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  1. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    Same for just about every UFA. Off the top of my head, Chara is the only guy I can think of who got big money and was worth it. The guys who truly are worth that kind of money (Crosby,Malkin, Ovechkin, Toews, Kane, etc.) never hit UFA status because their teams lock them up long-term ahead of time.
  2. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    Think it depends on the player and the team. I have heard that a lot of guys from Ontario have no interest in playing for the Leafs. I think another part of it is how their lives changed after getting drafted. If they got drafted at 18, were playing in a city at 20, met their wife in that city, had kids while in that city, their attitude about "home" changes. If they met their wife while playing Jrs and the wife followed them around from jrs to ahl city to nhl city, I think it is a little different. Don't underestimate the influence the wife will have on the decision. Although, the one thing I HATE is when the player will try to use the school system as a reason, ala Mike Hampton. As if someone signing with the Flyers is going to be sending their kids to the Camden Public Schools. They are either going to live in one of the wealthier towns in the suburbs, and/or send their kids to private schools.
  3. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    Have heard many guys say this, I think it is the fact that the better kids play on teams that travel to so many tournaments, they simply do not have much time to watch the NHL. A kid I knew played on 2 different "elite" teams on LI when we were in Jr High and HS. In elementary school he was a big Isles fan, but when he made these teams he simply didn't have time to watch. He had practice almost every night during the week and had games/tournaments on weekends.
  4. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    The problem in Suffolk is the traffic getting out there for a game on a weeknight and you would likely have to go out very east to find a place to put an arena. The LI Ducks stadium is at the end of the Southern State, which isn't that bad. But if they were going to put an arena, it would likely be out towards Stony Brook. Can't think of anywhere else to put it Without having to tear stuff down. Traffic from Suffolk into Nassau is not a breeze at that time, but it is not nearly as bad as heading East. It was hard enough for people in Nassau to get to games at coliseum on weeknight. Secondly, I have never heard Suffolk even mentioned. Not familiar with the politics out there, so not sure if it something the politicians would even be interested in entertaining. I know most places have multiple jurisdictions, but I do not think you realize how bad the relations are between the County and the towns. Secondly, if you even hint at any kind of tax increase, it will get shot down. Property taxes in Nassau and Suffolk are ridiculous. I do think the area can support another arena. Decent size acts could easily have a show at Prudential Center, MSG, Barclay's, and the new place and sell them all out. How many people from Jersey will go to Nassau Coliseum for a concert? Obviously some, but that is if you are a huge fan of the band and it is the same for LI people going to Prudential. The really big acts that can fill up Giants Stadium for a few nights (U2, Springsteen for example) are a different animal. People will travel from all over for them. For years acts like Metallica, Motley Crue, the boy bands, spice girls, would do a night at Meadowlands, a night at MSG, and then a night at the Coliseum and if they added 4th night in the area, it would have sold out.
  5. 2017 UFA Thread

    I think that is exactly it. Another guy like that imo is Nash. If he went to a team like Washington or Anaheim where he can play 2nd/3rd/4th fiddle, he would be MUCH more effective. Even if his production dropped a little due to decreased ice time or decreased PP time, it wouldn't be that drastic when you look at the numbers at the end of the season. For the adv stats guys his corsi per 60 and his goals per 60 or whatever they call it now, would likely increase.
  6. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    The problem with them going back to Nassau is the local politics. You have the County and then townships. For example, the Coliseum is within the Town of Hempstead, which is a consortium of a few towns (bellmore, merrick, east meadow, baldwin, elmont, Hicksville, I believe Wantagh and maybe a few more). There are also places that are incorporated villages or cities. Lynbrook, Freeport, Hempstead (that's right HEMPSTEAD is not part of the Town of Hempstead, confused yet?) If you meet someone from Bellmore, they are not going to say they are from the Town of Hempstead, they are going to say Bellmore. If they say "Hempstead", it is an entirely different place. Anyways, the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County have their own repsonsibilities. The County provides the police, the town takes care of Sanitation. Things like that. Roads are split, I believe. Town is responsible for maintenance of the smaller streets, County for the busier streets and some even the state. Neither has jurisdiction over the other. So, for the Coliseum, there are things for which the County is responsible and things for which the Town is responsible. Both have to be satisified with any deal and the two generally don't play nice with each other. This is the problem the Isles will run into if they want to build anywhere in Nassau. There is also the Town of Oyster Bay, which includes a few different "towns" such as Syosset, Massapequa, Seaford. In Queens or Brooklyn, they would have other challenges, but you don't have to deal with this division of power amongst the politicians like they do in Nassau. Well, you may have the city and state to deal with, but the "queens" government is basically a non-factor.
  7. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    Yes. But haven't looked up what has happened. They also supposedly had talks with Wilpon about buidling at shea, speicifically Willet's Point. They have torn down a lot of the chop shops there, could post pics later. While there was some speculation it was to make room for an arena, right now it is for long-term parking for Laguardia while it is getting it's facelift. What they will do after, is anyone's guess.
  8. 2017 UFA Thread

