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User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1420 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

With the NHL season well underway how are everyone's teams doing?


My Isles just came back for the second straight game to beat the Rags and take a piece of first place. Yes it is still early, but everyone had picked them to finish dead last at the start of the season. This team has something special. All the so called "Outcasts" are producing and really coming together nicely.....



Your thoughts?

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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

My Wings have picked up where they left off last year. Looking good so far. Zetterberg is on fire, Ozzie so far looks decent inbetwixt the pipes...and the defense seems to be coming together. Now we just need a bit more production from the 2nd line and we should be in great shape for the playoffs... As far as Hasek being hurt, well, I'd rather he be hurt now than later, but he hasn't been all that impressive so far this season. I'm thinking he'll pull it together, just rust and age slowly catching up. He'll get his game back, and when he does, Lidstrom will be hoisting that Cup back in Hockeytown. Big grin

User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2840 times:

The Leafs sh!t the bed. There is no other way to put it. I'm not too sure who's in charge of that team either, it's supposed to be John Ferguson Jr., but then Richard Petty and Larry Tannenbaum stick their heads in the GM game too. As much as I like Maurice as a coach, he can't seem to stop the team from making stupid mistakes, and again tonight we've let in a short handed goal. I think every Leaf fan is waiting for the day someone in management just stands up and says "we're blowing this team up, give us a few years and we'll have a decent team."

Part of the problem in my mind is that the Leafs are going to sell out no matter what. There's a multiple year wait list for seasons tickets, so the bottom line is going to continually be pretty nice. It's frustrating to see a team that seems to be alright with mediocrity. This year management said that we would make the playoffs, I have to say, I don't give a flying frick if we make the playoffs, because, it'll be 4 and out, if we even get there. I'd rather see them trade off players and get picks so we can rebuild.

There's a few players that are weighing the Leafs down, whoever thought Kubina was a 4 million dollar defence player was very mistaken, same thing for McCabe. Both of those players are virtually un-tradeable given their big contracts, as well as McCabe's player option no-trade clause. Looks to be some rough years ahead for the Leafs. However, as Bob McCowan (of Toronto's Fan 590 Sport's Radio) says, "Toronto sports fans are either incredibly loyal or incredibly stupid." I'm in the group of, incredibly loyal Maple Leafs fan, no matter how rough it is.

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 1):
My Wings have picked up where they left off last year.

Thank God my second favorite team is still kicking. I'm going to be attending a few games between now and christmas at the Joe. At least the Red Wings can pick up my hockey spirit when the Leafs continually strike it down!


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3841 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

My Jackets have been one of the surprises of the year. I figured they would do better than 98% of the media had them doing, which was typically 12th or worse in the West, but even I didn't see 8-3-2 coming. These aren't your 2000-2006 Blue Jackets. And in terms of the 5 losses, they've played well in 4 of them (DAL, ANA SO's, VAN, MIN). Don't know what happened in Colorado, though.

Scott Howson's the new GM, Ken Hitchcock gets his first full season as the Jackets coach, with new faces Mike Peca, Jan Hejda, Jiri Novotny, Kris Russell (rookie) & Jared Boll (rookie) in the lineup. All but Peca are unknowns, but all of them have contributed & played surprisingly well.

As of today (prior to tonight's game vs. Chicago), they're 4th in the West, 2nd in the Central Division, 6th in the NHL for points with points in each of the last 6 games (only loss in the SO to Anaheim). Pascal Leclaire has 5 shutouts, Rick Nash is 6th (IIRC) in points with 16. Jiri Novotny's been a surprise, with 8 points up to this point. Nikolai Zherdev is the "Z" of 2 years ago, which means he's contributing & is a factor each game.

Game highlights include an opening night "stunner" against Anaheim, with a 4-0 win (and don't say anything about jetlag...they took Detroit to the shootout the game before & lost by one to the Pens the next night), a shutout in Buffalo (first for anyone in 2 years) & putting up 7 against the Blackhawks.



Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineTuffGong From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2804 times:

Still waiting for my Canucks to show up this year.


