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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby willmma » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:33 am

willmma wrote:How the hell does Boston have 4 games in hand against the leafs. when are they going to play them.

Hopefully they will be exhausted when we face them in the first round. :grin:



Well we have about 5 weeks left in the season and Boston has 5 games in hand.

That said, the honeymoon is over for Boston, starting the passed Saturday Feb 24th, the Bruins will play pretty much every other night. a crazy tough schedule 24 games in 44 nights leading up to the playoffs. Enjoy the ride!
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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby exsanguinator » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:24 pm

Boston is still gonna do better than whatever the fuck it is the Flames are doing.
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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby bruins2012 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:18 am

The B’s look good. So do the Leafs and hoping the Flames can go on a little run.

Let’s take a moment to all laugh at Peter Chirelli and Claude Julian. :lol:

The Canadians hate Claude.....as did all the players on the Bruins. When he came back to Boston none of the players could even muster up a single nice thing to say about him when interviewed. He sat all the young players, allowed for no creativity and played a basic D to D behind-the-net breakout. Do the Canadians look about the same? Yup.

And look at the shit show Chirelli has turned the Oilers into in just 2 years. Still no D. Could have had Barzel but instead traded for Griffin. The Lucie contract looks horrible as anyone from Boston or LA could have told you when he signed. Look at Taylor Hall right now and him crediting the organization of New Jersey for his growth and their competence. Peter couldn’t even pry away a single draft pick for Hall along side Larson (who is a fine D). And how does Strome for Eberle look now?

Fire him for fucks sake. How he got another job I’ll never know.



And it’s been a great year of hockey so far.......but let’s put an end to the “loser” point and get some more separation in the standings between the shiity teams, mediocre teams, and the best teams. :tup:








And fuck this playoff format where Boston and Toronto face off in the first round, only to be rewarded with Pittsburgh most likely in the next round.


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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby bruins2012 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:57 am

(1) Goalie Development vs (8) Kirills are gone

Goalie Development

The Islanders and New York Jets have a lot in common, both play second fiddle, can’t seem to get out of their own way and have failed to develop a long-term franchise goaltender/quarterback since winning their last championship.

Snow has contributed the futility, drafting eight goaltenders (Mikko Koskinen, Anders Nilsson, Cody Rosen, Stephon Williams, Eamon McAdam, Ilya Sorokin and Linus Soderstrom) during his reign. Of the eight, only three (Poulin, Koskinen, Nilsson) suited up for the Islanders. McAdam is the only one currently playing in the organization.

Kevin Poulin has had the most success, if you can call it that, won 18 games in 50 starts. Snow is hedging his bets on either Ilya Sorokin or Linus Soderstrom, both drafted in 2014. Soderstrom signed his ELC and will head to the U.S. next season. Sorokin, well that’s another story.

Kirills Are Gone

Garth clearly was a Kirill seeker as he drafted, not one, but two players with the first name Kirill. Petrov was drafted 73rd overall in the 2008 draft and Kabanov went 65th overall in the 2010 draft.

Neither Kirill made it past Bridgeport. Kabanov played two seasons in the AHL, netting five goals. Snow bought out Kabanov before the final season of his entry-level contract, although Kababov claimed that it was his decision to head back to Russia.

It was a surprise when Petrov signed his ELC and came over to America for the start of the 2015-16 season. He didn’t make the team out of camp and headed to Bridgeport. Very few thought that we would accept the assignment. His time lasted just 13 games. A broken foot which occurred during pregame warmups was part of his disappointing time with in Bridgeport. He returned to Russia in December of 2015.

Just like that, the Kirills were gone.

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(2) Thomas Vanek Traded vs (7) Brian Rolston Trade

Thomas Vanek Traded

Thomas Vanek immediately gave the Islanders a boost when he came over in that shocking trade with Buffalo. Vanek, John Tavares and Kyle Okposo formed the hottest line during Vanek’s tenure. In 47 games, Vanek had 17 goals and 27 assists.

When negotiations began for a contract extensions, Vanek turned down a reported seven-year, $50-million deal. With the team out of contention at the deadline, Snow looked to shop Vanek.

He consistently stated that testing unrestricted free agency was his goal, though he said a week before the deadline that he might have considered accepting the Islanders’ offer if they were a better team. Ouch.

The clock marched towards the 3pm deadline. Snow couldn’t find an offer that recouped the first-round pick he used to acquire Vanek. He ended up taking a second-round pick and Sebastian Collberg.

Brian Rolston Trade

Snow acquired the veteran forward and his $5M contract to help bring the Islanders to the salary-cap floor.

"That's secondary and it didn't even come in my thought process," Snow said when asked about the salary-cap implications.

Sure Garth, sure.

Rolston's days of 30+goals per season were long behind him. It clearly showed. He scored four goals in 49 games and failed to find any chemistry with his line mates, most notably Matt Martin and Josh Bailey. Rolston and Mike Mottau, who made the NIT Garth Madness, were traded to Boston.

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(3) Mikhail Grabovski Signing vs (6) P.A. Parenteau Waived

Mikhail Grabovski Signing

Snow waited until day two of free agency in 2014 to make his splash, signing forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four-year deals.

