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#2676510 Datsyuk - someone who works for JLA told me he's sold his house

Posted by toby91_ca on 25 May 2016 - 09:18 AM

I'm not going to lie, some of all this is leaving a bad taste in my mouth, which is tough to admit.  At this point in his career, I don't think the team's on-ice performance will suffer because Datsyuk is not there, so I'm not dreaming of him coming back or anything, it just doesn't sit well with me that he isn't playing out the contract he signed.  If he didn't think he'd stay, he shouldn't have signed a 2 year deal, or whatever it was.  Those finding excuses, suggesting his ankle injury, etc. holds no value to me when you consider he went straight to the world championships after the season and will likely play in the KHL next season.


The biggest issue for me is the dead cap space for now, not missing the player (other than nostalgia).  I probably won't hold it against him too much, but for now, it does sting.

#2676089 ECF : Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by toby91_ca on 17 May 2016 - 10:17 AM

I saw bits and pieces of the game (most of the 1st, half of the 2nd and 3rd).  I flipped back to the game about 30 seconds after the OT goal....that happens when the goal is scored in the first 40 seconds.


The level of scrutiny Crosby has been under is pretty incredible though.  So many people just can't get past goals and assists.  I totally get it, that's what he's paid to produce, but he was a monster out there for a lot of the shifts I saw, only thing missing was getting the puck past the goalie (which is the most important I guess).


Anyway, I did see the aftermath and they made a pretty big deal out of Crosby having 47 career playoff goals, but that was his 1st career playoff OT goal.  Funny stat, Mario Lemieux didn't score a single playoff OT goal in his career.

#2675912 ECF : Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by toby91_ca on 13 May 2016 - 07:25 PM

The hit was bad enough, but the worst part of it was that he got his forearm up behind Letang's head and drove the head down into the boards.  Really dangerous, wonder if Letang will be back...huge blow if not.

#2675578 ECSF : New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by toby91_ca on 10 May 2016 - 08:25 AM

Hard to read Tampa.  They had a very easy road to the conference finals, because of the schedule, they were lucky to avoid both WSH and PIT.  You have to believe they'll be a huge underdog in the next round.  That said, they'll be the fresher team and they have a very good goalie, so anything can happen.  PIT still has a question mark in goal, we'll see how that goes, WSH can still come back if Holtby keeps playing like he did in game 5.

#2675577 IIHF World Championships

Posted by toby91_ca on 10 May 2016 - 08:21 AM

Secondary scoring is actually extremely important.  If you don't have it, teams will focus entirely on shutting down primary scoring and then you are toast.  It is pretty easy beating teams in the playoffs who have very thin forward lines. 

#2675353 ECSF : Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Posted by toby91_ca on 07 May 2016 - 08:42 PM

So, someone needs to explain this to me, I thought linesman were able to call major high sticking penalties.  Oshie gets a stick near the stomach and he snaps his head back, falls to his knees and grabs his face...absolutely disgusting, I understand embellishment, but absolute faking like that drives me nuts....back on topic, neither ref called anything, but then the linesman convinced them there was a penalty....but only 2 minutes, can that happen?


I'm guessing Oshie is getting fined tomorrow though, not that it will matter.

#2675297 Calder finalists

Posted by toby91_ca on 07 May 2016 - 09:31 AM

If you've proven yourself to be better than all the rookies (McDavid), I don't really have a problem with playing less games.  It's not like an MVP award where you can say "how can he be MVP if he missed so many games" - I don't think he'll win, because of the games missed, but I'm sure that's the thought process for people that voted for him.

#2675003 Kris Letang Facing NHL suspension hearing.

Posted by toby91_ca on 03 May 2016 - 03:52 PM

3 games based on what?  I know there are some PIT fans losing their minds he is suspended at all, pointing to similar hits their players have taken in this series alone and calling for Ovechkin to get suspended the next time he does something similar (which they say happens almost every game).  So, they are obviously biased, but do have a small point.


The rationale in the video was weird...no illegal contact with head, etc....explanation boils down to suspension due to interference...which is why some of them are losing their minds.


Honestly, I would have been fine with no suspension, but prefer a suspension as a point of ensuring people get the message...consistency is the main point I look for.  3 games for that would have been grossly inconsistent with past rulings, including one just a few days ago (Orpik).

#2670838 Playoff Bracket - Round 1

Posted by toby91_ca on 18 April 2016 - 09:20 PM

No, doesn't make it interesting all, makes it ridiculous.  Why give a weaker team a better chance because two stronger teams go against each other and have one knocked out early?

#2668441 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by toby91_ca on 14 April 2016 - 08:34 AM

To change the discussion a bit, I thought Drouin was pretty decent...total surprise based on how the year has gone..surprise he's even with the team.

#2662812 2016 Playoffs % chances (part II)

Posted by toby91_ca on 29 March 2016 - 08:31 AM

The good news is that the Wings' schedule looks pretty easy the next 3 games, more challenging the last 3, but it's still against lower seeded teams other than the Rangers.  You also want to be playing against the teams you are competing against for the playoffs towards the end (BOS and PHI)

#2660590 Coreau called up

Posted by toby91_ca on 17 March 2016 - 10:25 AM

One could argue Mrazek is also a reason they are slipping.  He's given up 5 goals 3 times in the last 11 games....in his first 38 games that didn't happen a single time.


Of course, I'm no naïve enough to think that's all on Mrazek, it's a function of team play as well.

#2658758 Wings sign Maine Defenseman Dan Renouf

Posted by toby91_ca on 11 March 2016 - 11:06 AM

Regarding Sproul...I don't think a draft position of 55th can really result in a bust...there really isn't much expectation when drafting at that level. 

#2657444 Jagr ties Howe

Posted by toby91_ca on 04 March 2016 - 12:27 PM

So, Jagr picked up a point last night to pull into a tie with Howe at 1,850 points, becoming only the 4th player in history to reach that level, along with Gretzky, Messier and Howe.  I want to say he's done it quietly, but he's had all sorts of accolades, but I can't help but think he's never been thought of as one of the all-time greats, like the other 3....perhaps underrated?


Anyway, funny part, how old were each when they scored their 1,850th point?


Howe - 52 (but he was out of the NHL for a long while before coming back....so it really would have been 43)


Jagr - 44 (but he was out of the NHL for a few years, so really would have been 41 perhaps)


Messier - 42


Gretzky - 28 :scared:

#2654486 Has anyone been to a game in Buffalo?

Posted by toby91_ca on 23 February 2016 - 11:22 AM

Barrie....we probably are neighbors, I live in Burlington as well.