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02-19-2007, 11:39 AM
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John Erskine

I am a Pens fan and I think John Erskine would be a perfect acquistion for the Pens. Is there any indication that he is on the block? What do you think it would take for the Pens to get him?

This guy is a big time HW. You guys have Brashear. It seems to me that Erskine is getting top-4 minutes for the Caps.

An enforcer who can take a regular shift is exactly what the Pens need.

Any rumors of him being moved by the trade deadline?

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No rumours, but I'd like to see him stay another season. I don't anticipate GMGM giving our role players more than 1 year contracts for awhile after seeing what happened this year, so maybe he'll leave via UFA if he doesn't like what he's getting.

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I think the Caps want to hold onto Erskine, but he's not getting top 4 minutes since his return. He's been paired with Jamie Heward (anyone know why? I'd rather see Eminger).

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Going to go out on the limb here and say because Eminger is awful, and I'm praying to the man upstairs they trade him.

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I think the Caps want to hold onto Erskine, but he's not getting top 4 minutes since his return. He's been paired with Jamie Heward (anyone know why? I'd rather see Eminger).
i don't think erskine's quite back in shape yet. last night he looked gassed at the end of a couple of pk shifts.

i don't know why they'd trade erskine. we don't have anyone else who's nhl ready who brings what he does and frankly, i don't think he has much trade value at all.

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i don't think erskine's quite back in shape yet. last night he looked gassed at the end of a couple of pk shifts.

i don't know why they'd trade erskine. we don't have anyone else who's nhl ready who brings what he does and frankly, i don't think he has much trade value at all.
Agreed on Erskine not being back to 100% yet.

He would have some trade value at the deadline since he's a hard-nosed defenseman and would be more than a rental. That said, for all of the reasons BuzzSawLouie listed, the Caps need to retain him. He's a RFA at season's end and I think he's in the cards for at least for another year with the Caps as a third-pairing guy (perhaps paired with Green next year).

You can have Heward, though. CHEAP!

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02-19-2007, 12:54 PM
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I am a Pens fan and I think John Erskine would be a perfect acquistion for the Pens. Is there any indication that he is on the block? What do you think it would take for the Pens to get him?

This guy is a big time HW. You guys have Brashear. It seems to me that Erskine is getting top-4 minutes for the Caps.

An enforcer who can take a regular shift is exactly what the Pens need.

Any rumors of him being moved by the trade deadline?
Every player is (theoretically) available for a high enough price. But as a Pens fan, you surely know that Pittsburgh has badly beaten the Caps in playoff series so often in recent decades that the Pittsburgh is loathed by Washington fans. McPhee can't afford to make the Pens a better team, unless something comes back that is UNQUESTIONABLY of superior value.

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02-19-2007, 03:10 PM
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Keep Erskine trade Eminger for some puck bunnies.

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Keep Erskine trade Eminger for some puck bunnies.
go check the OB - they have them in spades


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Keep Erskine trade Eminger for some puck bunnies.
Wouldn't we be more likely to lose some puck bunnies if we got rid of Eminger?

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If we trade Erskine I swear I'm going to lose it completely. He's awesome.


and if he became a penguin I'd become immediately violent.

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02-19-2007, 08:25 PM
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Every player is (theoretically) available for a high enough price. But as a Pens fan, you surely know that Pittsburgh has badly beaten the Caps in playoff series so often in recent decades that the Pittsburgh is loathed by Washington fans. McPhee can't afford to make the Pens a better team, unless something comes back that is UNQUESTIONABLY of superior value.

I wouldn't trade him to Pittsburgh, but I would consider a deal to Kansas City!

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Every player is (theoretically) available for a high enough price. But as a Pens fan, you surely know that Pittsburgh has badly beaten the Caps in playoff series so often in recent decades that the Pittsburgh is loathed by Washington fans. McPhee can't afford to make the Pens a better team, unless something comes back that is UNQUESTIONABLY of superior value.
I would hope that wouldn't matter.

As a GM you can't worry about other teams you have to worry about your own. If the Pens offer the best deal you make it. I could really care less if the Caps trade anyone to the Pens.

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02-19-2007, 10:37 PM
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Jonny is a physical, left shooting, cheap, RFA with a good poke check. His QO will e extremely low. He is not going anywhere!

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"Sep 14, 2006: Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals."
http://www2.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/.../John_Erskine/

If he was a UFA last summer, doesn't that mean he would be a UFA again this coming off-season?

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"Sep 14, 2006: Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Washington Capitals."
http://www2.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/.../John_Erskine/

If he was a UFA last summer, doesn't that mean he would be a UFA again this coming off-season?
I think h ewas a UFA not because of age but because he was an unqualified RFA, so i think the RFA status would carry over

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If we trade Erskine I swear I'm going to lose it completely. He's awesome.


and if he became a penguin I'd become immediately violent.
lLOL.

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I think h ewas a UFA not because of age but because he was an unqualified RFA, so i think the RFA status would carry over
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Erskine is probably my favorite current Cap defenseman. I hope they signed him to a 5 year deal at 1.1m per.

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Erskine is probably my favorite current Cap defenseman. I hope they signed him to a 5 year deal at 1.1m per.
He's mine too. But I wouldn't ante up that much so fast. He's still just a year off the scrap heap and makes 575k. I'd offer 750k over 2 years as a max but I may just give him a QO and see what happens.

He turns 27 this June and this is his 6th season. The extra 125k over his QO may be worth it to get a year into his UFA eligibility.

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I wasn't really serious about the contract offer, but I do hope that they keep him in the system, and more importantly that they actually play him next year.

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Going to go out on the limb here and say because Eminger is awful, and I'm praying to the man upstairs they trade him.
Compared to whom?

The only reason Eminger isn't being played is because he is on the trade block.

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Its amazing how much this guy's stock seems to be rising. HWs who can take a regular shift are becoming a premium in the NHL.

As a Pens fan, I am frustrated that we could have picked him up for nothing on re-entry waivers at the beginning of the season. Shero blew that one big time.

Do you guys think McPhee values him as highly as many of you? I was hoping Shero could get him for a fourth rounder or so, but it sure doesn't sound like it from what you guys are saying.

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Its amazing how much this guy's stock seems to be rising. HWs who can take a regular shift are becoming a premium in the NHL.

As a Pens fan, I am frustrated that we could have picked him up for nothing on re-entry waivers at the beginning of the season. Shero blew that one big time.

Do you guys think McPhee values him as highly as many of you? I was hoping Shero could get him for a fourth rounder or so, but it sure doesn't sound like it from what you guys are saying.
I think he does cause of what I posted earlier. But also GMGM and Hanlon have mentioned that they were surpirsed at how good he is positionally and how his poke check (combo of timing, quickness, and reach) is near the top of the league. OT this skill is something I hope that Shultz spends time learning from Erskine and what would make him more valuable if he can provide some mentorship.

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I think he does cause of what I posted earlier. But also GMGM and Hanlon have mentioned that they were surpirsed at how good he is positionally and how his poke check (combo of timing, quickness, and reach) is near the top of the league. OT this skill is something I hope that Shultz spends time learning from Erskine and what would make him more valuable if he can provide some mentorship.
Me too .... I'm not liking the Pothier-Schultz pairing at all.

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