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  1. Daniel

    2018 NFL Season

    Since I'm a little anal when it comes to threads, I'll start one for the 2018 season, which I guess officially starts with free agency. Won't rehash everything we've already talked about, except that Jordy Nelson was released, and I imagine will end up on the Patriots because of course. The Pats are also reportedly trying to sign Suh. It' the Patriots' world, and we're just living in it.
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    2018 Pre-Season Thread

    I would love it if someone like Jeff Bezos and few other obscenely wealthy people in the US would do something like this for youth/amateur American football as an alternative to the NCAA where players that aren't ready for the NFL can get paid. Any money they put into it should be considered a charitable donation, if it leads to the divorce of big money football from educational institutions since it would benefit the latter in the long run, anyway. I don't know enough of about how the system works other than what I'm being told here. All I'm saying is that if you want a system where it's not the same small groups of clubs that have access to the best players and therefore a chance to win championships, the model has to change drastically. Europeans seem to like the way it works now, so far be it from me to tell them to do it differently.
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    2018 Pre-Season Thread

    Oh, I completely understand that. And, I would venture a guess that it would probably be illegal under EU law and the laws of the various countries in which the major European teams operate. That North American sports leagues are unionized and de facto exempt from antitrust laws as a result of that is an historical anomaly more than anything else. Theoretically though, it is possible if enough teams throughout Europe wanted to change to something along the lines of the North American model. Something like all UEFA clubs agree to a reverse order draft for players within their own countries and a salary cap for all amateur talent outside of Europe. So, for instance, in England, the worst team in the league gets the first pick of all players at a minimum age that reside in England, second worst team picks second, and so forth. Then you have the same system for Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Each club then gets a set amount of money to pay for the best 16 year olds that live outside of places with a UEFA club, which is the way it works in baseball with Dominican and South American players. While there may not be the same amateur youth system that exists in North America, it's not like these guys have literally never kicked a ball or have been scouted when they are recruited to play in those academies. There's obviously no incentive for teams like Man U to agree to this unless there were massive expansion fees involved. But still, there is a means to do it, legalities aside.
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    2018 Pre-Season Thread

    A reverse order amateur draft and minimum service time with a club would do just that, just as the near bankrupt Penguins became one of the perrenially dominant teams in the league, and why the Maple Leafs were the embarrassment of the league for while.
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    2018 Pre-Season Thread

    Am I correct that there’s no such thing as the draft in the Premier League and other European leagues, and that it’s basically the highest bidder that can go out and get the best talent. Meaning, it would be the equivalent of the Leafs being able to have given Connor McDavid $15 million as a 16 year old to play for them for x amount of time?
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    2018 Pre-Season Thread

    There’s a demand for the sport in soon to be 32 markets because each team has some chance of being able to compete. Without any sort of ability to place meaningful rules to divy up talent and make them stay with teams for a certain period of time, that would not exist the same way there are only a handful of soccer teams in Europe that draw crowds, which is especially illuminating since soccer is pretty much the only game in town over there. How many Devils games are any of us watching if pretty much the top sixty 18 year olds in any given year were effectively off limits? The answer is zero because the Devils would not exist. And it seems to me that there would be not much of a place for the so-so players in their late 20s early 30s, which is why I imagine a lot of the good European soccer players end up in the MLS instead of playing for one of those crappy non-qualifying teams. Maybe there’s some analysis out there that shows what players would benefit the most from decertification. It’s irrelevant to me, because I like watching the Devils who won’t last that long in such a system.
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    2018 Pre-Season Thread

    The pre-2005 system was unsustainable in the long run. I suppose you could have done something like a heavy luxury tax and revenue sharing like baseball does, but it all accomplishes pretty much the same thing. Ultimately, I care more about me. And I like having a system where all of the best players don't play for ten or fewer teams. The players do just fine for themselves financially even with a hard salary cap. That includes the ones on ELCs. Will Butcher makes more money than a 25-26 year old that works at Wachtell Lipton. I also imagine that the system in place now is better for the Brian Boyles and Michael Grabners of the world that net more than $1 million a year instead of being essentially out of work if there weren't enough teams out there to employ them. Those guys outnumber the superstars by a lot, which is why decertification is never going to happen. And if memory serves me correctly, a court enjoined the NFLPA from doing it as a negotiating tactic, so it's harder to do or even threaten than you think.
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    2018 Pre-Season Thread

    And I was just guessing that's how European soccer works based on the fact that I see all of the same jerseys.
  9. Daniel

    2018 NFL Season

    You would be correct, sir.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    So Edmonton signs Nurse and is less than $1 million from the cap, although they'll get some breathing space when Sekera goes to LTIR. There's probably nothing that Edmonton is willing to offer to make me be willing to take Lucic, but if there's ever a team that's ripe for the picking, it's them, especially if they get off to another bad start.
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    New MSG Devils host

