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View Poll Results: Thoughts on the James Neal signing?
Love It 405 49.21%
Love the add, worried about the term 322 39.13%
Neutral 28 3.40%
Wait and see 58 7.05%
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:55 AM   #41
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Interesting news!

Who is on their way out now? I really want to see Bennett for another year, to see if theirs a breakout pending. If the flames bring in neal, lindholm, czarnik, ryan with Ferland, and ? out, where ? isn't Bennett/Jankowski then I'll be pretty satisfied with the offseason.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:56 AM   #42
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Heís not fast, will have by far the best shot on the team and uses his body well. Plays great when complimenting 2 other good players. Itís a perfect fit for the top line.
I'm happy with the signing. This really helps push guys down the lines and adds a ton of talent to the bottom 6.

Great Free agency period/off season.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:57 AM   #43
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####! Yes!

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Old 07-02-2018, 06:57 AM   #44
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Wake up, CP ! We got our Top-6 winger!

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Old 07-02-2018, 06:57 AM   #45
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Dude, I predicted this exact deal to myself as I was going to sleep. Why didn't post it. :-(

Anyway. I'm very excited to have Neal on the team. Huge for us, at least for the start.
Commie was right!

I imagine Neal will be in reinvigorated potentially playing with Gaudreau / Monahan or even Tkachuk.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:57 AM   #46
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I think they'll do something like Mangipane + Brouwer +3rd rounder for a 3rd or 4th from another team. They're going to have to make some room on the roster and with the cap
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:57 AM   #48
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looking forward to the first year of the deal, maybe the second, the rest terrifies me.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:58 AM   #50
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How is his speed?

I know very little about Neal.
World class shot, but not a guy who drives a line on his own. He will bury it more often than not when he's set up, and protects the puck very very well. Isn't afraid to play chippy.

The perfect fit for Gaudreau and Monahan, honestly.

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Old 07-02-2018, 06:59 AM   #51
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This is good. Finally have something the team has been missing for a few seasons now. Term/$ might not be ideal, but I don't care much.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:00 AM   #52
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(Its not fair...its just not fair!)


Team is completely different!
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:02 AM   #53
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One has to think this lineup gets BT into the playoffs for the 3rd time in 5 years, which would be huge for BT.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:02 AM   #54
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Contract is a year or two too long but thats UFAs for you.

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Old 07-02-2018, 07:05 AM   #55
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I'm an hour behind here in BC, but what news to wake up to!! Term is kinda long, but manageable. Exciting addition!!

Tre has made some pretty good moves. Hope they all work - this could be a helluva year!!
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:05 AM   #56
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Wooooooo!!! I had a gut feeling last night at 1am when I created that rumour thread! Best news I could wake up to! So much depth in this lineup now
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:05 AM   #57
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Yeah mostly looking forward to years 1-3 of the deal, but if we're contending during that time I'll forgive a fall off in years 4 & 5
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:06 AM   #58
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:10 AM   #59
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Terrific UFA signing! Free asset with value for at least 3 years.

Cap wizardry needed now.

12.8 million left to sign 2F, 2D, 1G.

Lindholm is close to 5 million/yr and Jankowski at least 1.8 million/yr.

Leaving 6 million for Hanifan, Kulak and Rittich.

Hanifan must be a bridge deal for 2 years then.

Which will leave a bit for Tkachuk's bonuses so we dont have overage.

Cap increase, buyout of Brouwer next year, no Smith contract should help us squeeze in Tkachuk. But will be tight.

If Bennett has breakout year we will need to move some assets.

Real crunch comes with Brodie, Hamonic, and Hanifan all due in 2 years. But Valimaki at least should be ready by then to replace one of them.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:11 AM   #60
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Wow, this is unbelievable! The term is no big deal at all, you simply deal with it at that time. More importantly to me, the cap is is very manageable.

I was looking at the lineup last night and everything kept coming back to: "if we just had one more asset, one goal scorer, this lineup would all fall into place. If only there was some way we could get Neal".

This is fantastic! The Flames are actual competitors now. Here is what I was looking at for a lineup (order doesn't really matter, what matters is the depth throughout):

Gaudreau - Monahan - Neal
Tkachuk - Backund - Lindholm
Bennett - Jankowski - Czarnik
Dube - Ryan - Frolik
Mangiapane - Lazar - Brouwer
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What was essentially our 4th line last year, is now our 5th. I have Ryan and Frolik slotted on the 4th line together - that is fricking crazy depth!

I am so pumped. Treliving has taken a forward group that, though it had some good pieces, just didn't have the depth to be competitive, and in one week, turned it into a roster that rivals almost any.

Kudos good sir!
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