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Tuesday May 3, 2016
The hockey world breathed a collective sigh of relief Saturday night when it was revealed that Edmonton would not be taking the 1st overall pick once again. I had mentioned in my previous blog that it was good for the game of hockey to spread out talent and I meant it.Despite my own personal feelings regarding Toronto, the fact remains that they are in desperate need of ...
Filed Under: oilers   draft   laine   matthews   jets  
Monday May 2, 2016
Suppose they ditched the lottery 1, 2, 3 system (which is even more erratic than the previous system), why wouldn't they just take the fourteen teams that missed the playoffs and lottery the whole list, replacing them all randomly? " Chaos " says one GM, " Disaster " says another.Do you know why? Because the first overall pick is worth six times as much as the fourteenth ov...
Filed Under: talent   draft   nhl   bettman   broken  
Sunday May 1, 2016
Hall Fan writes...

Lottery Winners

Posted 12:14 AM ET | Comments 2
I must say the NHL seems to be going the right way with the lottery. It is not must see TV yet but that was a lot more interesting with the top 3 all up for grabs. It is not like them to successfully market anything. I think the big Congratulations go to the Jets. They will get themselves a big Finnish player that will fit well on their team next season. As for the Le...
Filed Under: Draft   lottery   oilers   leafs   nylander   tkachuk  
Friday April 29, 2016
First off let me make one thing clear – Mitchell Marner is amazing! Marner Magic is real folks and he will be a superstar in the NHL. Let us take that to the bank today and profit from the dividends for the next 15 years.People say “Oh he’s way too fancy he’ll get killed in the NHL.” To those people I say please watch the g ames. Watch the OHL final and the...
Thursday April 28, 2016
Most, if not all, will pick the Blues to advance to the Western Conference Finals. It's going to be tough for the boys in Victory green but not impossible. Here are 5 reasons I'd put my money on Dallas.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
Filed Under: Dallas   Stars   Blues   St. Louis   Round 2   Lists  
Tuesday April 26, 2016
NHL360 writes...

Perceived Value vs Actual Value

Posted 11:44 PM ET | Comments 1
In the NHL, the largest reason team consistently lose games, sign bad contracts and overpay for players, is the massive gap between player ’s perceived value and their actual value. This is a major issue in the NHL. In days of the past, there were excuses for making decisions based on the “eye test”. But in reality, the eye test is not only useless, but also actually ...
Friday April 15, 2016
This is going to be a long series and Game 1 did nothing to change my opinion of this prediction. These two teams are physical and have both proven capable of winning close games. This game was way closer than the 2-0 final. The late goal as Philadelphia was pressing to tie the game was not an indication of how the rest of game was played. Overall my perception watchin...
Filed Under: Flyers  
Eastern Conference:Washington X-Factor - Kuznetsov, Why Ovechkin alone cannot carry a team, hes great always showed character in the playoffs and wants that cup, he needs the other Russian to prove that Russia can dominate in the playoffs and rise to the occasion for Washinton. Two .9 + pts per game over the playoffs is always better than 1. Florida - Jagr - He is the he...
Filed Under: playoffs   2016   nhl   predictions   x-factor  
Thursday April 7, 2016
Hooverb writes...

Jets in it for the Long Haul

Posted 7:24 PM ET | Comments 0
I recently heard a caller on the Jets Post-Game Show on TSN1290 hoping that the Jets will sign some UFA's from other teams this off-season, to try to avert the situation we are in this year by bolstering our young line up with veterans. rnrnSounded to me like he still believes the Jets would have made the playoffs this year with Frolik, Stempniak and Tlusty and been a much...
Wednesday March 23, 2016
We don ’t get to hear the greatest broadcasting phrase in hockey enough these days but never fear – these obvious and totally simple to implement solutions will ensure a skyrocket in goals scored in the NHL and we’ll get to hear a lot more:He shoots he scores!Il lance il compte!Стреляет Он забивает гол! - russian Han skjuter han po äng! - ...
Filed Under: NHL   Scoring   Hockey Rules   Toronto Maple Leafs  
Tuesday March 8, 2016
The knock on the current Sabres from the fanbase has been happening due to the team's record. In prior posts in the Sabres thread, it was brought up how much better they're doing than last season, just to show a year-over-year improvement. I decided to break down the team's record in comparison to not only last year, but also the last time the Sabres were " goodThe raw ...
Filed Under: Buffalo   Buffalo Sabres   Sabres  
DutchSenators writes...

The return of Kovalchuk

Posted 9:41 AM ET | Comments 0
The most heard argument AGAINST a return of Ilya Kovalchuk in the NHL is that he really f*cked the New Jersey Devils by leaving them for the KHL, a couple of years into a huge contract. In 2010 the Devils acquired Kovalchuk (and defenseman Salmela) in a deal with the Atlanta Trashers for Oduya, Bergfors, Cormier and a 2010-1st round pick. Atlanta was unable to resign Koval...
Filed Under: New Jersey Devils   KHL   NHL   Kovalchuk  
Thursday February 25, 2016
First off I would like to say that I am a diehard Leafs so my opinion is biased and optimistic, so take it with a grain of salt. Josh Leivo is probably my favourite Marlie I have seen up with the big club all year. I actually was quite impressed when we called him up a few years ago for a hand full of games. The ...
Filed Under: Leivo  
Tuesday February 23, 2016
As it sits today, the Leafs are in last place and with the greatest chance (20%) of landing the first overall pick for the first time since 1985 (Wendel Clark). Auston Matthews grew up playing in Scottsdale, AZ watching the then Phoenix Coyotes play. Currently the Coyotes are sitting in a position likely to get the 10th overall pick. My question to you is, would the Leafs ...
Filed Under: Auston Matthews   toronto maple leafs   tml   draft   strome  
Saturday February 13, 2016
Luke DThe Toronto Maple Leafs pulled off a major trade on Tuesday, shipping Dion Phaneuf along with career minor leaguers (Casey Bailey, Matt Frattin, Ryan Rupert and Cody Donaghey) to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2017 2nd round pick, B prospect Tobias Lindberg, Jared Cowen, Milan Michalek and Colin Greening. While many (including myself), consider this trade a ...

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