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In Topic: Grantland: The Heavyweight Belt of NHL Rivalries

25 August 2015 - 07:50 PM

which would be a shame this is the last real rivalry in the game and it doesn't matter if the teams are meeting in the playoffs or regular season, more often than not these are the most entertaining gsmes. The problem is Rutherford prefers a princess over a Penguins style type of game ... As seen in Carolina when he traded away their only tough guy in Westgarth. Philly still has a few tough guys ready to call up, Sam Morin is not afraid to pay down the hammer and Simmonds while not heavy is a very good fighter too in his own weight class.

Pittsburgh has Steve McIntyre in the AHL but would Rutherford call him up? Sadly I think not.

Anyhow this rivalry has been one of the few bright sports in an otherwise boring to watch eastern conference, just a few years ago the Leafs vs Habs was also must watch TV or Boston vs Buffalo now it's down to only one rivalry unfreakingbelievable.

MacIntyre's NHL days are long gone. He played in less than 100 games. Got sent to the ECHL last year.


Flyers/Penguins will be competitive games, regardless. 

In Topic: Grantland: The Heavyweight Belt of NHL Rivalries

25 August 2015 - 12:54 AM

Even their meetings in the regular seasons are fun to watch, just because they hate each other so much.

But they're definitely two of my least favorite teams.

The pumpkins and the princess penguins.

I wonder if the physicality of the rivalry will subside for a while. Philadelphia traded Rinaldo and Pittsburgh has seen the departures of Downie, Bortuzzo, Adams, and Sill since the latter half of last season. The Pens are looking to be one of the softest teams, in terms of potential fighting majors, in the league. This largely depends on how much Bobby Farnham plays this season.


That said, they'll still be fun games to watch. Just might not be the fight-filled games that we've grown accustomed to seeing between them over the past several years.

In Topic: Grantland: The Heavyweight Belt of NHL Rivalries

21 August 2015 - 01:53 AM

True enough.
With the game 'cleaning up it's act', and with fighting at an all-time low we just don't see that animosity like we used to.

Wonder if it'll continue to drop off. A lot of people were convinced that fighting was going to drop even more after the 2005/06 season, which saw little fighting compared to pre-lockout numbers. It rose for a few years until halting and then decreasing over the past couple seasons.

In Topic: Mount Rushmore for all 30 NHL teams

21 August 2015 - 01:46 AM

Isn't Jody Shelley retired?  
As for Hextall, no way he should be listed ahead of Lindros.  Giroux being listed ahead of Lindros is a joke also.  Buccigross must have something against Lindros to list a modern day player who's not even as good as Lindros was in his prime.  Or was he merely projecting into the future?  

Yeah, Shelley is retired. I meant Boll will reach 500 games this season. Pretty sure Shelley held the franchise PIM record for Columbus before Boll broke it.

I'm not sure if Buccigross was projecting that Giroux would put up better numbers than Lindros in the future.

Also, considering Neil and Philips have played well over 10 seasons with Ottawa, they should be considered. Neil holds their franchise record for PIM also.

In Topic: Mount Rushmore for all 30 NHL teams

17 August 2015 - 01:27 PM

Giroux shouldn't be on Philadelphia's list over Hextall at this point.


Pavelski over Nolan for San Jose? 


I think Chris Neil and Chris Phillips should get serious consideration for the Sens due to their long tenure with the team.


Don't agree with Kopitar in for Robitaille. 


I agree with Nashville. At this point in franchise history, Weber and Rinne deserve to be up there. I do think that this would be even more interesting with coaches allowed. In that case, Trotz has a permanent spot.


Columbus will continue to change over the years. What about Jared Boll? Longest tenured Jacket on the roster and holds the franchise record for penalty minutes, passing Jody Shelley recently. He'll reach 500 games with Columbus this coming season.