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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1656 times:

Playoff time draws nigh in the NHL. What do people think will be the outcome ? I think Pittsburgh has loaded up for the playoff run with Morrow and Iginla (who is a UFA at season end and can sign anywhere). They will be tough to stop.

Both Montreal and Boston are having fine seasons, but I'm not sure about the Habs bearing up in the playoffs -- still small up front overall. I tend to think of a Pitt-Bruins conference final.

Out west, Chicago and Anaheim are the front runners and may well meet in the finals, but it also, interestingly, could be Anaheim-LA Kings. I'll predict Vancouver will crater once again in the playoffs this year.

From my p.o.v., I'm happy where Winnipeg is right now, and if they can beat Carolina in their two remaining games, both in Winnipeg, I think that gives them 1st place in the SE, and 3rd seed in the playoffs. This means they meet the 6th seed. If the season ended now that would mean Toronto, which makes for a very interesting series. I'd like to think the Jets could prevail in the 1st round, but that would mean meeting Pittsburgh in the 2nd, and there they would have no chance, unless Pavelec steals not one but two games. Has to be tough for former Thrashers fans, but there have been enough changes that this is not the same team anymore.

I'd like to see other hockey fans opinions on the Stanley Cup marathon soon to start.


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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Thread starter):
I tend to think of a Pitt-Bruins conference final.
Quoting connies4ever (Thread starter):
I'd like to think the Jets could prevail in the 1st round, but that would mean meeting Pittsburgh in the 2nd

Are you sure about the brackets? I'm seeing a potential MTL-BOS/PITT in the Eastern Conference final looking at that page:

http://www.nhlplayoffsbracket.com/2013/

Or is the above link wrong?

Quoting connies4ever (Thread starter):
I'd like to see other hockey fans opinions on the Stanley Cup marathon soon to start.

Pittsburgh has clearly aimed at short-term with their latest recruitments: Stanley Cup this year. They were already strong with and without Malkin. Crosby is on top shape. It's going to be difficult to beat them.

We'll see if they can keep Iginla for next year with the new salary cap.

Quoting connies4ever (Thread starter):
but I'm not sure about the Habs bearing up in the playoffs

Well this team keeps on surprising me, so to be honest I'm not sure what will happen with them. They can go far like they can lose on the first round. It will also depend on who they meet.

Quoting connies4ever (Thread starter):
I tend to think of a Pitt-Bruins conference final.

They are sure two strong contenders for the Stanley Cup. If they meet, you know who I'll support 

[Edited 2013-03-28 09:41:08]


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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

The link you provided is interesting indeed, based on current standings. Of course, Montreal not winning their division would mean they drop to 4 from 2, and then could meet Ottawa in the 1st round.

My understanding, or misunderstanding, is that after the 1st round, the four survivors in each conference are then paired based on their relative standings, and the initial seeding is no longer followed. But I could be wrong abojut that.

I agree Pitt is thinking short term getting Morrow and Iginla. They gave up a lot of future potential to get these guys. So, yes, this year or next, or maybe both, for the Cup.

Tonight's Jets-Pens game in Pitt will be a major test for Winnipeg, everyone will have to show up and play 60 minutes of hard hockey. Won't likely win, but a strong showing could be a statement, both to themselves and other teams, that you can't take them likely.

Playoffs for the Jets would be huge. They netted about $15M last season (based on Forbes magazine), not bad for a small market, but even one round of the playoffs would mean likely an additional $8-10M when you count all the potential revenue sources. They will have a couple of RFAs to deal with over the summer (Wheeler and I think Buff), so the extra dough could give them a cushion.



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11574 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1604 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 2):
My understanding, or misunderstanding, is that after the 1st round, the four survivors in each conference are then paired based on their relative standings, and the initial seeding is no longer followed. But I could be wrong abojut that.

That is how I understand it, too.

I stand with my Canucks to the bitter end.

Although, if they do win, everyone will say "yeah, well.... they didn't play a full season." Even though they have made it to the playoffs how many of the past years? They were first in their division how many of the past years?



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 2):
My understanding, or misunderstanding, is that after the 1st round, the four survivors in each conference are then paired based on their relative standings, and the initial seeding is no longer followed. But I could be wrong abojut that.

