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06-16-2010, 02:14 PM
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Wild qualify J. Sheppard ($803K)

Minnesota Wild qualify James Sheppard

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James Sheppard wasn't in a position to negotiate, so he accepted his qualifying offer immediately after receiving it. It's a one-year deal worth $803,250.

Even tendering Sheppard a qualifying offer was a subject of debate after the 22-year-old floundered instead of flourished (two goals, six points, 64 games) in coach Todd Richardsí up-tempo system last year.

What do you expect from him? "Just to get better. Iím looking for James to come back with more urgency and to make a bigger investment in his career. To me, itís not about the numbers. I mean, itís always about the numbers, but I donít want his focus to be the numbers. I want him to come back and have a strong summer and a good camp and come in and earn a spot on our team and play the right way every night. And if he does that, heíll get rewarded. Heís still a young player, heís still maturing. Thereís no question he lost his confidence last season, but from our standpoint, we know he can play in the league. Whether he becomes a good hockey player in this league will be up to him. We need size, we need young forwards, we need centermen, and heís all of the above if he can put the time and effort in to take the next step in his career.
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06-16-2010, 02:18 PM
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Two things:
1. It's not a two-way deal. My hat will remain on my head

2. The Wild also tendered their other RFAs and let a couple go.

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The Wild had until June 28 to tender QO's, but they got it out of the way. Guillaume Latendresse, Josh Harding, Anton Khudobin, Nate Prosser and Matt Kassian were sent QO's to retain their rights. Latendresse and Harding have arbitration rights, by the way. Morten Madsen and Jamie Fraser were let go.

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But would it matter if it's a 2-way deal since he has played 160 NHL games thus requiring waivers anyway?

Secondly, this was a no-brainer for 871K, and he'll probably be moved at the draft.

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06-16-2010, 02:27 PM
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I like it. No reason to throw away an asset.

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Russo got the numbers wrong. He's apparently signed at $803K and not $841K. That's now changed in the opening post.

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No brainer, he either makes the team or he gets traded for pucks.

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4th line center job, meet James Sheppard. James Sheppard, meet 4th line. Your wings WILL include AHL fodder, goons, and flashy but ineffective players. Enjoy .

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4th line center job, meet James Sheppard. James Sheppard, meet 4th line. Your wings WILL include AHL fodder, goons, and flashy but ineffective players. Enjoy .
LOL... Bookman did u also introduce him to Fletchers dog house lol

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LOL... Bookman did u also introduce him to Fletchers dog house lol
D'oh!

I should also re-introduce him to Mr. Press Box.

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I'm hopeful James will realize this might be his last chance. He's been with the team for 4 years, but he's the same age as Prosser and Wellman... there was no reason to cut him loose.

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Your wings WILL include AHL fodder, goons, and flashy but ineffective players.
So you are saying he will be centering Bouchard?

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LOL... Bookman did u also introduce him to Fletchers dog house lol
Sheppard knows where it is after getting some scraps fed to him earlier today.

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Sheppard knows where it is after getting some scraps fed to him earlier today.


Where's the table? I'd settle for those kind of scraps.

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i think he's moved at the draft.

Maybe in a bigger package to bring in a top 6 winger.

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I like the signing. Assuming he's not moved at the draft he's signed to a cheap deal and he's young so I suppose he still has some potential to get better. Never want to give up on an asset.

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Yuck, unless he's traded before the season starts. He has no business in the NHL.

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let him and Kassian fight it out in preseason for that team toughness role.

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The big thing I got from Russo's Q&A with Fletcher, is this is about having center competition in the organization at this point. Sheppard is guaranteed nothing, he may not even earn a roster spot out of camp.

Key excerpts: I want him to come back and have a strong summer and a good camp and come in and earn a spot on our team and play the right way every night.

But if he doesn't deserve a spot out of camp, will he be on this team? "If somebody can come in and beat him in camp, then maybe that forces our hand if we’re offered a terrific opportunity to get a different asset and he’s the price we have to pay, we’ll look at it. We’re not saying we’re giving him anything other than for us not to qualify him would be a poor decision from a hockey management standpoint. I mean, why wouldn’t you protect that asset, why wouldn’t you give him every chance to become a hockey player? It’s up to him. If somebody can knock him out in camp, great, the more competition the better. And maybe he comes in and is the player that people hoped he would be. Why wouldn’t we give him that opportunity to compete? Maybe he’s inspired by that and takes a step. I think james is a good person, I think he honestly wants to be a hockey player and right now it’s about doing the rights things and committing himself to being that hockey player."

Basically, the Wild wants internal competition in camp. Cody Almond had an injury-plagued year, and who knows if Casey Wellman will be ready? So for a team short on centers, Fletcher didn't think it would be wise to throw away a 22-year-old first-round pick. Also, what if Sheppard is an asset that can be moved for something or thrown into a deal that could sway it over the top? To have just thrown him out didn't seem to make sense to Fletcher.

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Basically I read it as if Almond embarrasses him in camp then Shep is on waivers. If not, he'll at least begin the season with the team. Its the right move, we'll see how it plays out. I think he put too much pressure on himself at the start of last year with the comments on the new system. This is his last shot though.

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BTW - since when was it 5% for a qualifying offer?

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BTW - since when was it 5% for a qualifying offer?
If the player's salary is under 600k, its a 10% increase. If over 600k, a 5% increase.

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Ahh, thanks! Learn something new every day!

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Basically I read it as if Almond embarrasses him in camp then Shep is on waivers. If not, he'll at least begin the season with the team. Its the right move, we'll see how it plays out. I think he put too much pressure on himself at the start of last year with the comments on the new system. This is his last shot though.
Maybe Shep should do that again because he almost matched his season point total in just the preseason.

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I heard that it was a two-way deal. But I also heard the deal was for 900k a year, so maybe I was misinformed.

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