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#2624223 Curtis Glencross regrets taking hometown discount

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 August 2015 - 09:40 AM

No he did'nt say he's struggling, but why say those things? Pretty pointless. Does he expect sympathy because he left money on the table and now he regrets it because teams aren't throwing big contracts at him and he's still a UFA with training camps looming? He got paid $10 million dollars to play hockey for four seasons. He should just keep his mouth shut.


Because he was being interviewed? 


If people are so bitter that these athletes are paid so much money for playing hockey, why even watch the sport?  You're the ones ultimately paying their salaries.


Hockey is entertainment.  And entertainment is big business.  These guys come from an elite talent pool and are paid accordingly.  Technically they're actually underpaid because their salaries are artificially restricted by the cap.

#2624192 Curtis Glencross regrets taking hometown discount

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 August 2015 - 05:40 PM

Well, he's essentially saying the same thing you are. He thinks he made a mistake and regrets it 


He point totals are actually not on a straight "downward progression":

10-11: 43 pts.

11-12: 48 pts.

12-13: 26 pts. (38 GP) lockout shortened

13-14: 24 pts. (40 GP)

14-15: 35 pts


He's been pretty steady for points even though he's played for some pretty awful Flames teams and was injured half of 13-14. He's 32. A guy like him should be able to get a 2-3 year deal. This year teams just seem to up against the cap this year and have been hugging the check book a little tighter.


Edit: I just hope Helm and Abdelkader don't read these articles.




It's not like he literally didn't understand it was a business.  If a player doesn't take a hometown discount as fans we call him greedy. Then a player expresses regret for taking a hometown discount and now he's greedy AND stupid.  


It's not like Glencross literally didn't understand the NHL is a business.  During contract negotiations I'm sure management lobbies for him to be a "team player" and take a hometown discount.  He got traded after a bad stretch and now feels his loyalty to them was not returned.


It is a business, but I get why he regrets it.  He didn't capitalize when the conditions were tilted more in his favor.  Most players just don't talk about it that openly. 

#2624179 Curtis Glencross regrets taking hometown discount

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 August 2015 - 03:56 PM

Again, Glencross isn't saying anything about struggling to live on the millions he's made.  


He's talking about leaving money on the table.  Now that he's been traded after taking a hometown discount he realizes that this is first and foremost a business and regrets his decision.  

#2624080 Hall of Fame Coach Al Arbour Dies at 82

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 August 2015 - 11:00 AM

No team in sports will ever win 19 consecutive playoff series again.  Too much parity now.  


Those Islander teams are probably my favorite dynasty in NHL history.  


Considering what they achieved the Islanders seem like the most overlooked dynasty in NHL history. 



4 Stanley Cups in a row (Montreal is the only other team to better that feat and it was in the original 6 years)

Won 19 consecutive playoff series (a completely untouchable record) and posted a 60-18 post season record


They accomplished all this only 8 years after their creation as an expansion team. 

#2624079 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 August 2015 - 10:51 AM

I forgot Matt Cooke was bought out by the Wild. 


I'm guessing some team will pick him up for cheap, but I hold out hope this will be the year that POS is finally out of the league. 



#2624016 Hall of Fame Coach Al Arbour Dies at 82

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 August 2015 - 03:48 PM

A couple more short pieces on Arbour if any of the youngin's here who may not know who he was are interested.  


Definitely one of the greatest coaches of all time. 






#2623817 Dan Cleary re-signing still possible?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 24 August 2015 - 08:11 PM

Wow. Even from Toronto that dastardly Babcock is somehow forcing Holland to sign Cleary again.

I knew Babcock was good, but I didn't know he was that good.

#2623713 Darryl Sydor Charged Drunken Driving

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 August 2015 - 11:39 AM

His blood alcohol level was .30 at 5:15pm on a Thursday and he was driving that drunk with his son in the car.

The next move should probably be rehab.

#2622987 Best American forward in the nhl?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 12 August 2015 - 07:14 PM

I agree with this. Kane played mostly with richards and versteeg last year.

I hear what you guys are saying. There's definitely a chicken egg factor and like I said, Kane probably is the best american forward. But I think strength of team is a factor and not just regarding linemates. It also affects matchups.

