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  1. I don't care what anyone in the media or who works for teams or the NHL itself says....there SHOULD be an asterisk (and there WILL be in the minds of many hockey fans), regardless of who wins this...."tournament". Seems its a hastily slapped together thing that is extremely short sighted and they are doing it just to be able to say "we crowned a champion in 2020"......for all the asterisks that is worth. So any team from the "no business being there Wild" to the "might have won again Blues", any one of them, simply cannot be viewed in the same light as past SC champions who actually went through a straight 82-game season and a proper meat grinder 4-rounds of playoffs to get the ultimate prize. My biggest concern in all this is the status of the proper 2020-21 season. How will that be affected? Will there be more significant injuries due to this forced 24-team playoffs followed by a short turnaround for the start of the next season? Or will we see lackluster play at the END of next season (in time for those playoffs), due to players simply being worn down more than usual? I guess we will see. And Covid 19 may not even be done wreaking havoc in the sports world either. But for this upcoming playoffs, I find it very hard to get excited about it. Feels like one giant exhibition season before the real season starts in October again.
  2. Great to see that smile in the Orange and Black again... ...i know he has really missed it.
  3. Probably because they have experience broadcasting the finals in colour.
  4. Strokes killed about 140,000 in the US last year. COVID-19 has killed nearly 120,000 since February while we have experienced some of the most serious lockdowns ever experienced to mitigate the spread of the disease. There were 1.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed in the US last year. There have been 2.1M new cases of COVID-19 since February. And the 18,000 new cases diagnosed yesterday are about the same as they were a month ago. And you do, of course, realize that strokes, heart disease, and cancer are not spread via the air, nor from people who are showing no signs of infection, right? In fact, they aren't spread from person to person at all. Stop comparing apples to hockey pucks. This is a serious disease that isn't "going away when it's warm". Alabama had the highest number of cases ever two days ago and was about 20 below their previous high yesterday. Oklahoma has had three of it's highest number of cases in the past four days. Florida has also spiked. Texas continues to trend up. We have "flattened the curve" but it's also no longer a "curve" as much as a "plateau" nationally.
  5. [Hidden Content] As I said before ...they should have just cancelled the 2019-20 season and try to start the 20-21 season on time. I feel they are trying to cram too much too soon after completing the "revised 2019-20" schedule.
  6. My fellow HFers will back me up that I have been saying FOR YEARS that the lottery system is FAR too unkind to the worst team(s). I was saying it long before we were near (or AT) the bottom. But if there is a draft lottery that is a shining example that I have been right, it is this one! You wanna see tanking? Wait until a team goes down 0-2 in their qualifier series and watch what happens. Lose for a decent chance at Frenchie! That’s just wrong! You know what else is wrong? That the worst team is only guaranteed 4th. And lookee here! We are missing the top 3, which seem to be gapped from the next echelon of prospects. This is wrong! i realize by saying this it is self-serving. And if I hadn’t been saying this FOR YEARS, that would be legit. But I have been saying it: That less than a 1/5 chance for the first pick for the worst team is just wrong. It shouldn’t be a coin flip, but it should be greater than 18.5%. Significantly greater. 25-30% sounds about right. And if they lose, they shouldn’t go down beyond #3. i really think the bottom 5-7 teams should be in the running for the first pick. You can add the others for the second, but give the teams that need the most help the most help, even if it is in a different order. I saw that Brian Burke commented and seems to agree with me. I’ll bet he’s not alone as far as GMs go. The fact that a team like Edmonton could end up with that first pick and the Wings get 4th? There’s no better word for that than disgusting! The NHL needs to eliminate the possibility of “disgusting” happening with their lottery.
