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  1. Taylor Hall Nominated for Ted Lindsay Award

    3 Canadians, 3 first overall picks. I didn't realize MacKinnon was Nova Scotian. Crazy that such a small province has produced two of the best hockey players in the world right now. Apparently Makinnon was going to play in college because he was drafted by Baie-Comeau in the Q, and didn't want to play there because he didn't speak French. Halifax traded for his rights so he went back to play for them. I always find the French language issue in hockey so interesting, especially in the Q where you have tons of players and fans in Atlantic Canada that might end up a couple dozen miles from their hometown unable to communicate.
  2. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I'd be inclined to agree with you, but I said they weren't gonna repeat without Letang last year.
  3. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I agree, we come here to have discussions and debate. It never has to be personal. I also agree that sticking those franchises so far from the heart of their metros was stupid, but don't give up on non-traditional markets just yet. Like you said, Dallas does OK, Nashville and Tampa are doing well. It wasn't so long ago we could've pegged all those markets for relocation. I know at this point we're just having fun going back and forth, and I don't know how serious you are about your arguments about developing talent in non traditional markets, but overall as a strategy it's starting to pay off. Sure, some markets draw better than others, but it's all a part of the overall strategy. And the difference between Dallas drawing 17k, or whatever, and Arizona 12k is big, but that just might be marginal long term when we're talking about developing interest in the sport there. Eventually we're gonna get high level senior competition at the international level again, and it already pays off for those of us that follow the World Juniors, and a lot of those guys are playing in the World Championships year to year. Quinn Hughes from Orlando will be another high end player coming through. Tyler Myers and Seth Jones are Texans, Jason Zucker from Vegas, California has produced over 40 NHLers, Florida 10, Texas 9, Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama 3 each, 4 from Arizona. I used to be in favor of more traditional markets, too, but if the NHL wants to take a loss to help develop American hockey talent, as an American hockey fan I'm all for it. But it has always slightly annoyed me that so many American stars seem to end up playing for Canadian teams, and Canadian teams are so often led by Americans. Think Gionta and Pacioretty in Montreal, Kessel and JVR in Toronto, Bobby Ryan and Craig Anderson in Ottawa, Brock Boesser in Vancouver, Gaudreau in Calgary, Buf, Trouba, Myers, Helleybuck, Wheeler, Kyle Connor, and pretty much everyone else in Winnipeg. Always found it funny so many Americans ended up as the face of Canadian teams.
  4. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I'd prefer Pittsburgh and they're definitely the favorites, but for some reason I can see Washington taking it this year. I'd still put my money on the Pens, but it seems like just the year, with all the doubt, that they'd finally get through after all these years.
  5. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Pittsburgh had home ice 3 out of the 4 series and won the Stanley Cup. Case in point. It doesn't matter if they had home ice in the second round or third round. They had the point totals to get it more times than not. Why did that Washington/Pittsburgh series have to be a single round later? Again, this isn't an 8 round playoff, who cares if the best teams meet in the second or third round? That's what this is all about. Please explain to me why you think that matters. You should have to win your division to earn the right to play for your conference. That's just another logical way of determining champions, whether you personally like it or not. There's nothing moronic about it. If you think that's stupid, then you have to think conferences are stupid. The Q has a 1-16 playoff, let's just do that. Phoenix has a metro area of almost 5 million people, Miami five and a half (I'll give you that Raleigh might be questionable, but it's a great town with great fans that deserve a more competitive product). You have to go down swinging in those markets. 5 years ago, you would've had Nashville on that list. The growth of the sport in the South has been a huge boost to USA Hockey. Without it, you might not have Matthews, Ghost, Coleman or Noesen, it's a pretty deep list. I'd rather see the league take a hit to grow the sport in this country. What do you care if people aren't showing up to Coyotes games? Owners make less money to improve the footprint of the sport in the United States. That's a trade any fan would make. If the league is run by morons, go drop your application at the league offices next time you're in the city. The league obviously isn't planning strategically in the long term, they've just dropped teams in towns that don't work for sh1ts and giggles. I don't like a lot of the things the league does, but you don't know better than the owners and league management.
