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  1. What jerseys do you have?

    I have a poor man's collection: A Broduer white practice jersey from like 10 years ago... A blank UConn jersey...now thats school pride
  2. New Goalie Jerseys

    this is what happens when your too busy to check the board as often as you'd like...
  3. New Goalie Jerseys

    TSN.ca Staff 9/30/2005 5:41:52 PM The new National Hockey League is considering yet another major change in time for the start of this regular season. TSN has learned that all 30 NHL franchises received new jerseys Friday for their goaltenders and while it's a longshot, fans could see them in game action on opening night. The shirts are streamlined in a continued effort to reduce the amount of net they cover, and maybe even more significantly, they are different in colour and pattern like goalkeeper jerseys in soccer and would not match the rest of the team. New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist experimented with a practice version of the new jersey (pictured) in the warmup prior to Thursday's preseason game against the New York Islanders. (see the link) Talk of the new sweaters began at the general managers' meetings in Detroit as discussions surrounded the reduction in size of goalie equipment. They left with a consensus to reduce gloves, blockers and pads and the manufacturers would look into creating a more streamlined sweater. The manufacturers made it clear that the tigher version would not look like a team's current sweaters, but the NHL gave them the green light to proceed anyway. The arrival of the sweaters Friday morning was met with mixed reaction. Some franchises reacted quite positively, recognizing the marketing potentional in creating a "goalie sweater" taking a page from the huge success of soccer. However, there's been plenty of negative reaction as well. A number of general managers argue that there has already been so much change to the game that this would be too much, too soon, not to mention the fact that goalies will have little or not time to get used to playing in the new sweater. "It may be too late to introduce the new steamlined sweater in time for this season," an NHL official told TSN. "But rest assured, it is coming." It isn't the first time this year that hockey jerseys have been re-designed dramatically. In August, Canada's Olympic and world junior teams received new sweaters designed to be cooler, lighter and make the players faster. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=138228 ...all a little odd to think about but i'd like to see how it looks first...
  4. Stevens Officially Retires

    Stevens has been my favorite player in all of professional sports as well as one of the people I most admire since I first knew what hockey was...I can't say that this is a surprise but I always held out hope that he would be back...its just wanting to see your childhood idol like that, a hero in your eyes, live on forever...the Devils have given me things that I can't even really describe properly...the kinds of things that only someone who has been down at rock bottom sometime and lived vicariously through a group of men working as hard as they can to accomplish one single goal, working as one unit, giving it their all day in and day out...who represent where you come from and who you are...who represent the kind of spirit and drive and determination you wish you had yourself...and Stevens has carried this attitude, this team on his back for as many years as I have watched him...he has been an inspiration and as insane as it may sound, without following him and the team he has led all these years I don't believe I would be the same person as I am now...I wish you the best Scott Stevens and thank you for everything, all the Stanley Cups, all the acclaim and the leadership and all the things that these words fail to express properly...while the Devils and the NHL will move forward, for as long as I follow hockey, if anybody ever asks me who the captain is I'll say "Scott Stevens"....
  5. What is the penalty for being over/under cap?

    Teams can be a maximum of 10% over the cap but must be under it by Oct. 1st, I don't know the penalty if they are over after that period. Here is an example from a Daily News article about Mogilny. As they are within 10% of the team cap, they have until Oct. 1 to get back under the $39 million threshold. "I have until Oct. 1 to make adjustments and I have total comfortability that we'll be able to do that," Lamoriello said.
  6. Player Ratings

    What do you think players like Crosby and Ovekchin will be rated when they finally arrive in the new NHL games like NHL 06 and 2k6?
  7. FLASHBACK: Mogilny a Devil Again

    I wouldn't be suprised if we had to trade guys for draft picks or future considerations because we want to get a decent deal but don't want to add money or stay even. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> I agree completely, that seems like the most logical thing thats gonna happen, but given this crazy offseason and Lou's surprising if not somewhat confusing moves, I think anything is a possibility at this point.
  8. FLASHBACK: Mogilny a Devil Again

    I think we're gonna see a big movement here, its not a question of Kozlov or Frisen anymore, its at least a two-player deal on our end, the question is, who can we get for them, any ideas on who needs what we can offer and what can we get in return that puts us under the cap?
  9. EA NHL 2006

    Article on Gamespot about all three new games coming up: http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/sports/nhl06/news_6130929.html
  10. This is Too Much

