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  1. New York Mets 2016 Season Thread

    What do yoy guys think of DeGrom's chances tonight against Urias? I hear he's a phneom prospect.
  2. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Well, it was a good season for the Bolts. Hard to get back to the finals two years in a row. Go Sharks.
  3. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Meh, that might be true, but every dog has his day. I'm still not convinced they're going to win, whether it's against Pit or TB. People seem to be clinging to some sort of destiny with them, and sure it would be a nice story, I personally, with no affiliation to the Sharks at all, have always thought Marleau was a great player, but after watching both of the series fairly closely, when you compare SJ/STL to TB/PIT, it's almost like it's in slow motion. People regularly underestimate the East and always say the West is better and more skillful than the East (rarely do I agree with that on any occasion), but particularly this year, I think it's possibly the opposite. I think there were some dark horse teams that flew under the radar, until now. I suppose that's fair.
  4. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Side note - how the hell are so many people pulling for DeBoer here? Don't get me wrong, I'm not NOT supporting him -- I'm indifferent. He's not the Devils coach so I don't care if he wins or loses in the Cup finals, but.... where the hell are all of the people here who were slamming him and aggravated with some of the decisions he made, particularly about the lineup and calling guys up or sending guys down?
  5. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Maybe it's because I'm in the area, but I can tell you, at least here in Tampa, there is a huge buzz around the playoffs and the team. I always get a laugh when people talk about smaller markets being in the playoffs and the Finals -- today I heard people say an SJ/TB final would be terrible for the league and wouldn't garner interest or attention. For starters, that's pretty inaccurate as I think the smaller markets and teams like SJ who have never been there before will actually draw more attention, because that in and of itself is a story. It's not quite Cinderella, but it definitely has a backstory with some veterans like Marleau and Thornton who have never won a cup and are nearing the end of their careers. On top of that, it's always funny and ridiculous to hear people say "No one outside of SJ gives a sh!t about the Sharks", or "No one outside of TB cares about the Lightning" -- yeah, no sh!t! Newsflash for you, pretty much no one outside of NY cares about the Rangers, pretty much no one outside of Boston cares about the Bruins, etc. Honestly, there are transplants all over the country, so you're always going to have pockets of different fans in random areas, but really the only team that probably has any significant impact or reach anywhere outside of their own local state/metro area is probably the Yankees, and that's really because they're more of a brand than anything else nowadays. Guys wear their hats and jerseys in music videos (ok I'm dating myself, maybe that was years ago, but the point remains). That's about it. And even then they're not "fans" of the team, they just sport the gear because it's cool and a fashion statement. No matters who's in the finals this year, it should be a good one, because of the product on the ice.
  6. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    What's scary is that they've been a little streaky the past few games. Sometimes they bring it and can roll with and beat just about anyone, other times they're pretty flat and still put up a good effort because of how skilled they are, but overall they just aren't aggressive enough and don't want it as bad, so you end up with games like you saw last night. I think they'll show up for tomorrow's game, but I think Pittsburgh will too. What would be nice is if they get Stamkos back and give them a big energy boost. It might mess with the team chemistry that they've developed without thus far, but I think it would still mess with the Penguins heads and give them another guy they have to account for. Believe it or not I think it's actually going to come down to the goalies and who is able to steal the game for their team. I expect it to be probably a 3-2 score, possibly in OT. I think both teams will play tight and the refs will probably keep their whistles in their pockets.
  7. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Couldn't agree more. I think that's been Vasilevsky's only knock thus far - the rebounds. I don't think they've been terrible, but it's the one thing myself and a few others have noticed after watching him this series. His positioning has been pretty sound and I think his reflexes even better.
  8. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Yeah, I wasn't sure what to expect with the loss of those two guys, but in terms of Stamkos, even though he's thought to be a top 5 player in the league and generally irreplaceable, the Lightning are pretty unique in that they really do have a ton of depth, especially at scoring. On any other team that would be a huge blow, because you really just can't replace his scoring from another individual save for maybe two or three other guys in the league, but you CAN pretty much pick up the slack if you have a half dozen other guys who up their games and contribute in his absence. That's basically what we've seen, and credit to guys like Kucherov, Palat, Killorn, Johnson, etc, who have all taken advantage of a little more ice time and opportunities with Stamkos being out of the lineup.
  9. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    I don't know how or why people underestimated the Lightning, again. They were two wins away from a Cup last year, beating 3 original 6 teams (never been done before) before losing to the Hawks in 6, and this year they were one of the best regular season teams for most of the year and have beaten a few good teams pretty easily thus far (Wings in 5 and Isles in 5). Their team is almost identical to last year's, with some notable improvements.
  10. Devils looking to add offense in the offseason

    Gotta agree with this. I like Wedge's potential and what he showed at the end of the season, but both him and Kinkaid, at present, are a dime a dozen, and although Wedge might turn out to be better than just a backup one day, you can't ask someone to pay today what it might be worth in the future.
  11. Possible "Palmieri-esque" trades for the offseason

    Is he a FA? I thought he had some years left on his deal when he was traded to BUF.
  12. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Hilarious. Good find. I have some non-Lightning fan friends who really don't have any allegiance or rooting interest in the team who were surprised and pointing out the officials/networks apparent bias towards Pittsburgh.
  13. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Yeah, tough game for the Bolts yesterday. Can't blame Vasi, though he looked pretty pissed and maybe that was affecting his play a little. Kinda a must-win game tomorrow at home, because I feel going down 3-1 and heading back to Pittsburgh would be a sure end to their post-season. Would be pretty odd if they get bounced in 5 games, after they knocked off both of their previous two opponents in 5 games as well.
  14. Around the League 15-16 Edition

    Sharks looked tough last night. Granted the Blues hit two posts, both by Brouwer, but they're playing tighter than I thought they would. Even though I predicted 7 games, I still thought the Blues would be the better team in most of the games. Now it seems a lot closer to 50/50. Should be a good series moving forward.
  15. 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

    Novel? This is a forum - it might be old school compared to twitter and other forms of short-message social networking, but it still exists, and you're here posting just like I am, so forgive me for sharing a few sentences of my thoughts. No need to be sarcastic nose about it. Regarding Zubrus, I'm just simply saying that I always actually thought he was a lot better of a player than he probably really was. His tenure in the league is great, but I don't really think that has any bearing on how good or effective he was. I mean sure you could say that to last that long he had to be doing something right, and maybe he was, but I always considered him, and I think others did too, as more of a 2nd line type guy -- hell, I think on his days with the Caps he even got 1st line minutes at times, and he just wasn't that type of player. A random but great example of this is Marc Bergevin -- 1,191 games played over a 21 year career. Total points? 181. You can say "oh he played 20+ years and was a serviceable player", but that doesn't make him good or great. A better example and equally random might be Scott Young. Also had a 20 year career, 1,191 games, 756 points. Scott Young, at least in my eyes, was never a great player either. Good, but not great. And he had 200 some points more than Zubrus, in about 100 less games. So, yeah. All I'm saying is, looking back, maybe it is actually a testament that Zubrus did last as long as he did, because he really wasn't that good. People can say looking at the numbers doesn't tell the whole story, but at the end of the day, most people, and rightfully so, are judged on production and statistics.