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posted on 5-8-2017 at 11:35 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
To be honest, with that much room on the ice, I don't think the Legion of Boom will be able to check anyone.





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posted on 5-10-2017 at 03:33 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Yup, you're probably right... I got so focused on thinking about great.... er, I don't want to say threesomes... that I forgot that yeah... 3 on 3 there would be a lot of room on the ice.
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posted on 5-17-2017 at 06:20 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
The annual tradition continues: God damn it, Blues.





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posted on 5-26-2017 at 03:54 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Atlantic = Tampa
Metro = Pittsburgh

Pacific = LA
Central = Chicago

Playoffs

Pens over Tampa
Nashville over Calgary

Pens over Nashville

Hart = Crosby
Art Ross McDavid
Norris = Suban
Calder = AUSTON MATTHEWS

Extra Prediction = Wings miss playoffs, Habs trade their captain, Columbus fires Trots in November and instantly goes on a winning streak.

ETA ...

Fuck anybody who thinks Canadians have to get behind the last team from Canada in the playoffs. It's beyond stupid.

[Edited on 10-13-2016 by bigfatgoalie]


So I'm sticking with Pens over Preds.

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posted on 5-28-2017 at 03:36 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
So yeah... I suck in picking...

I think this could be a very good series as you basically have the best offence in the game versus the best defense; with the added problem that most teams are missing some key guys.

I think for the Pred's it will come down to how well whomever they can slot into Johansen's spot responds; It will probably have to be a by committee approach to an extent, but someone is going to have to lead the way up the middle. With the Pen's it's often as goes Crosby so goes the Pens, and Crosby has been doing a hell of a job proving why he's still the best player in the game. The Pen's keeping what's left of their D-corps healthy will also be key.

I also am not sure who I actually want to win this year either... Hard not to like either team; the Pens have a number of great players and are a well put together organization, and while the Pred's do have superstars; they seem to fold into the team with a team first vibe more so than on other star driven teams... so gotta love how much has gone into building the team and what they've achieved. In the end I don't really care which team wins; I think good hockey will win out over what should be a long series, but for the sake of the increasingly rare repeat I'll give the edge to the Penguins.

*Buzz out of Ottawa is that playoff warrior Bobby Ryan might be exposed in the expansion draft; the prevailing thinking is that with a $7 million dollar a year contract with several years left on it exposing Ryan is kind of a calculated risk that L.V. won't take a player/contract like that this early in their team building and if they do it might be a win by subtraction for the Sens as $7m a year in cap space with several players likely looking at good size raises wouldn't be a bad thing.

Of course expansion lists haven't been announced yet and teams are still jockeying around to pick up various mid value journeymen to expose in lieu of their middle of the pack younger talent, and you will still probably see some trades as teams try to get something for a guy in lieu of exposing him for nothing... so who knows how those lists will look in the end.

Players with less than 2 years of pro experience are exempt from the draft; so teams like the Leafs and Coyotes are expected to be sitting fairly pretty by being able to essentially have their cake and eat it too in that they can protect most of their vets and don't have to worry about losing a rising star.

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posted on 6-12-2017 at 04:04 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by bigfatgoalie
Atlantic = Tampa
Metro = Pittsburgh

Pacific = LA
Central = Chicago

Playoffs

Pens over Tampa
Nashville over Calgary

Pens over Nashville

Hart = Crosby
Art Ross McDavid
Norris = Suban
Calder = AUSTON MATTHEWS

Extra Prediction = Wings miss playoffs, Habs trade their captain, Columbus fires Trots in November and instantly goes on a winning streak.

ETA ...

Fuck anybody who thinks Canadians have to get behind the last team from Canada in the playoffs. It's beyond stupid.

[Edited on 10-13-2016 by bigfatgoalie]


So I'm sticking with Pens over Preds.


So Phil Kessel is a 2 time champ, as everyone saw coming.

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posted on 6-12-2017 at 08:05 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Congrats to Crosby and the Penguins on repeating; tough to do in this era, and with them likely to send Fleury off either via expansion draft or trade freeing up almost $6 million in cap space (although you've gotta imagine that's already earmarked for Murray), and a pipeline full of good D-men there's no reason they can't be competitive for the next few years with the core they have.

*Buzz is that a core member of the Blackhawk will be traded, as while the team has managed to shed a few burgeoning contracts to get under the cap in prior years and then make do with some up and coming NHLers or fringe players to compliment their core, their problems with cap seem to be worse then ever. One deal that has been heavily rumoured is that Krueger will go to Vegas and in exchange they will expose Trevor Van Remsdyk (kid brother of Toronto's James) for the taking. Other moves are expected that will impact the core as a one step back, two steps forward view is being taken... problem is Chicago has a lot of guys with NM clauses.

