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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby DelPen on Tue May 08, 2018 1:12 pm

Silver Lining #2: Rutherford has more than 2 weeks to work on some deals and focus on the draft and free agency. Not to say that wasn’t happening the last couple years but he can make some minor tweaks starting right now and get all his ducks in a row a month earlier than last summer. I think a big problem was not knowing what some of the UFA’s were going to do until after the parade. If Kunitz, Bonino, Daley and cullen would have come back for a cost that would work they all would have been back but we couldn’t find that out until July. I think the Reaves moves was a panic move too.

Whatever the plan is I expect it to be a lot more coherent this summer.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Risto on Tue May 08, 2018 1:17 pm

Move Sheary to open a spot for Sprong. This is a no-brainer. Sheary has no role here if he's not playing with Crosby.

Unload Hunwick, obviously. Dead weight.

Bring in a veteran D-man to provide depth and an upgrade over Ruhwedel.

It would be nice to upgrade Maata. He was better this year, but I don't see him as a top-4 caliber defenseman on a good team. He's not the poor man's Lidstrom we were hoping for. But, he seems to be a darling of the organization and he's not going anywhere, so it's not worth the discussion.

Letang's contract is untradeable, so that's also not worth a discussion. He just needs to be better.

Other than those tweaks, I think you roll with this lineup one more time before you blow it up. Still a lot of talent here and no one older than 32.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby theblackarts on Tue May 08, 2018 1:22 pm

- Have to trade Letang unfortunately. As good as he can be, it's a crapshoot with that guy, and his stock seems to be rapidly falling between health concerns and his play this year. Have to get what we can to prepare for the future. We've seen firsthand how good a guy like Shultz can be; find another one of those dudes somewhere... easier said than done I know.

- Have to trade Sheary, again, seems like stock is trending downward. There are tons of fast scrappy guys out there for 800k. I don't think he's going to match his points total from his contract year ever again.

- Pick up two Ian Cole replacements/Oleksiak type dudes, and a few at the AHL level. We need some defensive depth badly.

- Send Sprong to a Congolese witch doctor and get him ready to play every game next year.

- Take a vacation

- Pretend to be an expansion team and sign a bunch of random dudes and win the presidents trophy? Seems like a trending formula?
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Caputi19 on Tue May 08, 2018 1:25 pm

I'm waiting to see what injuries this team had. 3 yrs of 120+games and hardly any time off takes a toll. I believe kessel has some sort of shoulder/ wrist injury just because of his lack of snap on his shot and amount of shots he passed up. Just unlike himself but I will wait and trust in JR.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby LimerickPensFan on Tue May 08, 2018 1:26 pm

The good news is the cap is going up a fair bit.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Skatingpen on Tue May 08, 2018 1:33 pm

Shore up the defense and this team will be fine
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Jim on Tue May 08, 2018 1:39 pm

The Pens already have too much cap % put into D. They need a top-6 LW.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Southern Fan on Tue May 08, 2018 1:57 pm

See what trades are out there for guys with the last name that starts with SHEA
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Southern Fan on Tue May 08, 2018 2:00 pm

And Phil needs to get his off season surgery and come back for game 2 next year.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Pens4Life on Tue May 08, 2018 2:05 pm

DONT TRADE KESSEL :D

1. Trade Letang, Hunwick, Sheary
2. Upgrade LW & D
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Malkintent on Tue May 08, 2018 8:12 pm

Southern Fan wrote:See what trades are out there for guys with the last name that starts with SHEA

What do you have against Sheahan? He played well with Kessel, unlike The Acquisition.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby lemieuxReturns on Tue May 08, 2018 8:58 pm

Jim wrote:The Pens already have too much cap % put into D. They need a top-6 LW.


Jim. You and I are on the same page with this.

More scoring is what we needed. High priced defense is a mistake every time. Paul Martin. Kris Letang. We don’t need those kind of players.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby thehockeyguru on Tue May 08, 2018 9:04 pm

lemieuxReturns wrote:
Jim wrote:The Pens already have too much cap % put into D. They need a top-6 LW.


Jim. You and I are on the same page with this.

