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Discussion in 'Rick Middleton's Pron 'Stache: Bruins Forum' started by MiracleOfO2704, Dec 6, 2017 at 11:26 AM.
Remember this fight?
Of course you do.
Well, the other guy isn’t doing well
Seems like the NHL expansion to Seattle is in full gear:
Seattle has approved a deal to renovate Key Arena making it a state of the art facility that could house an NHL or NBA team. They have an ownership group (Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the leaders) that has expressed interest, and the league has long desired the Seattle market. BoG meetings this week, so there could be some sort of public acknowledgement that they’re looking at it.
Makes taking the money from Quebec City feel a little slimy knowing they likely have no plans to go back there. About the only chance of that left is a sale of the Hurricanes to a QC group.
And to Seattle they’re (probably) going. Still some hurdles, but Seattle was always the second expansion target when they opened up the process a couple years ago. At least this time, they’re not playing the part in a farce by saying there’s room for QC. And speaking of, one of the prime relocation prospects is heading out the window, as Peter Karmanos has sold a majority share of the Hurricanes. And with Houston open to the NHL post-Alexander, the writing’s on the wall in Quebec.
It’ll be good times when the owners receive a $650 million payout for the Seattle expansion fee while in a lockout. Good times I tell you.
No hearing for Marchand for the hit on Tavares.
The Sens have asked their players with no-trade clauses to provide their lists. This includes Erik Karlsson. Karlsson made waves few weeks ago when he said he would be taking top dollar when he reaches free agency in July 2019. It’ll be interesting to monitor this development of the next year. The Sens are a budget team, and according to the article, Melnyk is not happy with Karlsson’s comments.
Ottawa’s a sneaky bad situation. Melnyk is proving to be ultra cheap, and the team, regardless of which coach is behind the bench, regularly punches above its weight. And they’re still out in Kanata, with no progress on a downtown stadium. If there’s a team in Canada I see relocating, it’s the Sens.
With the Duchene trade Sens are out their 1st and 2nd picks next year. They need to turn it around bad, because going into 65’s walk year with him unsigned is dangerous.
You don’t want to move a guy like that but if they’re still a mess come late January, they could get a major league haul for Karlsson.
The 1st they traded in the Duchene deal is at least top 10 protected, so they are covered this year if they continue to bottom out.
They have some ugly contracts on the books-$7.25 AAV to Bobby Ryan for 4 more years and $7 million to Phaneuf for 3 more years. Amazing mismanagement if those albatrosses prevent a Karlsson extension due to Melnyk’s internal budget. It sounds like the Karlsson stuff right now is mostly sabre rattling, but I think if they get any indication that he’s walking after next year, they’d have to think about moving before this deadline.
Also, I think Boucher is a bad coach and a big part of their problem. The Sens are mirroring his Tampa teams. Overachieve year one with ~100 points and an ECF game 7appearance, regression to ~80 points in year 2. Fired in year 3 in Tampa. His system isn’t sustainable.
Is there something in particular about him that erodes a locker room’s belief in him? Or does the one(-three-one) trick pony not age well with a team?
It’s the system. Getting outshot every night isn’t sustainable. The only team that has kind of done it over multiple years is the Rangers, and that’s largely due to Lundqvist. Anderson isn’t on the level of Lundqvist.
Ottawa’s analytics last year pointed to a team that was overachieving. They haven’t changed a thing and are getting hit with the regression now. Similar to Colorado cratering after they year they won the Central under Roy and the Leafs in 13/14.
Oh sure now those fuckers fall apart. Where was this in April?