  7. I need some hockey. “Dig, Tommy Come’on” I yell as Tommy Goulden turns the corner trailing Reece Rodland by half a bike length on the home stretch of their race. The Rodland kid is bigger but Tommy has a great motor and high neighborhood BMX IQ, he definitely has the ability to win some races against the older Reece. But not this time, Tommy runs out of gas and Reece wins pulling away. The climax of the race has an empty net goal after a furious 3rd period push feel to it for young Tommy. Ever the competitor, he chirps Reece about cutting him off at the Farrell house as they head to Reece’s yard for a backyard fire and s’mores. It’s been 112 days since the NHL suspended operations, my daily life is a mess. My family is fortunate, my wife has been able to work from home as have I, our teenaged daughter is doing as well as can be expected in the current limited world or social interaction. We’re good, really. I have been a little “extra” though. Last week I complained to Mrs Mojo about Marcus “just taking his blades for a ride when he should have been mowing the hell out of that lawn”…I mean Marcus is a good guy, he’s got “plus” zero turning radius mower accuracy and is a hell of weed wacker, however, I can’t help but feel like he’s floating when he’s doing the backside of the industrial building that is adjacent to our yard. I think the problem here is there have been no Stanley Cup playoffs and it has affected my behavior in ways that are not helpful. To anyone. My team, the Philadelphia Flyers, had been a perennial playoff fixture for most of my life, until the 2010’s when a series of bewildering trades and free agent signings turfed what was a championship nucleus for a 7 year rebuild that stopped and started a few times. Still the Flyers were playing meaningful hockey into April most years even when they did not qualify for the tournament. When my rooting interests were eliminated there were still teams I could root against and that was almost as fun. Almost. The Flyers vastly underachieved in the 2018/19 season and it led to the dismissal of the general manager and then then mercifully the boneheaded coach. It was an odd numbered year in Philly, so yes, it was the coach’s fault, not the goalie’s. The new GM Chuck Fletcher hired Alain Vigneault and together they assembled a quality staff comprised of former head coaches Mike Yeo, Michel Therrien while retaining Ian Laperierre. Fletcher also signed Kevin Hayes to an eternal contract at way to high of an aav to suit many armchair GMs. He also made a few savvy trades that brought experienced, high-quality, players to the team while keeping the core and the highly prized young players on the roster and in the system. Still many fans were not delighted, I myself was warily optimistic, which is the default setting for most Flyers fans. The competition in the Metropolitan division is fierce. The Flyers needed to play winning hockey to keep pace. Prior to January they were scraping along, playing poorly on the road but well at home. They had lost one of their top young goal scorers for the season and maybe forever, to Ewing’s Sarcoma. It would be another year in the “rebuild of the rebuild”. Then in mid-January this team began to “feel themselves”, they became confident and really fun to watch. The boys were skating teams out of the rink, and when they were heavy legged, the goalies stole games. They beat the teams they should and were right there with the top teams in the league. They couldn’t seem to beat Tampa but they skated with them, and with a bounce could have won both games; they played the Bruins tough too with better results. The Flyers owned the Capitals and beat the top teams from the western conference. They were going to be tough to beat in the Stanley Cup playoffs because they were definitely going to make the tournament and maybe even have home ice for a round. This is going to be our year! Then COVID-19 happened. Everyone’s life ground to a halt. In March and April sports was the furthest thing from my mind. My focus needed to be on wiping down the produce I purchased at the grocery store with Lysol and not whether James vanRiemsdyk was effectively forechecking (he had been). The weather got better, kids began to play outside. Home projects that “only needed some time” were completed, we had reached the end of Netflix, (the home screen becomes all “watch it again”). There is certainly a space sports can occupy to help the nation escape for a time. Can hockey fill that void? I know the answer is yes, the Stanley Cup tournament is the most difficult to win in professional sports, it is nightly drama, feats of skill and courage that must be seen to be believed. Can the NHL resume play safely? I hope so, I would love to see the game resume. I don’t want anyone to get sick with the virus. I am starved for a return to some sense of normalcy and sports can offer that. If the NHL can do it and everyone involved can do it virus free, then drop the puck! It can grow our sport, showcasing the cup playoffs to a nearly captive audience. I think the nation would be grateful to hockey. I know the Rodland kid would rather have me yelling at Todd Marchand through the TV than rooting against him every time he rides his bike with his younger buddy.
  8. A day to celebrate as Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes radiation treatments Couldn't happen to a better person. So happy for him. Ring that bell!!!!
  9. Tricky question. Last year I would have voted the Sens by far but with their 4,459,745 picks and prospects, they can't fall lower and reach the Earth's nucleus. Aside this, Melnyk remains the worst owner. IMO Yzerman will build something decent in Detroit, he proved that in Tampa. So I would probably vote for the Devils: I don't see anything positive in this organisation. I still put my joker for Montréal. Having Timmins still in place is beyond any logic, but Bergevin's Pacioretty and Galchenyuk trades saved his ass. When players prefer to go the Hurricanes rather than Montréal, it stings.
  10. They've been mostly good since 2015. They don't have any fans, but they're far from belong in this discussion.
  11. @SpikeDDS I agree completely. It's not right. Edmonton was in solid playoff position but could get bounced in a short series after not playing for months and somehow wind up getting a franchise player out of the deal. I imagine that this was a concession made to the play-in teams for having to play against clubs that probably wouldn't qualified for the playoffs if things hadn't gone as they had with Covid. As ever, life is often not fair at all.
  12. Or a real gutsy pick would be Yaro Askorov, the lighting fast russian goalie prospect out of russia who is considered the best goalie prospect in years. He keeps getting compared to Andrey Vasilevskiy who Yzerman took in the first round for the Lightning so he has a history of not being afraid to go goalie in the first round.
