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  2. So they get a W. Nice. They went with 7 D. Interesting. Voracek zero shots on goal. This guy.
  3. Back in the win column. Hey they can skate.
  4. Today
  5. So sorry I dared to express an opinion, albeit with a healthy dose of sarcasm. Got it. No sarcasm.
  6. Maybe there was controversy as to who to take with that pick. I don't Merriam or Webster to come after me with my my misspell.
  7. Thanks for the quick response! I appreciate the advice about higher education and all that and I just wanted to assure you my parents would definitely prefer I go to college for education primarily and not sports unless it’s a good college for both haha. I definitely couldn’t see myself going pro either considering I haven’t even started yet, I just have a burning desire to play hockey and get up to par with my hockey playing friends. Thanks again for giving me this bit of knowledge. I truly do appreciate every ounce of help. Thanks
  8. REPORTED This is debatable at this point in the proceedings.
  9. Yesterday
  10. There defence still sucks.
  11. It's been a bit of a slow news week thus far for New York Islanders fans. But Tuesday, KHL reporter Igor Eronko tweeted that CSKA goalie, and Islanders prospect, Ilya Sorokin has intentions of playing in the NHL next season.
  12. I will have highlights of that Iowa Wild / Milwaukee Admirals game in my post-gamer tonight.
  13. Absolutely. Probably the worst time to let Kahkonen start. But then again, only a fortnight ago Stalock gave up 4 goals in the first period. If it was to happen again, the Avs certainly could do it, would BB have the composure to sit idly by and let Stalock take the beating till the end? Some do it sometimes but I feel BB is too competitive to give up so early...
  14. Tried to google but sorry, couldn't find. Maybe someone has better luck. Or... Burns must have asked to remove all the clips of it.
  15. There could be issues surrounding tenacity, will, a sense of entitlement, etc, but I'm usually more comfortable chalking up a team's struggles to the roster not having enough good hockey players, and not from being good enough human beings. The same holds true when a team is successful. I'm not much more of a fan of hero worship sports talk when a team is good either. Don't get me wrong: these are people playing a sport, and there is something to it. I just don't think it's nearly as big of an element as a lot of people see it as being.
  16. Games Played on 11/20/19 Tom Wilson vs Brendan Lemieux Winner ?
  17. I love Pageau, always have. He plays a heavy game, solid faceoff guy, very responsible in both zones with the puck, this year with Colin White bombing so badly with the first crack at the 1C role he inherited it by default playing top line minutes beside Tkachuk. I know that plus/minus is often vastly overrated BUT he is plus 16 while taking nearly two thirds of his faceoffs in theother teams zone. An underrated star IMHO. As an aside, I had him in fantasy early but cut him in a week where Ottawa only had one game only to lose him. wish I had a do over on that one.
  18. Another reason to unload some of our vets is to free up $$$ for any impact free agents coming up. No idea who is available but if we dont dump some $$ we have no shot
  19. Full of escalator stalkers....
  20. I'm not going to do this (because my photo editing stuff sometimes gets me in trouble hehe)..... but you put the Rogers/SportsNet/Leafs logo and blue colored media background in there, put a PhotoShopped cap on the head, stick a plastic water bottle in there somewhere... and that's MIKE BABCOCK!!!!! The image is perfect! You nailed it.
  21. Draft well, trade for picks, emphasis on vets, that are interested on helping rookies develop. We can get better in the very long run.
  22. Those who know Dave Tippett know that his team's lockerroom is all eyes at attention when he enters the room. There is a time to play (tape balls, boom boxes and pranks) and a time to get ready to play, and you had better recognize the difference if you want to play tonight. The GM might determine if you are in the lineup, but Tippett gets to decide if you see the ice.
  23. Last week
  24. Yeah and Moronson plays the victim in every interview, for crying out loud...
  25. It's well past time for Buffalo to get rid of stiffs like Thompson, Rodrigues, Larsson, et al, who waste odd man rushes over-passing the puck and/or chronically shooting wide. It's like we now have a whole line of Ville Leinos.
  26. In 23 games, he's now at 0 goals, 7 assists, and -11. How low can it go? Will he break his record in Colorado of -35 (or whatever it was)?
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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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