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If the Canadiens had been better on the PP.
Gionta: Backhand shelf!!
Hahahaha total slip!
Thanks for the new link.
See: 3 inches below this post.
Just tells you that perspective is everything. Although I have a feeling that if Henrik and Daniel played in the AHL they would see the difference as they racked up 200+ points each.
we need to be more like the Flyers, Blackhawks, Capitals and Red Wings in that any player on any line can score and be effective defensively
Whoah, Blackhawks have been having their share of problems, and I would definitely say that the Caps have repeatedly proven themselves to be thin when Ovie and or Malkin are struggling or out with injuries. And I will stick a hot poker dipped in battery acid into my gaping eye sockets before I ever agree to the statement “we need to be more like the Flyers“.
I see our window of opportunity opening, not closing. I actually only see Gomez, Cammalleri and Gionta as tools to keep us competitive and interesting until we get to the really good stuff.
I really don’t see Yemelin coming over. He’s saying and doing all the wrong things.
I was out in -15, without gloves or a hat, for two hours at the local outdoor rink last night.
That Kristo kid better toughen up!
Note the new digs! but yeah I’m still on Twitter!
Ian is right, and so are you.
The talent pool for a 6 team NHL was greater than it is today and all the teams had stars. So, 1 for Ian.
Times have changed and now great players come from a pool of 18 countries. 1 for Chris.
Players back then were “larger than life” and most people did not see the players more than once per week on Hockey Night in Canada. Therefore, the nostalgia value is very hight for those, like me, who remember it. 1 for Ian.
Players today have every move they make on and off the ice pretty much scrutinized in HD slow mo. We know almost “too much” about every player. 1 for Chris.
Pretty much since the NHL began, and even before, team owners “loaded” their teams with the best money could buy. Still, in era of the early, middle and now modern NHL, there always remain “have not” teams. The Habs “gave up the ghosts” in the mid-90’s with ridiculous player trades and extremely poor drafting. Now, after much shuffling, the present day Habs are still examples of this poor management, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The younger players, like Price and Subban, have stepped up. It bodes well for the future, but the present day squad will continue to struggle.
Great post, Chris.
That sucks, I like Panger.
I’m doing what I can to ensure a win tonight. Not wearing any Habs schwag, and missing the first period (I’ll be playing badminton).
Just doing my part.
wierd on Bell the guide says next televised game is Buff on Feb 15 Bell 402
I hope YOU are right
Guess you’ve never played hockey then, eh? The more embarrassing the nickname the better.
Just bought them off my boss at work, for FACE VALUE! $275 a ticket. In Section H, Row 28. Pretty awesome location.
The new owner (pending NHL approval), is a huge sports fan, and Sabres fan in particular. Unlike Golisano who is just a fan of making money. You will see swift changes in that organization.
I think TSN gave Panger the boot after his screw up. I haven’t seen him since.
Yeah those are the more expensive ones… oh well I’m up in the stands near the big screen, food, beer, and bathrooms… not a bad location either (given the distance from the rink)… plus its also the sunny side of the stadium… lol
I think it was Ian Cobb that raised this point earlier today, but with a flurry of new posts, I thought I would put it in here.
Ian’s point was basically that the quality of hockey was better a few years ago, at least partially due to the number of teams now.
I’ve heard this argument a fair number of times, and it is naturally to assume that there must be some dilution of the talent pool by having more teams than there might otherwise have been. Since roughly 1990 when the expansion craze hit the NHL, the league has worked up from 21 teams to the current state of 30 teams. If the talent pool had stayed the same size, then we would certainly see a diluted product.
However, in that time, a number of other things have happened. The biggest is obviously the fall of the Iron Curtain around the former Eastern Bloc countries. What used to be a trickle of players from hockey hotbeds in Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Balkan countries, usually due to painful decision to defect by the players) has now become a wide-open pipeline of talent. Would we have seen the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Anze Kopitar, Ilya Kovalchuk and other Eastern European players 25 years ago? Doubtful. Even here in Montreal, we have benefitted tremendously, as some of the team’s regular players (Plekanec, Markov, Hamrlik, Spacek) might never have played a day in the NHL.
Next, you’ve got the vastly improved scouting of the European players. What was once a trickle of players, mostly from Sweden and Finland, has become a steady pipeline such that there are countries from all over the world in the NHL. Consider the number of skaters from each country who have played in the NHL:
Factor in that the growth of the game in the United States has resulted in a record number of American-born players (187 American-born players have suited up this season in the NHL) and one can see that the talent pool has expanded a ton.
I would be willing to bet that some of the parity we see is that there is actually more talent to be spread around than ever before, not less, meaning that the weaker teams in the leagues are not quite as weak as they once were.
Gone are the days of the mid 1980’s when you had a dramtic difference between the haves and have-nots. In 1984-85, 7 out of the league’s 21 teams had 30 wins or less over the 80 game season. Last season, only one team out of 30, the Islanders, had fewer than 30 wins. Teams can’t load up like they did in the 1980’s, but the salary cap floor and general availability of players probably combine to ensure that we don’t see so many Mickey Mouse teams like we did in the “good old days”.
I understand what you are saying. It is like the wekest link has now strengthened itself tenfold, and the variation from greatest to least is much smaller these days. In other words, parity, with the salary cap covering it with a layer of cement.
Good post, something to think about.
that might be inappropriate
Excellent, Chris has really done his homework.
He’ll be black.
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On the road.
Against a Cup contender.
The most dangerous forward in the league.
What a gutsy team effort.
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