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  1. Backwards...1 NHL pt = 1.35 KHL pt
  2. Sullivan is getting skewered by some PIT media, but it could also be a genius move. He has the luxury of 2 cup winning goalies. I totally think he's doing this to put all the pressure on himself for game 4 rather than the team....trying to shake up the team. Obviously goaltending hasn't been the problem. Fleury has been their MVP so far I'd say. More impressive so far than Murray was last year. I think Murray was carried to the cup by the team's offense and had vastly better D. Some are joking that perhaps Fleury pulled a muscle carrying the 9 D men in front of him, few of which were actually their regulars. I think there is another conspiracy theory that could be thrown out (not that I agree with it) - team obviously made the choice that Murray was the future. It would have come naturally (he's a cup winner, Fleury is 32, Murray is 23, etc.), but LV made the decision come sooner perhaps. Now that Fleury has been playing incredible, what happens if he leads the team to the cup, then you dump him? Fleury is THE fan favourite. I don't think that would make a huge difference though, you gotta do what you gotta do. Bring Murray in now, he plays huge, then keeping him over Fleury in the off season is an easier sell. What happens if Murray stinks up the joint though? Perhaps that makes it easier to keep Fleury...gamble though as Fleury only has so many more good seasons, but Murray could turn out crappy too....anyway, I truly think the rationale is my first thought above....wake up call to the team, shot in the arm. He could end up going back to MAF in game 5.
  3. I'd put Fleury back in, he's been one of the best goalies in the playoffs so far, he's shouldn't lose his spot just because he's had a bad period. I think it's a tough situation though. Not that players don't like Murray, but I have to imagine Fleury is everyone's favourite. All I ever hear it that his teammates really love him and I can see it....he appears to be a hard guy not to like. Will be interesting what happens there this summer.
  4. Isn't the SHL a lower league from the top Swedish league, or is this the old SEL? Either way, it's not like he's putting up massive numbers, which is what I'd want to see out of an undersized guy.
  5. Not sure, but looks like PIT may be down another defenseman and it's their next best one (Shultz). I'm not sure how they'd have any shot at winning with the Dmen they are missing.
  6. All else being equal, the low Cdn dollar (it's not that low relatively speaking....but if you are only looking at the last 5 years, then yes, low) wise he'd be better in Calgary. All salaries are paid in USD, so he'd have more purchasing power in Calgary with the lower Cdn dollar. Some items will even out though (i.e. cars will be more expensive). However, all else isn't equal. I'm not going waste the time looking into income taxes, while Alberta has the lowest rates in Canada I believe, Texas has no state income tax, so one of the cheapest states to live (tax wise) in the US, so it you'd definitely pay less tax in Texas than in Alberta. Sales tax is cheaper in Calgary though (5%) vs. 8.25% in Dallas.
  7. Watched most of this game and I honestly cannot cheer for the Sens. The style of game they play is garbage, reminds me of the 90s Devils
  8. Agreed, why there is some truth to what he is saying, it's way, way over the top and there is way more to a team winning or losing than one guy.
  9. The difference is the sport itself though, not the leagues and how they are set up. In the NBA, if you have the best player, your chances of winning are very high, it's just the way it is...that doesn't work in hockey. Similar with football, if you have the best quarterback, your chances of winning are high as well....need a good defense to really be elite though.
  10. I don't think Ovechkin is the best player on the team anymore though.
  11. Are you suggesting the league should have fixed it so Edm could win?
  12. As I expected, which was obvious....all I'm hearing about today is the Ovie, Ovie, Ovie. Backstrom must love the fact that Ovie is on the team to take all the heat.
  13. Ovie was the only -2 tonight. I'm not a big Ovechkin fan, but I do feel bad for him because all the talk will be that he can't beat Crosby. But is not fair to put this all on him. The reality is that a winger does not really move the needle that much in terms of carrying a team, centers are far more important. Almost similar to Hull in a way, he'll score a ton of goals, but not control the pace of a game and carrying a team to either wins or losses....for the most part anyway.
  14. In the near term...yes, me. Nashville moving further in the playoffs doesn't change that at all for me. They have a better team, doesn't mean Subban is currently better. They currently have a goalie playing out of his mind. If you have the #1 goalie in the playoffs, your chances of winning are quite high.
  15. Crosby is participating in full practice today, which may mean a few things: 1) somewhat new protocol suggesting you shouldn't rest, but keep active...however, I doubt that means taking a lot of contact, which he would in practice, 2) if all goes well, ready to play game 5?