Grabovski had 13 goals and 22 assists in 58 games for Washington in 2013-14 after being bought out of a five-year, $27.5-million deal by Toronto after just one season on that contract.

The team’s hope was for Grabovski to be the team’s second-line Center. When he was on the ice, good things happened, problem was, staying on the ice. He missed 55 games the first two years with various injuries and the entire 2016-17 season with a concussion.

He was included in a deal to Vegas at the expansion draft and has yet to play.

P.A. Parenteau Waived

Snow brought back an old friend in P.A. Parenteau, signing a one-year deal. The plan was to reunite Parenteau and John Tavares, who enjoyed success playing together during their two seasons.

With Tavares at the World Cup, the newly formed first line of Parenteau, Tavares and Andrew Ladd played just one game during last season’s preseason.

Snow then surprised everyone by waiving Parenteau a couple of days before the season started. He felt Shane Prince and Alan Quine was more valuable to have on the roster. We all know J.F. Berube had a permanent spot on the roster.

Parenteau was quickly claimed by the Devils and had a decent season before being traded to Nashville at the deadline.

Jason Chimera filled Parenteau’s spot on the first line. As you won’t expect, the first line struggled




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(4) Rick DiPietro Contract vs (5) Not Signing Jared Spurgeon

Rick DiPietro Contract

he Summer of 2006 was one of the most eventful in Islanders history. Neil Smith was fired after six weeks on the job and Snow hung up his pad to replace him as the general manager. His first move was a doozy, signing goaltender Rick DiPietro to an NHL-record 15-year contract which would pay him $4.5M annually.

To be fair to Garth, former Islanders majority owner Charles Wang was the brains behind the deal. The deal would haven take DiPietro to age 40. DiPietro’s deal topped the ten-year contract Wang gave Alexi Yashin, who was also bought out.

The first overall pick in the 2000 draft was a top-ten goaltender when he signed the deal. Unfortunately injuries derailed his career, playing 50 games in the last five years of his career. He was placed on waivers in February 2013 and to no one’s surprise, went unclaimed. He spent time with Bridgeport. In 18 games with the Sound Tigers, DiPietro was 9-9-0, with a 2.93 goal against average and .893 save percentage.

Snow bought out DiPietro in July 2013. As part of the buyout, DiPietro will receive $1.5 million annually through 2029. The money does not count against the salary cap.

Not Signing Jared Spurgeon

Snow had 13 selections in the 2008 draft and selected the undersized defenseman in the 6th round. A team has the rights to a draft pick for two years if taken from Canadian juniors. Snow opted not to sign Spurgeon and three others from the 2008 draft, including two player already in the bracket, Cody Rosen and Corey Trivino.

Spurgeon was invited to the Minnesota Wild training camp and earned a contract. He has played over 500 NHL games, netting over 200 points. Think Garth could use him right about the now?

Consider the 2008 draft the ACC of this bracket.


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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby KOdestruction » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:12 pm

bruins2012 wrote:The B’s look good. So do the Leafs and hoping the Flames can go on a little run.

Let’s take a moment to all laugh at Peter Chirelli and Claude Julian. :lol:

The Canadians hate Claude.....as did all the players on the Bruins. When he came back to Boston none of the players could even muster up a single nice thing to say about him when interviewed. He sat all the young players, allowed for no creativity and played a basic D to D behind-the-net breakout. Do the Canadians look about the same? Yup.

And look at the shit show Chirelli has turned the Oilers into in just 2 years. Still no D. Could have had Barzel but instead traded for Griffin. The Lucie contract looks horrible as anyone from Boston or LA could have told you when he signed. Look at Taylor Hall right now and him crediting the organization of New Jersey for his growth and their competence. Peter couldn’t even pry away a single draft pick for Hall along side Larson (who is a fine D). And how does Strome for Eberle look now?


That Eberle for Strome deal was atrocious from the start. Eberle was coming off his worst season of his career which was still better than Strome's BEST. Not to mention Eberle had a career low shooting percentage last year (by a lot) so he was always gonna bounce back.
Hall for Larsson I actually kinda understood at the time. We had some good forwards and our defense was absolute garbage and everyone in the league knew it and was trying to fleece us. The habs reportedly asked for Klefbom/Nurse (one of them, not both), Draisaitl, and our 2016 first round pick (which turned into Puljujarvi) for Subban. I love PK and he's definitely better than Larsson but Klefbom, Draisaitl, & Puljujarvi for P.K. Subban?? That's a way worse overpay than Hall for Larsson. Chiarelli was in a shit situation where he either had to overpay for a Dman or stand pat and keep the garbage roster he had.

The Eberle for Strome trade and the Reinhart tard are inexcusable though lol

Sidenote: look how many names you mispelled :lol: the disrespect is real

bruins2012 wrote:And it’s been a great year of hockey so far.......but let’s put an end to the “loser” point and get some more separation in the standings between the shiity teams, mediocre teams, and the best teams. :tup:


I like the 3 point system. 3 points for a win in regulation, 2 points for OT/SO win, 1 point for OT/SO loss, 0 points for regulation loss. At least that way, every game is worth the same amount of points and it also adds incentive to going for the win late in the 3rd as opposed to laying back and stalling for that OT point.
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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby bruins2012 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:29 pm

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bruins2012 wrote:The B’s look good. So do the Leafs and hoping the Flames can go on a little run.