    I unfollowed Spector a long time ago. I imagine I did the same with Cox, but I don't remember if I ever followed him. I also unfollowed Peter King, which is a pity since his football reporting is interesting.
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    New MSG Devils host

    The thing that annoys me with sports twitter accounts is when they try to mix in politics, and I mean any politics, although sometimes that's twitter's fault when they make you see stuff that people you follow just liked. I would suggest that if any of these people want to discuss politics, they do a separate account for it.
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    2018 Pre-Season Thread

    Decertifying the union and making it stick would be the death of at least half the franchises after a few years when a handful of teams are able to go out and sign players for whatever they want. It's also possible that decertification will lead to a court ruling that the amateur draft itself violates antitrust laws. Then there will really be no point in watching Devils games for the remainder of the time the team exists in any recognizable form. This is all about whether we want the North American pro sports model where all teams have a chance to compete at some point, or if we want the European soccer model where it's a few teams that have access to all of the best talent. I don't know what the average European pro soccer player makes even if it's an apples to apples comparison with North American sports leagues, which it probably isn't since your comparing at least four leagues to one. But my guess though is that eventually having 32 teams that have to spend at least a decent chunk of change on salaries is probably in the better interests of the 900 or so players that make up the union as opposed to the 300 or so that will make up the NHL if teams had to compete for talent on the same terms as hedge funds have to compete for investment bankers.
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    2018 Miami Dolphins thread

    It’s good that the team feels the same way I do. As it stands now, they’d get destroyed by teams like KC, Jax, and Pittsburgh, and probably the Pats once Edelman comes back.
  15. Daniel

    2018 NFL Season

    Matt Barzal should do that after a game. Lou would be doing his best Ren and Stimpy impersonation.
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    2018 Miami Dolphins thread

    Was not really impressed with the win or Tannehill. We’ll see.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    Barring some unforeseen catastrophe, Hall will have turned out to be the biggest two-faced jerk in NHL history if he does not sign an extension. I'm not worried about it at all, and the Seguin deal makes me more confident that his cap hit won't be obscene. I also believe the reports that Shero was trying to "inch his way in" on Karlsson in the past couple of days. It just seemed Ottawa would not trade him in the conference unless we gave them Nico or something ridiculous like that. So I'm not mad at Shero, just disappointed that it probably wasn't in the cards. The only thing I was somewhat disappointed in this offseason was that Shero apparently didn't even bother to try and sign de Haan. Not that he's amazing, just that he would have made the team better and it wouldn't have affected the team's ability to do anything in the future.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    Oh lord, I don't know what's worse, Dorion's presser, or Cam Cameron talking about Ted Ginn's family.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    In the immediate term, you are essentially replacing Severson with Karlsson and maybe you lose a surprise year from Quenneville where he puts up numbers similar to Bratt. I think that would have made us a contender, and a not terrible chance at the Conference finals, especially if one or two other teams are hit with some bad luck. My view since last season has been that we're two real impact players away from taking the next step. Maybe we have one of those guys in Smith and maybe McLeod or Zacha surprises us this year. But it really seems to me that we need someone that's not in the organization right now, and I don't see any more Hall/Larsson trades on the horizon. Maybe you can snag someone like Neidereitter, but I don't think even someone like him gets us to where we need to be. Bottom line, I think if you consider yourself a playoff team, you take your chances with one of the best players in the world, especially if it's at a real bargain.
  20. Daniel

    2018 Offseason Thread

    I think this easily tops what Ottawa got and enough for them to live with the same conference nonsense: Severson, Quenneville, Maltsev, 2019 first, 2020 3rd, and a 2020 first if he re-signs and we make the Cup finals. Anyone not do that?
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    Not that they tank, just that they know sooner rather than later that they're going to be awful no matter what. I'm glad the Devils are getting the attention, but a documentary of what's going on inside the Ottawa front office with lots of quotes from Melnyk would be glorious.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    I guess we can hope for Ottawa crashing and burning quickly so we can try and land Stone.
  23. Daniel

    2018 Offseason Thread

    How awful this is for Ottawa in perspective. Max Pacioretty on the last year of his deal brought back a better return than Karlsson. It might turn out that Jeff Skinner did too if Cliff Pu turns out to be better than Norris. One extra playoff run of Ryan McDonough blows the Karlsson return out of the water. Vegas was offering something much bigger at the TDL for Karlsson, but supposedly Melnyk insisting that Ryan be included killed the deal. Not even in the depths of the Michael Ryder, Bobby Butler days were things this awful for us.
  24. Daniel

    2018 Offseason Thread

    Yeah, I don't know why some people keep saying that. It's the 2020 first round pick.
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    2018 Offseason Thread

    That I sorta got in that it was supposedly Edmonton, which is a real rival. It's also never clear if that was an offer from Edmonton, or was just what Vancouver was asking for. And at least there, Vancouver knew the exact pick and probably player they were getting who has turned into a very good NHL player. This return for Ottawa is just atrocious.
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