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Around the League: 2016-17 edition


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7 minutes ago, Matteau#32 said:

They do have a huge following aside from the percentages.  Their stretch of fans goes from Buffalo further east than Rochester, so probably a good chunk of fans that are outside what is considered local for tv accounting.  A lot of upstate people who want nothing to do with the NYC metro area and root for Buffalo instead.

Sabres fans are in Canada as well. I remember hearing a certain percentage of STH's and partial plan holders are actually Canadian citizens (it's only like 15 miles)

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6 hours ago, Chuck the Duck said:

My point was that the Sabres suck, nobody gives a sh!t about them and they have no national following.  Eichel is a good player, but if there is 1 entertaining player that is worth watching, it is the Oilers with McDavid.  There a lot better and more entertaining options to play the Rangers in this game, which should be the only outdoor game played every year - it has become watered down with the Stadium series IMO.  The Sabres being a NY based team doesn't cover the fact that this really is a Rags home game.

So, you think they would actually have McDavid and the Oilers play the Rangers in the game? Or is this just a suggestion for an Oilers/Flames game which NBC would not draw on? I think you had Calgary and Winnipeg in an outdoor game this winter. Eichel is not just good. He's been ripping it up. Since the All-Star break, he has 28 points (9-19-28) and is 48 points in 49 games. It just seems there is a lot of bitterness over these games which are overrated to begin with. I don't care one iota about it.

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4 hours ago, Matteau#32 said:

The NHL's bread and butter is local ratings.  The Sabres do HUGE ratings in their local market. Off the top of my head, they are 2nd only to Pittsburgh.  Remember, ratings are based on a percentage of households in the market.  So, Buffalo getting 300K viewers is a lot better for business than the Blackhawks getting 300K viewers in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.   Couple that with the big market rangers and that is all NBC cares about.  Nobody in the league does a good rating nationally or in neutral cities.  I'm sure the NHL expects the Sabres fans to travel for this one, but even if they do not the Rangers fans can easily fill up Citi.

Supposedly, the NHL had pushed for Rangers Isles in NY and Rangers Devils at the Meadowlands and NBC wasn't having it.  Wanted 2 distinct tv markets.  Hence, why they created the Stadium Series.

Exactly the point I was going to make. Buffalo is a huge ratings market for hockey. They always tune in. And they have passionate fans who will make the trip next year. I wish more people paid attention to that fact. It doesn't always have to be local. The Stadium Series has been pretty successful at giving other markets chances at the outdoor game.

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23 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

Why does everyone get upset when moves regarding the WC are made based on ratings? That's the whole fvcking purpose of the entire event!!!

I think it's because Bettman once said that every team in the league will have a chance to play in the Winter Classic against the Penguins but the Penguins aren't in this one. I don't know what's going on anymore...

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He also had over 219 goals before Connor McDavid was born. Its probably way more, I just stopped at the 1995-96 season, Connor was born January 1997. 

Add in that season and he has 266 before Connor stopped crapping in his pants. 

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Last night Crosby spears O'Reilly in the junk, tonight he slashes the tip off of Mark Methot's pinky finger. Neither play were called penalties.

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There's god damn video evidence of Crosby cutting this guy's finger in half, and they're not even going to give him a call/schedule a hearing?
Lol this league, honestly feels 2nd rate sometimes.

If pretty much ANYONE other than Crosby does that, it's AT LEAST two games. Crosby could take his skate off and stab someone with it and nothing would happen.


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1 hour ago, MadDog2020 said:


If pretty much ANYONE other than Crosby does that, it's AT LEAST two games. Crosby could take his skate off and stab someone with it and nothing would happen.


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The other guy would get a delay of game minor as medical personnel attended to him.

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Does anyone really expect the league to do anything about Crosby? He's the princess and best player. He has always pulled this stuff and always will. Especially with the stick to the groin and the hacks and whacks. He's a great player. But when he does that stuff and they don't fine or suspend him, it just makes him more universally loathed. I watched a HNIC 2nd intermission segment and that idiot Friedman tried to say the NHL doesn't protect its stars. Sure. Pathetic what lengths the Canadian broadcast will go to defend him. F Canada. They hate us anyway,

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14 hours ago, NJDevils1214 said:

Saw Parise took a stick to the face and it didn't look good. Hope he is okay and kept his teeth despite the history. 

Didn't he lose a bunch of teeth when he took a stick to the mouth here? I seem to recall him popping out the mouthpiece to discover a bunch of teeth came out stuck in it. Gross.

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Rangers have to be very worried about Lundqvists play. He has had a terrible year and is 35. I wonder if they go to Raanta right away if Lundqvist has a poor game 1 of the playoffs.

I hope they lose Rantaa to Vegas. I'm tired of them seemingly always having a decent backup behind Lundqvist.


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16 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

Two of these guys have Vegas selecting Lovejoy: http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/19015985/nhl-vegas-golden-knights-mock-draft-based-players-left-unprotected-their-teams emoji120.pngemoji120.png


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What stood out to me is that Burnside thinks the Predators are leaving James Neal exposed.   Even if they go the 4 O and 4 D route, other than Johansen, Forsberg and Arvidson, who would they protect over Neal?   Jarnkrok, Wilson and Craig Smith are all dime a dozen guys that can be replaced.    

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4 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:


I hope they lose Rantaa to Vegas. I'm tired of them seemingly always having a decent backup behind Lundqvist.


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I was certain Talbot would crash down with Edmonton...and that the Rangers propensity for shot blocking (as well as a light workload) was helping him out. But he's played quite well for the Oilers.

Vegas should absolutely pluck Raanta. His sample size is still kind of small, and he himself is only 6'0 which in 2017 is not what you want for a starting goalie. But he looks pretty sound all around.

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