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Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by technomancer, Jul 11, 2017.
Free Agent day tomorrow... any bold predictions? What does Tavares do? Who makes the biggest splash?
Hopefully signs somewhere besides the Isles. Even with Trotz coaching and Lou as GM, I don’t see anything improving with their nutty owner still on top. Tavares is an awesome player and it pains me to see him waste away year after year with that team.
Best quote seen about Tavares:
"If he doesn't make a decision soon, he'll be old enough for the Kings to offer him a contract."
Best one that I have seen: "If John Tavares signs with KD and the Warriors I’m gonna be seriously pissed"
...and he's a Leaf
Tavares to the Leafs. $11 Million plus over 7 years. They did ditch JVR, he signed with Flyers, but how are they going to afford anyone else with Matthews coming up too. They need defense badly, guess Marner or Nylander or going to be left out at some point.
Crap it looks like the Jack Johnson at 5 years for $3.25 a year was true
He is now a Penguin.... and that doesn't leave enough money too sign Oleksiak who was actually good for the Pens last year. So not only is it a horrible signing, it leaves the Pens zero depth at defense since nobody in the AHL proved reliable last year.
And they signed Matt Cullen to a one year deal as well. I like Cullen and that one at least is short term and cheap, though I'm not sure why we needed another center when we have Brassard and Sheahan both under contract and ZAW is a natural center as well.
Pens are becoming the Kings of the East
"How To Write a Headline" by SBNation
Ugh just realized they haven't signed Jarry yet either... and just signed 4 AHL / ECHL guys including a goaltender. This is looking like a train wreck in progress.
No idea why Nill decided we needed Roman frigging Polak. Everything else has been fine, just... why?
Looks like the Golden Knights landed Statsny
If I understood and remember correctly what my friend was telling me yesterday about Nylander, is that he is an RFA that has NOT been given a qualificative(?) offer... suggesting that just because it happens to fall on his year, that he is the one that was left by fate.
Hmm James Neal is now a Calgary Flame
Leafs ditched pretty much all their free agents. JVR, Bozak, Polak, Komarov, some others I can't remember. And something about some players on the LTIR coming off and not being resigned.
I don't actually know much about Tavares, as my work schedule prevents me from following the Leafs as much as I would like, let alone other teams, but everyone seems to be jizzing themselves over the signage, and it seems like Cap Space isn't going to be a huge problem?
While more experience in the offense to help the young guys out when things can tough and maybe help them stop disappearing in the playoffs is almost certainly a good thing, we really need an upgrade in the defense. Seems like they're trying to just move some guys up from the minors, or maybe they just can't trade for any top level D-Man. I dunno.
The silent, stoic version of Crosby... you've got him in his prime and he is going to be hungry with this young team.
Great center and will make a really good addition for Toronto, but not on the same level.
Not on the same level as in simply not as good on an objective level in the skills required from what his position will be\was on the team or was on a shit team that prevented his level from truly showing or actually on the same\a similar level but not as good as Crosby?
Tavares is not as good as Crosby, period. In any category you would like to pick. Crosby is also a much more complete player As for team, Crosby spent 15 minutes of his total playing time with what could be considered a star winger (Hossa from the trade deadline to end of playoffs one year), so that argument doesn't hold water either.
I'm not knocking Tavares, he is a great player and is definitely the best player that has been available in free agency in a LONG time and is going to make Toronto a much better team.
On a non-Tavares related note, I just noticed 90% of the Pens forwards are natural centers The comments from the organization about making Brassard and Sheahan potentially play wing just made me