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  1. So I have to ask - will all the employees of the hotel etc being staying in the bubble in Edmonton - you can protect the players and your families all you like by having them stay in the so-called bubble but if employees of the various employers involved are allowed to roam the city how exactly do you prevent an out break.
  2. The Alberta government here did a free mask distribution using McDonald's, Tim's and A/W - they had 20 million one time use masks available and a limit of 1 package per household. Guess what happened. The employees at the outlets handed out packs of them at a time - did not follow the limiting guidelines. I think they should have distributed re-usable masks. Its funny because none of my Conservative friends have berated this waste of tax payer money but if that "kid" in Ottawa did this they would be up in arms.
  3. Its not a bad thing if the snag was that health officials wanted stringent quarantine rules - there's a reason BC has done such a great job with COVID - nice to see they are putting health concerns before $$$$ - not sure Kenney here in Alberta cares about public health as much as the almighty dollar and if Edmonton is chosen it will likely be because they gave in on health concerns and testing and not because its a more attractive bid as from what I have read Edmonton does not have the hotels Vancouver has. However with the economy in the toilet the old UCP will do whatever it takes - including sacrificing public health to get some much needed economic boost to the province.
  4. Absolutely - as I am thinking the only reason possible McDavid was nominated is due to his injury - the fact he is still alive speaks to the perseverance Bouwmeester has shown.
  5. Is he ever - that punch -WOW!!!!!
  6. 100% agree and meaning no disrespect to Amanda as she is so far ahead of the other female fighters. Case in point look at the men's bantamweight division - that's one stacked division. Women's division just doesn't have the depth yet.
  7. https://news.sky.com/story/trump-suggests-george-floyd-is-happy-about-us-jobs-numbers-hopefully-hes-looking-down-12001192 This idiot - he does know George Floyd is dead right?
  8. Might be one of the biggest free agency signings this year :D Always nice to have experienced announcers call games
  9. Wasn't being a dick - meant to include the article the first time with the link https://www.tsn.ca/ltir-a-lingering-issue-in-cba-negotiations-1.1345265 n Sept. 1, the National Hockey League can choose to opt out of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). If the league passes on the opportunity, the players have their shot at exercising the right to opt out on Sept. 19. Both parties have talked about labour peace and preserving the components of the current CBA that work, but it’s obvious there are a number of major issues the parties will have to work through in order to avoid a third lockout in 15 years. The primary focus will concern the definition of hockey-related revenue. During the last round of negotiations, we saw a number of changes on that front. Those included (but aren’t limited to) an even split of hockey-related revenue (down from 57 per cent in the prior arrangement), a reduction in maximum contract length, and a cap on salary variance year-to-year through the life of a contract. While escrow and the definition of hockey-related revenue (including how hockey-related revenue is split among constituents) will consume most of the dialogue during these talks, CBA negotiations offer opportunities to correct or mitigate loophole effects introduced from prior agreements. I noted two of those above. Minimizing contract length and capping salary variance had wide-ranging effects, but one of the primary objectives of both was to ensure that all contracts between players and teams were signed in good faith. (Remember Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year deal? Kovalchuk would still have eight years left with New Jersey if the league hadn’t vetoed it.) This round of negotiations will likely address a number of new issues. The most prominent will concern signing bonuses. Signing bonuses were introduced as a carrot of sorts to players, but front offices and players have quickly realized their utility. Players love signing bonuses for a variety of reasons – they make contracts much more difficult to buy out, they tend to be paid out in lump sums on given calendar dates over the course of the year, are required to be paid out in the event the league shuts its doors (unlike straight salary), and have more favourable tax implications. As players search for more signing-bonus money, more of a divide cuts through the big-market (cash-rich) and small-market (cash-poor) teams. It’s a real issue, and one we will surely hear about as negotiations ramp up. The signing bonus issue has been talked about in the public domain for quite some time now, but there has been far less discussion about how long-term injured reserve (LTIR) has also had a circumventing effect on the league’s intentions with the CBA. The point of the LTIR clause (Article 50.10-50.10) was to offer relief in the event a player on a club became unfit to play for at least 24 calendar days and 10 NHL regular season games. The spirit of the clause is to offer teams a degree of temporary relief when an unexpected injury occurs. But as more and more teams catch on to the gaps in the current CBA, we see more strategic player acquisition. Consider the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators for a moment. The Leafs are a serious contender and are pressed against the salary cap this summer. That led to some initial confusion when the team traded for David Clarkson’s $5.2-million contract on July 23 – the same Clarkson who hasn’t played a game since the 2015-16 season. Clarkson’s contract is a paper one only, and has been for some time. But acquiring the large contract actually gave Toronto more space and flexibility. Leafs Nation’s brief explainer is worth noting here: “Depending on your projection of the opening day roster prior to the trade, the Leafs had roughly $9.5m to sign Mitch Marner. The problem was that if Marner wasn’t signed by Oct. 2, the Leafs would have no way to manoeuvre any closer to the cap than ~$3.5m, meaning they could not properly utilize LTIR and get full relief for Horton. This undercut the Leafs’ leverage, as they had to get a deal done by the end of training camp.” It’s worth mentioning that the only way Toronto was able to disentangle themselves from Clarkson’s contract in the first place was to take on Nathan Horton’s deal from Columbus. At the time of that trade, Toronto never had any belief that Horton would ever play for the team. The trade was entirely about acquiring a paper asset that would allow the team to exceed the salary cap by millions because of an injury that happened to Horton in April of 2014 – nearly a full year prior to the trade’s completion. On the other end of the spectrum are the Senators, a team barreling towards the lowest degree of financial commitment available. After acquiring Ryan Callahan from