    They were, but then blew them out in the next 4. Were also up 3-1 to Chicago, blew games 5 and 6 and were down 2-0 or 3-0 early in game 7 before rallying and winning in OT on what I thought was a weak goal.
  9. 2017 UFA Thread

    I did not think they were beating the Kings in 2012 had they beaten the Devils. The Kings were a machine that year. People like to downplay that team because they were an 8th seed. They were barely 500 around Xmas, then Sutter took over and they were something like 26-10 with a few SO/OT losses as well. As far as the Rangers now, barring a ridiculous turn around, their window has been slammed shut. Then again, if in the summer of 2015 you said the Pens would win the next 2 Cups, people would have laughed at you. Their change started last March. I remember my Pens fan brother saying he hoped if they get into the play-offs they get in as a cross-over WC as he didn't think they stood a chance against anyone in the Metro. The kids they brought up from the AHL turned out to be real good and Crosby and Malkin got the support they needed. Don't see anyone like that in the Rangers system yet. Think the Rangers just have to wait it out until Shestyrkin's contract is up in the KHL in 2 years as I think he is the heir apparent to Lundqvist. The question with them will be if they ever get the skaters needed to win it all. Right now, they don't have them, imo.
  10. 2017 UFA Thread

    Haha, no. Did not mean to imply he was at that level, just the go to guys I use whenever the marriage thing comes up. Obviously, the before and after need to be graded on an individual bell curve for each player. Yes, married Gretzky is still better than single Josefson. But single gretzky better than married gretzky. Single josefson, better than married josefson.
  11. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    Spot on. There has been no benefit to the NHL by going to the Olympics. No spike in ticket sales, no spike in tv ratings, no spike in merchandise sales. There motivation for going was to expose those who watch the Olympics to the players, and it didn't matter. People get a sense of patriotism around the Olympics. Everyone knows about Michael Phelps in the Olympics. Can anyone tell me how he did at the 2010 World Championships? Same for the female gymnasts. Can anyone tell me who won the women's all-around and the last major International competition? Everyone one of us know a few people who watch Olympic hockey, but when it is over do not bother watching the NHL, they just wait 4 years for it to happen again. Having the games in Asia means nothing. A VERY small percentage of the Asian population will attend the games. Most will watch on tv just like me and you. Is this going to be the first time they watch hockey? Were they not able to watch in 2002? 2010? Will more Koreans watch in 2018? More Chinese watch in 2022 just because it is in their backyard? Doubt it. They'll watch just the same, they'll watch just because it is a worldwide event. But after, those who watch sports will continue to watch the sports they have already watched and the sports where their countries are strong. That I will concede.
  12. Around the League: 2016-17 edition

    The CBA after the 95 lockout was seen as a huge victory for the owners and a few years later they were complaining. Same in 2005, same in 2013. It has been the same pattern. They agree to a deal, Bettman is yapping about great this will be for the owners and players. Sings this tune and then in the final season of the CBA we start to hear about how all of a sudden they need things to change. For 9 years, the CBA was great and everyone was profitable and financially healthy. Then, in year 10 it is a complete disaster. The owners get almost everything they want, and then still expect the players to give more. I haven't looked at them closely, but apparently the big thing now is players are getting signing bonuses linked to 2020-21. So, they will get a huge payday on July 1st with the lockout starting September 15th. Supposedly, McDavid's deal is almost completely lockout protected. It makes sense as when I was looking at the buyout calculator for a few players, seems most would cause the team to take their biggest cap hit in 2020-21. If the players are getting paid most of their money on July 1st, much less desperation on their part when they start missing paychecks come October.
  13. 2017 UFA Thread

    Good? Gretzky got married in the summer of 88, and then never won another Cup. Leetch got married in the summer of 97 after winning the Norris, and never won another. LeClair got married the summer after his 3rd straight 50-goal season, never scored 50 again. Richter got married in the summer of 1999 (I think) and afterwards blew out both knees and got his skull fractured within 3 years. I could go on....
  14. 2017 UFA Thread

    Don't post too often, will pop on here on occassion as I do see some good discussion. Try to avoid the Rangers talk, but every now and then there is something ridiculous like the Rangers paying him under the table, so I just couldn't help myself. I have that Rangers logo as an avatar. You are free to just skip over my posts when you see it. I won't be offended, I promise.
  15. 2017 UFA Thread

    I agree. I do think he realized, barring injuries, he was going to be designated as the 7th dman with an occassional start. Secondly, the schedule and travel in the Swiss League is much less demanding. Apparently, could have signed in the KHL too, for more money.
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