Let’s take a moment to all laugh at Peter Chirelli and Claude Julian. :lol:

The Canadians hate Claude.....as did all the players on the Bruins. When he came back to Boston none of the players could even muster up a single nice thing to say about him when interviewed. He sat all the young players, allowed for no creativity and played a basic D to D behind-the-net breakout. Do the Canadians look about the same? Yup.

And look at the shit show Chirelli has turned the Oilers into in just 2 years. Still no D. Could have had Barzel but instead traded for Griffin. The Lucie contract looks horrible as anyone from Boston or LA could have told you when he signed. Look at Taylor Hall right now and him crediting the organization of New Jersey for his growth and their competence. Peter couldn’t even pry away a single draft pick for Hall along side Larson (who is a fine D). And how does Strome for Eberle look now?


That Eberle for Strome deal was atrocious from the start. Eberle was coming off his worst season of his career which was still better than Strome's BEST. Not to mention Eberle had a career low shooting percentage last year (by a lot) so he was always gonna bounce back.
Hall for Larsson I actually kinda understood at the time. We had some good forwards and our defense was absolute garbage and everyone in the league knew it and was trying to fleece us. The habs reportedly asked for Klefbom/Nurse (one of them, not both), Draisaitl, and our 2016 first round pick (which turned into Puljujarvi) for Subban. I love PK and he's definitely better than Larsson but Klefbom, Draisaitl, & Puljujarvi for P.K. Subban?? That's a way worse overpay than Hall for Larsson. Chiarelli was in a shit situation where he either had to overpay for a Dman or stand pat and keep the garbage roster he had.

The Eberle for Strome trade and the Reinhart tard are inexcusable though lol

Sidenote: look how many names you mispelled :lol: the disrespect is real

bruins2012 wrote:And it’s been a great year of hockey so far.......but let’s put an end to the “loser” point and get some more separation in the standings between the shiity teams, mediocre teams, and the best teams. :tup:


I like the 3 point system. 3 points for a win in regulation, 2 points for OT/SO win, 1 point for OT/SO loss, 0 points for regulation loss. At least that way, every game is worth the same amount of points and it also adds incentive to going for the win late in the 3rd as opposed to laying back and stalling for that OT point.



I blame my iPad for all the spelling mistakes. :P

Larson for Hall looks like a shit deal now and when he made it, it was justifiable but everyone knew he still got fleeced. He is a shit GM. He did so many horrible contracts in Boston. He has not made one good move. But hey, I see Lucic just ended his 25(?) game goalless drought.

The loser points are ruining the league. There is no separation in the standings because so many teams get a loser point for doing nothing except lose the game. Get rid of it......and change the playoff format. Go back to 1 vs 8.

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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby bruins2012 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:24 pm

Don’t worry, beloved Oilers fans, another franchise has suffered the same pain you feel right now. A ten-year run with the Boston Bruins started off promising and peaked with a Stanley Cup victory in 2011. However, as successful as his time in Boston was for a while, Chiarelli pulled off some absolute stinkers that Bruins fans still lament to this day. Chiarelli was canned by the organization he won a Stanley Cup with just four seasons after the feat, and these failed deals likely played a big part:

In July of 2013, the Bruins shipped out All-Star forward and elite scorer Tyler Seguin along with Rich Peverely and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson and three prospects including Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Frazer. Boston has no one on their roster left from that deal, while Seguin has turned into a top-10 NHLer.

Chiarelli parted ways with now two-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel for a couple first round picks and a second-rounder. The return in the deal was actually great, as two of those picks turned into Seguin and now-Flames blueliner Dougie Hamilton. However, Chiarelli flipped Seguin himself and incoming GM Don Sweeney traded Hamilton, leaving not much return left for one of the game’s great snipers in Kessel.

Blake Wheeler, now captain of the Winnipeg Jets and one of the team’s best offensive talents, was flipped to Atlanta for Rich Peverly. I’m just going to leave that one there.

Johnny Boychuck to the Islanders for a bag of pucks.

And Peter loves giving NMC in all his contracts. :tup:

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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby bruins2012 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:30 pm

The NHL Overtime Loser Point is For Losers


The point awarded to teams after losing a game in overtime may keep more clubs in the playoff hunt, but it also lessens the quality of the regular season.

As of Thursday morning, 26 of 30 teams in the NHL are at the league's version of .500, which is a mangled, bastardized version of the term .500. Because the NHL rewards teams one point for not losing after 60 minutes, only Colorado, Arizona, Winnipeg and Buffalo have fewer points than games played.

There is one obvious reason for this—the loser point, which has eroded the quality of hockey from the inside.

A tie game with five or 10 minutes to go in the third period should be exciting; instead, teams play it safe because they dare not lose that free point that comes from making it through regulation without losing.

