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  1. There's also a back-to-back at home on the weekend, which is probably easier to manage than a back-to-back in different cities. Albeit that the Jets are on a three-game streak, Ottawa is hot and is clicking quite well offensively and defensively - wouldn't be surprised to see them try to keep Carey fresh for that one given that its more difficult and being on the back-end of a back-to-back.
  2. Well, if he wasn't at his best tonight, I'm glad it was tonight - when the team was able to pot four. Nothing stings more than price standing on his head to lose a game 2-1 or 1-0.
  3. Ugh. Fortunately with an injury like this, he'll hopefully be able to come back in full-form with little risk (ie. not a ligament or joint injury), but I can imagine it's pretty painful. The guy can't catch a break it seems.
  4. Hopefully a puck just caught him in a soft spot or he cramped up a bit.
  5. Honestly (and this is purely speculation), I find that smaller defenseman typically have great health records. I don't know why, and perhaps I'm way off base, but I think that there's a lot than can go "wrong" more easily in a larger body. Plus, the smaller guys often play a less physical game, leading to less situations where injuries become a factor. (I know this post if from long ago, I just saw it now and found it interesting)
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  7. If he doesn't want to play - quite frankly, I'd rather not have him play. Good riddance.
  8. Not a bad point, I haven't factored in the partial-season factor - oversight on my part. My main worry is just whether we have the offensive depth to protect him or support him properly. The Seguin model worked because Boston is a very well-built and well-rounded team. That's not to say it WON'T work with the Habs, or that he wouldn't be able to take advantage of certain opportunities, but this is potentially the best prospect we've had in camp since Carey Price. I don't want to screw this one up.
  9. I don't know if that's a fair method of assessment given the shambles of a team inherited by Burke. They had one of the poorest prospect pools in the league from what I recall. Burke's strategy was clearly long-term since there was no evident short-term fix for the Leafs.
  10. I feel like something weird had to have happened, and recently. This move doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and the timing makes even less sense. He hasn't brought them to the promised land yet as many Torontonians prophesized, but I think he could have also done far worse as GM.
  11. I personally would not even give Galchenyuk any of the "tryout" games that you can give a junior. The memory of Latendresse is too fresh, Galchenyuk can still benefit from the juniors, and the team is not deep enough to hide him and ease him in either.
  12. That's assuming the Molsons are willing to shell out the money to do so. I can see them pursuing a buyout on Gomez, but not sure they'd go much beyond that.
  13. The "personality" issue is, to me, the real reason why people have come to dislike Bettman or feel that he is useless. It seems that the average fan doesn't necessarily understand who he is or what he does - as mentioned, he's the figurehead; he REPRESENTS the owners. He doesn't make decisions on their behalf, he's just the one put forward to deliver the message. He personally hasn't caused a lockout. The reality of the situation is, more than half the teams in the league lose money. Even in a purely profit-shared league, a team would only turn a profit of somewhere between $5- and $12-million. When you consider the average NHL player salary is now several million, this doesn't seem like the owners are "rich billionaires making money hand-over-fist" as some players would have you believe. Now onto my thoughts on the lockout side of things: I don't see the NHL budging on more than a 50/50 split. A single percentage point means MUCH more to the ownership. A simplistic way to look at it - 1% of revenues is split 30-ways among owners, but that same 1% is split hundreds of ways among players. The owners won't be backing down, and nor do I think they should. If you look at the other successful professional leagues in North America, 50/50 is a standard split. The players in the NHL earn a higher percentage of revenue than their counterparts in any of the other major leagues. It's time for a wakeup call for them in that respect, in my opinion.
  14. I suppose so, but the Scott Gomez and Tomas Kaberle contracts really inflate that number. Once they're off the books, we'll be sitting pretty with respect to the cap. The unfortunate part is we don't really have any big contracts coming off the books in the next year, so we might have to get a bit creative for a year.
  15. Definitely a huge thing, in my opinion. We keep hearing more and more cases about depression after the game, and while some of that gets attributed to different things, a lot of professional athletes, performers, etc, face this sort of thing as they hit a point of self-realization where they think they'll never be what they previously were. In the most literal sense, they're probably right, and I think that's what leads to some of the problems. They've always had the hockey, or acting, or music - they haven't had to think about anything else or figure things out. It's quite unfortunate as it leads to some pretty serious stuff sometimes.
  16. Exactly. I actually loved watching the guy back in the day. But I can't see the injury issues he had getting any better at this age.
  17. Yeah, he definitely showed that "Crosby's Better", unfortunately. And for those that have no idea what I'm talking about:
  18. No doubt. And, like him or lump him, you can't deny that he's exciting. He adds an element of creativity and sheer skill that few in this league have (or ever have had, for that matter).
  19. By that, do you mean publicly accessible? I would think it would, although I'm not 100% sure I understand the question maybe.
  20. A main reason Bettman has waited is due to a number of pretty big things that have happened recently (ie. new executive director this year). They need time to get comfortably prepared for the talks. Also I think I read somewhere that not everyone is keen on talking as it provides somewhat of a distraction from the hockey still being played.
  21. Meh. Not every bad hit is suspension-worthy in the league now. There are penalties in-game for a reason. Granted, they may not always get called, but regardless, not everything is a suspension.
  22. Perhaps it's more of him just ultimately being a poor fit (it happens). Granted, while our pro scouting has had its ups and downs, his previous numbers indicate that he certainly could have been good here. I was actually moderately excited about this something as I've always thought he was a good mid-range guy, but apparently things just have not gone well for him here. It didn't really help with fluke injury he suffered right off-the-hop either; not much you could do to predict that.
  23. Yes, we all dislike Bettman, but the man takes far too much flak for what happens with the league. Let's not forget that he's more/less just a spokesman for the BOG, who are the ones that come up with ideas for changes and actually do the voting. And while we may lament a lot of it, let's not forget to recognize the good things that come as well: http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/44421-Booming-hockey-numbers-proof-NHLs-Southern-expansion-paying-dividends.html A pleasant story, no doubt.
  24. Perhaps, but at the same time, these sort of things aren't so cut-and-dried as typical bone, ligament, or muscle injuries. It can be so different for every person. Who knows how many potential concussions or how much damage had been done prior to them having to sit out - ie. unreported concussions, hits to the head, etc.
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