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#2032377 Dustin Byfuglien will move to defense

Posted by toby91_ca on 10 September 2010 - 01:35 PM

He's not that good of a player, the value he did have was his size and the ability to stand in front of the net, this decision basically removes that value.

#2025772 Pavel Datsyuk

Posted by toby91_ca on 13 August 2010 - 10:08 AM

Fast forward to today and all the CONTINUED highlight moves and I can confidently say, WITHOUT hesitation, that Pavel Datsyuk has the single greatest puck control/hands in the history of the game... go ahead and try and argue who is/has been better? It's like the guy LITERALLY has the puck attached to his stick by a string and is a once in a lifetime (possibly history) that you will ever see a player with that ability... and DAMN are we lucky it is happening in the Winged Wheel...

That is a pretty bold statement, which appears to be based soley on watching one player and what he has done.....have you watched other players as closely, behind the scenes, etc.?

Kent Nilsson was pretty slick and I've always considered him to be the best stickhandler I've ever seen. Kovalev is pretty damn good too.

I think something like this is pretty subjective and you could very well get some arguments for other players, I think it's really difficult to say that one player, without a doubt at all, is the best.

#2025569 Best Captains by Team

Posted by toby91_ca on 12 August 2010 - 03:51 PM

Was Gretzky really that good as a leader? I know he has tons of points but was he good in the locker room as well?

To be honest, you can't really answer that question about anyone unless you were actually part of the team.

#2024741 Forsberg eyeing another NHL comeback?

Posted by toby91_ca on 10 August 2010 - 07:52 AM

The Brett Favre of the NHL! :P

But did Forsberg ever really announce a retirement? I don't remember such an announcement. All I remember is hearing about him trying to play every year and having difficulty in doing so.

On a related note, I was reading Forsberg's wiki page and there is a comment in there about him leading the league in ppg during the 2008 season. He played only 9 games...I mean, really, do you have to say he lead the league in ppg? That like someone scoring 3 pts in the first game of the season and saying he is on pace to shatter Gretzky's single season point record.

#2022675 This team's still missing one thing..

Posted by toby91_ca on 05 August 2010 - 09:46 AM

This is all true not to mention the tandum of liddy and raf were burnt out this season due to inj...they will do fine giving they dont have to skate 32min every night all year.

I know you are just exaggerating, but not only are you way off on ice time, I don't think Lidstrom or Rafalski really played overly more than they do any other year. Neither played anywhere near 32 minutes in regulation in any single game all year, let alone every night.

Rafalski played a grand total of 1 game in which he played 30 minutes in regulation, Lidstrom had zero, he didn't eevn play a single game at 29 minutes in regulation.

Lidstrom averaged 25 minutes per night (well below what he used to play) and Rafalski averaged 24 minutes per night (about average for his years here, but below what he used to play in NJ).

#2022356 Red Wings Shootout lineup

Posted by toby91_ca on 04 August 2010 - 11:32 AM

Modano isn't particularly good in shootouts.

#2020396 Goal Celebration

Posted by toby91_ca on 29 July 2010 - 12:20 PM

"...in the early days of the sport among the upper echelons of British society, the proper term for the sport was “Soccer”. Not only that, but the sport being referred to as “Soccer” preceded the first recorded instance of it being called by the singular word “Football” by about 18 years. This happening when it became more popular with the middle and lower class. When that happened, the term “Football” gradually began dominating over “Soccer” and the then official name “Association Football”."

thus proving my original point...

No, it says soccer was used before the "singular word" football, but it was still orginally football. In fact, it was actually football (the singular word) even earlier, but in that time the word referred to many different sports.

It was referred to as "association football", then "soccer football", then "soccer", then "football", so to me, it is pretty clear that "football" is really the orginal name.

#2020364 Scott Stevens: The Definitive Reel

Posted by toby91_ca on 29 July 2010 - 11:09 AM

The hardest-hitting defenseman of all time. I never get tired of watching Scott Stevens videos. He hit to hurt, he wasn't afraid to answer the bell, although he didn't fight that much. The snarliest, meanest defenseman of all time, hands down. I don't see how his hits were illegal or even borderline. Even in today's NHL, those hits are legal, its just the extra shots and jabs after the hits that get called now.

I don't know about that. He did get his elbows up here and there, jumped into hits now and then. His hits were hard and generally clean, but there were quite a few that were borderline dirty and I don't think they'd fly in today's NHL.

As an example, I can't imagine he'd get away with the Kariya hit today.

#2019690 NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

Posted by toby91_ca on 27 July 2010 - 12:03 PM

Will be interesting to see how the arbitrator rules, but if he/she rules in favor of NJ/Kovalchuk, the cap really becomes pointless.

