The league doesn't favor anyone in the lottery. They get an auditing firm like KPMG to monitor the results. Firms like that do not risk their reputations in order to facilitate a pro hocky league conspiracy.
I dunno, Pittsburgh's "luck in the lottery" with Crosby kind of has me doubting the whole process...
Saw this coming a mile away after we played lights out against Chicago. This fanbase doesn't surprise me anymore.
My man, I have been watching and playing hockey for about a good 27 years of my life, so let's say that I think I have a good eye for what I wrote. I wrote the original comment about entertaining trading Schneider so I will answer your skepticism.
With regards to Kinkaid, let's just say that we don't know the "intangibles" regarding a long term career and his potential to be a game changer under pressure. After all, he hasn't played more than 4 full NHL games in his career. So, comparing this with Schneider, surely, Schneider is the clear winner. Especially because he helped get the C'Nucks to the NHL final a few years ago against Boston.
Speaking, however, from a technical standpoint, I think that Kinkaid demostrates a lot of technical ability and focus. He has great agility and hasn't clonked out in the two starts he has had this year.
My huntch is, that Schneider isn't a "game changing" goalie. He doesn't have the ability to get into other team's heads and he let's up some crazy rebounds and is often out of position. His technical savy is not one of a top 5 goalie. Sorry, but I said it.
Schneider has lost us more games than he has stolen for us, so I don't know if you don't take a chance to get as much return for his value now before it's too late.
Kinkaid may very well be a gamble, but he has shown hard evidence that he has come ready to play, and if I can get a Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins piece in return for Schneider, it may be a gamble well worth the risk.
"If NJ had so chosen, it could've blocked Kovalchuk from the KHL by tolling contract. But NJ isn't doing that, he's free to go to KHL."
Well, we don't know what goes on behind the scenes so let's not pass judgement on Kovy just yet. He is free to do what he wants. It was obvious that something "didn't add up" when the guy misses a good chunk of the last 40 days of the season or with a shoulder injury, yet he runs to go play in the World Championships a week or so later.
It's a rough day, yes, because there aren't too many players in the NHL of Kovy's level. The Devils and the NHL are losers today.