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Member Since 30 May 2013
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In Topic: Rule Changes in the AHL (what the NHL has considered)

20 July 2014 - 01:41 PM

Ya I can't believe how stupid soccer is. I mean why do All the rules have to make sense?

Just look at that smart sport like hockey, 2 points for a regulation win, but somehow it becomes 3 points if it's in overtime!!

 

Well, you're thinking about this the wong way... think of it as a +2/+1 thing.  Win in regulation and you get two points over your opponent... OT = 1.


In Topic: What are you reading right now?

12 July 2014 - 01:06 PM

Just finished reading the Harry Potter series.  All seven books in 10 days... I get totally engulfed and spend hours and hours at a time reading, my fiancee hates it.  Going through and re-reading Angels & Demons, DaVinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.  I JUST found out he released a followup to the Langdon series, Inferno, last year.  So I'll read D.P. and D.F. (they aren't in the series, they are totally different characters) and then roll through the other four.  I tell ya, DaVinci Code is his most famous, but Angels & Demons blows it and all others out of the water.  That was an incredible adventure with excitement, fear, puzzles, heartache, etc. etc.  Definitely the #2 book I've ever read (H.P. is #1 for me).


In Topic: Who has been Ken Holland's worst recent free agent signing?

11 July 2014 - 01:16 PM

I'm going to go with Stephen Weiss...................  Five years was four too long for a guy with a number of minor injuries throughout his career, one major injury leading into FA, and brought on to replace a guy who was at worst his equal.


In Topic: Kane & Toews Sign Identical 8-year, $10.5M AAV Extensions

09 July 2014 - 04:12 PM

Thanks.  I felt that, since they're a huge rival and really sets a new floor for contracts going forward (hellllllloooooo next lockout!), it deserved its own thread. I didn't see it in the off-season signings thread, because I didn't look in there- figured that was reserved for new signings, not extensions/re-signings LOL.


In Topic: Kane & Toews Sign Identical 8-year, $10.5M AAV Extensions

09 July 2014 - 03:20 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have reached eight-year deals with star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the team announced Wednesday.

 

Each contract is worth a total of $84 million, sources said.

 

Both deals are front-loaded and each includes $44 million in signing bonuses, a source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

 

Kane and Toews previously agreed to matching five-year, $31.5 million extensions in 2009 that were set to expire after this coming season. They now will be with the Blackhawks through the 2022-23 season.

 

"I could not be more grateful for the amazing moments and opportunities I've been given by the Chicago Blackhawks," Toews said in a statement. "There's no organization in sports that cares more about the overall experience of their fans and the success of their players. To have the chance to continue with this amazing group of teammates and people throughout the organization is an incredible honor. There's nothing we want more as players than to continue to win Stanley Cups for the best hockey fans on the planet."

 

Kane shared similar feelings.

 

"It's great to be able to continue my career in Chicago. Playing with the best organization in sports and the best fans in the game is a blessing," he said in a statement. "Since I was drafted by the Blackhawks, the people of Chicago have really embraced me and treated me with nothing but respect. I look forward to many more years of success with the Blackhawks."

 

Kane and Toews, both top-5 draft picks, began their NHL careers together for the Blackhawks in 2007, and they have been behind the franchise's resurgence the last seven seasons. Chicago has won two Stanley Cup titles, has reached four Western Conference finals and has made six consecutive playoff appearances since their arrival.

 

"Jonathan and Patrick have become cornerstones of this franchise during their time in Chicago," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "We are excited to ensure they will continue to lead our organization for years to come."

 

Kane, 25, has 178 goals and 315 assists in 515 career regular-season games, as well as 37 goals and 54 assists in 93 playoff games. He was awarded the 2008 Calder Memorial Trophy and the 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy.

 

Toews, 26, has 195 goals and 245 assists in 484 career regular-season games, including 29 goals and 52 assists in 94 playoff games. He was awarded the 2010 Conn Smythe Trophy and 2013 Frank J. Selke Trophy.

 

Toews also has been the Blackhawks captain since the 2008-09 season.

 

A news conference to announce their signings will be held at the United Center next week.