Really haven't kept up lately, but how has Nashville's defense been looking? I know they started the year off well but completely fell aspart.
I haven't seen much either, but judging from the other night, the defense is doing just fine. Didn't see any glaring breakdowns or anything, Rinne just had a really awful night. It's the other end of the ice that's their problem. I usually HATE saying stuff like this, but if there's a team that honestly needs to tank, it's this one. They need a star in the worst way.
Leafs signed German Korbinian Holzer to a 2 year extension today and I can tell you that he's better than O'Pylons or Hunwick (and I'd say inconsistent Hejda too). What did they do to get him and Leo Komarov (who's better than most of our top 6)? They scouted Europe. They did draft Komarov I believe but signed him when he was almost an FA.
Why can't we scout a better dman than the ones we have now or a good bottom 6er in Europe? Could make a huge difference to this team. Are you really saying that the best dmen in Europe are worst than what we have on our blue-line now? No way, especially some of the ones who have some past NAmerican ice experience (27 year old dman Ryan Gunderson on Brynas for example who's a small 27 yo dman but is one of the leading scorers in the SEL the past 2 seasons for dmen and is surely better than Hunwick based on a couple games I saw during the lockout).
I remember Dater answering a question I sent him a few years ago regarding the Avs' European scouting, and he said the Avs had actually increased their European scouting in recent years. Don't know if this is still the case, but there's no reason to think otherwise. I can't help but think though that Lacroix has politely asked Pracey to put more of an emphasis on North American players though--I think that just because Lacroix himself had some pretty notable misfires with highly regarded European prospects (Kuleshov, Nederost, Johansson). Just conjecture on my part.
I don't think the Avs are really missing out on too many players that could help right now, and I'm one of those who is not a big fan of management right now. They've actually tried a few Euro vets (Lindstrom, Kolesnik, Hlinka) and none of them worked out.
This is exactly what happens when you can't circumvent the cap. Without the circumventing years Brad Richard's contract would be a cap hit of 9.5m. First line NHLers are going to have high cap hits moving forward.
Doesn't really matter in terms of whole dollars, those guys will possibly be making millions less than Getzlaf in 8 years. All that matters is the here and now cap figure (salary per season for them).
It's still ridiculous, circumventions years or not.
All I am saying is that you cannot compare the cap hits preCBA to postCBA. The rules are different and don't allow you to put in stupid final years that makes them artificially low. Getzlaf is now the standard bearer for solid #1Cs.
When you breakdown how the Richards deal would have looked in the new CBA you would have a 6 year $57m deal.
"With the Ducks playing so well it is hard to imagine they will make a move at all, but when I talk to people in the know they tell me that Cory Perry is the player more likely to remain in Anaheim next season and that Getzlaf is very much "on the fence."