vinoevelo posted:

i think i've finally hit the point that i've been so inundated with what Nylander is doing, where he's skating, what he's eating, what airport his agent is at, what his dad thinks, what Babs thinks that i dont even care anymore.  

Mark it dude.

You won’t have to think about it for six more years. When the time comes, I’m guessing the Auston Matthews watch will be a bit more intense.

billhike posted:

Yep, we knew it was coming but I didn’t expect such a steep decline. Imagine if we as least had a mediocre defense with the improved play this year we’ve seen from Toews and Saad.

Chris Kunitz has been absolutely useless.

That was a complete head-scratcher.  At least it was only a one year deal on the cheap. 

Moronic to expand this already watered down league. Ottawa should have moved to Seattle if they want a franchise there, coupled with the folding of the Panthers, Hurricanes and Coyotes. 4 divisions of 7 teams with the top 4 in each division making the playoffs. So easy!

billhike posted:

Moronic to expand this already watered down league. Ottawa should have moved to Seattle if they want a franchise there, coupled with the folding of the Panthers, Hurricanes and Coyotes. 4 divisions of 7 teams with the top 4 in each division making the playoffs. So easy!

But then the league doesn't get its $650 million expansion fee.  Ottawa needs a new building or they are dead (Calgary too).  Could see a team in Quebec City (Florida) and Houston (Phoenix) in the not too distant future.  

billhike posted:
vinoevelo posted:

i think i've finally hit the point that i've been so inundated with what Nylander is doing, where he's skating, what he's eating, what airport his agent is at, what his dad thinks, what Babs thinks that i dont even care anymore.  

Mark it dude.

You won’t have to think about it for six more years. When the time comes, I’m guessing the Auston Matthews watch will be a bit more intense.

I've heard rumours, all unsubstantiated of course, that Matthews is lukewarm on re-signing in Toronto.  Wouldn't surprise me to see him elsewhere, especially if he gets hurt again.  With the way Marner is playing, they may have to let one of them walk.  To re-sign, Matthews and Marner, they're going to have three guys north of $10 million AAV.

Matthews OT winner with 3 sec. left last night was a beauty.....  almost woke up the kids.

No sympathy for Tom Wilson after Reaves laid him out.  Drives me nuts when his coach is looking for sympathy for a guy who's built his career on blind-shot elbows to the head.  

billhike posted:

Hello, is this thing on? Damn near three months since the last post.

Yea, I'm surprised the Toronto folks and bman aren't chatting about the NHL.  I mean, I realize that Boston and Toronto are 19 and 20 points out of first respectively, but they still are #2 and #3 in the Eastern conference.  I guess when Chicago isn't very good, hockey threads go dark .  I'm just playing it low key as I've been optimistic for the past few years that Lightning win another cup....and it hurt when they go so far ahead last year and then had a mediocre last month of season and then lost to Caps in playoffs.  Now they've won 10 games in a row, have 19 point lead in conference, but can they keep their foot on the accelerator?  

pinotlvr posted:
billhike posted:

Hello, is this thing on? Damn near three months since the last post.

Yea, I'm surprised the Toronto folks and bman aren't chatting about the NHL.  I mean, I realize that Boston and Toronto are 19 and 20 points out of first respectively, but they still are #2 and #3 in the Eastern conference.  I guess when Chicago isn't very good, hockey threads go dark .  I'm just playing it low key as I've been optimistic for the past few years that Lightning win another cup....and it hurt when they go so far ahead last year and then had a mediocre last month of season and then lost to Caps in playoffs.  Now they've won 10 games in a row, have 19 point lead in conference, but can they keep their foot on the accelerator?  

The Bruins have gone 8-0-2 in the past 10 and haven't lost in regulation in 14, but have fallen further behind the Bolts in that period. WTF?? I can't see any team beating TB this year. Gotta hope for a first round upset.

The only thing I'd worry about if I was a TB fan is that they can't help but coast to the finish line.  With such a huge lead on the league, how do you not rest your top players down the stretch?  With nothing left to play for until the playoffs, how do you keep them engaged and in game mode so that they are playing well when it counts?  It will be a shock if they lose, but I've seen stranger things in the past.  I certainly don't see anyone from the west winning the cup this year.

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