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  2. @JR Ewing I remember how upset you were. Truth is, i think he has turned out to be quite the hockey player, muuuuuch better than i thought he would be and let me offer kudos for the prescience you showed with the player Petry turned into. Teddy Purcell, heh. Absolutely lousy player, you could time him with a sundial, lol. He is a lot of fun when he is a guest on Spittin' Chicklets with Biz and Whitney and very self deprecating about his career.
  3. Today
  4. Flyers name Chris Stewart Player Development Coach NHL veteran joins Flyers Hockey Operations staff in development role
  5. I cheered out loud when he scored at the exact midnight time CET. but as a long-life everlasting Perry hater, I immediately felt ashamed, like if, as a teen, my parents had caught me masturbating with an old Playboy magazine from 1989. I usually dislike going there with injuries (I mean, TB is without Stamkos). But Faksa and Comeau out really hurt the Stars and its PK abilities. No wonder that Tampa's PP, while being astonishing from the basis, is so efficient. With this series going beyond aby logical considerations, I won't be surprised if the Lightning end up with a PP efficiency around 153.4%. And Sekera is a game-time decision. Caamano is now due for a hat-trick.
  6. I'm really wanting to see Zdeno Sam Pronger to be able to suit up for the Flyers not too distant from now. Watching him and Ghost at the same time in the lineup was wonderful as Sam was able to speed back on defense to break up a play that was an odd man rush. He had the stride and the stick to stop a lot of bad things coming our way. And my long desire attribute to clear the dam porch from fleas popping in by our goalie. Bring back Rinaldo, he was pro active of taking out the trash that came our way. A lot of times I want to blurt out, "take out that bum" and there won't be a "did you see him dance his way around that player?" No, you cancel him out. Erase him from the equation. At least Hagg does this along with his micro hits in game.
  7. What? No post about Svetlakov scoring a game winning goal? 2 points in nine games, but they're both goals. I should also point out that Filip Johansson has no points in two games with Frolunda.
  8. Rangers needed cap relief, giving up a second was a fair price for them. As for the Wings, assuming there is a 2021 season, Staal will likely be moved for a 3rd or so at the deadline. So essentially for a little money we get a 2nd and likely a 3rd so i guess it is a win/win. My problem is that Staal is one of my least favorite players in the game, i have never understood the media love for him, i know he is a good interview in a game with vanilla cliché players and supposedly a really nice guy but lets be honest, he isn't much of a player and never has been. Yeah he has played 800 plus games so there is something there but he is a 2nd pairing stay at home d-man on his best day and his best day is waaay in the rear view mirror and for some damn reason every time i watch a Rangers game he is treated by the announcers as if he is the second coming of Brian Leetch.
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  10. That's not saying much these days... sheeesh...
  11. A couple of IMHO very ugly moves this week for the Wings. first the under the radar resigning of Sam Gagner. Now i have no problem with Gagner even if he is limited, he can play the power play, you can pair him with a helm or glendening who will help hide his massive defensive shortcomings, but lets face it, he is on the wrong side of 30 and he is not a winning player. He has a career high of 50 points with the CBJ back in 16-17 i remember that year, he scored in bunches early then pulled a Houdini in the second half. Since then he hasnt been a factor bouncing between the AHL and NHL. He was partial payment for Athanasiou, it comes down to he will only make 850K so he plays cheap. Realistically i see him as an adequate 13th forward as a fill in for injuries but with givani smith, veleno, Rasmussen and more fighting for NHL time i find this a curious move. The next move i REALLY HATED. Marc Staal and a second from the Rangers for nothing, in short New York is paying the Wings to take Staal's final year of his deal at 5.6 million off their hands by giving us a second rounder to do so. We now have 3 2nd rounders in each of the next two drafts which for a team in need of a full rebuild is great, but Staal is awful, name recognition is about all he has going for him. a left handed short, a good P/K guy, zero offense, about as bad as Ericsson in that regard. In fact he is replacing Ericsson who is not being resigned. OTHER WINGS NOTES The Wings announced that Trevor Daley and Ericsson will not be brought back but they still have a glut on the blueline. Dekeyser who missed most of the year will return along with Staal coming in. We are rumored to not be done, supposedly a big name defender may be in the works with Krug from boston popping up in rumors as he is an UFA and the Wings still have 20 million in cap space. We are also returning Hronek, Cholowski, Bowey and Nemeth. Kid top prospect Moritz Seider will be given a chance to make the team and young Lindstrom is in the mix as well. Any way you look at it the defense if Dekeyser is healthy and Staal brings anything will be improved. If Seider makes the team or if the Wings sign a veteran puck mover it could even be a strength. Evgeny Svechnikov is rumored to be on the block. If there is ever a player in need of a change of scenery it is him. Yzerman says he may not be done taking on someone elses bad contract ala Staal and if the other team is willing to give up their first Svechnikov may be used as a sweetener. Jimmy Howard will not be back, the team confirmed and with a shallow goalie pool of Bernier and nothing in the minors they are looking to add a top flight goalie through free agency. Rumors are Markstrom from the Canucks is high on the wish list. With the 4th pick in the draft rumors are that Jamie Drysdale is who the Wings hope falls to them, a puck mover with a sniper shot would be a great pick. If he is gone, it would mean that phenom Byfield or Stuetzle will fall to 4. Marco Rossi has also been mentioned as has Cole Perfetti. Personally i think our forward group is fine with NHL caliber top 9 forwards ready now, so Drysdale would absolutely be my pick. Thats all the news that is fit to print. More when there is more.