  6. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Marc Savard said on Hockey Central today that he tried to be way too involved with the team, too. He said "I thought he was going to steal my equipment and try to take the ice". All the Bruins fans in my family love him. I'd never heard he was that big of an a$$hole, though, but it doesn't surprise me. Once a dumb fvck Rag, always a dumb fvck Rag. He knew a penalty was coming, what possibly went through his head?
  7. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Also, I got too busy arguing playoff format when I really came on to complain about Rancourt. He immediately fvcked up the Canadian anthem, on top of being a complete buffoon and a bad singer.
  8. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I was team Nolan (although I was immediately excited about Nico on draft day, and I couldn't be happier about being wrong there), I insisted Cory wasn't going to re-sign, I'm wrong all the time. If I wasn't, I'd be working in hockey. I WOULD like to point out I was pro Barzal and got some heat when I expressed disappointment over drafting Zacha. And no team besides Pittsburgh has won the cup since I insisted they were still a major contender in the east when some here were arguing they were done in the summer of 2015. Exactly, win some lose some.
  9. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I thought it was a huge mistake when Pittsburgh gave up Kapanen in the Kessel deal. Obviously it worked out for them, but Kapanen is a fantastic hockey player.
  10. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I just don't mind that. I don't understand the need to push this matchup one round further. It's a 4 round tournament. If it was an 8 round tournament, I might be more inclined to agree with you. I'm certainly not bothered by Winnipeg and Nashville meeting in the 2nd round instead of the 3rd. It's marginal. I also don't agree with the idea that it's automatically better to have the best teams meeting later in a playoff. The best team is gonna win the cup, and that's what matters. I love the additional significance to inter divisional matchups, and like I've said, there's one minor change I'd make to this structure. I know I'm in the minority, and Seattle's admission will probably lead to another realignment.
  11. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    No, I mean by design, that's what was constructed.
  12. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    The thing is though, the old system would've set up a Preds/Jets second round matchup.
  13. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Just one quick point because I just responded to Satan and should probably do work, the old system rewarded the top 3 seeds to division champions. In that old Southeast conference, there were years no team was better than average. The last year of that old format, we were heavy favorites over the third seeded Panthers. We finished 8 points better than Florida and played game 7 in Sunrise. That doesn't happen now.
  14. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    The reward is you make the playoffs and get home ice. You gotta win the games one way or the other. I don't care if Nashville and Winnipeg is 1st 2nd or 3rd round, the better team comes out either way. I agree with you about jumping divisions. I think if 4 teams from each division make it, they should be put in their own division's bracket. But of course in the long term it's good for rivalries when you're often getting series between teams of reasonable proximity who play more in the regular season, who compete more directly in the playoffs. I think in our division especially, as we're packed with natural rivalries. It gives you more interesting and ongoing storylines with a structure like this, too. This metropolitan second round matchup has become one of my favorite parts of the playoffs. You don't get that with just a scramble of teams in a conference format. Competing within your division should mean something, and I love the Washington/Pittsburgh matchup, who fought all year for the top of the division, and same with what will hopefully be Boston/Tampa. These things linger into the regular season, too. I think it's a lot of fun. Win your division, and you get to move on. These decisions are calculated over countless hours of deliberation. Those "fools" know a lot more than you do about enhancing the league's bottom line. Of course this was experimental, but the league wasn't sacrificing a big check to roll the dice.
  15. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    By this logic, we shouldn't have conferences at all. You can't draw an arbitrary line with this outrage. A 1-16 reseeding format is what you have to support if you think this format is "idiotic". Otherwise, it's never going to be "fair". Why should the Caps have had to play Toronto in the first round last year instead of Nashville? Toronto finished a point ahead of the Preds, so why should Chicago have recieved the benefit of getting Nashville in the first round? The best team is going to win the cup, period. This format cultivates rivalries. You should have to beat the best team in your division to earn the right to play for the conferences. Why do we bother with divisions or conferences at all? And why even bother with a playoff? We spend 82 games determining the the best team in the league, why should a 2 month tournament determine the league champion? You want to talk about unfair, there it is. Obviously there's more money to be made league wide with this format, otherwise the people who make the money in this industry, the owners, wouldn't have approved it. Or maybe they're flushing money down the drain just to piss you off.
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