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So with the playoff matchups starting to take shape, is anyone jumping on board and rooting for a particular team?  I don't really like the Canadiens, don't really hate them either, but I know we'll all be cheering for them in the back of our minds.  I'm probably rooting for Columbus just because I don't want to see Pittsburgh have success again, though I really would like to see Columbus' sh!tty franchise get eliminated early.

As much as I like to see the Cup go to an Eastern Conference team just to have bragging rights that we're better than the West, but because there's so many rivals and teams I dislike in the East simply because we play them often, I tend to root for a Western team that we generally have no hate or malice towards.  I think I may root for the Blues.  They've been close the past few years, and obviously been around a while now and still never won a Cup.  I probably wouldn't mind Washington finally winning one too, just so Ovi gets one.

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Yeah I'd be happy for Ovi to finally win the Cup. Hell, even get to one. Don't want to see Pitt repeat and obviously not the Rags. If I had to pick a team I guess I'd go with the Sharks. I was rooting for them last year in the finals. 

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23 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

So with the playoff matchups starting to take shape, is anyone jumping on board and rooting for a particular team?

Whomever is playing the Rangers, like usual. 

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In the East the one team I find myself rooting for is Washington, I want Ovechkin to finally get his cup. In the West, I quite like those Nashville and Calgary teams, would like to one of them make a run.

What a dramatic story it would be if we had a Nashville vs Montreal cup final, eh? Subban vs Weber, have at it media.

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20 hours ago, DevsMan84 said:

Him signing with us would not only be a game-changer, but a complete franchise-changer.  Up there with Kovy signing with us.

However, I still think we have less than a .1% chance of signing him here.

As I've said before, I don't think it's as crazy as might otherwise be thought.  Breaking it down, it's a very safe bet that he's not going to make it unrestricted free agency.  The Isles will either try to sign him to an extension before the draft.  If that doesn't happen, and especially if the negotiations are testy, the Isles will really have no choice but to trade him.  But of course, any trade comes with an extension worked out ahead of time if the Isles are going to get maximum value, which is what they'll be looking for.  Then it comes down to teams he'd want to sign an extension with and those that have things the Isles would want and could get.  While he'd obviously want to play in Toronto, Toronto's finally good now, so picks from them aren't that valuable and they're not trading Nylander and Marner, which is what the Isles would probably demand.  I haven't thought of all of the other teams that could fit this mold, but the Devils, especially if they end up with picks 1 or 2 this year are a strong contender.  He seems to like the area, the Devils could pay him probably more than any other plausible destination, and he gets to play with Hall.  There's the whole taboo against trading in the division, but you can't limit the number of bidders for someone as important as him, or at least you shouldn't.  The question becomes whether you trade the first rounder and one of McLeod or Zacha, or take a huge gamble and trade both this year's first and next year's first.  Losing out on the top two or three picks next year could prove to be disastrous, so you better be a much improved team.  Of course, the Isles stunk for years with Tavares there, so it's real risk.

As Tri has mentioned earlier, there also seems to be an appreciable risk that Tavares is one of those players who ages really poorly.  You could have a very, very ugly contract for perhaps five years, unless you're counting on a new CBA that gives teams another two get out of jail free cards. 

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1 hour ago, Nicomo said:

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That's another reason I don't like the Jackets at the moment.  I sort of like Torts when he was down here in Tampa, but have grown to dislike him quite a bit since.  I guess when a guy is your coach you tend to stick by him no matter what, but when that relationship breaks you see it through unbiased eyes and for what it really is.  He's pretty annoying.  Funny, with his antics and what not, but still pretty annoying and kind of a jackass.

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Did anyone have time to catch the wild ending to the Leafs clinching vs the Pens? Pretty amazing stuff. McElhinney forced in. Makes gigantic stop on Crosby. Game tying goal by Kapanen (1st of career), who they got for Kessel, who also scored. Brown's game-winner on a great redirect. Twenty goals for the other rookie. Matthews number 40.