If you don't think teams have that mindset, listen to St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who will move into third place on the all-time wins list with three more victories.

"I like when you are playing all out, all the way," Hitchcock told the Boston Globe. "But I've got to tell you as a coach, if there's five minutes left in the game, and it's tied, I'm not necessarily thinking about winning it. I want at least a point. A lot of coaches think like that. We have to think like that. Because to get zero points in a tie game with 10 minutes left is devastating.

"If you can put more value in it, I am all for it. But to me, right now when there's 10 minutes left in a hockey game I want that one point, at least. I've got to have it. That's how you get in the playoffs."

Imagine this in football. It's 17-17, 45 seconds to play. A team has the ball on its own 25 with three timeouts remaining. Instead of running the hurry-up offense, they take three knees to get to overtime to get a loser point. Or maybe there's three minutes to go, and your rookie quarterback has been shaky, and you decide you're playing for one first down to get to overtime.

You'd hate that league.

How can we fix this? There are two options.

1. The 3-2-1 points system. You've heard it a million times, and people love it—three points for a 60-minute victory, two points for an overtime/shootout victory, one point for losing after regulation. The concept is simple: if teams know there's a third point on the line, a reward for winning in regulation that is greater than the reward for winning after regulation, their feet will remain on the gas until the third period horn sounds.

This sounds like a wonderful idea, except for the fact it would be even worse than the current system.

Think about how conservatively teams play when they're tied in the third period because they don't want to let one point slip away; now think about how much tighter to the vest teams would play if they knew one mistake would result in a three-point swing instead of a two-point swing.

The 3-2-1 system would suck the life out of any divisional matchups and most intra-conference games. If the Montreal Canadiens and Bruins have 69 points and are tied 2-2 with four minutes to go, there's no way their coaches will risk a scenario that leaves them three points back in the standings at game's end. They'll coast to overtime, where the worst-case scenario becomes falling behind 71-70 in the standings.

The NHL's loser point exists solely to keep bad teams closer to the playoffs for a longer period of time. This appeals to owners who want fans coming to their arenas, and also to coaches who are almost universally conservative. For the second group, the fear of giving away three points would supersede the thrill of capturing three points.

Ken Hitchcock loves stylish hats and loser points. Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

So if not the 3-2-1 system, what's the answer?

2. The 2-0 system. This is a pretty wild idea, so feel free to re-read this as often as necessary. I lack a degree in mathematics or statistical probability, so maybe my computations won't make sense. Hit me up on Twitter if none of this is clear. OK? Here goes.

The team that wins in regulation or overtime gets two points; the team that loses in regulation or overtime gets zero points. There is no shootout.

To further simplify, one team gets a win, one team gets a loss.

It's radical, I know, but I've seen this win-loss thing work in the NBA, MLB and NFL for decades, and they are the three most popular sports leagues in North America. Maybe someone at the NHL can work directly with the other leagues to learn how the win-loss idea works.

The principle is simple—when the consequences are all or nothing, you have nothing to lose by going all out for the win, which in turn creates the most exciting possible version of the sport. Some historians say the NHL used this format to some success in the past, but the old league scrolls have been lost to time, which means this way of deciding games is merely the stuff of legends.

Oh right, ties. You probably want to know about ties.

They're negotiable. We can either play 3-on-3 overtime until someone scores, or call it a tie after five minutes and give each team one point. The former creates edge-of-your-seat hockey; the latter can lead to conservative play in overtime. So give me 3-on-3 overtime, with all its flaws. As long as a third point isn't being awarded for not losing in regulation, we can talk about anything as a solution.

It's also odd how everyone agrees the product is better in the playoffs, when there is no loser point, yet the NHL uses that same point to practically sabotage its product during the six months before the postseason. Using a 2-0 system won't cause regular season games to feel like playoff games, but it will make the first 82 games more interesting. And that should be hockey's goal.

Instead, we're stuck with a system that allows Buffalo Sabres ownership to tell fans they are a .500 club if they beat the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. What's the point in that?


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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby exsanguinator » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:02 pm

Keep the shootout for the 2-0 idea. Remove sudden death from regular season overtime: teams play the whole five minutes 3-on-3 regardless of how many goals are scored... Keep the seeding the same: ROW is the tiebreaker, shootout wins still get you two points.
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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby willmma » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:30 pm

bruins2012 wrote:Don’t worry, beloved Oilers fans, another franchise has suffered the same pain you feel right now. A ten-year run with the Boston Bruins started off promising and peaked with a Stanley Cup victory in 2011. However, as successful as his time in Boston was for a while, Chiarelli pulled off some absolute stinkers that Bruins fans still lament to this day. Chiarelli was canned by the organization he won a Stanley Cup with just four seasons after the feat, and these failed deals likely played a big part:

In July of 2013, the Bruins shipped out All-Star forward and elite scorer Tyler Seguin along with Rich Peverely and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson and three prospects including Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Frazer. Boston has no one on their roster left from that deal, while Seguin has turned into a top-10 NHLer.

