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?
Holland is a great GM overall. The team has done a tremendous job in developing players without having any early draft picks and he has an impressive track record.
When it comes to free agent signings though Holland has made several uncharacteristically bad deals over the last few seasons. And has looked desperate in his attempts to bolster the blueline in Lidstrom's absence, which was also uncharacteristic of him.
I think my biggest worry with Holland is that the handful of bad deals he's made are indicating a trend rather than exceptions.
In addition, there are some deals he hasn't made which could have positively or negatively impacted the team. We really can't say in hindsight if it was a good deal or not.
I remember when Weiss was signed. Everyone was all over this signing as a great one. This was an upgrade over Flip. Now, he isn't viewed as an upgrade anymore.
There were more than a few people who were either neutral or didn't like the signing at all. Just do a quick search
The league should be thanking Kronwall and writing him a cheque for all the exposure his hit and other hits have done for the league over the years. All I heard on every sports show this morning was talk of the hit not the goals not the saves not the fact Washington won a game 7.
May as well get Reebok to add frilly Tutus to the bottom of every jersey next year too.
I blame Howard the most for this loss. The one gimmie goal was completely on him and it seemed like the ducks only had 3 good scoring chances all of which went in. Against Bostom we were dominating and he gives up one on the first shot. It's so deflating it effects the whole team
I thought Detroit played an overall decent game tonight and they certainly deserved to come away with point(s) tonight. Howard needs to cut down on the amateur mistakes behind and around the net. It is creating unnecessary pressure and tension on the defense. He's been around the majors long enough and should know better by now.
I'm starting to really resent Howard. He seems like a good guy but that contract is ridiculous and there's no way any of his teammates can have any sort of confidence in him. 1 good/decent game 5 bad ones repeat.