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#2638229 New NHL all-star game format

Posted by toby91_ca on 19 November 2015 - 12:07 PM

The game used to be pretty awesome...not so much anymore, but it's not because the game or format or efforts have changed, it's because I've changed, I've grown up.


As a kid, I loved allstar weekend (still like some of the skills comp), but the game gave me the chance to see all the starts playing at once.  It wasn't often that I got to see a lot of them (there was no Centre Ice back then).


Anyway, I think people just need to accept it for what it is....kids love it, leave it for the kids.  Trying to improve it is a waste of time.  Trying to make it competitive where guys will try harder is not the right move.

#2627744 Who Do You Think Will Lead the Wings In Scoring

Posted by toby91_ca on 30 September 2015 - 11:06 AM

Not sure how you can say Ovechkin is the goal scoring god and no one is even close.  You'd have to at least admit that Stamkos is close.  If you take the past 6 seasons, both have missed sometime, but Ovechkin has scored 256 goals and Stamkos has scored 253 goals.  Stamkos has a better gpg stat over that period....if that's not AT LEAST close, not sure what would be as some would argue that Stamkos is the better goal scorer using those stats.  Perhaps it's because Ovechkin had 53 last year to Stamkos' 43 and the year before, Ovechkin had 51 to Stamkos' 25, but Stamkos only played 37 games, so that's a 55 goal pace over 82 games.

#2624623 Penguins Sale: Lemieux and Burkle asking for $750 million

Posted by toby91_ca on 04 September 2015 - 10:48 AM

I don't know what percentage of the MLSE deal would come from the Leafs...but it's the majority and don't forget that the value of MLSE was closer to $1.8B as it wasn't 100% of the company that sold.  The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan sold its interest to Bell and Rogers (Larry T didn't sell his interest, he actually increased it slightly).

#2624133 Hall of Fame Coach Al Arbour Dies at 82

Posted by toby91_ca on 29 August 2015 - 06:47 PM

Not only what the Oilers did after them, but what the Canadiens did before them.

#2621047 Holtby Asking for $8M

Posted by toby91_ca on 21 July 2015 - 10:11 AM

I know you go in with a high number to start with, but a bit much if you ask me.


I'm not sure why I can't cut and paste links or even quote others posts....but there is an article at tsn.ca

#2620978 Pronger (contract) and Grossman to for Sam Gagner and conditional pick

Posted by toby91_ca on 20 July 2015 - 08:26 AM

Due to the bump, I read some of the earlier comments in this thread, specifically with the issues around Pronger being eligible for the HHOF even though he isn't "technically" retired.


To be clear, retirement is not part of the eligibility criteria.  The actual requirement is as follows:  "Must not have played a game in a professional or international hockey game during any of the three (3) playing seasons prior to his or her election."

#2619439 Tarasenko re-signs with the Blues (60 mill/8 years)

Posted by toby91_ca on 07 July 2015 - 12:49 PM

I guess I'm in the minority, but I'd prefer to see consistent performance before handing out a huge contract like this.  Very good chance the contract ends up being a bargain for the Blues, but I still scratch my head a bit.

#2618584 Phil Kessel Traded to Penguins

Posted by toby91_ca on 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%)

#2612862 Tampa Bay Lightning dress code for fans

Posted by toby91_ca on 02 June 2015 - 01:50 PM

Did the same thing in round 1....see lengthy thread on the topic

#2593160 43-25-14......3rd seed in Division. Success or Failure?

Posted by toby91_ca on 14 April 2015 - 10:50 AM

Personally I don't think it makes sense to look at the regular season and judge whether it was a success or a failure.  If it makes sense to do so, it probably means the team isn't very good at all (one that would be very happy just to make the playoffs = success).


Here's how I'd judge the season after it is finished:


Success - make it past 1st round


Neither - lose in 1st round


Failure - miss playoffs


So far though, they look to be exceeding expectations and well positioned to have a successful season.  We'll see if the regular season results are indicative of how good the team really is.

#2593159 S'matter Yzerman, afraid of the jersey you wore for so long?

Posted by toby91_ca on 14 April 2015 - 10:44 AM

I have absolutely no problem with any of it.  Restricting ticket sales to local area is nothing new and it makes total sense.  If you can sell all your tickets to locals, more power to you, why would you want it open to anyone.


In terms of the logo issue, it's not like they are banning other logos from the building, only an exclusive club within the building....again, that just makes sense and if you don't like it, it really is the proprietor's decision, there would be no grounds to call discrimination, etc.  In fact, I'm pretty sure a corner store owner can choose not to sell to someone for any reason they want (not that this is the same scenario)

#2589968 % chance of making the playoffs

Posted by toby91_ca on 07 April 2015 - 09:20 AM

Rooting for the Pens tonight is not mandatory.  While it may be the best course of action in terms of securing the playoffs for the Wings....there's a chance that the Pens could be on the outside looking in if they get overtaken by Ottawa.  So....interesting dilemma in cheering decisions.

#2585073 3/22 GDT : Blues 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by toby91_ca on 25 March 2015 - 10:44 AM

Goalie's being able to use a broken stick makes "some sense", but it is still dangerous, so I'm not sure why they are allowed until stoppage in play.  I guess the rationale is as follows:


  • They aren't allowed to go to the bench to get a new stick like other players (this doesn't address the safety concern though + why not let them go to the bench....if they want to take the risk and leave their net....their problem)
  • There is much less risk with the goalie using a broken stick than other players, this is clearly true, but still, there is a risk so why not have the same rule for everyone?

#2583581 3/20 GDT : Red Wings 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Posted by toby91_ca on 20 March 2015 - 09:10 PM

Penalty on Fil????  Referring to the play on Gus?  Disgusting dive.

#2580563 Franzen on IR

Posted by toby91_ca on 10 March 2015 - 09:45 AM

Well, one thing is for sure....he hasn't been clutch in the playoffs in 5 years.  For me, he's just easy to complain about.  It's very frustrating that he's been out of the line up a lot and a lot of players take heat for that too, but I just don't like the way he plays, dives, etc.  Because of that, I'd start complaining about him for something I wouldn't complain about Datsyuk or Zetterberg for.  Yes, it's a double-standard, but simple human nature.