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#1991121 Draper and Osgood Spotted Returning from Florida

Posted by 55fan on 29 May 2010 - 05:26 PM

A GM can talk to another GM (or to a player whose rights have been secured by the GM's own team) any time.

A GM can only talk to a player who is signed with another team after his (the player's) contract with that team is over, which is June 30 unless the player's team grants an exception, which usually involves some compensation.

Before June 30, players are still considered employees of the team for which they played that season. After June 30, players whose contracts do not extend into the next year are considered unemployed and can enter into talks with other teams.

That's the reason why July is such a big deal. It's not just that the new contracts are signed and announced, it's that the deals are made that lead to these contracts.

If Drapes and Osgood (who both have a year left on their contracts) are indeed going to TB, then it would be Holland on the plane home from Florida after meeting with Stevie. Those guys can only be traded for another year. They can't enter into a new contract until next summer (2011).

Of course, Draper has a NTC, so maybe Holland sent him down there to see how nice it is so he'll consider waiving it, and he sent Ozzie along so he would have someone to take to Disney World who would blend in with the other little cherubic faces known to grace the park.

Or maybe Draper just has a thing for Sleeping Beauty and needed Ozzie to give him moral support for when he actually met her. He should have brought Hudler and six of his relatives.

#1988805 It's Official: Happy Hudler is Back

Posted by 55fan on 24 May 2010 - 02:26 AM

The message I'm getting is that Team Finland plays a more similar style to Team Canada than it does to Team USA, (or maybe it plays a more similar style to Canada than USA plays to Canada- I'm not sure on that) and that this means that since the members of Team USA are neither Finnish nor Canadian that they (USA) play differently.

USA and Canada have stars- many of whom are hard workers. Finland has no stars, just regular guys who happen to be good at what they do, but not as good (individually) as many of the guys on USA or Canada. Since Finland has had success, and since that success can not be directly attributed to greater talent, it can be inferred that Finland's strength is hard work and heart, which is not to say that the other teams have none, just that Finland must rely on it more than the aforementioned teams do, and that Finland has enough to win many, many medals that are not gold.

Now to get this on topic, someone needs to post a nice pic of the Finnish Olympic team (let's say 2006- good year for them) and make it into one of those "Hudlers are laughing at you" pics.

#1988284 GDT - Habs vs Philly

Posted by 55fan on 22 May 2010 - 04:24 PM

I LOVE YOUR SIG!!!!!!!!!!!

Just saying :D


Is anyone else getting sick of hearing Pronger's name? He's today's Sidney.

#1988277 GDT - Habs vs Philly

Posted by 55fan on 22 May 2010 - 03:41 PM

Leino hugging Pronger. I just got sick.

#1988238 Whats the record in the NHL

Posted by 55fan on 22 May 2010 - 01:53 PM

Well, we know Conklin did it at the same time as Hossa. Of course, Conk's chances of it happening again this year were much lower than Hossa's at the get-go.

#1987884 WC in Pitt. pretty much a done deal for 2011

Posted by 55fan on 21 May 2010 - 11:41 AM

Just a thought for all the folks claiming this game has to involve some super awesome rivalry or O-6 matchup. Don't the f***in' Lions play football every Thanksgiving? And they always suck. It's tradition at this point though, Thanksgiving = eat turkey and watch the Lions lose. :P


That sound you hear is my father rolling over in his grave.

He would rant for hours if anyone dared suggest that anyone but the Lions play on Thanksgiving. He didn't like even the idea of a second game after it.

Since he's gone, I guess I have to do the ranting.