  13. "viral load" is a term I hear frequently. minimal exposure to the virus leads to better outcomes in most cases. The fewer cells get in, the better the body's antibodies can deal with it. This is why wearing a mask is effective in curbing the virus' spread and lethality. The NHL could develop a helmet with a filtration system built in, would the players use it? it would be really weird seeing hockey players looking like star wars characters, but this is a thing that can happen that would make return to play safer for the players. Also I think the two hub cities should be in Canada where there is an actual health system working the problem with the support of it's governmental leaders.
  14. What do you think has sustained me for all these years?
  15. Thanks for your service bud. Keep at it. Ignorance kills. Nobody appears to know that better than you guys at this point in the proceedings.
  16. NO....that is incorrect. What you are talking about is Passive Immunity. By definition, Passive immunity is provided when a person is given antibodies to a disease rather than producing them through his or her own immune system. A newborn baby acquires passive immunity from its mother through the placenta. A person can also get passive immunity through antibody-containing blood products such as immune globulin, which may be given when immediate protection from a specific disease is needed. This is the major advantage to passive immunity; protection is immediate, whereas active immunity takes time (usually several weeks) to develop. However, passive immunity lasts only for a few weeks or months. Only active immunity is long-lasting. Active immunity results when exposure to a disease organism triggers the immune system to produce antibodies to that disease. Exposure to the disease organism can occur through infection with the actual disease (resulting in natural immunity), or introduction of a killed or weakened form of the disease organism through vaccination (vaccine-induced immunity). Either way, if an immune person comes into contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will recognize it and immediately produce the antibodies needed to fight it. Sometimes this will prevent the disease from occurring all together or sometimes lessening the symptoms. Active immunity is long-lasting, and sometimes life-long. Time to clear some things up....... First of all there is a MAJOR difference between the Varicella Vaccine (Chicken Pox) and the Flu Vaccine. Yes they are both viruses but completely different. You CANNOT compare the two of them together. VZV is a highly infectious virus and the causative agent of chickenpox and shingles, the latter being particularly associated with the risk of painful cmplications. The biggest difference between the two is simply that the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) has had very little mutation over the years as compared to the Flu Virus. The Flu Virus has 4 different sub-types and tends to mutate on a yearly basis. There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on the vaccine) that research suggests will be most common. For 2019-2020, trivalent (three-component) vaccines are recommended to contain: A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated) A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus (updated) B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus Quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to contain: the three recommended viruses above, plus B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus. Please note, medicine is still an inexact science. The CDC does its best to formulate the best possible Flu Vaccine as possible, but when people say "IT DOES NOT WORK" or "I STILL GOT THE FLU" it simple means that individual acquired a different Flu Strain than what is in the current vaccine. It happens. The CDC has a great article on the number Flu Viruses out there and how they are named. I highly suggest you glance this over. [Hidden Content] Every virus mutates; it’s part of the virus life cycle. Those shifts and changes aren’t always a big deal. The new coronavirus is an RNA virus: a collection of genetic material packed inside a protein shell. RNA viruses, like the flu and measles, are more prone to changes and mutations compared with DNA viruses, such as herpes, smallpox, and human papillomavirus (HPV). In some cases, those mutations may actually lead to a weaker virus. Usually, though, the changes are so slight that there’s no noticeable difference in the disease’s transmission and fatality rates. Right now it it is way too early to determine what is going to happen.
  17. Cause Rick picks them to win the cup every....single....year.
  18. Greetings: I was very happy to see this. It's a pleasant piece of news during strange times. I am sure he was in good hands. He's in the prime of his life. Let's hope this thing is cured and he can lead a long and productive life.
  19. My entire life has been about hockey, and especially watching the playoffs in the spring. As much as I miss hockey , I really don’t believe there will be a playoff season. To me ,the NHL is better off canceling this season and prepare for next year. Look at the spike in COVID cases already. As soon as the traveling starts and all the players get together there will be an outbreak, It’s July already , who wants a half assed playoffs with no fans and the games played in other cities. I’m predicting now there will not be any playoffs. Imagine if there is a playoff season and after 45 years of suffering the Flyers finally win the Cup and we didn’t get to go to a single game , they won in some other city, in a empty arena and there is no Stanley Cup parade . Who the hell wants that. Who needs a ******** gimmick playoff and then a shortened season next year. Forget this year and also forget this social distance crap, open everything up , you can’t stop a virus, it has to run its course. We have been shutdown for 4 months ,we partially opened up and people are getting sick again, you can shutdown for 10 more months and the same thing will happen and we will be bankrupt and half the population will be on welfare. Unfortunately, the virus has to run its course and lots of people are going to die , you can’t stop it, just like you can’t stop a cold or flu. We are only prolonging the inevitable. P.S. All the allegations against me are false, they all wanted it...
