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I am curious to see what plans the Canadian teams have in terms of home venue if the border with Canada and the US are still closed.  

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1 hour ago, GDAWG said:

I am curious to see what plans the Canadian teams have in terms of home venue if the border with Canada and the US are still closed.  

IIRC, the NHL's batting around the idea of bringing back the Canadian and American divisions so all the Canadian teams only play each other?

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23 hours ago, Ridleylash said:

IIRC, the NHL's batting around the idea of bringing back the Canadian and American divisions so all the Canadian teams only play each other?

 

How is that going to work when there are only 7 Canadian teams and 23 US teams?

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3 hours ago, BBTV said:

Two divisions of 7, two of 8? Doesn’t seem that hard. 

 

They would have to figure out how many games are on the schedule and how to structure the playoffs.  

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Real humdinger of a prospect the Coyotes drafted.

 

Arizona Coyotes top draft pick was convicted for bullying Black teen with disabilities

 

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The Arizona Coyotes last month boasted about having their chief executive selected to an elite National Hockey League committee that pledged to stop racism, but the team then spent its first draft pick on an 18-year-old who has admitted to bullying an African American classmate with developmental disabilities.

 

Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, the Black student, told The Arizona Republic that he was stunned and saddened when he learned the Coyotes earlier this month had selected Mitchell Miller, whom he grew up with in Sylvania, Ohio.

 

Four years ago, Miller admitted in an Ohio juvenile court to bullying Meyer-Crothers, who was tricked into licking a candy push pop that Miller and another boy had wiped in a bathroom urinal. Meyer-Crothers had to be tested for hepatitis, HIV and STDs, but the tests came back negative, according to a police report.

 

Meyer-Crothers, also 18 and who now lives in Detroit, said Miller had taunted him for years, constantly calling him "brownie" and the "N-word," while repeatedly hitting him while growing up in the Toledo suburb. Other students at their junior high confirmed to police that Miller repeatedly used the "N-word" in referring to Meyer-Crothers. 

 

"He pretended to be my friend and made me do things I didn't want to do," Meyer-Crothers said in a phone interview. "In junior high, I got beat up by him. … Everyone thinks he's so cool that he gets to go to the NHL, but I don't see how someone can be cool when you pick on someone and bully someone your entire life."

 

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Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong was not involved in drafting Miller — that was part of the arrangement with his previous team, the St. Louis Blues, that enabled him to accept the Coyotes' job before the NHL Draft. Armstrong said in a statement that Arizona scouts were aware of the bullying incident.

 

“The Arizona Coyotes do not condone any type of bullying behavior. I was unable to participate in this year’s draft but prior to drafting Mitchell Miller, our scouts were made aware of his history and the bullying incident that occurred in 2016 when he was 14 years old," Armstrong said.

 

"Mitchell sent a letter to every NHL team acknowledging what happened and apologizing for his behavior. Mitchell made a huge mistake, but we are providing him with a second chance to prove himself. We hope that he uses his platform moving forward to raise awareness about bullying and to discourage this type of behavior.”

 

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Miller and another teen-ager were charged with assault and violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act in February 2016, when they were accused of making Meyer-Crothers eat candy that had been placed in a urinal. Other accounts in a police report indicate the boys urinated on the candy before giving it to Meyer-Crothers.

 

Miller and the other teen then punched and pushed Meyer-Crothers, according to the police report obtained by The Republic. The report also says Miller lied to school officials about his involvement.

 

At the time, Meyer-Crothers had the mental ability of a 10-year-old, according to his mom.

 

Miller and the other boy admitted to the misdemeanors and were sentenced to 25 hours of community service and were ordered to write an apology through the court system to Meyer-Crothers, participate in counseling and pay court costs.

 

Joni Meyer-Crothers said the other boy broke down in tears while personally apologizing to her son, yet Miller has never personally apologized, she said, other than the court-mandated letter. 

 

The Coyotes sent The Republic a copy of the letter that Miller claimed to have given to the victim and his family. The family said on Friday they never received the letter.

Joni Meyer-Crothers said one of the key reasons Miller and the other boy admitted to the crime and avoided a trial was because it was caught on a surveillance camera, and it would have been shown in court. 

 

"It was absolutely brutal," she said. "Had he not pled guilty, the video would have been released. It would have been so much worse on Mitchell because of the brutality to our son … He's smashing Isaiah's head against a brick wall."

 

The family declined to release the video to the Republic because Isaiah said it would be too embarrassing for him.

 

"It was totally traumatizing for my kid, and he (Miller) has never show remorse. But, I guess it's okay to take him on your team. I struggle with that." 

