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Chuck the Duck

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  1. NJM is, hands down, the best insurance company in NJ from a customer service perspective. I have them for home and auto and wouldn't change no matter how much lower Allstate quotes me.
  2. And it drives up the customer's insurance loss runs the more money is spent on litigation, whether it be attorneys fees or settlement payments. That equates to higher insurance premiums for your renewal policy. Completely agree. Allstate is by far the worst. Geico is definitely second worst.
  3. If it didn't work on the masses, then they wouldn't do it. To be honest, you probably won't even notice the ads on the jerseys during 90% of the broadcasts (only during closeups and interviews) and when attending the games in person. But that isn't why I hate this idea. It's the further opening of Pandora's Box that will eventually lead to the uniform becoming a giant billboard (i.e. European teams) and players giving interviews like Nascar drivers that bothers me. Also, putting a blue ad (Prudential) on a red Devils sweater just looks bad but they will want the ads to stand apart and not blend, so I am definitely expecting that to happen.
  4. I would love to audition for that. Best seat in the house for every game. That would be a great job. Get on your feet!!! Make some noissseeee!!!
  5. The increasing height of the goaltenders in the 90's, coupled with their use of the butterflying blocking style and increasing size of their pads at the same time, is the biggest factor for the decrease in scoring during that period. My kids watch highlights of games from the 80's and laugh about how the goalies back then were worse than some 11 year old goalies now. They can't believe how small they were and how tiny their leg pads are. They also laugh that they try to make everything a kick save, instead of going down into the butterfly and swallowing the puck. The game is just dramatically different now - from the training to the equipment, to the talent of the players and goalies themselves.
  6. Buffalo is a complete dumpster fire of an organization. They have a great fanbase, but the ownership ad management can't get out of their own way. If they trade Eichel, I'm hoping they either send him out west or get a major haul of prospects and picks from the Rags in return.
  7. Don't hold your breath...Bright lights, World's Greatest, yada yada yada.
  8. I read last night that the Devils requested and received Tarasanko's medical records for their doctors to review well over a week ago. I guess it's possible they can still trade for him, but the signing of Tatar tells me that they didn't like what they saw on Tarasanko's meds and were not willing to make an offer that would entice STL to trade him. I think the Blues are looking at either giving him away for next to nothing or holding onto him with the hopes that he plays well to start the season so his market builds up for the trade deadline.
  9. The short term is what makes me ok with this signing. I've never been a fan of Tatar, but he does consistently pot 20 goals each season. He's clearly here to give the young guns more time to develop in Utica, which is a great thing.
  10. If they massively overpay the way Philly just did, I'm ok with it. If I'm Buffalo, I don't make that deal without 1 of Laf or Kakko being involved (with Laf my preference by a mile).
  11. Hagg, the 13th overall in this draft, and a 2nd for Risto???
  12. Unfortunately I think you are right. I don't know how much longer the majority of NHL teams can survive financially without fans in the stands. Hoping things level off with the Covid #'s and it doesn't get to that, but the spike we have been seeing the past few weeks is worrisome.
  13. To me, taking a flier on Logan Stankoven with the 29th pick makes sense. He's undersized, but could turn into a guy like Point or DeBrincat. Supposed to have tremendous skill that would have put him in the top 10 if he was 6 ft.
  14. I was just commenting on general everyday things that I see with the younger generation and how they go about life. I wasn't excusing Mailloux or the situation at all. It's f'd up and there is no excuse for his actions regardless of his age. Kids his age know right from wrong and he knew or should have known better than to (a) video the act without her consent, and (b) show his idiot teammates. He's getting out ahead of the story a bit by taking his name out of the draft this year. It will be interesting to see who drafts him in 2022 and whether any of the teams that came out publicly and said that they had taken him completely off their board change their tune next time around.
  15. 100% correct regarding the generational thing. It amazes me at how much they are obsessed with capturing video of everything so they can post it on social media or show their friends later, rather than watching it live and carrying that memory for the rest of their lives. So many people (of all ages really) are measuring their self worth by the number of likes they get on a post, it's really sad and pathetic.
  16. I didn't watch the entire show last night (it was borderline unbearable the part that I did see). However, I don't think Larsson made an appearance. I can't see them trading away any of the guys that they flew out to Seattle that appeared on the stage. That would be weird and unnecessary. However, I can see Larsson getting dealt today with Seattle acting as the middle man in the contract negotiations and picking up draft picks/prospects in return. BTW...ESPN is terrible. Other than 30 for 30, there isn't anything on that network that i tune in to watch. Kevin Weekes' on location segments were the best part of what I saw. Chris Fowler knows nothing about hockey (or geography for that matter) and he's the guy you picked to do this. Not a great start for ESPN's coverage of the NHL.
  17. Rumor was that the price Seattle was asking from teams to select 1 unprotected player over another was ridiculously high and GM's got wise to the game Vegas played last time around and weren't wiling to pay it. The John Quennvville pick from Chicago baffled me the most. He is a good AHL player with low (or no) NHL upside. I don't get that one at all, just like the guy they took from the Flyers whose best attribute is that he's big. Losing Bastian is not great, but I can't fault Fitz with his protection list at all. Unfortunately, Seattle picked the best player from our team that was left unprotected, instead of taking a flyer on a guy like Johnnson or Butcher.
  18. I think they are going to take Johnsson, which is probably best case scenario for us. Bastian is a close second. I don't think they go near PK, although they could carry him for 1/2 a season and flip him at the deadline for picks or flip him now and retain 1/2 his salary for a pick. I just don't think there is a big enough market for him out there to make it worth Seattle's effort.
  19. Since we likely won't be getting Hamilton absent a massive overpay, I'm on board with having Larsson as a plan b in FA. He's a right hand D and is solid defensively. Pair him with a Ty Smith, and it gives us 2 solid pairs with Graves-Severson, Smith-Larsson, and a 3rd pairing of Siegenthaler-Subban (assuming he isn't claimed by Seattle). That D isn't going to win a Cup, but it should be much improved over last season.
  20. Miami is where a lot of Russian players go in the offseason, so I'm not surprised they are on the list when you factor all of that in.
  21. Looks like we are on the same page. Sweet! Just make it happen Fitzy!
  22. It's amazing how opinions are all over the place with the top prospects this year. Should be a fun 1st round. Hopefully we select a D and that player turns into a solid top pairing guy down the road.
  23. I don't know how they will fit Hall (even at a reduced AAV from what he is currently making) and all of those other players under the cap. Unless they intend on bringing in Hall and trading away Marner or Nylander to pickup help on D or future assets, it doesn't make sense.
  24. Chuck the Duck

    Playoffs

    What a joke. Can't say I'm surprised with the everyone is great, participation trophy society we now live in.
  25. Gomer is perfect for this role. I love these types of segments where you get a real peek behind the curtain of what goes on inside the locker room and at the NHL level.
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