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#2485130 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by sibiriak on 19 February 2014 - 12:47 PM


Not as ugly as Alexander Radulov's ugly face...zing!

The land that gave birth to Mike Ricci should stay forever silent in any male beauty discussion. :P

#2485114 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by sibiriak on 19 February 2014 - 12:30 PM

Using that logic,you should demote Ovechkin,with only 1 goal and 4.76 SG%.



No argument there :(

#2484198 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by sibiriak on 15 February 2014 - 10:25 AM

Both USA goals on penalties by Radulov.  What a team player!

If I were the Russians coach, Radulov sits next game, or at best plays on the 4th line. It's not like he's been effective anyway.


Overall, good game for both teams, Good Luck to USA, we (Russia) can use some more practice in Q-round :)

#2483924 Zetterberg out with herniated disc

Posted by sibiriak on 14 February 2014 - 04:16 PM

LOL, if you're going to correct someone for being wrong, at least be right.


The NHL players are insured during the Olympics by the IOC.  Will they pay when the player was already injured.  It'll be interesting to see.


A normal All Star Break is 4 days, five or six at most. The Olympic Break is 17 days.  In US Math, 9+4 or 5 or 6 doesn't equal 17.  Not sure about the math where you're from.


Well, let's see.

1. IOC does not insure anybody. The national hockey federations (like USA Hockey) do. They have done so in the past and there's no reason to doubt that they will pay if liable. The contracts are insured with he same pool of insurance companies that the NHL uses, so I don't see why it would make any difference to those insurance companies, whether they pay the same amount of money to the Red Wings on the policy taken by the Wings themselves, or by the Swedish Hockey Federation.

2. I don't know about "US Math" but in normal math, here's how it works:

The last 2 All-Star breaks were 5 days each.

The Olympic break this year consists of: Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23,  24. That's 16 days by my count (not 17). So the difference is 16 - 5 = 11 days. OK it's 11 days and not 9 days over almost 200 days season (Pre-season NHL games started Sept. 14, Playoffs will go till about the end of May). Such a biiig difference.

#2483875 Zetterberg out with herniated disc

Posted by sibiriak on 14 February 2014 - 01:43 PM

I do have leisure activities that I am unable to participate in and can be found legally negligent if I participate in them.  


If 10 of my best employees said, hey, we're leaving for 3 weeks, but we expect you to still pay us, you will have to close down your business, we expect you to still pay the 10 other employees that will sit and do nothing while we go, we will all have to work extra hours because of it and it will bring your business absolutely no extra money or exposure.  Oh and by the way, I'm too sick or hurt to work right now, though I'm still getting paid, but I'm more than okay to go off for 3 weeks and do my job for my pride.  There's also a good chance that when I come back I'll be too hurt to work also.  But you will still have to pay me.  I have been a good employee for 10 years, so I don't owe you anything.  But you still have to pay me.  Sorry, not going to fly.

Boy, one has to try hard  to be wrong on every single point one made.

1. Players get paid X dollars per year, to be available to play 82 games + playoffs. They are, with or without the Olympics  So "your 10 best employees"

are NOT paid by the Wings while they play in the Olympics.

2. Their NHL salaries are INSURED for injury by their national hockey federations. So the Wings are NOT on the hook for Zetterberg's salary from now until he comes back from injury.

3. The Olympic break is 9 days longer than the normal All-Star break. Just 9 days over a 160 days season.

So your analogy does not fly. Sorry.

#2483201 NHL players will not participate in 2018 Olympics (Mod Post #99)

Posted by sibiriak on 10 February 2014 - 02:24 PM

They won't care if they aren't playing against the other best players in the league.  That's what makes it appealing.  Like I said, no NHL players broke contracts or had clauses put into their contracts to play in the Olympics before 1998.  It wasn't important and it will again become unimportant.  

That was because North American "professionals" were not allowed to play in the Olympics before 1998. So they wouldn't have been allowed to play even if they broke their contracts. It's a whole new game after 1998.

I'm all for not participating in the Olympics, but part of me thinks this is going to be used as a bargaining chip on the part of the NHL.  They could probably get some pretty big concessions from the NHLPA.

I think you are right. This is Bettman starting his next CBA "negotiations" early. They (the owners) have done used the Olympic participation as a bargaining chip every time since 1998.