The league will face some challenge because of the Luongo and Hossa deals, but the Kovalchuk deal goes quite a bit further than those (i.e. not all that comparable). However, I don't think those deals should have been approved either.

#2019681 Antti Niemi files for arbitration

Posted by toby91_ca on 27 July 2010 - 11:38 AM

There's a rumor on the Chicago boards that Huet is looking at going to Europe this season. Would that entail a buyout of his contract, thus no cap hit?

When you buyout a contract, you do not eliminate the cap hit, only reduce it.

#2018055 NHL's Most Unbreakable Records

Posted by toby91_ca on 22 July 2010 - 02:06 PM


Maybe the closest, but when it comes right down to it, no one dominated the way Gretzky did. You can try to twist and turn everything anyway you want by talking about illness and injuries and what ifs and on pace, etc., but at the end of the day, what you are left for is what actually happened.

Lemieux probably the had the potential and skill to challenge some of Gretzky's totals, but he never really did in the end.

Lemieux won the scoring title 6 times and the total margin he won by for the 6 years combined was 95pts. That compares to Gretzky's maring of 70+ pts, 5 years in a row and 79pts in a single year.

I undestand some of those years Lemieux may have still won the scoring race even missing a ton of games, but like I said, all I can go by at the end of the day is what actually happened.

Gretzky probably would have had a lot higher career stats too if he didn't seriously injur his back in the middle of his career.

#2017726 NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

Posted by toby91_ca on 21 July 2010 - 02:11 PM

The realistic part of his contract was about 95 mil. for 10 yrs. 9.5 per year. That is comparable with the other top players. And seeing that he is the only superstar UFA available this year, it is realistic to for him to expect to get OV/Crosby type money. He is as good or has a chance of being just as good as them, given a decent team to play for.

Why should Kovalchuk expect Crosby or Ovechkin money? He's a good player, but not on their level.

Also, Crosby only gets $8.7M for 5 years, quite a bit different than $9.5M for 10 years. It is comparable to Ovechkin though, who's getting $9.6 million for 13 years.

Stats wise though, Kovy doesn't compare.

Crosby and Ovechkin both have 4 - 100pt seasons out of 5 career years. The seasons they missed, Ovechkin had 92 pts and Crosby missed like 30 games, he was on pace for well over 100 and to lead the league. Kovy has never had a 100pt season.

Career ppg stats:

Crosby - 1.364 ~ 112pts over 82 games
Ovechkin - 1.336 ~ 110pts over 82 games
Kovalchuk - 1.034 ~ 85pts over 82 games

I agree with whoever asked why this guy thinks he's worth so much. Even if you think he's one of the best goal scorers, pure sniper, well, compare him to Crosby, a guy that most think doesn't score that much......their gpg stats are not that different.

#2017518 NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

Posted by toby91_ca on 20 July 2010 - 08:48 PM

I wonder how they're differentiating this from the other contracts like it.

No other contract took a player to the age of 44 and no other contract trailed off in later years quite as significantly.

Rejecting this deal was an absolute no brainer to me.

#2017285 Loophole

Posted by toby91_ca on 20 July 2010 - 12:42 PM

A quick suggested solution: ensure all $ paid to the player end up counting against the cap. This is how it works:

- If you sign a guy to a $50 million, 10 year contract, paying $5 million every year and he retires at the end of the 7th year, the cap would have been hit by $35 million (7 yrs at $5M per) and he would have been paid $35M, therefore, no issues.

- However, if you want to try and get sneaky and front load a deal, then you could get stuck with this: Kovalchuk as an example. He'll get paid $95M in the first 10 years of his 17 year contract. If he retires at the end of the years, the cap would have only been hit by $60 million ($6M cap hit per year). Therefore, they would need to take the $35M paid that didn't hit the cap and spread it over the remaining years of the initial contract (35/7yrs = $5M cap hit per year).

I understand you can't say you are stuck with a cap hit regardless of what happens because players will retire before the end of their deals and it's not fair, etc. However, if you choose to front load a contract and pay a guy all kinds of $ up front, it should count against the cap at some point. If you want to sign a guy to a 15 year contract, fine, if you pay him $6 million every single year, no problem, if he retires early, no cap hit after he's gone. However, if you get cute and pay him almost everything upfront, if he retires early, you are stuck with a cap hit and no player.

#2017259 Loophole

Posted by toby91_ca on 20 July 2010 - 10:56 AM

My issue is this:

What's to stop a team from signing a player to a 30 year contract? Of course the easy answer is to say that is unreasonable, there is no way a player would play for that long, etc. However, where is the line drawn?

How reasonable is it to expect Kovalchuk might play until he is 44. Consider that there has only been 1 player in the last 36 years to play to that age. The answer is that there is a 99.99% chance he doesn't play out the contract, which to me, makes it an unreasonable one.