PHR Chat With Gavin Lee: 08/10/17
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Gavin Lee
6:02
Hello and welcome to another edition of "The Offseason Isn't Over Yet?"
6:03
Not much going on in the hockey world this week.
6:04
Christmas basketball is Wizards-Celtics and Lakers-Timberwolves?
Hmmm..
Jake
6:05
What is Nick Ritchie's potential this year? Does he double his point production this year? (14G, 14A last year)
Gavin Lee
6:05
I have a hard time believing he'll double it unless he's given PP1 time and clicks with that group.
But he's one of my breakout candidates to take a pretty substantial step forward.
6:06
I wouldn't be surprised if he has a 20+ goal season in him right away.
Robert
6:07
What do you think was the motive behind the Islanders trading Hamonic? Are they going for more assets to make a move or were they slowly starting a tear down(depending on how this season goes up to the trade deadline)?
Gavin Lee
6:08
I think more than anything it was to cash in on an asset when you have a replacement in hand.
They really like Ryan Pulock, and think he can take on real minutes right away.
No rush to use those assets, because as you suggest they can make that decision closer to the deadline.
6:09
If they're in the hunt in February, now they have ammunition to go get this year's Shattenkirk.
Robert
6:09
OK, yeah I just think they are an interesting team to watch...fringe playoff team in a tough division
Gavin Lee
6:09
Really, really tough division.
I think they'll have to outrun Carolina for that last spot too.
6:10
The Metro is going to be a meat grinder.
Josh
6:10
Surprise team(s) that makes the playoffs?
Gavin Lee
6:10
Carolina is one of them for me, along with the Jets.
6:11
I still don't think Arizona is good enough, though they're going for it more this year.
And Buffalo always has the Jack Eichel explosion possibility.
Robert
6:11
To speculate what do you has held up the Tavares contract extension? Money? Arena? Team?
Gavin Lee
6:11
Honestly this one I really can't figure out.
6:12
Tavares has been so adamant that he wants to stay, but I don't think anything is even close.
If the Isles are seeing how they start they year they're just playing with fire.
Randy g
6:12
Do the Jets surprise and make the playoffs this year? They have a great core of underrated players but they are in a tough division
Gavin Lee
6:13
I think they could surprise if Mason gives them ~.915 goaltending.
Err, that's supposed to be a squiggly line.
If he is average or above they stand a good shot. Scheifele, Laine and Ehlers are really, really good.
6:14
And when Byfuglien might end up as your third best defenseman..you're doing just fine.
T
6:14
Does Poile get creative with the Preds remaining 5 million before the season starts or will he sit tight until mid-season and assess the market/needs from there?
Gavin Lee
6:14
I think he sits tight.
Preds have never been a spend spend spend team, but Poile knows they're close.
6:15
Adding a star at the deadline could push them over the edge, but they're good enough to get there already.
Robert
6:15
Stamkos waited but was lured back to a cup contending team, the Islanders are not a cup contender...
For me the longer Tavares doesn't sign, the less likely he does sign
Gavin Lee
6:15
Agreed. I have a hard time seeing Tavares go back to the Isles if he gets as far as Stamkos did.
6:16
But, I doubt he'll get that far in an Islanders' uniform.
(meaning he'd be traded if nothing is done)
Robert
6:16
the guy(Tavares) needs help
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