haloracer18 - (Lawrence Dee)Member since April 17, 2011
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- Comment on Habs’ Subban already in gym training for next season; Gorges could be on way out (2014-06-30 11:11:42)
Ok, I just read the CBA articles concerning salary arbitration. Apparently teams are allowed to use other players around the league as comparables in a player salary arbitration case, however these are already known by June 5 because they are chosen by the NHL before that date. If Victor Hedman is on the list, then I really believe Subban is worth less than him. I would certainly want Hedman on my team ahead of Subban. If he's only getting $4m/ season, then Subban should not make more than that. But I would still offer $5-6.5m/ season just because of the pressure to play in montreal, and he would probably take it. It's pretty simple to me. If he doesn't take the offer, trade him for Hedman. It's kinda unfortunate that they would allow a player to handcuff a team by asking for arbitration just a few days before the deadline [July 5]. That doesn't give a team much time to make an offer. It seems that the best case would be to make a final offer well in advance of the deadline, at least 6-12 months in advance. If he doesn't take it, then use the time to find a good trade. This is a major blunder by MB if he has to pay a defenseman of Subban's caliber over $5-6m/year. That's what happens when you're asleep at the switch. They should know that he's not really a restricted free agent because of the possibility of salary arbitration, he's really unrestricted. MB could have gotten two NHL players easily in return for Subban and his 4 power play goals. It's obvious to me, any player getting close to the maximum needs to be able to score, which means needs to be a forward. There are plenty of good defensmen who do a good job on defense, it's not that rare to find. MB should trade him right now. Let another team break the bank for his 4 measly power play goals. For an 8m player I'm looking for 40+ goals per season.
- Comment on Habs’ Subban already in gym training for next season; Gorges could be on way out (2014-06-30 01:45:59)
I assume that MB knows what he's doing, even though even the best make mistakes sometimes. But if I'm MB, I'm going to sign Subban last. Get everyone back from last year if possible, you don't want to change the chemistry of the team too much if it has had success. Signing Subban at over $6.7m is obviously an error in judgment. Because the compensation at that level is 2 first round picks and then some, which is too high a price for any team for Subban. If it's too high for other teams, it should be too high for MB too. Thus, I would offer him, once the entire team is assembled for next year, $5-6m on a 5+ year contract. He'll take it. He would be stupid not too, and become an Eric Lindros and hold out for more money.
- Comment on Bruins denounce racist comments about Habs’ Subban (2014-05-03 04:02:44)
I assume there are already hundreds of thousands of black professional athletes and middleclass income earners, all of whom can afford hockey gear. There will be more Darnell Nurse, Seth Jones type situations in addition to out-of-the-bluers. There's no question hockey will become a black dominated sport.
- Comment on Bruins denounce racist comments about Habs’ Subban (2014-05-02 21:13:07)
Who pays attention to Twitter? I don't even want an account with that thing. But I do understand why it is blown way out of proportion by certain corporations. Skin colour is so easy to use as a weapon to cause conflict. It's even ridiculous from a competitive point of view. Eventually blacks will overtake whites as the dominant racial group in hockey. It will be like the NBA today. A bunch of 6'8-7foot tall gargantuans. There isn't enough room for all of them in the NBA, so they will eventually realize they can make milions in hockey instead of $5 at BK's. Women's hockey too, no competition there.
- Comment on About last night … (2013-04-24 18:19:03)
I maintain that the solution to the goaltending problem is to sign Manny Yarbrough. He's got to be 50 inches wide at the waist, so with another 5 inches for padding, add on another 12 inches for his arms and padding around the arms makes a whopping 67 inches wide! Because of his height, his upper body will easily cover most of the net. His size alone would stop 95% of shots. Leaning to the left or right would stop the rest. Only way to score would be to catch him leaning the wrong way, or a perfect shot to the top corners.
- Comment on Liveblog: Capitals at Canadiens (2013-04-20 23:48:47)
I have the solution: trade or buyout Price at the end of the season and sign sumo wrestler Yarborough. Yes he's 48, but when he has no clothes on he will cover 80% of the net, with Luongo like padding on him he'll definitely cover 100% of the net. Chances are he will need thicker padding than Luongo to protect his body since he won't be able to move much. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oH3_jSDKpi8#!
