SabresRule7361

2016-17 NHL Season: Happy 100th Birthday, National Hockey League

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If you remember the Chicago Magazine profile of Rocky Wirtz, there was a line about how by 2007, the team was losing so much and earning so little that WirtzCorp couldn't justify funding the team off Judge & Dolph anymore and was ready to hand the team over to the league. Mind you, this could be the sort of lying that the Organ-Eye-Zation does when it's time to hike ticket prices year after year, but if you start doing the napkin math on the circa-2007 Blackhawks, with their horrid attendance, lack of television inventory let alone viewers, and the league's scant national revenue, you can arrive at the conclusion that the only thing truly keeping the team from bottoming out was their 50% of the United Center and 20% of Comcast SportsNet. As a general rule, one shouldn't take Wirtzes at their word, but I'll believe them when they say Bill was a hairsbreadth from finally putting the family out of business.

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In the spring of 2004, I went to Chicago on a field trip and bought a Blackhawks pennant for..... ONE DOLLAR!

 

This was back in the days when the only way you could see Blackhawks home games was a rare ESPN telecast or you had NHL Center Ice and had to get the opposing TV feed.

 

I remember a time when the Blackhawks having a winning streak was a big deal.

 

It felt like a miracle when they somehow had a 40 win 90 point 2002 playoff season. That was like a comet!

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4 hours ago, SabresRule7361 said:

In the spring of 2004, I went to Chicago on a field trip and bought a Blackhawks pennant for..... ONE DOLLAR!

 

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that you could have gotten a ticket for cheaper.

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For a team being the 7th best in the league, I get frustrated with this feast or famine approach the Sharks are pulling. They pretty handily beat the Caps a week ago and looked to be neck and neck for the best record in the conference.

 

And then Haley got centered on the fourth line. And now...you know...the rest...of the story.

 

Could they right the ship when Hansen gets back in the fold and Karlsson recovers? Sure. But with the Hawks playing well and Alberta being a tough out, I'm pretty damn sure they aren't defending Clarence. 

 

What a soft handjob that would be.

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The Leafs are 3 points up on the Islanders, 4 up on Tampa. 11 games left. Gotta say this has Toronto Maple Leafs CollapseTM written all over it. I'm nervous for you, Toronto fans. I hope it doesn't happen. 

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I'm pulling for the Islanders because of my Tavares man-crush, but I'm not averse to the Leafs getting in. I just don't want Tampa. Can't deal with the Yzerman blowjobs if he sold at the deadline and still got in.

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58 minutes ago, McCarthy said:

The Leafs are 3 points up on the Islanders, 4 up on Tampa. 11 games left. Gotta say this has Toronto Maple Leafs CollapseTM written all over it. I'm nervous for you, Toronto fans. I hope it doesn't happen. 

There's no collapse when there was zero expectation.  This is garbage time for me.

 

As for the Isles, they'd probably be better off missing the playoffs so they're not drunk with false hope for the near future.  

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59 minutes ago, the admiral said:

I'm pulling for the Islanders because of my Tavares man-crush, but I'm not averse to the Leafs getting in. I just don't want Tampa. Can't deal with the Yzerman blowjobs if he sold at the deadline and still got in.

 

Lightning would get annihilated anyway, so there's not much to worry about there. Of their three possible 1st round opponents, that being the Caps, Pens, and Jackets, the Lightning played them nine times this season, and they lost eight of those games, with the other going to a shootout. If missing the playoffs helps speed up the fire Cooper wagon (which it won't, because injuries will be the excuse even though they played like :censored: anyway), then it's probably a worthwhile tradeoff at this point.

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If the Leafs face the Caps, it'd be a great learning experience for the young guys.

If they face the Sens, I'd have to think they could at least give them a run for their money... all the pressure on Ottawa, not least having to not fall over once again to an underdog Leafs team in the playoffs.  

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At this point, the Islanders and Lightning have a better shot of catching Boston than Toronto. Especially since the Bruins' next two games are vs. Tampa Bay and at Brooklyn.

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