Phat Fingers

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  1. Alot can happen between now and and next year. Personally, I think that LE might just hang them up. Up until now, LE hasn't hurt the future of the club. His situation is going to flip this year. If he returns, he will be a negatively impacting the future of this club. How does he walk into the locker room if Marky couldn't be resigned due to cap space as a scenario. He has most of his cash, the hiatus will likely hurt the more older players due to the physical growth and maturity that occurs with the 24 yr and younger players naturally. Hope he hangs up his NHL skates and goes back to play in Sweden if his heart is still in the game.
  2. I hope everyone is well and safe during this upheaval. Acceptance is a hard journey. No panic is my prediction, just education and a solid knowledge of the healthcare system from a disaster management and first responder POV. I started this Pandemic at acceptance. It was a conscious decision and plan from the moment China started shutting down a city the size of Chicago. Then a province, then other countries started shutting borders when not at war. It is what it is. Accepting that is what we all need to do.
  3. Welcome to the new reality everyone. The CDC, WHO and many epidemiologists have been predicting for decades that we would see new viruses like this out of the Yuhan region in China. Large populations living close together, livestock meat slaughtered and eaten in the same place and a large bat population that can cross contaminate into a live animal that is then slaughtered and eaten. By the time any health official can detect the novel virus, it has spread into the massive sea of humanity nearby and with globalization, everywhere. H1NI, MERS, SARS and now Covid 19. Let's just hope that Covid doesn't mutate into a SARS like illness while remaining as transmissible as Covid 19, if that was to happen welcome to the new plague. The bringing out your dead kinda plague. SARS had a fatality rate that dwarfs Covid 19, but it was much harder to catch. Hopefully the method of transmission into the food supply, which is how H1N1 and SARS both occurred. One came from birds, the other from Bats. Maybe it's time for China and other emerging global economies to modernize and bring a more western approach to meat slaughtering. No judgements, but street meat isn't ever a good idea. Even when it's a tube steak and your loaded. Well everyone stay safe, things are likely to get worse, maybe alot worse before we can expect any return to normalcy. If this follows the same pattern as the Spanish Flu (first spreads world wide with minor fatalities, only to come back in the next cold season to kill 18 million would wide) as some epidemiologists predict, then there could be alot of things cancelled until a vaccine is produced. This illness will bankrupt more people than it will kill. Some industries won't recover. Remember, this is a boomer killer. 15% fatal in pop. 80 years and up, 10% in the 70 to 80 year range and so on. 2.5 percent in total. That's 25 times more deadly than H1N1 and its 3 times more transmissible. Hate to say it, season ticket spots will open up when things resume. It is inevitable that we will all catch Covid 19. Some of us have it right now and don't even know it. It won't bother most of us, but it will kill 2.5 percent of those that catch it. 10 billion people, that's 250 million. It is also going to cause a great recession. The supply line disruptions alone could do that. The absolute cancellation of tourism and entertainment industries is going to leave billions without a predictable source of income. Great time to grow your own garden. Like a big one.
  4. Podz will be a terror to play against. What a forechecker.
  5. The Memorial Cup, here we come!
  6. I think that it depends on how JB and the ownership view the situation. If the issue is that Demko has just failed to deliver on his play, something that is unexpected, then what can you do about that other than call up someone else for a trial, ride things out until Marky returns, but firing the coach doesn't fix a slumping goalie. The other way to look at things is a failure of the coaching staff ot adjust the team's play to protect their backup alot more than Marky. Still even then, the goals Demko is letting in are game breakers. Goalies who can't stop letting in bad goals don't have long careers.
  7. At this point Green and Benning have no choice but to either rush Marky back or bring up an AHL tender. Mikey has thick skin and has the ideal mindset to be that guy. What the heck could it hurt to see if he can stop the first goal. Demko is shattered mentally atm. The club is shattered cause Demko is shattered. All the work and effort of this season is at stake and to go down in this fashion is not building anything but defeat into our burgeoning team. Demko needs to be sat. Domingue is not the guy, just a leaky bandaid until proven other wise. Could we just sign the 42 y/o Zamboni driver instead. Is this anyones fault. IFDK. Marky carried this team and allowed it to play an aggressive style that won us games. His play, not anything else did that. Demko is a good goalie, but the goals he is letting in are not goals a beer league guy would let in. His head and confidence is shattered at a time this club cannot afford. I don't see Mikey having the same confidence issues, he is guy that has an unorthodox style, shakes off bad goals like I shake off dandruff. So why not, or better off, what the heck do we stand to lose? If Mike doesn't find a way to keep us in games until Marky returns, we aren't any worse off. Mikey gets a better pay cheque and NHL experience. There is no pressure on him, cause there are no expectations. The expectations should be on every other player and coach in the room. Play to break to drought or go down fighting while there is still a chance. If this team, club and staff do not pull out all the stops and make every effort including line changes, personal changes to reignite the confidence and swagger that got us this far, then heads must roll, whether it is anyones fault or not. Whimpering while other teams beat us is not an experience that any fan deserves and not here, not after what we have all patiently endured by continuing to be fans and supporters. In retrospect, this team blew its season on beating one team in one game that didn't really matter. So dramatic is the collapse that it is a Jekyl and Hyde moment for a team that has been that way since the picked dropped this year. While I would give JB at least one more draft especially if we miss the playoffs this year, but if Green cannot right this ship by hook or crook he should be fired, as early as one more loss. I have supported him all year and he has delivered until now. Not his fault, but like in Poker you have to play the hand you have been dealt.
