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  1. Whether it's age, injury, or lack of interest; some of our forwards just seem a step slow.

    Elias and Langs in particular just keep getting beat in our zone, the neutral zone - hell, they aren't even getting to rebounds like the used to.

    It's hard to watch - almost like "Old Yeller". It's fun at times, but really sad because you know the end is coming for something that you loved for a long time.

  2. Gosh, I hope not... I don't think that Marty would make a good GM. He seems like a good student of the game, but I am not sure he has the right personality. I see Stevens as a more likely candidate, but who knows.

    I'd rather see Marty be involved with the NHLPA and/or league offices. Marty has a deep respect of the game, and other players in the league. He'd be my choice for that type of work.

  3. Associated Press

    "GENEVA -- NHL veteran Richard Park has signed a three-year contract with Swiss club Geneva-Servette."

    Richard Park is a good player, I was surprised to read this at first. Upon later reflection, I think this is just another example of an above-average player not getting paid what he is worth and going elsewhere to play / earn a living. The NHL should be trying to keep guys like this in the league... Too bad for the Islanders.

    Full Article

  4. A small token from my wife and I (girlgeek is my wife).

    Thanks for being here - she thanks you as well since she'd bear the brunt of my rants when the lose if it weren't for this place.

  5. Great topic! From a rules stand point, I would do what ever I could to reduce the number of whistles. Here are a few ideas:

    1) Eliminate the red line (center ice line) - This would eliminate half of the icings, and allow teams to try more stretch passes.

    2) Make both blue lines wider. Since you can't make the ice surface wider because the rinks can't grow (and teams won't give up premium seats), you can make the zones "feel" bigger by making the blue line wider (maybe 2 - 3 feet wide). This has the effect of making every zone larger, and gives teams a bit more room to maneuver.

    3) Implement an icing rule on penalty kills - since you are giving teams a break on the center ice line, it might be neat to have icing for just blasting the puck out of your own end. This would hopefully eliminate stupid penalties, and create more excitement on PP's.

    I actually like some of what the league is doing so far to make the game faster. I'm not sure the NHL will ever have a national following like NBA or NFL - do you really think random people in a "good NHL city" would sit and watch any two teams play from another division? Would a Dev's fan watch Phoenix play Dallas just because it was on TV? Unlikely, but that's exactly what the NFL and NBA have going for them. The NHL needs to capitalize on people going to games or watching a regional rivalry. I don't know how they do that, but they should give up all of this national following crap. Waste of money.

  6. I'm not in agreement, but it's mostly about TV market share. Plus the size of future growth in that market.

    The 2 largest available NHL markets in Canada are Winnipeg/Quebec City, each with just under 700,000 population.

    Phoenix is twice their size. Houston is triple & will be larger than Chicago within a decade.

    While other leagues do go back to cities that had teams before, it seems like the NHL already had its taste of Winnipeg/Quebec with both failing.

    Likely there will be NHL teams in markets like Houston before another Canadian team is added.

    It seems like these Canadian cities would make sense but evidently the research showed otherwise

    I disagree with the TV analysis above. The NHL is not like the NFL, NBA, or MLB teams. TV doesn't mean much to their overall budget. The way NHL franchises make money are thus:

    1) Gate / Ticket Revenue

    2) Merchandise and such

    3) Parking

    TV revenue for teams based in New York is an anomoly compared to the rest of the league. The National TV contract for the NHL only generated a few million dollars in revenue for each team. Local TV can be much less than that in most cities. The NHL is not like the Yankees (where the local TV rights is bigger money than the annual attendance)

    The NHL franchises do best when they have a strong local following. It's a fallacy to think that larger American cities would automatically generate more money for the franchise than a smaller town with more fans. Winnepeg

    Some cities in Western Canada have a lot of money right now (Winnepeg is doing much better financially than many american cities). I think a town's ability to support a franchise is much more than just it's total population or TV market. I just don't think Gary Buttman wants to see any more expansion in Canada because he is worried that it will further reinforce the stereo-type that hockey is a "canadian" anomoly in sports.

  7. Stevie deserves this, he's a great hockey mind and a class act. Ken Holland and Jim Mill weren't going anywhere in Detroit, and Stevie has bone fide GM potential. This is a great move for all parties I think.

