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  2. Hope you are as well sir. Take care.
  3. Hopefully all you Flyers fans are in good health! Including you Flyer Canuck and Podein! Yes this is from a Pens fan!
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  6. ) Today in Flyers History: On April 2, 1988, Ron Hextall clinched his second straight 30-win season. He became the first Flyers goalie since Bernie Parent (back-to-back seasons of topping 40 wins) to accomplish the feat.
  7. I think China's Coronavirus numbers are bogus. They don't match the figures we're seeing in most other countries. Everyone in the media continues to praise China's efforts in stopping the spread of the virus (which I think is rich considering they're responsible for creating the damn virus). Its origin is Wuhan, China. Do I believe China (with 1 billion people, inhumane population density, and mass poverty) has fewer cases than the US does? No. Do I believe China has fewer deaths than the US, Italy, or Spain? No.
  8. I saw a funny-not-so-funny tweet about MAGA-branded body bags earlier.
  9. Speaking of numbers. This is sad. FEMA seeks 100,000 body bags from Pentagon as coronavirus pandemic worsens.
  10. I can't believe anyone would when it comes to their numbers. Same with Russia.
  11. If you can believe anything China says....... I think you need to give this up!
  12. What if they started in September instead? (I don't think you noticed the newest idea/suggestion being floated around now of finishing up this season and the playoffs in the fall... IF we've gotten past Coronavirus by then.) It may seem that way, but all we've really lost so far is three weeks. That's it. (And a whole lot of lives of course.) China got past Coronavirus (from start to finish) in three months total (or less). If the same thing happens here, we'll be ready to go in the fall.... and the league could still opt to finish this season and playoffs in the fall to bring closure to it and have a Cup winner OR they can just start with a new season and live with more broken league history in a league that is becoming increasingly broken. Toss in another lockout coming soon and the Stanley Cup will eventually become a bi-annually awarded trophy. Only the Stanley Cup final was cancelled in 1919. They played a full season, most of the playoffs, and most of the final as well. I remember it like it was yesterday. Yes indeed.
  13. With Tronno banning public events until June 30, this year's playoffs couldn't even start until July 1. The 2019-20 season is done. Gone. It joins the 1919 season being cancelled due to a pandemic. The league survived losing an entire season to a labor dispute and is now more popular and profitable than ever.
  14. I'm putting that out there as another possible option. If I had to choose between: A) Losing this season and playoffs entirely to play an 82-game season next season. or B) Being able to finish what was started here, award a 2020 Cup winner, and play a reduced length schedule for next season with a full playoffs. I would rather do option B. If fans know the schedule is reduced ahead of time, it doesn't create disappointment. Ending a season without a result and without playoffs is the ultimate failure in my opinion. That's like the 1994 MLB strike that ended the baseball season in August (at its pinnacle like we're at now in the NHL), killed the playoffs, and almost killed baseball.
  15. Do I need to make a chart for this lol? The players haven't played since March 12. By June 12 they will have had a full "off-season" worth of rest. What is being proposed now is a scenario whereby the season is finished up beginning in August. The players won't be "playing INTO August".... they'll be BEGINNING TO PLAY again in August. August 1 is going to feel like October 1 for these players. They will have had FOUR FULL MONTHS OFF. How much rest does someone need?
  16. [Hidden Content] Playing those postponed regular-season games would mean money in the depleted coffers of NHL teams. Regular-season games would also mean a much-needed cash insurgence for local business around arenas, presuming they're in operation as the coronavirus pandemic hopefully wanes. But this is a fantasy. Let's start with the obvious, which is that the NHL is at the mercy of local municipalities when it comes to restrictions on travel, mass gatherings and business operations. It's entirely possible that one team's state will be closer to an "all clear" than another's. It's entirely possible that the medical experts from one city will be more stringent than another's. But let's say enough of those hurdles are cleared to the point that a North American pro sports league can restart its season: Rescheduling games is going to be a logistical nightmare, as the NBA and every other postponed arena event scramble to make up dates. The difference between rescheduling for 16 (or 20) buildings and doing so for all 31 arenas is considerable, as is the difference between rescheduling regular-season games -- involving a lot of travel -- and rescheduling a playoff series -- which requires far less of it or none at all, depending on what playoff model the NHL chooses. ........ All of these issues are pressing, but none is more pressing than the fact that the NHL -- and every other professional sport looking to make up postponed games -- is going to start running out of runway to relaunch this summer. Remember, we also need to squeeze in the NHL draft and awards -- both already postponed -- as well as free agency between the end of the Stanley Cup Final and the start of the next preseason. Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno told ESPN this week that when it comes to completing a normal season, "The reality of it is probably pretty slim, with the time crunch that we're putting ourselves into as this thing continues to go." The CDC recommended eight weeks of distancing at the time the NHL paused its season on March 12. The NHL's chief medical officer said Wednesday that making any firm decisions now is folly. "While it's rapidly accelerating, the risk in the general population is probably increasing rather than decreasing, so until we see where the peak is going to be and how high that peak is going to be, it's very difficult to give a definitive timeline," Dr. Willem Meeuwisse said. From one players perspective ..... September is really pushing it, as players are already wary of playing into the summer. "I don't know if it makes a ton of sense for us to play into August. I think that's pretty dangerous coming into another season," Foligno told ESPN's Emily Kaplan. .. he further adds ...... You want to have a great season the following season, and I don't know if that gives guys enough time to rest and recover. If you think of the amount of games some guys would play, you're adding on another 20 games, plus a full season, then playoffs again. That's dangerous for some players, especially star players -- the guys fans want to see -- they're usually playing deep into the playoffs, so we have to be cognizant of their health and safety."
  17. contradicting yourself I see ...... or did you change your mind ?
  18. I'd even be fine with a scenario where the NHL resumes play with this season on October 1, exactly where they left off, plays the full playoffs, then comes back with a 41-game season for 2021 beginning in January (as if there had been a lockout) and plays a full playoffs in 2021. Thoughts? That may well happen, and we may be talking about how players used to get money to play hockey next fall if the league folds, how the world's population used to be over 7 billion people, how people used to walk around without wearing face masks, etc.
  19. For selfish reasons I would be good to go straight to the playoffs. But for everyone's safety let call it over and revisit it when it's time for camp/preason if that is possible by then.
  20. Why not? You're saying the players don't want to play? Why wouldn't they? They're playing the SAME NUMBER of games that they CONTRACTUALLY AGREED to play. It's just happening at a different time due to Coronavirus. There is nothing being added here. In fact, it's LESS overall because I suggested deleting the all-star game to avoid a lost week. If you want to be technical, the players haven't followed the terms of their contracts. They haven't played 82 games yet (which they've been paid to play) and they didn't play the playoffs. If I were the NHL owners, I want my money back. If I'm paying Matthews $15 mil/yr, the implication there is that he will play 82 games and some playoff games as well. I only got 70 GP worth of service and no playoffs. That's only 85% of the regular season and no 7-game series loss to Tampa. I'm losing out on 19 games worth of revenue if I'm the Leafs organization. Who pays for that? Are the players expecting to collect their full salary for this season despite not playing a full season?
  21. Ya, and JVR would have finished out the season with a hat trick a game and most hits in the league. But I'm really disappointed that I didn't receive any kudos from you for using 2 Ts in Mathewts.
  22. The Finnish Broadcasting Company is still using teletext, and since there are no NHL scores to report they have started reporting games from 2010. You can find the page here: [Hidden Content] (Nothing has changed, though. Mikko Koivu is still plus/minus -2, and we lost to Chicago...)
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    • Okay, after listening to feedback (I do occasionally listen lol) I took a second crack at this stat.... and here's what I came up with: 
       