Meet you at the Ol' Yacht club for a pint.
User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1993 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

Quoting TuffGong (Reply 5):
Still waiting for my Canucks to show up this year.

That makes two of us so far.



Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7367 posts, RR: 85
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
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The season started?

 duck 


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 2):
The Leafs sh!t the bed.

You actually were expecting them to not do that?  duck 

It's been an interesting season so far here in Blueland. Bob Hartley got shown the door (finally) after the Thrashers got off to an 0-6-0 start. General Manager Don Waddell has stepped in behind the bench and has done quite well, as the team has put together a 6-3-0 record since DW took over behind the bench. Whether Waddell decides to remain behind the bench for the rest of the season, who knows? Assistant Coach Brad McCrimmon is getting his name tossed around for Head Coach, as essentially he's the de facto coach, as he's running practices and does quite a bit of the bench work as well during games. We're now out of the cellar in the S.E. (Tampa Bay and the Crapitals reside there now.), and are nipping at the heels of the Panthers, who are two points ahead of us. Carolina is already beginning to pace themselves away from the rest of the division, with there being a 7 point gap between first and third in the division.

Kovalchuk left last night's game with back spasms (what do you expect, he's been carrying the team on his back a lot lately), but still managed to score his 7th goal in 3 games (had back to back hat tricks the two previous games). I hope that someone strips Holik of the Captaincy, as his leadership has been pretty much invisible this season. Kovy has been the de factor captain lately.

Kari Lehtonen, our "superstar" goalie, once again is out with a groin injury. At least this time we have a quality backup in "Moose" Hedberg and instead of calling up Fred Brathwaite, they called Ondrej Pavelec, our #1 prospect in the organization, who has come in and relieved Moose in several games and has been the starter the last two games (both wins). This is definitely not going to be a repeat of the '05-'06 season.

The big story is whether Marian Hossa will re-sign with the club or will he be traded at the deadline, provided we're out of the race for a playoff spot.


User currently offlineMaidensGator From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 945 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

My wife is from Ottawa so we are big Sens fans... and they're doing pretty damn good so far. They looked really good last night against the Leafs. Gerber has been great, funny nobody would take him in the offseason, so we've got two number one goalies. The core of the team has signed long term contracts, so the Sens should be set for awhile. Redden's contract comes up this year, but he was quoted yesterday as saying he'd take a pay cut to stay. We probably should have lost to Boston on Sunday, but Vermette gets a SHG to tie it up, and then he and Alfredsson hit two straight to win the shootouThings do look good in Ottawa.


The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

Edmonton sucks again. Surprise, surprise!

Oh, and I hope to see the Preds move to Winnipeg or Hartford or something soon. Those places need another NHL team.


User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Bruins got a point from the Sabres in an OT loss...Boston should have won the game.


"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 2):
The Leafs sh!t the bed. There is no other way to put it. I'm not too sure who's in charge of that team either, it's supposed to be John Ferguson Jr., but then Richard Petty and Larry Tannenbaum stick their heads in the GM game too. As much as I like Maurice as a coach, he can't seem to stop the team from making stupid mistakes, and again tonight we've let in a short handed goal. I think every Leaf fan is waiting for the day someone in management just stands up and says "we're blowing this team up, give us a few years and we'll have a decent team."

Part of the problem in my mind is that the Leafs are going to sell out no matter what. There's a multiple year wait list for seasons tickets, so the bottom line is going to continually be pretty nice. It's frustrating to see a team that seems to be alright with mediocrity. This year management said that we would make the playoffs, I have to say, I don't give a flying frick if we make the playoffs, because, it'll be 4 and out, if we even get there. I'd rather see them trade off players and get picks so we can rebuild.

There's a few players that are weighing the Leafs down, whoever thought Kubina was a 4 million dollar defence player was very mistaken, same thing for McCabe. Both of those players are virtually un-tradeable given their big contracts, as well as McCabe's player option no-trade clause. Looks to be some rough years ahead for the Leafs. However, as Bob McCowan (of Toronto's Fan 590 Sport's Radio) says, "Toronto sports fans are either incredibly loyal or incredibly stupid." I'm in the group of, incredibly loyal Maple Leafs fan, no matter how rough it is.

