The Jackal - (David G.)Member since January 20, 2008
Habs fan since:
Favorite current player: Carey Price / PK Subban
All-time favorite player: Saku Koivu
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- Comment on It’s official: Habs vs. Bruins in 2016 Winter Classic (2015-01-25 00:44:22)
Ya know, not every country plays. Many try to qualify, but many don't! Unfortunately, hockey is not as big, so the pool is far smaller - but hey, it still works! Hopefully in the future, the pool of qualified nations can continue to expand and we can have a bigger tournament. For now though, I think wha the NHL is trying to do makes sense. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on It’s official: Habs vs. Bruins in 2016 Winter Classic (2015-01-25 00:36:12)
Well, that's how it is right now, but if done right, it could overshadow the Olympics in the future! I personally don't care, I'm just glad there will be competitive hockey in September as of 2016. The summers are way too long since I don't like any summer sports with seasons during that time of the year. Also I hate summers in Toronto and Montreal - too humid and gross. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on It’s official: Habs vs. Bruins in 2016 Winter Classic (2015-01-25 00:31:30)
Haha, I never thought this World Cup thing would create as many discussions as it has! Either way, I'm looking forward to see how it works out. I think it could be done better, and more alike a "world cup" but given international hockey's highly uneven distribution of talent, I like that the NHL is trying to even the filed here. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on It’s official: Habs vs. Bruins in 2016 Winter Classic (2015-01-24 23:59:57)
Outdoor games are great experiences and good showcases of the game. You obviously don't have to get a ticket to them if you don't like it. You can watch from home! The visuals are pretty cool and the players like it too. The ideal thing would be to make them a sort of mini series that carries more meaning than just 2 points in a special game. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on It’s official: Habs vs. Bruins in 2016 Winter Classic (2015-01-24 23:58:04)
There'll still be Olympic hockey for eligible athletes if the World Cup replaces NHLers' participation. And personally, a 9-0 win is so damn boring. I end up just feeling bad for the losing team. The last Team Canada match I actually found really excited was the 2010 gold medal game. I love how Canada is dominant at hockey but the downside of that seems to be predictable results at international tournaments. Sure, we get disappointed when they don't stomp every team, but you can't win em all. I think it's a little antiquated to have such a nationalist focus on the event of a World Cup. Sure, it's great to see your countrymen do well and succeed, but these events are increasingly transcending borders and citizenship. Many fans of elite soccer teams are not even citizens of those countries. I can see the hockey World Cup as moving in that direction. Fans just want to see the sport on the highest stage. That a certain country wins is just a bonus. That's why people watch Slovakia vs. Czech rep even if they can't place them on the map. As far as feeling awkward when scoring on Canada, or another country that a young star would score on, I'd say they feel as awkward as if they scored on their childhood team when playing for the team they were drafted by. It's a non-issue. Also, just because 2-3 teams are not truly "countries" doesn't go against there being a world cup - it's more like an international tournament pitting the best against the best, the arrangement by country is just secondary now. If Young Stars beat a real country in the championship game then so what? Team X beat the next best team. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on It’s official: Habs vs. Bruins in 2016 Winter Classic (2015-01-24 23:29:20)
Yeah its 50/50 players/league. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on It’s official: Habs vs. Bruins in 2016 Winter Classic (2015-01-24 23:28:21)
So much cynicism regarding the World Cup! IMO, it's a cool idea and I like how they are trying to make every team as competitive as possible so that there aren't blow-outs or really lop-sided games, as is the case with all other hockey tournaments! That's what I dislike about the Olympics and the WJC. Sure, some teams make big splashes (and end up winning one game and losing all the rest... that's progress in the crazy field of international hockey), but it doesn't get good until the top 4-6 teams are duking it out in elimination games. There will still be the Olympics and WJC for that. The World Cup is an opportunity to get NHL talent playing against each other in what has the potential to be a meaningful and exciting competition. It was very predictable that some would react the way they did to the Young Stars idea and to the agglomerated teams - hockey is a conservative sport, after all. But going past these reservations, it is refreshing to see the NHL try to think outside the box. Not a fan of the Young Stars idea but Team Europe has a lot of promise Perhaps if Young Stars included players who didn't make the cut in their respective teams... Anyway, World Cup looks good. I hope the NHL can build it to be a significant event. Either way, I'm glad there's meaningful hockey in September starting next year. The Olympics are great when the chips are down but Team Canada's win last year was almost as uneventful as Team Canada's win during the WJCs - pretty boring stuff. Other major sports don't give a crap about the Olympics, so if there can be a better international tourny for hockey then so be it. In soccer, no one cares about the Olympics, it's about the World Cup. Let the Olympic athletes enjoy their time in the sun while the NHL pros have their own tourny. ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on It’s official: Habs vs. Bruins in 2016 Winter Classic (2015-01-24 14:39:59)
The World Cup idea is pretty good. I'm not sold on the Young Stars teams but everything else sounds like it'll make for a good tourny. The Olympics are fun and all but, as was mentioned, they don't get too good until the playoff rounds, and there are too many comparatively weak teams. That's my beef with the WJC too, it doesn't get good til later on. Having teams with legit NHLers and no "weaker" teams will make for some good hockey! Also stoked for the Winter Classic and glad that it is taking place in a big venue like Gillette Stadium. What I'm more excited about though is the documentary series following the teams, it will be great. Really hope HBO is back to making it cus the Sportsnet one was obviously a few levels beneath what HBO has done. Anyone know if HBO is back to producing the 24/7 series for the NHL? ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on Canadiens hit all-star break on a high (2015-01-24 00:28:29)
Timo, it's not common knowledge, but the Leafs had a move in place to acquire DD. After certain events, such as the Gorges snub, and the Leafs' recent collapse, MT told MB he would... do horrible things if DD were indeed traded to this organization, even if we did get JvR in return. Stamkos also had a preliminary contract ready with the Leafs, but it was contingent on DD donning the maple leaf. After MT nixed the deal, Stamkos decided to stay with TB. It's rumoured that the two are the new bromance of the NHL. After Marty St. Louis ditched TB, he and Stamkos grew apart a little bit. DD replaced Marty as Stamkos' vertically challenged best bud, which is why DD was all jokes when they split him and Patch up - he was already with his new BFF. Which is all well and good because Patch had taken to Pleks as a new pal, plus he has baby Lorenzo now. What's interesting is that there seems to be an attraction between scrappy, resilient, and talented smaller guys and their taller counter parts. Look at Chucky and Gally, Seguin and Marchand, etc... ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.
- Comment on Canadiens hit all-star break on a high (2015-01-23 21:30:57)
Well I feel guilty about watching the draft, it had some moments but was lame overall. Why do they get cars anyway? ______________________ Hockey sine stercore tauri.