Chiarelli parted ways with now two-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel for a couple first round picks and a second-rounder. The return in the deal was actually great, as two of those picks turned into Seguin and now-Flames blueliner Dougie Hamilton. However, Chiarelli flipped Seguin himself and incoming GM Don Sweeney traded Hamilton, leaving not much return left for one of the game’s great snipers in Kessel.

Blake Wheeler, now captain of the Winnipeg Jets and one of the team’s best offensive talents, was flipped to Atlanta for Rich Peverly. I’m just going to leave that one there.

Johnny Boychuck to the Islanders for a bag of pucks.

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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby bruins2012 » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:54 am

exsanguinator wrote:Keep the shootout for the 2-0 idea. Remove sudden death from regular season overtime: teams play the whole five minutes 3-on-3 regardless of how many goals are scored... Keep the seeding the same: ROW is the tiebreaker, shootout wins still get you two points.



I could live with that.

Change the playoff seeding though. What’s the point to it?
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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

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bruins2012 wrote:Don’t worry, beloved Oilers fans, another franchise has suffered the same pain you feel right now. A ten-year run with the Boston Bruins started off promising and peaked with a Stanley Cup victory in 2011. However, as successful as his time in Boston was for a while, Chiarelli pulled off some absolute stinkers that Bruins fans still lament to this day. Chiarelli was canned by the organization he won a Stanley Cup with just four seasons after the feat, and these failed deals likely played a big part:

In July of 2013, the Bruins shipped out All-Star forward and elite scorer Tyler Seguin along with Rich Peverely and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson and three prospects including Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Frazer. Boston has no one on their roster left from that deal, while Seguin has turned into a top-10 NHLer.

Chiarelli parted ways with now two-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel for a couple first round picks and a second-rounder. The return in the deal was actually great, as two of those picks turned into Seguin and now-Flames blueliner Dougie Hamilton. However, Chiarelli flipped Seguin himself and incoming GM Don Sweeney traded Hamilton, leaving not much return left for one of the game’s great snipers in Kessel.

Blake Wheeler, now captain of the Winnipeg Jets and one of the team’s best offensive talents, was flipped to Atlanta for Rich Peverly. I’m just going to leave that one there.

Johnny Boychuck to the Islanders for a bag of pucks.

And Peter loves giving NMC in all his contracts. :tup:

Worst GM in the league.



I'll take your Chiarelli and raise you John Ferguson Jr. Traded Tuuka Rask for Raycroft!! :evil: :x :cry:

Here is a list of all his bad moves
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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby bruins2012 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:05 am

How to Fix the NHL, a League That's Broken



We don't need a big intro. The NHL is broken in countless ways. Let's fix the NHL.

1) Get rid of the salary cap. The salary cap unfairly depresses salaries and creates parity, the most boring thing in sports. I used to be a very big proponent of salary caps so everything would be "fair," but I was an idiot. If you own a team and want to spend $100 million on it, let's go. Can't keep up with the spending? Too bad, find a new way to win. I could do 10,000 words alone on this but a salary cap hinders a lot of fun things in sports, like trades, free agency, and the ability to earn so much money that I can eventually buy the Miami Marlins after I retire.

2) Get rid of the draft. My fallback here is "get rid of the draft lottery," but again, the draft unfairly suppresses earning ability. Rich people are only in favor of a free market as long as they're the ones that get to exploit it. Let's replace the draft with a recruiting system like in the NCAA, where if you make a good enough pitch to an available player, that player will come to your team. Sure, this favors big-market clubs but too bad.

Every system for bringing workers into the NHL will have a flaw, but this one will have players like Rasmus Dahlin sitting at a table with five hats in front of him and his mom next to him. Then he will move his hand toward the Coyotes hat before laughing and putting on the Maple Leafs hat. I need that.

3) Get rid of fighting. Yeah, yeah. I pee sitting down and if I don't like fighting I should go play tennis or whatever. You know what? Fuck you. There's nothing wrong with peeing while sitting down and people actually watch tennis so maybe let's consider going with what that sport does, which is not allow the 567th-ranked player in the world fight Roger Federer to fire himself up. We're at a point where most fights are staged goon-on-goon affairs so if you're still into that, go watch a game from 1983 when nobody knew how to skate.

4) The FIEGI playoff format. You know it. You love it. Let’s do it.

But really, we need to get rid of this divisional nonsense. Let's meet in the middle and go to a 1-8 format. Stop changing things nobody wants changed.

5) Leaving your feet to block a shot is a penalty. I hate when sports reward no-talent try-hards, and hockey rewards them more than any other sport. It boggles my mind when people get pumped about a fourth-line penalty killer sliding to block an Alex Ovechkin bomb from the face-off circle. Seriously? You don't want to see where that slapper was headed?

This would increase goals and reduce injuries. You can dive to take away the puck if you're in chase mode, but no more squaring up a shooter and sliding in front of the shot. Remember when John Tortorella took over the Canucks and people were excited about the Sedins blocking shots? The Sedins! Get out of here with this nonsense.

