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(NHL Playoffs) Rite of Spring 2017: can't go on, no, I'll go on

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50 minutes ago, infrared41 said:

 

While watching the Sharks last week, I started thinking about how long Joe Thornton has been in the league.  I started seriously following the NHL in '92-'93. I've been an NHL fan for 26 years and Joe Thornton has been in the league for 21 of those 26 years. There are probably people posting in this thread that weren't even alive when Joe started his NHL career.  My point, I suppose, is that I knew Joe had been around a while, but until last week, I didn't realize just how long he's been around. Ice_Cap is probably right. It might be time for Joe to hang 'em up. 

And Jaromir Jagr played two full seasons before you started following hockey. Unreal.

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56 minutes ago, infrared41 said:

 

While watching the Sharks last week, I started thinking about how long Joe Thornton has been in the league.  I started seriously following the NHL in '92-'93. I've been an NHL fan for 26 years and Joe Thornton has been in the league for 21 of those 26 years. There are probably people posting in this thread that weren't even alive when Joe started his NHL career.  My point, I suppose, is that I knew Joe had been around a while, but until last week, I didn't realize just how long he's been around. Ice_Cap is probably right. It might be time for Joe to hang 'em up. 

There's some players in the NHL that weren't even born when Jagr started playing - let that soak in for a minute

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3 hours ago, Ice_Cap said:

He's also holding the team back. Sure, Old Tyme Iced Hockey mentality and all of that, but Joe Thorton is at the age where he's kind of a lug on the ice even when he's 100%. Playing injured like that is just more dead weight the Sharks had to carry going up against a younger and faster Oilers team. Joe needs to retire. Or at the very least move on so the Sharks can try to successfully rebuild on the fly.

 

 

You'll get no argument from me. I've wanted a rebuild for a long time, and "Jumbo" Joe's retirement/trade to a contender plays a big part in that. He's probably headed to the Hall of Fame, and the Sharks will probably retire #19. His legacy is set, and he doesn't need to painfully drag himself through the rigors of a hockey season.

 

The same goes for Patrick Marleau and the other Sharks old-timers. It's time to spite "loyalty" and "nostalgia" by moving on, via trade and/or retirement.

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15 minutes ago, SFGiants58 said:

 

The same goes for Patrick Marleau and the other Sharks old-timers. It's time to spite "loyalty" and "nostalgia" by moving on, via trade and/or retirement.

Thornton and Marleau are both UFA's for 2017-18 so I believe trading isn't an option.

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5 hours ago, SFGiants58 said:

"Jumbo" Joe Thornton played with a torn ACL and MCL in the playoffs.

 

On one hand, I admire his ability to power through these things. On the other, he's endangering his future health far more than any sane person should.

I've long wondered if torn knee ligaments for hockey players aren't as big a deal as they are in other sports.  I remember Dany Heatley's knee injury only keeping him out like 3-4 months of the season instead of ending his season.

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46 minutes ago, HedleyLamarr said:

I've long wondered if torn knee ligaments for hockey players aren't as big a deal as they are in other sports.  I remember Dany Heatley's knee injury only keeping him out like 3-4 months of the season instead of ending his season.

 

Cocaine's a hell of a drug painkiller.

 

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On 4/23/2017 at 11:29 AM, Bucfan56 said:

 

I find it very quaint that the Sharks still make you mad when they get bounced early in the playoffs. Ahh, to be young again. 

 

Through all of that, though? You are kinda right. I'm going to pretty annoyed if Jumbo doesn't decide to hang em up and comes back to hobble through yet another season. Marleau can kick those same rocks, too. For as big of "Legends" as they are, they've both completely worn out their welcome. 

 

Theyre the last team I like who hasn't won a title yet and all this blueballing has gotten me incredibly frustrated. If they were struggling around .500 all year, I wouldn't have cared as much. But that team, when healthier, should've beaten the Oil and at the very least, push the Ducks to a full series. I'm still annoyed at what happened but hey, you got to go through hell before you get to heaven. 

 

Also, I was out drinking fancy cocktails for my anniversary and that was when the fancy ethanol kicked in before bedtime.

 

 

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3 hours ago, SFGiants58 said:

 

You'll get no argument from me. I've wanted a rebuild for a long time, and "Jumbo" Joe's retirement/trade to a contender plays a big part in that. He's probably headed to the Hall of Fame, and the Sharks will probably retire #19. His legacy is set, and he doesn't need to painfully drag himself through the rigors of a hockey season.

 

The same goes for Patrick Marleau and the other Sharks old-timers. It's time to spite "loyalty" and "nostalgia" by moving on, via trade and/or retirement.

 

I felt the same way and then 2016 happened (how many times has this been said in the last 6 months... sheesh). I agree that it's time for Jumbo but I'm not sold on Patty yet. He's still got speed and a wicked shot that he can do some damage. I'm more worried that if Jumbo goes, Pavs will decline since they've got that insane passing connection.

 

Am I stupid to think that they still are in their Cup window? Have I lost my mind completely?

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12 minutes ago, MiK said:

 

I felt the same way and then 2016 happened (how many times has this been said in the last 6 months... sheesh). I agree that it's time for Jumbo but I'm not sold on Patty yet. He's still got speed and a wicked shot that he can do some damage. I'm more worried that if Jumbo goes, Pavs will decline since they've got that insane passing connection.

 

Am I stupid to think that they still are in their Cup window? Have I lost my mind completely?

 

On the first point? Hell yes. On the second point? Only if you really believe the first point.

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8 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

 

On the first point? Hell yes. On the second point? Only if you really believe the first point.

 

Well :censored:. 

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This Pens/Caps feels a bit like Chicago/Vancouver 2011- two straight series losses against their nemesis with these current cores (The 1991-2001 playoff series were with completely different rosters). 

 

if not now, when?

 

I could also analogize this to Boston/Montreal back in the day- if you think WSH's 1-8 playoff record vs. Pittsburgh is bad, the Bruins lost 18 straight playoff series vs. the Habs from 1946-1987. 

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14 hours ago, CreamSoda said:

2017.  Lost in 5 games in the first round.

 

But at least they won in Game 4, which was being treated like a Game 7. For Boudreau, that's what really counts! :upside: 

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That Wild logo is really suited for the "golf" troll.  I don't know that I'd ever seen that (though I am sure someone here must have done that over the past few Wild being the Wild playoff runs).  

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The Wild, Sharks, and Blackhawks may be the best suited for the golf troll. The others are stretches. I can't think how to do a goof on the Leafs or Habs.

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This is weak, but 

 

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(the G stands for Golf)

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The hat logo coming back for the eliminated Blue Jackets. Nice choice. I would expect nothing less from you, McCarthy.

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5 hours ago, McCarthy said:

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Strong shark; if the team was that tough they'd still be in it! :P

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