I'd shop Letang, Maatta, and Hunwick on D. Kessel and Sheary upfront.
More scoring is what we needed. High priced defense is a mistake every time. Paul Martin. Kris Letang. We don’t need those kind of players.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby NJ5934 on Tue May 08, 2018 9:15 pm

Last summer our 3rd line center left via free agency and it took 9 months to fill that void.

Please GMJR, don't do that again.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby brwi on Tue May 08, 2018 9:48 pm

lemieuxReturns wrote:
Jim wrote:The Pens already have too much cap % put into D. They need a top-6 LW.


Jim. You and I are on the same page with this.

More scoring is what we needed. High priced defense is a mistake every time. Paul Martin. Kris Letang. We don’t need those kind of players.


Pens' D contracts are a little out of whack for what you get. It is partly due to when the contracts were inked and also bad contracts. Schultz at 5.5m is not good. Maatta at 4mil+ is too much. Dumo at 4mil+ is probably about right. Letang? Ugh, just bad through 2022 at 7.25mil

Probably the best blueline in the NHL is Nashville, and they have Subban drawing 9mil/yr, so you can have a large contract and still have money left when you do it right. Main reason is that Josi(far superior to Letang and crew) makes 4mil/yr through 2020, probably the best value contract in hockey. Ellis makes a whopping 2.5mil and he's a step above a Schultz who makes more than 2x that.
EDIT: Left out Ekholm at 3.75mil, another solid, producing dman

Pens' D expense is about 25mil. Nashville's is 23mil. It's all about allocation and strong GM work.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Southern Fan on Tue May 08, 2018 10:48 pm

Malkintent wrote:
Southern Fan wrote:See what trades are out there for guys with the last name that starts with SHEA

What do you have against Sheahan? He played well with Kessel, unlike The Acquisition.


Got nothing against him. He actually overachieved. Worried that we have two third line centers and neither will get the right time. I don’t think they give up on Brassard. Sheahan will get resigned as a RFA and become the most valuable asset to trade. However, if he goes, we need a serviceable fourth liner.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Jim on Wed May 09, 2018 8:33 am

brwi wrote:
lemieuxReturns wrote:
Jim wrote:The Pens already have too much cap % put into D. They need a top-6 LW.


Jim. You and I are on the same page with this.

More scoring is what we needed. High priced defense is a mistake every time. Paul Martin. Kris Letang. We don’t need those kind of players.


Pens' D contracts are a little out of whack for what you get. It is partly due to when the contracts were inked and also bad contracts. Schultz at 5.5m is not good. Maatta at 4mil+ is too much. Dumo at 4mil+ is probably about right. Letang? Ugh, just bad through 2022 at 7.25mil

Probably the best blueline in the NHL is Nashville, and they have Subban drawing 9mil/yr, so you can have a large contract and still have money left when you do it right. Main reason is that Josi(far superior to Letang and crew) makes 4mil/yr through 2020, probably the best value contract in hockey. Ellis makes a whopping 2.5mil and he's a step above a Schultz who makes more than 2x that.
EDIT: Left out Ekholm at 3.75mil, another solid, producing dman

Pens' D expense is about 25mil. Nashville's is 23mil. It's all about allocation and strong GM work.


At some point last year I posted a short breakdown of Pens % of D cost being the highest it had ever* been. It's not a problem unless you have the likes of Hagelin, Rust or Simon getting top 6 time because you don't have any better options and you are up against the cap (therefore can't get better options). Yes, the Pens were 4th in goals scored, goal scoring is not exactly a problem. But when you look at the roster you can see that there are depth issues there. NHL level depth issues.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby FLPensFan on Wed May 09, 2018 10:40 am

Had a longer post on my other computer but never hit send, so here is the shorter version (yes, this is the shorter version :D ):

Must Do's (100%)
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1. Resign Rust, Sheahan, Oleksiak, and Simon
2. Play Sprong on Penguins NHL roster. (He is no longer waiver exempt. It's PIT, traded to another team, or waiver claim. PIT would be stupid to trade him without ever giving him a fair shake at the NHL level).
3. Upgrade the 4th line.
4. Bring in a solid, UFA bottom pair defenseman.