the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this week – the same Callahan who has all but confirmed his retirement from the league due to injury – the Senators have a whopping $15.3-million in LTIR. Depending on where RFA Colin White comes in, that LTIR number will be about half of what they are spending on their entire forward group and 20 per cent more than their entire defensive group to open the 2019-20 season. Though their motivations couldn’t be more different, both teams are stretching the limit of what the CBA is meant to allow for relief. To briefly summarize how discrepant this is, look at our opening night forecast of salary and cap obligations for the Ontario clubs: For a league that prides itself in carrying 31 competitive NHL franchises with very restrictive salary cap rules relative to their North American counterparts, I think it’s fair to say that none of Gary Bettman, Bill Daly or Donald Fehr had this in mind. Heading into the 2019-20 season, there is already about $50-million in LTIR money hanging around the league, with three teams (the aforementioned Toronto and Ottawa, as well as Detroit) carrying more than $10-million in injured money on the active roster. That number will increase as we inch closer to training camp. Relative to the amount of money tied up in signing bonuses, LTIR seems immaterial. But it still seems bad faith in the context of what the CBA was really trying to accomplish, particularly when we see players with no chance of returning to hockey being traded. Unless the parties get in front of this issue, we will continue to see cap trickery on this front. This was why I was posting about this - if this is a way to circumvent the cap why isn't it penalized like Luongo's contract was?
  10. Not according to the TSN article t’s almost time for Toronto Maple Leafs salary cap wizard Brandon Pridham to work his magic again. Every penny will count for the Leafs, who will be feeling the cap crunch this off-season with hockey’s loss of revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic likely to keep the cap flat at $81.5 million. Toronto’s 2020-21 roster has already begun to take shape with inexpensive additions in Russian forward Alexander Barabanov and Finnish defenceman Mikko Lehtonen. Plus rookie winger Nick Robertson could win a job up front with his scoring touch and entry-level salary. Yes, the contracts of Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci will come off the books. But the Leafs are also losing two critical pieces of their salary cap puzzle in Nathan Horton and David Clarkson. A Shakespearean tragedy could be written about those two star-crossed free-agent signings, both inked on July 5, 2013. They combined to play just 180 out of a possible 1,148 games over those total 14 contract years, with nearly 1,000 games on the injury list. Their contracts were been traded for each other, then Clarkson’s deal was later dealt to Vegas, before coming back to the Leafs in 2019 because Pridham could use it to Toronto’s advantage. The Maple Leafs flexed their financial muscle in a weight class all of their own this season. They spent more than $113 million in NHL salary alone, according to CapFriendly.com. No other NHL team was close to nine figures; only six others broke $90 million. Much of that was due to the enormous signing bonuses paid out to Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and John Tavares – the top three individual salaries in the league in 2019-20. They are also still paying 15 per cent of Phil Kessel’s salary for the next two seasons. But the Leafs actual full-season cap hits still amounted to north of $95 million, well above the $81.5 million cap. A big reason why the Maple Leafs were able to remain cap compliant was the long-term injury flexibility provided by Horton’s ($5.3 million) and Clarkson’s ($5.25 million) cap hits. By inching as close to the $81.5 million cap as possible – Pridham got them within $11,000 on the eve of the season – the Leafs were then allowed to exceed the cap by an amount equal to the nearly the full combined $10.55 million cap hits of those two long-injured players. That flexibility grew when Ilya Mikheyev and Andreas Johnsson went down with injuries and even allowed the Leafs to essentially purchase a 5th-round pick from Vegas to retain a portion of Robin Lehner’s salary ($249,000) on trade deadline day. Now, with Horton and Clarkson mercifully sliding into the sunset, the Leafs will likely be on the hunt for replacement LTIR contracts to enjoy the same cap benefits
  11. I think what frustrates many of us is they penalize teams for back diving contracts yet the Leafs continue to use this loop hole: https://www.tsn.ca/expect-the-toronto-maple-leafs-to-hunt-for-more-ltir-contracts-1.1475747
  12. Man that is one of the most dominant fights I have ever seen - props to Justin - WOW!!
  13. The only Dr to listen to when it comes to hockey is Dr Recchi
  14. All you need to do is look at Dr Henry;s credentials to see this woman knows what she is doing - she might just be the most qualified CMOH in all the provinces and I trust her judgement. Each province has a different approach to how they are testing and each has it merits but from what i have seen we are slowly - remember the goal is to not overwhelm our health facilities and so far so good
  15. Two things I wanted to comment on - I read Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff when it came out and after watching Trump running the country I fear a lot of what Michael said n his book is true. Trump does what Trump wants and doesn't listen to anyone - which would explain the current situation down there The second thing is the best Scotch hands down is OP!!!! ...........OP=other people's :D Seriously not a huge scotch drink - I am a huge Rum fan - currently mt two favs are Bumbu XO - fell in love with it when I stumbled across it when working in Winnipeg and a gift from my kids for my 50th birthday last year - El Dorado 21 yr old reserve - fantastic sipping rum. Back to scotch I have always been a fan of Aberlour 12 yr old
  16. Thats such a great point - I know a lot of people who preach about less government and free markets until it directly effects them and then they cry and moan asking "Why the government hasn't stepped in"
  17. He's always been my favourite player and in my opinion best goal scorer ever hands down - c'mon nobody has ever matched his 9 CONSECUTIVE 50 goal seasons. Not Gretzky, not Ovi - no one. And he was all class to top it off. Man when he came down the wing look out:
  18. Ummmm isn't the population of Seoul 10 million not 38 million - what an idiot he is lol
  19. I am sure it has been mentioned in the past 140 pages but I am not opposed to moving Brock for picks and prospects and re-signing Toffoli. I think Tyler brings way more to the top 6 - yes he is older but he brings a much tougher element to the 1st line along with JT and I also think Jake will find a role in the top 6.
  20. Lets not kid ourselves or be too hard on this team - we are at best a Wild Card entry and likely quick 1st round exit team. The goal now is just make the damn playoffs :) surrender that 1st rounder for JT and move forward 