    Well, yes, but I think what a lot of these uptight 'journalists' forget is that sports are about bravado and ridiculous talk in some way - maybe I'm jaded, but I'd much rather hear the outrageous opinions than interviews with 95% of athletes - as a result of the predatory nature of sports journalism, most guys repeat the same boring crap. Now what I do disagree with is the personality cult that surrounds sports journalists now, and that they end up writing articles about themselves rather than the athletes they cover. It has been proven by the success of the Fox News Channel and now with ESPN that most people do not want to hear what happened - they want to hear what happened with spin on it as well. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Your right that it is what most people want to hear and FNC is a perfect example of it. Maybe I'm too much of a purist about this but when I think of journalism I think of objective criticism and evidence-based reporting. Now I do get a kick out of watching some people, sometimes I enjoy the banter of PTI but when I want serious sports news, when I want to hear an analysis of the new NHL for example I don't really want to hear something like "Goals are up this game is awesome now!" followed by some other guy "So its not 1-0 games anymore but it still sucks!!" I want to hear comments from fans, reactions to the new parity by fans or management of original six teams, stats analysis thats more then goals, what the changes means for minor leaguers, how defensive strategies have adjusted, what vetern players or coaches think....I want to hear reporting and the kind of analysis that is becoming harder and harder to find. But then again that's just me from the purists view.
  11. This is Too Much

    I agree the problem started with radio but ESPN furthers it by recruting respected (respect earned through good writing) sports journalists and giving them money for expressing outrageous opinions in the most outlandish way possible, they get on through their reputation and stay on by drawing ratings by being a bigger a$$ then the next guy, hoping enough idiots tune in to watch them aimlessly rant. This turns respected writers and researchers into people who simply yell and scream the loudest until they get enough attention to stay on the air and earn TV money...while ESPN isn't the beginning or the only cause, I think its a major one. And really if your gonna get paid very well for doing nothing but standing on a soap box without having to make deadlines or do research or secure ur own interviews and do real in depth analysis, wouldn't that be more attractive then really working?
  12. EA NHL 2006

    ESPN is no longer affiliated with 2k Sports so no worries on any of the ESPN commentators popping up into the games...I really think EA started to take an amazing turn with NHL 2004 then brought it all crashing down with NHL 2005...if EA can make a game like 2004 with even more sim qualities then I'd definetly buy their product, also the new rules will be in the game (I've already seen some in game shots with trapazoid zone behind the net) and on their website they show a lot of players in new uniforms, but I'm not sure about the cap yet. Also, it seems the game will be released on Oct. 6th so that they can include players like Crosby and Ovechkin who need to play at least one game in the NHL to be included in the game. I am also looking forward to the 2k product but I'm worried about the icon passing system...either way I'll read reviews on both before buying.
  13. Japanese goalie nets attention

    With Bakersfield in 04-05 the kid finished the year at 27-9-5 with a 2.48 GAA...maybe worth an AHL team looking into.
  14. This is Too Much

    I believe this article from January in Slate really says it all the best, why sports commentary and sports writing have taken such an awful turn... Unpardonable Interruptions How television killed the newspaper sports column. By Stephen Rodrick Posted Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at 2:14 PM PT Stephen A. Smith is the hardest-working man in sports show business. The ubiquitous basketball pundit appears on ESPN about 10 times a day as a regular on the show NBA Fastbreak, a guest commentator on SportsCenter, and a pundit on ESPNEWS. This fall, he was also a judge on the network's American Idol knockoff, Dream Job. He also has a day job: top sports columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a recent Philadelphia magazine profile of Smith, Inquirer sports editor Jim Jenks said the multitasking hadn't affected his newspaper work. "I don't know how long this is going to last, but he puts the column first. He knows it gives credibility to what he does on TV." Jenks offered an example of Smith's dedication: On the night of the NBA draft, Smith BlackBerryed in his column between television appearances. Oh, Lord. Once upon a time, maybe five years ago, anyone filing a crucial column via a thumbs-only device would have been busted down to covering high-school cross-country meets. Being a columnist at a major daily paper was every sportswriter's dream job. Legends like Jim Murray at the Los Angeles Times and Shirley Povich at the Washington Post were the most beloved guys at their papers. They'd write a cherished column for 30 years, and that was it. There was nothing else to do, no higher job to attain. Now, a sports column is nothing more than a springboard, a gig that starts you on your way to becoming a multimedia star. As with many things in sports media today, television

    I think Lou understand perfectly the ramifications of the CBA and what would happen if he was over the cap...I think he has something up his sleeve here I don't have much evidence to go on besides his history and his talent as a general manager so with that in mind I'm less focused on if Lou knows what he's doing then what he's going to do. Minor changes like a Kozlov type deal or a major shakeup?