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  1. Personally, I think the whole six division idea would be a huge mistake. Once again, you are diluting the talent within the divisions...spreading it too thin across too many divisions, and, while it may not show right away, it WILL lead to weak division leaders getting in, and a weaker second place team getting in too. Then people will complain about THAT, and the NHL will sit there scratching their heads saying, "Man we gotta change this again". I still do like the two Conference set up (East-West) and keep FOUR divisions! Less divisions means each one is deeper,
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  2. To me,(not a hawks fan or hater) he appeared to turn over, take aim, and then swung for the fence. If he were to take the same swing at his legs and not his face, it is a 2 minute penalty and he gets his point across about being angry for being dumped. It was one of the more cowardly plays I have seen from a real hockey player. If I was DOPS, he would have been done until next season. The suspension he got is a joke. The DOPS had a chance to send a message with this by punishing someone of merit, great and high profile player, but they did not. Until the DOPS starts hitting these offenders in
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  3. Sean monahan and bo horvat absolutely over a good half the list, especially Monahan.
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  4. Great post! When I was younger I wasn't as interested in hockey as I am now. Which is to say that I knew Steve Yzerman played for the Red Wings and Wayne Gretsky also pretty good. That was the extent of my hockey knowledge. Lanny was also one of those names that I associated with the game, and yes, the hairy lip was part of it. He was just an active, force of life and he played with heart and soul.
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  5. It is amazing how many young stars there are under the age of 25. Honestly could make a list of the top 25 under 25.
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  6. while i loved carbombs energy and willingness to go after the biggest of dudes. this crap i don't miss one bit. glad he's gone
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  7. 10/10 should wear them again. Loved them
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  8. They are probably going to be amazing. First of all they already have a great lineup imagine next year after free agent signings and the draft so yea. Do you guys agree?
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  9. You saw my post regarding baseball in the other thread, but I completely agree with the baseball thing. I didn't like the interleague thing, either. I actually view it (and always have) as an interruption to the season. "I don't get to see certain players every year" blah blah blah. First of all, is your television broken? This isn't the 1970s where if they don't come to town - - or you don't go to theirs - - you don't see them. Second, so what? I don't think that's what a team sport is supposed to be about. I respect someone who has that opinion but I fundamental
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  10. By the way, if we're going to go with 6 divisions, this is exactly the way I'd break up the teams. I'd still be in favor of somehow scheduling so that intra-division is weighted, and then intra-conference, and then inter-conference. I *think* (without going through the iterations) that this would be difficult -- at least the weighted intradivision -- with unbalanced divisions. But I think I actually prefer it to 8 divisions. I suppose in the interest of travel that you could flip San Jose and Colorado, but I really don't like breaking up the California teams. Oddly, I was oka
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  11. Of the two, I like this better but either is the best to date. I'd settle for either one if we're going with 8 4-division teams (an alignment which would, in general, not be my preference for reasons stated earlier). I'm starting to move to HF's "cut the baby in half" idea as a fallback despite the dislike of uneven divisions when there are two options that make them even. WoW, I hadn't actually thought of the possibility you raised of all one division making the playoffs until you raised that issue. I suppose that's happened in the NFL (I can't think of a specific example at
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  12. 32 is perfect for me. There is conference and division balance. The talent pool is big enough for 32 teams. I would not add any more for any reason. I thought 30 was fine, but 32 is good with me too.
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  13. Let's have 32 divisions and be done with it. 8 divisions are entirely too many but it may be the only reasonable way to manage it. I think there are entirely too many teams.
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  14. Awesome read thanks!!! Go Flyers!!!!!!!!
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  16. Gaudreau is a great player but the 8 million mark scares me and I am a Flames fan. His play on the road is horrible - (thanks for the stats JR Ewing). This makes me very hesitant. I honestly think a 7.25 for 6 years makes sense for all. He is a great player and a fan favorite. He sells tickets! This all plays a role. Time is running out - --
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  17. I question if Greiss is ready to start too. But I question about 40% of the starters. I am not sure anything will happen with this, but decisions need to be made.
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  18. Yup, the 3000 fans screaming "Soviet! Nyet, Nyet Nyet! cheering the boys on. Scott, what I meant was the officiating probably deserved its very own reason, as the gamesmanship off the ice, Espo wrote in Thunder and Lightning that the Rsukies stole half the food and beer as it came through from customs, that the KGB followed and intimidated the wives, that some players like Pete Mahovlich simply caved to the off ice pressure and it ruined their game. That is what I meant that Gamesmanship on/off the ice were two separate things, IMHO. Horrible officiating on, horrible treatment o
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  19. @yave1964 I did include the officiating under gamesmanship I guess, though you are correct that it could have been another point. IIRC, in game five, the Canadians were whistled for 31 penalty minutes while the Soviets got four. Those were the officials that the Soviets were fighting to have in game eight. While I obviously don't condone Parise's near assault of an official, it's really not hard to understand his level of frustration. I didn't want to disparage the Soviet team, because they were great, but I've long felt that the Canadian team doesn't get the credit due.
