Wow, that's rough for Skellefteå. Wonder who they'll replace Lindström and Ericsson with, I assume they got cash now since they got rid of their contracts but man, that's rough. Möller might be leaving aswell.
I wouldn't breathe as a Skellefteå fan until June 16th.. And even after that Arvidsson might leave..
The good thing is that the first wave of NHL exports are closing in on a make-or-break stage of their careers, like Rundblad, Erixon and Larsson in a couple as well. Granberg, Emanuelsson, Lindström, Alm and any other really could return after they fail (if they do) since things have been so good for them lately, but this upcoming year might be rough.
Don't pretend you're not rejoicing.
We're sort of happy in our misery that this day came now and not in july.
Originally Posted by m4tt145
Möller might be leaving aswell.
At the meeting with the partners they said they consider Möller lost already.
Originally Posted by Systemfel
Who's taking over the captaincy with Ericsson gone?
Probably Forssell, he does most of the locker room speeches anyhow. Boring choice though, personally hoping for Martin Lundberg. Fredrik Lindgren would be good too but it's probably his last season so that doesn't make for much consistency.
I'd choose Bellemare, easily, for captain if he stays.
And I'd also choose him for the Joakim Lindström spot on the Power Play, if we don't sign anyone even better than Bellemare (almost impossible since he is a top 10 player in the SHL).
But man did Bellemare ever show in the WC that he can play the right wing point on the PP. Not Lindström quality maybe but he has as good a snapshot. Little lesser accuracy but harder. Not as good a slapshot and passing game though.
Bellemare has always gotten other positions on the PP, like left defensman, in front of the net or the second guy that's in the slot or down in the corner to support the RW point (Lindström).
I feel pretty safe to give Bellemare Lindströms PP spot cause in the WC he showed that he is really good at it.
I hope he does not leave now, now he has the chance to be on the first line, the first PP and play with Möller or more probably Arvidsson the whole season in even strength. Please stay. I believe 50 points for Bellemare is in the realm of what's realistic if he stays.