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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Definitely wasn't a goal in my eyes, but they challenged the hand pass stoppage not Mrazek covering it. So good call there, but bad call not blowing the whistle.
  9. Carolina challenged the wrong thing. Blame Brind'Amour, not the refs on that one.
  10. The Jackets are set up great. Toronto is the 2nd softest team in the league - they consistently fail to show up in an elimination game. Lots, LOTS of things need to change in that organization. Tampa is the softest team in the league, especially without Stamkos and Hedman.... and still Jon Cooper. Probably couldn't ask for a better scenario for a 9 seed. I know Columbus particularly enjoys ripping your heart out annually, but I think they have a great shot at moving on.
  11. This. While it's easy for me to sit back now and say what a stupid idea it is based on the amount of the actual season played and the current state of the Bruins, they had to play something. You can't just let the entire league have a head start on the playoff caliber hockey while the top 4 teams play exhibition games. I still think it should've been a 5 game set where each team plays twice since the "first round" is best of 5, but I digress.
  12. Same here on the monogram, I think it's a lot stronger than the crown they went with. I mocked this up just based on the branding they provided.
  13. Based on the weather that is definitely '96.
  14. So that was the death knell. A bit of revisionists history as a Packers fan I suppose.
  15. They got blown out by the Packers at home and never wore them again.
  16. To me this seems like a combination of every era of Patriots football, and for a team that has had so many drastically different looks - it doesn't look good. Those socks are definitely a hearken back to the Bledsoe era, the wide pants stripe stays the same from the Brady Era, and the jersey is a mismatch of AFL/Brady. This could be a very solid clean look if executed properly, but it isn't.
  17. There's a commercial floating around with the Patriots and another team (generic players) and they're wearing this combo. I can't for the life of me find it though. Nor do I remember what the commercial was for - so this was a pointless post.
  18. They need more than another top pick.
  19. You'd be hard pressed to find one. Maybe not paying Mookie Betts $33,000,000 at age 39? I don't know. I don't love that idea, but that's a better idea than not having Mookie Betts from ages 27-34,
  20. Bloom gets absolutely no credit. Not only did they trade the 2nd bast player in baseball, but they couldn't even get the Dodgers to part with either of their top prospects. Then Bloom and the scouting department fudge up so bad they incorrectly scout another player in the deal. If you want to trade Mookie Betts, your deal has to rely on maximizing your return - by the looks of things they weren't even sure who Graterol even is. Now you're stuck if this deal doesn't go through. You have a newly unhappy player who by all indications would've loved to stay in Boston if you paid him market value, and you have an entire league that knows you have absolutely zero leverage because you have to move Betts now. There is no credit to go around. The Red Sox F.O. looks like a group of idiots.
  21. Can't wait for Zeke to average 6-7 carries per game.
  22. At least Brett Favre hinted at retirement. It was still a brutal couple of years, but there was a chance that he might actually retire. Tom Brady has said repeatedly he want's to play until 45 and yesterday said "It's Highly Unlikely" he calls it quits. But yeah, Brett Favre was the first thing to come to mind during all of this. It's going to be an excruciating off-season.
  23. Hate to be the bearer of bad news here but the run isn't over. With all that's going on in the world currently, local news' lead story is "WILL TOM BRADY RETIRE!? IS THIS IT!?!?" It's friggen insane. I wish it was over. But it ain't. I did relish in the anguish of my collective group texts this weekend, though.
  24. Yeah, I'm with you. As of 2:26 PM EST, that's the Brewers official logo so there's no reason not to use it here.
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