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10-22-2011, 12:37 PM
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Ekholm cut, heads to Sweden

Didn't see this on here, so:

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IMHO, he was not good enough, but he's got potential. I'd liked to have seen him on Milwaukee.

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10-22-2011, 12:50 PM
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Was posted in the General Predators talk thread. I really like what I see from him so far, he just needs to mature mentally and physically.

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10-22-2011, 01:37 PM
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I think its a mistake for him not to go to the AHL. I mean he will be playing against men in a good league but he needs to learn the NA game. He needs to build to his frame to.

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someone remind me why we let Orbien walk?

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I think its a mistake for him not to go to the AHL. I mean he will be playing against men in a good league but he needs to learn the NA game. He needs to build to his frame to.
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He needs to be on NA ice. bad move for his career.

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someone remind me why we let Orbien walk?
No clue. Lets keep this about Ekholm though.

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10-22-2011, 02:11 PM
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He needs time on North American ice to adjust to the game here. Playing in Sweden won't help him as much with his development.

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He needs to be on NA ice. bad move for his career.
Agreed. If he'd gone to Milwaukee, he's just an injury or someone else's poor play away from coming right back up, with the luxury of some AHL games under his belt. An understandable move on his part, to go back home, but it may hurt him in the long run.

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10-22-2011, 02:18 PM
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I think we as fans often don't appreciate that a lot of these guys are leaving the comfort of home, family, and friends to launch their career. Maybe he'd just rather be home than in MIL. Sure he would progress faster in the AHL than Sweden. But it doesn't mean he won't grow as a player in Sweden.

Personally, I'm the type of person who can pack up everything and leave people and places behind. I've lived in 6 major metropolitan areas since leaving home for college. But some folks just have a hard time with drastic changes in lifestyle and culture.

i wish him the best and hope we'll see him in a Preds jersey next season.

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someone remind me why we let Orbien walk?
I know eh!! I liked Shane O! We could certainly use him now. I bet Colorado would let him go for a fourth round pick

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So much for 1 guy who is "ready to step up and fill a hole left from last season".

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10-22-2011, 03:52 PM
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I think we as fans often don't appreciate that a lot of these guys are leaving the comfort of home, family, and friends to launch their career. Maybe he'd just rather be home than in MIL. Sure he would progress faster in the AHL than Sweden. But it doesn't mean he won't grow as a player in Sweden.

Personally, I'm the type of person who can pack up everything and leave people and places behind. I've lived in 6 major metropolitan areas since leaving home for college. But some folks just have a hard time with drastic changes in lifestyle and culture.

i wish him the best and hope we'll see him in a Preds jersey next season.
I think about this also and I agree that some people (especially young people) aren't capable of leaving all their familiarities half a world behind. I'm 26, and since 2007 I've lived in (in order) Nashville, Kentucky, California, Nashville, Kentucky, Florida, Nashville, California. The Kentuckys were Bowling Green and school-related but it's still a different residence. It's tough and I know how much it can be a struggle to adapt to new things and new people away from home. That being said, this may not necessarily be his problem, but one has to assume it's part of it. I do totally believe though that fans sometimes forget how human athletes really are how young many of them really are. I seriously doubt it's easy for all these players, especially in a sport like hockey to just "jump from" Europe to North America like it's nothing.

That being said, from an on-ice standpoint.....I don't like the move.

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10-22-2011, 03:59 PM
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I moved to Atlanta in the 90s from the Isle of Man, which is a tiny island. I don't think I got comfortable here until like, 2002. And I still have the accent, though people think it's Australian.

I can't imagine what going from a Sweden to Nashville must be like.

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10-22-2011, 04:02 PM
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No real worries if he needs more time at home behind momma's skirt. He wasn't ready for NHL work, even on the Preds. If he's ready next year...well that'll (hopefully) be a better year for Nashville anyway.

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Would've liked to see him in Milwaukee as well. And not just for his development, but also to make the Ads even stronger.

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I moved to Atlanta in the 90s from the Isle of Man, which is a tiny island. I don't think I got comfortable here until like, 2002. And I still have the accent, though people think it's Australian.

I can't imagine what going from a Sweden to Nashville must be like.
The Isle of Man, AKA the most awesome name for a place, ever.

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The Isle of Man, AKA the most awesome name for a place, ever.
I agree. We need to send some of our kids there

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Would've liked to see him in Milwaukee as well. And not just for his development, but also to make the Ads even stronger.
Me too. If he doesn't play in Milwaukee next season, Ekholm is toast with the Preds!

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10-22-2011, 11:39 PM
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Me too. If he doesn't play in Milwaukee next season, Ekholm is toast with the Preds!
Ekholm doesn't have the option to go back to Sweden if assigned to Milwaukee next season. This was a one-year exemption to get him to sign and come over...

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It seems like such a waste. I just don't understand it.

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I think Trotz' comments about Ekholm the other night were spurred by the leverage Ekholm had on the Preds, threatening to go to Sweden if sent down. Trotz appeared pissed off that Ekholm refuses to go to where the team needs him to develop and to where it will do him the most good.

Ekholm better play very well over there and in next year's training camp, because he has used up all of his goodwill in Nashville.

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10-23-2011, 07:09 PM
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The way this team is playing right now, especially the defense, I think this move and sitting O'Reilly is the best thing the team has done. I don't get the love for him. He may be good in the future, but he is definitely not ready to play in the NHL at this point in time.

I think it would have been better for the team and Ekholm if he would have stayed over here too, but that's on him.

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I think Trotz' comments about Ekholm the other night were spurred by the leverage Ekholm had on the Preds, threatening to go to Sweden if sent down. Trotz appeared pissed off that Ekholm refuses to go to where the team needs him to develop and to where it will do him the most good.

Ekholm better play very well over there and in next year's training camp, because he has used up all of his goodwill in Nashville.
That's exactly the read I got immediately from Trotz's remarks after that game. It was Trotz saying you aren't going to be part of the solution, you refuse to do what we're asking you to do, and I'm not going to devote anymore time to trying to develop you at the NHL level because we have bigger issues to deal with and this is a league that's focused on winning, not development. That's what the AHL is for!!!

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OK, this opens up a roster spot. Bouillon?

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