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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:25:32 PM »
Larsson was a steady force for the Oilers last year and all of their D stayed in the lineup.  It's silly to suggest they miss Eberle, they missed Sekera a lot more this season.  And when you have no top line D you really need your group of 2nd pairing guys to play well like they did last season. 
Wasnt Edmontons playoff season largely due to Talbot and McDavid? Is Larsson that much of a difference maker?

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:12:29 PM »
This year you are correct but that trade probably put them in playoffs last year.  No idea how to explain how bad they are this year??
Lucic + RH defenseman from trade > Hall + UFA D is really, really bad evaluation.
Trading Hall for any defenseman that's not even 40% Karlsson 1 for 1 is what makes it worse.

Ultimately, it was just a bad decision in a series of bad decisions.

Well, you're making the assumption that such a player was available for trade for Hall.

Also, to Nik's post, the evaluation that includes signing a good UFA defenseman to an affordable cap hit wasn't really an option for the Oilers...it was a "hope that we can sign", not a concrete option.  Good/great UFA defensemen don't sign in Edmonton, historically.

The correct answer here would've been to simply not trade Hall and definitely not sign Lucic. Literally doing nothing would've left them in a better position.

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Probably doesn't hurt to have quite a few guys looking for next deal and will be interesting to see how much money they look for going forward.
Skate hard and wait for other team to screw up seems like way too easy of a game plan. 
I don't care, there's no way this VGK team is this good.

They'll come back to earth.  Nobody punches this far above their weight all season.

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Skate hard and wait for other team to screw up seems like way too easy of a game plan. 
I don't care, there's no way this VGK team is this good.

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The leafs are terrible inept in their own end, I don't know how there can be an opponent alone in front on pretty much every shift of the game?

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:01:28 AM »
Dear Teams

Please send me offers of a young goal scorer that you would be willing to trade me for my not so young player who doesn't seem to be able to score.

Thanks
Bergevin

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It's used in "winter".
Seeing this is the AZ game thread I'll give you a laugh and tell you that there is an indoor soccer facility in the Phoenix area. 
-35 tonight in Ottawa.  That's with the windchill.  Without the windchill, it's only -20.  I am supposed to go play indoor soccer.  Something feels wrong about the whole scenario.

They need it in the summer when it takes 5 minutes to melt in the sun!

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Seeing this is the AZ game thread I'll give you a laugh and tell you that there is an indoor soccer facility in the Phoenix area. 
-35 tonight in Ottawa.  That's with the windchill.  Without the windchill, it's only -20.  I am supposed to go play indoor soccer.  Something feels wrong about the whole scenario.

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Must be nice to have it that balmy!!!  I'm home from Arizona for two weeks in Saskatoon, I don't think it's been above 20 below without windchill. 
Heading down to the Gila Monster Arena tonight, my son will be proud in his new Matthews Jersey, only to find another 8000 people wearing the same one. LOL
Will report on game after the fact.

Awesome Highlander! We expect a full report :D

No weather gloating though. It was minus 25c here this morning

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CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: 2018 WJHC (World Junior Hockey Championship)
« on: December 28, 2017, 11:16:02 AM »
Wouldn't that kinda be the expected score when shots are roughly 40 to 30?? 
Other WJHC results:

Team Switzerland edged Team Belarus 3-2, despite outshooting Belarus 40-29.  Give credit to Belarussian goalkeeper Andrei Grishenko who kept his squad in the game.

More:
http://2018.worldjunior.hockey/en/news/sui-blr/

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: December 25, 2017, 01:37:21 PM »
Apparently Girard attacked him with a cross check and there is absolutely zero chance Girard was actually joining play despite fact he was skating by Rinaldo rather than into him?  Who knew?  Stick with your guy I guess no matter what he does. And shoot first ask questions later is the theme.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: December 25, 2017, 11:29:53 AM »
I am a Leaf fan for Life but spend a fair amount of time in AZ so I follow the Coyotes.  There are actually folks there who think Rinaldo was justified in his actions as Girard was going to attack him.

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And deal better with coaches who put winning at young age above having fun and developing skills.
  It matters absolutely nothing if you win an under 10 game by shortening your bench and leaving kids behind in sport that can hardly afford to alienate numbers. 
Nothing wrong with trying to win and score. I think the key is to teach kids how to be gracious winners and losers. You can't teach that if you don't have winners and losers.

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Does anybody really believe that kids playing in games where score isn't kept actually don't now the score? Or at minimum who's winning?  I see taking the emphasis off winning at a young age but I don't think you can stop kids from trying to win, that's a coach issue.

This is a weird stance for somebody who apparently doesn't care about NHL wins in December to take.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:36:35 AM »
Trump and LaVar Ball are a match made in Heaven. 

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