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Old 07-02-2019, 04:02 PM
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Probably also worth mentioning that Pittsburgh has made some moves by trading Kessel and signing the UFA C Tanev to a 6 year contract. I consider them worse than before this offseason and they looked to be trending down a bit towards the finish of last season.
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Someone had a list of all the big contracts signed at the start of the free agent period in 2016. Every one of them is a flaming disaster. I think it was Brian Burke who said GMs make more mistakes on July 1 than they do all the other days of the year combined.
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Apparently the cost of getting rid of Milan Lucic's contract is to take a perhaps slightly less worse contract back [James Neal], throw in a 3rd round pick, and eat 12.5% of Lucic's salary. Who would have guessed?
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Paul Fenton out as Wild GM. Probably overdue, because I have no idea what he was doing and I suspect that finally became evident to Craig Leipold - but officially, "low morale" was the final straw.
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Paul Fenton out as Wild GM. Probably overdue, because I have no idea what he was doing and I suspect that finally became evident to Craig Leipold - but officially, "low morale" was the final straw.
Signing former Preds that weren't worth the Preds keeping did not seem to work as a strategy.
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Fights and hockey, no longer mutually inclusive:

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/...-historic-lows
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In other news "Roundup does not cause NHL"

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...-caused-cancer
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In Hoge's case, I'm willing to bet that chronic stupidity is a much more likely cause than Roundup.
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Sucks for the new Wild GM to come in after the fired one just had an offseason worthy of being the last straw. Wonder how many analysts he went against that complained up the chain this offseason (assuming it contributed to "low-morale").

Shattenkirk gets contract bought out by Rangers (had 2 years remaining). The Rangers commitment to big actions over the last year has been pretty crazy to watch. Will be very interesting to see how they shake out this season and next from all the roster moves.
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You can say that Shattenkirk wasn't helped out by injuries, and there's some truth to that, but that contract screamed "this is bad" from the moment it was signed. I never understood how he was going to fit on that roster, and everything relied on him producing offense to make up for his poor defensive play; if the offense faltered, he was going to look especially terrible.

If Chiarelli were still in Edmonton, he'd be throwing cash at Shattenkirk to come in - and the sad part is, he'd probably be no worse than the #4 there at the moment.
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