#2481654 NHL may rethink Sochi

Posted by sibiriak on 06 February 2014 - 10:29 AM

I wonder what the Russian women's curling team beds look like, since that's where they'll probably be spending most of their time.

They should be so lucky. That's the Russian curling team captain.


#2481429 NHL may rethink Sochi

Posted by sibiriak on 05 February 2014 - 12:37 PM


Are they supposed to ? No, but seriously the pictures, water quality and below average standard and we are talking about the best players in the world here they aren't used to that kind of stuff. If a city can't even offer good quality on top of spending 50 million $ they shouldn't get the games period.


The only thing players should have to worry is the competition and nothing else but in Sochi they have a lot of stuff to worry about: attacks, supbar quality of life, safety and water which isn't even drinkable...thats bad standards no matter how you look at it, pathetic.

   The water was yellow in one instance that we saw. If you ever moved in a brand new building, there is always dirt in he pipes. It flashes out in a few hours.

   Worrying about terrorist attacks? By your logic the Boston Bruins should refuse to ever play at home . Unlike the US, Russia had never had a terrorist attack at a sporting event. Newsflash: terrorism is a global threat. If we go by the historical number of victims, the USA would be in the top 4 right after Iraq, Afganistan, and Syria. Yet the NHL thinks nothing of holding games here.

   Quality of life? For the athletes it will be the same as in any Olympics before. The income level/standard of living of the Russian citizens of Sochi will not matter to the athletes at all. The environment around the Olympic events will be fine, the same as anywhere else.

   Safety? That's a new one. Even in this nitpicking thread I haven't seen any complaints about safety or crime in Sochi.

#2452797 Varlamov Arrested

Posted by sibiriak on 11 November 2013 - 07:21 PM

It wasn't just one and when the main Russian news station keeps repeating it and doesn't discount the comment, it gives it credence wether it's one moron saying it or everyone. And dude I was born there so I have plenty of perspective about what the Russian government or the government controlled media say.

Noone of consequence repeated this rubbish, and nobody takes (or should take) Perviy kanal seriously.

And as you might have guessed from my nick, I am also far from home.

#2435311 Datsyuk Robbed

Posted by sibiriak on 06 September 2013 - 05:59 PM

According to the Russian papers it was mostly cash, nothing hockey related. Some other flats in the same building were burgled as well.

Datsyuk was at the Russian Olympic camp at the time. Ekaterinburg police better catch the bastards, if they can't even solve a crime against Datsyuk, what are they good for?

#2403711 WCQF Game 7 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Ducks 2 - (DET wins series, 4-3)

Posted by sibiriak on 13 May 2013 - 12:57 AM

Nice win :)

Great poise, especially from the less experienced guys, absolutely awesome work rate, stellar goaltending.

Chicago is still a favorite, but they will have to really work for it. I'm much more optimistic about facing the Hawks after tonight's game.

#2367199 3/9 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Blue Jackets 3

Posted by sibiriak on 09 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

Watch Babcock go right back to Abdelkader-Datsyuk-Cleary despite not scoring a single goal tonight. He's deliberately tanking right now.

If he were tanking, he would have pretended to change up the lines for the 3rd period of a 0-3 game, to get some scoring, but he would have put Datsyuk and Zetterberg together with some scrub, like Abdelkader, to make sure they don't score. Oh wait...

#2339586 Red Wings 2013 schedule

Posted by sibiriak on 12 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

With 48 games they could have played 1 vs every Eastern team, 2 vs own Conf and 3 vs own division, with 1 more game against somebody, a traditional rival or division rival or Columbus :)

Instead, its West only and not even the equal number of games vs own division. What genius came up with that one?

#2339504 Pavel Datsyuk Penalty Shot Goal

Posted by sibiriak on 12 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

Here's Pavel's KHL All-Star penalty shots. He won that event, by the way.

#2337159 Yakupov VS Cherry

Posted by sibiriak on 31 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

I'd like to thank the Russians for their clean play.  Those 2 power play goals as a result of the Russian player cheapshot really helped Canada in their win today.

Well, McKinnon got away with a crosscheck in the face today. Shalunov got 5+game+extra game for a similar hit against the Slovaks. Sometimes the refs see it and sometimes not. See you in the final, if you can beat the US again that is.