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  20. I actually think that Reimer has been good for the Leafs. But He has received zero respect. If I was him I would leave the Leafs hanging like they have done to him so many times....
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  21. I told the wife after the epic 3rd period collapse against the Bruins in game 7 several years ago that the Leafs should trade Reimer immediately. Not to blame him, but because he would never recover in the fishbowl that was Toronto. Some fans rallied to him, others railed against him, but he would live under a microscope from then on. And if you propose that the Leafs make the playoffs again, and face a game 7 once again, would you as a Leaf fan really want him in net? It is not a talent thing, it is an emotional thing. His psyche has to be permanently scarred. The last couple of years
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  22. Goalies are like women....I'll never figure them out.
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  23. You have to realize that this was posted three weeks ago. Things have changed and I may just pick differently now. I guess that is why they are called predictions.
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  24. @ruxpin You absolutely picked up on the point to my post. I'll build on it a bit more, though. After I finished typing it and looked back over it, something struck me. In the last two examples I gave, the two guys that I said I think should have been finalists were teammates with the winners, which makes me wonder even more what role a forward bias might have played. Did the fact that Trottier was so good in 1979 push votes away from Potvin or Lafleur from Robinson? I don't really know if there's a way to prove or disprove the idea, but on the surface, it doesn't appear that being teammates
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  25. Well, like I said, I almost dropped the Habs, but they had put themselves so far ahead that I couldn't do it just yet. They seemed to return to form last night anyway. Because of the nature of this kind of list though, if those are the only two disagreements you have with what I posted, I find that rather remarkable. I debated with myself more than that. Lol I literally laughed when I read that. We've been down this road before on other lists, so I'm not going to debate you. You may not disagree with a list or a comment, but that doesn't make it a joke. I'm not trying to be r
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  26. Not gonna happen. If he is not suspended he will be in a Chicago uniform opening night. Too damn good for the Hawks to trade him AND eat salary or take pennies on the dollar as a return. Just August musings....
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  27. Thanks for the great input. Looking forward to this season. Many more predictions to come-----
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  28. Nice Blog as always! I think Rinaldo stays a part of the Flyers 23 man roster and will play 50 games or so. He's there to get under the skin of teams like the Penguins, and probably the rest of the Eastern conference. He will watch from the press conference long before a player such as Laughton from the press box. I hope the Flyers resign White he played well for them once he recovered from his torn bicep. It wouldn't surprise me if the Flyers sign Vandevelde also, especially being from UND and all under coach Hakstol. Vandevelde 72 games were mostly played on the 4th line paired with B
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  29. Nice read. I'm stoked and looking forward to next year he is getting a pretty decent roster to work with. The blueline isn't the strongest...but when the kids arrive it will be fine...Ghost, Morin, Hagg, Sanheim and Alt is a great young top 5 to build around... ..and being there at the inception will be huge...some growing pains to begin with but this club is headed in the right direction...it's not just being built for a Cup run it is being built for several!!! Bravo Hexy!
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  30. Thanks Scott, great read. Really a different world in 1960 compared to 1980, we were feeling defeated and lethargic as a country coming out of Nixon and Carter's seventies, compared to the warm and fuzzy IKE years in the fifties, Hockey gave us a reason as a country to feel good about ourselves again at Lake Placid. USA! and Jim Craig wrapped in a flag, the hockey really was secondary to beating the Russians at something, anything really. 1960 we still believed in ourselves, the Gold medal was nice, a story for a few days and then followed by more nice stories about how nice it was to be from
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  31. The Stastny family was a wonderful story but in truth Vaclav Nedomansky who came from Czechoslovakia and signed with the Toronto Toros and played in Birmingham in the WHA before being part of the first trade between the WHA and the NHL when he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 1978. Big Ned was a true power forward who was past his prime before he came over, but still had several top tier seasons.
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  32. I dunno, I think the success of Flames is more due to the #1 defensive pairing of Giordano and Brodie. The pair has put up 12 goals and 34 assists thus far in the first quarter of the season. Hudler is playing well though, playing top line minutes has to help.
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  33. I wouldn't slate Quick in the 2 slot, as a NHL goalie, heck yes, as a fantasy goalie, heck no. Defensive team that allows very little shots, and he is notorious for playing fewer games doe to surgery, which he is also coming off this year once again!
