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  1. This has a strong feeling of coming from the top, not necessarily Flores.
  2. Yes and yes. In the case of the Lightning I'd also say it's the job Vinik has done revitalizing the area around Amalie, he's shown a commitment to improving the city as well as putting a highly competitive team on the ice. The fans notice. I travel to Tampa for work every year and catch a Lightning game, mostly because I just like hockey, but also because the gameday experience is really, really good. The Rays have neither a good gameday experience nor a convenient way to catch a game. Same. Impossible to not root for this guy... and Dave Roberts.
  3. Sadly, this is actually great work compared to the photoshops on some players I've seen on 21.
  4. They've also struck out on some of their actual signings and/or trades. Hayward's been a bust, not really his fault but it just hasn't worked. Kyrie, enough said. Kemba, invisible all postseason, but this is Tatum's offense and Kemba seems like an afterthought on this team. That $35 mil probably could've been spent elsewhere. The Celtics biggest issue is their size. Theis ain't it. Kanter doesn't play enough minutes.
  5. https://creativemarket.com/boxtubelabs/1770556-Empera I'm assuming the designer behind these posts doesn't have access to the NE font and just used a similar-ish font. Empera was a free download at one point awhile back so that could explain it's usage here. Could be wrong, of course.
  6. It's very uninteresting. In short, we're all unbearable. 1: Patriots - For obvious reasons 2: Celtics - Think they are the best team in the league every year. Every call is a bad call. Comprised mostly of Old Boston (born and bread- not really a fan of POC) and affluent white kids who never grew out of the teenage angst phase. Do you know who my dad is!? BLEED GREEN. 3: Bruins - Pretty knowledgeable compared to Celtics fans. Mostly level-headed but can turn erratic on a dime. Obnoxious to a degree. The most heartbreak of any team in the city other than the 2011 Cup, which lends itself to more of an outsider feel than the other fan bases in the area. 4: Red Sox - All pink hats, no one cares about this team anymore, even if they're good. Red Sox provide a forum for people to go to Fenway solely to get a picture of them at Fenway. High ratings at nursing homes.
  7. Patriots aside, because that fandom is just so intolerable on levels never before seen, the Celtics easily have the worst fans in this city. They are BRUTAL.
  8. Same [censored], different city.* Mike McCarthy is who we thought he was.
  9. Yeah, I'm gunna tend to agree with that. He's definitely the biggest name out there considering age, and Holtby's performance this year. He'll probably fetch 6-7+ all things considered.
  10. That's true - but Rask has never won a Cup as a starting goaltender either. He's proven more than capable of getting the team to the brink and then faltering in the most crucial moment. See: 2013 SCF Game 6 (CHI outclassed them in the 3rd, but 2 goals in 17 seconds is unacceptable), 2019 SCF Game 7 (2 goals on 4 shots in the 1st AT HOME). He's a great goalie no doubt about it. Are you ever truly confident in him though? It varies considerably for me. The problems with this team are deeper than Rask, but I still see him as expendable at this point if the return is right. The UFA goaltender list ain't too hot but maybe Lehner could be an attractive option if he hovers around the 4-5 mil mark.
  11. Rask has 1 year left on his deal at a 7 mil hit (not awful, not great) - he's not resigning anywhere after that. 100% retiring. I'd gauge his interest on resigning and if he's cavalier about it go out and see if you can get some bang for your buck. Don't get me wrong, I love Chara and him in his prime was something to witness. That said, losing Chara in 2010-2013 would be a huge hit. Losing Chara in 2020 is a drop in the bucket. He's too slow at this stage and his breakout passes leave a lot to be desired - they always have, but you're willing to gloss over that when he was in his prime and dominating puck handlers. The longer he plays top defensive minutes the quicker this team will get bounced next year. He's a bottom 2 right now. I know he's the unquestioned team leader, though Bergeron will easily fill those shoes.
  12. Yeah.... same. But then again, outside of Tim Thomas having arguably the best postseason of any goaltender in the history of goaltending, this core has consistently failed to show up in defining moments - so it wasn't that big of a surprise for me. At first Claude Julien was the easy scapegoat because he was great at giving befuddled looks and refusing to change anything, but it's more of the same with Cassidy. I love Chara off the ice and what he brings to the team there, but on the ice I haven't seen a thing I've liked in maybe 8 years. I would love for him to come back on a veteran's minimum and a reduced role. Huge pass on him coming back and playing huge minutes. Bergeron (35), Krecji (34), and Marchand (32) are all certainly aging, but they still have plenty left in the tank. I don't think the window is quite closed yet, however drastic changes need to be made. Let Krug walk, and try to trade Rask to an unsuspecting team on the fringe who needs goaltending (Dallas?). I still have nightmares about this and will continue to for the next decade.
  13. Plenty of reasons to hate Boston sports, but hating them because of an announcer 90% of the fan base also hates is a lame one. Andy Brinkley is one of the best color guys in hockey - calls it like it is, doesn't mince words, I think he's great. Edwards on the other hand is a blowhard who gets off on saying outlandish crap at the expense of quality broadcasting. He's a dolt, and I choose the national broadcast over NESN whenever given the opportunity.
  14. Mrazek's positioning is going to be the difference in this series. He played poorly last year and if he doesn't show more patience and keep his angles against a team that loves the extra pass it's not going to end well.
  15. I'm not seeing much that I love here. Very sloppy breakouts and a lot of missed assignments. Rask also nowhere near the top of his game right now which is bad news. Thankfully this is Carolina and not someone else.