Confirmed Signing with Link: Canes sign Michal Cajkovsky to contract

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  1. caley

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    So who gets traded for a center?

    We have the deepest blue line in the league
     
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    Here is a name I haven't heard since his OHL days in Kingston/Ottawa.
     
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    Cajkovsky was very good at the Olympics, good for him to earn a contract. Several up and coming Slovaks are having strong camps, Peter Cehlarik with Boston and Erik Cernak with Tampa Bay most notably. Marian Studenic was recently assigned to the AHL by the Devils but left a good impression. Christian Jaros (OTT), Martin Bakos (BOS), Patrik Rybar (DET) and Martin Marincin (TOR) are still in camp. I've even read positive things about Marko Dano on the Jets board. Slovakia had five players drafted the past summer and could have a 1st round pick in the upcoming draft. Too early to tell if it's just coincidences, or if it's an indication that they are finally turning things around. But this is defenitly the best offseason for their nation in many years.
     
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    He impressed in the couple of games I watched, but he must have really impressed in the rest of camp as well. With Slavin-Hamilton, CDH-Faulk, Pesce-TVR/Fleury, and then McKeown, Bean etc.. in the system he earned it.
     
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    He had a pretty good training camp and preseason. Seems to play at a level that he could step into an NHL game and not embarrass himself, but not quite good enough to take a roster spot from a mega-deep Canes blueline where Fleury-Pesce is the bottom pair. TVR is the 7th guy right now, so barring injury he will start the season in Charlotte and look for an opportunity to step into the roster later.

    Definitely a case of a successful PTO.
     
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    that's always nice to see...hope he does well
     
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    Awesome insight about an unknown group of players! If you’ve seen him play... would you mind giving a small scouting report?
     
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    I follow Slovakia's hockey closely, so I have only seen Cajkovsky on their national team on the big ice, and now in two preseason games with the Canes. I'd say right now, if NHL'ers were allowed in the Olympics and everyone was healthy, Cajkovsky would be Slovakias 3rd best defenseman behind Chara and Sekera. Though Erik Cernak has been very impressive with Tampa in preseason...

    Like so many Slovak defensemen over the years, Cajkovsky has great size and reach, but unlike most of them he's not a stay at home guy. Not the quickest skater, but he makes good quick passes and has a pretty good shot from the point which he likes to use. Has a bit of a mean streak too. He has the tools of a NHL defenseman, but it remains to be seen if he has the hockey IQ to translate his recent success in Europe to the faster pace of the NHL. I'd say he's somewhat of a poor man's Chara. At least that's someone I suspect he has tried to mold his game after being a big defenseman out of Slovakia.

    He was pretty raw in his younger years, hence why he probably didn't get drafted. Martin Marincin, Martin Gernat and Adam Janosik were defenitely ahead of him among Slovak youngsters at the time. So he's defenitly a late bloomer, or someone that has worked very hard on his game to get to the point where he is now.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see him being a regular NHL'er at the end of the season, though I did expect more from Jakub Nakladal in the NHL a couple of years ago than I'm doing from Cajkovsky now. But at the very least, he should be a good player for Charlotte and a servicable call-up for the Canes.
     
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    Awesome! Thanks for the info.
     
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    Geez the canes have so many Nhl defenders on of the best d's in the league... I'm thinking a swap for a forward is in sight.

    Dougie Hamilton
    Justin Faulk
    Jaccob Slavin
    Brett Pesce
    Calvin De Haan
    Trevor van Riemsdyk
    Hadyn Fleury
    This Guy

    + Jake Bean, Adam Fox, Roland Mckeowen, Luke Martin, Trevor Carrick...
     
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    We need a Center.

    Likely available:
    Faulk, Fluery, TVR, and anyone else.
     
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    They also signed Swiss dman Michael Fora earlier in the summer.
     
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    What would you guys be after for McKeown?

    Prospect swap?
     
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    The problem is we don't need a forward equivalent prospect of McKeown...since we have a bunch of those already. McKeown is waiver exempt for another year so there's no hurry, but my view is if he's moved, it would be in a package. Or they hold onto him and as they trade other guys, he moves up.
     
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    Cajkovsky has definitely been the biggest surprise at camp along with Warren Foegele. Doesn't stand out in any particular area but just plays a steady game. I really think he could play on several team's bottom pairing right now which is why I'm surprised he signed a two way deal with us instead of with another NHL team or going back to the KHL where he could get more playing time/money.
     
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    I'm sure I am gonna get told "terrible proposal" but what about McKeown for Asplund? Even tho that breaks up the 3 Rasmi
     
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    That's probably not terrible value. I don't know a ton about Asplund though, but if there was a prospect for prospect swap, C makes the most sense.
     
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    This is a good scouting report. His skill set definitely fits the NHL game, and he seems to be well adjusted to the style of play and positioning. I think we were all fairly impressed that this PTO randomly showed up and looked very much like a guy who would be a normal bottom-pairing NHL defenseman.
     
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    He's expected to play this year for the Sabres. Whether that's to start the season or gets called up is another story. And Lord knows we need someone to play for Bogosian for the other 81 games of the year. :help:
     
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    Very well then.
     
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    Bakos is injured, will go to AHL definitely.
     

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