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  2. Well, okay, but you did say "historically." The Central clearly had some strong teams this year. Actually, I would argue that if the Blues had had a decent goalie out of the gate and played as built (and arguably someone not named Yeo behind the bench), the central would have had a champ rivaling the Atlantic in points. As for "historically," I don't think you were saying anything particularly outlandish. I've seen that asserted elsewhere. I just don't agree with it. As currently constituted, "historically" really doesn't go back that far (six years including this one). The Met has actually won the last three Cups (a streak that will obviously end). I don't think I'd base a "strongest" argument based on that, though. But the Met has been strong. I think going back to the previous alignment, you've had strong Chicago teams and Detroit teams. And the Blues were at least a tough out in the regular season. Dallas, Nashville and the (perennially boring) Wild, too. Long post to say I don't think your claim was absurd or anything. I just think...I just disagree about putting the "historically" on it. This year? Yeah, I think that the conventional wisdom going into the year was that the central would be a beast to play in. It didn't disappoint, as far as I'm concerned.
  3. The new GM is an absolute asshat. [Hidden Content] 1. Here’s my sense of what’s going on with Phil Kessel: he vetoed a trade to Minnesota and the story is out because both teams are unhappy. He cannot be traded to the Wild without specific approval, and, if you know Kessel, you know he will stand up for his rights no matter what anyone else thinks. The fact it got out may make it even harder to complete, because he’ll push back against pressure. I’d heard things went badly last season between him and the organization, and this confirms it. He knows he will be traded because there’s no benefit to staying, but he’s going to make sure it is on his terms if the Penguins want to send him anywhere other than his eight-team list. My guess is Arizona would be high on his choice of destinations, but I don’t see an easy fit. The Penguins want scoring in return and the Coyotes finished 28th in goals-for. Memorial Day weekend comes at a perfect time for everyone to take a deep breath, drink some strawberry daiquiris, then search for a solution. 2. You know who else can’t be thrilled? Jason Zucker. That’s twice (Calgary at the deadline) he’s been sent somewhere, only to have it aborted. Someone is going to get a very motivated player. He must want to strangle someone
  4. Well, it appears that you are both in luck! If it were any other year I would probably concede that such a statement would likely be based more on my own regional bias than on factual evidence but this season such a claim can actually be quantified. At the end of the 2018/19 season, the top three teams in the Central Division were separated by but a single point (100-99-99), the closest race of any of the six divisions. Additionally, both conference wild card playoff slots were filled by teams from the Central Division. It is therefore inarguable that no other division in the NHL had a closer, more competitive race with more teams qualifying for the playoffs. So, by these criteria, an actual data-driven conclusion can subsequently be drawn that, this year at least, the Central Division was indeed the toughest in the league.
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  7. I've honestly never thought that and am not sure how that assertion is made.
  8. It may sound a bit corny but I believe the players on both teams feel an obligation to best represent the players in their own conference and, most of all, their own division. The Central Division is historically one of the toughest if not THE toughest in the league and I'm proud to know that the Blues are representing great teams like the Wild as they continue their pursuit of the Cup. Living in Houston, I got to watch a lot of really great future Wild players come through town with the Aeros of the AHL on their way up to the big show like Zucker, Granlund, Kuemper, Brodin, Scandella, Coyle, Harding, Haula....it was awesome seeing these guys develop. What a shame it is that there is absolutely NO pro hockey whatsoever in the nation's 4th largest city. When will we once again see hockey in Houston? More directly, when will we see an NHL franchise here?
  9. I really would like Blues to win(put their win in 7 games), because I would like to see a new Stanley Cup winner. Blues never won a Stanley Cup in their kind of long history and really merit that title with their talented young goaltender. Agree, it is mainly will be a battle between Binnington and Rask. The most toughest one will be the winner. I realize that Boston is more experienced hard team to play against, but still wish the best to Blues.
