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#81 Legion15

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 05:34 PM

Maybe we're looking at this the wrong way. There was clearly a drop off in goals last year, as expected with the loss of Parise, now this year we'll be twice the drop off, as Clarky and Kovy are departing. With these three key figures gone, the style of play that brought us to the SCF will probably no longer work. So, instead of trying to create offense by signings, and signings, mind you of a weak FA class, we should work with what we have, and revert back to our old ways.

 

The Neutral Zone Trap folks. With the lack of goal scoring last year, we may as well have played the trap. So what I'm proposing, is put together a group of big, physical forwards (maybe sign Penner and put him in a bottom six, grinder role, maybe on a line with Carter and Bernier) and let our strong suit, our defensemen and the Marty/Schneider win us games.

 

ah but isn't the trap "boring hockey that kills the sport"? :rolleyes:

 

Too many drive-by fans are only interested in guys that score 50+ goals a season...offense is all they care about, when DEFENSE and goaltending wins games. You only need to score 1 more than your opponent...


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 05:52 PM

If you want the sport to grow you need it to appeal to neutral/new spectators.. You need goals for that. :P
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 05:59 PM

If you want the sport to grow you need it to appeal to neutral/new spectators.. You need goals for that. :P


If you want a championship, you need solid defense. If you want the sport to grow, you stop locking it out every 8 years.
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:08 PM

If you want a championship, you need solid defense. If you want the sport to grow, you stop locking it out every 8 years.

 

The lockout didn't affect the sport at all.  Revenues in 2013-14 are going to be above what they were in 2011-12.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:24 PM

If you want a championship, you need solid defense. If you want the sport to grow, you stop locking it out every 8 years.

 

Amen.  Devil Dan.   The lockout did a lot of damage to games image, fan growth and more importantly sponsors.   NHL had to give away a lot of inventory and do a lot of damage control.  The revenues reported for 2012-13 will be inflated, but the damage to the game has been done.   Considering you had three major markets involved in the playoffs the revenue for this year, had the lockout not occurred, would have been tremendous.  Instead, LA and Chicago didn' t do as well rating wise as it could have been.  


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:27 PM

The lockout didn't affect the sport at all.  Revenues in 2013-14 are going to be above what they were in 2011-12.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:29 PM

How much of an actual downgrade is Brunner from Kovalchuk..1 win?


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:35 PM

How much of an actual downgrade is Brunner from Kovalchuk..1 win?

 

I don't think we can really tell based on 44 NHL games.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:58 PM

The lockout didn't affect the sport at all.  Revenues in 2013-14 are going to be above what they were in 2011-12.

if you're all about the money maybe

thats a ridiculous statement


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:02 PM

I don't know about this Brunner guy. Apparently he wanted 2.5 to 3 mil from Detroit. That's asking for a lot from a guy who had an above average rookie season.

As far as Grabo, I was reading up on him and he's too controversial. He punched a guy and his girlfriend when he was in Vancouver for the Olympics.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:05 PM


The lockout didn't affect the sport at all. Revenues in 2013-14 are going to be above what they were in 2011-12.


if you're all about the money maybe
thats a ridiculous statement


Money, attendance and ratings are the best indicators of how the league is doing so far as the fans are concerned. In all of those departments the league is doing much better since Bettman arrived.

We hate him for the Kovy penalty, but there's a reason why the owners, including VBK love Bettman.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:11 PM

Although his age and stamina concerns me I think Jagr is our best bet. He and Boyes would be good pickups. Plus we have Olesz and he can slot in if Jagr can't do a full 82.

 

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:32 PM

Lou has to take a calculated risk overpaying Brunner - at least he's still young and has potential
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:55 PM

Money, attendance and ratings are the best indicators of how the league is doing so far as the fans are concerned. In all of those departments the league is doing much better since Bettman arrived.

We hate him for the Kovy penalty, but there's a reason why the owners, including VBK love Bettman.


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I think from a business standpoint he has been great for the league and they are already forecasting a billion dollars in growth next season.. That's insane

People forget his job is to grow the business of the NHL. Sure theirs an emotional side to the sport/league and we all buy into it, but the NHL doesn't exist without the nitty gritty business side
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:56 PM

I'm all for Brunner and Jagr. Only downside would be who the odd man out would be with 2 new players. Hypothetically, of course.
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:22 PM

No to Brunner for what he is asking, if a typical spender like Detroit turns you down, something is amiss.

And clearly Jagr is too preposterous to even consider.
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:27 PM

Although his age and stamina concerns me I think Jagr is our best bet. He and Boyes would be good pickups. Plus we have Olesz and he can slot in if Jagr can't do a full 82.
 
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:28 PM

No to Brunner for what he is asking, if a typical spender like Detroit turns you down, something is amiss.

And clearly Jagr is too preposterous to even consider.

Detroit does not have a ton of cap space left and they have a few key players of their own to re-sign.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:37 PM

the only reason revenues are going up is because they raise ticket prices every year.

They aren't growing the game, they're just sucking more cash out of the people who already like it.
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:31 PM

If he signs Brunner then Lou has to consider what he'll give Josefson and Henrique. If Brunner gets like 3 mil then Josefson and Henrique should get more. It would be absurd to give Brunner like 3 mil per season and give known commodities like Henriqque and Josefson less.


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