The official “we’re taking the year off in style” tank thread

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I’m really liking what I see from Nolan Allen and I think he gets the proverbial cup of coffee in the bigs this season.

He’s arguably the best skating defenseman prospect we have and isn’t a push over. High end he’s a first pairing guy who is Korchinski’s security blanket, more realistic he’s one of the guys on a shut down pair and floor he’s a third pairing guy who isn’t gonna look bad. This was a blown kiss from the old regime that might actually land.

In the Kurvers tournament, Reichel had a fantastic second game with four assists with two being “wow” level. He can shoot, but he has excellent skills setting up.

This young defenseman core is starting to look promising. You have to throw out the Mitchell’s and Beaudin’s and give these guys the minutes.
 

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I’m really liking what I see from Nolan Allen and I think he gets the proverbial cup of coffee in the bigs this season.

He’s arguably the best skating defenseman prospect we have and isn’t a push over. High end he’s a first pairing guy who is Korchinski’s security blanket, more realistic he’s one of the guys on a shut down pair and floor he’s a third pairing guy who isn’t gonna look bad. This was a blown kiss from the old regime that might actually land.

In the Kurvers tournament, Reichel had a fantastic second game with four assists with two being “wow” level. He can shoot, but he has excellent skills setting up.

This young defenseman core is starting to look promising. You have to throw out the Mitchell’s and Beaudin’s and give these guys the minutes.
Yes…

Jones will be here likely.

Allen…Korchinski…Kaiser…

That’s better than a decent start to integrity back there. Those guys want to dominate.

Vlasic we will see…big long guy…might end up in the mix and having some value but he’s still in the awkward phase of his physical development.
 

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And this.



 

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Mac deserves every penny of that contract. Love watching him play
 

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Can’t say he doesn’t deserve it.

But I blame the Oilers for setting the bar with McDavid. Elite player, yes, but no Cups before they gave him 12.5.

Cups matter more then scoring titles.
It’s McJesus though and it’s what he is worth in free agency.
 

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And this.




And Yandle and Chara.
 

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It’s McJesus though and it’s what he is worth in free agency.
Idk about that.

He deserved a raise but not highest paid player. Those two contacts crippled the Oilers into putting out a garbage team during his prime years Altho Drai is a bargain.

Kane and Toews didn’t get the big contracts until after what, two Cups?
 

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Idk about that.

He deserved a raise but not highest paid player. Those two contacts crippled the Oilers into putting out a garbage team during his prime years Altho Drai is a bargain.

Kane and Toews didn’t get the big contracts until after what, two Cups?
What about the guys in Washington who got paid before a cup and eventually won one?

I don’t get what you don’t understand? You play out your rookie contract and then your pay is only based on your value.
 

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30 teams WISH they could pay Connor McDavid 12.5M!
 

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Idk about that.

He deserved a raise but not highest paid player. Those two contacts crippled the Oilers into putting out a garbage team during his prime years Altho Drai is a bargain.

Kane and Toews didn’t get the big contracts until after what, two Cups?
Even though MacKinnon might be the best two-way center in the league @27 and is coming off a huge performance in a cup winning run,I'm still surprised by the AAV. He said how badly he wanted to finish his career in Colorado just a day earlier so I guess I was suspecting somewhere closer to 10-11M BUT finish his career in Colorado he will with full NMC throughout the eight years and 85M of the 100M will be paid in the form of bonuses making a buyout at any point worthless....

 

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What about the guys in Washington who got paid before a cup and eventually won one?

I don’t get what you don’t understand? You play out your rookie contract and then your pay is only based on your value.
One guy got paid, and at the time it wasn’t the limit you can give one player the way McD’s was. Throw Drais contact into the equation, that was a 20 million dollar cap hit for a team that didn’t have the luxury of cheap elc’s at key positions to make the machine work,

Why are the Av’s in a good spot right now? Because MacKinnon took a discount so the Av’s can stock the team. Sakic had cap space to burn for years. A team on the cusp of greatness rarely had that luxury.

And as much as I like McDavid, they don’t get out the first round last year if it wasn’t for Ceci and Keith. Keith especially was vintage Keith outside of one bone headed play.
 

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