  20. To add a bit of nonsense to this circus, the #1 overall pick will go to one of the qualification round loser with equivalent odds (12.5%). The Dead Wings got screwed by dropping 3 spots down. Theoretically, Lafrenière could end up in Pittsburgh or Edmonton (imagine the ridiculous offense the Oilers might have, if Lafrenière confirms his skills and potential at the higher level).
  21. I've been thinking about Wyatt Kaylnuk a little, what is his ceiling? I mean realistically, are we going to lose Ryan MacDoughnah for nothing? or will it be like losing Kris Russell? There are some really good young players ahead of him on the depth chart who are already in the NHL and will only get better. He's not going to be better than Sanhiem or Provorov, will he be as good as Meyers hell can he beat out Mark Freidman? who everytime I watch him plays like a real NHL player... I guess I'm saying, sure it's sad to miss out on a quality young man and player, but there are only 6 spots, he's being wise to want to see where he can play and earn immediately. At this point I'm not sure if losing him is poor asset management or an eventuality of picking and finding good players. This is the first time in 10 years i've felt this way about maybe losing a defensive prospect.
  22. Show me one place EVER when I suggested that the worst team should be given the #1 pick. Show me one place EVER where I have said that a losing team should be awarded a franchise player. I’ll wait... Do I think the worst teams should be the ones in the lottery for the first couple of picks in the draft? Yes I do. I am going to disagree with you on that, as does EVERY SINGLE PROFESSIONAL TEAM SPORTS LEAGUE. Name one that agrees with you. I’ll wait... Here’s the logic for you: If you are going to try to have a competitive team sports league, trying to get away from one team dominating over and over, you balance it by giving worse teams the opportunity to select the best talent as they see it. Just because you get the top pick guarantees you NOTHING! Which is why this still works. It might be different if the top pick guaranteed you winning. It doesn’t. Tanking may suck—we agree on that, at least—but an uncompetitive league sucks worse. And most everyone seems to get that. But there are exceptions, I suppose. And apparently you are one of them. I’ll just be over here with everyone else.
  23. It's either Rossi, Drysdale, or Askorov if you ask me. I'm with you on Drysdale as my first choice, if for no other reason because our depth at the blue line is pretty thin. He would be a lovely addition to the PP units. I think that a good bit of our offensive problem is our inability to get the puck out of our own zone. We need more talent to be able to activate what talent we have up front. I like the Askorov idea also. We need SERIOUS help in net. Rossi should be considered. I didn't see you mention him. If we are adding up front, he'd probably be my guy. And you know how I roll, @yave1964, with regard to expectations. We are picking EXACTLY where I expected us to pick. P.S. ain't no way we are getting Stutzle or Byfield. If either somehow do not get picked, we pick them, but I think our chances of that are far worse than our chances were for getting the first pick of the draft. Expectations. Keep them low so disappointment is at a minimum. That's how Stevie seemed to play it at the post-lottery PC. He must have read my text to him.
  24. That would be a nice addition...dont sleep on Rossi though.
  25. Well the last 4 years of suckage has built them a nice young core going forward. Vilardi, Kupari, Turcotte and now i would imagine Byfield to go with it will they ever start to turn this around with Blake at the helm? I guess it will give Hextall a nice solid base to take over with once Blake gets canned next year i would imagine and Ron takes over.
