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  • Paul Stastny to the Carolina Hurricanes.

    Now it's either make a trade, go sign Evan Rodrigues, or ride with Newhook/Compher/Rantanen at 2C.
    Anyone seen Jake Plummer?

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    • We signed Rodrigues to a 1 year deal.
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      • Originally posted by Houshmazode View Post
        We signed Rodrigues to a 1 year deal.
        Low key really good signing imo

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        • Excellent signing. Rodrigues is a very solid two way guy. He's a great skater and strong on the puck. I'd compare him to Compher but with a much stronger shot and better defensively.

          I'd start the season with him as the 2C. Maybe you can rotate Compher, Newhook, Meyers in and out depending on who has the hot hand, and if someone runs with it, so be it. All four of them can play center so they should be good.

          Landeskog-MacKinnon-Nichushkin
          Lehkonen-Rodrigues-Rantanen
          Newhook-Meyers-Compher
          Cogliano-Helm-O'Connor

          Toews-Makar
          Byram-Manson
          Girard-Johnson

          Georgiev
          Francouz

          That is a much stronger unit than they started last season with, and they should still have the cap space to cover any potential Newhook/Byram bonuses and still have some breathing room if they need to get an emergency forward or goalie at the deadline. ​

          Rodrigues won't match the numbers that Kadri put up last year but they should be able to make up for that with healthier seasons from MacKinnon and Lando, plus having Lehkonen/Byram/Cogliano/Manson from the start instead of adding them throughout the year via trade or return from injury.

          Defensively this is, by a wide margin, the strongest six man group in the NHL. Last year they were rolling with guys like Ryan Murray, Jack Johnson, and Kurtis MacDermid playing regular minutes. EJ goes from a top 4 guy every night to the guy with the fewest minutes.

          The only question left is Georgiev. Did the Avs pro scouts do it again? They took chances on Kuemper, Francouz, Varlamov, and Grubauer and they all paid off. Georgiev is an even bigger risk. I believe he's the guy but he has to prove it.
          Anyone seen Jake Plummer?

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          • Mackinnon 8 years 12.6m AAV!

            Highest paid player for now. In a couple years this deal probably becomes a bargain again, cap should go up a lot with the tv deals.

            Woohoo!!
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            • Originally posted by famicommander View Post
              Excellent signing. Rodrigues is a very solid two way guy. He's a great skater and strong on the puck. I'd compare him to Compher but with a much stronger shot and better defensively.

              I'd start the season with him as the 2C. Maybe you can rotate Compher, Newhook, Meyers in and out depending on who has the hot hand, and if someone runs with it, so be it. All four of them can play center so they should be good.

              Landeskog-MacKinnon-Nichushkin
              Lehkonen-Rodrigues-Rantanen
              Newhook-Meyers-Compher
              Cogliano-Helm-O'Connor

              Toews-Makar
              Byram-Manson
              Girard-Johnson

              Georgiev
              Francouz

              That is a much stronger unit than they started last season with, and they should still have the cap space to cover any potential Newhook/Byram bonuses and still have some breathing room if they need to get an emergency forward or goalie at the deadline. ​

              Rodrigues won't match the numbers that Kadri put up last year but they should be able to make up for that with healthier seasons from MacKinnon and Lando, plus having Lehkonen/Byram/Cogliano/Manson from the start instead of adding them throughout the year via trade or return from injury.

              Defensively this is, by a wide margin, the strongest six man group in the NHL. Last year they were rolling with guys like Ryan Murray, Jack Johnson, and Kurtis MacDermid playing regular minutes. EJ goes from a top 4 guy every night to the guy with the fewest minutes.

              The only question left is Georgiev. Did the Avs pro scouts do it again? They took chances on Kuemper, Francouz, Varlamov, and Grubauer and they all paid off. Georgiev is an even bigger risk. I believe he's the guy but he has to prove it.
              Everything I've heard about Rorigues' playing stye indicates that he's fairly similar to Kadri, just mot as much of am offensive threat. Sounds like a really good fit, should fill in nicely at 2c until and of someone else is ready to step up.

              Georgiev is young and I like his potential. He's had some really good games in spot play, and some not so good ones. I follow him on instagram and he seems kind of timid. Hopefully he grows into a long term role here. I think we'll be fine no matter what with Francouz and the defense backing him up.

