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Stanley Cup Final: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

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--- Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on July 08, 2021, 11:36:08 AM ---I don't think anything will change so long as Bettman hangs on, but they really need to order the refs to call the playoffs the same way they do the regular season.  Parity ought to imply consistency in how the game is ruled, not a marching order to neutralize talent differences.

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Inconsistent officiating standards is definitely a contributing factor, but it's only part of the story. The way the NHL negotiated the cap has a much larger impact. Without any mechanisms to make it easier for teams to retain talent (like the various exception/designations available in the NFL and the NBA), the difference between middle of the pack teams and top teams is narrowing, and, in a playoff series, with everything else that changes from the regular season to the playoffs, it's not a surprise we've seen an uptick in Cinderella runs in the cap era.

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--- Quote from: Nik on July 08, 2021, 11:17:14 AM ---
It really is wild to me how many members of the hockey press, in their never ending attempts to try to get people to like the sport, are presenting the Kucherov thing as some adversity the Lightning had to overcome and not a huge advantage they had in terms of how good they were for the playoffs.

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Yeah....Kucherov adversity would be he gets injured on Game 1 of the season and you play without him all year.    They got to stack their team with his injury.  He skated for two bloody months before the playoffs.

They have 85M in committed money right now for 11 forwards, 5 defensemen and 1 goaltender.  Woe is them.  Let's ignore the 7.5M in LTIR from Gaborik and Nilsson because they were never going to play for the team.  They were still 9.5M in the plus with Kucherov all year.

Tampa's open night roster:

Forwards: Cirelli, Coleman, Goodrow, Gourde, Joseph, Killorn, Maroon, Palat, Point, Stamkos, Stephens, Volkov

Defense: Cernak, Foote, Hedman, McDonagh, Ruuta, Sergachev

Goalie: Vasilevskiy, McElhinney

Scratched: Borgman, Nieves

9.5M alone forces them give up some combination of:

Cirelli (4.8M) + Johnson (5M)

or Killorn + Johnson + Coleman (and then add a league minimum guy)

Oh and then Steven Stamkos went on LTIR April 8 that let them add David Savard while he came back for Game 1 of the playoffs.

How anyone thinks Tampa overcame anything is deluding themselves because they got the benefit of Kucherov's cap hit to keep their team stacked.


Beyond all that, it's crazy how many people won't even acknowledge that the way it all just worked out for Tampa was to their advantage.

I'm not dragging them for it, everyone tries to game the system. But to pretend like they weren't artificially better than everyone else is just stupid.

The NHL is all about who can circumvent the rules better, both on and off the ice. Yay.


--- Quote from: Significantly Insignificant on July 08, 2021, 11:58:29 AM ---
--- Quote from: herman on July 08, 2021, 11:48:28 AM ---"The fans in Montreal acted like they won the Stanley Cup last game. Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Their final was last round."

Just an incredible press conference from Nikita Kucherov here.#ItsOn | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/rmaNrCQVHB— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 8, 2021
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How many other sports have a press conference with a shirtless player that seems half in the bag?  Like usually it's right after the win so you avoid this, isn't it?  Or have I not been paying as much attention?

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This is so great.


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