  10. Draft season is coming soon. After watching and analyzing the link about the 10 worst #1 overall draft picks of all times, I am thinking more that the Wild organization should always look for number #1 draft (overall or not overall it really does not matter) exclusively for the most promising highly scoring available forward player, but not a defenseman or a goaltender. Last year it was a huge surprise for our fans what did we picked as a #1 draft – a defenseman, who disappeared from any hockey world radars – NHL, AHL, and from a Sweden league. Here is link below about the 10 worst #1 overall draft picks of all times: [Hidden Content]
  11. The only problem I know of with Kadri is the fact that he hasn't figured out where the line is. On another note, a bit from Rick Wilson from the current 31 thoughts: 27. Wilson agreed to discuss a couple of the Flyers. I asked him about the belief Ivan Provorov was mentally affected by trying to secure a big second contract. “I don’t know if the contract bothered him, or if he was being pushed to get more offence to help that,” Wilson answered. “Instead of letting it happen with his natural gifts, he was forcing it a bit. When that happens, you start to overdo it. You’re never going to be perfect, but that makes it worse. Less is more. Let the puck do the work and catch up to it, instead of you doing the work.” He paused. “But (Provorov) has the right attitude. He wants to be on the ice all the time in every situation.” On 35-point man Travis Sanheim, a left-shot who was moved to the right side next to Provorov: “Very impressive. We gave him a lot to chew on and a lot of responsibility by playing him on his off-wing. It can be good and it can be difficult. He handled it fairly well, but going to his normal side will help him more offensively.” Wilson talked up Robert Hagg (“good penalty killer”) and Radko Gudas (“he worked really hard to stay in control”), adding both Samuel Morin and Philippe Myers are “both ready. They can play. The key is they will both hit a wall, as all young players do. What do you do then? How do you handle it? It’s not easy.” Wilson did not mention Shayne Gostisbehere, so I brought him up. He was careful. “I would just say that I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t help him bring more of his best on a consistent basis … he is very talented and it is in there.”
  12. It seems Kaprizov did pretty well there. I am glad that he received a good experience around those Russian NHL stars. Congrats to the all fans from Finland as well as to Lonkkis and to you Lynxrattle – today your team was able to beat a nice Russian team in an extremely tough game in semifinals with a score 1:0. From my observations for decades a Finland team is always bringing surprises. This tournament was not an exception too - they were able to win over a Canada team during the 1st game and over a Russia team in semifinals. And it seems it does not matter at all in those championships if the team was built from exclusively or NHL,KHL,AHL or from other leagues players. Probably an extreme motivation to win and to get medals(especially gold) is the main part in those surprising tournaments results. Nice examples were the teams last year from Switzerland during the World Championship and a Germany team during Olympics. Both teams got a silver medals respectively. A second semifinal game between a Canada and a Czech Republic teams just started recently. So far score is 1:0 for a Canada team.
  13. And in the elimination game him scored two goals so he brought it...it wasn't enough. All things come to an end.
  14. I hate to see the kid's run come to and end but they fought hard. But they played a Rouyn-Notanda Husky team that won a franchise 59-8-4 so it was no easy task. But now it's time for the big boy league. He will get his chance to fine tune his skating and has a good chance to wear an A for the Phantoms. He'll have a lot of good talent to work with next year they should push hard to make the playoffs.
  15. Watching this game with Guelph losing the cup on NHL network now. Kid’s got a HELL of a shot. But while Ratty looks promising, but what this piece fails to mention is his costly penalties. Still Frost, Farabee and Ratcliffe are a promising trio. lhttps://www.nhl.com/flyers/news/ratcliffes-magical-season-ends--philadelphia-flyers/c-307541954
  16. I honestly don't pay enough attention, so I'm wondering why he's a problem child. I just figured he's a 2C that had to drop to 3C because of Tavares and Matthews. But like I said, I don't pay enough attention. Is there more to that story? I agree though, that the Leafs are over the barrel, so I'd push the price down on what's going back.
  17. Yeah, I'm good with him coming to Philly. The caveat, as always of course, is what is going the other way.
  18. I would be blown away if Binnington melts down in the finals. He's been rock-solid when the team plays well in front of him. None but a very few number of goals allowed the entire playoffs have been his fault, most of them being of the high-danger variety like odd-man rushes and power plays. If the D plays the way they did in locking down San Jose I would almost guarantee that Binnington will be very strong in net for us. Will he be as good as Rask? Not sure....Rask has been other-worldly but I do believe that if Boston wins the series, it won't be due to any weakness on Binnington's behalf.
