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On 7/3/2019 at 11:06 AM, tigerslionspistonshabs said:

He is completely incompetent. 

 

He brings the team down.

 

The Canadiens need to #FireBergevin yesterday.

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I’m interested in watching more hockey the next season, but I never really had a team. Nashville and Columbus are probably who I should be a fan of considering my region but I’ve found my self interested in the Knights due to the fact their brand new. Anyone got any idea which I should pick? I’ve kinda boiled it down to those 3 (Vegas, Columbus, Nashville)

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3 hours ago, BellaSpurs said:

I’m interested in watching more hockey the next season, but I never really had a team. Nashville and Columbus are probably who I should be a fan of considering my region but I’ve found my self interested in the Knights due to the fact their brand new. Anyone got any idea which I should pick? I’ve kinda boiled it down to those 3 (Vegas, Columbus, Nashville)

Nashville likely has the brightest future. Columbus could probably sustain the success of last year assuming they make the right moves, but they're probably going to regress. The Knights had a monster first season, winning the West and playing for the Cup. They bowed out in the first round last year, managing to out-Shark the Sharks. This is a big deal because after that highly successful first season they made some moves with a "WIN NOW" mindset that didn't pan out. They'll likely remain a playoff team for a year or two but the wheels are going to fall off sooner rather than later.

 

That's all if you want to base your decision on immediate success. Which often isn't all that goes into these decisions. The best advice when getting into a new league/sport where you don't have an obvious home town team is to just watch some games and see who you end up gravitating towards. Between these three? It might come down to availability. Which one will be easier for you to watch/find?

 

On 7/10/2019 at 1:29 AM, habsfan1 said:

 

He brings the team down.

 

The Canadiens need to #FireBergevin yesterday.

I'm convinced he only has the job because they don't want to have another limiting GM search where they can only interview people who speak French fluently.

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19 hours ago, Ice_Cap said:

I'm convinced he only has the job because they don't want to have another limiting GM search where they can only interview people who speak French fluently.

 

Yup, that's the one and only reason. Tbh with you, I'd be perfectly fine with an english-only speaking GM. I'm totally fine with french. I'm bilingual. But when I see a scenario where there are no top francophone candidates currently available, I'm like just get a english person.

 

I watch New Japan wrestling and animé in Japanese with subs, I don't understand nothing, but the voices are so lively and authentic, the foreign dialogue doesn't stop me from enjoying the show. Maybe not the best example to compare, but my point is I just want the best possible team.

 

At one point, fans wanted to fire Therrien for forever. Habs kept saying nah we can't cause of this and that. The second Julien was released from the Bruins, Therrien instantly fired, Julien instantly brought in as Therrien's replacement. Therrien and Julien have both been coming in and out on a loop, for what now has become multiple years.

 

This is also the same team that thinks Carey Price is currently worth 15 million dollars a year. Clutch performer and Cup winner with the St. Louis Blues, Jordan Binnington, just signed for 4.5 mil.

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The Flames announced an arena deal today:
https://www.nhl.com/flames/news/city-csec--calgary-stampede-agree-to-create-new-event-centre/c-308322862 
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19,000 capacity, $550M facility, to begin construction in 2021, with the team and the city each paying for half; according to this the city appears to own it outright though, with the team covering maintenance over the course of a 35-year lease.

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Don't feel like digging up whatever I predicted but "half-billion-dollar hockey arena and we pay for half" feels like a logical landing spot from "billion-plus hockey arena that turns into a football stadium and we don't pay for any of it" or whatever their dumb opening bid was.

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https://www.apnews.com/b905c8cf9a444475af18b8fe0bf6a2e0

 

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Citing what it called momentum from a sustained period of labor peace, the NHL said Friday it has informed the NHL Players’ Association it will not use its option to terminate the existing collective bargaining agreement next year.

 

The league announced its decision two days before its deadline to notify the union whether it would reopen collective bargaining talks. The union has until Sept. 15 to decide on whether to terminate the agreement as of September 2020, two years before the existing deal expires.

 

“We will continue to discuss this matter with our players as our September 15 decision approaches,” the union said.