Should Do 50-75%)
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1. Trade Sheary and Hunwick. LW is our weakest forward spot. Aside from Guentzel, nobody is producing consistently. Clear Hunwick's salary, find a cheaper 6/7 man.
2. Make a big run at JVR for LW. Likely going to cost you 6M, but better than almost that same price (5.5M) AND giving up assets for Landeskog. A big, skilled, non-slow winger would do wonders here.
3. Trade or non-tender Tom Kuhnhackl. While he may be a good shot blocker and PK guy, his 4th line production has fallen each year. 1st year, he had 15 points in 42 games, a pace of just about 30 points in a season. Then he had 16 points in 57 games. This year, 8 points in 69 games. If you can't find someone else that can PK AND provide 4th line level output (10-20 point range), then you've got serious depth issues. If they don't go as far as trading/non-qualifying him, don't hand him a jersey every night because he's one of Sullivan's boys. He wouldn't be bad to keep around as a 13th forward, but the 4th line has continually produced nothing this season with him there....and he's a big part of that.

Maybe Do (25-50%)
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1. Trade Kessel. People think this is crazy; a knee jerk reaction to a bad post-season. It's not. Go check my posts in the big 600 page closed thread. I mentioned a few times about how the Penguins were going to need to strongly consider moving him in the next year or two. More specifically, when Guentzel gets a new deal that kicks in next season AND if Sprong gets a season under his belt with good production where he starts looking for 1M plus contracts, money is going to become tight. This wasn't even considering Hornqvist resigning, either. Phil turns 31 years old right before the season starts. He just put up his career best numbers. His value isn't going to be much higher. I'm not saying the package will be overwhelming or a steal, but, Kessel should be able to command a 1st and a high level NHL ready prospect, or a good young NHL player (preferably defenseman). The problem I have with trading Kessel this summer is, we don't know enough about Sprong. This is why I think you have to wait until the 2019 trade deadline or 2019 summer....need to see what Sprong can do.

Unlikely (25% or less)
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1. Trade Letang. I get it. Bonehead play; not much of a brain lately. I think the Penguins need to consider moving Letang, but, I don't see a deal out there where we can get another capable top pairing defenseman back or on the UFA market to replace Letang. Now, if you talked to John Carlson during the UFA period, and he agreed to come to PIT, maybe then you make a move. Maybe the only deal (and I think this is still far fetched) that could trade a d-man for d-man is Letang for Ristolainen and a pick. Buffalo is almost certainly going to take another Rasmus, Rasmus Dahlin, as their 1st overall pick. While Rasmus Ristolainen is a good, young, top 10 overall draft pick, his development has been a little up and down. For lack of a better analogy.....he seems to have Letang-brain occassionally. The difference here is, Ristolainen is 23, Letang is 31. Ristolainen is still in a position of development where he can improve his decision making. At 31, I think that time has past for Letang. Ristolainen is also about 2M cheaper than Letang, and signed for the same length of time. I still have a hard time believing Botteril would make this trade, but if he wanted to accelerate the teams playoff chances (what GM doesn't want to when/if you are on a short leash), maybe he considers getting a more experienced top end defenseman to pair with Dahlen, or even put on the 2nd pairing.

Guentzel-Crosby-Hornqvist
JVR-Malkin-Kessel
ZAR-Brassard-Sprong
Hagelin-Sheahan-Rust
xKuhnhackl, Simon, DiPauli, Blueger

Dumo-Letang
Maatta-Schultz
UFA-Oleksiak
xRuhwedel

That forward lineup has a nice combination of speed, skill, and toughness on every line, and that is without moving Kessel or Letang. That 4th line could be a lot of teams 3rd lines. Much better for Rust and Hagelin to put in a position where they can exceed expectations, rather than always trying to justify a top 6 role with production not in line with their playing time.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Pensfan4life8771 on Wed May 09, 2018 10:52 am

FLPensFan wrote:Had a longer post on my other computer but never hit send, so here is the shorter version (yes, this is the shorter version :D ):

Must Do's (100%)
=============
1. Resign Rust, Sheahan, Oleksiak, and Simon
2. Play Sprong on Penguins NHL roster. (He is no longer waiver exempt. It's PIT, traded to another team, or waiver claim. PIT would be stupid to trade him without ever giving him a fair shake at the NHL level).
3. Upgrade the 4th line.
4. Bring in a solid, UFA bottom pair defenseman.

