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Derek21

Member Since 09 Sep 2002
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In Topic: Expansion to Vegas Apparently "Done Deal"

27 August 2014 - 02:14 PM

Las Vegas was building a new arena last year. I'm not surprised they are in the mix for expansion. Seattle is logical. I always felt they'd have to add 2 teams to balance out the realigned conferences. My guess was they'd expand to 32. Not 34. It doesn't add up. I can go along with bringing hockey back to Quebec. Toronto is large enough to have 2 teams. I just wonder what happens if the Leafs continue to struggle. Their fans will go nuts. Haha. I would rather see Florida relocate along with another team than see the league go to 34. But that'll never happen. I'd imagine the players aren't opposed to it because it'll create more jobs.

 

Adding more teams makes the current divisions and playoff format unrealistic. They may as well go back to 6 divisions or expand the playoffs. Give the teams with best records byes. Have real wildcard series. Best of 3 or 5. The only hindrance is the schedule. You can't have postseasons extending into July. I have always been an advocate of starting seasons earlier. Either that or drop down from 82 to 70. I know these are radical suggestions which probably won't happen. But if they go to 34, is 16 realistic for playoffs?

In Topic: 2014 UFA Signing Thread

27 August 2014 - 02:05 PM

Hayes probably has a job to lose. I assume that's why he went to NYR 

 

Not necessarily. Last year, they swapped Christian Thomas for Danny Kristo. Most assumed Kristo could make the jump. Instead, he needed a whole season in Hartford and led them in goals. A year later, his status is uncertain with other prospects ahead of him. It would be wrong to rush a player following college. Look at how Detroit does it. They are patient and develop properly. The Rangers brought in all these vets to compete for spots. So, at most you'll see 1 or 2 kids on the roster in October.

In Topic: WWE/TNA/ROH - Wrestling Thread

26 August 2014 - 03:08 PM

Apparently spike TV isn't going to renew TNA so it's going to be interesting to see what happens. If they don't get a TV deal somewhere this might be the end of the company.

 

Too bad for them because it's starting to get good. They are the highest rated program on Spike.

In Topic: 2014 UFA Signing Thread

26 August 2014 - 03:06 PM

I guess an interesting question would be, do you think that the Rangers still goto the Cup Final if say they make one less trade during the season?  Say, declining to trade either MDZ OR Callahan?  Obviously it's all hindsight at this point, but interesting to think about. 

 

No. They made trades that worked out. Klein turned out to be much steadier than MDZ and St. Louis performed when they needed him to. One wonders how it all would've played out if his Mom didn't pass away. But tragedies are part of sport. I remember when Mariano Rivera flew home during '04. They still lost 4 straight to Boston. With MSL, the team rallied around him. That along with the team meeting following Game 4 enabled them to come back and go on a nice run.

 

I'm interested to see Hayes. Hope he participates in Traverse City. Has good size and speed. Benefited from playing with Gaudreau and Arnold. Hopefully, they don't rush him.

In Topic: 2014 UFA Signing Thread

07 August 2014 - 06:20 PM

Kevin Klein is not a solid defenseman - he's a 3rd pairing guy at best - and him not getting a QO was always a possibility - he had to be qualified at 2.9M (or at least 2.61M - not entirely sure of the rule).  A bit pricey for a guy who had played himself out of the lineup.

 

You sound like Anthony from our section. He hates Klein. When they made the deal, I hated it. But it was out of necessity. Klein performed admirably. He didn't really do anything to stand out which is essentially why they acquired him. He's a 3rd pair guy. I hope Del Zotto does well. With him, it's mental. He has ability and tools. But is Philadelphia the right environment? They can be downright nasty. On a one-year contract, it gives MDZ a chance to prove himself. The Rangers see the Flyers 3 times between November 19-29. That includes Del Zotto's return on Rivalry Night 11/19. That should be a treat.

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