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posted on 6-24-2017 at 06:05 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
So Saad is back with the Blackhawks, with Panarin going the other way to the Jackets. Schenn is now a Blues member, Eberle goes to the Islanders, and Montreal lands Drouin... busy week.

Still lots of talk about Galchenyuk, and Hamonic being in play- with all the GM's doing day two of the draft tomorrow who knows what else we might see.

I'd love to see the Leafs land one of Methot or Hamonic- I think Methot's ruggedness would fit a bit better for what the Leafs need, but Hamonic would be a welcome (and cheaper) addition as well. Despite losing Leipsic in the expansion draft the Leafs still have some pieces that could be used to net a good D-man; Brown, Rychel, Griffith, Leivo, and even Kapanen have all been linked to various rumours. I think Brown and Kapanen are bigger pieces that maybe aren't in the one for one range, they would at least be more centrepiece trades that you might compliment with a 2nd or third round pick; whereas Griffith and Rychel are likely a bit more disposable, but would probably need to be packaged together with a first rounder or something like that... Leivo is intriguing as Babcock doesn't seem to like using him, but he put up some good points in a limited amount of games, and the Leafs did choose to protect him.

Feel bad for Ottawa losing Methot- I mean it is what it is, but thanks to some various expansion rules they can't even trade for him back until 2018. Tough spot for Phaneuf- he's likely to be blamed for the loss of Methot for not agreeing to waive his NMC, but such was his right to do so.

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posted on 7-1-2017 at 08:27 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Looks like both Methot and Hamonic found new homes; Calgary looks like they could be boasting one of the best defenses in the league for the next few years; here's hoping Smith can hold up between the pipes and they can find a bit more depth up front- if so they'll be tough to stop.

So today is the big free agent day in the NHL and it's a bit surprising to see how much restraint is being showed by GM's everywhere- not that oodles of cash aren't being handed out like every year, but the Caps resigning of Oshie at 8 years, and Orlov at 6 years are the only contracts handed out during the silly season longer than 5 years... even the biggest name in Shattenkirk only got 4 years, and many others ran shorter than that. (Forgot about Alzner- he got 5 from the Habs)

I wonder if this might be a two-fold reason:

*The current CBA ends in 20-21 I do believe- and with things till being terse between the NHL and the NHLPA over various issues (the cap, the escrow payments, Olympic non-participation) teams may not want to be handcuffed into paying money if there is a new lock-out/strike for that season, and who knows what the new CBA landscape will look like after that so they'll want financial flexibility.

*Connor McDavid's rumoured $13 million plus a year deal is a game changer- yeah it maybe makes sense for a generational player like him to get the big bucks, especially when you consider stuff like the cap probably going up to match those kind of increases in later years where the percentage of his cap hit kind of balances out- but the trickle down effect is going to be a bitch, and is likely leaving teams re-evaluating their own internal projected payroll structures- like what do you sign Draistil for now? If Matthews is going to get close to, or equal to McDavid money what do you sign Marner and Nylander for? Johansen in CJB for example is rumoured to be asking for $8.5 a season.

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posted on 7-2-2017 at 05:40 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
I like the Leafs signing of Moore and Hainsey; both will bring some PK skill, and veteran experience to a young team.

Hainsey is probably a 5-6 defenseman, and as such $3 million is a bit much- but he'll be able to play higher on a lot of nights while still bringing a bunch of intangibles- plus the $3 million isn't that much, and it comes off the books by the time Marner and Matthews will be getting raises.

Moore gets Boyle's fourth line job at a bargain basement $1 million- he had like a 54% faceoff percentage with the Bruins last year which is an area the Leafs need help in. He can kill penalties and like Hainsey can play more minutes than just on the 4th line as needed- I usually trade or sign for him when I'm playing my NHL 17 as I was a big fan of his when he had his first go around with the Leafs several years ago, so I like this.

The Leafs are said to be heavily involved with trying to land Marleau- I like what the guy can do on the ice, but heart has been a frequent criticism of the Sharks in the playoffs, and going from having your whole career in a city where you spend your off days on the beach to the pressure cooker that is Toronto hockey might not be the best fit. I like the two veteran signings, and I get that complimenting our very skilled talent at a time when they are still cheap makes for a small window, but I'd rather see us continue to build from within and see what some of the rookies down on the farm can do, or how our returning young guys fare in year 2.

One rumoured name I like is Cody Franson- He's a big guy, right handed shot, and coming off some down years in Buffalo he likely won't be too expensive. As an ex-Leaf he knows the market, and apparently never wanted to leave when he was traded. I'd be curious to see what he can do under Babcock... again barring a trade though; with Gardiner, Reilly, Hainsey, Carrick, and Zaitsev all filling up spots for you, it might be a good idea to promote from within for those last two spots as there is no shortage of close, but maybe not quite there yet talent in the system for the blue line.

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