I liked the trade for the reasons I told Jimtown Guy:Hornets wrote: ↑Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:05 amLove your enthusiasm! Ok, on a serious note, what's your thought on the Kunin trade? I kind of liked him but was hoping he would have produced a bit more. I know Bonino has been around quite awhile but don't know much about his game.Hole Nova Level wrote: ↑Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:52 amNo. I act as tho he's not a top Dman. And is a 5-6 Dman (some teams and some nights- a healthy scratch). Therefore I want nothing to do with his 170 pound-teeny-tiny-baby-autograph. I wouldn't even let my kids get his autograph.
Your delusion has caught up to you. And here we are. Look what that got us to this place. REBUILD.
"You were right all along Hole Nova Level...."
"Not in future plans but he (Bonino) brings an actual BALLSACK into the locker-room. So that's a start.
They could easily turn him for another pick or two, for a team that needs him for a playoff run (not the Wild). So it's good for long term complete Rebuild that this team is about 3-5 years late on."
Kunin was a long list of "young" potential, etc....the Wild touted- An underlying problem with this team has never been the lack of "young guys" it's always been they are miscast in conjunction with their potential and the leadership that is making them better (or not).
I'm amazed at how quickly the "state of hockey" has forgotten the importance of true leadership. If you have good captains, like big dogs, alpha dogs, they will push, challenge, demand, expect, give resepct, etc...to those "young guys" with potential. The Wild have wasted a lot of young-guy-talent because they haven't had a culture in place via leadership to make them better. Thru the locker room, plane ride, to practice, how Steve Yzerman, Scott Stevens, Mark Messier, Zdeno Chara, Rod Brind"amour, etc...challenged, demanded, gave, conducted, accountability, etc....young guys got better. They played to their potential because it was demanded of them. You go 1 v 1 against Scott Stevens, or go into a corner with him, or are his D-partner in practice day in and day out, and your a young Patrick Elias, Brian Rolston, Scott Gomez or a young Scott Neidermayer, your gonna get better.
The Wild have never had that. I'll only know how good Kunin could be (he showed good potential) on another team. You'll never see a young-guy in the current state of the Wild, become something. And before you or anyone go throwing out a list of players, just know, there are none. There isn't a young-gun-guy, that Zach Parise pushed and set an example for and now he's a key cog for the team. There isn't a young-gun D-man that Suter Pushed and set an example for and now he's a key cog D-man....We have had nothing but an entire roster of expendable players during Parise/Suter years (yes I include them as they've show to be pointless in the pursuit of anything of hockey value for this team)
I've said, "trade everything you have", literally. And any young-gun you bring in....Make sure Parise and Suter are soon to be out of the picture. That's where Bonino may come in...."balls in the locker room" sorta deal. Actual Leadership.