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#1 The Secret

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:27 AM

I won tickets to see the Sens vs Panthers game last night and it was the most boring game I have ever watched. The most exciting part was watching the little kids playing 3 on 3 during the first intermission. I couldn't believe my eye's to see Kopecky wearing the Assistant Captain's A on his jersey... LOL. I thought there would be some that would be amused by this. Btw, He is just as bad in Florida as he was on the Wings.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:04 AM

I won tickets to see the Sens vs Panthers game last night and it was the most boring game I have ever watched. The most exciting part was watching the little kids playing 3 on 3 during the first intermission. I couldn't believe my eye's to see Kopecky wearing the Assistant Captain's A on his jersey... LOL. I thought there would be some that would be amused by this. Btw, He is just as bad in Florida as he was on the Wings.

I seriously can't think of another hockey player who has had the good fortune that Kopecky has. Cleaning up scraps on the Hossa line in Chicago, then the ridiculous contract in Florida. Now alternate captain???

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:11 AM

I seriously can't think of another hockey player who has had the good fortune that Kopecky has. Cleaning up scraps on the Hossa line in Chicago, then the ridiculous contract in Florida. Now alternate captain???


Even Jeff Finger is perplexed.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:17 AM

Even Jeff Finger is perplexed.

:lol:

That's awesome. and probably true.

Kopecky has done so little but been given so much. It's bizarre.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:20 AM

I know most people on this forum like to rip on Kopecky and yes his contract is well overpaid but he's certainly not a terrible hockey player. I don't get the hatred for the guy.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:34 AM

One man's trash is another's.. Assistant Captain?

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:48 AM

Only in Florida.

Anyone else notice that as soon as players leave Florida they almost all tear it up, or become the player they were before going to FLA or the player they were supposed to be before being drafted by FLA.

Examples (I am sure there are counter examples too)
N. Horton
J. Bouwmeester
O Jokinen
T. Vokoun (from washed up to very early Vezina candidate)
etc....

Florida, where a hockey player's skill and old people go to die!!

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:55 AM

Upon seeing the A on his teammate's chest, new panther Mikeal Samuelsson told the organization to go do something thought to be anatomically impossible until the Swedish Olympic Committee did so at his behest in 2010.

Seriously, he's a two-time Stanley Cup Champion. That looks great on a resume. The rest is just details.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:21 AM

Only in Florida.

Anyone else notice that as soon as players leave Florida they almost all tear it up, or become the player they were before going to FLA or the player they were supposed to be before being drafted by FLA.

Examples (I am sure there are counter examples too)
N. Horton
J. Bouwmeester
O Jokinen
T. Vokoun (from washed up to very early Vezina candidate)
etc....

Florida, where a hockey player's skill and old people go to die!!

As a Floridian who regularly watches the team, I have to say that Vokoun was one of the most underrated goalies in the NHL while on the Panthers. He was largely the reason that the Panthers won any games at all...and I was really sad to see him go, especially at the price that Washington got him.

2010-11: .922 sv%, 10th in the league
2009-10: .925 sv%, 3rd in the league
2008-09: .926 sv %, 2nd in the league
2007-08: .919 sv%, 12th in the league

Those are great numbers for any goalie, especially for one stuck on one of the most consistently bad teams in the league for a while now. He's been good for a long time, but nobody really paid any attention to him down here.

That aside, I can't believe Kopecky got an A...but I guess I can't really say I'm surprised :rolleyes:

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:41 AM

I'll never forget his last shift in Detroit. This is what leadership is all about and the reason why he gets the "A" on his jersey.


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Posted 28 October 2011 - 01:29 PM

I'll never forget his last shift in Detroit. This is what leadership is all about and the reason why he gets the "A" on his jersey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JKrL-AGRoY

All you have to do to get an A on your jersey is take a beatdown from Beauchemin? :P

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 01:41 PM

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 04:13 PM

All you have to do to get an A on your jersey is take a beatdown from Beauchemin? :P


So long as it gets someone into the rotation who is vastly more deserving of a spot than you are, yes.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 04:19 PM

He seemed like a much better skater before they made him change to single bladed skates.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:01 PM

38 goals, 68 assists, and 98 points and counting in the NHL.

2 Stanley Cup championships.

What have you done lately?

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 07:04 PM

38 goals, 68 assists, and 98 points and counting in the NHL.

2 Stanley Cup championships.

What have you done lately?

Hmm, I guess when you put it that way, I don't have anything that can compare to that. So it's probably a good thing I'm not making $3+ million a year in the NHL.

And you left off a couple stats. 98 points in 347 NHL games and a career -22. Plus minus is a somewhat weak stat, but last year on the Hawks he was a -13 with the next closest player being Nick Leddy at -3, the net closest forward was Brower at -2. The top forward being Toews at +28. When your +/- is that far down the s***ter on your team, it probably does indicate something.

For the record I don't hate Kopecky. I'm just baffled by the fortunate opportunities he keeps getting based on his career to date. Maybe he'll live up to that contract. Who knows.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 07:50 PM

Well you know he sat there injured while we went to the cup final twice, you can't find that kind of cup-winning experience anywhere :lol:

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:47 PM

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As a Floridian who regularly watches the team, I have to say that Vokoun was one of the most underrated goalies in the NHL while on the Panthers. He was largely the reason that the Panthers won any games at all...and I was really sad to see him go, especially at the price that Washington got him.

2010-11: .922 sv%, 10th in the league
2009-10: .925 sv%, 3rd in the league
2008-09: .926 sv %, 2nd in the league
Ii2007-08: .919 sv%, 12th in the league

Those are great numbers for any goalie, especially for one stuck on one of the most consistently bad teams in the league for a while now. He's been good for a long time, but nobody really paid any attention to him down here.

That aside, I can't believe Kopecky got an A...but I guess I can't really say I'm surprised :rolleyes:


This. Vokoun was just forgotton about by almost everyone, including only getting two offers, from Ken Holland and George McPhee (two guys that know what they're doing?) Vokoun's numbers in Florida were great considering being on the Panthers. If we weren't committed to Howard, I would have been overjoyed to sign him.

Bouwmeester was arguably better as a Panther than he has been as a flame.

I think the story on Horton is that he just lost the passion playing for the Panthers.

Jokinen's most dominant and best statistical years were as a Panther. If anything, he's been a disappointment everywhere else he's went. Ask Flames, Coyotes, Islander, Ranger, and Kings fans.

Edited by achildr1, 28 October 2011 - 08:55 PM.


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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:03 PM

This. Vokoun was just forgotton about by almost everyone, including only getting two offers, from Ken Holland and George McPhee (two guys that know what they're doing?)


Nowhere did he say that he only got two offers. He said that he only considered two teams. I think the idea that he didn't get any other offers at all strays outside the bounds of common sense.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 07:01 AM

Nowhere did he say that he only got two offers. He said that he only considered two teams. I think the idea that he didn't get any other offers at all strays outside the bounds of common sense.


He didn't. I read the quotes. He said he was shocked when no one called. His only two offers were the Red Wings and Capitals and the Capitals were offering him the starting position. I was shocked to read it, I'm a big fan of Vokoun. I'll try to find em and get em on here.

EDIT: http://dc.sbnation.c...troit-red-wings

He may have initially received an offer from Florida, but it appears that after Free agency started, that was it.

Edited by achildr1, 29 October 2011 - 07:15 AM.






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