It's also possible that they have not taken into account yet the rule you mentionned.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 3):
yeah, well.... they didn't play a full season

But that is not a valid argument. All teams are playing the same amount of games. It's not like the team who will win this year played 48 games while all the others played 82.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 4):
Quoting seb146 (Reply 3):
yeah, well.... they didn't play a full season

But that is not a valid argument. All teams are playing the same amount of games. It's not like the team who will win this year played 48 games while all the others played 82.

I think the "didn't play a full season" argument is bogus. As GH points out, all teams play the same number of games. When I was a kid, a FULL season was only 50 games. Then it was 60, then 70. Then expansion. As well, it's arguable that this 48 games run is more grueling than a regular 82, as all teams are playing basically every other night, and often 3 games in 4 nights. In a regular 82 games season, all teams would get a couple of 4-5 day breaks at some point in the season.



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Thread starter):
but I'm not sure about the Habs bearing up in the playoffs

If they can stay healthy (I'm looking at you, Markov) I think they can make a run. They're in a far better position this year than they were 3 years ago when they went to the Eastern final.

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 1):
It's going to be difficult to beat them.

On its face, I want to say this team is unstoppable. But I also have reservations considering that the New York Rangers did the same thing a few years back where they stacked their team with star players, but the chemistry just wasn't there and they faltered. Only time will tell.

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 2):
My understanding, or misunderstanding, is that after the 1st round, the four survivors in each conference are then paired based on their relative standings, and the initial seeding is no longer followed. But I could be wrong abojut that.

That's correct.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 3):
Although, if they do win, everyone will say "yeah, well.... they didn't play a full season." Even though they have made it to the playoffs how many of the past years? They were first in their division how many of the past years?

Relax, you Canucks fans are always so damn defensive! Take a deep breath and enjoy the game for once!



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User currently offlineCalebWilliams From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

No love for the Minnesota Wild? We gotta be in!


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User currently offlineus330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3871 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 2):
I agree Pitt is thinking short term getting Morrow and Iginla. They gave up a lot of future potential to get these guys. So, yes, this year or next, or maybe both, for the Cup.

Actually, what's genius about the Pittsburgh moves is that they didn't give all that much up in the future. Joe Morrow is the most significant player that they dealt, and the Pens have a stockpile of four or five highly regarded defensive prospects, so they were trading from a position of strength. For Murray, they gave up their 2nd round pick in 2013, and a 2nd round pick or 3rd round pick in 2014 (depending on how they finish). For Iginla, they gave up their first round pick, a pick which would be at the bottom of the first round, so closer in value to a second, and two prospects outside their top 5 prospect pool.

Salary cap is going down over the next year, and the Pens have to re-up Letang and Malkin, which means Shero will probably have to cut players off the current roster after this season to comply with the salary cap. Shero saw how well his team was playing and knew that this was probably gonna be their best shot, so why not go for it? If the deals pay off, and they win the cup, he looks like a genius. If they don't, then odds are low that they will have given up significant assets to have made a run for it.

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 2):
My understanding, or misunderstanding, is that after the 1st round, the four survivors in each conference are then paired based on their relative standings, and the initial seeding is no longer followed. But I could be wrong abojut that.

The teams are reseeded after the 1st round--they don't follow fixed brackets like the NBA or the NCAA.
In the NBA, for example, you would always see the winner of the 1-8 matchup play the winner of the 4-5 matchup, even if 1 beat 8, and 7 beat 2. In the NHL 2nd round, the highest seed always plays the lowest seed, 2nd highest plays 2nd lowest. So, if you had a scenario where the 1, 4, 6, and 7 seeds won in the first round, 1 would play 7, 4 would play 6. In the NBA/NCAA, 1 would play 4, 6 would play 7.


User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2045 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

Quoting CalebWilliams (Reply 7):
No love for the Minnesota Wild? We gotta be in!

Nope. Leipolds overprice buy of Parise and Suter will get you nothing. Well, nothing but a bunch of ugly green and red sweaters.

Guess Leipold's next move will be to complain that he's now losing money after these two big contract signings, just like he did before he dumped the Preds franchise, who now has 28 straight sell-out's.

