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 Post subject: Re: 2019 off-season
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:03 am 
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When does Lou turn his attention towards Barzal and Pulock extendos?


I assume he's partially working on that now as a secondary focus. Primary focus being trade-bait on the teams that are over/near the Cap.
And don't forget the Isles also have Devon Toews going to RFA status at year's end. He became a very important piece as soon as he got called up. Pulock and Toews will both be arbitration eligible.

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 off-season
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:28 am 
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Ladd and Clutterbuck are back skating. Clutterbuck had back surgery for a stress fractured vertebrae, 2 rotated vertebrae and 2 slipped discs. Yeesh. Best answer about his recovery- "I feel taller!" He'd been hunched over in pain a lot. :lol:

Bode Wilde and Bobo Carpenter already have injuries from rookie camp. Wilde sprained an ankle and Carpenter has a shoulder injury. Good start.

Rookie camp goes until the 11th. Anyone cut early will hopefully say "But it goes to 11!" I don't think anyone will be cut from rookie camp, but wanted to write that joke. Don't like it? Piss off. Spinal Tap jokes are always in season and it ties back to Clutterbuck's back surgery, so this, in my opinion, is a really well crafted pre-season post.

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 off-season
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:35 pm 
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Ryan Bourque, endeared to Avalanche fans forever for being the kid crying tears of happiness as his father lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time, has been invited to Isles camp on a PTO.


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 Post subject: Re: 2019 off-season
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:09 am 
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Pokecheque wrote:
Ryan Bourque, endeared to Avalanche fans forever for being the kid crying tears of happiness as his father lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time, has been invited to Isles camp on a PTO.


He's played the last 2 years on the Isles AHL affiliate.

Isles camp didn't open without some shit curdling news. Mat Barzal was asked about this past summer. He said he was really hoping for some successful offer sheets, adding that he loves chaos and hopes someone really shakes up the league. Why is that so scary to Isles fans? Because he's entering the last year of his ELC and will be an RFA come July 1st. And the same goes for Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews. And, the Isles don't exactly have a ton of cap space. And, they have shitty contracts like Ladd, Clutterbuck and Komarov. And, they're the Isles, so if any team would somehow lose a prime RFA to an offer sheet, guess who it would be!

Ladd is still out, and will be for a while. Clutterbuck is in regular practices and not wearing a no contact jersey. At least they could LTIR Ladd.

At least real hockey news is back!

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 off-season
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He said he was really hoping for some successful offer sheets, adding that he loves chaos and hopes someone really shakes up the league.


I know you wouldn't be thrilled to hear this, but I love this.

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 off-season
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Well I definitely love chaos too but not if my team is the one getting chaos'd. :lol:

Lou has proven to be pretty bad at managing the cap, which I find kinda odd since he had his best years managing a team on a budget when there was no cap and teams outspent his regularly.


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 Post subject: Re: 2019 off-season
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Ladd and Clutterbuck are good bets to go on LTIR before their deals are up. Wonder if they're baking that into their long-term plans.

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 Post subject: Re: 2019 off-season
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Wouldn't doubt it. It's really exceedingly easy for a team to place a veteran player on LTIR. By the time any professional athlete reaches their mid-thirties, chances are they're battling all kinds of stuff to stay on their feet.


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 Post subject: Re: 2019 off-season
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Pokecheque wrote:
Wouldn't doubt it. It's really exceedingly easy for a team to place a veteran player on LTIR. By the time any professional athlete reaches their mid-thirties, chances are they're battling all kinds of stuff to stay on their feet.


Yeah, I'd bet they're both headed to LTIR in the next year or two. Ladd was an awful signing. Too much for too long, for a guy who was already too old. I'll never forget it was within his first few games with the Isles, he hadn't scored yet. Tavares got the puck and headed toward an empty net, looked back and dished it to Ladd, who fumbled it and Tavares wound up regaining possession and putting it into the empty net himself (not even an assist for Ladd). Tavares had a look like "this is the fucking winger they got to replace my bff Okposo?"

4 more years of Ladd. Thanks Snow. You're the best.

Luca Sbisa, in camp on a PTO, scored the game winner vs the Flyers. Fucking great. He was asked and said it was good just to play, since he hadn't really played in 9.5 months. He played 9 games for the Isles last year. He'll probably get a 1 year, $750k deal out of that goal, because veteran presence or some shit like that.

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