  19. Well I am not the scorekeeper. I thought I was the only one with the Blues? I have them winning it all. I think over Tampa like an idiot. I caved into conventional wisdom in the East. Who did you have winning? I have to go find yours. There are 14 entries. I guess if you did better than me before the final you could still beat me. If the Blues win, and I like them to, you cant win No, I looked it up, I have you beat up to the final. I have this. Its over
  20. The late great Dan Kelly was the voice of the St Louis Blues and the NHL and their early national broadcasts back in the late 60s. He was maybe the best of all time in hockey. I remember his broadcasts of many a Montreal vs Boston game in the playoffs and regular season. You could catch him calling the Blues on the radio.
  21. I thought maybe him and Bob Plaguer would come out for first puck drop? They should mention the late great Dan Kelly too
  22. I think alot will have to do with if Bennington can keep the ice flowing in his veins, if he plays the way he has been, I think the Blues in six but Rask is on fire also, I think it's going to be a low scoring series , I don't think (imo) there will be any blowout games and I predict at least 2-3 ot games at least... Definitely going to be a goaltending battle... Let's go Blues!!!
  23. I think he's saying "suck it phanuef..." And the flyers front office too...
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  25. PRESEASON OUTLOOK A bit optimistic, a few of the other Western teams were getting a bit long in the tooth, the 'Yotes were hoping for a playoff run behind Raanta and Keller. FINAL RECORD 39-35-8 86 points 4 points behind the Avalanche for the final spot in the West. They didn't make it but somehow they came really close. HIGH POINT OF THE YEAR When they bested the Ducks 6-1 on March 14th they had won 10 of their previous 12 giving up only 15 goals during those 10 wins. They were 3 points up for the final playoff spot with 11 games to go. LOW POINT OF THE YEAR They faded from there, losing 8 of their final 11 games to barely miss a playoff spot in the last week of the season. WHAT WENT WRONG No scoring. None. Galchenyuk led the team with 19 goals which was tied for 133rd in the game, Keller had a sophomore slump but led the team with 47 points which was good for 122nd in the game. Raanta was supposed to be the savior in net and went down early only appearing in 12 games.Dvorak missed the first 60 games and only managed 2 goals in 20 games. Connautan who had established himself as a power play specialist over several years only managed 1 goal all year.Schmaltz came over from the Hawks and scored 14 points in 17 games before going down for the year. Derek Stepan had a very poor year. WHAT WENT RIGHT Darcy Kuemper IMHO deserved to be put up for the Vezina over Lehner who split time in net, Keumper came from nowhere and put this team on his back and kept them in the race until the final days with brilliant netminding. Galchenyuk was good, OEL was a beast, a force of nature on the back end. A bunch of guys like Grabner, Hinostroza, Panik, Cousins and Brad Richardson, all retreads bought into the team concept system and contributed with solid years. Conor Garland and Chrsitian Fischer showed they have potential to be at worst top nine forwards for years to come. The defense was unsung but very, very good. FREE AGENTS Servicable Panik, enigmatic Mario Kempe and the usable in a pinch Pickard are all free agents. The 'Yotes have expessed interest in retaining Panik. OFFSEASON QUESTIONS: WHERE THE HELL DOES THIS TEAM FIND SOME OFFENSE?It was not an accident that I left that last question capitalized, they need to find a scoring winger for the top line and a top six center. The next question is one of health, this team was snakebit last year with one player after another missing time, They need to figure out a way to stay healthy. The other big question is this penny pinching organization has a slew of free agents coming up next year including their top two goal scorers and Keumper. Can they, will they retain them beyond 19-20? Can Schmaltz be a top six center? Stepan? Chuckie? At least one of them needs to be, probably two of them. This past seasons near miss will be quickly forgotten if they dont add much needed offense but overall they should feel very satisfied with the direction of the organization.
  26. Agree.They all(Fiala,Kunin, Kaprizov) did pretty well there. Interesting that Nino after Stanley Cup playoffs joined Fiala with a Switzerland team and played against a very competitive Canada team in quarterfinals. Fiala and Nino had assists in that tough game, but unfortunately lost in OT. Fiala had 4 goals and a couple assists in that tournament. Kunin played hard too with USA team against Russia team in a quarterfinals , but lost with a score 3:4. Kaprizov put one goal for the Russia team in that game and having so far 2 goals in that World Championship.
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