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  1. This is exactly why I'm angry at Trudeau for NOT following through on electoral reform. Proportional voting would immediately dispense with preventative or "tactical voting", proportional voting would make everyone's vote matter a helluva lot more than it does. And his reactionary rationale behind backing out of it was even worse.
  2. Lemon garlic rosemary turkey sounds really good
  3. I've said as much before on other topics, but this is a residual effect of social media. Social media is all about getting the most attention and the only way a boring subject like politics can get attention is to ramp up the hyperbole and half-truths (or in some cases, outright lies). The parties don't bother with detailed policy-making because most people these days can't be bothered to actually think about the various issues. And this is partially the news media's fault as well: in order to adapt to the online world, they've also had to try for more 'click-bait' type articles and headlines and their own journalists don't ask complex or nuanced questions because there's no longer a big enough audience that demands that. Again, this is pandering to the intellectual lowest-common-denominators in our society. Instead, the entire campaign has been one long frat-boyish "gotcha" competition by all of the parties involved and their teams on internet researchers scouring the web for as much potentially embarrassing information they can find. Even worse, most of the discussion you'll see online is essentially little more than back-and-forth between conflicting party loyalists whose attitudes can be summed as essentially, "well, if you don't support MY party/leader, you're a scumbag". There's no talk about policy, aside from the various dog-whistling about the opposing parties.
  4. I don't think "nervous" is the correct adjective to describe the mood of the electorate. Aside from those who hold strong party affiliations (whichever party that might be), the words 'disgusted', 'disdainful', and perhaps even 'resigned' would be the words I'd use to describe what little discussion I've heard among people in the real-world. This is by far the worst field of candidates that I can remember and I've been eligible to vote for well over thirty years. And it's not just the parties and politicians themselves that are to blame for this mess (although they should shoulder most of the blame): it's also the existing social environment: the rise of both social media and populism have dumbed-down any kind of actual intelligent discussion of any kind. And the level of hypocrisy is so over the top, that I've personally not only become disenchanted with politics and the electoral process, but humanity in general. For those of us who do not have any party allegiances and have a worldview sophisticated enough not to be easily encapsulated with the terms "left" or "right", this is a dark time in our history. Today's politics have forced all the parties to take the low-road and appeal to the lowest-common-denominators of their respective electoral bases, resulting in the vaguest and most nonsensical policy platforms in history.
  5. The answer is simple: The Leafs are owned by two of the largest media conglomerates in Canada, Rogers and Bell, who also own Sportsnet and TSN respectively. Obviously, they're not going to say anything negative about the team they actually own and that's also why both over-saturate their TV and websites with Leafs propaganda. And having lived in Toronto for years, I can tell you that the biggest consumers of negative Vancouver articles are actually Leafs fans in Toronto: they LOVE bashing the West Coast over just about everything
  6. Haven't posted in a long time because of significant personal problems, but I thought I'd check in now that the season's over and remembered that I had posted early in this thread. I actually did surprisingly well this year, yet it seems even now that the Canucks exceeded what I expected. Even though I was correct about the injury onslaught repeating itself (not just once but twice this time), I feel that if it weren't for the second wave of injuries just after the ASG, the Canucks would've been legitimately in the WC conversation this year. I guess I'm saying that even though they finished as low as I predicted, they still performed better than I expected. Sadly for all involved, I was way off-the-mark with Goldobin--while he did improve somewhat, it wasn't nearly enough to earn a regular spot in the lineup. Conversely, I was correct Gaudette getting opportunities from all the injuries and he shows the promise of being a regular NHLer at least; too bad Juolevi's injuries prevented him from getting the same opportunities to prove himself this year. I'll conclude by saying that my concerns (even if I discounted them as a potential factor) about Green as a coach were unfounded. And I'll also say that my expectations will be much higher when we do this all again next fall.
  7. I'm kinda thankful for NHL officiating after hearing about MLB's officiating today.  It's appalling that Angel Hernandez still has a job, never mind working playoff games.

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    2. HerrDrFunk


      Wait, MLB doesn't have a say in whether someone can be an umpire or not? How does that work?

    3. Undrafted


      From what I've read, it's part of the MLB's CBA with the umpire union.  After X amount of years of service, umpires achieve a "tenure" status that prevents them from being dismissed.  So if an umpire keeps his job at the major-league level for a certain period of time, he essentially has a job for life

    4. -AJ-


      How Stephane Auger wasn't fired after the brutal Burrows game is beyond me.

  8. Wow, Jumbo Joe shaved his beard off :shock:


    Some screencaps from the TSN report:




    This next part made me LMFAO, tho:




    Admittedly, I can sympathize with his 5yo :lol:

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    2. NewbieCanuckFan


      Alf shaved his legs...:o

    3. Undrafted


      What I find amusing is the gender divide over it:


      female reaction: "Wow, he looks 20 years younger" or "He looks so much better now"


      male reaction: "Aw, man, hope he grows it back"


      The last time I shaved MY beard off, it was over 20 years at the behest of a woman.  Will NEVER do that again.