  8. I am having a discussion group in my office at 11am to discuss Sunday's episode.

    I wish more of my co-workers would watch this show. It's torture not having many people to talk to in person about this.

    I'm normally not a huge sci-fi person, but I fell in love with Battlestar Galactica's series. Did you ever watch it? If you are a big fan of character analysis - that is a great one to watch. It shows the darkest of dark sides of "good" people when they are stressed. It's about redemption, love, and in the end hope. If youlike attractive females, this show has several to choose from as well. (Not the only reason to watch though, promise.)

  9. Thank MCD. I am giving Damages the next shot.

    I agree with you present day TV does cut corners: "Reality" Shows are cheap to produce and you can always find a washed up "C" level personality/"star" to do one.

    What did you think of this past Sunday's Breaking Bad episode?

    Please, Please watch Damages in order. It's very important to do so, and will increase your satisfaction in the show series. Since you seem to enjoy character-centric TV, have you checked out Dexter? I know it's on pay-tv, but you can see all of the back episodes on Hulu and/or Netflix. It's definitely worth watching all the way though.

    As for the last episode of 'Bad, I loved it. I suppose I should be respectful of everyone else in here and not talk about my thoughts on what happens next, but it was really (REALLY) cool that the writers played us like they did. No one could have forseen the reaction Walt had to Skyler's confession - it's 10 lbs of BS in a 5lb bag, but it seems like Walt has made full transition to a life of crime. He seemed relieved that she didn't squeal on him, and gratified that he can dismiss his part in Hank's injury.

    I also liked the direction that the writers took Jesse's character. He's so screwed when he gets caught!

    What were your thoughts?

    Does anyone know if this is the series finale, or will it go another season? Part of me hopes it wraps up, this is a good spot coming up (Hank is going to get better and start asking questions).

  10. I totally forgot about Ecko - he was great...

    Share a lot of the same feelings for Lost that you just expressed. So much of some of the episodes was just a distraction. It could have been (should have been?) 4 seasons max. I am not saying that Dharma and the numbers and such consumed my, but considering it was all of season 1 and much of season 2, it left a lot of people feeling cheated. You're so right about Rose's character.

    It would be neat to have lunch with Rose's actress and see what she feels about her and Bernard's role.

    I definitely agree - the "corking" situation was lame near the end. Put a cork in it, and poof - everything is back to "normal". No way else to put it - that was pretty dumb. So was the whole symbolism of being "reborn" going down the waterfall and out the other side of the rocks.

    Is anyone else at all curious about Walt's story line? What was his powers, and what the hell happened to him?

    edit: I too hate the Flyers, and hope Chicago sweeps them.

  11. It's an odd collection, that's for sure. Picked out a few nice cover songs.

    1) Drop It Like It's Hot - Snoop Dogg

    2) Devil Inside - INXS

    3) Ballad of a Thin Man - Bob Dylan

    4) Pictures of You - The Cure

    5) Diamonds On The Inside - Ben Harper

    6) Whammer Jammer - J Geils Band

    7) The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles

    8) Should I Stay or Should I Go - Sex Pistols

    9) Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth - Marilyn Manson

    10) God Shuffled His Feet - Crash Test Dummies

    11) Jungle Gym - Jack Johnson Feat. G. Love

    12) Back In Black - AC/DC Back in Black

    13) Puttin On the Ritz - They Might Be Giants

    14) Hurt (Johnny Cash version) - Johnny Cash

    15) Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - Genesis

    16) The Lonely End of the Rink - The Tragically Hip

    17) Girl Inform Me - The Shins

    18) Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk

    19) Lunchbox - Marilyn Manson The Last Tour on Earth

    20) Whiskey Bottle - Uncle Tupelo

    21) I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me) - Marilyn Manson

    22) Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

    23) I've Been Everywhere - Johnny Cash

    24) Living on the Edge - Aerosmith

    25) Tusk - Fleetwood Mac

  12. I agree - it's still a cop-out. I say cop-out because even though the island wasn't purgatory, the writers spent most of their time in 6 seasons exploring the concept in this "alternative time sequence". For example: If everything they remembered was true - why did Locke tell Jack he didn't have a kid. Jack "thought" he did. I'm not arguing, I'm just saying that there are many circular arguments. Whether or not they were there on purpose or not is another story.