  26. They only seem to win mediocre drafts
  27. When people don't agree that Player A belongs in the HOF, a great amount of extremely heated debate often takes place. This can happen between rabid fans of that player, or even people that, while they weren’t necessarily this guy’s biggest devotee, believe he’s HOF caliber. HOF arguments are many, but generally comprise the following sorts of arguments, and are used on there own or sometimes even all at once. There are probably a million different sorts of arguments that could be made by a million different people, but these are five easily identifiable points of debate that come up again and again. The Selective Reasoning, or Bernie Federko Argument “Who’s the only player to ever record 50 assists in 10 or more consecutive seasons?”. This is a perfect example of using very selective statistics to “prove” that a player is more qualified than other players, with its biggest falling point being that it’s the sort of logic that can make ANY player into a HOFer, and tell us as much about the skill of the arguer as it does the player being debated. This question really only leads to more questions. Did somebody have 45 assists for 10 or more seasons? Did another player have at least 60 assists for 10 or more years? The Championship Argument “He won X Stanley Cups. He’s a champion. How can he not go into the Hall of Fame?” This is fine enough, but has to be taken in context with other factors. The Stanley Cups isn’t the heavyweight championship of the world, it’s a team championship. There is nothing wrong with raising the point of a player’s involvement in Stanley Cup victories; however, it can’t carry a lot of weight if it’s the main thrust of the pro-HOF argument. Conversely, a lack of Stanley Cups cannot be at all fairly used against a player that didn’t play for a club strong enough to win championships. The Clutch Play Wild Card Here’s the Ace of Spades that’s used when a guy is really in trouble. If he’s been unable to make a fair case (or even if he did), it’s then time to bring out the player’s superior qualities as a clutch player. This is the argument where people will try to make you believe that players aren’t merely NHLers due to their being bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic, but because they possess greater character than the rest of the mere mortals. Not only are they better athletes, but better people than us, as is “proved” by their ability to “raise their game when it really counts”. A player’s reputation (or lack thereof) as being clutch is generally based on a very small selection of plays, is mostly trumpeted by the media first, and then the fans pick up on it. This idea has not once been shown to have consistency or any real evidence of existing, and makes for a poor HOF argument, though many people lean on it heavily. The use of clutch skills as a debating tool is the bridge that people use to span the distance that they can't cover with reason or sensibility. The “Numbers Don’t Mean Anything” Argument This argument would have more substance if it went something more like “numbers don’t mean everything”. Statistics DO mean something. They give identity to the unidentifiable and meaning to the abstract, and other than video, photos, articles and memories, are all we have left to tell the story of what happened on the ice. As long as statistics are viewed in their proper light they are completely relevant in a sports conversation, and don’t deserve to be thrown out automatically. I guarantee you that the “numbers don’t mean anything” crowd check their pay stub every two weeks to make sure that the numbers are what they should be. The Comparative, or Clark Gillies Argument "Clark Gillies is in the Hall of Fame. How can you not put Player A in?" This debate is centered on how the player in question compares to other players in the HOF. This argument takes form in the use of “X, Y and Z all made the HOF, and A was a better player than them”. This also happens a lot when folks mix in other forms of the above arguments to back up their case. This is the Clark Gillies HOF doctrine in its purest form, leaving us cursed forever to endure how other players compare to him. There are a number of players more qualified to be in the HOF than Gillies, and we’ll see many more people use the Gillies argument. The question to ask is this: Should the Gillies example be used to allow easier entry into the HOF, or be accepted for what it is and put an end to comparisons between him and prospective players?
  28. It's that time of year again: time for the Keltner Test, this time for Kevin Lowe. 1. Was he ever commonly thought of as the best player in hockey while he played? No 2. Was he ever commonly thought of as the best player at his position while he played? No, there were always a good number of better defensemen in the league in every year of his career. 3. Was he ever among the top 10 leaders in any key stats? (G, A, Pts, W, SO, etc) No 4. Did the player ever lead the league in any key stats? (G, A, Pts, W, SO, etc) No 5. Did he ever have an impact on a deep playoff run? Yes. Numerous times. (1) 6. Was he a key member of a Stanley Cup winner? Yes. Lowe was a top-pairing and tough-minute defenseman for 5 Cup winners. Won a 6th in NY, but was a depth player by that time. (2) 7. Was he ever a team Captain? Yes. (3) 8. Was he ever team Captain of a Stanley Cup winner? No (3) 9. Did many regard him to be an excellent defensive player? It was never his offense game that brought him to the dance. Yes (4) 10. Did many regard his physical play/hitting to be an intimidating factor? (NOTE: We're not looking for pests here) Lowe had an extreme tolerance for pain, and consistently played through injuries that would have seen many other players placed on IR, and in that sense was tough. He certainly wasn't intimidating, though. This is a "no" for me. (4) 11. Did he play alot/well after he passed his prime? Lowe's body had a ton of miles, and his impact on his teams really diminished after he was 30 years old, which showed in GP and minutes being drastically reduced. No. (4) 12. Was he ever elected to the 1st or 2nd All-Star team? No. (4) 13. Are many any other players with similar statistics in the HHOF? Of the 10 most statistically similar player, not one is a HOFer. (4) 14. Did he win a Hart, Lindsay, Norris or Vezina Trophy? (NOTE for goalies: prior to 1982, use 1st All-Star selections) No (4) 15. Did he win a Conn Smythe Trophy? (pre-1965: see resources) No (4) 16. Is there any evidence to suggest (due to circumstances beyond his control) that he was significantly better than is indicated by his statistics? (NOTE: We're looking for things like time missed due to global conflict, world politics, league wars, etc... NOT INJURY!) I don't see it. (4) 17. Did the player bring bring positive and intense focus on the game of hockey? The Wayne Gretzky/Babe Ruth question. Almost impossible to get a point here. No. (4) 18. Was the player innovative, inspire a new style of play, or cause the league to change any of its rules as a result of the way he played? No, but almost nobody ever gets a point on this one, either. Total -> 4 points. The scale which I've been using for many years: 13+ = Best of the best 11-12 = Unquestioned HOFer 9-10 = Great player 7-8 = Belongs in HOF -------------------- 5-6 = Borderline 3-4 = Weak Argument 1-2 = Completely Unqualified That borderline range of 5 or 6 means that supporters for the player in question can make arguments, but that they seem to be falling short in a major aspect or two. It takes a lot to get those additional points. Scoring 5 or 6 is more in the range of "that guy was a hell of a hockey player", but probably not great. It's important to remember that we can't take the final number too literally. It's just an attempt to bring some objectivity to the debate, which is usually sorely lacking, and mostly comprised of very abstract ideas about how "he was a clutch player", etc. But even then, if a person doesn't like the above range, it can be adjusted to suit his notion of how difficult it should be. We want to make access to the Hall a truly difficult thing, but it's also not fair to make it so that you have to be Wayne Gretzky in order to get in. Anyway... I always had respect for Kevin Lowe as a player, but much of his HOF argument comes down to environment. Three of his points come from being surrounded by some of the greatest players to ever put on a pair of skates, and the fourth comes from being captain for 55 games during a period where every other player from that dynasty had been sold off. I don't think this was a great look for the committee.
