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  1. He was coaching the Ducks for the entire year last year...was fired after the playoffs. Ducks scored 1 goal in their first 4 games....10 goals in their first 10 games.
  2. Sounds eerily similar to last year
  3. I'm not sure they concluded he wasn't a fit earlier, otherwise, perhaps they would have made a trade. Also, it's entirely possible that they have been trying to trade him for a while. For every trade that happens, I'd bet there are 20 that don't work out. In terms of AHL, it's literally meaningless. My friend lead the AHL in scoring one year, was the top goal scorer in another year (scoring almost 60 goals) and was an AHL MVP. He also led the NHL in scorer during pre-season (again, meaningless). He finished his career having played a total of about 40 NHL games.
  4. You'd still have people complaining of up on someone. Hindsight is easy to say that now, but as I said above, the only way you trade someone at that point is to pick up someone you are targeting, not to dump a guy for an asset...the asset you get back is highly likely to be no better than what you've got....if you've already figured out you don't want him and he isn't going to develop into much, other teams are going to likely conclude the same (although you do have GMs out there that think they can turn someone into something)
  5. Exactly, I don't get why so many don't understand this. Nobody wanted him bad enough to give up an asset for him. There was a good chance the Wings wouldn't want him on the roster, so he's have to hit waivers, then another team could grab him....take a chance at a very low cost (just salary). There's no guarantee in getting the player that way though as several teams could put in claims. If teams really want a guy, they'd make a trade for them. He literally had no trade value, if he did, one would have been made. Now you could complain that he could have been traded at some earlier point when he had trade value, but that's hindsight. You have an asset that you are hoping develops into something, the only way you trade someone that you think has potential is to get another player you have your eye on, you don't just give someone like that up to get a pick. It's not like he was a high potential guy when they drafted him. He was a long shot to develop into anything when they got him. You draft people in later rounds in hopes they develop into something beyond what they projected on draft day. More often than not, they don't.
  6. Don't inflate it now, he only played 7:20. He had more ice time than Dalpe though, he only played 7:01.
  7. 1 - Wings make the playoffs, or don't make the playoffs....haven't decided which prediction to go with yet - both could be considered bold depending on who you talk to. 2 - Zetterberg retires at end of season. 3 - Edm makes the playoffs, lose in first round
  8. Not sure about that. I don't know who played all the time on the 4th line, but I do know it included Cullen and Fehr. I'd say those two were certainly well above your average 4th liner in terms of offensive ability. I do think people get caught up a little too much in what made other teams successful the year before (including GMs) though. That said, there is some truth to the comments that the league has changed, you need guys that can skate on all lines, a simple grinding defensive 4th line is a thing of the past I think.
  9. One thing I already knew from watching the cup being award on the ice, etc., but what was also in this is that he has an 8 year old son. I remember watching and thinking "that's his son?" How old is Rutherford? I guess he had his son either at 59 or 60.
  10. Marchand? He's not French
  11. I was referring to World Championships, not World Cup.
  12. I agree somewhat. Normally, the World Juniors is far higher on my list than any other international tournament. I have zero interest in the World Championships, literally zero, if the best players aren't playing, doesn't matter to me. I think the Olympics have trumped the World Juniors though....but World Juniors is always a great holiday tradition for me. Seems like a different team wins every year lately, although, with most guys only having the opportunity in a 2 year window, the teams change so much, there are some waves in results. It wasn't that long ago, 2005-2009 that Canada won 5 in a row. Only once in the last 4 years have they finished with a medal (silver), before that, they had a stretch of 14 years in a row with a medal.
  13. Dustin Penner, almost 10 years ago. The only other one in the last 20 years was Gratton.
  14. It's funny, on sports radio one the way home last night they were talking about the busy sports scene in Toronto last night...World Cup of Hockey finals getting started and Blue Jays playing game 1 of their most important series of the year. However, I'm thinking about tomorrow, it's entirely possible that Team Canada will win the World Cup of Hockey and the Blue Jays will clinch a playoff spot, with both games in Toronto and finishing around the same time. I'm not going to go to either game and plan to be as far away from downtown as possible, the streets would be a nightmare to navigate.
  15. Apparently, Pittsburgh needs to trade for Bergeron and Marchand, or Boston needs to trade for Crosby.