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  1. There was a thread related to the Kraken that I was researching and didn't follow up on when I wrote that piece because I ran with Geoff Baker's declaration that Kraken had been eliminated. I followed up on it today and, while I don't have anything strong enough to publish, I'll de-lurk to say my gut feeling is Kraken - if it hasn't outright been chosen - has at least pulled ahead of Sockeyes. It might all be part of a feint, for sure, but if so, it goes beyond John Hoven.
  2. Foley basically said this whole time, "I love the Army, I want my team to be like the Army, I'm naming my team after the Army." While no one would look at the Vegas Golden Knights and confuse them for the Golden Knights parachute team, I don't think it's a stretch for someone to think that the Vegas team was somehow endorsed by the Army, especially alongside Foley's comments. That said, I'm no trademark lawyer, so I have no idea if that matters.
  3. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I agree that they'd be missing out on revenue and brand protection. That said, I think that Foley is stubborn enough that he'll just keep using the vegasishockey.com domain no matter what the team name ends up being.
  4. The Silver Knights domains all moved, too.
  5. The Knights were never actually asked and don't hold a trademark on just "Knights" for hockey in Canada anyway, even though people said otherwise. Foley always wanted "______ Knights."
  6. That was the path I went with when I first wrote about the possibility of Desert Knights as the name back in August but I no longer think it's an actual connection. The Silver Knights and Desert Knights domain names are also currently listed as for sale by their current owners. Foley (or people in his org) have said they own those domains in the past but I think he's full of it and they're actually held by speculators. I think they're going to keep using the vegasishockey.com domain, not have one with the team name. He's just not willing to pay speculators.
  7. I'm already mentally composing the OITGDNHL chapter on the naming of this team. Depending on how this all pans out, some of the more absurd parts of this story haven't even been told yet.
  8. The Flint Firebirds had to play their penultimate home game of the season in Saginaw when the ice plant in Flint broke down. The announcement was made just hours before the game and hardly anyone was there. The Flint crew ran most of the in-arena stuff but on their one power play, the scoreboard graphic was Saginaw's power play package.
  9. Near-universally derided here, 4.2 rating on the mothersite... 75% approval rating on Winging it in Motown.
  10. This. There aren't enough likes for this. I get that there are some people who didn't like the old logo and like the new one. But it's pretty clear they're a minority. I have no idea how enough people in the Griffins offices said, "You know what, that new logo is really way better than the other one. We should replace it. Oh, squirrel!" (At least I imagine that's how the conversation ended.)
  11. Hmm.Is Yzerfan plotting another coup? I don't have to, Creamer has been ruling in name only on my behalf for years.
  12. No, it's a global brand in Canada, it's required to use a maple leaf and only a maple leaf. I predict a throwback logo. Throwing back to 1997 means gradients. Lots of gradients.
  13. I believe it mostly has to do with not obscuring the number.It's because they're going to introduce ads on the back hem and you can't sell ad space that you can't see because it's tucked in. Reportedly.
  14. Do we have our newest entry out of Daniel Alfredsson's press conference in Ottawa today? Alfredsson says he signed his last deal with the Sens with both sides expecting he'd retire before the final (and cheapest, of course) year. Tons of rumors about that kind of deal happening but he's the first one to confirm it (and he played it out anyway, so maybe it doesn't matter). The part I find more OITGDNHL worthy is that Bill Daly comes out and says "Yeah, that's totally cap circumvention, but it'd require an investigation and we're not going to bother." For the record, I don't think the Sens should be punished. I just don't think the VP of the damned league should get away with using "We don't feel like investigating" as the reason for it.
  15. Tempted to grab the Livingstone story but how many words are we looking for here? It's fun to talk about writing this up but a series of half-page posts in a forum thread do not a book make. I think we'd have to have a consistent level of detail to each story, as well.