 

And then from an article back when it happened.

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"The biggest problem I have is [Mitchell] has been bullying Isaiah since he was in second grade, so I thought he'd have a more severe punishment," said Joni Meyer-Crothers, Isaiah's mother. "I truly believe Hunter is remorseful. I don't think Mitchell is remorseful at all, in my opinion. Him rollerblading by our house is a taunt. It's like him saying, 'I may not be at school, but I'm still here.'

 

"Knowing they aren't returning to school definitely gives me peace, and I think it helps Isaiah's comfort level. He seems more relaxed and not quite as agitated."

 

The Miller youth, his parents, and Kati Tharp, the Miller youth's attorney, painted a picture of contrition and regret regarding the bullying, calling it an unfortunate incident from which he will learn.

 

"I would categorize this incident as an incident of youthful indiscretion," Ms. Tharp said. "Mitchell made a mistake, and he understands that he made a mistake. I hate to use the phrase 'kids will be kids,' but I think that is what happened in this instance. I don't think Isaiah was targeted."

 

Mr. Hutcheson disagreed.

 

"Mitchell, I'm not sure you still get it," he said in the courtroom. "I don't think you like being where you are. But I still don't think you've put yourself in the shoes of not just the one victim but numerous victims. No one should come to school and feel humiliated or intimidated.

 

"If this is what you do in school, I wonder what you do outside of school. You're supposed to be on your best behavior in school. So if this is an example of your best behavior, I wonder what your worst behavior is. I don't have a sense of real remorse. But I do feel that you feel sorry for yourself."

 

 

If Hannibal Lecter ran a 4.3 and all...

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Didn't have a column on their spreadsheet for that one, I guess. Pretty good argument for "intangibles".

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Is it really a surprise that the Coyotes are a through and through garbage organization? We already knew that. 

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"Kids, let me tell you something. Wanna get to the NHL? Don't be a racist."

- Not Don Cherry

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The Coyotes threw away a 4th round pick because they can't Google. OITGDNHL

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More info is coming out as to how a 2021 season might look, with temporary "bubbles".  I heard Tampa has been vetted as a possible location.

 

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nhl/news/nhl-2021-games-alignment-schedule-could-look-next-season/rumlm8jr4yxx1pt3kv4zwdgvl

 

Speculated divisions as follows:

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Division A

How about reverting back to the old Adams Division for this one season?

Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres
New Jersey Devils New York Islanders
New York Rangers Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals

Division B

Or Norris Division?

Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers Nashville Predators
St. Louis Blues Tampa Bay Lightning

Division C

Smythe Division anyone?

Anaheim Ducks Arizona Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche Dallas Stars
Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild
San Jose Sharks Vegas Golden Knights

Canada division

Last but not least, Patrick Division?

Calgary Flames Edmonton Oilers
Montreal Canadiens Ottawa Senators
Toronto Maple Leafs Vancouver Canucks
Winnipeg Jets

 

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Adams and Patrick were very different than that.  Smythe and Norris too.  

 

I get that there's been a lot of expansion and movement since those division names were used, but Patrick was basically northeast, and here it's just all the Canadian teams.

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Newest reports say the schedule will be 48-60 games and we could potentially see "baseball-like series" where teams play multiple games when visiting another city.

In terms of divisions, the all-Canada one is gaining more steam because of travel restrictions, then Carchidi says we may see a Flyers/Islanders/Rangers/Devils/Capitals division.

Idea:
Division 1 = 7 Canada teams
Division 2 = Boston/Buffalo/Columbus/Detroit/Pittsburgh
Division 3 = New Jersey/NY Islanders/NY Rangers/Philadelphia/Washington
Division 4 = Carolina/Florida/Nashville/Tampa Bay
DIvision 5 = Chicago/Colorado/Dallas/Minnesota/St. Louis
Division 6 = Anaheim/Arizona/Los Angeles/San Jose/Vegas

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Aw son of a :censored:. Of course the year'd kick us one last goddamned time. :c

 

EDIT:

And Boychuk's retiring due to his eye injury, too.

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On 11/11/2020 at 8:38 AM, TBGKon said:

More info is coming out as to how a 2021 season might look, with temporary "bubbles".  I heard Tampa has been vetted as a possible location.

 

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nhl/news/nhl-2021-games-alignment-schedule-could-look-next-season/rumlm8jr4yxx1pt3kv4zwdgvl

 

Speculated divisions as follows:

 

If they use those division names then the Flames, Oilers, Canucks & Jets should be in the Smythe.

So not the Patrick, but the Smythe.

 

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the rebirth of the Ottawa Senators.

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