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  1. Former Sabre & Amerks player Mark Mancari made his debut as an assistant coach for the OHLs Niagara Ice Dogs last night as the beat Luukkonens former team that looks to be really missing him.
  2. Except I think Clarkson is only owed like a million or so of his contract IIRC, it was front loaded so it mostly just cap hit with little cash needing to be spent.
  3. Apparently between Clarkson and Horton both on LTIR, the Leafs will get an additional $10.5 mil in cap space once the season starts. They will probably wait til the season begins to announce a Marner extension....
  4. But GMs have to look at it is having to pay most likely overpay for a player to get a team to not match and give up draft picks for them. GMs are less likely to spend that capital on a player who is not elite or isn't considered anything special unless they see something in that player that everyone else has missed. Marner, Aho, Laine are guys that have proven a bit in the league and have potential to be very good high-end, possibly elite players in the league so teams may be willing to role the dice and give them a big salary while also giving away picks to acquire them.
  5. While true that Tage didn't play well, it's not like Nylander did anything special to make him deserve being given a roster spot on the NHL team. Prospects should earn/force the team to give them roster spots, not expect it to be handed to them cause of where they were drafted and their fathers name. He did nothing special while here to earn a roster.spot
  6. I guess the choice could be to take $1mil to play for a team that was a cup contender last season or make $5mil for a bottom tier team that will be lucky to make the playoffs? Teams aren't going to make RFA offers to guys that aren't potentially elite players.giving up assets to have to sign a FA isn't a favorable thing for many GMs. The teams with higher picks they would be willing to move are typically playoff teams with little cap space. The ones with cap space are typically the lower teams risking losing more valuable better picks.
  7. So apparently Nylander took some shots at the Sabres and the front office on his way out the door. Said he expected to be playing in the NHL by now. It's ok, we all expected him to be up in the NHL by now too, along with the Sabres management. Not their fault Nylander couldn't crack a bad lineup and didn't out up numbers in the minors that warranted him being given a full time shot in the NHL.........
  8. Actually sounds like this defensemen wasn't disappointing, saw something from someone in Chicago saying he is top 4 defencemen now who could be a top pairing guy. Was loaned to Finland for the World juniors where he played alot of minutes and was one of the top 3 players for them.
  9. The only way I can see that happening is if Carolina made a low ball offer, Aho made a crazy counter that he was standing firm on. Carolina says fine, go to the market. Montreal says they will offer sheet him early with a reasonable offer that they negotiate with him. Carolina wants this so they don't drag out negotiations all summer. Aho sees the offer as reasonable when no one else shows interest at what his asking price is and signs. Carolina matches and keeps him at a lower amount Highly doubt that's what actually happened, but that's probably the most realistic way I see it having gone down if there's was discussions before hand. Can't see why Montreal would agree to it (unless they had noninterest in making any big moves bit wanted to make it look that way to their fans). Also seems unrealistic for Carolina to risk him finding a taker at what he wants and possibly being forced to have to let him go cause they can't afford him.
  10. When do we stop building for the future and start building for now? Are 4 20+ picks really worth saving for players who will probably never be as good as Marner? At some point they need to make moves to make the team better now. They have enough youth right now, and it's not like they are going to get older by brining in a player like Marner, they will still be a very young team. He can also make a guy like Sam expendable and might be able to get some picks or prospects back in return to restock Rochester
  11. It makes sense in those teams needing the extra boost, but typically the good playoff teams are already close to the cap and couldn't make a big offer unless they are losing one of their top players and it could become a wash if they actually improve or not. For the bottom tier teams, they typically are the ones with the cap space but also would fear that they end up in Ottawa's situation this year where they almost gave away the #1 overall pick. I don't think it's a bad move for the Sabres to offer sheet him, even if it is for 4 1sts. He doesn't make them worse then last year where they drafted 7th, adding him makes the forwards better. And he is an upgrade over Reinhart so if they move him to recoup some of what they gave up they are still good. As for the 2 C spot, they should be looking for decent veteran C that would sign a 2-3 year deal to fill the gap and hope Middlestat ends up taking the job before that contract is up.
  12. They aren't necessarily wrong, if he decided to play recklessly leading to taking head shots, or played through concussions, or hid symptoms to keep playing, etc. he would hold some fault for his health before dying. Many players, especially fringe or lower level ones would play through injuries and not disclose symptoms to stay in the lineup and not risk losing a roster spot. Not saying that's necessarily what happened here since none of us know his medical history and what injuries he may have had
  13. But if he wanted $9.5 for 5 years, and they knew no team was going to offer that because of the draft pick compensation, he did let the other GM do the negotiating for them if it was their plan to match any offer that was less than that. They gambled that no one would give up 4 1sts (or 2 1sts a 2nd and a 3rd or whatever for him) and they let him negotiate with another team for a lesser offer he wasn't accepting until he was able to negotiate elsewhere. It's a risk that there's another GM out there willing to be crazy that they took. But it let Aho have the opportunity to test his market and see if someone would give him what he wanted while also giving the Canes the ability to get compensation back if someone agrees with what he wanted.
  14. Montreal probably didn't want to give up the extra picks for him while also having to pay more. They could always take those picks and use it in a deal with another team in a cap crunch looking to move someone and get a good player at possibly a lower salary. With RFA offer sheets, the GMs/teams also have to factor draft pick compensation into their offer of what they are comfortable paying a young player without a long track record. The Canadians probably felt that the best move to make to get Carolina to pass was to make the owner have to spend a ton of cash in the first year that he may not have to give It does seem stupid/crazy to basically be in a position where you let other GMs negotiate a deal for one of your star players for you, but this owner is different and doesn't necessarily sound like he is very good with money (he did invest a big chunk into a football league that was about to fold and then did fold a few weeks later) he seems like one of those guys who makes a ton of money quickly and easily and thinks the gravel train will keep rolling so he throws it away doing things for fun. He isn't your typical team owner and just wants to do things his way/the fun way which usually leads them to bankruptcy very quickly.....
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