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5 hours ago, Chimaira_Devil_#9 said:

Well GB has been drawn in a group where one of the teams can't get relegated for 2020. So we look doomed. But you never know. 

What do you mean with "one of the teams can't get relegated"?

You have Belarus and Denmark in your group, which aren't international powerhouses. Germany is also very inconsistent.

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1 hour ago, NJDfan1711 said:

Unless he sort of somehow fizzles.  Most of us aren't really in tune with what Patrick's been doing just south of us.

I’m not sure that’s true. We’re all aware he has not been great and it’s been said dozens of times that Nico was the better pick. 

Should Kakko fizzle, it’ll be the same but more, because he would be a Ranger. The rivalry is way stronger. I don’t even think about the Flyers until we’re playing them, while I hate the Rangers full time. 

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4 hours ago, eaglejelly said:

What do you mean with "one of the teams can't get relegated"?

You have Belarus and Denmark in your group, which aren't international powerhouses. Germany is also very inconsistent.

Belarus organise the next one... So they will be automatically qualified

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3 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

I’m not sure that’s true. We’re all aware he has not been great and it’s been said dozens of times that Nico was the better pick. 

Should Kakko fizzle, it’ll be the same but more, because he would be a Ranger. The rivalry is way stronger. I don’t even think about the Flyers until we’re playing them, while I hate the Rangers full time. 

I suppose.  I never really thought I was a rarity in this aspect, but I've always hated the Flyers and Rangers equally.  Well, maybe like 51/49 Rangers, or even 60/40, but definitely no more than that.  I mean, both their fanbases are trash, we're in the same division, and we're so close in proximity to both of them.  Not to mention that for a long time, essentially after both us and the Rags won Cups back to back, that the Flyers were the way more competitive team from that point forward, pretty much until the last 5 years or so, and even then it's not like the Rags were really much better than them.  

With that said, I personally was not really aware of what Patrick was doing - he hasn't really wowed in any particular area, so I essentially forgot about him.  

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1 hour ago, NJDfan1711 said:

I suppose.  I never really thought I was a rarity in this aspect, but I've always hated the Flyers and Rangers equally.  Well, maybe like 51/49 Rangers, or even 60/40, but definitely no more than that.  I mean, both their fanbases are trash, we're in the same division, and we're so close in proximity to both of them.  Not to mention that for a long time, essentially after both us and the Rags won Cups back to back, that the Flyers were the way more competitive team from that point forward, pretty much until the last 5 years or so, and even then it's not like the Rags were really much better than them.  

With that said, I personally was not really aware of what Patrick was doing - he hasn't really wowed in any particular area, so I essentially forgot about him.  

Patrick has basically been their Zacha so far (especially offensively)...occasional bursts of production, but very long stretches of not much at all.  The Flyer faithful are definitely becoming very impatient with him.  I think you can give him a relative pass for what he's done in the NHL so far (his age 19 and 20 seasons), and it's not like he was necessarily expected to step right in and put up big numbers immediately.  But they're going to lose their minds over there if it's more of the same in Year 3.

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2 hours ago, NJDfan1711 said:

I mean, both their fanbases are trash, we're in the same division, and we're so close in proximity to both of them

I am not that close to Philadelphia. There are thousands of Rangers fans here, and zero Flyers fans. So its really easy to hate the Rangers more. I never think about the Flyers or their fans. 

Maybe South Jersey is a different experience, I don't know. I would assume so. 

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1 minute ago, mfitz804 said:

I am not that close to Philadelphia. There are thousands of Rangers fans here, and zero Flyers fans. So its really easy to hate the Rangers more. I never think about the Flyers or their fans. 

Maybe South Jersey is a different experience, I don't know. I would assume so. 

True, I suppose I was talking more in terms of compared to other teams and how heated some of those rivalries are.  I mean, Philly and Pittsburgh is as heated as it gets as well, and they're a good 3 hours from each other from what I remember.  Us and Philly, we're about an hour and a half.  I'm not sure about any of the teams in California, but aside from the Isles and Rags I think we might be the closest to Philly compared to any two other teams, no?  I mean, the Canadian teams all have strong rivalries, but they're all so far from each other. 

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29 minutes ago, NJDfan1711 said:

True, I suppose I was talking more in terms of compared to other teams and how heated some of those rivalries are.  I mean, Philly and Pittsburgh is as heated as it gets as well, and they're a good 3 hours from each other from what I remember.  Us and Philly, we're about an hour and a half.  I'm not sure about any of the teams in California, but aside from the Isles and Rags I think we might be the closest to Philly compared to any two other teams, no?  I mean, the Canadian teams all have strong rivalries, but they're all so far from each other. 

I guess. My point was, its enough distance that I am not exposed to their idiot fans on a daily basis, and let's be honest, conflict between the fan bases is at least 50% of why there are sports rivalries. 

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