2018-19 NHL Season Thread - Caps were not suck last year edition

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Wings have signed Athanasiou to 2 years at $3m a year. Now lets see him prove he's worth it. He can be great offensively but sometimes a defensive liability. I want to see him get things figured out so we can see more stuff like this from him.

Reminds me of Kuznetsov with the skating and the way he handles the puck there.
 

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Reminds me of Kuznetsov with the skating and the way he handles the puck there.
A lot of Wings fans, myself included, were thinking of this Datsyuk highlight when Athanasiou did that.

 

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A lot of Wings fans, myself included, were thinking of this Datsyuk highlight when Athanasiou did that.

I probably should have went to Dats, although since Kuznetsov tried to pattern a lot of his game based on Dats' it kind of works out in the end.

Karlsson to Tampa trade talk heating up big time. I know they'd need to move salary to make it work, and especially with the cap hell they're going to be in after next season with guys needing new deals. Rumors are Sergachev going back the other way as part of the deal but who knows. Hearing they might look for a 3rd team to help make salary work.
 

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6 years and $5.17M a year for Wilson. That's...more expensive than I was hoping for. Wasn't expecting 6 years either though, so definitely was going to be more around the $4.5 or higher range, but man, 5.17 a year is a lot for Wilson. He's definitely worth more than just what his goals and assist totals were but I think those need to come up more for him to be worth this much money.
 

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Looks similar to how the Wings overpaid Abdelkader after a couple seasons of Datsyuk bouncing pucks off him.
 

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Looks similar to how the Wings overpaid Abdelkader after a couple seasons of Datsyuk bouncing pucks off him.
Well we are talking about a guy who put up 5 and 10 for 15 points in 21 playoff games too. I doubt you'll see a drop in his numbers if he stays on the top line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov. That number just kind of requires him to be a 20 goal guy in my mind. His even strength point production is actually very good, but he doesn't get any PP time so hard to hit certain marks.
 

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Frankly paying any winger who hasn't scored more then 30 points in a season that kind of money is stupid. You should NEVER give out contracts based on one playoff performance, look what happened to the Sabers and Ville Leino, and he atleast had a 50+ point season too.
 

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Frankly paying any winger who hasn't scored more then 30 points in a season that kind of money is stupid. You should NEVER give out contracts based on one playoff performance, look what happened to the Sabers and Ville Leino, and he atleast had a 50+ point season too.
fwiw Wilson had 35 points last year. Only 1 power play assist to pad that total, too. Again I think a lot of the value they see is he's one of if not the best penalty killing forward we have, along with the physical play and space he makes for Kuznetsov and Ovechkin on the top line.
 

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#33
Wings finally got Larkin's deal done. 5 years at 6.1 AAV. Right in line with what was expected.