mephnick

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  1. Yakupov and his agent will take anything they're offered or Nail won't be playing in the NHL ever again. No team in the league is desperate enough to promise the guy top 6 minutes.
  2. Guys like Joe Sakic are on record as saying they'd never consider playing in a Canadian market, especially Vancouver in Joe's case, because of all the media distraction. It's a much better lifestyle playing in Anaheim or something, going to play your game, making your money and then not being stopped at every restaurant you go to for a soundbite.
  3. Yeah, please don't copy the best, most popular sport in the world. It has nothing of value to add to our woefully unpopular game. Every other major sport has calls that can simply switch possession, and this isn't even that major, it's not a bad idea to theorize about.
  4. Yep, it's going to be weird when the California teams are all rebuilding or underwhelming and the Alberta teams are strong. The Pacific could be pretty weak for 3-5 years coming up here which gives us a decent shot at playoffs in that window. Maybe near the end of that we can think about contending for a Cup.
  5. The most important things teams can do is keep their contending windows open. Who knows? Two years from now a good but weaker Caps team may avoid their dragons of Pittsburgh and New York, make it to the final and beat a Cinderella West team who shouldn't be there. Hell, could be a cakewalk. You can't panic and blow up a window just because the internet makes fun of you. Look at Anaheim, they broke their dismal game 7 record last night. Should they have blown up the team last summer?
  6. They definitely went all in this year because they have a lot of free agents in the summer, but they're still a deep strong team and they'll do what Chicago, Pittsburgh, etc do and retool. They'll lose some guys, but other free agents will be willing to sign to pad their numbers with Ovi and Backstrom. They might not be as strong in the regular season for the next few years but the window is by no means closed. Panicking and selling off all-stars is the dumbest thing Washington could do.
  7. Pretty much. You get your window to contend for a Cup and you hope you win it. Some teams get longer windows than others from franchise players and win multiples (Detroit, New Jersey, Chicago, Colorado, Pittsburgh). Some teams get long windows and manage 1 Cup (Anaheim, Dallas) and some "waste" it all (Washington, New York, San Jose). Some teams only get a few seasons in contention but manage to pull out a win (Boston, Tampa and LA were really only strong contenders for 2-3 years around their wins, LA impressively managed to win 2 in their 3 seasons of relevance). Some get a few seasons as contenders and don't make the most of their chances (here's WCE Canucks and Sedin Canucks, Ottawa circa 2007, etc). Others have a crazy run one year and win it all out of the blue (Carolina). There's no way of knowing which Canucks window will finally be successful, but there will be future windows. We'll have another set of seasons like the WCE era and the Sedin era. You just have to actually have to stay healthy, get some good matchups and have a little luck.
  8. I've been to Toronto many times and I may as well have been in a different country. Why should I cheer for Toronto? I might as well cheer for Tampa Bay. I have no reason to care about either city.
  9. Did he give 1 or 2? I always though Pittsburgh was on the list as well. Not that that makes it any better..
  10. Oh I know, I watched it. So it doesn't work anyway. Sabers fans would probably be less salty if it was just a snap on ice decision that was wrong rather than a studied decision that was still wrong. Another reason to not even bother.
  11. As a soccer purist I consider wrong calls to be an inherent part of sports. I think instant replay takes a little bit of the magic away from important events. Missed/wrong calls are part of many legendary sporting moments. Would it have been better for soccer if Maradona's Hand of God delayed the game for 10 minutes and then was called back? It's now a famous play in soccer history that will never be forgotten. Maybe it would have been better if Hull's goal had be called back....but we're still talking about it. Isn't that more fun as a (non-Sabers) sports fan?
  12. The difference between 1-10 this year may actually be non-existent, so who cares? No one is getting a franchise player, we're all getting a solid player. We won't know who should have gone top 3 for 5 years.
  13. Anyone saying Crow must be too young to remember him coaching here. The guy was a nightmare for young players. He's the opposite of what we want.
  14. I haven't heard anything negative about Patrick's attitude. Just because he's had some injuries doesn't automatically make him some flake.
  15. Uh, Chara was arguably considered the best all-round defenseman in the league for the four or five years leading up to that Cup run. The game has passed him by now but he was dominant for quite a few years. He was easily a superstar in 2011.