap hit.
Thank you all for your comments.
These are just my opinions, based on previous years performance.
I am most certainly wrong as to what the line up will be as I would never have had Sobotka on the 2nd line, nor kept Rodrigues in the press box, nor many other questionable line ups.
So these are mine opinions, all of yours are of course equally valid as we do not watch the chemistry nor spend as much time evaluating talent as do the coaches.
I think you all had good questions and comments.
I also wanted to put together a third line that could most likely be more productive than our second line from last year.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>kclar</b></div><div>don't see Eakin being scratched but i like this lineup</div></div> <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Jdfitz77</b></div><div>U really think Eakin will be a healthy scratch?
You don’t sign a guy to 2.25mil to put him in the press box
No way</div></div> I know you are correct, he will most likely be our 4th line center. TBH, I was being a jerk, I did not like the signing of Eakin, especially for $2,200,000 for two years.
That is my opinion, I have been in error before and I am sure I will be in error again.
He will most likely be a fourth line center.
When one compares him to Larsson, Cody got substantially more offensive zone starts (78% v 12%), against inferior opposition (31% v 72% against elite) yet had 1 less goal, 3 less pts and his +/- was 11 lower than Larsson, last year.
Most significantly Cody played with much more talented line mates.
Laine, Marchessault, Tuch, Ehlers and Stone were his line mates about 50% of the time.
Girgensons and Okposo were Larsson's line mates 55% of the time.
I know Larsson did not lead the team to the playoffs, nor did he captain a great PK, so making a change was most likely warranted, but Eakin?
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Rob32sjsharks</b></div><div>why is Reinhart on the 3rd line?</div></div> To balance the scoring, provide leadership, give the line a player who is responsible in his own end, and finally give Sam a chance that he can perform well away from Jack.
I wanted to reunite Jeff and jack while giving Tage a chance to earn managements trust that he will earn his raise.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>SalamiCheese</b></div><div>It seems to me that the coach has already announced the lines, especially in the top 6, and they are unlikely to change in the near future.</div></div> Do those lines include Arttu, Casey, Tage and Dylan?
What are the plans now that Zemgus will be out for the balance of the season?
Yes Cody will be in the line up.
Taylor can run his own line, jack can run his own line, Jeff needs a player as Jack and Victor needs a player as Taylor.
Finally, Casey scored a dozen goals playing fourth line minutes with third line players, let's play him with talented line mates, move him to wing and give him more minutes per game.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>OrganizedConfusion5</b></div><div>Its already been said cozens will start on the wing</div></div> <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Wadejos123</b></div><div>i'm not so sure cozens is ready. He really didn't look good for Canada in the tournament</div></div> Dylan is far better than Sam, giving him a solid NHL performer on his wing, I think he will do well.
EDIT: So if the player who led all Canadians with 8 goals and 16 pts is bad, I guess that must explain why Canada only got the silver, if the best player on the team is BAD!
Well there is my rant of the New Years.
We can all disagree and it really does not matter, these are our opinions which are meaningless.
Let me close, this is not my prediction of what the lines will me, these are my predictions of what the lines would be if I were the coach using the limited knowledge that I have.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Theozler</b></div><div>If cozens makes the squad I’d like to see him at c</div></div> you are most likely correct as it appears Olofsson will be a RW with Hall. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>dzad96</b></div><div>Still second last in the East division.</div></div> Not second last, rather making a strong run for a playoff spot and if the stars align, Hutton can regain his eyesight and Cozens, Ruotsalainen, Thompson & Mittelstadt can be strong contributors then maybe make the top 4 along with three of the other top teams. They should be better than the Devils, close to equal to the Rangers or Islanders leaving them about 5th. Maybe the Penguins and Capitals slip a bit which could bump them up to 4th. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>villenash</b></div><div>So you have Hall, Skinner, and Reinhart, yet you still give Eichel a rookie winger? Hall will play with Eichel -- I'm sure that was already discussed when Hall signed his deal.</div></div> I know what he is trying to do, but move Jeff to the top line. It appears Olofsson will be a RW next year (I hate having wingers playing their off hand). Here is a better line up IMO:
Jeff jack Tage
Taylor Eric Victor
Casey Cozens Sam
Arttu Lazar/Cody Kyle
I put Tage on the top line, Jack can make anyone look good.
Rumor has it that Taylor and Victor are playing well together.
Give Dylan a good but young RW. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Mike_Gartner</b></div><div>This is a sure fire way to make sure Hall leaves in FA and Eichel demands a trade. Well done!</div></div> I think he is trying to balance the lines but you are correct, these lines could be improved.