Should Do 50-75%)
=============
1. Trade Sheary and Hunwick. LW is our weakest forward spot. Aside from Guentzel, nobody is producing consistently. Clear Hunwick's salary, find a cheaper 6/7 man.
2. Make a big run at JVR for LW. Likely going to cost you 6M, but better than almost that same price (5.5M) AND giving up assets for Landeskog. A big, skilled, non-slow winger would do wonders here.
3. Trade or non-tender Tom Kuhnhackl. While he may be a good shot blocker and PK guy, his 4th line production has fallen each year. 1st year, he had 15 points in 42 games, a pace of just about 30 points in a season. Then he had 16 points in 57 games. This year, 8 points in 69 games. If you can't find someone else that can PK AND provide 4th line level output (10-20 point range), then you've got serious depth issues. If they don't go as far as trading/non-qualifying him, don't hand him a jersey every night because he's one of Sullivan's boys. He wouldn't be bad to keep around as a 13th forward, but the 4th line has continually produced nothing this season with him there....and he's a big part of that.

Maybe Do (25-50%)
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1. Trade Kessel. People think this is crazy; a knee jerk reaction to a bad post-season. It's not. Go check my posts in the big 600 page closed thread. I mentioned a few times about how the Penguins were going to need to strongly consider moving him in the next year or two. More specifically, when Guentzel gets a new deal that kicks in next season AND if Sprong gets a season under his belt with good production where he starts looking for 1M plus contracts, money is going to become tight. This wasn't even considering Hornqvist resigning, either. Phil turns 31 years old right before the season starts. He just put up his career best numbers. His value isn't going to be much higher. I'm not saying the package will be overwhelming or a steal, but, Kessel should be able to command a 1st and a high level NHL ready prospect, or a good young NHL player (preferably defenseman). The problem I have with trading Kessel this summer is, we don't know enough about Sprong. This is why I think you have to wait until the 2019 trade deadline or 2019 summer....need to see what Sprong can do.

Unlikely (25% or less)
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1. Trade Letang. I get it. Bonehead play; not much of a brain lately. I think the Penguins need to consider moving Letang, but, I don't see a deal out there where we can get another capable top pairing defenseman back or on the UFA market to replace Letang. Now, if you talked to John Carlson during the UFA period, and he agreed to come to PIT, maybe then you make a move. Maybe the only deal (and I think this is still far fetched) that could trade a d-man for d-man is Letang for Ristolainen and a pick. Buffalo is almost certainly going to take another Rasmus, Rasmus Dahlin, as their 1st overall pick. While Rasmus Ristolainen is a good, young, top 10 overall draft pick, his development has been a little up and down. For lack of a better analogy.....he seems to have Letang-brain occassionally. The difference here is, Ristolainen is 23, Letang is 31. Ristolainen is still in a position of development where he can improve his decision making. At 31, I think that time has past for Letang. Ristolainen is also about 2M cheaper than Letang, and signed for the same length of time. I still have a hard time believing Botteril would make this trade, but if he wanted to accelerate the teams playoff chances (what GM doesn't want to when/if you are on a short leash), maybe he considers getting a more experienced top end defenseman to pair with Dahlen, or even put on the 2nd pairing.

Guentzel-Crosby-Hornqvist
JVR-Malkin-Kessel
ZAR-Brassard-Sprong
Hagelin-Sheahan-Rust
xKuhnhackl, Simon, DiPauli, Blueger

Dumo-Letang
Maatta-Schultz
UFA-Oleksiak
xRuhwedel

That forward lineup has a nice combination of speed, skill, and toughness on every line, and that is without moving Kessel or Letang. That 4th line could be a lot of teams 3rd lines. Much better for Rust and Hagelin to put in a position where they can exceed expectations, rather than always trying to justify a top 6 role with production not in line with their playing time.



Excellent post...just curious if you had to put $/terms to Rust/Shehan/Olekisak/Simon what would you give each of them? I did the following while playing with it on Capfriendly.com:

-Rust: 2M/3yrs
-Shehan: 2.3M/2yrs
- Oleksiak: 1.25M/2yrs
-Simon I actually let go since we got Sprong and ZAR.

What are your thoughts on Grabner and playing with Jake and Sid? That would than allow you to put Horny with Maklin and Hagelin. Kessel with Brassard and Rust and allow more space for D (where I think bigger issue might be) and possibly a vet goalie.