6) Bigger nets. Let's go three inches vertically and horizontally and see what happens. I've heard the argument against this idea because goalies would eat more blasts in the mask but whenever that happens, it's always by accident and it's always with the goalie on his knees well below the crossbar. If anything, creating more room around the goalie's skull would reduce those instances but really, shots to the mask are always accidental and wouldn't go anywhere either way. More goals, though. Let's get more goals.

7) Puck off the netting is in play. If there's one general thing I'd change about the NHL, I'd reduce the number of whistles during games. Hockey sells itself on flow and speed, but man can there be a lot of whistles. I don't understand why shots that hit the protective netting above the glass can't be played when they bounce back onto the ice. Everyone has had time to adjust to the netting over the years and everyone knows when a puck leaves a stick if it's headed toward the netting. When it bounces behind the goal line, go get it. Keep playing.

For the sake of fairness, anything off the netting and into the net off the goalie doesn't count.

8. No more offside. This also means no more offside reviews. Everyone is happy. Why do we even have offside? If I could go back in time, I'm killing Hitler and kidnapping the guy in 1898 or whenever who was so passionate about an offside line. It's not like the offside line makes the game safer; it's there to give the defense an advantage against oncoming opponents. Why?

Removing offside is another way to get some whistles out of the game and help with flow.

9) Home teams wear white, road teams wear dark. Bring it back.

10) One outdoor game per year. I know I've stumped for giving one to every team every year, but the realistic solution to this dying gimmick is to return to playing one game per year on New Year's Day—EVEN IF THE NFL IS PLAYING THAT DAY. What a cowardly league, afraid to go up against Week 17 of the NFL schedule, which is always terrible. The NHL was like, "We are taking over January 1! Try to stop us!... but hey if there's a Giants-Falcons game that day, we can play on January 2, no problem, sorry for yelling."

And now, we break to hear from the people:

I agree. Blackouts are stupid. If you paid to watch the game on your mobile device, you can do that. Motion passes.

I normally would be on board but now that I'm running the league the idea of shortening the schedule and taking money out of my pocket doesn't work for me. Motion denied.

Yes. Public shamings for any referees that blatantly ignore penalties because they want "the players to decide the game." Do your job. I'm also making referees available to the media after every game—regular season and playoffs. Face the music, fellas!

And now, back to my genius ideas:

11) Referees must explain every video review ruling. I need more than "the call on the ice stands" or "the call on the ice has been overturned." Tell me why! It's not always clear! I don't need a 1,000-word explanation, just the basic reasoning. This is very important for goalie interference reviews. Was the goaltender outside the crease when he was contacted? Did you determine the contact wasn't enough to disrupt the goalie? What's particularly annoying is after the non-explanation explanation, you know what refs do? They go to the bench and explain the decision to the coach! Fuck that coach! What about me?

12) A 3-2-1 points system. Three for a regulation win, two for an overtime/shootout win, one point for an overtime/shootout loss. Rewarding teams with the same amount of points for a 7-0 thumping and a 1-0 win in a breakaway contest or three-on-three competition is asinine. You know it. I know it. Let's change it. Get your artificially inflated point totals for the sake of parity and making teams look better than they are out of here.

13) No more in-game coach interviews. Anyone conducting or participating in an interview with a coach on the bench during a game is subject to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The network will lose broadcast privileges for 25 years. It's time we got tough on this. Nobody wants these. Fans don't. Coaches don't want to talk to Pierre McGuire. Hell, let's give Pierre the benefit of the doubt and say he has no interest in doing it. Then who are these interviews for? "Honey, hurry up and get back here, Brian Boucher is going to ask Peter DeBoer about the Sharks' start!" Never again.

14) No more in-game, between-periods player interviews. How did this ever get started? After watching 20 minutes of hockey, I need an out of breath guy to tell me about being harder on the puck and getting pucks in deep and any other hockey cliché he can muster in 30 seconds? Just throw it back to the studio or to a commercial break. Again, who are these interviews for?

15) Fans pick everyone at the All-Star Game. We cut Colin Campbell completely out of the process (which is a good starting point for anything you do that's hockey-related) and let fans vote in any player they want. An All-Star Game full of goons? Sure. If we actually let fans pick all the players, what's the most likely outcome? That the entire Chicago Blackhawks team gets voted to the game, right? And is there anything the NHL loves more than a Blackhawks game? So we get a Blackhawks vs. Pacific game? This idea makes everyone happy.

16) Unrestricted free agency begins two years after your entry-level deal expires. As of now, 25 is pretty much the age when players can explore free agency but that number is almost always higher because teams buy UFA years and that player winds up getting there when he's 29 and on the downside of his career. I'm trying to get players to market when they are 23, which I'm sure is still a flawed idea but I'd like to care about July 1 again and I'm sure other fans would, too.

17) One interconference game between teams per season. Do the Jets really need to play the Panthers twice? Who is dying for a home-and-home between the Islanders and Flames? The current rule exists so you can see the stars in your building once a year, but come on, it's 2018. It's not 1988 when Wayne Gretzky was someone you saw for eight seconds on SportsCenter every third night; it's 2018, when you can watch every Connor McDavid shift and postgame interview on your phone.

