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Chuck the Duck

Member Since 19 Jul 2011
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In Topic: World Cup of Hockey

19 January 2015 - 10:30 AM

Another pure money grab by the NHL (much like the Stadium series).  The format is a gimmick, no matter how you try and justify it.  It just doesn't seem right to me for some reason.  Sometimes you are best served leaving well enough alone. The World Cup works in soccer, and it can work in hockey as well.  But , in the end, does it really matter?  Nobody (outside of Canada) is going to care about this tournament anyways.   

 

But if you are going to change it, why not take the best 184 players in the world and hold a fantasy draft to select the teams?  No country affiliations at all, and still the same high level of play and skill that purportedly is the basis for this format.  In fact, it would be an even better tournament because the teams (in theory) would be more evenly skilled.  

In Topic: Brendan Byrne/Continental Airlines arena closing end of Month *Confir

16 January 2015 - 08:52 PM

http://m.ibtimes.com...ecision-1786230
Shocking right? [emoji57]

The premise that Christie is closing Izod so Jerry Jones can makes few hundred thousand more dollars in concession $ from the Rock is astoundingly dumb and is lazy journalism that simply is taking a talking point from empty headed politicians. Thats's pocket change to guys like JJ.

Now, if you want to find a more plausible reason behind this weeks decision, look into Christie's relationship with Joe DiVincenzo (Essex Co. Exec), or a behind the scenes agreement with triple 5 to have them take over and renovate the arena to make it a part of their new complex after the 2 year moratorium ends.

And, by the way, you know who stands to make out much better than JJ in this whole deal? Harris, Blitzer and the taxpayers of the State of NJ. But why let facts get in the way of a good story, am I right?

In Topic: Brendan Byrne/Continental Airlines arena closing end of Month *Confir

16 January 2015 - 10:51 AM

I found this line interesting from the below link:

http://www.nj.com/po...eport_says.html

"The two-year agreement calls for all future events currently scheduled for the Izod Center to be moved to the Prudential Center, effective Jan. 31."

That says to me in two years, it's conceivable to reopen in private hands. Maybe not, but it seems designed to keep the option open.

 

I think they are hoping that Triple 5, the developer of the "money pit" mall, will purchase or lease the building and renovate it the way the Coliseum is being renovated.  There was some talk last year about them doing that, so this buys a few years for the mall construction to be completed before a decision needs to be made on the Arena's future.  It also stops the state from bleeding money from operating the facility. 

In Topic: 2014-2015 Around the league thread

16 January 2015 - 10:39 AM

Someone needs to break Kreider's face. He's long overdue for a fvcking beatdown. He should get at least 2 games for that cheap-ass garbage. Good job by Kelly.

 

He is just a dumb, dirty player.  He does that same thing and boards the hell out of these guys so often, it's amazing he hasn't received a suspension to date.

 

He's big and fast, but he really isn't that good of a player. 

In Topic: Official "Marty Watch" Thread

15 January 2015 - 03:56 PM

and Detroit's Howard is out for a few weeks too.  Maybe there can be a "Rent-a-Brodeur" thing for the rest of this season for teams with injured keepers....

 

Heck we could even bring him back for the final week of the season, get a few sellouts, and give him the sendoff he deserves !

 

Friday, April 3 - MTL @ NJ, it would be perfect !

 

Marty got the sendoff he deserved at the end of last season.  I would have preferred he retired a Devil, but its his choice how he wants to guide his career.  It will be interesting to see if he is waived and picked up by another team or traded next week.  Carrying 3 goalies makes no sense, and there's no way he's going to report to the minors.  I don't think he wants to retire.