In regards to trading Letang I think it's a good idea but only if trading him leads to big name guy like Tavares/Kane/Top D man...maybe Letang for Karlsson?
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby no name on Wed May 09, 2018 10:55 am

Guentzel-Crosby-Hornqvist
E Kane-Malkin-Kessel
ZAR-Brassard-Sprong
Hagelin-Sheahan-Rust
xKuhnhackl, Simon, DiPauli, Blueger

Dumo-Letang
Maatta-UFA
Schultz-Oleksiak
xRuhwedel

I just replaced JVR with E Kane although they are similar. I moved your defense from a bottom 6 to a top 4 on defense. Overall I could live with your line up easily.

That 3rd line looks interesting, I really like it but just scared of the unknown until you see that they all can work and produce together.

How would you feel about moving Letang for Ristolinen(BUF)? save around 2 million in salary get a steady 2 way player. Not Letangs ilk but serviceable and affordable.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Jim on Wed May 09, 2018 11:09 am

Must Do's (100%)
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1. Agree (within cap reason)
2. Can we get a ruling on what "a fair shake" is so we we don't go through the same bullpoo as with Bennett fans? He apparently never got a fair shake by the Pens even with 150 games (129 reg games and 21 playoff games).
3. Agree (but I want more physicality and most probably want more scoring)
4. Agree

Should Do 50-75%)
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1. Hunwick yes, Sheary is not a "give away" to me.
2. Agree (although I am okay with a trade for Landeskog too)
3. Fine with this

Maybe Do (25-50%)
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1. No. maybe Sprong will be able to fill in for Phil, but that is a huge "?" He could just as easily be Beau Bennett.

Unlikely (25% or less)
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1. I am okay with this if an offensive D replacement is brought in. Schultz is not it.


Sign JVR, keep Letang
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Sign Carlson, trade Letang for Landeskog (not saying 1-for-1, maybe include Sheary and get more back... GM work)
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby Pruezy11881 on Wed May 09, 2018 11:39 am

FLPensFan wrote:Had a longer post on my other computer but never hit send, so here is the shorter version (yes, this is the shorter version :D ):

Must Do's (100%)
=============
1. Resign Rust, Sheahan, Oleksiak, and Simon
2. Play Sprong on Penguins NHL roster. (He is no longer waiver exempt. It's PIT, traded to another team, or waiver claim. PIT would be stupid to trade him without ever giving him a fair shake at the NHL level).
3. Upgrade the 4th line.
4. Bring in a solid, UFA bottom pair defenseman.

Should Do 50-75%)
=============
1. Trade Sheary and Hunwick. LW is our weakest forward spot. Aside from Guentzel, nobody is producing consistently. Clear Hunwick's salary, find a cheaper 6/7 man.
2. Make a big run at JVR for LW. Likely going to cost you 6M, but better than almost that same price (5.5M) AND giving up assets for Landeskog. A big, skilled, non-slow winger would do wonders here.
3. Trade or non-tender Tom Kuhnhackl. While he may be a good shot blocker and PK guy, his 4th line production has fallen each year. 1st year, he had 15 points in 42 games, a pace of just about 30 points in a season. Then he had 16 points in 57 games. This year, 8 points in 69 games. If you can't find someone else that can PK AND provide 4th line level output (10-20 point range), then you've got serious depth issues. If they don't go as far as trading/non-qualifying him, don't hand him a jersey every night because he's one of Sullivan's boys. He wouldn't be bad to keep around as a 13th forward, but the 4th line has continually produced nothing this season with him there....and he's a big part of that.

Maybe Do (25-50%)
==============
1. Trade Kessel. People think this is crazy; a knee jerk reaction to a bad post-season. It's not. Go check my posts in the big 600 page closed thread. I mentioned a few times about how the Penguins were going to need to strongly consider moving him in the next year or two. More specifically, when Guentzel gets a new deal that kicks in next season AND if Sprong gets a season under his belt with good production where he starts looking for 1M plus contracts, money is going to become tight. This wasn't even considering Hornqvist resigning, either. Phil turns 31 years old right before the season starts. He just put up his career best numbers. His value isn't going to be much higher. I'm not saying the package will be overwhelming or a steal, but, Kessel should be able to command a 1st and a high level NHL ready prospect, or a good young NHL player (preferably defenseman). The problem I have with trading Kessel this summer is, we don't know enough about Sprong. This is why I think you have to wait until the 2019 trade deadline or 2019 summer....need to see what Sprong can do.

