Title: Hockey free agency period
GameMisconduct29 - July 3, 2008 03:00 AM (GMT)
So Alex, are you happy with what the Devs have been doing so far?
I honestly don't have a clue what they've done, there's a disturbing lack of Eastern conference team coverage over here.
I'm somewhere between royally pissed off and thrilled with the Jackets. They traded Brule (^%$^ YOU HOWSON! You made my new jersey completely f-cking worthless!) to Edmonton for Raffi Torres and Nik Zherdev (I'm sort of somewhere in between on this one... He has ungodly skills, but my god, the man has an attitude problem) and Dan Fritsche (yeah, let's trade away the decent guys, too) to the Rangers, but signed Mike Commodore and Kristian Huselius (I'm happy about Huselius; I like him) to long-term contracts.
You've seen Commodore play more than I have... He any good? I know he's one huge mofo, but that's about it.
Aurora On Aurion - July 3, 2008 04:59 AM (GMT)
I actually haven't really payed any attention to the draft yet. (It's already starting?!) Haha.
As for Commodore. No. He actually isn't good. AT ALL. He had a season with like 20 assist points, but that's his highlight. He hasn't even gotten 10+ goals in a season. >_>
GameMisconduct29 - July 4, 2008 12:45 AM (GMT)
I knew that much from what I've read... That's not that much different from 95% of the defensemen in the history of our club, so I'm not too worried about that. xD
But how is he defensively? I've heard he's a big hitter and a reasonably talented stay-at-home defenseman, but I'm not sure if that's just our newspaper's hockey guys kissing ass or what.
Aurora On Aurion - July 4, 2008 03:48 PM (GMT)
From what I've seen that's pretty much it.
GameMisconduct29 - July 4, 2008 06:38 PM (GMT)
Meh, he still sounds better than Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre. xD
Aurora On Aurion - July 5, 2008 05:55 AM (GMT)
Yeah, the pick could have been much better though.
GameMisconduct29 - July 5, 2008 07:53 PM (GMT)
Totally random, but rumors are flying around that the Jackets are going to resign Michael Peca.
My feelings on that:
NO. NO. AND MORE NO.
Screw Peca, concentrate on resigning Pascal Leclaire. We can't win without him since our backup (Freddy Norrena) sucks and our best goalie prospect (Steve Mason) is probably going to play next year in Syracuse. In other words, WE HAVE NO OTHER OPTIONS FOR GOALIE.
Aurora On Aurion - July 7, 2008 03:47 PM (GMT)
Well what do you think are the chances that they'll resign him?
GameMisconduct29 - July 8, 2008 01:50 AM (GMT)
F-ck. Wait, no. F-ckity f-ck.
They just did.
They had the time to resign Pecker (yes, that was intentional), who's a second-line center at best but they still haven't resigned Leclaire.
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS CRAP?!
Aurora On Aurion - July 8, 2008 02:37 AM (GMT)
Is there still time at least?
GameMisconduct29 - July 8, 2008 05:31 PM (GMT)
... I hope so.
I've been checking the Jackets' website and the Columbus Dispatch hockey blog every day for the past week hoping to hear they resigned Pazzy.
So far, nothing.
But we did sign R.J. Umberger for 4 years. I know you hate Philly, Alex, but would you say he'd be a good second line center for us?
We also signed Kristian Huselius, who I like quite a bit. I think so far, that's our best signing this year...
Aurora On Aurion - July 8, 2008 06:07 PM (GMT)
Yes, I do hate Philly, and Ottowa ... but honestly, I've never heard of the guy. >_>
Maybe I'll look him up sometime. Do you think he's good?
GameMisconduct29 - July 8, 2008 07:08 PM (GMT)
Um, I don't know much about him. All I know for certain is that he played college hockey at OSU. xD
From what I've heard, though, he's a Ryan Malone-type player, only without the exposure Malone got and the resulting massive price tag.
I know absolutely nothing apart from that...
Aurora On Aurion - July 9, 2008 02:44 AM (GMT)
Hm ... any other alright signs to the Jackets?
GameMisconduct29 - July 10, 2008 12:12 AM (GMT)
A couple of minor-league guys were signed last week and a potential future defenseman who we got from Anaheim last year named Clay Wilson, but apart from Wilson nobody I've ever even heard of. xD
But I just saw they gave Hitchcock a contract extension. Which is good, because he's without a doubt the best coach we've ever had.
Aurora On Aurion - July 10, 2008 12:44 AM (GMT)
I thought you liked the previous coach?
GameMisconduct29 - July 10, 2008 09:38 PM (GMT)
But he wasn't that good overall. All he was good for was overtime.
Which, funnily enough, is Hitch's one weak area with us.
Aurora On Aurion - July 11, 2008 03:18 AM (GMT)
Well damnit they should team up. D:
GameMisconduct29 - July 12, 2008 03:30 AM (GMT)
That's what I said.
And they're still no closer to signing Pascal. GET WITH THE F-CKING PROGRAM, HOWSON, DAMN YOU!
Aurora On Aurion - July 12, 2008 06:50 AM (GMT)
Well if he hasn't been taken yet that's good at least.
GameMisconduct29 - July 15, 2008 05:27 PM (GMT)
Yeah, it is.
I heard Colorado was interested (I can't say I blame them for that, they don't have a decent goalie at any level at this point, which is why we killed them twice this year, and damn, did that feel good!), but I've heard it's extremely unlikely for Pazzy to sign an offer sheet with anyone else.
He's an RFA.
Aurora On Aurion - July 16, 2008 02:00 AM (GMT)
With anyone else but the Avalanche or the Jackets?
GameMisconduct29 - July 16, 2008 03:45 AM (GMT)
I'm seriously considering having a shirt made up that says, "Dear Howson, RESIGN LECLAIRE! -Kelsey" on the front of it.
Just to make a point, see.
Aurora On Aurion - July 17, 2008 04:07 PM (GMT)
Do it. It wouldn't cost that much. :P
GameMisconduct29 - July 18, 2008 03:11 AM (GMT)
And then I can break it out every three or four years, when this crap happens again and again and again and again! D=
Obviously I'm slightly sick of it... xP
Aurora On Aurion - July 18, 2008 04:30 AM (GMT)
Not if they sign him a longer contract. :P
GameMisconduct29 - July 18, 2008 07:12 PM (GMT)
They better. *mutter mutter curse snarl break-a-pencil*
Aurora On Aurion - July 19, 2008 09:59 PM (GMT)
Is it looking any better?
GameMisconduct29 - July 20, 2008 04:12 AM (GMT)
As of yesterday? Nope.
Not even close. I'm about to check the site and CBJ blog for the first time today, though.
Aurora On Aurion - July 20, 2008 05:05 AM (GMT)
Well it at least sounds like he's got a chance of wearing the Jackets' jersey again.
GameMisconduct29 - July 20, 2008 06:29 PM (GMT)
Honestly, I'm just Marc Denis is gone.
That particular goalie, my friend, is what we refer to as a "waste of a first-round pick."
Aurora On Aurion - July 20, 2008 08:13 PM (GMT)
Hm never heard of him. Guessing he sucks?
GameMisconduct29 - July 21, 2008 02:45 AM (GMT)
Very much so.
He was so bad, even Tampa Bay sent him to the AHL. He just signed with Montreal... Poor Habs fans.
And we got Freddy Modin and a marginally better back-up goalie in return for Denis. That was the only good trade Doug MacLean ever made.