              Really can't wait to see the development of Newhook, Byram and Myers. This season will be really exciting.
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              • That's a good deal for MacKinnon. I feel like he'd get 14-15M pretty easily on the open market.
                Anyone seen Jake Plummer?

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                • "My sources say there is still a lot of work left to do on getting a deal done" - Adrian Dater, less than one hour before the MacKinnon deal was announced

                  What a clown.
                  Anyone seen Jake Plummer?

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                  • Stoked to have Mac Locked up for what pretty much could be his career. Season is almost upon us already. Will be nice to have the one true contender in Denver back in play.

                    No disrespect to the Nuggets or Broncos but neither of them are legit contenders.
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                    • Originally posted by DenverBlood View Post
                      Stoked to have Mac Locked up for what pretty much could be his career. Season is almost upon us already. Will be nice to have the one true contender in Denver back in play.

                      No disrespect to the Nuggets or Broncos but neither of them are legit contenders.
                      The Nuggets are absolutely contenders. They may need to go get a backup center at the trade deadline or find one off the couch like they did last year with Cousins, but otherwise the team is stacked. They have perimeter defense and three point shooting on a level they've never had before. Even if they get absolutely nothing from Porter, this roster is a legitimate threat as long as Jokic and Murray are healthy in the playoffs.

                      C: Jokic/Nnaji/Jordan
                      PF: Gordon/Green/Cancar/White
                      SF: Porter/Reed/Watson
                      SG: Caldwell-Pope/Brown/Braun
                      PG: Murray/Hyland/Smith/Gillespie

                      Last year:
                      C: Jokic/Cousins/Nnaji
                      PF: Green/Green/Cancar
                      SF: Gordon/Rivers/Reed
                      SG: Barton/Forbes
                      PG: Morris/Campazzo/Hyland/Howard
                      (Murray, Porter)

                      Three of those dudes aren't even on NBA rosters right now.
                      Anyone seen Jake Plummer?

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                      • Originally posted by famicommander View Post

                        The Nuggets are absolutely contenders. They may need to go get a backup center at the trade deadline or find one off the couch like they did last year with Cousins, but otherwise the team is stacked. They have perimeter defense and three point shooting on a level they've never had before. Even if they get absolutely nothing from Porter, this roster is a legitimate threat as long as Jokic and Murray are healthy in the playoffs.

                        C: Jokic/Nnaji/Jordan
                        PF: Gordon/Green/Cancar/White
                        SF: Porter/Reed/Watson
                        SG: Caldwell-Pope/Brown/Braun
                        PG: Murray/Hyland/Smith/Gillespie

                        Last year:
                        C: Jokic/Cousins/Nnaji
                        PF: Green/Green/Cancar
                        SF: Gordon/Rivers/Reed
                        SG: Barton/Forbes
                        PG: Morris/Campazzo/Hyland/Howard
                        (Murray, Porter)

                        Three of those dudes aren't even on NBA rosters right now.
                        I’ll believe it when I see it.
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                        • Originally posted by DenverBlood View Post

                          I’ll believe it when I see it.
                          The last time they had Jokic and Murray together they made the conference finals and this team is WAY better overall than that team was.
                          Anyone seen Jake Plummer?

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                          • Originally posted by famicommander View Post
                            The last time they had Jokic and Murray together they made the conference finals and this team is WAY better overall than that team was.
                            They made the conference finals in a bubble with no fans. They haven’t made it that far with having to deal with tough road environments since Melo and Chauncey were nuggets.

                            On paper they may seem nice but I’m not buying a Malone led team until they prove it.

                            The warriors also weren’t healthy they last time the Nuggets were healthy and if Ja is back healthy I wouldn’t pick us over Memphis either.
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                            • Originally posted by DenverBlood View Post

                              They made the conference finals in a bubble with no fans. They haven’t made it that far with having to deal with tough road environments since Melo and Chauncey were nuggets.

                              On paper they may seem nice but I’m not buying a Malone led team until they prove it.

                              The warriors also weren’t healthy they last time the Nuggets were healthy and if Ja is back healthy I wouldn’t pick us over Memphis either.
                              The Grizzlies have a much better record when Ja doesn't play than when he does. He couldn't cover a girl scout in a phone booth.
                              Anyone seen Jake Plummer?

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                              • Originally posted by DenverBlood View Post

                                I’ll believe it when I see it.
                                This. I'll agree, the Nuggets have a talented roster, but Malone doesn't know how to use them. By the way --- I thought this was an Avalanche thread??

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