Hanzal’s 39 points were less than both those players had in their walk-years

At Chuck Fletcher’s end-of-year press conference, he was asked if he had any regrets over the trade. Despite the results, Fletcher was immediately dismissive of the notion there was anything to regret. “Oh, gosh, no,” were his exact words.

And yet, there’s very little chance Minnesota will retain Hanzal’s services Cheap NFL Jerseys China into next season.

Hanzal will enter free agency as perhaps the most attractive option at center. Ligament tears make Joe Thornton- the clear-cut #1 UFA center- a risky play for next season. Suddenly, Hanzal is atop the field, challenged by only… Nick Bonino? Mike Fisher?

As we saw at the trade deadline, there’s always going to be a market for centers. Frans Nielsen earned over $5 million per year on the open market. David Backes hit the $6 million mark.

Hanzal’s 39 points were less than both those players had in their walk-years, but scarcity and size means Hanzal should be able to secure $4.5 million (or more) over 4-to-5 years.

But on this saddest of Sunday afternoons, it was all too much. The turmoil of Cheap Basketball Jerseys racism won. The distraction of hate prevailed. The stress of trying to be a national symbol of resilience against a centuries-old demon — while playing a postseason basketball game in the raucous arena of a sizzling opponent, the Golden State Warriors — was overwhelming.

The Clippers won the series in a Game 7, so perhaps it didn’t matter as much as people say. Removing Sterling was clearly a great move for the franchise, even if the timing was poor. However, it clearly caused some distractions on the basketball court itself, and whether it affected their eventual loss to Oklahoma City in the semifinals is anybody’s guess.

A case for Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning MVP

Is this peak Hedman or just the first of many impressive seasons to come? Unfortunately, only time will tell that. With the talent around him (at least in regards to the forwards) he should be able to put up points at a similar rate for the next few seasons. Brent Burns didn’t have his breakout season until 2014-15 when he put up 60 points as a 29-year old. At 26, Hedman might still have room to grow a bit.

In all likelihood he will continue to put up 60-70 point seasons for the next five or six years and constantly be referred to as the best defenseman not to win the Norris.

Same can be said about Mark Stone (2012-14), Mike Hoffman (2010-14) and Shane Prince (2012-15) to name a few for Bingo.

So yes, the lesson to be learned is this. It has largely been proven that patience and guidance is needed for a better percentage of most prospects before they make their transitional stage to the NHL. That is why you have affiliates at the AHL and ECHL levels. It can be done and if not, you may see results that are tarnished like the Cecis and Lazars of the past. Most prospects are no Connor McDavid, ready for the NHL right away.

Colin White needs time in the AHL before he earns a ticket to the show — I’ve said it before on Twitter and I’ll say it again. Ottawa, please don’t screw this one up. And take notes on the progressions on one of your own, JGP, and simply adhere to it.

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