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#2338856 Toronto fires Brian Burke

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

I know it's not the case but I would love for it to be that he's replacing Bettman as commissioner. 

#2338789 NHL, NHLPA reach tentative agreement on new CBA

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

OK, a little review of the critical path: NHL B of G will have CBA ratification vote this afternoon. Simple majority (16) req'd for approval                    



NHLPA ratification vote tentatively set for Thurs/Fri, with entire process hopefully complete by Saturday.                    



The Memorandum of Understanding between NHL and NHLPA is not expected to completed and signed off on by both sides until Saturday.                    



If all goes well and according to plan, training camps will open Sunday Jan. 13 and 48-game season would open on Sat Jan. 19.                    

#2337995 Which Team Is Best Prepared To Start Season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

The Kings have most of their Cup winning lineup intact, though Kopitar apparently injured his knee in Sweden and will be out for a few weeks.  


And who knows what kind of game shape Dustin "pancakes" Penner is in.  :P

#2337993 New fan.. need advice

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

Ok guys, so can you recommend to me some twitter accounts to follow to be up to date with the news and just overall good accounts?


These guys are top three for me for reliable news and updates


Bob McKenzie@TSNBobMcKenzie


Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger


Pierre LeBrun@Real_ESPNLeBrun

#2337992 Which players will get bought out?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 January 2013 - 04:38 PM

Franzen is getting bought out. That one is a given, unless he lights it up in this mini-season and playoffs. The contract length is just too long, and its a relic the Wings don't want or need under a new CBA. They have 2 available buyouts that they have to use this coming summer, and they will use one on Franzen, unless he turns it on in an amazing way.

I'd still be a little surprised if they bought out Mule though I think this season will be an important one for him.  The Wings will need him in a big way to get into the playoffs and to go very far.  It'll clarify if his past playoff success was an aberration or him living up to his potential. 


The shortened season should suit his short attention span though. 

#2337946 NHL, NHLPA reach tentative agreement on new CBA

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 January 2013 - 02:43 PM

Oh, and I've been saving this for months. Carlo Colaiacovo, plan the parade route!!

With this whole CBA mess I forgot he was even on the team. 

#2337888 Canadian hockey fans - they mad!

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 January 2013 - 12:17 PM

No different to the Wings fans on these boards that react to playoff losses to the likes of Nashville and San Jose by asking their fans how many cups they've won.

I was just coming here to post the same thing. 


It's basically 10 or 15 fans overreacting on twitter.  Much worse things are said here when the Wings are knocked out of the playoffs. 

#2337726 NHL submits offer to NHLPA - **Suspension Warning Post #70 & #273*

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 January 2013 - 05:17 PM

McKenzie sums it up the best:




3 things to remember: 1. Until whole deal is done, none of it is done. 2. I'm cautiously, VERY cautiously, optimistic. 3. Re-read No. 1.                    

#2337623 NHL submits offer to NHLPA - **Suspension Warning Post #70 & #273*

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 January 2013 - 05:32 PM

NHLPA conditions for the next CBA to be 10 year. 1-option out after 7 years. 2-minimum salary at $800 000 at year 9. Still no deal on that.


More and more issues seem to pop up...


Honestly at this point I don't believe much of anything except for the most basic tweets about when and if they're actually meeting.  There's been so much misinformation out there as everyone tries to break news.  I'm tired from riding all the highs and lows.


I have a feeling it'll come out of nowhere if a deal is done or the season is cancelled. 

#2337609 NHL submits offer to NHLPA - **Suspension Warning Post #70 & #273*

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

The mods just want us not to point fingers at the commissioner or NHLPA head.  If you have proof if any of the people involved do not care about the season being cancelled, I would like to read that.  That would be very discouraging.

The mods don't want the incessant arguing over as to who is at fault for this whole mess of a CBA negotiation, including taking little pot shots at either side during a discussion of the cba.  It has been beaten to death.  Arguing over who cares or doesn't care about canceling the season is essentially the same thing.


I'm fairly certain there isn't going to be any reputable source establishing people saying they do not care if the season is cancelled. 


As vladdy pointed out in one of her previous warnings, the discussion should be about details of the cba.  It can also include updates from reputable sources, like Dreger or Lebrun's twitter.  

#2337449 Which players will get bought out?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 03 January 2013 - 12:12 PM

Doesn't Dipietro still have something like 7 or 8 years left on his contract? 


The islanders could finally get out of yet another awful deal they made. 


The funny part is they'll still be paying for the Yashin buyout through 2015. 

#2337314 Holland booed off Ford Field

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 02 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

No one really knows what their attitude was.  There was a rumor that a handful of teams were unhappy with the lockout, and the Wings were rumored to be among them, but nothing to substantiate it.


Seeing as how it's a poor decision from a business standpoint and given the Wings constantly butting heads with Bettman, I doubt they were enthusiastic.  I'm betting it was a case of "it's going to happen anyway, we need to present a united front" sort of thing more than Ilitch wanting a lockout.

I haven't seen anything substantiating the Wings position regarding the lockout, but you'd have to think they weren't happy about it. 


Ilitch was running a successful franchise even in the pre-cap era.  Then he continued to do so under this last CBA.  The more restrictive the CBA gets regarding player contracts and cap, the harder it will be for the Wings to use that financial success as a competitive advantage.  


I can't imagine Ilitch and Holland wanting a more level playing field, and certainly not losing half a season to get it. 

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#2337239 Holland booed off Ford Field

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 01 January 2013 - 05:45 PM

I'm sure it's just frustration and that Kenny just represents to them the lockout.

Agreed.  Though I'm still a little surprised he got booed.  Obviously Holland has no role in this other than working for the Wings.


Fans are really pissed.  Good.  I hope they stay away for a while and send a message that this is not an effective strategy.

#2337164 List of Divers

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 31 December 2012 - 02:39 PM

Yes the league should crack down on divers, but it happens so fast I don't know that you can rely on refs to handle it in games.  


I think the best way is to have a video official reviewing questionable plays after a game.  The on ice refs could even let them know which plays they want looked at it. 


But even then only the most extreme cases will get punished.  The stick not actually hitting Carcillo's face.  Kesler's ridiculous flop. 


Fining those guys even after games though should help.  They embarrass the refs and league with their antics, so they should be publicly embarrassed too. 

#2337117 1995 vs 2009 Red Wings squads

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 30 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

The Penguins were not on a power play when they had too many men on the ice. It was at a vital juncture early in game 3.


And lol @ the "the better team always wins" argument. OK, fine, take L.A.'s Cup-winning team and remove Quick, Brown, Doughty, Richards and Carter to freak injuries. Were the Devils to win under those circumstances, would they have been the better team? Your argument makes literally no sense. It has no anchor in reality.

lol @ you thinking his argument has no anchor in reality when it is based on playing the actual games.  Yours on the other hand has little anchor in reality as it is the one based primarily on your own opinion of who is better.  So since his actually happened, it literally makes a lot of sense.


In your fictional example, yes the Devils were the better team.  Because they won. On the ice.  In reality.  Where the game is actually played.  As to why they won, of course injuries play a factor.  Just like they do when the Wings win.   It seems like the Kings would've been better if they were healthy, but who knows?  We'll never know because that's not what happened.  What we do know was the Devils won. 


The Stanley Cup isn't won by who has the best team on paper or on your theories as to who is better.  It's won on the ice.