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#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.

#2016879 Kovalchuk Re-Signs with Devils

Posted by toby91_ca on 19 July 2010 - 02:38 PM

If it is true, as being reported, I'm not sure how the league can approve such a contract. A 17 year contract would mean he is 45 at completion. It is obvious that they have no intention of paying him until he is 45, clear circumvention of the cap.

#1997502 Toews: Most undeserving Conn Smyth winner in history?

Posted by toby91_ca on 10 June 2010 - 10:48 AM

Deserving or not it's an award than Crosby doesn't have, so Toews technically now has more accolades than Crybaby. I'm all for this.

Help me understand, Toews has an award that Crosby doesn't have.....so technically he now has more accolades than Crosby? How does that work.

So if Crosby has 1,000 awards and Toews has 1 award, but it's one Crosby doesn't have = Toews technically has more accolades?

#1995866 Why Holmstrom

Posted by toby91_ca on 07 June 2010 - 01:20 PM

Why Holmstrom? Holmstrom steps it up when needed. He has always been a playoff scorer, he seems to up his game then. If he can still net 25 goals regular season and 5-10 playoffs, then $1.8M is WELL worth it. Why do you think Draper and Maltby stuck around so long? They stepped it up in the playoffs consistently, now they are replaceable, right now, Tomas Holmstrom is NOT replaceable, well not unless you are gonna replace him with Ryan Smyth or Ryan Geztlaf and that's not gonna happen for less than $2M... Plus 10,000 points for Holland AND Holmstrom for this deal! (not to mention he could've easily gotten $3M on the market, that saves us $1.2M in Cap Space to spend elsewhere)

Lids for $6.2M
Holmstrom for $1.8M

That's TWO 4 time Stanley Cup Champs, who are the BEST at what they do for $4M a piece! When you think that Lids could've gotten $10M and Holmstrom $3M, that's FREAKIN AMAZING!

While I agree with most of what you are saying, this isn't true. He's only picked up the pace from the regular season in the playoffs in 3 of his 13 years in Detroit and hasn't done so in the past 7 years straight.

#1995777 The right way to be a prospect of the Wings

Posted by toby91_ca on 07 June 2010 - 10:34 AM

isnt he 19? but i agree, from what ive seen tatar looks like he has alot of potential to be a great player in the NHL and im excited to see him progress next year

oh nvm i guess he is 18

He'll be 20 later this year.

#1995775 Steve Yzerman

Posted by toby91_ca on 07 June 2010 - 10:27 AM

I don't get it. GMs and other members of management ask for permission to speak to other team's personnel. If you really want someone, that's what you have to do. It would such if you had to simply accept who's out there, out of job and looking. People ask for permission to speak to certain people all the time, sometimes the team says no, sometimes they say yes.

Do I have this correct...some people on here are okay with other GMs doing this with the wings, but not Steve? Makes no sense. He needs to fill positions, he can speak to the other 28 teams, but not the Wings? That's just stupid.

#1993841 please chicago win the stanley cup

Posted by toby91_ca on 03 June 2010 - 03:31 PM

I don't care either way. Why would anyone care if Pronger won the Conne Smythe or not?

#1990270 Stanley Cup Finals vs Superbowl

Posted by toby91_ca on 27 May 2010 - 08:11 AM

A neutral site works and makes sense for a game like football. It is a single game and it would probably be unfair for one of those teams to be playing on home field. For hockey and other sports (see baseball, basketball, etc.), it doesn't make sense and that's why it is not done. In a 7 games series, you are able to split the games so each team has home ice for different games, no unfair advantage to on of the teams. The team with the better regular season record gets an extra home game of course, but that's fair.