The Islanders would've made it if they hadn't waited so long to bring back Halak. They had no backup and ran Greiss into the ground. He wore out. Halak's last 5 starts: 6 GA on 155 shots. That's heroic. The Isles also won the last four without Tavares. They do have some good young talent. Ho-Sang looks like he'll be good. Beauvillier is a solid overall player. Barzal should arrive this Fall. He's got talent. The Isles goalie situation won't be fixed until Ilya Sorokin comes over from the KHL. Same draft as Igor Shestyerkin in 2014.

If the Isles were managed better, they would've been in the playoffs. But they are mismanaged. They blew it. Not the players fault. But how the organization is run. 

West match-ups are set:

Blackhawks vs Predators

Wild vs Blues 

Ducks vs Flames

Oilers vs Sharks 

Chicago in 6 

Blues in 6 

Ducks in 6 

Oilers in 5

 

Two East match-ups to be decided today. Washington plays either Boston or Toronto. Ottawa plays one or the other. Here are the set two:

Pens vs Blue Jackets 

Canadiens vs Rangers 

Pittsburgh in 6

Montreal in 5 

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8 hours ago, Derek21 said:

Did anyone have time to catch the wild ending to the Leafs clinching vs the Pens? Pretty amazing stuff. McElhinney forced in. Makes gigantic stop on Crosby. Game tying goal by Kapanen (1st of career), who they got for Kessel, who also scored. Brown's game-winner on a great redirect. Twenty goals for the other rookie. Matthews number 40.

The Islanders would've made it if they hadn't waited so long to bring back Halak. They had no backup and ran Greiss into the ground. He wore out. Halak's last 5 starts: 6 GA on 155 shots. That's heroic. The Isles also won the last four without Tavares. They do have some good young talent. Ho-Sang looks like he'll be good. Beauvillier is a solid overall player. Barzal should arrive this Fall. He's got talent. The Isles goalie situation won't be fixed until Ilya Sorokin comes over from the KHL. Same draft as Igor Shestyerkin in 2014.

If the Isles were managed better, they would've been in the playoffs. But they are mismanaged. They blew it. Not the players fault. But how the organization is run. 

West match-ups are set:

Blackhawks vs Predators

Wild vs Blues 

Ducks vs Flames

Oilers vs Sharks 

Chicago in 6 

Blues in 6 

Ducks in 6 

Oilers in 5

 

Two East match-ups to be decided today. Washington plays either Boston or Toronto. Ottawa plays one or the other. Here are the set two:

Pens vs Blue Jackets 

Canadiens vs Rangers 

Pittsburgh in 6

Montreal in 5 

The Isles savior in goal is more likely coming from Sweden, actually. I was talking to my brother about this recently, but the Islanders may have drafted the next Lundqvist in the form of Linus Söderström. 6'4" goaltender that just broke Henrik's GAA record in the SHL with a ridiculous 1.34 GAA and .943 SV%, which is a follow up to last year where he posted a 1.86 GAA and a .927 SV% in Alsvenskan and a 1.42 GAA and a .947 SV% with Sweden's national team. He's under contract for one more season with HV-71 but this kid looks like the real deal, he might make some noise in the NHL when he decides to come over.

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Gotta feel for Lindy, he's taking the fall for the failures of Jim Nill this season. It's on Nill for dooming Ruff from the start by not retaining the key components of their defense and not improving that horrid goalie tandem. Nill put it on Ruff's shoulders to try to win the 5-4, 6-5 game every night, not a fair expectation.

Get him, Shero.

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21 minutes ago, Antiquated Colorado Rockie said:

Kings fired Lombardi and Sutter. Rob Blake is their new GM.

Seems kind of unfair given the success they both had.  Still I guess it's getting out front of what might be an ugly decline which is smart.   Maybe they saw what happened with Lou in his last few years here and decided to nip that in the bud.

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13 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:


That's insane lmfao


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Definitely a what have you done for me lately move. Blake seems to have a good reputation but I am always wary of giving GM jobs to former star players, frankly that I think that is one of the few landmines we avoided the last few years.  

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