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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby pdtpuck » Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:16 pm

Amadeus wrote:
The Suburban Avenger wrote:Tell me again why they made such a push to stay in Phoenix?


Because Bettman's an asshole?

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I just don't get (nor will I ever) hockey in the warmer climes. The teams do good attendance-wise for a while, then it drops off, unless they make a playoff push, and even then the increase isn't the same as in traditional markets. I'd be happy to see the league contract. Get rid of all "warm" market teams (and yes, I'd even include L.A. in that).

But then again, I'm a traditionalist. Get rid of those teams, bring back Quebec, maybe add another Canadian team to replace Dallas or Phoenix.
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby D-Day » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:06 pm

pdtpuck wrote:
Amadeus wrote:
The Suburban Avenger wrote:Tell me again why they made such a push to stay in Phoenix?


Because Bettman's an asshole?

^ftw
I just don't get (nor will I ever) hockey in the warmer climes. The teams do good attendance-wise for a while, then it drops off, unless they make a playoff push, and even then the increase isn't the same as in traditional markets. I'd be happy to see the league contract. Get rid of all "warm" market teams (and yes, I'd even include L.A. in that).

But then again, I'm a traditionalist. Get rid of those teams, bring back Quebec, maybe add another Canadian team to replace Dallas or Phoenix.


Hamilton has been trying to get a team for decades, haven't they?
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:14 pm

D-Day wrote:
pdtpuck wrote:
Amadeus wrote:
The Suburban Avenger wrote:Tell me again why they made such a push to stay in Phoenix?


Because Bettman's an asshole?

^ftw
I just don't get (nor will I ever) hockey in the warmer climes. The teams do good attendance-wise for a while, then it drops off, unless they make a playoff push, and even then the increase isn't the same as in traditional markets. I'd be happy to see the league contract. Get rid of all "warm" market teams (and yes, I'd even include L.A. in that).

But then again, I'm a traditionalist. Get rid of those teams, bring back Quebec, maybe add another Canadian team to replace Dallas or Phoenix.


Hamilton has been trying to get a team for decades, haven't they?


Yes, it has, behind the money of Jim Bassile (sp?), the Blackberry guy. That move will happen over the Maple Leafs' and Sabres' dead bodies.

LA, Anaheim, San Jose, Dallas, Nashville and Carolina are markets that have ample corporate money and, in most cases, a decent fan base to keep things humming along.

If they're going to start eliminating teams, Tampa and Florida would be the best place to start. Forget moving to Quebec (Ottawa has hardly been a smashing success, BTW) and just cut down to 28 teams and realign to four seven-team divisions.
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby Andy » Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:32 am

Has any pro sports franchise been contracted in our lifetimes? I can't think of any offhand.
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby D-Day » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:10 pm

Andy wrote:Has any pro sports franchise been contracted in our lifetimes? I can't think of any offhand.


I don't know if this is contraction, but in 1976 the Cleveland Barons merged with the existing Minnesota North Stars and, poof, no more Barons. Minnesota who had sucked until that point, still sucked after the merger
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:19 pm

Andy wrote:Has any pro sports franchise been contracted in our lifetimes? I can't think of any offhand.


Other than the example D-Day cited, I don't think so, at least not in the big four professional leagues.
The ABA and WHA folded a bunch of franchises when they merged with the NBA and NHL.
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby pdtpuck » Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:28 am

http://m.espn.go.com/nhl/story?storyId= ... rc=desktop
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby pdtpuck » Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:01 am

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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby pdtpuck » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:05 am

http://m.espn.go.com/nhl/story?storyId=12168524&src=desktop
So let me get this straight. Marty practically begs any NHL team to sign him, the Blues do, he knows he's not going to be their #1, the regular backup comes back, and now he's "mulling his future"?

OK got it. What the fuck did he expect?
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby Mulligan » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:43 pm

pdtpuck wrote:http://m.espn.go.com/nhl/story?storyId=12168524&src=desktop
So let me get this straight. Marty practically begs any NHL team to sign him, the Blues do, he knows he's not going to be their #1, the regular backup comes back, and now he's "mulling his future"?

OK got it. What the fuck did he expect?


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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby Mulligan » Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:40 am

Watched the documentary "Of Miracles and Men" on Netflix. It tells the 1980 Olympic hockey story from the Soviet perspective. Slava Fetisov is prominently featured -- he makes a return trip to Lake Placid with this daughter. Enthusiastic thumbs-up.
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:40 pm

For a while there, it looked like the Wings and Mrazek might hold on and win tonight. Oh well ...

They're going to make the playoffs and, unless he really melts down, it looks like Mrazek will be the starter. Whomever they play, I'll be surprised if they win two games in the series.

Once they check out, I'm rooting for the Habs.
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby pdtpuck » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:26 pm

The Suburban Avenger wrote:For a while there, it looked like the Wings and Mrazek might hold on and win tonight. Oh well ...

They're going to make the playoffs and, unless he really melts down, it looks like Mrazek will be the starter. Whomever they play, I'll be surprised if they win two games in the series.

Once they check out, I'm rooting for the Habs.

Agreed. The way they limped in doesn't bode well.

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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:39 pm

pdtpuck wrote:
The Suburban Avenger wrote:For a while there, it looked like the Wings and Mrazek might hold on and win tonight. Oh well ...

They're going to make the playoffs and, unless he really melts down, it looks like Mrazek will be the starter. Whomever they play, I'll be surprised if they win two games in the series.

Once they check out, I'm rooting for the Habs.

Agreed. The way they limped in doesn't bode well.

Blues once the Wings are out.


On a positive note, the Lightning is a better matchup than Montreal. On the other, Mrazek is likely to shut a team out one night, then give up three goals on nine shots the next.
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Re: The Red Wings/general hockey thread

Postby pdtpuck » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:27 pm

The Suburban Avenger wrote:
pdtpuck wrote:
The Suburban Avenger wrote:For a while there, it looked like the Wings and Mrazek might hold on and win tonight. Oh well ...

They're going to make the playoffs and, unless he really melts down, it looks like Mrazek will be the starter. Whomever they play, I'll be surprised if they win two games in the series.

Once they check out, I'm rooting for the Habs.

Agreed. The way they limped in doesn't bode well.

Blues once the Wings are out.


On a positive note, the Lightning is a better matchup than Montreal. On the other, Mrazek is likely to shut a team out one night, then give up three goals on nine shots the next.

Well, they pulled the first one off. Sick shorthander by Glendening.
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