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#2306973 Is the Stanley Cup really the hardest trophy in all of pro sport?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 12 June 2012 - 03:43 PM

I dont know if it's the toughest, but it's absolutely the best trophy.

4 grueling best of 7 rounds the players don't get paid for, all for one day with the Cup and having your name engraved on it for eternity.

To me that beats a tiny little silver football trophy any day. :D


#2306919 The L.A. Kings: One and Done or Dynasty?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 12 June 2012 - 10:59 AM

I don't think they'll be one and done, but I'm guessing they won't be a dynasty either. It's just so hard to do these days. But they could be a contender for a good long while.

Like you mentioned, Quick is the key signing. Hopefully they get him for a reasonable price but that's going to be hard to do after winning the Conn Smythe and having the season he did. Hopefully he'll get the cap hit down through a decent term. And as awesome as quick was this playoffs, you can't expect that his level of play will be this high every single postseason. This team clearly had something special going on.

Aside from Quick the only significant UFA's besides him next season are Scuderi, Penner, and Stoll. Stoll I'm guessing they'll try hard to sign. He's good in the faceoff circle, plays the PK and PP and competes every shift. The other two will be interesting decisions because Scuderi and Penner stepped up in a big way and were different players once Sutter came on board. Most of the season Scuder was fine but unremarkable, and Penner was a huge waste of cap space most of his time in LA. So they could re-sign at a decent price hopefully, but are also replaceable if need be.

But they've got Kopitar, Richards, Williams, Brown, and Doughty signed for several seasons. And kids like Voynov and Martinez who won't even be RFA's for another season on their rookie contracts. So they don't have to do much to keep most of this team intact for a couple more seasons.


They're also just so freaking young. Kopitar is 24. Doughty is only 22. Martinez 24. Voynov 22. Brown, Richards and Carter are 27. Quick is 26.

Basically I think the team is in great shape, they only have to make a few significant moves in the next few seasons and could be good for a long time. But much like their long history of losing, the Kings also have a history of bad trades and signings so you never know. Hopefully those days are behind them as well.


#2306270 2012 SCF : Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 June 2012 - 09:35 PM

oh, and I don't like Parise after his taunt on the first goal. It makes me want the Kings to win even more so he can choke on it.


#2306199 We Need to Get Tougher to Play Against

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 June 2012 - 12:50 PM

And how does every thread about getting tougher turn into an enforcer debate?

Getting tougher does not equal getting a guy who hops over the boards, fights, sits in the box for 5 minutes, then goes back to the bench. A lot of valid suggestions get clouded because the conversation inevitably veers towards fighting.


#2305718 2012 SCF : Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 June 2012 - 09:32 PM

olczyk can harp on the weak boarding call but why aren't they talking about Elias bumping into quick seconds before the Devils goal?


Especially since Penner got a goalie interference call last game for basically skating near Brodeur.


#2305259 2012 SCF : Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 June 2012 - 08:31 PM

Holy soft call. Did Penner fart when he skated in front of Brodeur or something? Because I'm not seeing the interference.

Gotta love O'Halloran. It shows the sad state of NHL officiating when he makes the Cup finals.


#2305238 Vokoun moved to Pittsburgh for a 7th Round pick.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 June 2012 - 06:51 PM

Why would Washington trade him to a rival for such a low pick?

I didn't think Vokoun played all that badly for the Caps.

They just traded away his rights for the pick. I get that it was to a rival, but he was set to be a UFA July 1 and I'm guessing the Caps knew he wasn't staying. Maybe they figured better to get something out of it before he walks.


#2305194 Vokoun moved to Pittsburgh for a 7th Round pick.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 June 2012 - 02:02 PM

Good move for PIT. I guess Vokoun will have to play the backup role after all.

Not necessarily. With as inconsistent as Fleury plays, it could be a 1a 1b situation. At the very least this should put the heat on him to keep his level of game up. It's not exactly a vote of confidence in Fleury from the Pens organization. I'm sure Vokoun is there to try and win the starting job, not be a backup.


#2304652 Tim Thomas.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 June 2012 - 03:27 PM

Is it just coincidence the amount of crap Timmy's gotten since making his political affiliation known? I think not.

esteef

I think it has to do more with how he handled that situation than his actual political affiliation.

More than any snub of the presidency or anything, for me it was just a shame how he created this major distraction from what should've been a great day for his teammates.


And honestly, let's keep this thread about him taking a year off and away from politics. There's a thread about Thomas skipping the whitehouse in the political forum, so any discussion of that should go there.

This forum is one of the few safe havens where I don't have to think about that crap. :P


#2304558 NHL Salary Cap Temporarily Set At $70.3 Million For 2012

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 June 2012 - 11:03 AM

Honestly I think they could set it at a bajillion dollars because it's fictional until they re-negotiate the new CBA.

If anything they probably want the highest, most optimistic projection for next year's cap so they can ratchet it down a bit in the new negotiations.


#2304441 Red Wings Next Captain

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 08:18 PM

I say bring Homer back for one more year, give him the C, & watch hilarity ensue as refs across the NHL have to translate his Swenglish.

That is a brilliant idea.

Just getting to watch O'Halloran have to talk with Homer after disallowing one of his goals would be totally worth it.


#2304284 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 11:19 AM

NHL network showing the NHL 36 on Lids.

That restaurant he went to before every game should name his usual pre-game meal after Nick.

Gotta be a sad day for Homer. HIs close friend is hanging 'em up and going back to Sweden, and it sounds like Holmstrom still wants to play but may not have a place in the lineup.


#2304257 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 10:50 AM

I feel like he and his family probably walked out to the parking lot, got in a spaceship and flew home to whatever hockey god planet he came from.


#2304231 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 10:26 AM

Now that he's retired I feel like his accent has already gotten more Swedish. :lol:


#2304222 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 May 2012 - 10:18 AM

The tank is definitely not empty Nick, it just started to move down a tiny notch from "god" closer to "mortal."