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  1. World Cup of Hockey

    If the NHL stops going to the Olympics, which I think is a very good chance, then this tournament could become the new best on best for Int'l hockey. But, if you don't want to watch, then don't watch. That is how I feel about this current format, but come September, I might tune in. I also do not understand how you say there is a lot of tradition and history with the Olympic tournament. NHL players have been going only since 1998. What is going on now does not compare to anything pre-1988, including the 1980 Miracle on Ice.
  2. Jersey's Team vs Broadway's Hudson Rivalry Feb. 8 GDT

    All NHL Network games are blacked out on, center ice, etc. It is considered a national game just like if it is on NBCS.I cut the cord over a year ago, was using hockeystreams, but a few weeks ago switched to another morally questionable service. Saturday's Rangers-Flyers game was also on NHL Network, so not on Center Ice. You probably won't be able to cancel your subscription, because it is in the terms and services.
  3. World Cup of Hockey

    The Browns situation is completely different. This new franchise has been terribly mis-managed, while the Ravens have won 2 Super Bowls. However, it is still NFL football. If the Browns were a better team, you'd likely be a lot more interested.
  4. World Cup of Hockey

    Agreed. However, remember the original intent. The hope was by getting on the Olympics stage, the people who watch hockey only during the Olympics would see the players, and then gain an interest in the NHL. However, it hasn't happened after 5 tries. They have never seen a spike in ratings, ticket sales, or merchandise sales after an Olympics which is what they were hoping. The Olympics tend to give people a sense of patriotism. How much interest is their in swimming other than the Olympics? Figure Skating? Gymnastics? Michael Phelps was huge news in the Olympics. When was the last time you or someone you know watched one of his races besides the Olympics? Same with the 2 US Women's Gymnastics team of 96 and 2012. I can't even tell you the last time a big gymnastics event was broadcast on tv, let alone any of the results. For those who do not watch hockey all year round, it is the same thing.
  5. World Cup of Hockey

    Count me as one that could not care less about this World Cup. I loved the 96 tournament, loved the 2004 tournament. Loved the 87 and 91 Canada Cups. This? Joke. With this Team Euro Left overs and Young Guns team, it is more like the NHL International Championship.
  6. John Scott traded to Montreal to be removed from the all star game?

    I for one think the fan voting has gotten ridiculous. Hopefully next year, Dylan McIlrath, Matt Martin, Chris Neil, Derek Dorsett, and Tom Wilson get voted in. It was one thing when the ballots were at arenas. Now, with the online voting, let everyone vote once. Make people link an email. I know, people will set up multiple emails, but I doubt they set up 100's or 1000's just to vote for this stupidity.
  7. Coming to NY 2nd week of Feb - best place to get tickets?

    I wouldn't be so sure of that. I was in Manhattan last week for a meeting not far from MSG, when they played the Bruins. I had already sold my tickets, but figured since I would be in the area, if I could get a good deal, I might take it. Cheapest I saw was around 6pm and only got down to about $90 before fees. The one benefit for that game is it is the day after the Super Bowl, and I know many people who on that day barely want to go to work let alone be out at a game.
  8. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    Not only an NHL Dman, but a young DMan whose salary can be controlled.
  9. Didn't feel the need to start a new thread for this, but the Pro Image at the Woodbridge Mall has Devils jerseys on sale for 50% off. No name or numbers, Reebok replicas. $72.50. Had the white, red, and red with green in various sizes. Picked up 2 Rangers jerseys this evening.
  10. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    The Rangers strategy when it comes to offense is to make the extra pass(es) to set up for a higher percentage shot. They do not simply fire at will on goal. So, with that in mind, they are going to have less shots and shots attempted which will lower their Corsi. As for possession, you have to look at that with a grain of salt. They have trailed for only ~130 minutes this season, have led for over 300 minutes and more than 150 they have led by 2 or more. While, they have only trailed by 2 or more for about 10 minutes. Teams possession numbers tend to tank when they are up by 2 or more and tend to sky rocket when they are trailing by 2 or more. So, put that all together, and it is not a surprise their possession numbers are not so hot.
  11. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    I lived in Nassau County for 17 years and know all about Nassau politics. The problem is voting these people out are easier said than done. Kate Murray is the Supervisor for the Town of Hempstead, not everyone in Nassau can vote on her elections. Murray is also a republican and Nassau County is a VERY Republican county. People are not going to vote for a democrat because of her stance on the Islanders. Only way she would lose to a democrat is if evidence was unearthed that implicated her in sending money to ISIS. Also dealing with joint jurisdictions. The Town of Hempstead is part of Nassau County, but within the town, the Town is responsible for certain things and the County responsible (financially responsible) for others. For example, The Town employs and is responsible for residential trash removal. County hires and is responsible for the Police Department. Some areas have their own police department, but nobody within the town of hempstead does. Secondly, Nassau County has approximately 1.5 million people. Figure roughly 1 million voters? How many do you think are Isles fans and of those how many do you think are big enough fans to actually make the effort to vote or drum up support for a new arena? Not nearly enough. When they had the last vote (might have been 2010, don't recall off the top of my head) I had read that only about 10% of eligible voters actually showed up. Point is, it is not the Islanders fans who voted it down, it is everyone else. As for unions, why do they vote how the union leaders tell them? Because the union leaders convince them their livelihood depends on who is in office. I'm part of a union, but rarely vote for whom they endorse.
  12. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    No, they can't. Unions will do so because they feel their livelihood depends on who is voted in. When it comes to tax dollars, only the most hardcore Isles fans are going to agree to any increase or base their vote on what a candidate will do with the Isles situation. Most would rather have someone else (another municipality) build them an arena and then travel a little to the game. And, don't count on Nassau and Suffolk counties ever doing this as a joint project.
  13. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    No, Wang's Lighthouse Project or fantasy did involve tax dollars and the resident of Nassau County will vote down anything that causes them to pay an extra dollar in taxes. You should see the fights that happen over school budget votes.
  14. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    I saw that article and I am not buying it at all. Remember, they were quoting an Islanders rep. I think the number is much higher and their bread and butter on weeknight games will be the Isles fan who lives in Nassua/Suffolk and works in Manhattan. Will they be willing to take subway to Brooklyn and then LIRR home? A friend's brother went Friday, said it was a mostly LI crowd based on the number of people on the LIRR after the game.
  15. Gdt Rangers at NJ @7pm

    I agree, think what they are doing is pointless. Saw one game ended in 12 seconds. Also, since the whole purpose (I would think) is to let the coaches give guys a look during 3-on-3, I would scrap power-plays for this, as well. Just make it similar to a misconduct, player goes to the box for 2 mins and they continue 3-on-3. They have had plenty of work with 4-on-3. I really do not think at this level they need to be taught the consequences of taking a penalty in OT.