  29. That and you can usually take comfort in the fact that no matter how bad the Flyers are, the Leafs are usually still worse.
  30. That ballsy penalty shot. For me, Rolston will always be linked to that action.
  31. In answer to your question ..... It's hard to say exactly, because the coronavirus is still so new that scientists don't know much about long-term effects. The best evidence comes from patients themselves, and some experience a variety of symptoms long after their infections have cleared. Most people recover within a few weeks. For people who experience longer-term effects, the most common issues are bouts of exhaustion, headaches, anxiety and muscle aches that can last for at least several more weeks. Patients who required intensive care, including those put on ventilators or kidney dialysis, can experience more serious issues. Lung scarring can occur in people who developed pneumonia. Heart inflammation, irregular heartbeats, and worsening kidney and liver function have been reported as well. However, it's too soon to know if those could be permanent problems. Really it depends on the severity of the disease the person had. The more critical ill a person was, the greater the chance of of more significant long term problems. There are no hard concrete answers. I did a journal search and there are no hard definite answers. Any article your read that states differently, then I would question the article. If Matthews had a mild form of COVID-19 then given rest and time he should be OK but that is only a guess. His doctors would know better. You cannot assume the worse.
  32. On the surface, it looked foolish. Would love to see hockey, but not at the expense of a player dying. I agree, call it a day. Maybe if the numbers decreased...but the numbers coming out of half the States are truly alarming.
  33. @jammer2 Again I digress ...why the hell are we rushing to get this season restarted??????? Makes absolutely no sense. (yes I understand in lost revenue) This season is a wash. No sense in rushing back. Buttman is a tool........ I wish Matthews a speedy recovery.
  34. Why, back in the yesterdays of old we used rotten apples for pucks, when a cow turd wasn't available. I don't see what all the fuss is about.
  35. Did not age well so far. Likely won't age well on the go forward.
  36. Apparently not before Jan. 2021 for a starting point with a Winter Classic being the first game of the season, because there will be training camps again and the need to have a break in between. At that point, either it will be a shortened regular season, or they will go to a full season but with playoffs and SC final later on again. I've heard some people working in sports entertainment businesses, they think that "normality" would occur in two to three years from now, not before. We don't know, I think we have to remain rational and pragmatic to this. For now, there's no evidence so far for the media's favorite "second wave" that would wipe everything out. There's measures and protocols in place that will remain in place, the situation is very different compared to March where the crisis was widely underestimated. The League and the economy in general cannot afford further cancellations and shut-downs. We still can't count on a possible vaccine. Maybe an efficient vaccine will be found this fall or a bit later, maybe not. The plan is to blend the current SRAS-Cov-2 virus with the 2003 SRAS to broader the spectrum of actions. One thing is sure: the League will never cancel multiple seasons. That would mean the death of the NHL.
