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That Bourque tidbit is really interesting.... would love to know who might’ve been going to Boston in return. I’m guessing Souray for Malakhov was because we couldn’t get Bourque. 

 

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The Lightning and Vasilevsky almost had 3 shutouts in a row last night, but Columbus scored in the final minute of the game.  Before that, their last 3 games were 6-0, 3-0, and 5-0 before eventually winning 5-1.  Their team looks unstoppable.  I guess there's the possibility that they may tire and fizzle out early, but it almost seems like the remaining 20 games are just a formality before they go through the playoffs and steamroll everyone.   The best thing going for them is that their team is incredibly healthy at the moment, but even if they do suffer an injury or two, they're so deep it seems like it would hardly matter.  Their core of Stamkos, Kucherov, Point, Palat, Killorn, Headman, etc remains me of the 80s Oilers with Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Tikanen, Lowe, Coffey, etc. 

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3 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

The Lightning and Vasilevsky almost had 3 shutouts in a row last night, but Columbus scored in the final minute of the game.  Before that, their last 3 games were 6-0, 3-0, and 5-0 before eventually winning 5-1.  Their team looks unstoppable.  I guess there's the possibility that they may tire and fizzle out early, but it almost seems like the remaining 20 games are just a formality before they go through the playoffs and steamroll everyone.   The best thing going for them is that their team is incredibly healthy at the moment, but even if they do suffer an injury or two, they're so deep it seems like it would hardly matter.  Their core of Stamkos, Kucherov, Point, Palat, Killorn, Headman, etc remains me of the 80s Oilers with Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Tikanen, Lowe, Coffey, etc. 

Tampa should honestly try to find 8-10 games for Domingue to start in the final 22 games, their only real problem last year was that Vasilevskiy got burnt out at the end of the season and his play dipped, if they have a peak performance Vasilevskiy in goal with that core in front of him I'm not sure how anyone beats them in a 7 game series this year. They're so good.

Kucherov also got his 99th point last night. He's on pace for 135. Just absolutely insane.

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1 minute ago, CommonDreads said:

Tampa should honestly try to find 8-10 games for Domingue to start in the final 22 games, their only real problem last year was that Vasilevskiy got burnt out at the end of the season and his play dipped, if they have a peak performance Vasilevskiy in goal with that core in front of him I'm not sure how anyone beats them in a 7 game series this year. They're so good.

Kucherov also got his 99th point last night. He's on pace for 135. Just absolutely insane.

Agreed - it's hard to find weaknesses in their team right now.  I dunno if they'll do it, but I think you're right, Domingue should play quite a few.

I meant to mention Kucherov too - he had such a good season last year and it's nuts to see him duplicating and exceeding that performance this year.  Crazy to think that he was what, like a 3rd or 4th round pick?

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32 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

Agreed - it's hard to find weaknesses in their team right now.  I dunno if they'll do it, but I think you're right, Domingue should play quite a few.

I meant to mention Kucherov too - he had such a good season last year and it's nuts to see him duplicating and exceeding that performance this year.  Crazy to think that he was what, like a 3rd or 4th round pick?

Late second-rounder...think it was 58th overall. 

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55 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

The Lightning and Vasilevsky almost had 3 shutouts in a row last night, but Columbus scored in the final minute of the game.  Before that, their last 3 games were 6-0, 3-0, and 5-0 before eventually winning 5-1.  Their team looks unstoppable.  I guess there's the possibility that they may tire and fizzle out early, but it almost seems like the remaining 20 games are just a formality before they go through the playoffs and steamroll everyone.   The best thing going for them is that their team is incredibly healthy at the moment, but even if they do suffer an injury or two, they're so deep it seems like it would hardly matter.  Their core of Stamkos, Kucherov, Point, Palat, Killorn, Headman, etc remains me of the 80s Oilers with Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Tikanen, Lowe, Coffey, etc. 

If they don’t win the Cup this year, they may never win it. They’re a straight-up juggernaut. 

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It’s crazy that Yzerman was as good a GM as he was a player. 

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16 minutes ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Late second-rounder...think it was 58th overall. 

Ah gotcha.  Knew it was somewhat later on.

7 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

If they don’t win the Cup this year, they may never win it. They’re a straight-up juggernaut. 

For sure.  I was just telling someone here that if they don't win this year I wouldn't be surprised if some people get turned off and stop going to games or paying as much attention.  Their attendance has been phenomenal the past 5-10 years, and they're done a great job attracting and grooming die-hards, but they've been so good the past couple years and if they don't win it all this year I can see some people saying "what's the point?" and why watch a long 82-game season only to see them fizzle when it matters most. 

3 minutes ago, Nicomo said:

It’s crazy that Yzerman was as good a GM as he was a player. 

Indeed. I keep forgetting he's going back to Detroit after this year too - allegedly.  Wonder if he's going to turn them around the same way he did for the Bolts.

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I can't recall watching a team this dominant in the last decade.

They just don't have a weakness.  And any weakness they may have is covered up nicely by their insane offense.

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On 2/17/2019 at 9:32 PM, MadDog2020 said:

 

I think their celebrations are cringe worthy, but what's a sh!t ton worse is an 85 year old guy dressing like a jackhole for a living. Move on old timer. Please. 

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1 minute ago, NJDevils1214 said:

 

I’m sure he appreciates your telling everyone lol. 

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2 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

I’m sure he appreciates your telling everyone lol. 

 

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I’ve never hated another coach, in any sport, as much as that POS. Hope Columbus fires him if they don’t make it past the 1st rd again. 

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2 hours ago, Antiquated Colorado Rockie said:

Torts was on a roll tonight lol

Torts is pure fvcking entertainment. I hope he coaches in the league until he’s 80 lmfao.

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48 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

Torts is pure fvcking entertainment. I hope he coaches in the league until he’s 80 lmfao.

Totally agree, I love it, the sport could use more personalities like him

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1 hour ago, MadDog2020 said:

Torts is pure fvcking entertainment. I hope he coaches in the league until he’s 80 lmfao.

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9 hours ago, MadDog2020 said:

Torts is pure fvcking entertainment. I hope he coaches in the league until he’s 80 lmfao.

As long as its for someone else's team, I agree. 

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42 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

As long as its for someone else's team, I agree. 

Exactly lol.

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14 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

Exactly lol.

It is pretty funny though. The guy already basically said he isn't signing there, he's going to free agency. Pretty much guarantees he has to be traded. So you know management is already not happy with him. So now the fans know that on top of him not wanting to be on the team and not being willing to sign an extension, he also sh!ts his pants when he's sick. 

They should also tell them that he kicks puppies and cheats on his taxes. 

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