       
      To me, what was missing previously was a way to get defensive scores back UP again through continued playing time, so now it's here. It's like a "counter-balance" to allow defensive scores to rise. 
       
      With this recent improvement, there was no longer a need to add 100 to try and pretty up the scores. I left them as is and they fluctuate between positive and negative values, just like regular +/-..... but this is NO +/- !!!  This is much closer (I hope) to what people have been looking for. It is quite literally DEFENCE..... just defence and nothing else. 
       
      Now, I know what people are going to say: "But guys are still being punished for offence..."  (That comment makes me cringe.) No player is ever technically "punished" for offence. They're just not able to boost their DEFENCE rating by scoring points. That's it. If you're the worst defensive player in the league, you can't score 100 goals, boost your stat, and then turn around and claim a Selke trophy. This isn't +/-. Just like you can't erase ERRORS in baseball by hitting more home runs. It doesn't make sense. If you commit 50 errors in baseball, the only way you can get better is to stop making errors... and if you play long enough error-free, you will eventually raise your fielding percentage to a respectable level. But the bottom line is that you can't hit your way out of bad fielding stats.
       
      (Whew!)
       
      Okay, so how does this work now? It starts with the Minus stat (as described previously) but now I take TOI (Time On Ice in minutes) and divide it by 60. That value gets added to the score. So for every game you play without committing a "-", your defence score will go up. Notice that this accomplishes a few things: It sort of considers "quality of opposition" into the stat (because your best players play the most) but it also rewards the players who contribute the most to your team. 
       
      I still don't know if I have anything viable here, but it gives me a good feeling this time around.   
       
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    • Cale Makar's Assault On The Record Book
      OK....some crazy stuff going on in Ave's land! The all time record for a rookie defensemen is 76 by the great Larry Murphy. Even Ray Bourque had under 70...he had 4th best with 65 rookie pts. Makar is on pace for 93. Staggering. 
        The scary part is he is doing this with Rantanen and Landeskog both out with serious injuries. Cales hockey sense is outrageous for a rookie...howitzer of a shot...wicked moves, agile and smart. He reminds me of Bourque as a rookie. He has 100 pt potential...as silly as that sounds in this day and age. 
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    • Vladimir Tarasenko Out 5 Months
      The defending Stanley Cup champion St Louis Blues have just received a dose of bad news.  Teresenko, the superstar that helped the Blues hoist their first Cup, is now to be lost for 5 months due to shoulder surgery.  If they can survive without him and still make the playoffs, it would seem he would return for that.  I believe they are deep enough to do it. 
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    • It's Demko time!!
      Small deal between the Canucks and the Senators today with possible large implications for both.
       
      Vancouver gets: Taylor Pyatt, a 13th forward not much of a player. McKenna, an AHL goalie pressed into duty because of injuries to the Ottawa net and a 6th round pick.
       
      Ottawa gets Anders Nilsson who in two years as a backup in Vancouver went 10-27 and Darren Archibald who has been a meh prospect forever now and who looks like he is just a body to even out the players involved.
       
       A bunch of hot garbage in other words but it may be a sign of things to come for both.
       
        First Ottawa seems almost certain to trade Craig Anderson at some point now and ride out the season with Nilsson in net. A contender wanting a veteran goalie will take a shot at him. 
        Vancouver likely will ship McKenna to the AHL and call up top prospect Thatcher Demko to share the net at the least and possibly become the primary starter after two very successful seasons with Utica in the AHL. Demko is a California boy, a big surfer looking dude who Benning has shown surprising patience with as he developed. Moving Nilsson clears the way for him to get his shot probably moving Markstrom to the backup role for the remaining of the season to see what Demko can do.
       
        So a trade of junk for junk has implication for an aging brittle goalie and for a kid chomping at the bit wanting a shot.
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    • Post in Paul Fenton has been fired as GM after just one season.
      It's possible. But I think right now your biggest issue is timing. The Wild fired Fenton at a time is year where the replacement pool is such that if the candidate were any good, he'd already be working. 
       
      Leipold should get a lot of "credit" for badly bungling this situation (and it's on him if what you describe is accurate, and I think it is up an extent).  His statements indicate this started at exit interviews. 
       
      First of all, if you did any credible due diligence, you knew this before. But make a decision when you did realize it.  You don't go to the end of July, in hockey's no man's land (we'll call it "Miami," for short) and then make this move. 
       
      Leipold is nearly single-handedly destroying his own franchise. 
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    • To answer your question, what makes a good NHL GM?
       
      You noted player personnel wins and losses... But didn't cover anything else. Understandably, I get it, but IMO there's a ton more behind being a good GM.
       
      Looking at it from a fan perspective player personnel is about the only thing one could care about. But from an operations standpoint, or from an owners standpoint, generating $$ is all they ever put much emphasis on. Business, or rather being a successful business equals follow the money.
       