(Ahem.) The Lions playing on Thanksgiving was started by the Lions themselves during the depression. They gave their salaries for that game to people in need. I don't know if they still do it or not. Knowing you kids today, probably not, but back then, let me tell you, we knew what it was to be poor. We didn't have all those fancy-schmancy Ataris and all those rock and roll records that sound like monkeys banging on drums and screeching- what is that crap you listen to- the Captain and Tennille?- what was he ever a captain of?
No, sir. The Lions started that game and it's theirs for as long as they want to play in it. Win or lose. Your mother works hard every year to time dinner for halftime, and she doesn't understand football at all. If she's going to do that for the Lions, then they deserve to have that game.
I don't care if they never win the Superbowl- it's about as likely as the Red Wings ever winning another Cup without Gordie Howe- but it's their day, and no one can take that away from them. Pass me those Doritos.

I don't know if it was true or not what he said about the Lions donating their salaries, but if it is, then they deserve to have that game.

As far as the Winter Classic goes, that is the NHL that started it, not a specific team, so they should be spreading it around. Maybe they could have one in Winnipeg- Coyotes vs Wild. Whether the Yotes are in Phoenix or not. Bring them "back home" for a game. It could work.

#1986689 hasek to khl?

Posted by 55fan on 18 May 2010 - 12:13 PM

Desire to play: Check.
Team that wants him: Check.
Ability to play: Check.

Am I missing anything? Anyone?


Have at it, Dom.

#1986389 Worst Hockey Team Name Ever?

Posted by 55fan on 17 May 2010 - 11:50 AM

How about the old UHL team the Port Huron Flags... As one person put it "Why would anyone pick a name where you can remove one letter and it becomes a slur?!?!?!"

I guess Transylvania would have to think twice before naming a team the Counts.

#1985514 Sidney Crosby - The most hated player in the NHL

Posted by 55fan on 15 May 2010 - 11:05 AM

I was talking hockey with a 16-year-old Bruins fan after church last week. He started out as a Pens fan and Crosby fanboy, but after the way Sid acted after the 2008 cup, he switched teams.

As we were talking, a young girl came up and asked us if we knew who Sidney Crosby was. The young man and I both kind of went, "ugh" and I said yes. She was breathless with excitement and told me that he's "SO CUTE!!!"

After she left, the young man and I chatted about Sid. He was turned off by his lack of maturity.

In summary. Sid needs to be the face of the NHL to attract the "Zach and Cody" crowd, but not the voice of the NHL if he's going to whine. He's got enough talent for highlight reels, and can smile for the camera, but please marketing and media- let someone else do the talking!

#1983364 Babcock extension?

Posted by 55fan on 11 May 2010 - 09:24 AM

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#1983312 Kirk Maltby, Atlanta Thrasher?

Posted by 55fan on 11 May 2010 - 07:56 AM

With Eaves and Helm coming up, Maltby isn't really needed for the PK any more.

I adore him to death, but it just isn't in the best interest of the team to keep him.

If he wants to go another season or two, I just hope he doesn't end up on a team where I'll have to hate him. Hear that, Kirk? No Ducks, Flyers, Penguins, or Avalanche, OK?

#1979816 10 O'Clock Start Time Show's NHL's Disdain

Posted by 55fan on 08 May 2010 - 10:21 AM

If 10 pm starts show disdain for Detroit, what do 6 or 7 pm (eastern) starts show for San Jose? They aren't even home from work yet if they work a typical 9-5 job.

#1979321 This or That

Posted by 55fan on 07 May 2010 - 01:17 PM

I haven't had RC in decades, so I'll go with Coke.

Eaves or Miller?

#1979067 My guarantee!

Posted by 55fan on 07 May 2010 - 02:33 AM

Take it easy there tiger. One win at a time.

If we win game 5, that hardly means we have the series in hand. Remember Dallas in 2008? We need to put forth a perfect effort each game and it won't be as easy as you make it sound.

Only the one that counts:
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It could happen. One period at a time.

#1979057 This or That

Posted by 55fan on 07 May 2010 - 02:00 AM

Seriously? Hasek on every category except the negative ones like "biggest bastard". Sorry, Dom, you're not even a nominee on that one. Yeah, Roy could keep pucks out of the net, which is handy in a goalie, but he is not a MAN like Dom.

Oakland or Cleveland?