Unlikely (25% or less)
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1. Trade Letang. I get it. Bonehead play; not much of a brain lately. I think the Penguins need to consider moving Letang, but, I don't see a deal out there where we can get another capable top pairing defenseman back or on the UFA market to replace Letang. Now, if you talked to John Carlson during the UFA period, and he agreed to come to PIT, maybe then you make a move. Maybe the only deal (and I think this is still far fetched) that could trade a d-man for d-man is Letang for Ristolainen and a pick. Buffalo is almost certainly going to take another Rasmus, Rasmus Dahlin, as their 1st overall pick. While Rasmus Ristolainen is a good, young, top 10 overall draft pick, his development has been a little up and down. For lack of a better analogy.....he seems to have Letang-brain occassionally. The difference here is, Ristolainen is 23, Letang is 31. Ristolainen is still in a position of development where he can improve his decision making. At 31, I think that time has past for Letang. Ristolainen is also about 2M cheaper than Letang, and signed for the same length of time. I still have a hard time believing Botteril would make this trade, but if he wanted to accelerate the teams playoff chances (what GM doesn't want to when/if you are on a short leash), maybe he considers getting a more experienced top end defenseman to pair with Dahlen, or even put on the 2nd pairing.

Guentzel-Crosby-Hornqvist
JVR-Malkin-Kessel
ZAR-Brassard-Sprong
Hagelin-Sheahan-Rust
xKuhnhackl, Simon, DiPauli, Blueger

Dumo-Letang
Maatta-Schultz
UFA-Oleksiak
xRuhwedel

That forward lineup has a nice combination of speed, skill, and toughness on every line, and that is without moving Kessel or Letang. That 4th line could be a lot of teams 3rd lines. Much better for Rust and Hagelin to put in a position where they can exceed expectations, rather than always trying to justify a top 6 role with production not in line with their playing time.

If JVR doesn't work out, you could always move Brassard to LW with Geno. He'd be another face off guy on that line who could take the draws in critical situations since we know Malkin is usually underwhelming in that area.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby DelPen on Wed May 09, 2018 12:03 pm

I would start with this by filling in the holes. If I left someone off it means I want them gone for whatever reason:

Guentzel-Crosby-Sprong
ZAR-Malkin-Hornqvist
Hagelin-Brassard-Kessel
Kuhnhackl-Sheahan-Rust

Letang-Dumoulin
Schultz-Maatta
Oleksiak-???

If healthy that would be me ideal lineup.

Ruhwedel is fine is a 7th. Still not sold on Hunwick. Ideally we could package Hunwick and Sheary into someone that will help on defense but funny enough that really wasn’t the problem this year since it was the top player not playing well at times.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby LimerickPensFan on Wed May 09, 2018 12:12 pm

DelPen wrote:I would start with this by filling in the holes. If I left someone off it means I want them gone for whatever reason:

Guentzel-Crosby-Sprong
ZAR-Malkin-Hornqvist
Hagelin-Brassard-Kessel
Kuhnhackl-Sheahan-Rust

Letang-Dumoulin
Schultz-Maatta
Oleksiak-???

If healthy that would be me ideal lineup.

Ruhwedel is fine is a 7th. Still not sold on Hunwick. Ideally we could package Hunwick and Sheary into someone that will help on defense but funny enough that really wasn’t the problem this year since it was the top player not playing well at times.

Not bad. Bringing in a new HBK line. I think I'd switch Sprong and ZAR, though. ZAR and Hornqvist are similar types of players - net-front guys. Be nice to have one of them on Sid's line so Sid doesn't have to be the net-front presence there.
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Re: 2018 Summer Game Plan

Postby DelPen on Wed May 09, 2018 12:15 pm

I guess that’s the rub, I think we have solid pieces up front it’s just figuring out how to fit them all together. Only thing that’s clear that Sheary is on borrowed time. I like the guy and he’s talented and can be a top 6 because he’s one of a few guys to play will with Sid but he would be one of the few guys who can bring a good defenseman in and doesn’t play enough special teams to be a loss there either.
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