So no, Leipold sucks. No love for his franchise.



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11574 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 5):
I think the "didn't play a full season" argument is bogus.

I have seen that argument already as being a valid one. I would argue that, even in a shortened season, if a West Coast team wins, that is even more of a feat with all the travel times and back-to-back games. I think it is harder for LA, Anaheim, SJ or Vancouver to play a five game strech over seven days starting in Chicago and ending in Phoenix than for the Rangers to play a five game strech over seven days starting in Philadelphia ending in Boston.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 6):
Relax, you Canucks fans are always so damn defensive! Take a deep breath and enjoy the game for once!

Well played, sir. Well played.



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9191 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 6):

On its face, I want to say this team is unstoppable. But I also have reservations considering that the New York Rangers did the same thing a few years back where they stacked their team with star players, but the chemistry just wasn't there and they faltered. Only time will tell.

Did the Rangers have a monster winning streak going with the regular season about to wind down with only a dozen games remaining?

I'm one to be optimistic and think Crosby, Malking, Dupuis will mesh quite nicely with Iggy and the other prospects. This should be an interesting finish and start of the playoffs!



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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

Sadly, it looks like a 1st round out for the NJ Devils and the NY Rangers...sigh...

User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11574 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

I love the Canucks. Never forget that.

But, I was so pi*sed when they signed Luongo to a 10 year contract! That was the stupedist thing they had done in a long time. Don't sign ANYONE to that long of a contract! Luongo is a great goalie. On par with Roy. But, it takes more than a goalie to make a Cup winning team. Lu will fade. I am a realist. I REALLY (and I mean) R-E-A-L-L-Y want to see the Canucks win The Cup. SOON!!!

They should have won against the Rangers and Bruins but that is for another thread.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15729 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 3):
I stand with my Canucks to the bitter end.

...until the last police car has been flipped.

Quoting us330 (Reply 8):
Actually, what's genius about the Pittsburgh moves is that they didn't give all that much up in the future.

It's mostly a rental player type deal. Those guys rarely have much value.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 13):
But, I was so pi*sed when they signed Luongo to a 10 year contract!

It's an NHL contract, so you can complain about the amount but not really the length. Teams will give out contracts longer than they intend to keep the player to lessen the cap number.



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11574 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 14):
...until the last police car has been flipped.

Shows how much you know. We will only burn out TransLink buses and flip private cars!

Besides, the front office needs to recognize greatness and not just the highest payroll.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 14):
It's an NHL contract, so you can complain about the amount but not really the length. Teams will give out contracts longer than they intend to keep the player to lessen the cap number.

The point is: Why sign any athlete to a long-term contract? Martin Gramattica (sp) was a really good kicker for Tampa Bay Bucs. But, signing him for more than 3 years would be silly. Vinny Testeverde, same thing. Even though VT never got them to the Super Bowl. I expect Linsicum to be traded after this season.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15729 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 15):
The point is: Why sign any athlete to a long-term contract?

Math and salary cap rules.

NHL rules average the cap number - not actual pay. Luongo signed a deal for 12 years and $64 million, but that does not mean that either side actually expects him to play 12 years. Under NHL rules, the cap number for the deal is $5.3 million (64/12) but that has no bearing on how long or how much he is paid. The Canucks could pay him $5.3 million per year, but they could pay $7.5 million for the first 8 years and then $1 million for the last four but that doesn't affect the cap hit.

NHL teams started giving out very long contracts because they realized they could pay players more but tack on meaningless years at the end to lower the cap number. The downside is that this sort of thing helped lead to the recent lockout since teams cried poor (perhaps legitimately) but it was because they were purposely circumventing the salary cap they enacted to keep their costs under control.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 15):
Martin Gramattica (sp) was a really good kicker for Tampa Bay Bucs. But, signing him for more than 3 years would be silly.

No it wouldn't. That's a football contract with football money. NFL teams and players make and renegotiate contracts that they never intend to fulfill in order to alter interactions with the salary cap. NFL contracts are not guaranteed so a player could be signed for 10 years but if they cut him after one he goes away and gets only the guaranteed money, although applied to the cap in a lump sum for either the current year or the next one.

