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#2520212 Canada can support 3 more teams in 20yrs

Posted by frankgrimes on 13 May 2014 - 10:39 AM

There is nothing wrong with Saskatoon,but some players would probably like to get out of the cold climate of Canada and go some where with a warmer climate.there is reason why the Nhl puts teams in places that don't really have hockey climate weather

I think want out because of the constant scrutiny and no privacy. Most hockeyplayers can afford to have two houses, so its easy to buy one for the winter and one for the summer

#2520114 Canada can support 3 more teams in 20yrs

Posted by frankgrimes on 12 May 2014 - 11:56 AM


if the league thinks that those team need to be moved then they will be moved,but until then they are staying right where they are.


i googled the term non traditional hockey market and this is what i found:

Any place that polar bears and/or eskimos don't need a parka to survive. (Usually a term used by northern/canadian hockey snobs to try and deter southern fans)
Dallas is a non-traditional hockey market



The game is called ICEhockey for a reason, so if you put icehockey into places where you have almost no winters, not a lot of funding AND a non winning enviroment it's a setup for a team to fail. Personally speaking I don't want the game to grow. Less teams would be a good thing for a lot of the Original 6 teams:

- less revenue sharing

- less competiton for playoffs, stanley cups

- more talent for less teams = higher talent pool

- players: stars/superstars can finally get their huge paydays without GMs having to worry about the cap


This stupid "more scoring, oh no we can't have a white sport, grow the game" and other mantras are really pissing me off. If people want to see double or triple digits = watch NFL, NBA ...if people don't want to watch a white sport watch NBA, NFL, soccer where countries even have to  take foreigners into the national teams because the real natives have given up on the sport (as did fans). Constantly tweaking and bitching things about the game will only lead to the following: fans who are happy will give up and it's harder to gain new fans than to keep the old ones.


The best analogy would be the Simpsons: look at this great series during the early episodes and compare them to now ? It's almost like two complete different series, they've completely lost their charme because some smartguy thought it would be a good idea to go even more mainstream and change from hand drawn to computer animated episodes and add more "pop references" ...changing for the sake of change is not always the way to go.


If the Stars, Jackets, Coyotes and Panthers aren't cutting it then move them to Canada, the league didn't have a problem moving the Jets, Nordiques and other teams from Canada...so fair is fair.


Also as a disclaimer:

I have absolutely nothing against their fanbases but if not enough people are showing up, what can you do ? Expecting other teams to pay for their failures ? That's just stupid because it would mean teams like the Wings are helping the competition out and the reward would be losinga gainst them ? Sorry, but no.


 btw. the league can't support 30 teams so going to 32 would not only be overkill but absolutely idiotic. My personall view is, even support 24 - 28 is a hard thing at some point sports become too big for their own good - i.e soccer - hope that doesn't happen to hockey in my lifetime.

#2519923 ECSF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (2) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by frankgrimes on 10 May 2014 - 03:45 AM

Seriously comparing the King to Howard ? Quick, Rinne, Rask and the King are in a league of their own, then come guys like Price, Miller and between but Howard definately is not one of the top 10 goalies in the league. He is good and can be outstanding, but he lacks consistency. The King is basically bailing the Rangers out every damn year, they wouldn't even make the playoffs without him.

#2519792 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by frankgrimes on 08 May 2014 - 11:29 PM

I love the overreaction from leafs nation signing an extension doesn't mean that a coach cannot be fired. For sure Nonis will include some buyout clauses in this. Although I'm wondering what Carlyle has done after winning the cup with two HHOF defenders, really nor much..

#2519435 Peter Laviolette Hired as Predators' Coach

Posted by frankgrimes on 06 May 2014 - 02:13 PM

Wow talk about a 180 turnaround, Laviolette is the exact opposite of Trotz system. Nothing against your Preds but I don't think they have the personal to play his style also really bad for Rinne's stats.

#2519348 ECSF : (5) New York Rangers vs. (2) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by frankgrimes on 06 May 2014 - 12:10 AM

something about the rangers and scoring..i bet you could put ovie on the NYR hed be a 20 goal scorer

Rangers just aren't built for playoff hockey and lack depth

As great as King and McDonagh are, Stepan has no winger and Nash so far has been a huge disappointment.
Game 4 sadly is now a highly recommended win for them.

#2519025 WCSF : (7) Minnesota vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by frankgrimes on 03 May 2014 - 04:34 AM

5-2. Chicago comes alive in the third.


This is how you kill with skill.


Na this is tank to win the so called "Penguins model" 

#2518914 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by frankgrimes on 02 May 2014 - 03:44 PM

I think at some point people will have to accept the new caphits thanks to the new CBA. The days of guys like Niskanen taking discounts to come here are gone, 5,5 annually is a bit of an overpayment for a top 4 guy yeah but at the end of the day you have to overpay to get the players you want. Niskanen would be a tremendous help and could give our blueline a much needed different look next season. I know people are thrilled with all the talent on the backend but at the end of the day we all know not all of them are gonna make it, so why not use only cash for Niskanen and use some of the higher upside prospects to get a big bodied forward ?

