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  1. This has to go down as one of the most memorable post-game interviews ever. I laughed out loud last night when I saw it and then again this morning when I remembered it. I think everybody knew that clip was going to go viral, and you just know the boys gave it to him after. Tequilaaaaa Tanev what a beaut.
  2. As a fan, I love these little glimpses into team dynamics. JT Miller is a beauty. Look how stoked Huggy is when he calls his name. Also, did I hear "Tequila Tanev"?
  3. I remember being livid at the time because it seemed like the Bruins would get the calls when the score was close, and then the Canucks would finally get their PPs late in the game when the game was beyond reach. I even remember thinking the refs were purposefully calling the game that way so they could point to the same stats you pointed to to justify calling a fair game. That series felt like a total fix at the time, but I wonder if I’d feel the same way if I re-watched it now. Too bad I have no desire to re-open those old wounds!
  4. I was surprised how quickly that was pushed under the rug. It’s difficult to believe it ended there and nothing more was done, but I am sure everybody involved learned a lot from those leaks. That incident was full blown corruption at worst, and extremely unprofessional at best. Either way, he should’ve resigned or been fired for harming the integrity of the league. We can only hope things have improved since then, but that 2011 series definitely didn’t inspire optimism.
  5. Part II is up today: https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks-best-team-history-part-2/ I really enjoyed both of these articles, despite having to re-live some painful memories. I can't help but wonder whether Bieksa's new career, and his relationships with some of the mainstream media, is helping change how that 2011 team is portrayed in the media. Whatever the reason, it's refreshing to see. For those of you who haven't read either article, I urge you to do so. They are essentially just a compilation of quotes from a variety of team personalities over the years, including players, coaches, management, trainers, and staff. Part I deals with the team's rise to 2011, and Part II deals with the 2011 season and fallout. The highlight of these articles, for me, was the insight into team chemistry and organizational culture. Watching the team at the time, it was obvious how close the players were. The comradery was evident not only on the ice but also in any video produced by the team during those years. This article only builds upon that. It seems like this team really had a lasting impact on all of the players, even those who were only with the team for a short time. People who were frustrated with their individual situation (e.g. Keith Ballard) clearly still have a lot of respect for that team. Furthermore, the article provides some insight regarding organizational alignment and the culture around the team. It seems like everybody knew their role, everybody was on board with management's vision of the team, everybody communicated honestly, and everybody was given an opportunity to be heard. While Mike Gillis may have had some shortcomings, he definitely deserves praise for building the culture that enabled this team to be great. These articles were also painful to read. It's clear these people are still hurting and have regrets about how everything unfolded. I get the sense a lot of them feel like they were competing against the Bruins AND the league, but they are competitors and look inward for things they could have done differently rather than make excuses. Depth defenceman Aaron Rome is still carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders because he believes he was solely responsible for the loss. If there was any doubt, this article makes clear just how much heart and competitiveness that whole team had. These guys gave everything they had for us and should be celebrated.
  6. I don't chime in too often, but I feel like I need to in this thread to make three points. 1) As a society, we need to re-evaluate how we react to people who say things we don't like. 2) Don Cherry deserves to be let go for his failure to remedy the situation. 3) Ron MacLean failed to perform his role. In a conversation, it's the speaker's responsibility to communicate their thoughts effectively to their audience. However, the ability to communicate effectively requires a lot of skill/knowledge/experience/etc. This means A LOT of people do not effectively communicate what they intend on their first attempt, if at all. Therefore, while the speaker must do their best to communicate effectively, the listener must also do their best to understand the speaker's point. This sometimes requires withholding judgment until the situation can be clarified. Don Cherry did not communicate effectively. Regardless of whether he was speaking about immigrants or city dwellers, Don offended some people because he did not accurately convey his point. The people who were offended were entitled to say they were offended and why. Without the offended speaking up, people would struggle to know when they are being disrespectful. However, the offended need to be more patient. Not everybody is bad, and not everybody speaks 100% accurately all of the time. It's only fair and respectful to allow the offending person the opportunity to either commit to their statement or amend it appropriately (rather than, for example, clamouring for somebody to be fired on Twitter). In this case, Don had that opportunity. He made the statement on Saturday and was fired on Monday. He could have apologized for offending people at any point, even if he did not mean to, and then clarify his statement. However, he didn't and that's why he deserves to be let go. Ron MacLean let Don down though. Don is an 85 year-old hockey man. Nobody should expect this man to consistently convey his thoughts effectively. For this reason, he probably should've retired or not been brought back years ago. However, he's a Canadian icon and was kept on. As Don's sidekick, Ron's only job was to keep Don on track and in line. In this case, Ron should have recognized Don made an edgy comment. He should have prompted Don to clarify his statement immediately. Instead, he just nodded along. While he may not deserve to be fired because he owned up to his mistake, he deserves to feel at least partially responsible for Don's job loss.
  7. I'm honestly dumbfounded as to how anybody enjoyed The Last Jedi. That movie was trash in so many different ways that I wouldn't be able to list them all even if I tried. If you enjoyed it, good for you. R.I.P. Star Wars
  8. Pettersson clearly has some skill but he's played softer than I'd like to see all tourney. I hope he gains the confidence to take pucks back with authority when he bulks up. Looks like he could be a player though, and I'll be cheering for the kid.
  9. This episode was one of those rare times a fictional story made me feel like somebody punched me in the stomach.
  10. Kirkland has the biggest set of stones. This team is the team of destiny and I hate them for it.
  11. Tough break tonight. Kelowna got the luckiest of goals to get on the board and give them some life early in the 3rd. Off a stick off a dman off the post, and as the dman goes to clear the puck it skips and he knocks it in. Then the Royals ice it with 30 secs left, 3 steps from the red line. Try to eat the clock along the boards, epic battles, crowd counting down the seconds. With a second left the puck is jarred loose and thrown to Kirkland on the far point who has ice in his veins and the biggest stones ever as he decides to step around the shot blocker rather than one timing it. As the crowd yells zero Kirkland picks top corner with 0.2 seconds left. Both teams come out charged in overtime, Kelowna is throwing every puck on net while the Royals are putting nice plays together but can't hit the net. Eventually Kelowna squeaks a greasey one five hole on a confusing flurry following a defensive zone turnover. Tough luck, but that's the way it goes sometimes. Props to Kirkland for carrying his team in this series. Tyson Baillie is a punk though.
  12. So is this where Nikita Tryamkin jokes go now?
  13. Having starship troopers on your list only makes you more credible.
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