  37. It doesn't work like that. I agree with you on cancelling the 2019-20 season. The league has wasted lots of time, and is going to spend a fortune to force the playoffs to happen for very little benefit to the the league or the game itself IMO. And as the risk appears to be increasing; especially for players living in the U.S. (even if the games are going to be played in Canada) the whole thing seems pointless. However, back to my original point. IMO, the 2020-21 season can start whenever. If that means it starts on January 1st, 2021, so be it. But here's my addition...they should not be fearful of pro-rating the season. So if it cuts that deep, then maybe you only play half a regular season and then have the playoffs as you normally would. I see people talking about the possibility of pushing back the college football season to the spring. If that happens, what do you think is going to get prime air time; the NHL or college football? Even regional networks would face a lot of pressure to aire football over hockey because it draws much better ratings and generates more ad revenue. If we didn't have a Stanley Cup winner in 2019-20 it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Sports are full of 'what if's' but if one player, coach, trainer dies during this whole thing...it was probably was preventable by not having this at all. I feel like its been rushed and even after seeing a pretty good summary of their 47-page precautions list it still seems like there are some glaring holes and potential for disaster. The NHL shouldn't worry about starting the 2020-21 season 'on time' they should worry more about starting the 2020-21 season with the most comprehensive and well thought out plan possible. Of course it would help if America would get its act together and not be so problematic in hosting games here as a hub city.
  38. @CreaseAndAssist @pilldoc The lottery at it is is asinine! I have been saying it for years. And if there was a lottery that illustrates what I have been saying all along, it is this one! It is wrong that the worst team only has an 18.5% chance at the first pick. I agree that it should NOT be a coin flip. We don't want tanking to give a team too reasonable a shot at it, because tanking sucks. I get that. But less than a one-in-five chance at it? No. That's wrong. And the possibility that the worst team, if they don't win ends up picking 4th? That's wrong too! Rarely has there been a year with two prospects who are BOTH considered generational players. The whole idea is to make getting that generational player that comes along every so often NOT guaranteed to the worst team, so that they are discouraged from tanking. But it shouldn't relegate them that far down if they miss the pick. They should still get a very good player. IMHO, picking 3rd for the worst team makes more sense for the game. And that the worst team has almost a coin flip chance of picking 4th? That's just wrong too. And the possibility of a decent team losing in the qualifier round and then getting Frenchie is wrong too. It could be Edmonton! And they've had more 1st and 2nd picks that any other team in the past decade or so! NONE of this is right! None of it! TBH, as a Red Wing fan, I can't be happy with this result AT ALL. But I will say this: I expected to be picking 4th. I had a coin flip chance of picking there, and so I didn't set myself up to think that we would be picking higher. I had already assumed we were going to get screwed, and we did! So disappointment is minimal for me. But my argument for change just leveled up 5 levels. It's time for hockey to correct this.
  39. 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. They didn't talk much about the Devils series except that they had to focus on Elias and Brodeur and that they felt they could beat them. They lost the first game and Giroux was slamming stuff around the locker room in anger while Pronger was loose and kind of chucking at him for his tirade. This looseness helped to loosen Giroux up as he didn't feel too panicked after that and Flyers went on to win the series. They also talked about Lappy blocking the shot with his face and he joked that he did it because he didn't trust Boosh which brought out laughs all around. Naturally they discussed the Bruins series in detail and mentioned how they felt that they had a lot of bad breaks and bounces in the first 3 games. One key thing that they mentioned that happened in the first 3 games was Richards' huge hit on Krejci (who was playing extremely well for the Bruins up until that point) which knocked him out for the rest of the series. At the same time Gagne was due back in game 4 and those 2 events combined were some huge factors that swung the series ,according to the players. For pride they didn't want to get swept so worked hard to win game 4 (in OT) and said they felt that if they could just somehow win game 5 in Boston that they could still win the series as the pressure would all be back on Bruins. They shut out Boston in game 5 (4-0) but lost Boucher in the process when Ryan Parent pushed Miro Satan onto him while he was down making a save. The weight of it caused Boosh to sprain both MCLs. Boosh said at the time he was sure they were both torn. Kimmo came over and asked Boosh if he was OK and Boosh yelled "No! Its all over" then Mcrossin came over and Boosh was yelling "I'm done, I'm done! Leighton hadn't played in 2 months but stepped in and completed the shutout. They had no doubt they would win game 6 at home which they did 2-1 and were feeling good about game 7 until they got down 3-0. Then Lavvy called time out and read them the riot act (Hartnell said that he yelled at them a lot). The first thing he said was to Leighton which was "Stop the *#&%#*ing puck!" Then he basically told them to get their rears in gear and that they just needed one to get back in the game. JVR (called VanReimsdork by Harnell BTW) scored before the end of the first and knew they was hope but still were not super confident as the locker room was very quiet and subdued. They tied it in the 2nd period though on goals by Harts and Briere. Both of them heavily complimented Leino (who they had hoped could