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- The Caps were thinking what exactly trading for Erat?  Brooks Laich's "tenure and term" is insanity too. 

- I don't believe Philly and Vancouver have any choice but to amnesty Bryzgalov and Luongo.  Maybe they'll trade them and their new teams will amnesty them after next year.  Unless there's some rule against that.

- I thought I was listening to Chicago radio with all the people picking Chicago over Detroit. It was Detroit radio, though.  I'm sure everyone picked the Ducks over the Wings in 2002 too, right?  I picked Detroit in 6 immediately after this match-up became official.  Frankly I was more worried about Chicago's 2009 team. 

- Kinda makes sense SJ looks pretty determined.  Joe Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski and Dan Boyle are all UFA's after next season.  Couture needs to paid then too but he is an RFA. 

- Does Jimmy Howard deserve anything more than Niemi?  Niemi has won a cup and is currently a Vezina finalist.  He has also beaten Jimmy Howard in the playoffs.  Jimmy Howard hasn't even been to the conference finals.

- Losing Datsyuk after next year would be painful for Detroit but a good way to move on would be to sign Claude Giroux and Kessel.  Almost positive some big names will be interested in Detroit now that they're out of the West.

- Matt Duchene took less money than Gabriel Landeskog's entry level deal.  Some people just really don't care  about money.  Like, at all.  Kinda amazed that Stamkos would take less money and years than Lecavalier got too.

- St Louis has Chris Stewart, Shattenkirk, Petrangelo and Pat Berglund to re-sign.  That's a huge chunk of change right there.  Trading Halak makes sense.  Got a feeling when its all said and done after next year, J-bo, Petrangelo and Shattenkirk all make around the same money.  That means 2 pay increases and 1 pay decrease.  This is assuming Bo re-signs which I think he will.

- Does Anaheim have any buyer's remorse for the Getzlaf and Perry deals?  Palmieri, Etem, Bonino, Winnik and Cogliano were the straws that stirred the Duck's drink in the 1st round.  It would shock me if Selanne doesn't retire too.  

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Hootinani's avatar

- Matt Duchene took less money than Gabriel Landeskog’s entry level deal.  Some people just really don’t care about money.  Like, at all.  Kinda amazed that Stamkos would take less money and years than Lecavalier got too.

Duchene’s is all guaranteed money, and his 2nd year is more than Landeskog’s.  His crappy contract year hurt his value a tad.  The term is the crazy part to me.  Duchene is a stud, and they only gave him a 2 year deal.  If he’s smart, he’ll walk from that train wreck of a team after next year, or maybe even ask for a trade deadline move.

- Does Anaheim have any buyer’s remorse for the Getzlaf and Perry deals?  Palmieri, Etem, Bonino, Winnik and Cogliano were the straws that stirred the Duck’s drink in the 1st round.  It would shock me if Selanne doesn’t retire too.

Getzlaf did pretty well in the series too, but he and Perry strike me as locker room cancer.  You can’t act like complete jackasses on the ice and keep the respect of the room.  They better be prepared for the giant leadership hole they are going to have to fill when Selanne retires, if he ever does.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/13/13 at 09:12 PM ET

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I don’t think gretzlaf is anywhere near as bad as perry. GRetzlaf looked to me like he was doing what he thought was necessary. Perry’s just a little bitch.

Posted by teldar on 05/13/13 at 10:26 PM ET

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- Losing Datsyuk after next year would be painful for Detroit but a good way to move on would be to sign Claude Giroux and Kessel. ¬†Almost positive some big names will be interested in Detroit now that they’re out of the West.

I think those two are a bit of a pipe dream.  But that said; Babcock potentially has Sochii to do some recruiting of members of team Canuckistan.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/14/13 at 01:30 AM ET

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- Losing Datsyuk after next year would be painful for Detroit but a good way to move on would be to sign Claude Giroux and Kessel.  Almost positive some big names will be interested in Detroit now that they’re out of the West.

Thanks but no thanks. They way Giroux led philly into a hole this year…..uh? And at what price? 8 mil/year? Keep him.

Kessel? Hmmm. I have to say he looks a tad bit better defensively, and his grit level is up from when he departed Boston. But still a streaky guy.

- Does Jimmy Howard deserve anything more than Niemi?  Niemi has won a cup and is currently a Vezina finalist.  He has also beaten Jimmy Howard in the playoffs.  Jimmy Howard hasn’t even been to the conference finals.

Jimmy Howard is one of our top performers at the moment. Not everybody is brought up into a Stanley Cup gimme team, rigged with a self-destruct button once the season disbands. I like the deal with Howard. He’s earned it.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 05/14/13 at 08:51 AM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

- Does Jimmy Howard deserve anything more than Niemi?  Niemi has won a cup and is currently a Vezina finalist.  He has also beaten Jimmy Howard in the playoffs.  Jimmy Howard hasn’t even been to the conference finals.

This is s a great point and something I’ve stopped on regarding the contract Holland signed Howard to, two years ago that everybody loved. 

Holland essentially decided that 2 regular seasons and a 1-2 overall record in playoff series was enough to triple Howard’s per season payment and tenure as a goalie.  Howard made out really, really well. 

I don’t have much negative to say about Howard, he’s serviceable and up to this point in his career approaches borderline top 1/2 in terms of goaltending in the league.  The more important thing to me lies i the way his contracts have been managed in recent years.

So the question becomes, did Holland think this club in 2011 and 2012 wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs?  That’s what that previous deal certainly looks like now in hindsight.  Seems to me that a long term commitment to Howard at that time would’ve made both parties happy and put the Wings in a better position with regards to the cap hit and terms associated with the deal next season and beyond.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 05/14/13 at 09:34 AM ET

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