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About Ray_Cathode

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  1. Matt Brassard | D

    Skating isn’t learned in games, it’s learned in training, power skating, etc.
  2. Matt Brassard | D

    Well, Chris Tanev was in a league even lower in Ontario as an overage and didn’t do too badly.
  3. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    Not really: “As of January 2018, the IOC had sanctioned 43 Russian athletes from the 2014 Winter Olympics and banned them from competing in the 2018 edition and all other future Olympic Games as part of the Oswald Commission. All but one of these athletes appealed against their bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court overturned the sanctions on 28 athletes meaning that their Sochi medals and results are reinstated but decided that there was sufficient evidence against 11 athletes to uphold their Sochi sanctions. The IOC said in a statement that "the result of the CAS decision does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will be invited to the Games. Not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation" and that "this [case] may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping". The IOC found it important to note that CAS Secretary General "insisted that the CAS decision does not mean that these 28 athletes are innocent" and that they would consider an appeal against the court's decision. The court also decided that none of the 39 athletes should be banned from all future Olympic Games, but only the 2018 Games. 3 Russian athletes are still waiting for their hearing which will be conducted after the 2018 Games. From Wikipedia A reading of the following gives a greater indication of the level of Russian cheating and lack of co-operation into the investigation: http://nationalpost.com/sports/olympics/russia-resorts-to-bluster-to-defend-itself-from-doping-allegations-without-refuting-any-of-the-damning-evidence
  4. [PGT] Florida Panthers vs. Vancouver Canucks

    So long as Henrik and Daniel are racking up massive minuses (even Boeser went negative playing with them), and considering how miserable they are in their own zone, it is hard tell how bad our D is. Forwards are a large part of pursuit and coverage in their own zone and Henrik and Daniel have a hard time pursuing a stationary object. Horvat is a solid defensive forward on a team where he has a significant defensive roll. Even Sutter and Ericksson are basically even +/- even though they get the tough defensive assignments. It would be instructive to know who ,the D was on the ice with when hey picked up their minuses over the course of the year. I have my suspicions. The Sedins no longer create enough offence to justify another season. When Gaudette is done with college this year, he should play here and Henrik should go for an early summer break - let’s see how we are without a massive millstone around our player’s necks.
  5. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    They weren’t punished, they are playing, but not as the ‘official’ Russian team. Of course everything in Russia outside of Moscow is ‘official’, in Moscow official means doing whatever it takes.
  6. Jonathan Dahlén | C/LW

    The existing prospect pool is unlikely to positively affect our defence in any significant way. Of course, with the deep pool of quality D available in this draft, it could have a positive effect a couple of years hence. Also, getting younger, more skilled and faster at center CAN have a very positive effect own zone coverage. The zamboni would be a positive change for Henrik in his own zone - so there is that. I’d rather Demko came up after we have improved our defensive play.
  7. Nikita Tryamkin | D

    Maybe Tryamkin just refused to take performance enhancing drugs - didn’t the inquiry show that taking them was mandartory for Olympic athletes: -https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ban-russia-from-the-olympics/2017/11/30/e968dd10-d556-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.28527e1140e5
  8. Phillip Holm | D

    Virtanen’s last NHL goal was a very confident goal. There Is no issue of confidence, why make one up?
  9. Olli Juolevi | D

    Any chance this is a punishment for speaking out against the coaches at the world juniors?
  10. Zack MacEwen | C

    If it means losing prospects to waivers, don’t bring back the Sedins or Vanek, waive Gagner - even if we have to pay him big bucks to play in the AHL (if he clears waivers). Let’s stop pretending we aren’t in a full rebuild. We are. We cannot afford to lose prospects to provide a retirement home for has beens.
  11. Kole Lind | RW

    How about Hyman Matthews Nylander? Cagguila McDavid Draisaitl? Domi Dvorak Duclair? Mantha-Larkin-Athanasiou line earlier which had an average of 22.3 years old I think your objection is irrelevant with regard to facts. Many young players now days have been very well coached and many are also extremely fit compared to earlier times.
  12. Kole Lind | RW

    Do you mean as opposed to the disaster that is already happening? N/it arguing for that particular line though.
  13. Kole Lind | RW

    I seriously doubt they will put a player in whom they want to cultivate offence on a line where offence goes to die. In addition, Sutter’s role has been entirely defensive, which means playing against the other teams best offensive line - that would hardly be ‘sheltering’ Pettersson’.
  14. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

    Completely agree that the roots of this lie in previous management and in ownership. I believe that picking up Erickson was entirely due to ownerships pressure on management to remain ‘competitive’ and ownership’s absurd belief that throwing a few bucks on the sinking fireship that is this team, would do anything other than fuel the fire. Unfortunately, the ‘rebuild’, was compromised by giving up draft picks to feed ownership’s fain hopes - Vey come to mind here. I think this also came to play in the Kesler deal; if we were committed to rebuild, when Kesler shrank his list down to one team, Benning would have been able to use that opportunity tp tell Kesler to pound sand, and wait him out. Anaheim had two first picks that year, one of which, I believe was 10th overall. We got the lower of their two picks. Kesler, at that time, was our most valuable asset and we got precious little for him because Benning’s hands were tied. But it was ownership that tied his hands.
  15. [PGT] Vancouver Canucks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

    The reality is, in spite of all the posturing, we are terrible. Yay for us! Tonight, other than Edler, the vets never showed up. A quick look in the standings says we are now fourth from last, holding on by a single point, and everyone below us won! Yahoo! And Boeser got a goal! Things are wonderful! Despite all of the efforts by management and ownership to keep us in the hunt, we are out of it because of sheer incompetence... truly wonderful! Now, how do we tie up Bettman's hands so that he can't rig the draft lottery again?