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  1. Nope, didn't at the time. Hopefully he proves me wrong as well!
  2. Lol, that's two years in a row that the player I didn't want is the player we draft. Hope I'm wrong about about Podkolzin, I'm ready to get in his corner!
  3. I pretty sure I'm one of them. I had only seen a few of his games his draft year but in the ones I saw it looked like he didn't know what the word "defense" was. That plus some concerns over how he would handle physicality had me shying away. Here's to hoping he proves me wrong!
  4. 1. Boldy 2. Krebs 3. Seider Do not want: Podkolzin (However, if Cozens falls to us he's my top choice)
  5. Pushing Craig MacTavish out and firing Duane Sutter (their head of pro scouting). They are not the biggest moves, but it is moving out stale leadership and guys that have been there for a long time.
  6. Wow, I think this is actually a good hire. Too bad for Seattle they lost him though. It's still early but I like the moves Holland has made so far, just wish it wasn't for the Oilers.
  7. I agree that it definitely could have been done better and more clearly. I would also prefer that it just assumed every team was at the cap ceiling. However, I do still think it does a decent job at showing some of the discrepancies. Two teams that can be pretty much directly compared with the chart are Toronto and Nashville though. Both have cap hits close to $75.5M this year, but Toronto has the highest income tax rate and Nashville has the lowest income tax rate in the league. If both teams were to pay the tax rate of Montreal (basically the same as Toronto's), and the players were to take home the same amount post taxes, Toronto's cap hit would essentially stay the same but Nashville's would have to be increased to ~$101.5M. That's a difference of ~$26M which is quite a bit. Edit: I'm not going to lie, it did take me a while to figure out how to read the chart and my initial reaction was pretty similar to yours.
  8. The chart takes into account income tax only (ignores things like sales tax and property tax because those don't affect actual income, just post income expenses). Also, I'm pretty sure Illinois has state income tax of 4.95%, not 5.95%. In states like Florida there is no state or municipal income tax so residents only pay federal income tax (in this scenario that's 36.56%). In contrast, Illinois does have a state income tax so residents have to pay both federal and state income taxes which add up to 41.51% (36.56 + 4.95). Pittsburgh residents on the other hand have to pay federal, state (3.07%), and municipal (3%) income tax which adds up to 42.63% (36.56 + 3.07 + 3).
  9. I don't know about the validity of all of the data, but in Pennsylvania you pay a municipal income tax in addition to state and federal income taxes. In Pittsburgh, you pay 3% municipal tax if you live in the city and 1% if you work in the city but live elsewhere. By contrast, the municipal income tax in Philadelphia is 3.88% (called the City Wage Tax). Regarding the first column, I think it's just poorly labeled. It lists how much salary teams have committed against the cap rather than the league wide salary cap (which is the 79.5M number). In other words, the combined AAVs of contracts on the Canucks this year adds up to $71,187,048 which is the number displayed in the first column (same as the cap hit listed on Cap Friendly). So rather than assuming that all teams are spending to the cap it instead bases calculations on what they are actually spending this year.
  10. My gut says it's probably going to Bergeron. However, it's nice to see ROR finally being acknowledged.
  11. By initially pleading no contest to his charges, Voynov received a 90-day jail sentence plus three years probation (presumably during which he would not be allowed to participate in the NHL). He instead decided to self-deport back to Russia so he could continue to play professional hockey, but that doesn't mean his sentence ceased to exist. As the 3 years and 90 days are now up, he is eligible to return to the NHL. On the NHL side, apparently they have a policy of not running their own investigations while a player is being charged with or serving a sentence for criminal or civil crimes. As such, Voynov was suspended indefinitely until the full length of his sentence was carried out at which point the NHL was able to run their own investigation. The NHL determined a one year suspension was sufficient, and thus he is serving a one year suspension from the time he is eligible to rejoin the NHL. This is not necessarily 100% accurate but it is the best I could surmise after reading a number of articles on the situation.
  12. Highly touted prospect with a lot of early injuries that stalled his development and is only just starting to show why he was drafted so high? Unfortunately that's probably true. Juolevi seemed like he was adjusting to the North American pro game quite well and was showing a lot of progress I was excited about. But losing almost an entire year of development will almost definitely set him back some. Hopefully he doesn't stall too long as I don't think this market will be very patient with him.
  13. I'm not really worried about how many points Hughes puts up this year. It's quite evident that he has a ton of skill and great offensive instincts, so I'd prefer he focuses on the defensive side of the game this year. If he puts up the same PPG as last season but becomes his coaches first choice in important defensive situations I'd consider the season more than a success.
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    Sam Gagner | C/W

    Interesting article, he sounded appreciative of the Leafs organization for taking him in but didn't acknowledge that the Canucks worked to make that situation happen. It also sounded like he's trying to impress the Leafs organization so that they trade for him.
  15. His classes start September 4th, so theoretically that is the deadline. The UMich hockey team probably has practices before then, but they wouldn't be mandatory to maintain his eligibility. http://ro.umich.edu/calendar/fa18.php