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  1. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    More empty seats, another dead atmosphere. Am I the only one seeing a pattern in these payoffs? Am I just nuts?
  2. 2016 Draft

    I think DeBrincat is primed to be the next Gaudreau, in terms of a small guy getting passed over and finding success at the NHL. His stock is falling and if he's available at 41, I'd take him in a heartbeat.
  3. World Cup of Hockey

    So you're saying there are only 5 countries good enough to be considered for international tournaments? That's nonsense. Hockey fans' obsession with parity is so far over the top. Some countries can be better than others, and that's OK. Some countries can be underdogs, and that's OK. That's what sports are about.
  4. World Cup of Hockey

    This is an 8 team tournament, not a 16 team tournament. Kazakhstan and Norway aren't going to be there. Switzerland and Slovakia are perfectly competent hockey countries. Do you think the Czechs are beating either of those teams 9 times out of 10? Absolutely not. And yea, it would be more credible regardless. This whole thing undermines the spirit of international competition. But, it's what we got.
  5. World Cup of Hockey

    What does everyone think of the final roster? I think Callahan's inclusion is a joke, and it honestly looks like Tortorella's personal goon squad. We knew a torts-lombardi team was going to look like this. I think Bobby Ryan and Kessel needed to be on the roster, and I think it's a better team with Palmieri on it. Niskanen over shattenkirk and Fowler? This is gonna go the way of Sochi.

    Funny, I couldn't decide if I thought this guy was Finnish or French (a distinction I never thought I'd have to try to make, dude's got a crazy name), turns out he's France French and been playing in Finland. One extra U somewhere and that name couldn't be more Finnish.
  7. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Rust has had so many opportunities for the hat trick
  8. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    I've wondered the same thing about everyone pulling for DeBoer. Like someone else said, I liked that he went after Torts, but I'm indifferent about him mostly. I wasn't his biggest supporter, but I wasn't calling for his head. I'm not usually this petty, but I don't think we need another coach we fired winning a cup somewhere else. Vasilevski is good. I'm not sure how many more saves he's going to pull out of his ass, but I'm also not sure how much longer Pittsburgh can dominate this game.
  9. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    I was watching this game with a San Francisco native (who used to work in SAP center) and he has some interesting things to say about the sharks and their fans. He likes to rave about how San Jose is a "hockey town" (my ass), but the sharks don't have much traction outside of the south bay. He says a big piece of the fan base are east coast transplants. My girlfriend happens to be from the bay, too, and when I first started exposing her to hockey, she used to say everyone on the west coast thinks of it as a "fancy east coast" thing. I find it ironic that people from the richest part of the richest country in the world like to have a folksy distaste of the bourgeois activities we indulge in, but that's a different discussion.
  10. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Did this game not sell out or did a quarter of people decide a game that could send their team to their first ever Cup final wasn't worth getting to on time? I've said it before, but i think there's something missing from the atmosphere in these playoffs. I really don't like this Sharks team for some reason, but I'm getting a sense of inevitability about them winning it all. They just seem unstoppable.
  11. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    This is all fine, but game 4 wasn't Murray's fault either, and he lost his spot because fleury made 7 saves. This far in, it should be Murray's to win or lose. If I'm Sullivan, I'm not sure I can swallow my pride at this point. And if he rides fleury and they win 6 more games, he's a genius. He'll probably live or die by this gamble.
  12. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    I didn't watch most of the game, but fleury's numbers don't look good. I'm shocked they pulled the plug on Murray like that. You can't be juggling goalies in the conference finals. If fleury is your number one going forward, fine, but you can't jump ship on Murray after a game where he wasn't going to do a whole lot of anything on those goals and fleury makes 7 stops. The pens had lost 5 times through the first two and a half rounds in front of him. Horrible decision by Sullivan. What the hell does he do now? Crawl back to Murray? I doubt it. I bet we see a shaky fleury backstop the pens to a silent and painless exit in game 6. This is such an interesting playoffs. You want to say Tampa won't have a shot in the finals if they do get there, but if bishop is healthy it looks like he is the most qualified goaltender left to lift the cup. If they do clinch in 6, the lightning have quietly torn through the east.
  13. World Championship 2016

    Funny, as soon as I posted this I turned it on and it was fine. Watching the Finland Russia semifinal was like radio with updating pictures. The last few times I tried to watch one world was the same.
  14. World Championship 2016

    I don't know if I'm the only one experiencing this, but one world's picture is always choppy and unwatchable, doesn't matter what's on
  15. League sets expansion draft rules

    By the time the expansion draft comes around, Zajacs contract won't be all that bad. Salary inflation is already making it not that awful. Expansion teams are probably going to be trying to hit the floor anyway. Zajac is the ideal expansion draftee. Solid vet with a well rounded game. Girardi on the other hand would be lucky to get picked in an AHL expansion draft. He is beyond awful.