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In Topic: Babcock's already losing it?

Today, 03:00 PM

Couple points:

 

  - Kadri has the skill to be an elite player, we'll see if it happens.  Signing him to a 1 year deal makes total sense.  He's a risk to sign long-term as there are question marks with him, but signing short term is a risk too because he could pull it all together this year.  That part of the business and the risks you have to take.  I don't have a problem with what Babcock said, because he could turn it around and also, as someone else mentioned, you want to motivate your players.

 

  - Mitch Marner has played both centre and wing and the Leafs want him to come in as a centre (this is coming first hand from Marner). 


In Topic: Phil Kessel Traded to Penguins

01 July 2015 - 09:11 PM

Kipwinger...you're wrong about Crosby's impact on Kunitz.  If you check the numbers, his goal scoring is 33% higher with Crosby than it is without.  If that isn't significant, I'm not sure what is.  Anything over 10% i'd consider significant.  Dupuis is 28% better with Crosby than without (points wise it's 45%)


In Topic: Looking ahead to expansion draft ... If Vegas comes to the nhl etc

25 June 2015 - 05:12 PM

It's entirely possible that some of the guys won't be around to be protected or not (e.g. Datsyuk).  Not saying he'll retire by then, but It's a possibility.


In Topic: Yzerman wins GM of Year (& other awards discussion)

25 June 2015 - 11:55 AM

Harold, I totally agree with you in terms of the writers having lost their minds a bit over the past several years.  They do seem to totally ignore everything until the last 3rd of the season or so.

 

Another great example for me was a couple years ago 12-13 season.  Ovechkin wins the Hart.  He had 56 points in 48 games and Crosby had 56 points in 36 games.  Both players missed significant chunks of the season, but with Crosby, it was due to injury (which happened to be at the end of the season I believe), with Ovechkin, he didn't miss any games, he just sucked in several of them and didn't really show up until the second half of the season.

 

Now, I wouldn't have voted for Crosby either because I do have a hard time awarding an MVP award to someone who's missed a lot of time (he did win the Lindsay, which makes sense).  However, I think Ovechkin won mostly because he was very hot at the end of the year and was key in squeaking his team into the players.....but the voters seemed to ignore the fact that he sucked for the first half of the year and was a big reason why his team almost missed the playoffs.


In Topic: OT Changes

24 June 2015 - 01:12 PM

I think the big problem is that after they got rid of ties, you really can't go back to it.  They really, really want to reduce the number of games going to a shootout.  Extending 4 on 4 OT would have really helped, but extending game time really isn't an option (PA won't agree to that).  It's not like baseball where you are in a particular city for a number of days in a row and going into extra innings isn't a big deal.

 

So, going to 3 on 3 will reduce the number of games going into shootout.  That's good I guess.  I hate the idea of 3 on 3, but I must admit, I prefer that to a shootout.