join the call) as being very slick with the puck. They both said that they loved playing on a line with him as he would dangle with the puck until they get into a good scoring area and he routinely fed them the puck there resulting in goals. At 2nd intermission the locker room was buzzing and they said they knew they were going to win and it was a matter of time. Gagne finally got the GWG on the PP after a too many men on the ice penalty for the Bruins. Gags said that Richards tried a shot/pass (which was a strategy by the team during that season) which was a wrister meant primarily as shot but had a little power taken off it so it could double as a pass (if needed) for a deflection or even to be received and controlled. In this case the shot/pass was partially blocked by the Bruins. Gagne was able to find it however and pounce on it for a quick shot which would be the game and series winning goal. The team of course was pumped up and was brimming with confidence although it was hard to fathom that after all that they were only 1/2 way to their ultimate goal as it felt like a lot of work to that point Surprisingly they were not worried at all about Montreal who took out Washington and the Pens for them (the latter which had given them fits the last few years). In fact they shared that during the Bruins game they were actually scoreboard watching and were all excited when seeing the Canadiens "absolutely pasting" the Penguins. They were telling each other that if they could just beat the Bruins that they would be in the finals! Hartnell said that they considered the Habs a "tap in" because they matched up against them well and had beaten up on them all year. Interestingly Gagne's and Lappy's friends (who were French Canadian and Habs fans) were all telling them they had no chance vs the Habs after what they did to the Caps and Pens, but the Flyers were not fazed and won the series going away including 3 Leighton shut outs in the series. They of course were elated going to Chicago for the final. Lappy was telling everyone, especially JVR and G to enjoy it and appreciate it and really go for it as that was his 17th year and only trip to the finals (he knew it would be his last season too). Lappy said he certainly enjoyed the 3 mins a game Lavvy would use him in the series. JVR and G said they are glad they listened to him as they have not been back since. They said the United Center was loud and got them pumped up, sadly though they couldn't really explain what happened though in Game 1 which was a track meet where they kept blowing leads and then game 2 which was tight checking where they couldn't do anything. They felt the series was really lost there as they couldn't steal a game (I have said for years game 1 was the one that got away, Saunders agreed and said if they win 1 there they we would all be having a very different conversation). Of course the won game 3 on an OT deflection goal by Giroux off a planned shot/pass by Carle to G. (I re-watched it and noted how Carle did a gentle wrister rather than a hard shot!) They again couldn't explain what happened in game 5 (a brutal 7-4 loss) and all agreed they just had a bad game, in fact their worst of the playoffs. Boosh also mentioned how he had to replace Leighton in 2 of the losses and how the Flyers scored enough in those games for the loss to be pinned on him (they called it a "Boosh special"). Then the conversation turned to game 6. They touched on how Carter could/should have won it earlier and how he put it right into the only place Neimi was covering (sigh). Naturally the discussion turned to "the goal". Coatsey asked if anyone saw it go in. Everyone looked sad and glum. Finally Kimmo spoke up and said that when he saw Kane put his arms up he looked in the net and saw the puck trapped in the padding at the bottom and knew immediately it was over. Kimmo said he has replayed the play over and over again in his head for years trying to determine what he would have done differently. He said unfortunately Kane had a slight step on him which caused him to be beaten on the play. Lappy also said from the bench he knew it had gone in as players like Kane know when they score and would not have celebrated otherwise. Then they asked Boosh as a member of the "goalie union" if he would speak on Leighton's behalf. Boosh said when a player like Kane is there with the puck a a bad angle you have to worry about him shooting as well as making a pass out in front. If he shoots you want to go down and block it and if you are playing for the pass you push off the post to slide over. Boosh thinks what happened is that Leighton couldn't decide what to do so he left the post to cover the pass and then decided to cover the shot, unfortunately being off the post the puck had a place to sneak in and that was that. The hour was winding down but before we left Kimmo wanted to tell 1 final story. He started with "when I was traded to the Blackhawks" and Harnell interrupted to sarcastically say "yeah yeah you won a cup, we are all so happy for you". Kimmo said that he was old and was like Lappy playing 3 minutes a game at that point and while it was great winning it would have been much more better to win in 2010 . He then got back to his story of when he was traded the Hawks. His story was that the first time he walked into the players areas of the Blackhawks' facility he was met by a gigantic display featuring Kane with his arms in the air scoring the series winning goal on Leighton. Also featured in the display was a giant Kimmo getting beaten by Kane. Timonen said that it added insult to injury and wasn't the welcome to Chicago that he was hoping for. With that Coatsey read a spot for Coors light which apparently sponsored the event and they all signed off. Although it celebrated a losing effort it was a nice thing they did for us and I really enjoyed the hour reliving a magical ride that came up just a little short (story of my life as a Flyers fan born 1 year after the cups). Anyway hope you enjoy this recap that you are all safe and well and that we eventually get back to the rink for some games. Lets go Flyers

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