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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby pcm on Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:15 am

bhaw wrote:
mikey287 wrote:Perron's grit?


I assumed it was a joke at first, but not so sure :lol:


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Confusing my David's for a second. But actually, here's an assessment from THN on Perron:

"Is a great dangler with the puck and very creative. Can play on either side of center and excels in open space. Gritty and full of character, he's both a finisher and an excellent playmaker."

Anyways, I think Morrow will do quite well in STL with Oshie or Roy as his center.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby GSdrums87 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:54 pm

Brunner to Debbies
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby canaan on Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:27 pm

GSdrums87 wrote:Brunner to Debbies

2 years, 5 mil
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby mikey287 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:20 pm

Perron isn't really that gritty and is even more gun-shy now that he's gotten his dome rocked. Really does well in tight spaces because of his excellent hands in close, his ability to use the area between a defending players' skates and stick is terrific. His skating is not stellar - rather choppy, heavy-footed, so he has some trouble really utilizing open space.

Saw Damien Brunner tonight from the fifth row. First time I've seen him live, just preseason, but I wasn't impressed. A little more Ville Leino than I like, but it's just preseason. The Devils were playing back-to-back games with fringe NHLers. The Flyers had their first game in a week with a full NHL lineup.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby pcm on Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:04 am

St Louis is losing a player who could score from in close. Paajarvi ain't that. Morrow will do them well.
I might just pick them this year to win the West.

Brunner, soft euro :D
A strange team over there in Debbie land. I get the feeling they're going to be bottom-dwellers for years. Their finals appearance was the last hurrah of an era. Though maybe patching together UFAs will give them a boost like it did with FLA 2 years ago. But it doesn't seem like they've got much in the pipeline. And signing all these UFAs will only delay that rebuild...
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby mikey287 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:20 am

Style of play will be the difference for the Devils - not so much players individually.

Elias-Zajac-Brunner
Clowe-Henrique-Ryder
Zubrus-Lokti/YaYo-Jagr
Carter-Gionta-Bernier
Olesz

These players live on the boards. The Devils have a strong puck possession system with a mean cycling game. Elias is still a master of everything, Zajac is really good on the boards and a great playmaker to find Brunner who adds some speed and skill. Clowe can't do anything but play on the wall, Henrique - like Zajac - can get off the wall and dish, Michael Ryder is one of the best pure snipers in the league and is a load to handle on the boards as well. Zubrus we all know is a utility board player at 6'5", Loktionov might just beat out Jacob Josefson (he looked awful last night again) and then Jagr we know is a possession monster even if he's not an every day player anymore. And then the super grinders on the bottom rung.

This isn't unlike the team from the past couple seasons (one brick out, one Finals appearance)...they'll just stick the puck to the wall and eat it, periodically Ryder will emerge and snipe. Just like Kovy did (obviously, Ryder is far less dynamic). Marek Zidlicky (easily the best player on the rink last night for either club) can do a lot of puck lugging still and can spark transition hockey. Otherwise, they stick it to the wall, d-men still don't get involved on the cycle, if they get it, they shoot (usually far-side low), puck support, retrieval, cycle, repeat. In a short shift game, many teams will be only be able to get back to the red line to dump it in afterwards and then the Devils can go at them again...

I'm not saying it's an impressive group by any means...on paper, they should probably finish about last, but this is where coaching comes into play big time and Pete DeBoer has a team that really fits the style he's going for to a "T" - frankly, I love the cycle, it's my favorite thing to teach and awesome to watch when properly executed, but I'm not exactly a normal hockey fan either...
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby canaan on Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:38 am

Eric Belanger retired
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby pcm on Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:05 am

mikey287 wrote:frankly, I love the cycle, it's my favorite thing to teach and awesome to watch when properly executed, but I'm not exactly a normal hockey fan either...


:thumb: Hemming a team in the offensive zone for 1+ min with a dominant cycle is one of the best ways to build momentum, outside of scoring. I miss the Penguins team that used to play that way...

The Devils are old. I don't know if they'll be able to keep up with younger faster teams. Gotta be able to get to the puck before you can swallow it along the walls.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby mikey287 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:07 pm

Conversely, you need to be able to get the puck before you can utilize being young and fast...
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby canaan on Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:34 pm

Ryan Jones (EDM) placed on waivers
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby Gaucho on Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:56 pm

“How do you say in English? Like a Musketeer. Swish! Swish! Swish!”

- Washington's Mikhail Grabovski commenting on Phil Kessel’s self-defence tactic that he used to get away from John Scott who went after the Leafs forward in Sunday’s pre-season game. Scott is 6-foot-8 and weighs 259 pounds.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby meow on Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:46 pm

canaan wrote:Ryan Jones (EDM) placed on waivers

Oh boy. He's definitely going to get claimed.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby mikey287 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:04 pm

meow wrote:
canaan wrote:Ryan Jones (EDM) placed on waivers

Oh boy. He's definitely going to get claimed.


Maybe, maybe not. Hasn't been the same since a serious injury (his eye, I think)...wouldn't be shocked one way or the other with him.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:21 am

I thought this would be updated already, but Franson signed for 1 year, $2 Million.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby canaan on Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:11 am

Idoit40fans wrote:I thought this would be updated already, but Franson signed for 1 year, $2 Million.

i just saw that now. ty. i stopped updating the OP because there is too much going on in terms of pto signings/releases, waivers, etc for me to care to have at it.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:46 am

I was just surprised someone hadn't raced on here when they heard about it at 6:50 or whatever time it was announced this morning.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby MRandall25 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:39 am

I didn't wake up till 11 :pop:
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby Pitts on Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:44 pm

Stephan has re-signed in NYR. 2 years -- $6mil
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby mikey287 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:36 pm

Ryan Jones cleared.
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby canaan on Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:09 am

Tim Thomas signs a 1 year deal (fla) that could reach 3.75 with bonuses
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby meow on Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:29 am

mikey287 wrote:Ryan Jones cleared.

Obviously, this shocks me
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby canaan on Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:51 pm

Ryan Whitney (STL) was let go from his PTO
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby canaan on Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:52 pm

Gilbert Brule (PHX) was let go from his PTO
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby GSdrums87 on Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:53 pm

Haha that just sucks
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Re: 2013 FA Tracker

Postby Jim on Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:59 pm

canaan wrote:Ryan Whitney (STL) was let go from his PTO


Scrub
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