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NHL Transactions / Re: Dubois to WPG for Laine and Roslovic
« on: Today at 02:12:58 PM »

It's hard to see this as a bad trade for Winnipeg in the sense that while I think Laine is a good player I'm pretty skeptical there's a fair big money long term deal you could sign him to right now that would look right. Everyone here is "Well, if he gets back to scoring what he did..." but do you sign him on that basis? Because Laine at, like, 7 years/10.5 per is a pretty dicey proposition even if you think the last few years were just a hiccup.

That said while I think Dubois can be an excellent #2 C it's really hard to think Winnipeg couldn't have done better here. Only getting a third thrown in seems pretty weak.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Biden Time
« on: Today at 02:04:53 PM »

Honestly one of my biggest hopes for the Biden presidency is that it means I'll think about US politics much less often. Having a wildly incompetent fascist as President made that impossible but, in a weird way, was also instructive in that the political theatre was not particularly healthy for those of us who don't live there and that being more involved in our own politics is a much healthier way to approach change.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Today at 01:48:13 PM »
Well, Trudeau is at least feigning disappointment over Biden's decision:

Seems sort of odd to suggest it's insincere disappointment considering he ran on supporting the pipeline and doing so probably cost him with voters on the left. He wanted it built, it won't be and so he's disappointed. He's not, however, enough of a lunatic to think this one project of questionable value is worth starting a trade dispute with our biggest partner over.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2020-2021 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:32:30 PM »

I was just coming here to post that. Sometimes I don't even know what this sport is.


Not intense enough.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Yesterday at 04:55:44 PM »
The U.S. despite all the claims of moving away from fossil fuels will still be highly oil dependant for the next 20-30 years.  Yes the Keystone was going to be great for Alberta, but it was also going to provide a huge number of good paying jobs (over 40K) in the U.S for next 5-10 years.
Perhaps we have forgotten the entire Canadian economy is tied to our oil riches. 

Can't forget something that isn't true.

The US State Department's report on Keystone was that once construction was finished, and nobody who advocated for it suggested that would take anything like 5-10 years, there would likely only be a few dozen permanent jobs created by it.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Yesterday at 04:54:14 PM »
Personal politics aside, it needs to be recognized that the pipeline was a bipartisan effort involving the liberal prime minister as a backer, so leaving that convenient detail out and focusing on the western premiers as the ones that got theirs seems a bit disingenuous.

I think that's being focused on because the Prime Minister, who I have no partisan interest in protecting, is not the one loudly wailing over this decision made by a recently elected head of government in another country that we crucially need good relations with.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Yesterday at 08:09:41 AM »
That's fine and all. But, it's still a large amount of Albertans out of work.

I don't think anyone is denying that. But it's about who is a productive target for the fallout from that, the Premier who should have seen this coming or the elected official in another country who ran on this promise. Biden isn't worried about whether or not he can pick up Alberta's electoral votes.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: January 21, 2021, 06:47:27 PM »

Also, for what it's worth, I don't know if I've ever heard the word "Sleeper" used to mean a person who is sleeping. To me it's more a train car or, like, a good late round pick in a fantasy draft.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: January 21, 2021, 06:39:49 PM »

It was a pretty fair bit of hubris to have not cancelled them last year before we had any idea about when a vaccine would be ready. Now that we know that most people probably won't be vaccinated by the time they roll around putting them on would be in pretty poor taste.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: January 21, 2021, 06:36:34 PM »

Man, if only Alberta had been given 30 years of explicit warning that fossil fuels were probably not a good long term economic bet.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: January 20, 2021, 05:46:51 PM »

re: Brantley I'm now seeing some people, credible people, saying the Jays weren't even close to signing him. I wonder what happened there.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: January 20, 2021, 05:43:31 PM »

Another thing to consider is that while the Jays have payroll flexibility now, and could be generous on some short term deals, they are going to want to be able to re-sign a lot of the guys they have to team-friendly extensions so they probably can't go too crazy right now.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: January 20, 2021, 12:50:53 PM »
Anyone worried the inaugural could turn into a superspreading event?

Call me a cynic but I have a hunch most people there have gotten the vaccine.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: January 20, 2021, 12:50:11 PM »

Well, at least that's over.

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