    4. Alflives


      Joe does look a lot different now, that’s for sure.  Maybe he will be faster now too, because of losing 10 pounds?

      My wife likes my fur, and all the scars of life that define me.  

      Why do some guys shave their fur?  

  9. I don't know if anyone still remembers this but when Gaunce was drafted, he was touted as "the best 2-way centre in the OHL". However, taking him in the first-round was panned widely because 2-way forwards at the junior level usually don't have enough offensive skill to translate at the NHL level and usually, teams' first-round picks look for a much higher offensive ceiling than what Gaunce projected, even back then. So really, one can't be surprised at how his career trajectory turned out. I think a lot of people expected more from him as a first-rounder, but really, that was more of a botched pick than anything else.
  10. Q: Does anyone know what the CBA rules are on cap recapture and buyouts?  Just wondering what would happen if FLA bought out Luongo

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    2. Art Vandelay

      Art Vandelay

      That CBA doesn’t specify what you just claimed. Yes, Luongo wouldn’t have an “active” long term contract, (thus agreeing with you) but the cap hit certainly is active... which is lower than it should have been thus circumventing the cap. Exactly the reason why the league put in this clause in the CBA.


      I remember a report from 2013, where Nonis asked the NHL about this specific scenario when deliberating acquiring Luongo. The league told Nonis, that the recapture penalty wouldn’t be affected. 


      There is a pretty obvious way to circumvent the cap if your allowed to avoid recapture penalties by “paying” for other teams to buyout a retiring player. The league won’t allow that, and they have the authority to stop it. 

    3. Undrafted


      Had insomnia, so I did some poking around and it turns out @mll is right: a buyout does eliminate the cap recapture penalty.


      There's precedent to confirm this: When NYR bought out Brad Richards's 9-yr deal (signed in 2011), they were spared from any cap recapture penalties related to that contract.  If that were not the case, NYR would've been hit hard from the cap recapture from that deal and they do not currently have any cap space taken up from Richards's contract, either from the buyout or from any penalty applied (at least, according to CapFriendly)


      I think the difference is that a contract buyout is considered equivalent to 'completing' the contract.


      As for FLA and Luongo, it's also true that there's little benefit to FLA in buying out Luongo, either financially or in regards to his cap hit, so it's an unlikely scenario to begin with

    4. Art Vandelay

      Art Vandelay

      That was a compliance buyout... I’m not saying you are wrong but giving a team a recapture penalty would defeat the purpose of a compliance buyout.

  11. Been watching Manziel's CFL debut.  Never saw him play before today.  In spite of the score and the 4 picks in one half, I can see the kind of skill he has.  That said, there's no way they should've started him after just four practices and a week and a half with MTL


    Edit: just wanted to add that the Als are a horribly awful football team.  Yikes.

    1. Twilight Sparkle

      Twilight Sparkle

      The als suck lol

    2. 6string


      I've been following JM, he's in a real good place now ( mentally ) his dark days are gone. I expect by seasons end he will be the talk of the league.

  12. I don't think it's necessarily the fans who are in a rush to see if Goldobin develops; it's more a case of him being under pressure to do so from the younger players who might push up from behind him. I remember late last season during a broadcast, Garrett pointed out (correctly, IMO) that Goldobin did have an advantage of being ahead of some of the other young winger prospects like Dahlen and Lind, or even Pettersson should the Canucks start him off on the wing, but unless he can prove that he belongs as a regular, the younger players could overtake him on the depth chart. So I think @nzan's quite correct with his assessment that Goldobin has half a season to prove he's ready to be an NHL regular. If he doesn't, it's more than possible Dahlen or Lind might show enough in Utica that they'll earn chances to take his spot.
  13. Probably the best thing I've seen in a long while...



    And I'm not even a Zeppelin fan

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    2. Alflives



      another very young drummer:


    3. Undrafted


      LOL, did the Partridge family kid even actually play drums?  I mean, that kit isn't even set up properly

    4. NUCKER67


      She is crazy talented. Her timing is pretty impeccable, I can't believe how well she uses the pedal, holy crap. Including all of the cowbell parts was awesome. And it looks like she's having a blast. I felt happy for her watching it because she was really having fun. Amazing.  

  14. Had the weirdest dream...


    I'm at work and the Canucks are picking *first overall* in the draft on TV and they pick... Markus Naslund's younger brother???  :blink:


    And in my dream, I go apoplectic because Naslund's brother is like a 4th-rounder.  And my sister's ex-BF from over a decade ago is there laughing at my reaction to it.


    Anyway, thought I'd throw that out there for people's amusement

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    2. Tortorella's Rant

      Tortorella's Rant

      Dreams are weird; your mind running wild

    3. NHL'er


      For some reason I really appreciated you sharing that. Cheers haha 

    4. Alflives


      I have extra medication; you clearly need some.  :o

  15. Been listening to this song a lot this week since the Sedins announced their retirement...