- Comment on Gomez sent home, he’ll be bought out (2013-01-13 15:09:22)
It's awfully misleading to say that ticket prices are set by supply and demand. There are things like barriers to entry to start a new league, trade secrets, marketing talent, and of course the political agenda of the day that all play large roles in ticket prices. Unfortunately politics is not a legitimate institution. It's an artificial institution that serves a purpose to sustain and grow its power over people. And corporations are also artificial institutions under the political umbrella that people use to hide from accountability. Make no mistake the NHL is a political tool, and the structure of the organization is entirely politically driven. Yes, if people are willing to pay the price, they will continue to increase it, but what I'm for is to allow children to buy tickets over adults, because when I was growing up in the 80's it was getting hard to go to games at the forum, and i only saw a few games. In short, to hell with politics, let people who we want to benefit from something benefit.
- Comment on Gomez sent home, he’ll be bought out (2013-01-13 13:52:33)
Once again tsn censored my comments. Gomez paid millions and millions to NOT play hockey. What's new? If that doesn't prove to everyone that contract law is a joke, I don't know what can. It is ridiculous enough that they are paid anything more than $100k, considering that they are only paid to play a game and their actual time on the ice amounts to 2 days a year. Let some children see them play for 50 cents a seat. All of this because corporations see contracts as sacrosanct - it makes me barf. Yes contracts are practical for putting pressure on workers to get a certain job done, however even that part I disagree with because a person would do a better job anyway if that pressure was coming from within himself. We don't need artificial constructs to replace common values.
- Comment on Therrien “frustrated and disappointed” by lockout (2012-09-20 12:05:49)
The NHL is a bogus league. I am out as a fan. -Far too many rules that make it boring to watch, -too many time outs, -out of shape players, -overpaid players [At an hourly rate of 16 000 to 220 000 % more than the average hourly wage, nothing could be more of a farce on the planet, especially since they will be paid for not working if injured or - like Laraque, not wanted to work] -perhaps worst of all, the NHL is not even a professional organization. It's going on 6 consecutive months that teams have not even practiced together, and they claim to be professional?? And they're still going to charge us the same amount as before all the vacation time? Mathieu Darche recently said that he thought players should be paid more because they are both the product and the worker. It's true, but it's sad that a worker has to be diminished to a product just to get more money, they might as well call themselves prostitutes. A new league needs to start up now. One with just one referee on the ice (basically to drop pucks, and three off to call penalties, like judges in boxing), players paid no more than 600% over the average hourly wage. And paid only if they play and nothing if they don't. [Talk about a way to bring respect btw players back, just take away their salary if they are injured] They're incapable of working, so I don't see why they should be paid for work not done. Take the lines out, and allow continuous play until someone scores. Now that's what I would pay $5 to watch.
- Comment on NHLPA, Canadiens players lose Round 1 (2012-09-14 18:45:47)
Wow, all my comments are being censored at TSN!!! I can't believe them, they're totally censoring me, and I'm just putting in my two cents worth in proper english, absolutely nothing to offend anybody! A lot of the comments I read attack other commentors, how come those aren't deleted, eh tsn?? If they have it in for me, I'm boycotting them. All I wanted to point out was that we should be very concerned that not ONE player has come forward and said "I want to play, so screw you NHLPA, screw you agents, I'm playing". It probably means that some strong arm tactics and threats are being put on the players to go along with the plan. There is no other reason. You might think they are greedy, however I assure you there are players that would play in the NHL for $100 000/year. Given all the perks that come with it, it's a pretty good deal for what amounts to 2 days of work (adding up all the ice time over an entire season). Mathieu Darche recently said he thought they are worth millions because the players are both labourers and the product at the same time. So are prostitutes Mathieu. I think people would appreciate it if tickets cost them $10 instead of $100 and since the owners always like to make a big show of players supporting charities, the owners can donate more to charities. It would save them a bundle on taxes.