 

If the players opt to reopen the CBA, it would set the clock ticking toward a potential third work stoppage in the sport since 2004. If the players choose not to terminate the agreement, it remains in effect until 2022. The next Winter Olympics are in Beijing earlier that year.

 

“Based on the current state of the game and the business of the game, the NHL believes it is essential to continue building upon the momentum we have created with our players,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement issued by the league. “It is our hope that a continued sustained period of labor peace will enable us to further grow the game and benefit all constituent groups.”

 

The players, however, have concerns, notably regarding the escrow issue, Olympic participation and the split of hockey-related revenue. The NHL and NHLPA are in agreement on wanting more international competition and are in talks about holding another World Cup of Hockey as early as February 2021.

 

The NHLPA executive board is scheduled to meet in Chicago on Wednesday. The league and union have been meeting through the summer and those discussions are scheduled to continue.

 

Escrow is a major concern for the players, according to a majority of union representatives surveyed by The Associated Press and Canadian Press last spring.

 

The current CBA has owners and players dividing hockey-related revenue 50/50, and if player salaries exceed that split a certain percentage is withheld in escrow to make it even. Players have complained, saying some have lost upward of 10% of their pay to escrow over the past seven seasons.

 

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It's over... It's finally over... He's gone... Jeremy Jacobs is no longer the owner of the Boston Bruins!!! WE'RE FINALLY RID OF HIM!!!

 

Aaaaaand the team is now owned by his six children. Good thing the children of former owners NEVER fail. Good thing having a bunch of owners NEVER leads to destructive power struggles.

 

 

 

 

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Joe Thornton is back, on a one-year deal. 

 

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I guess he's earned his retirement tour, even though it'd be better if he was with a different team.

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8 hours ago, SFGiants58 said:

Joe Thornton is back, on a one-year deal. 

 

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I guess he's earned his retirement tour, even though it'd be better if he was with a different team.

 

What a stupid move. 

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11 hours ago, SFGiants58 said:

Joe Thornton is back, on a one-year deal. 

 

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I guess he's earned his retirement tour, even though it'd be better if he was with a different team.

 

Maybe the 2020 SJ Sharks will be the 2019 St. Louis Blues.

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I don’t understand the collective disagreement towards Joe Thornton’s signing. Besides being old, he is a consistent 50+ point scorer when healthy and seems like a great mentor figure in the locker room. Slot the guy on line 3 and watch him do what he does. For lack of depth and getting close to hitting cap I don’t find the move to be the best thing ever but it’s far from worst case scenario.

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59 minutes ago, TheHealthiestScratch said:

I don’t understand the collective disagreement towards Joe Thornton’s signing. Besides being old, he is a consistent 50+ point scorer when healthy and seems like a great mentor figure in the locker room. Slot the guy on line 3 and watch him do what he does. For lack of depth and getting close to hitting cap I don’t find the move to be the best thing ever but it’s far from worst case scenario.

 

The Sharks have been a running irritant in the hockey fandom world for years. Despite being a very successful regular season team, they always flame out in the playoffs. Also the franchise declaring that they have the best fans in hockey didn't help either and generally being in Silicon Valley pisses people off. 

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The Sharks fandom actually seems to have been quite humbled from where it was about five years ago. I think blowing the 3-0 lead buried the superiority complex once and for all. Now it's Predators fans who can't get enough of themselves.

 

Thornton will probably put up 2 goals and 40 assists on one leg, it's whatever, let him pad his stats for one more year. 

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28 minutes ago, Wings said:

 

The Sharks have been a running irritant in the hockey fandom world for years. Despite being a very successful regular season team, they always flame out in the playoffs. Also the franchise declaring that they have the best fans in hockey didn't help either and generally being in Silicon Valley pisses people off. 

I know very well of the short comings in my hometown. Also, isn’t it a norm for pro teams to say they have the best fans in the sport? What’s an organization going to say? “Eh our fans do pretty well, but are still behind others”. I’m curious to know what is wrong with the Silicon Valley. Being removed from the Bay Area I have not felt any negativity towards it from people I’ve met. Is it the argument regarding hockey not belonging where it doesn’t snow? I always haven’t really understood that... anyway, I’m more curious about the Joe Thornton comments considering they were made by people who I’m pretty sure are local. 

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