If you're on a (relatively) one-trick pony team offensively, your opponent can match up their best shut down guys against you fairly regularly. Against a deeper team those matchups get spread thinner. Do you put your best guys against Toews line or Kanes?

#2622737 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 August 2015 - 09:21 AM

Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger  4m

1 year contract for Stoll with NYR.

#2622138 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 03 August 2015 - 09:34 AM

Oh ok. New coach so Jimmy is #1 again. What has Jimmy done to deserve #1 again?


Started 330 NHL games with a .916 save percentage.  Plus he played extremely well the first half of the season before his injury.  A much larger sample than 7 games. 


Mrazek doesn't have to steal anything. He already won the job from Howard.
Proof? Starting every playoff game in the playoffs is a prime example. But yeah...Jimmy is still #1 right? Ok guy. Lol


I'm guessing they'll both get a shot at the starting job.  


This is in no way a criticism of Mrazek.  Just that the team would be foolish to hand over the reigns completely to a guy with something like 41 NHL starts and who hasn't started more than 50 games since the OHL.  


They may start Mrazek right out of the gate, but he will have to play very well to hang onto the spot with Howard on the bench behind him.  My guess is they play them as a tandem and keep them fighting for the #1 spot.  

#2622114 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 02 August 2015 - 11:15 PM

What? Mrazek in the AHL? He is our #1 goalie . Howard will be gone by next summer. He is the past. Mrazek is the present and the future. I dont mind keeping Jimmy this season to push Mrazek. But nothing more. Mrazek is going to be a star and he is already better than Jimmy is now. He has paid his dues in the AHL. Its 2015 not 2013.


Mrazek has only started 34 games in his NHL career. 


I think Mrazek played well in the playoffs, but he still has to steal the starting job outright from Howard.  He is not our #1 goalie yet.  They're at best a tandem at the moment until he proves otherwise. 

#2621923 Jonathan Quick on snipers, including Datsyuk

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 July 2015 - 01:23 PM



Z's a decent sniper, he's got a hell of a slapshot and backhand. But I'm not surprised he wasn't mentioned. He's been on a downward trend for the last 2 years or so and his goal scoring is bad.


The Pav stuff Quick mentioned gave me goosebumps <3. So true. 

I was watching some Ovie highlights and it's so easy to forget how frickin good of a sniper he is. Slap, wrist or snap his shot is sooooo powerful it's ridiculous. Def top 5 all time imo. 


I don't think of Toews or Z as snipers.  I can kind of see what Quick is getting at regarding Toews, but he doesn't really belong in the elite sniper conversation.  He's an all around great player, but if he were as great at being in the right place at the right time as Quick makes it sound, he'd be a more prolific goal scorer.  Toews is very good at everything but not elite in the scoring department. Because he's Canadian and the captain on a multiple Cup winning team he does get overrated a bit with "intangibles."  Kopitar is a similar kind of player but doesn't get nearly the same amount of hype.


I thought the Getzlaf example was really interesting as well.  It shows so clearly how elite players manage to get a shot off by pulling it in and changing the angle so quickly. It keeps it from getting blocked and catches the goalie off guard.  Whereas an average forward would've ripped a shot right into the defenseman's stick or skates.

#2621802 Jonathan Quick on snipers, including Datsyuk

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 July 2015 - 02:38 PM

Jonathan Quick has a piece in the Player's Tribune on snipers in the NHL.  It's a good read an an interesting perspective on goaltending.  He picks Datsyuk as one of the snipers to highlight. 






Most guys have a little tell. You look at where the puck is in relation to their feet, or the way they’re bending their knees to get ready to shoot, and you just know what’s going to happen before it happens. But the problem with Datsyuk is that he fools you with his intentions. He will be way out on the wall with his hands, feet, and eyes positioned for a cross-ice pass — and it’s the right decision. It’s what 99 percent of players will do in that situation. So you instantly start cheating your eyes over to where he’s going to pass. Next thing you know — what the hell? — the puck is behind you in the net. He shot it. Who shoots from there? Datsyuk shoots from there.


#2620537 Taylor Pyatt Announces Retirement

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 14 July 2015 - 06:18 PM

If *cough* Franzen retires *cough* then we get stuck with *cough* a very large cap recapture penalty. *cough* *cough*

So *cough* that's a terrible *cough* idea.*cough *


Mule shouldn't retire, but probably should LTIRetire.