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#2610443 ECF : Tampa Bay Former Rangers vs. New York New Rangers

Posted by GMRwings1983 on Yesterday, 09:25 PM

Now Tampa knows what it feels like to blow game 6 at home.  




#2610371 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by GMRwings1983 on Yesterday, 09:28 AM

The conference finals is potential two games away from Stanley Cup finals ratings death.

 

Indeed.  It will be a "Bash at the Beach" for the Stanley Cup.   :lol:

 

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#2610122 Ovechkin Top 5 Goal Scorer all time?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 25 May 2015 - 08:23 PM

Ovechkin frequently plays like a man possessed.  It's true he doesn't backcheck, but he does forecheck, unlike Jagr, Bossy, Lafleur, Bure and other great scorers.  Has their ever been a great goal scorer that forechecked like Ovechkin does and looked to initiate hits?  

 

That's the kind of thing that teammates like about him.  He's always looking to score or hit someone on every shift.  That motivates the rest of his team. There's other ways to lead besides being great defensively.  




#2610035 Ovechkin Top 5 Goal Scorer all time?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 25 May 2015 - 11:52 AM

If you adjust for stats, he's easily top 5.  The fact that he's scored so many goals, despite two lockouts and goalies who wear giant pads and stop everything, is remarkable.  

 

He has led his team in goals and points every year in his career.  To date, I don't believe any player in NHL history has ever done that.  




#2609783 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 22 May 2015 - 06:12 PM

 

I don't blame anyone for not wanting to spend their winters in Edmonton.

 

What about that mall they have?  Don't women like malls?  


Shanny called Mrs. B personally and said he'd make her feel right at home.

 

I wonder how many posters here get what incident(s) you're referring to?  




#2609689 Babcock says good-bye in full page ad. SIAP

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 22 May 2015 - 11:57 AM

 

I was glad he said that.  I know he said it originally as a joke but the whole thing about "his wife being the boss" irked me.  

 

Take responsibility for your decision.  Even if it is your wife saying no way in hell I'm going to Buffalo, you still say it was your decision and not put it on her.  

 

Kind of like Pronger throwing his wife under the bus?   ;)




#2609673 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 22 May 2015 - 11:26 AM

The obnoxious thing about it is that it won't make Russian professional hockey more viable. It won't do anything he's hoping it will do.  It will just make Russian hockey crappy because nobody who's playing it will give a damn.  And anybody who gives a damn will turn their efforts toward activities that aren't subject to repression. 

 

How do I know?  Because it already happened with Russian sports.  And industry.  And art.  And everything else.  Forcing people to do something stifles motivation, creativity, passion, hard work, and effort.  It NEVER increases them.  Ask Slava, it's exactly how he felt in 1989.

 

Haven't you ever read "We" or "Brave New World"?  

 

 

If I have to choose between free will and happiness, I choose happiness.  I want to be mind controlled to be happy. I want to be plugged back into The Matrix, baby!    

 

JK.  Successful mind control like in those novels is not yet viable.  We still have a long way to go.  


 

Senator.  But in Putin's Russia being the elected representative of the public is largely a ceremonial position.  You're not really expected (or allowed) to do much. 

 

Whereas here, people in DC actually get stuff done, right?   :dozing:




#2609416 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 21 May 2015 - 01:19 PM

What does Babs have to lose? He has more or less said it himself, he likes a challenge and work with kids and direct them. The man has a cup and some other fancy hardware. He gets to call shots per say and run the ship to some degree.

This is why he left Detroit, Toronto is a challenge for him and that is what motivates him.... And the raise of course

Maybe he will win coach of the year, one thing he has not achieved

 

If he really wants a challenge, he would stay in Detroit to try to make this defense look decent.  




#2609262 ECF : Tampa Bay Former Rangers vs. New York New Rangers

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 May 2015 - 10:37 PM

Really don't want to see Tampa in the Finals.  The only good thing would be to see Yzerman succeed, but that would make me dislike Holland even more.  

 

But the NHL would be much better off if NYR made the Finals.  Better for ratings.  




#2609190 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 May 2015 - 05:50 PM

 

I was joking about him trading for Giguere. But it's telling that Holland hired Babcock. 

 

And I never claimed Babcock invented anything. But he took a team of mostly nobodies (seriously go look at that roster if you haven't) and swept the defending Cup champs (who still had a stacked roster), beat a good Stars team coached by Tippet, swept the "boring, trapping Wild," and took the boring, trapping Devils to 7 games.   You can't do that with just a hot goaltender unless you're Hasek, and even he had a pretty good team. 

 

Chalk it mostly up to Giguere if you want but you don't "fluke" your way to game 7 of the Finals.

 

Except Calgary did so in 2004 and Edmonton did so in 2006.  Three consecutive seasons where it happened (unfortunately all at our expense.   :glare: )

 

None of these teams had repeated successes in the following seasons.  That was just a weird mini-era during that three or four year run.  You can throw the 2002 Hurricanes in there as well.  




#2609016 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 May 2015 - 01:46 PM

 

There was never anything officially said from the two but I remember a lot of rumors coming out that year that the two just didnt get along. They were professional with each other but didnt like each other. Shanny leaving for the same money was a pretty good indication of how he felt.

 

Didn't Shanahan have to play on a line with Draper and Datsyuk in the playoffs that year? Classic Babcock, putting a 4th line plug on a higher line.  




#2608966 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 May 2015 - 01:24 PM

I want Dan Bylsma

 

So do I, providing Crosby and Malkin come with him.  




#2608963 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 May 2015 - 01:23 PM

 

The extra millions will be paid in taxes since Ontario is highly taxed.

 

The legislature has already stated they'll waive taxes for Babcock to coach the Leafs.  

 

You see, hockey influences politics in that country.  




#2608955 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 May 2015 - 01:21 PM

 

See: Anaheim, 2003

 

Really?

 

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What did he accomplish his other seasons there?  




#2608947 It's Official: Babcock to coach Maple Leafs

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 20 May 2015 - 01:19 PM

gregg krupa ‏@greggkrupa 2m2 minutes ago

holland to address media at 4 p.m.

 

"We kept kicking tires but couldn't get a deal done.  We still like our team."