The CHL will go from strength to strength. But its quite a few years away from competing for the best players.
I think top minutes is more important than age for lots of Euros playing in the NHL. If CHL clubs offer topminutes and a higher salary quite a few players might jump.
Malkin, he will stay for another season, after that things gets really interesting and the Penguins really have to step it up to keep him.
Why because his contract expires after next season, he is RFA, and this allows him to leave for Russia and still play for his country and in the olympics. If he left now he would breach his contract and be stopped from international icehockey something few Europeans want.
To who asked me about LA
. I believe their picks will not pan out as well as you would expect from a second and a thirteenth? pick. I reckon Doughty will be an ok NHL defender not more and for a second round pick thats not enough to be considered a success. The other bloke has lower potential, third pairing if you ask me.
But its all speculation and was my guess about winners and loosers in the draft. I listened to what Detroits and Montreals Euro scouts said as well.
My german friend:
Everyone can have different opinions about what Sundin should have done, but fact remains he had a no trade clause, a well earned one I must say, and it was his descision to make.
My opinion is that the GM
didnt handle this whole saga well, if he would have been a skilled man to man GM
I am sure he would have gotten Sundin to agree to alot of things but he chose to play hardball and his return for it will most likely be zero.
To me he has poisoned the relationship with what is Torontos best player since the early eighties. Its a waste of resources and financial stupidity to not maximise the value you can get from an asset and thats what he has done with Sundin.
The owners of the maple leafs, apparently he wont negotiate anything with Fletcher anymore, have said that they have offered Sundin a new one year contract with a no trade clause in it. Will he agree to it, probably not, and will he allow himself to be traded before he is UFA
, probably not.
I think he is pondering if he wants to play for another club or if he prefers to finish his career a year or two earlier than what he planned for.
The Sundin saga has soured more than just the relationship with Sundin. Fellow maple leaf Steen has come out in Swedish newspapers and publicly stated that such treatment of players makes him very disappointed with Toronto as an organisation.
Its difficult for North Americans to understand this, but breaking a negotiated deal is seen as something really bad by most Swedes. A promise is a promise and should always be honoured over here.
Same thing happened with Stralman. He was promised a spot on the rooster before he signed and came over. When he showed for camp they said he had to compete for his rooster spot and that he would start in the Marlies. No big deal for a Canadian or American but a clear break of faith for a Swede resulting in an unhappy player. And AHL is for most swedes a big step down and not something thats worth playing in.
Swedes are very easy to deal with, keep it honest and they will give their hearts for you but start smoothtalking and they will remember it for a long time. The best Toronto can do is to trade Stralman because he will never fulfil his potential in Toronto after this.
Overall conslusion, the benefits of having a cultural man management program like Detroits is huge...
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