  13. Overall, I feel like the finale was satisfactory, but not up to standards of the rest of the series. Lost gets 4.5 out of 5 overall, but the finale is a 3 of 5, maybe even 2.5 of 5. That may be harsh, but consider this point of view:

    1) In season 1, when every one was trying to guess what happened and what everything meant, JJ and crew swore up and down that the characters were all alive and that the show was not an allegory for purgatory, etc. Then, in the series finale, they drop this deuce on us... I think they just wanted to throw everyone off to keep up the intrigue / publicity. Personally, I think it would have been better viewing if we "knew" they were dead and the characters didn't - like in "sixth sense".

    2) In similar interviews the producers claimed that when they wrote the show that they had the first 8 and the last 8 episodes more or less written. In fact, it's a well known fact that Locke was not really intended to be a central character until all of the fans fell in love with him. That part is okay, it's good the producers are so flexible. What bothers me is that it seems like seasons 3-5 were all about ad-libbing to throw off viewers and bloggers. It's almost as if instead of writing everything from start to finish in one outline, they wrote the beginning and the end and then just toyed with different by-lines for 3 or 4 seasons. Nothing wrong with that - but then to go back to an ending that is more a kin to season 1, that's pretty weak. Half-assed actually.

    3) They didn't owe people too many explanations, but there were some really BIG ones that they blatantly ignored: Walt, the Dahrma Initiative, the numbers, why were people that were alive at the time of Jack's death still represented and present in Church? Why was Charles Whitmore such a dick? If the island events were real, did a nuke really go off?

    They did get a lot "right" in my opinion... The subtle hints to great books through out the series was amazing. So many "easter eggs", I loved it. There was a continuous good vs evil plot line that was quite elegant in the finale. They also did a good job with the scenes where people realized they were dead. I liked that they didn't try to answer everything. Leaving some things open to interpretation is bold and thought provoking. For example, did Mother really exist? What did she represent? Did the passengers die in the crash on the island, or did the island happen for real?

    Watch for a "tell all" book from the producers to explain all of this crap. My guess is that there will be a lot of books, webisodes, or other things that ABC tries to implement. What the hell are they going to do with out this revenue stream? They still have Grey's Anatomy, but that's about it. V is a flop.

    Personally, I believe the island was real, the survivors (or most of them) survived the plane crash. The parallel universe or alternative reality was "purgatory" or where people go to sort out un-resolved issues in their life on earth. In my opinion, the Others, Dahrma, etc were all un-related (though interesting) side bars to the main event that were happening on the island when the plane crashed. That's the only way I can think of to resolve Desmond, Whitmore, and all of the other visitors to the island post-crash that died and showed up in the Church.

    There are things that don't fit, but who gives a sh!t. The one thing that bugs me was the Walt story line. Why was he so special? Did he really have mystical powers? The reality is that 7 years later he's like 16 years old, they didn't close out his story line in 2005, and can't now for obvious reasons (characters didn't age / change) so it's no surprise they screwed themselves there. I'm just surprised they didn't even try...

    Sorry for the long post, but it's fun to write / think about.

  14. Not sure if anyone caught last night episode, but I was curious what everyone else thought.

    I thought it rather "Kafkaesque"

    I love the show, and the series. AMC does such a great job with character development in this series. Not to sound snobbish, but I think present day TV cuts corners on writing. Too many reality shows. Very few compelling characters out there. This last episode caught me off guard, but all of season 3 has been a bit surreal (considering how far we've come since season 1).

    Some other great shows (in my opinion) worth watching if you like 'Bad are:

    - Justified (season one, FX. Tim Olyphant is perfect. If you liked Deadwood, and like any of Elmore Leonard's books, you will love this show)

    - Damages (this past season was great)

    - Sons of Anarchy (Katey Sagal is unbelievable in this)

    The series is over, but Deadwood is simply amazing (if you can get by all of the language). Anyone have any others?