The reporting of Joe Flacco's new paper is not accurate. There is no practical way that all six years of his contract will happen without being torn up and renegotiated. The deal is, for all practical purposes, half of the length and value it would be if it were fulfilled. It's more complicated than this, but here's his base salaries for the first few years:
2013 $1 million
2014 $6 million
2015 $7 million
2016 $18.2 million

The gist of it is that it almost certainly won't happen.

Oh, and Tom Brady's recent pay cut wasn't a pay cut at all, but does reduce the cap hit to the Patriots.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 15):
I expect Linsicum to be traded after this season.

One of the cardinal rules of smart baseball: don't give pitchers long deals if you can help it. Baseball money, unlike football money, is real. You sign the deal, you're paying whether the player is injured, bad or otherwise. (See Soriano, Alfonso)



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11574 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 16):
rules, the cap number for the deal is $5.3 million (64/12) but that has no bearing on how long or how much he is paid. The Canucks could pay him $5.3 million per year, but they could pay $7.5 million for the first 8 years and then $1 million for the last four but that doesn't affect the cap hit.

That's all well and good but I would not sign any player to more than four years. IMO, the two best goalies I have seen for the Canucks are Luongo and McLean. I guess I am looking at the business side of things. I like them and the way they play, but, after four years, I would have to see how they play.

I am grateful for all Luongo has done for the City of Vancouver and the Canucks. But, if he becomes more of a liability, I want him out in favor of someone who can bring The Cup to Vancouver.

Or, get a low cost squad and use the difference to pay off Bettman like the Rangers and Bruins did.......



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15729 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 17):
That's all well and good but I would not sign any player to more than four years.

The contract was signed when Luongo was 30, so it would almost certainly be his last deal. Chances are it won't be fulfilled. From a business perspective, the deal isn't terrible from this point on since it was heavily front loaded. Of the $64 million, only something like $7 million is paid out over the last for years. In other words, Luongo is paid 89% of the value of the contract in the first 75% of the time it covers, so those last few years, during which he would be old and worse if he's still playing, won't cost the team that much money.

A long hockey contract helps in that it allows a team to pay a good player highly to get or keep them while preserving cap space for other players. For a good player who would be making his last deal it can definitely help a team compete. That said, it completely circumvents the business reasons for having a salary cap. If all the players have front loaded contracts, a team can actually pay out in excess of the cap, negating its usefulness as a cost control. It's really a matter of how much teams will be willing to risk to compete.

Generally though, I would view goalies like pitchers in that I don't trust them long enough to hand out the big contract. They go bad too often.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 10):
I think it is harder for LA, Anaheim, SJ or Vancouver to play a five game strech over seven days starting in Chicago and ending in Phoenix than for the Rangers to play a five game strech over seven days starting in Philadelphia ending in Boston.

It's true that it is less exhausting for Eastern teams. That's why Detroit and Columbus are happy to join the Eastern Conference, and Winniped to join the Western.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 13):
But, I was so pi*sed when they signed Luongo to a 10 year contract!

You're still lucky with Luongo, he's been performing well for quite a while. Ask the Isles fans what they think about Di Pietro's 15-year contract...



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User currently offlineus330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3871 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 19):
Ask the Isles fans what they think about Di Pietro's 15-year contract...

I heard he broke his finger when he signed it.


User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

Quoting CalebWilliams (Reply 7):
No love for the Minnesota Wild? We gotta be in!

I will quite literally eat my hat if Minnesota even gets to the final.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 10):
Well played, sir. Well played.

I'm just looking out for your well-being, Seb. If you can't handle some ribbing from other fans then how are you going to deal with Luongo choking in the playoffs again?!  
Quoting steeler83 (Reply 11):
Did the Rangers have a monster winning streak going with the regular season about to wind down with only a dozen games remaining?

That has nothing to do with my point. Introducing every star player you can get your hands on into the line-up can throw off team chemistry, which is more important than player calibre. Look at Montreal, they aren't a star-studded team, but they have great chemistry which is why they're at the top of the East right now. Pittsburgh could potentially be self-destructing right now by virtue of their bank account. We'll find out soon enough if that's the case or not.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 18):
From a business perspective, the deal isn't terrible from this point on since it was heavily front loaded. Of the $64 million, only something like $7 million is paid out over the last for years. In other words, Luongo is paid 89% of the value of the contract in the first 75% of the time it covers, so those last few years, during which he would be old and worse if he's still playing, won't cost the team that much money.