  8. Yeah, but we are so much better due in large part too Hughes. His impact on the game this team plays the game is undisputed. I don't know if the same thing can be said for Dahlin's impact on Sabres so far. It is that aspect of Hughes game that is truly incredible. Idk where to start with the Sabres. The Oilers of the east. What the heck is going on and why is so much talent being wasted. What a shame and I hope Dahlin is ruined as result.
  9. Coming out of the 2017-18 drafts with Pettersson and Hughes might be the best one two combo. Makar and Bryon (sp?) Could rival JB's selections, but in fairness, Sakic did get to pick first both times. One thing between Hughes and Makar that is hard to determine is the overall teams they play for. The Avs are literally spoiled with riches. So Makar has more help on the blue line than Hughes. Hughes plays a more conservative game, yet is producing equally to Makar. Both are amazing players. So nice to see a Canuck d man that other teams would give away half their rosters for, not something I can say has happened before.
  10. Fire Green... Idk why we would want to send that message to the room atm. We currently in a playoff spot while dealing with some significant injuries, games in hand and a very young club. If we don't make the playoffs, then the whole coaching and management staff will be on notice, but that's an if. Green and co have made adjustments all season long and have done far better than anyone predicted. So fire him? Did we all watch and follow the team last year? how about the year before? So we didn't fire Green then, but now that we as close as could be to ending the playoff drought and that's the time to fire Green. None of this makes much sense to me. We didn't fire JB and look what he did this season, look at the improved roster, the amazing youth movement he brought about. Where would we be had we fired him 3 years ago, no Pettersson, no Hughes, no Miller etc... This is not the time for impatience. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is all I see being accomplished by such a move. Green hasn't stagnated, nor has the room tuned him out. Clearly the club is on the rise and Green is a big part of that. Is this group hit its peak? Not even close. Even if the team fails to reach the playoffs, the season should be viewed positively, in terms of the past 5 years. And if the team does miss, someone is going to take the hit. Likely Green. With what JB did this season, I don't want to see him depart. But that hasn't occurred and hopefully doesn't. Until we miss, if we miss, this thread is a bit weird. If we get in, it is absolutely unnecessary, unless we get hammered in the 1st round, like swept. IMO.
  11. Some decent young guys in the system behind Rafferty in Rathbone and Woo. Trymakin can play the right side as well and could be here after the end of his KHL contract. IMO, JB keeps one of Stecher or Tanev, not both.
  12. Half assed, Hey 73%, block me. Don't respond. Your half assed responses add nothing to my day either. So I made a math error, 26 goals is his current pace over 82 games. I got it over 73% right. I do find it ironic that the guy with the name 73% is such a stickler for accuracy all the time. Yes I didn't realize that Hayton had actually made the coyotes this year. Oops, shoot me. Now I make an math error and my 'insight' half assed. Better than being 73% ass.
  13. Hey wai-Lai... Yes I read. I can also write far better than yourself. Even if this is your second language, you lack critcial thinking as you use stats like 3 yearold. Clearly, by your... I don't want to us logic, because your not logical... but your attempt at analysis is that because there are games remaining, that Marky's current stats could decline if he play declines, therefore his current Save % doesn't matter cause it can change... Well that is a waste of time. Just want to point out the obvious, if he play goes into the toilet, he isn't getting a new contract. So you don't have a target FA to replace Marky. You mention it, but who, how much, how long.... Your idea to address the long term is to just sign an anonymous goalie? Cause that is how to fill.the most important position on any team... just fill in the blank for the starting goalie. You vaguely talk about other clubs going with goalies from within, yet don't name either one of our young guys, their names are Demko and Dipietro, don't you know that... see I can do it too. You have no plan. Just throwing $&!# at the wall and see if it sticks or not isn't a plan. That's a failure. One thing, all those young guys won their spot. Murray's outplayed Fluery, Binnington won his starting role etc... Demko hasn't done that, yet your okay with keeping our second best goalie atm and then what??? Again not a plan. No need to respond. I won't bother to respond to you.
  14. Okay... I don't have a problem with that. Still Pearson potted like 10 after coming here last year. So TT will likely score 25 and could hit 30 or in between. He is going to get similar minutes and have lots of looks. Either way he is also auditioning for a new contract, so he and the club are both motivated to see him score.