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  34. I think that is a great trade, Parise is a stud in the fantasy world, he does it all in all areas that will give you some major points. Sedin is on the downturn in his career now and the Canucks aren't the 2011 Canucks. Great deal for you IMO. Keep in mind with Parise last year he was injured so Vanek played 11 more games than him last year and scored 2 LESS goals than Parise. He did have 11 more Assists but you think of them both on par of GP and Parise is jumping him in the scoring race. Also looking at the intangibles Hits 70-30 in favor of Parise, Blocks 45-17 for Parise, Power play Poin
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  35. I am all about teams having enforcers (though I know they are a dying breed), but they also have to be at the very least, decent hockey players as well. John Scott struggles to be even a marginal hockey player, let's face it, so really, his only value is as a Cro-Magnon on skates. That in itself wouldn't be so bad, however, when you pair his 'skill', with uncontrolled play like he displayed in his latest adventures, you just have a guy who really doesn't need to be in the league any more.
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  36. It's too easy to "blame the player" in this situation. Scott was put on the ice against the Leafs with a clear mission, one that everyone in the building (including Randy Carlyle) knew very well. Carlyle decided to put Kessel out there and Kessel inflamed the situation deliberately, jawing with Scott and then acted like as much of a punk as Scott by swinging his stick into the back of the legs of a guy who was engaged with another player. An absolutely pathetic display (not the swings to keep Scott away - the deliberate swing to the back of the legs). Rolston put Scott on the ice there. Reiger
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  37. The market shows that you are undervaluing your market. Brunner is about right, but Filppula and Weiss went for well over what your cap hit value was. You weren't far off with Ference, but he decided to go home. He probably wouldn't have taken as little anywhere else except maybe Boston to stay (also "home"). Your big problem is having something for them to come TO. I feel for some of these franchises who have no history of winning. It's gotta be tough trying to lure players for less than market value. And I'm not saying that to be crass. Detroit's run was begun by Steve Yzerman deciding on hi
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  38. Add Bergeron to that list of clutch players.
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  39. Nice read - IceDog I think some of the problem is the Penguins really were not used to playing well under pressure, thus making some wrong decisions on the ice. They also changed up their winning game plan to play more physical...which backfired.
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  40. Great words to live by. I hope the Hawks beat the record.
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  41. I think the Wild will shock everyone this year and win the Pacific division title. Granlund looks great so far, he will be a strong candidate for the Caulder trophy. The top line looks as if they have played together for years. Also, having a healthy Bouchard in the lineup will also increase the scoring depth. This is a well balanced team. Go Wild!
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  42. If there is no hockey in 2013, the Oilers will once again have first pick...even though most have McKinnon being the top rated prospect, you can bet the Oilers will either trade down or select Jones. They need a d-man who is a franchise type player. They also need a long term goalie, so I expect a them to take a few shots in the 3rd-6th trying to secure the goalie of the future.
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  43. I think the rumors of Parise going to Pittsburgh were well, .....just rumors. Parise would have likely stayed in Jersey if he wasn't given the lucrative option of playing with one of his best friends in front of his home crowd and family. Although the contracts have a steep price Poile did the right thing of making offers Parise and Sutter couldn't refuse. It is good for them, their families, and the fans of the Wild. The Wild are a team with a lot of the right pieces in place, they have done an excellent job of keeping MN talent in Minnesota. Now if Bettman and Fehr would just sign on
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  44. Since the Bruins were mentioned, something I forgot... How is that the team who was being torched all playoffs long on the powerplay, magically gets involved in the first ever 0 power play game in NHL history last year, which put them into the cup finals.... pretty interesting. There's some really weird stuff going on in this league.
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  45. hahah I remember in the Bos/Van game this year he said "Jannik Hansen tried to carve Adam McQuaid with his stick last year in the playoffs" I almost spit out my beer, just call the game instead of trying to "rally the troops" Also anyone who saw what the anonymous Sharks fan posted that I removed from here, I did rip them after being called an idiot numerous times after asking them my question. The fact that it was anonymous, and didn't display the truth is why I deleted it. I love debating with people any time, but if you're going to come in as a guest and rip me, at least bring some fac
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  46. This blog is fantastic. Great work guys!
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  47. I think you have to accept the Shelley trade. Invaluable and irrelevance together in one package.
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  48. First i want to welcome you to our hockey heaven. its nice to read blogs with facts added (like quotes from coaches and GM's) and having good insite.. its also nice reading blogs that are not filled with total unrealistic trade rumors cause the blogger just had lunch with a reliable source, who knows a guy that saw a guy who told him this other guy heard yadda yadda. (E4). look forward to reading your work
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