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  13. I think this would be a decent trade for both teams. I think the Wild make out slightly better in this one. So might have to add to this deal since Dumba has 3 more years under contract and Laine will be looking for a new deal. Might have to find that guy through a trade because the top guy on the market is Ryan Nugent Hopkins who would top out as a second line center at best i think.
  14. Me too! At one point something was said and I immediately thought Hayes. Pure guess but it would be very interesting.
  15. Obviously health has been an issue. That said, his first breakout year in the league he shot 11.2% and had 22 of 46 points on the power play. Then he shot 3.5%, 5.9%, 5%, 6.8%. His career is 6.2% and that may just accurately reflect what he levels out at. That said, even "broken" under Hackstol, he scored 65 points in 17-18 with 33 of them on the power play. For his career 49% of his points (97 of 199) have come with the extra man. To say nothing of his 3-on-3 regular season OT play (which obviously doesn't translate to the postseason). The Flyers often go four forwards and Provorov on the first unit. If he's not going to get the power play time he's gotten in the past here, he's not likely to put up the sort of points we may have come to expect. That could make him a valuable trade asset for a team looking for a PP specialist. The Flyers have a boatload of talented young offensive-minded defensemen working their way through the system and Gotstobehere just could be odd man out. And that could be good for both the organization and the player. His knees clearly haven't helped the situation and getting back to full strength should be more of a concern than just trying to get back into the lineup. IMO, too often players push to come back from injury "to help the team" while, in fact, hindering both the team and their own health (I'm looking at you Wayne Simmonds - among others). I'm not at all pushing him out the door - and I'm not looking to "sell low." But he might be a featured display in the shop window.
  16. The handling of Ho Sang is crazy a waste of offence talent,there are about 5 players that need to go and bellows and dobson and if they had a brain give ho sang a real shot he would make a great 3 rd line player in stead of dead weight like brassard.
  17. Sept 23: Manitoba Hockey Is Going! It has been a month since my last report so here is a hodge-podge of stories, announcements, and potentially news of significance as it pertains to the return of CW hockey. The recruiting news has slowed to a trickle, which makes sense because school has now started. Normally everybody would have exhibition schedules in progress and rosters for us to comment upon. No such luck this year. Several teams are not bothering to update their websites with official announcements on recruits. I saw no new LOIs registered for men's hockey since my last report. The only CW news, and it is a downer, is that the CW golf championship has been cancelled. It was slated for UBC Okanagan and British California is not allowing disease-infested easterners (out there, this includes the prairies) into the province. Links: ➤ CW: Conference golf championships cancelled due to travel restrictions There are no official, nor unofficial, announcements from the UofM on hockey. However, there are a host of stories on the football team, who are practising hard despite cancellation of their season. If football can practice, hockey can go! I have also posted a story on former Bison coach Barry Trotz, which is worth a look. Maybe one day I'll run a fresh story on former CW coaches who have made it to the NHL. Finally, the best news I have heard in a while is that the MJHL has started their exhibition season! Here's the highlights of the announcement: Links: ➤ Pique: University football teams navigate pandemic hurdles to get back on the field ➤ Free Press: Bisons take to the gridiron ➤ CBC: U Sports football navigates pandemic hurdles to get on field despite fall cancellations ➤ Global: ‘Our players are loving it’: No games is no problem for Manitoba Bisons football team ➤ Winnipeg Sun: Honesty has guided Manitoba's Trotz from Day 1 ➤ MJHL: MJHL announces 2020-21 Regular Season schedule ➤ MJHL: Schedule The Bluegars are raising funds, and seem to be getting ready for January. Remember they did post their recruiting class. Links: ➤ Calgary Sun: Dinos, Cougars remain committed to readying teams for January restart ➤ MRU: Cougars cohort ready to pounce In the Town of Bedrock, their recruiting class was previously announced. I found a podcast featuring Matt Alfaro, and an old photo in Cooperalls. Links: ➤ WHL: WHL Alumni Interview: Matt Alfaro, University of Calgary Dinos ➤ Spotify: WHL Podcast: Episode 4 I had previously posted details on MacEwan's recruits, but they have now issued official releases, available at the links. There are three new recruits, all of whom are transfers: - Riley Brandt (F) from RMC (OUA) via Vernon (BCJHL) - Cameron Trott (D) from Lethbridge Pronghorns (CW) via Vernon (BCJHL) and UAA (NCAA) - Ethan Price (RW) from Stony Plain (ACHW, red shirt) via Brock (OUA) Brandt has only played two games in the last two seasons but in 2017-18 scored 21-12-33 in 28 OUA games. They must be happy with three former USports players in the recruiting class. Price also has a WHL background and Trott played a half-season in the NCAA. Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: Riley Brandt ➤ Elite Prospects: Cameron Trott ➤ Elite Prospects: Ethan Price ➤ MacEwan: Griffins add valuable U SPORTS experience to lineup with Price, Brandt and Trott ➤ MacEwan: Trio of ACAC stars join Griffins as they level up to the Canada West ranks ➤ MacEwan: Pair of new goalies bring welcome competition to Griffins' crease in post-Daigle era There is no news about the Evil Monkeys at all. But if you want to help them purchase more bananas, they have a fundraising link. Links: ➤ UofA: Support the Sport The Banjo-Cats announced their recruits last time. All I found this time was a YouTube video. Links: ➤ YouTube: University of Regina Athletics - 2020 Summer Update The Banjo-Mutts have had no announcements, no LOIs, and nothing on Elite Prospects. But there have been Tweets about recruits. So I used those to do Elite Prospects searches and WOOF! A litter of puppies. - Parker Gavlas (D) from Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) - Jaxan Kaluski (LW) from Swift Current Broncos (WHL) - Ty Prefontaine (D) from Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) - Jared Dmytriw (RW) from Vancouver Giuants (WHL) - Jeff Faith (D) from Kamloops Blazers (WHL) - Declan Hobbs (G) from Loreburn 19ers (SVHL) - Dawson Holt (RW/C) from Regina Pats (WHL) & Vernon Vipers (BCJHL) Also, their arena may be used as a field hospital, in which case they would play at the SaskTel Centre. Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: Parker Gavlas ➤ Elite Prospects: Jaxan Kaluski ➤ Elite Prospects: Ty Prefontaine ➤ Elite Prospects: Jared Dmytriw ➤ Elite Prospects: Jeff Faith ➤ Elite Prospects: Declan Hobbs ➤ Elite Prospects: Dawson Holt ➤ Global: 4 hockey teams move after Saskatoon rink turned into coronavirus field hospital The T-irds have three stories about alumni. Jerret Smith is going to finish his few remaining credits on-line while playing in France. Adam Maglio is a head coach in the Dub. Ray Sakaki was on their 1971 team that earned a berth at the nationals. Links: ➤ UBC: Jerret Smith begins pro career in France ➤ UBC: Former Thunderbird Adam Maglio named Spokane head coach ➤ UBC: Thunderbird Alumni Profile: Roy Sakaki On the college front, it appears that they are following the lead of the CW and waiting for January. If BC holds off on allowing inter-provincial play, perhaps the T-irds and Holy Trinity will join the BCIHL! It is nice that ACAC players won't lose a year of eligibility. Links: ➤ ACAC: ACAC Announces Plans for 2020-21 Season ➤ ACAC: ACAC Suspends Consumption of All Student-Athlete Eligibility During 2020-21 Season ➤ BCIHL: BCIHL delays start of 2020-21 season until January 15
  18. Yeah we dont those Finns, we need those Finns that are now playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. Jokes aside, I do think we should emphasise getting players from Canada and Russia - just for the fact that they have a huge pool of players, meaning exceptional skills are most often found there, not in small hockey countries with a small pool of players.
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  21. Look at our haul for Bobrovsky...Vezina winner. Or Patrick Sharp.
  22. We had one, we traded him, albeit an aging one. Still, a low, low risk move kind of like what the Wild did with Alexandre Daigle years back when they signed him to a three-way contract.
