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  1. 29 out of 30 teams end the year disappointed. Shattenkirk was exactly the kind of player that Cup contenders trade for to help them win. Teams give up part of their future to get guys like that, with probably similar chances of re-signing said player. The Blues had that guy without giving anything up, and they assumed the same risk of losing the player that most deadline-deal teams assume. Sorry, the GM packed it in. It's worked out so far for them, but they traded "good now" for "hopefully good in the future". That is the opposite of what playoff teams do. It doesn't matter that he was going to leave; they could have kept him for the playoffs, traded his negotiation rights, and gotten something (admittedly less) for him. I don't hate the Blues, but I don't see how you can spin trading a top-4 defenseman for a young center who had 3 points in 26 NHL games to that point as somehow being a good thing for this year.
  2. The Rangers play the NFL on Fox theme in the arena?
  3. Ask the GM: "On the same day Armstrong defended his decision to keep former pending free agents David Backes and Troy Brouwer for last season's playoff push, he explained why he did not repeat that choice with Shattenkirk, who was viewed as one of the league's top unrestricted free agents at the fast-approaching Wednesday deadline. "I would say, if we were sitting where Minnesota (first) or Chicago (second) were in our standings in our division, I would have thought, you know what, they've earned it," Armstrong said. "You people (media) as experts can tell us who are Cup contenders and who are not Cup contenders. Everyone says Minnesota is a Cup contender. Everyone says Chicago is a Cup contender, based on what they do and with their experience. Last year at this deadline, everyone said St. Louis is a Cup contender. Now we are at the dark horse part of that. But dark horses win every once in a while, too." "You build your team, then you look at it and you rebuild it," he said. "There are two teams that haven't had to rebuild it, and that's the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins." He added: "This is not a good feeling. This is not a feeling I want to continue. But it's something that I felt like we had to transition, and when you transition, you have to make hard decisions, and you have to ride out the storm. Has it been easy? No." Yeah, sounds like a guy that was planning on a long playoff run.
  4. I guess you can do it if you're an optimist?
  5. Figure out how to travel back in time, and then we'll worry about that.
  6. For me, the smoking gun is that Minnesota also participated in that "expansion" draft along with the Sharks. Whether or not the NHL calls it one, that's about as close to a de-merger as you can get. The icing on the cake is that there's one owner to follow from Seals to Barons to North Stars to Sharks.
  7. I don't think the NHL considers them actually part of the Seals franchise, but if you look at the history of what happened, I'd say they are. It's surprisingly unambiguous.
  8. Is it that bad to have back-to-back games in a stadium on consecutive days?
  9. I think it was definitely time for Bylsma to go; I don't think the point total this season lived up to the talent on the roster. Murray? I could have gone either way. I was not a fan of the Robin Lehner deal, but things like the Kane and O'Reilly deals were pretty solid. Any idiot could have drafted Jack Eichel, but the early returns on his 2014 and 2015 drafts' 2nd+ round picks seem to be not so great; that could also be a factor. I just want them to make the playoffs in a league where more than half the teams make the playoffs. Is that so hard?
  10. I do feel bad for Blackhawks fans, but the Western Conference playoffs are a hell of a lot more interesting without Chicago in it.
  11. Quebec City was in it long enough for the NHL to get their nonrefundable deposit.
  12. Has to be Dave Mishkin. Plenty of announcers yell, but I feel like Dave Mishkin is mad at me when the Lightning score.
  13. Couldn't have happened to a better guy.
  14. Hopefully this is in the right spirit: A Sabre is a weapon that a Blue Jacket officer would have carried. The Preds took the Sabres' mascot and turned it into their identity. The Canucks' orca logo only appeared after the Whalers went away. There is a team called the Stars, and three other NHL teams have stars in their primary logos. The Blues and the Flyers came into the league in the same year, and they have similar wing-y shapes in their logos. The Bills and the New York Rangers are both New York State RWB teams whose names are based on Western-themed puns that don't really translate into their identity at all.