Thanks, you saved me a lot of typing. I pretty much echo your thoughts.



I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1418 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

Quoting MaidensGator (Reply 8):
My wife is from Ottawa so we are big Sens fans... and they're doing pretty damn good so far.

 bigthumbsup 

13-1-0 isn't bad at all!

Cal  airplane 



*Insert Sound Of GE90 Spooling Up Here*
User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 12):
13-1-0 isn't bad at all!

Seeing Ottawa doing so well makes me sick. I would rather see a team from Florida that draws about 85 fans per game win the cup before Ottawa.

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 11):
Thanks, you saved me a lot of typing. I pretty much echo your thoughts.

Not a problem. Maybe if enough of us in the Leafs nation get upset we'll see change sometime before my hair starts to fall out around 2020  Wink

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 7):
You actually were expecting them to not do that?

Oh I was, and it's just so painful to admit that.


User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 9):
Oh, and I hope to see the Preds move to Winnipeg or Hartford or something soon. Those places need another NHL team.

Hartford????

so they can play in a mall again?


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Meanwhile, the Coyotes are firming up their golf course reservations and vacation plans that begin on April 7, 2008.

User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4920 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 12):
13-1-0 isn't bad at all!

How sweet a start have we had! Incidentally we are the quickest team in NHL history to earn 25 points.

I live in Toronto at the moment and frankly don't know what to say about the Leafs. What a shambles.

Mark Bell $2M, a player 95% of the continent never heard of till his DUI.
McCabe $7.15M, hahaha why not?
Kubina $5M, again a real head scratcher.

Until the NHL allows another team in Southern Ontario, there is zero pressure on the Leafs to win. They are still laughing all the way to the bank.

YOWza



12A whenever possible.
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 9):

Oh, and I hope to see the Preds move to Winnipeg or Hartford or something soon.

Kansas City has a better chance of landing an NHL team. While Leipold is now dealing with a local group of 30 investors that would keep the team in Nashville, if things don't work out with this new buyer, it would not be a surprise if Boots Del Baggio, who came into the picture after Basillie pulled his offer (which would have moved the team to Hamilton), rejoins the fray. Del Baggio would move the team to K.C. to play in the new arena they have, the Sprint Center. He's pretty much already got a deal in place with AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group, who runs the arena and is also the owner of the Kings).

Winnipeg will get an NHL team in the next 3-5 years. Once the current CBA is over and a new one is in place, word is that there will be two more teams added to the league. Depending on what happens in regards to ownership of the Preds (and even the Panthers and Thrashers), look to see Winnipeg returning to the NHL along with a franchise in Las Vegas. AEG is partnering up with Harrah's Entertainment to build a 20,000 seat arena behind Bally's on the corner of Flamingo and Koval:

http://www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com/harrah's.htm

http://www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com/harrahs_map.htm


User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 17):
Winnipeg will get an NHL team in the next 3-5 years

Doubt it. The MTS Centre is not economically feasible in the NHL and it's just been built. I doubt the taxpayers in an area that's doing so well economically will foot for another arena so soon after one's already been built. I think if another team were added other than Kansas City, it'd be Oklahoma City.


As for my seasons so far...can't argue with how the 'Canes are doing! Ward has looked good in net and Grahame has provided some good backup play thus far. The forward corps is reliving '05-'06 and the 5-forward PP unit looks awesome! Once again, defense is a bit of a stumbling block - hopefully Rutherford drafts some decent defensive prospects and we're able to resign Mike Commodore and Tim Gleason when the time comes.


The Pens started off slow and Marc-Andre Fleury's streaky play still worries me. The offense is coming along - haven't been able to catch enouh Pens games to speak of their defense, unfortunately.

Going tonight to see the 'Canes take on the Lightning in what should be a decent Southeastern Division matchup



South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
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