Take those excess dates and use them for games within your conference or division. McDavid comes to your building once every two years. That should be enough. By 2025, you'll be able to buy an app that allows you inside McDavid's head a la Being John Malkovich, so let's bag this twice yearly Oilers-Lightning matchup and let those teams play rivals one more time instead.

18) Mandatory Olympics. We are going to the Olympics every four years whether they are in Vancouver or on the surface of Jupiter.

19) World Cup in years between Olympics. And then we play our silly cash grab with Team North America and Team Europe so we have a best-on-best tournament every two years. The games are always in North America. Sorry, rest of the world.

20) Get rid of the trapezoid. Martin Brodeur retired nearly three years ago. We don't need it anymore. If anything, allowing goaltenders to play more pucks would result in more goals because most goaltenders play the puck like they've never seen a puck in their lives. I want more goals with the goalie behind the net with his arms in the air or with him on his back.

Time for another interlude to hear from fans:

We gave Atlanta two cracks at the NHL and it didn't work out. Sometimes things aren't meant to be. Denied.

Yes. I will hire a Senior Vice President of Ball Sitting Prevention. Motion passes.

Unpaid labor for five years? Please wait here while security escorts you from the building. Denied.

Oh look it's more great stuff from me:

21) You can't ice the puck while shorthanded. I'm on the fence about this because teams will just ice the puck and create more whistles, but it has to generate more power-play goals so let's do it.

22) Power plays at the start of a period begin in the offensive zone. Let's say you draw a penalty with six seconds to go. Those six seconds are almost useless. Yeah, you can score off a draw but it's hard. Then the next period starts and the faceoff is at center ice. If you win the draw, you need to circle back, organize your rush, and if everything goes perfectly when you set up, you've lost 30 seconds of 5-on-4 time due to circumstances beyond your control.

Drop the puck in the offensive zone, this way if you win the draw clean, you're set up and have close to a full power play.

23) Ban the shootout. Earlier, when I said one point for a shootout win or loss, I was lying, because the shootout has been abolished and we now play 3-on-3 until someone scores. Personally, I think 3-on-3 is as dumb or dumber than shootouts, but you people seem to like it so let's compromise and play 3-on-3 until someone scores to avoid shootouts.

24) Overtime goes until someone scores. Yeah, like it says. If you can play 5-on-5 in the playoffs until 1 AM, you can play beyond five minutes at 3-on-3 in the regular season.

25) 3-on-3 wins are separated from regulation wins in tiebreaker. I quietly seethe when I see that the current tiebreaker lumps regulation and overtime wins together when overtime wins are just as stupid as shootout wins. But we don't have the shootout anymore so regulation wins are all we care about in this brave new world.

26) Organ music only during stoppages. I know this makes me seem old but they've been playing popular music during stoppages since I was a kid and enough already. Exceptions include playing "Take On Me" because it's cool when the crowd sings along and you can do a theme night if a famous musician just died. Play all their hits during every stoppage. Otherwise, organ.

27) High sticking penalties can be challenged. It doesn't happen a lot, but it happens enough where we need a safety net against guys being issued high sticking penalties when really the guy who got hit in the face was hit by his own teammate's stick. It's easily correctable and should never take more than a minute.

28) "Original Six" results in prison time. If anyone is caught using the term "Original Six" you will receive 25 years to life in a federal prison.


29) Any head contact results in an ejection and is reviewable. I understand that hockey is fast and you can wreck a guy's head with a "clean" hit that gets torso first, but aren't we at a point medically where we can say it's way too easy to destroy a brain? Do we really need a guy wiping out another guy with a "clean" open-ice hit that renders him unconscious?

The point of a check is to separate the other guy from the puck so you can take it. "Clean" hits involving the head almost always result in the receiver of the hit needing medical attention, which stops the game and defeats the purpose of the hit. There's nothing wrong with slowing the game in the context of these hits, which will all be reviewed so no one is ejected for the wrong reasons.

There's no reason to condone any head hits.

After that, let''s go to the phones one last time:

So two guys to the box for roughing and we play 4-on-4? Done. Motion passes.

This goes without saying. Motion passes with ease.

Yes, but the independent party will be me, dispensing justice free from the CBA, NHLPA or owners. I am judge, jury, and executioner. When I take over the league on Tuesday, Zac Rinaldo is out of the league by Friday. Motion passes.

Now let's wrap it up:

30) You can kick pucks for goals. If you think this is dangerous but are still steaming over me minimizing hitting in the previous rule change, take a deep breath and realize this rule is way less dangerous than mashing a guy in the head. People seem to think that if kicking is allowed it's going to result in sliced tendons, but the opportunities to kick pucks are so few and far between. Guys aren't digging in a goalies pads with their skates.

Also, one fewer thing we have to review.

31) The trade deadline is one week before the end of the regular season. You lose your star center with four games to go? Well, guess what! In my league, you still have time to trade for another one before the playoffs begin.

32) Hand passes are legal everywhere. What percentage of hand pass whistles are for actual hand passes? Most of them are just accidental deflections and redirections with the glove that happen to go to a teammate in the neutral zone. These whistles are also flow killers. I understand we have to get to commercial breaks three times per period so if we adopt all my rules we can go to commercial after goals when necessary.