  23. No matter, fast or slow. It seems we might finally get to draft heaven in this tank.
  24. @Villette/Lavaux That we do. Both the Lightning and Stars truly earned their way to where they are. Bolts played the role of favorites along the way, Stars played the role of underdogs (though I question that status to be honest...I think they are more than people give them credit for), but neither had an easy path to the Finals. Tip of the helmet to the Islanders for a very tough series against the Lightning and particular, props to one Mr. Matt Martin. I talked all kinds of smack about Martin and what he does on the ice, his playstyle, his penchant for a bit of goonery, etc. But when the teams lined up for the handshake, I saw that very same Matt Martin not only sincerely congratulate a guy he traded blows with (Luke Schenn), but also seemed to encourage the younger Lightning players as he met them, as they made their way to the Finals round. Class. Act. Especially in the face of a tough series loss. Sometimes, it feels like hockey is a bit like pro wrestling when it comes to personalities. The biggest "maniacs" on the ice, are the most upstanding and complete human beings off and away from it. Public enemy number one during a game....sweetheart of a man afterwards. Milan Lucic at the handshake line Matt Martin certainly is NOT! Again, kudos to him!
  25. Agree with you. I wished that he will receive a nice tryout time at the Wild team then, but he have got only 6 games in 2 seasons here in Minnesota. Not enough games(actually team won all 6 games) for trading him somewhere else. Fans liked him. I just looked through the Anton Khudobin career stats on eliteprospects.com site. He actually played for 5 NHL teams(Minnesota, Boston, Carolina, Anaheim, Boston again and finally Dallas). 4 teams out of 5(except Dallas) were sending him to the farm clubs to play lots of games there, but, interesting, that his stats most of the time were better when he played for the NHL clubs. Dallas never sent him to AHL , probably, because he became a real valuable goalie for that team. And now he helped to that team to reach Stanley Cup Finals. I think, it is a nice achievement already, which happen not very often for each NHL team. Wish the Wild team will be in Dallas place someday in a lifetime. Do not know when...
  26. I really want the goathead to come back at least as a third.
  27. You guys know how I feel about this, as in my opinion Brodin is the best hockey player on the Wild, mobile, high hockey IQ, and ability to shift directions seamlessly. He's also a cool hand carrying the puck out of our zone. Might I add speed as well.
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    • Dear all,
      As part of my season ticket holder benefits the Flyers invited me to a 10 year reunion of a handful of the 2010 players on a Zoom type system where we could see and hear all the players but they could not hear or see us (see screenshot at end of recap).  It was hosted by Steve Coates and radio announcer Tim Saunders.  In attendance were JVR, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, Simon Gagne, Danny Briere, Ian laperriere, Kimmo Timonen, and Brian Boucher.  The event lasted an hour and they discussed some of the behind the scenes stuff from the 2010 playoff run.
      Firstly they discussed how they had been picked to go far at the beginning of the season and how they laid an egg early on which got Stevens fired.  Coatsey and Saunders asked if the hiring of Lavvy made a huge difference and they tried to be diplomatic about it but said yes implicitly.  Hartnell said that Stevens was all defense and that nobody likes to play defense and they all felt freed by Lavvy's offensive system to do their thing.  As you can imagine they also highlighted that Stevens was very soft spoken and that Lavvy was very fiery which really inspired them.  They also said the leadership of Pronger was huge.  Harts said just the name gave them more confidence but also his big body and the leadership as well.
      Then they went into a discussion about how the season was ending where they were losing 8 out of 11 down the stretch including one to the Rangers in game 81 of the season.  The most interesting thing we learned about the last game of the season was that Lavvy anticipated that the Rags would play them tight and may even play for a shootout as they had Lundqvist in net and figured if they could get it to a shootout they would beat the Flyers in it (I myself certainly thought so when it got to the SO).  Lavvy wanted them to be prepared for this so at practice he called Gagne, Giroux, Briere, JVR, Richards and Carter over to him and said he wanted them to study film of Lundqvist in the SO and pick a move that they planned to move and practice that move.  They did so and Briere went out and executed is perfectly.  Giroux on the other hand changed his mind in the middle of his attempt and then had nothing to shoot at so he just went 5 hole and was lucky that it went in.  Boucher mentioned that he was so nervous before the game and really felt the pressure that afternoon.  He also note that he couldnt stand Lundqvist's celebration at the end of Ranger wins where he taps his posts and then does a huge fist pump.  Bouch witnessed it from the bench in the previous game and wanted to do it back to him if the Flyers won and when he made that last save his celebration was an attempt to emulate and mock it.  Booch said he actually tripped up when trying to do it as he got up awkwardly from the save but that was the story behind his famous celebration. 
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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.
      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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