      Something I brought up several years ago was the Wild, under Doug Risenbrough, were an economically successful team. The team never spent to the Cap but they had sellout after sellout. Contrary to some the previous ownership claimed they were losing money. Where have we heard that with the Minnesota North Stars? Hence, they left for Dallas and won a Stanley Cup, 2 Conference Titles, 2 Presidents Trophies and 8 Division Titles... They're doing well generating revenue. They were bought for $84 million in 1995 and are now valued at $525 million. The Dallas Stars are a prime example of spending more (wisely) can create residual earnings. Which is something the Minnesota North Stars never figured out.
       
      Insert the Minnesota Wild. So under Robert Naegele, Jr., and GM Doug Risenbrough, as mentioned they ran a tight ship on spending. Wild fans here viewed them as cheap. The results as some pride themselves as describing, they're a successful team because they've had so many sellouts in a less than desirable "Hockey Market" because everyone here keeps reminding everyone (nationally) that Minnesota isn't a very good hockey market. (That's something I totally disagree with.) Minnesota probably has more hockey pucks and hockey arena's per capita than any other state or Canadian Providence... To match it's 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' boast.
       
      Granted, it's a bit off-topic talking about Minnesota's hockey market, but in the grand scheme of things no one can match Minnesota's superior high school hockey programs or the number of successful college hockey programs... Fans following them could have gone to more North Stars games, or more Wild games... But why if neither of those teams have anything to show for their efforts except being on the losing end of highlight reels (nationwide)?
       
      Okay, back on topic now that I've eliminated any just cause that Minnesota can't be a major hockey market.
       
      Read more ... https://www.hockeyforums.net/topic/71822-what-makes-a-good-nhl-gm/?do=findComment&comment=390931
       

       
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    • The more I'm thinking about this the more I'm coming to the conclusion it's not simply the coach but the result of the coach trying to compensate for the goaltending -- which is ultimately on Hextall. 
       
      The centers ARE a mess. And so is Ghost. Why? Because the centers are not staying low in the offensive zone and--Patrick and Coots in particular--not mucking it up in the slot to cheat back to hedge against being caught. 
       
      Ghost is doing less going low or pinching much for the same reason.  It's possible they're doing this on their own. Whether deliberate or not, it's a natural response to the knowledge that any mistake, any odd man or often even man rush the other way will end up past the incompetent sieves in our net. 
       
      It's just as likely that this is per coach directive much for the same reason. 
       
      The question remains--bluntly--how does a competent GM look at his goaltending this past summer and not move to fix this while leaving $10M in cap space on the table? 
       
      How does that same competent GM go through the summer knowing he doesn't have a 3C  and not move to correct that in any sober way? Again, with the $10M sitting there. 
       
      I know he doesn't want a contract that blocks kids and doesn't want to move said kids for it, but that effectively and explicitly tosses this season away. 
       
      Meanwhile, the tickets are still full price. 
       
      You see the results in the stands during the game. The last game, the stands had all the energy of a wake.  
       
      There was apparently zero thought of putting out a quality product this season. And there's no good reason for it. 
       
      I do like what Hextall has done with draft picks.  But it sucks that the most exciting time of year is the lead up to the draft.  Only to keep saying, "boy, in five years!" 
       
      I've been uncharacteristically calling for patience the last couple of years. Those who have been around for awhile--especially those from the silly.com days--know how out of character that really it.  But the patience has waned.   At this point, supplement through trade. Move out "leadership" that isn't leading. 
       
      Do SOMETHING other than punish kids you yourself have damaged only to bring up other soon to be damaged kids.  Wake the hell up and get the lumina out of neutral and go get us some damn halibut! 
       
      We're starving! 
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    • Why no Canadian NHL team will win the cup
      Gary Bettman who is the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL) was brought in 30 years ago with one agenda, and that was to grow the game of hockey in the USA.  In Canada the game of hockey is like a religion, with winters lasting 6 months all there is, is hockey.  Fans are passionate and it's the number one sport.  Football and baseball come second and third.  Unfortunately for fans in Canada, no Canadian NHL team has won the Stanley Cup for 25 years since the Montreal Canadians have won.

       

      This thesis will explain why no Canadian team will win the Stanley Cup until at least 2050.

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