Technically you're right from a purely quantitative point of view. But that precludes the fact that long-term contracts (>7) are not a good idea. You effectively lose the ability to drop a poor-performing player without the terrible burden of buying them out. It will likely end up costing the team more in the end, all for saving a few bucks up front.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15729 posts, RR: 26
Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 21):
You effectively lose the ability to drop a poor-performing player without the terrible burden of buying them out. It will likely end up costing the team more in the end, all for saving a few bucks up front.

You're not saving bucks up front though. The contracts are long precisely so teams can do the opposite and front load the contracts without giving themselves a huge cap hit.

If the team has to buy out the last few years or if the player is just bad, it doesn't cost them that much since those are cheap years anyway. The reason the contracts are long has little to do with business and more to do with the salary cap.

For a simple example, say a star player wants a 4 year $32 million dollar deal and the team thinks that's a fair price to pay. You could give him that deal which would pay $8 million per year and count the same against the cap.

But, then make the contract a 8 year deal with a value of $40 million structured something like this:
Years 1-4: $8 million
Years 5-6: $3 million
Years 7-8: $1 million

The player gets paid the same for the first four years and gets a little extra tacked onto the end, and the team pays out the same in the expensive years and pays a relatively trivial amount towards the end and may still have a declining yet useful player. But, the real reason to do it is the salary cap. Instead of his contract counting $8 million it would count as about $5 million. The team gets an extra $3 million to spend on adding players around their star during his best years. It would count in the later years too, but a team could get around some of it if the player is under age 35 when the contract is signed.

And for what it's worth, under new rules seven years is the longest contract a free agent can sign with a new team and the maximum is upped to eight years if staying on the current team.

It's a bit ridiculous because the owners fought hard and instituted the salary cap to keep their costs under control. As soon as they got it, they set about circumventing it so that they could actually spend well in excess of the salary cap.



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User currently offlinesteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9191 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 21):
That has nothing to do with my point. Introducing every star player you can get your hands on into the line-up can throw off team chemistry, which is more important than player calibre. Look at Montreal, they aren't a star-studded team, but they have great chemistry which is why they're at the top of the East right now. Pittsburgh could potentially be self-destructing right now by virtue of their bank account. We'll find out soon enough if that's the case or not.

That may very well be, but right now, I see a solid team with pretty good chemistry. They overcame a LOT today. Crosby took a slap-shot to the face, they had a serious penalty resulting in a 5-on-3 power KILL (which they overcame), and went on to record their 3rd consecutive shut-out and remain undefeated for an entire calendar month with their 15th straight win.

They look red hot right now, and maybe it's just me but I don't see them slowing down. They might loose a game here pretty soon (I mean, how long can a winning streak last), but I'm sure they'll bounce back.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Just a throw-in, Carolina 3 Jets 1 Saturday afternoon.

Devastating for Winnipeg, inspiring for Carolina, now only 4 back with 3 in hand. Mind you, they will have their plate full playing those extra games with only 3 1/2 weeks left. Jets head out for 3 in 4 on the road today, Rangers, Islanders, then Habs. Then they are home I believe for 6, but home has not been productive for them this year as it was last year. The dash to the finish line will be interesting indeed.



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25 Post contains links and images GrahamHill : Quick snapshots of the game Hurricanes @ Canadiens yesterday. Sorry for the quality, it was with my phone camera: PK Subban receiving the trophy for t
26 us330 : We surrender. --Dallas Stars (I'm happy with the Derek Roy trade, considering he was going to walk in the offseason--but the Jagr deal is questionable
27 Post contains links YVRLTN : Seems like he is still here... I feel really sorry for Luongo and the way he has dealt with all this has been amazing. BTW - did you see this clip? W
28 Post contains images GrahamHill : So, with the end of the regular season looming, we have our first qualified teams for the playoffs: Pittsburgh, Chicago and Montreal. The first two ar
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