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  2. We haven't played well against this team historically, particularly in the Mile High City: [Hidden Content] AV will have to figure out how to slow them down in the neutral zone, otherwise we face a lot of pressure and get bottled up in our own zone. McDavid is a beast and thorn in our side.
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  4. I'm sure the Devils have some rationale but I don't see why they won't release Hughes for world junior competion.
  5. THIS^^^ You gotta give your teammate time to react to a hit coming...TK didn't have a chance.
  6. Jared Spurgeon's loss was felt in the last game. You guys need him back in the lineup quickly.
  7. Either that, or you both have the same sponsor at the Trade Rehab clinic...
  8. Okay here is more or less how that worked out..... Rux inquired about Fleury after I asked about Giordano who is a favorite of mine. I had to have a goalie in return. Rux knows how much I like players in both leagues, especially goalies, saw that I had just traded for Price in Nahana and BAM was all over that. His trade with you went through overnight, by 6am he had this as an offer to me, by 601 I took it. I never even considered a deal but he kinda put this together in a way that made sense. I told him a joke earlier in the year that kind of applies here ashe finally got Fleury from me, he is playing three dimensional chess while the rest of us are playing checkers sometimes. He does as good a job, if not better of networking, having al the angles locked down. Gotta hand it to him. As for me and trades, I have now been involved in 9 between the two leagues with 5 of them involving Rux. I think that often we just trade out of boredom, lol
  9. The hit was fine. Thats hockey. What isn't fine is the coach dressing a marshmallow line up against a team like Ottawa with Hagg and Stewart in the press box. The Flyers are lucky there wasnt 2 other concussions Saturday, Farabee and Jake were fortunate not to be pummeled.
  10. Hmmm....WHY does it feel like I TRADED Price to you, Yave?? Might have to start calling @ruxpin "Flipper"
  11. Trade between Rux and myself..... Rux gets Flower and Gustafsson I add Price and Gio He gets an upgrade in net, I get an upgrade on my blueline. IMHO is a solid add for both. This is only my second deal of the year in All Star, bothwith Rux. Anyone wants to send me an offer I am always willing to listen. Kinda sorta considering trading MacKinnon in the right deal.
  12. Jake and JVR: "well they already paid us, so...."
  13. Games Played on 12/8/19 Nikolaj Ehlers vs Ryan Getzlaf Winner ? Evander Kane vs MacKenzie Weegar Winner ? Dennis Gilbert vs Jason Demers Winner ? William Carrier vs Brendan Lemieux Winner ?
  14. Georgiev stifles Golden Knights in Rangers’ 5-0 win Game # 32 0 5 By Associated Press 17 hours ago LAS VEGAS -- Alexandar Georgiev stopped 38 shots for his second shutout of the season and the New York Rangers beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-0 on Sunday night. Georgiev, who recorded his first shutout of the season at New Jersey on Nov. 30, was making his fourth start in five games. It was the 23-year-old's fourth career shutout. Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Jacob Trouba, Jesper Fast and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers. The Golden Knights hadn't been shutout since last Feb. 18 at Colorado. They came into the game with at least one goal in 52 consecutive regulation games, the third longest active streak behind Boston (84 games) and Florida (56). Malcolm Subban, making his seventh straight start for Vegas, made 20 saves. The Golden Knights had their five-game point streak snapped as they dropped to 7-6-3 at home this season. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead after defenseman Tony DeAngelo made a nice spin move near the blue line and passed the puck to the top of the left circle for Marc Staal, who then fired the puck to the top of the right circle for Panarin, whose wrist shot beat Subban 4:08 into the game. Kreider struck 14 seconds later, when he pelted Ryan Strome's cross-ice feed past Subban's skate, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Early in the second period Vegas forward Ryan Reaves was hit with a double-minor for high-sticking New York forward Brendan Lemieux in the face and the Rangers wasted no time on the power play. After Subban's save caromed to his right, Trouba stopped the puck with his skate, kicked it to his forehand and punched it in a wide-open net to make it 3-0 at 7:14. Trouba then helped extend the lead when his pass from the top of the right circle found Fast in perfect position to lift the puck over Subban's pad and give the Rangers a commanding 4-0 lead with 9 1/2 minutes left in the middle period. The Golden Knights lost rookie Cody Glass late in the second when Lemieux came crashing in with a spinning elbow to the temple that left Vegas' first-ever draft pick on his knees writhing in pain. Glass had to be helped off the ice and to the locker room. Zibanejad got credit for the Rangers' fifth goal when the puck went off Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb and past Subban with just under five minutes left in the third.
  15. Agreed. I'm still not certain it was an illegal hit - I guess it was a bit late - but that's a different question from whether or not the league has a hot clue about any of it.
  16. Speaking of which: now that Brind'amour removed Nino from Aho's line, he's back to his old self. A defensive liability who can't score to save his life. On pace for 8 goals and -16 rating... ouch. Seems like it was good for the Wild to get rid of him.
  17. I don't think the league, itself, has a good idea.
  18. It's not clear to me that the hit is illegal or even bad. The worst part of the entire play is the suicide pass by Braun. A veteran like that has to be the one that shows the better judgement there and not try that. Or the pass has to be very hard, which is a way of telling TK that there is a big bastard closing on him fast.
  19. No hearing, no penalty, no comment, no nothing. It was late and head was initial point of contact. I've given up trying to understand the rules on this.
  20. Thats why we need a couple of skilled big players who can be a deterrent to guys going after our skill players. Who on our team could stand up to that neanderthal that took out Knonecny, nobody. Ottawa was running us all night.You want a balanced team that can match up against any teams style. You dont want to go into the playoffs worrying about how you match up and drawing a bad matchup in the first round and getting knocked out. Balance is the key. In the playoffs its a tough , physical and grueling process with way more hitting and less penalties called. We have some very good small skilled guys but we need to replace a soft marshmallow like JVR with a physical skilled winger.
  21. Lol, just seeing this for the first time, can't believe I missed OR's tagging me. I've mostly ceased and desisted with the concrete abutment jokes. Even I can take a hint, it just takes awhile sometimes.
  22. now could be a good time for JVR to remember what he's getting paid for.
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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. 
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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.
       
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      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)?
       
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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!" 
       
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      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
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      This thesis will explain why no Canadian team will win the Stanley Cup until at least 2050.

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