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    2. RetroCanuck


      I always thought this was a borderline playoff team that'd probably just miss out. I definitely think this is a playoff team next year though.


      Wouldn't hurt my feeling to just miss out on the playoffs this year yet be competitive for them year round. Also gives us a top 15 pick in a deep first round

    3. Phil_314


      Yeah that wouldn't be the worst, to keep a top-15 pick.  Maybe Toffoli also walks but likes his time here so he signs as a free agent and so we wouldn't give up the 4th either.

      Guess the kids just have to chalk one up for learning then.

    4. NewbieCanuckFan


      If Toffoli walks he'll get a large offer (as do many UFAs) that we can't compete with.  Being close to LA is a big plus for us.  Not being able to offer him a ton of money is a negative.

  21. So we sit in 3rd place in our division - have games in hand on teams in front and behind but if we lose today we miss the playoffs???? I am confused. Lets stop kidding ourselves - the boys have been playing above expectations all year and JB went out and grabbed Toffoli to help try and keep the momentum - team is missing several key pieces and Demko needs to find his game HOWEVER saying this is a pivotal game that makes or breaks their playoff hopes is a bit of a stretch. The home stand coming up will play a huge role in us either making or missing the playoffs. How about a little bit of support for the team rather than tire fire sky is falling rhetoric - oh wait its CDC Awesome GDT Deb
  22. Is there any more of Jekyll and Hyde site devoted to the Canucks than CDC If Benning doesn't make this trade and someone like Edmonton or Calgary did it would be the opposite reaction as some are having today OMG BENNING are you sleeping???? Fire him etc etc I like the move - get to the playoffs and see what happens - try to resign the kid and give Tampa a non lottery 1st rnd pick and complete the Miller deal.
  23. oilers are winning the games they need to - extra impressive as they are missing McDavid and Kassian (God I hate the Coilers)