#2518899 WCSF : (7) Minnesota vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by frankgrimes on 02 May 2014 - 02:33 PM



Hopefully Harding is ready to play would so love seeing him shut down the Hawks

#2518828 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by frankgrimes on 02 May 2014 - 03:47 AM



I hate how whenever a player is good in Pittsburgh, it is because of Crosby and Malkin. But guess what? Crosby and Malkin benefit from having great puck moving D to get the puck to them. People make it seem like the 2 of them do all the work, and a couple people just happen to touch the puck before they score. Not the case. Guess what? This team gets Niskanen, and our forwards that are on the ice with him will get more scoring chances than they have been. 


I don't understand it either, yes those two are the two best players in the world but it's not like other sports where superstars don't need the team. It all starts with a transistioning game and Niskanen, Letang are very good at that this has almost nothing to do with the two superstars.

#2518555 WCSF : (7) Minnesota vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by frankgrimes on 01 May 2014 - 12:19 AM

The Hawks just bought themselves a ticket to Cali. forn. i. a. 


Don't worry Kings are going to hand them their asses

#2518552 WCSF : (7) Minnesota vs. (5) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by frankgrimes on 01 May 2014 - 12:16 AM

Chicago in 5 sadly

#2518245 Ken Holland Quotes (Apr 29th

Posted by frankgrimes on 29 April 2014 - 06:06 PM


Watch it here : https://www.youtube....q_ESOjzk#t=1110


So I'd take any quotes postet here with a grain of salt. He did say them but Kenny doesn't sound as if he already made up his mind about his moves in the offseason. How could he, our season is just over since a few days.


Seriously this is one - if not the best - end of season interview I've listened from him in a loooong time. Holland wanting to watch even more from Boston is a great thing, a lot of teams can learn a lot from that almost perfect team.


You can tell he is pissed but Holland really makes a lot of good points when it comes down to the development of our young guys fans and the media would absolutely label Mrazek a bust if he craps the bed for 10 games..Let the kids develop in the AHL and bring them up, when Blashill and Babcock are saying they are ready.  That was my biggest complaint with the Cleary signing the guy blocked a spot for Nyquist. The best example to me is Jake Gardiner, some Leaffans had NORRIS! threads about this kid two years ago and now they want to trade him, no need to put young 20 year olds - non exceptional players - through this kind of crap.


I also appreciate his honesty about Weiss, the guy has to hit the gym like crazy maybe even 5 - 6 times a week just to make up for that 18 months span and personally I really don't know what to expect from this guy anymore, so hopefully our FO will keep in touch with him over the summer.


It's true the Wings are starting to draft bigger and I absolutely love it but some bigger bodies are needed right now and they are available for cheap, tough fourth line guys are making around 750 - 1.000 k that's nothing compared to average NHL salaries.


Don't know but after listening to Babcock, Zetterberg and now even Holland I really believe them getting antsy could lead to a better future.

#2518234 Ken Holland Quotes (Apr 29th

Posted by frankgrimes on 29 April 2014 - 05:00 PM


While I get what your saying, its also a wildly accepted practice to allow coaches/assistants, to interview for positions in other organizations that are better then their current one.  


Basically yes but Blashill said he wants to coach another season in the AHL and the FO is happy with him. Conversations would then be like this:


other GM: Hello Mr. Holland can I please get your permission to talk to your AHL coach ?

Holland: Sure thing, number...

other GM: Hello Mr. Blashill you've done a great job in the AHL and paid your dues would you like to come up and sign with us ?

Blashill: Sorry, I like my job here and don't feel I'm ready.

other GM: but b....but


This way there is no grey area, Blashill can focus on his AHL job and other teams know he doesn't want to leave, so no reason for granting them permission. In the last years Detroit has been one of the teams, which always allowed others to talk to their FO stuff (McLellan, Yzerman, Nill, MacLean..). So it's not like the Wings are against it, Holland just sees no reason and it seems like Blashill wants to stay where he is so a no brainer.

#2518218 Ken Holland Quotes (Apr 29th

Posted by frankgrimes on 29 April 2014 - 02:54 PM




That Babcock quote is exactly what I've been fearing for a long time. The guy - and who can blame him - may not want to go through some tough rebuilding years or just hope to make the playoffs. Maybe it's coincidence but him not being dedicated to talk extension this summer and other teams not getting permission to talk to Blashill doesn't exactly point a contract extension for the best coach in hockey :( but man I wouldn't wanzt to face a Babock coached team, he may go away from the game for 1 - 2 years and then decide to come back :(


as for Mule well it's going to be the last opportunity anyways  that combined with the Weiss deal could really hurt this franchise for a long time. With the way Franzen is going through the motions I really don't see him playing out his contract and then the recapture will kick in so this is a gamble I would not be willing to take.


Yeah buying out Tootoo who has one year remaining on his contract and provides at least some sort of protection for the GR is a great move.


In Mantha's case all I can hope for is that they don't rush him let him pay his dues in the AHL, bulk up even more and come up when he is fully ready not before it.