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#21 JeremyStrain

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 10:10 AM

Well damn, an already thin blue line will be without their best DMan in Matt Niskanen.  Suffered a hand injury in the NJ game and will be out for the next 10 games.  

 

I knew Alzner and Shattenkirk would be gone in FA due to cap constraints, but this really highlights why it was a mistake in not protecting Schmidt in the expansion draft.

 

The real root in that is that Bowey and Djoos are better than Schmidt. They were really trying to commit to mixing in some youth (already heard them talking about grooming Bowey for when Carlson leaves) and were stuck with Orpik's deal. So extending Orlov meant they were committing to him, and the really young kids over Alzner and Schmidt.

 

It sucks in the short term when you are thinking compete now, but if you think about the really big picture it makes sense. Hopefully Orpik's deal runs out in time to reinvest that money into another pending young guy, but we were always going to have to pick and choose and reload with cheaper young players if we want to try to extend things. Signing Kuzy and Oshie shows they are planning beyond this current window.

 

The mis step is that they should have traded MoJo and whoever else they are going to lose for a better young return vs. being forced into it and getting pennies on the dollar. Grubauer is another one that comes to mind. Then they are going to have to find some better value for the 3rd/4th lines instead of paying that $3m-4m premium for FA. That's where your roster gets bloated and costs you resigning players later.

 

I personally don't think we can afford to lose Carlson, but I guess they want him to prove he's that legit #1 D this year, hence playing him 30 min a game.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 10:54 AM

Agreed about Carlson,  I'll be damn pissed if they don't resign the real american hero!

 

Do you think they will try and make a trade for some D help or do you expect them to just roll with what they've got for now. Cap space is pretty scarce right now, so I'm not sure what they could do deal wise.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 11:17 AM

Agreed about Carlson,  I'll be damn pissed if they don't resign the real american hero!

 

Do you think they will try and make a trade for some D help or do you expect them to just roll with what they've got for now. Cap space is pretty scarce right now, so I'm not sure what they could do deal wise.

 

They could trade salary for salary, but I don't know that it would make us any better. There are going to be growing pains until the young guys get more comfortable. Will also get dicey as Orpik breaks down from playing so many minutes.

 

They may be able to get a cheap defense only kind of veteran, which would help, but what to give up is the question. Maybe a goalie starved team would trade for Grubs? Then that means Copely is our backup until the russian is ready. Deal from the forwards to find a D? Sure...maybe...but who has enough value that won't upset our balance?

 

I don't know what the clear answer is right now aside from letting the young guys play and get better.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 12:35 PM

They could trade salary for salary, but I don't know that it would make us any better. There are going to be growing pains until the young guys get more comfortable. Will also get dicey as Orpik breaks down from playing so many minutes.

 

They may be able to get a cheap defense only kind of veteran, which would help, but what to give up is the question. Maybe a goalie starved team would trade for Grubs? Then that means Copely is our backup until the russian is ready. Deal from the forwards to find a D? Sure...maybe...but who has enough value that won't upset our balance?

 

I don't know what the clear answer is right now aside from letting the young guys play and get better.

 

If that's the case then they need to let those guys play. I get that there will be growing pains, but some of the minutes I've seen from the top 4 d has been too high. Season is too long to let those guys log those kind of minutes.  Obviously in the playoffs I would expect to see those higher minute totals, but for now I would like to see the minutes distributed more evenly.  


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Posted Yesterday, 08:27 AM

Washington Post: John Carlson’s ice time is climbing. Can his reputation ascend as well?

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