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#2471336 It's time - to predict 2014 Team Canada

Posted by toby91_ca on 08 January 2014 - 11:28 AM

In 2010 Nash was a beast. He was playing in a two way role then as he will be this year. Some players seem to rise to the occasion when playing for their country. Nash is that type of player. I am not a big fan of his but I give credit where its due. 



In 2010 Nash was a beast. He was playing in a two way role then as he will be this year. Some players seem to rise to the occasion when playing for their country. Nash is that type of player. I am not a big fan of his but I give credit where its due. 

I would probably go as far as to say that Nash, from that roster, has the best international reputation/past experience than anyone.

#2470485 World Juniors Tourney Thread

Posted by toby91_ca on 04 January 2014 - 10:49 AM

Most guys would throw their stick and go down from a high stick to the face....not sure why, but it's pretty much the norm.  The difference here is that he threw his glove off too.  I'm not too quick to jump on him as maybe he was scared there were dental issues there....but from that lightly of a tap I doubt it and the Russians do have a very bad rep for this type of thing.

#2462558 Shawn Thornton attacks Orpik (leaves game on stretcher)

Posted by toby91_ca on 09 December 2013 - 04:32 PM

Shanahan is such a joke. How can one justify not even looking at the hit from Orpik


How could one justify looking at the hit from Orpik?  Absolutely nothing wrong with it, about as clean as you get.  The only argument that could be made is whether or not there is interference as he didn't have the puck, but the puck was coming to him and he didn't get it.  Either way, that argument, by no means, creates an argument for suspension.


He got hurt on the play because he fell back and hit his head on the ice, didn't look like Orpik made contact with his head at all....shoulder dead on chest/shoulder.

#2453560 Overtime modifications on table at GMs meeting.

Posted by toby91_ca on 14 November 2013 - 10:22 AM

Get rid of the shootout altogether, no point for losing in overtime, problem solved. Not sure why they refuse to go that route. Teams will play to win if they don't get anything. There's no reason to treat a loss in overtime as a half win

So, you are suggesting going back to potentially ending with ties or extending overtime until someone wins?  Your comment isn't clear.  If it is the former, your suggestion that teams will play to win likely wrong.  In that scenario, teams will play not to lose so they can keep that single point from a tie.

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#2453467 What Did Pierre McGuire Want from Henrik Zetterberg?

Posted by toby91_ca on 13 November 2013 - 04:44 PM

Looks like Pierre asks for an interview and the response is "Now???" and shakes his head.

#2450745 This months mathchups - Predictions!

Posted by toby91_ca on 04 November 2013 - 01:48 PM

I expect a good month...12 games, 9 of which are at home.

#2449424 Franzen believes hes playing well.

Posted by toby91_ca on 01 November 2013 - 10:18 AM

This has been bothering me for a long time, is it just me?  Everytime I come on here I look at his face amongst all the other Wings' greats.  I'm okay with Datsyuk and Zetterberg being there, they are the current faces of the frachise and are worthy....but Franzen, to me, just looks so out of place.

#2449252 Varlamov Arrested

Posted by toby91_ca on 31 October 2013 - 08:51 AM

I wonder where were you when one drunk idiot killed his freind and has been seeing lot of ice since...

If you are talking about Heatley, I'm pretty sure alcohol was not a factor.

#2442948 Fedorov lacing up the skates Friday

Posted by toby91_ca on 10 October 2013 - 08:06 AM

A league MVP twenty years ago with 120 points you would've thought that he'd remain a point-per-game for the rest of his career. I wonder what happened.

While not talked about much, I wonder what impact concussions may have had on his production.

Federov is reportedly playing for CSKA Moscow on Friday.


Link: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=433754


Weird to think he's only the same age as Selanne. This is something I'd like to see.

What's weird about him only being the same age as Selanne?  He's actually a year older and at this point, Selanne has only played 1 more year than Fedorov...will be 2 after this year.  Fedorov actually played in the NHL until he was 39 and then played a few more years in the KHL after that.

#2442669 Will young talent ever speak out against Wings philosophy?

Posted by toby91_ca on 08 October 2013 - 12:37 PM

The philosophy isn't just a Wings' way, most teams do this.  Having someone like Crosby come along and enter the league at 18 is a rarity.  I think his year, he was the only player to play the year in the NHL right after being drafted.  The fact is that the vast majority of players simply need further development.  In Crosby's case, he'd play regardless of who drafted him, in other cases, it might be a matter of how desperate the drafting team is (i.e. Edmonton) - a lot of those younger players would benefit from more development.


The Wings situation has been two-fold: 1) they aren't drafting top end talent due to draft position and 2) they haven't been desperate to inject new talent....things could change of course.

#2430666 Rule 48: not working as planned.

Posted by toby91_ca on 18 July 2013 - 01:11 PM

I would not be surprised at all if total consussions actually decreased and it's just that the undetected concussions decreased that much more, which makes it appear as though concussions increased.....if you follow what I'm saying

#2430146 Ilya Kovalchuk announces retirement

Posted by toby91_ca on 15 July 2013 - 11:57 AM

I don't like someone being able to simply retire (i.e. get out of "x" year contract) and go sign another contract with a team in another league.  I guess if NJ was against that happening they could block it.

#2419002 Rules regarding salary

Posted by toby91_ca on 10 June 2013 - 10:48 AM

Should be no real rules...but I can't say for sure.  Selanne and Kariya did sign for way below market value several years ago.  Under a different CBA though.  The biggest stubbling block would be NHLPA pressure if someone were to sign way below market value I'd think.  I guess the NHL could choose not to approve such a contract as well, but not sure what grounds they'd have (also, it would go against their focus of keeping player costs down)

#2417906 Visors Required - New NHL Players in '13-'14

Posted by toby91_ca on 05 June 2013 - 02:39 PM

That's the thing, if a guy doesn't care about possibly losing his sight, I think it should be his choice whether to wear one or not. I don't hate visors. There's no reason to. I just think the players should make the choice for themselves.

I have no problem with that line of thought, if the consequencies only impact the person making that decision.  But that is clearly not the case here.


If you thik about it, why is there are there speed limits?  It's not really to protect the individual driver, it's to protect all the other innocent people in proximity of that driver.  If you left it up to that driver to decide how fast he drove, the risk he would take on in driving way too fast is impacting a lot more individuals than just himself.

#2417822 Visors Required - New NHL Players in '13-'14

Posted by toby91_ca on 05 June 2013 - 11:22 AM

Consideration of any other angle beyond this is irrelevant.  Edit....the biggest thing for me, which you haven't mentioned, is the risk of losing the player and the time and money invested in said player.  Your argument related to cost and insurance, etc. is good, but for me, I'd be more concerned about losing franchise player that I thought I'd have for another 10-15 years.


Yes, yes, your very clever. :clap:


To be clear, there are two separate angles that this needs to be considered.  First, the health insurance aspect and the fact that the team is on the line to foot the bill if the player get's hurt. From this angle, I understand the owners wanting the rule and can offer no argument.