33) All broadcasts need a shot total graphic on the screen at all times. I used to hate it but now I can't live without it. If I turn on a game and it's 0-0 at the 10-minute mark of the first period, seeing the shots are 8-1 tells me something about the game.

34) Linesmen can call penalties. You know what linesmen have? Eyes. You know what else? Whistles. You know what else besides that? Arms that can be raised into the air. Linesmen are basically the neighborhood kids that pretend they didn't see a crime because they don't want to be rats. If you see something, say something.

35) No more Lady Byng Trophy. Jesus, who cares? Gentlemanly play? You won't find a dumber award nobody in the world cares about than this one. "Here you go, I found a guy with a lot of points and very few penalty minutes and this is your trophy for that random collection of attributes." Let's melt it down and use it to add another level to the Stanley Cup.

36) NBC can't broadcast games anymore. We gave it a try. Time to find someone else willing to air this sport in America. Doesn't matter who. Split the package between Lifetime and TruTV. Stream games on Pornhub. I do not give a shit.

37) NHL.com’s stats page is overhauled. Sure, fixing the stats page will take 10-20 years but I will have the world's best minds on it for as long as it takes.

38) Every team needs one person wearing a 69 jersey. Someone on the roster needs this. It will boost jersey sales league-wide by about 69 percent.

39) Radar guns. The speed of every pitch in a baseball game is posted on a scoreboard, so why can't NHL arenas do it for slap shots? It's weird that we don't know how hard an Alex Ovechkin bomb is. It would be cool to look up at the scoreboard and see that PK Subban blast was 98 mph. The NHL shouldn't be behind MLB in anything.

40) You can't put the goalie back on the ice after an icing. Ever notice that when you ice the puck, you can't change personnel, but if you do it with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, you can put the goalie back out there? That bullshit ends under my watch.

41) Delay of game penalties for goalies freezing the puck outside the crease. Sometimes a goalie will be above the crease and he'll make a save that sticks in his pads. Fine. Can't penalize that. But what about when goalies come out of the crease to catch a high dump-in to avoid the short hop? That's a penalty! Why do we allow that? I hate it and it's out.

42) Puck over glass is no longer a penalty. I love power plays and goals as much as anyone, but the punishment does not fit the crime. Treat it like an icing. The offending team can't change players and the face-off is in the offensive zone.

But besides that, I wouldn't change anything.


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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby bruins2012 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:10 am

#9 still boggles my mind. It symbolizes everything wrong with the NHL. Done to be “different” with no thought put into it just for the cheap chance to preach about how hockey tries to set itself apart and be “original”.

Dumbest shit ever.
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Re: Official NHL Discussion Thread

Postby willmma » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:11 pm

1) Get rid of the salary cap. No. Parity is good and exciting. But I'm okay with a soft cap
2) Get rid of the draft. No, the draft gives weaker teams a chance. again parity is good.
3) Get rid of fighting. NO!!!!
4) The FIEGI playoff format. No.
Stop changing things nobody wants changed. also this, I liked it much better before when we had 3 divisions in each conference and 8 teams in the conference made it.
5) Leaving your feet to block a shot is a penalty. No
6) Bigger nets. No. I never get this. More goals is not better.
7) Puck off the netting is in play. meh
8 ) No more offside. No
9) Home teams wear white, road teams wear dark. Bring it back. Yess
10) One outdoor game per year. meh
11) Referees must explain every video review ruling. meh
12) A 3-2-1 points system. Yes
13) No more in-game coach interviews. meh
14) No more in-game, between-periods player interviews. meh
15) Fans pick everyone at the All-Star Game. meh
16) Unrestricted free agency begins two years after your entry-level deal expires. meh
17) One interconference game between teams per season. Do the Jets really need to play the Panthers twice? No
18) Mandatory Olympics. Yes
19) World Cup in years between Olympics.
20) Get rid of the trapezoid.
21) You can't ice the puck while shorthanded. No
22) Power plays at the start of a period begin in the offensive zone. No
23) Ban the shootout. No
24) Overtime goes until someone scores. No
25) 3-on-3 wins are separated from regulation wins in tiebreaker. Yes
26) Organ music only during stoppages. meh
27) High sticking penalties can be challenged. meh
28) "Original Six" results in prison time. No
29) Any head contact results in an ejection and is reviewable. No
30) You can kick pucks for goals. meh
31) The trade deadline is one week before the end of the regular season. No
32) Hand passes are legal everywhere. No
33) All broadcasts need a shot total graphic on the screen at all times.Yes
34) Linesmen can call penalties. meh
35) No more Lady Byng Trophy. meh
36) NBC can't broadcast games anymore. Yes
37) NHL.com’s stats page is overhauled.
38) Every team needs one person wearing a 69 jersey.
39) Radar guns. Yes.
40) You can't put the goalie back on the ice after an icing. Yes
41) Delay of game penalties for goalies freezing the puck outside the crease. meh
42) Puck over glass is no longer a penalty. No


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