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03-31-2011, 12:24 PM
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Good signing. Worst case scenario he tanks and you let him go after this year.
Yeah, exactly. There's literally no risk.

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03-31-2011, 12:25 PM
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Atta boy Murray, great signing. Now time to go sign Andy Miele.

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03-31-2011, 12:37 PM
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I havent really followed this guy - can someone say what type player he seems to be and what we should expect?

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03-31-2011, 12:40 PM
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One thing I didn't notice of the course of this whole thing, is that Da Costa is only 21 years old!! Score for sure, this kid has tonnes of room to grow.
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Yeah, the younger free agents are always pursued a little stronger because they are still developing versus the 23 and 24 year old seniors.

A few years ago it was Purcell. Then Bozak. Last year Gustafsson. All of those guys have turned out well, or at least are looking good. Hopefully that bodes well for Da Costa.

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03-31-2011, 12:41 PM
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I havent really followed this guy - can someone say what type player he seems to be and what we should expect?
Here's some scouting reports:
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At 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, Da Costa isn’t overly big, but he more than makes up for it with his hockey smarts, vision, and pure goal scoring ability. He is a great skater, very elusive, has outstanding puckhandling ability, a good shot, and is a brilliant playmaker. The NHL quickly came knocking after his electric debut, scoring 5 goals in his first home game with Merrimack, but the youngster has opted to play at least one more year with the Warriors program.
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Da Costa is a dynamic 5'11/180 lbs center that possesses tremendous hockey sense with equally good vision, hands and creativity. And it is what he does with those attributes that has gotten so much attention from the NHL. Da Costa possesses an uncanny ability to find and utilize open patches of ice to consistently create smart, effective plays. He follows plays exceedingly well and can make plays in transition. He also possesses great finishing ability as well. While not lightning fast, Da Costa does possess some good speed and does a good job of consistently keeping his feet moving. He maintains very good balance on his skates and despite being a smaller player uses his body quite well in protecting the puck. Another of Da Costa's notable assets is his blistering shot. He is not a particularly physical player, but does play with some competitive edge to his game.
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Excellent vision, great passer, great hands, not the best skater but gets in and out of traffic with the best of 'em. Uses his body well in the corners and on the wall to protect the puck. He's definitely a center but needs some work in the circle. Despite what you might hear he's an excellent penalty killer, has amazing anticipation when reading other players, gets his stick in the way of passes a lot. Runs the power play with ease and has a seeing eye shot.

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03-31-2011, 12:42 PM
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I havent really followed this guy - can someone say what type player he seems to be and what we should expect?
i think i already posted this video somewhere else. should give you an idea. He's a play making center that should get a shot at 2nd line to start. Apparently sees the ice very well.
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03-31-2011, 12:44 PM
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Here's some scouting reports:
Sounds like Nugent-Hopkins. Maybe not as strong defensively, but his vision seems to be his biggest asset.

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03-31-2011, 12:48 PM
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I've listened to a few of his games, and I can assure everyone that Steve Da Costa has elite awareness. (especially in the neutral zone)

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03-31-2011, 12:52 PM
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that's only for teenagers.

one game burns the year, like we did with winnie and butler.

it's a standard promise for these guys now.
It makes sense.

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03-31-2011, 12:53 PM
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Not to rain on the parade here, but really...Bryan Murray is now a great GM because he signed one of the guys that everyone is trying to sign?

Really?

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03-31-2011, 12:55 PM
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Yes really. He's always been a great GM. Some are just now coming around to that realization.

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Yes really. He's always been a great GM. Some are just now coming around to that realization.

The people that where calling for his head, are the same ones that think pierre macguire would be a good replacement

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Good signing guys, congrats... I've heard nothing but good things about him!

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Part of signing him, was I'm sure, the opportunity to play most, if not all, the remaining games with the team. Additionally, I'm sure he will be getting some good ice time and linemates. Not hard, given the state of our 2nd line right now.

Perhaps the most interesting thing to know is his nickname...

"The Senator". Seriously.

Some good videos to get to know him and his game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIENq2-_-aY
http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/stephane...ckey-east.html
Wow how did his coach come up with that prophetic nickname!

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Not to rain on the parade here, but really...Bryan Murray is now a great GM because he signed one of the guys that everyone is trying to sign?

Really?
When multiple teams are attempting to woo the same player and your team gets him - yes, that is something to praise.

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Yes really. He's always been a great GM. Some are just now coming around to that realization.
The word great is a loosely used word around here I guess then.

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03-31-2011, 01:18 PM
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One thing the critics can't criticize Murray for is his ability to build teams for the future. After the draft we could be looking at a prospect pool such as this........

Sean Couturier
David Rundblad
Jared Cowen
Robin Lehner
Nicklas Jensen
Jakob Silfverberg
Patrick Wiercioch
Tomas Jurco
Christopher Gibson

Along with Condra, Greening, Da Costa and Butler in the NHL. Possibly Wick, O'Brien, Daugavins as well.

I'd be down for an extension of a year or two.

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03-31-2011, 01:20 PM
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Murray's only problem is pro-scouting or going out and making trades and signing free agents.

murray built the foundation in anaheim to beat us in 07. Getzlaf, Penner, etc. But it was Burke who came in and made the important trades and signings to put them over the edge (Pronger, Niedermeyer)

DISCLAIMER: i am not praising or suggesting we need a Brian Burke, god no!

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Murray's only problem is pro-scouting or going out and making trades and signing free agents.
Im glad minor things such as making trades, signing people, and pro-scouting is his ONLY problem.

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03-31-2011, 01:22 PM
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The prospect pool is going to be pretty high end next year.

All of a sudden, we look great going forward. And we have all the leeway in the world to part with 2nd rounders and guys like Weircioch to protect and select forwards we like in the 1st round.

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He's one of the best guys for the job required right now...hell...as soon as Heatley left we basically needed a rebuild. If guys like Kovalev didn't work...who would have worked? You can't just sign anyone you want...but if you're told to go for it, you go for it.

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Go Google Stephane Da Costa and read the Wikipedia description that pops up under the Wikipedia link
Wow! THAT didn't take long

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Murray is on fire!!! great signing if everything goes according to plan next season we should have a competitive team, this team is movin on up

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The word great is a loosely used word around here I guess then.
Apparently used loosely by the players we sign as well.

From Mendes:

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Da Costa on choosing Ottawa : "The city and everything was attractive. Great organization, great management."

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03-31-2011, 01:36 PM
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When multiple teams are attempting to woo the same player and your team gets him - yes, that is something to praise.
The dollars were probably exactly the same across the board. I am sure it came down to playing opportunity, which is a situation that numerous Bryan Murray blunders have helped create, so forgive me if I save the pats on the back for a more appropriate event.

People are not looking to criticize Murray for everything. I think it is quite the opposite. Now the Murray supporters are in self congratulatory mode over a NCAA free agent signing, and let's not forget the real prize is a Penguin right now.

Murray is batting about .125 at the moment. He has a long way to go to dig himself out of the hole he's dug.

Topshelf15: You are wrong about Maguire. I remember posting that I would be finished with this team if he were ever hired as GM, so don't go and lump in Maguire lovers with Murray haters. They are two seperate entities.


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