  15. "Keep this on your reply: The game is now +1 -3 (You have to take the -3 from 1 player, if a player has 3 or below he gets eliminated and your turn is done)"

    Forwards:

    Dainius Zubrus 32

    Zach Parise 33

    Ilya Kovalchuk 32

    Patrik Elias 20

    Vladimir Zharkov 16

    Travis Zajac 8

    Defense:

    Andy Greene 33

    Paul Martin 21

    Matt Corrente 15

    Bryce Salvador 9 (+1)

    Anssi Salmela 6 (-3)

    Other:

    Martin Brodeur 18

    Yann Danis 9

    Lou Lamoriello 10

  16. "Keep this on your reply: The game is now +1 -3 (You have to take the -3 from 1 player, if a player has 3 or below he gets eliminated and your turn is done)"

    Forwards:

    Dainius Zubrus 32

    Zach Parise 33

    Ilya Kovalchuk 32

    Patrik Elias 20

    Vladimir Zharkov 16

    Travis Zajac 7 (+1)

    David Clarkson 1 (-3)

    Defense:

    Andy Greene 33

    Paul Martin 21

    Matt Corrente 15

    Bryce Salvador 7

    Anssi Salmela 9

    Other:

    Martin Brodeur 18

    Yann Danis 10

    Lou Lamoriello 10

    Voted Off:

    Pierre Leblond 0

    Colin White 0

    Rod Pelley 0

    Patrick Davis 0

    Martin Skoula 0

    Mark Fraser 0

    Jamie Langenbrunner 0

    Rob Niedermayer 0

    Andrew Peters 0

    Mike Mottau 0

    Cory Murphy 0

    Brian Rolston 0

    Jay Pandolfo 0

    Jacques Lemaire 0

  17. You don't even have to argue the stats. Players with Clarkson's character(loyalty, grit, gives the body, deication to the team) are not a dime a dozen. It's way easier to find a Scott Gomez or a Matt Cooke.

    Loyalty and grit should be a given in the NHL. Seriously, Clarkson can take a hike for anything over $1.5 in my book, realistically I'd say $2m in a 1-way contract for 3 years and hope for the best.

    Mike Rupp played for $850 a year, and can at least skate. He played well tonight, and had 13 or 14 goals this year.

  18. I was under the impression the question was favorite ex-Devil, not guy you want back under his current contract.

    You left out all the ex-goalies including Clemmer

    There was only one active goalie, Clemmer (Weekes is a color commentator for CBC). I've added him, sorry.

    You're also right, I did say favorite - but for me, salary had a lot to do with it. I'd love to see Rafalski back, just not at the price we'd have to pay. (I was trying to be realistic I guess).

  19. "Keep this on your reply: The game is now +1 -3 (You have to take the -3 from 1 player, if a player has 3 or below he gets eliminated and your turn is done)"

    Forwards:

    Dainius Zubrus 35

    Zach Parise 33

    Ilya Kovalchuk 32

    Patrik Elias 20

    Vladimir Zharkov 16

    Travis Zajac 5 (+1)

    David Clarkson 4 (-3)

    Defense:

    Andy Greene 33

    Paul Martin 21

    Matt Corrente 15

    Bryce Salvador 7

    Anssi Salmela 9

    Other:

    Martin Brodeur 18

    Yann Danis 10

    Lou Lamoriello 10

    Voted Off:

    Pierre Leblond 0

    Colin White 0

    Rod Pelley 0

    Patrick Davis 0

    Martin Skoula 0

    Mark Fraser 0

    Jamie Langenbrunner 0

    Rob Niedermayer 0

    Andrew Peters 0

    Mike Mottau 0

    Cory Murphy 0

    Brian Rolston 0

    Jay Pandolfo 0

    Jacques Lemaire 0

  20. I don't recall... Did it have something to do with trying to keep Gomez, Gionta, and all of the other UFA/RFAs? I guess if he was trying to that he failed completely. We don't have Gio, Gomer, Arnott; instead we have Rob Neidermeyer, Rolston, and Zubrus. Ick.

    Honestly, I really don't remember the circumstances, I'm just complaining. :)

  21. Did the Ducks give Scotty to the 'Nucks as a loaner??

    I'm going with Rafalski simply because how he left....or maybe Arnott, boy we could really use a center for Patty and Kovy...

    Sorry, I copied the wrong line... I've fixed it.

    Rafalski is really pricey, don't you think? He does eat up a lot of minutes though. I agree about Arnott. I've seen him play now a few times in Nashville live, and he's still a great player.

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