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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradewind View Post
    Grandma Backstrom is kind of a dick!
    They left out the best part of the article! When she starts rambling about how terrorists is going to blow the whole place up! Hahaha

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    the Lester B. Pearson award (now Ted Lindsay Award) is the NHLPA choice award, so, there ya go

    why fret so much over these trophies anyway, at least they don't give them to juicers like in MLB


    oh, and who did the NHLPA choose to win it last, I don't remember...

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    It was probably an interesting day for the Stastny family to see Paul score 2 goals against Slovakia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanillaO View Post
    But look at what the players voted last year (and most years) for the Ted Lindsay award... same players. Crosby, Ovechkin, blah blah blah. They're just going to vote for the 'most obvious' choice too.
    Probably. Kinda sad really that so many good players don't get recognition for their efforts.

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    only 3-1? Fucking sad.

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    Already miss the NHL can't wait for Olympics to be over

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    I am getting a kick out of the Olympic hockey. It's amazing that Rask was so easily able to shit the bed in the first game he played and then turn around and keep Finland in a game that they got outplayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennadrel View Post
    I am getting a kick out of the Olympic hockey. It's amazing that Rask was so easily able to shit the bed in the first game he played and then turn around and keep Finland in a game that they got outplayed.
    That's just Rask being Rask.

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    I guess we will get to see just how important Tavares was to those Islanders now. If Okposo keeps up the scoring, good for him for proving me wrong... doubt it happens, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanillaO View Post
    I guess we will get to see just how important Tavares was to those Islanders now. If Okposo keeps up the scoring, good for him for proving me wrong... doubt it happens, though.
    Looking at their record I don't think it means much either way. Even with him in the line-up they were still last in the division.

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    Yup, doesn't mean much since the Isles are too far out of it to make the playoffs this year.

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    They may be last in their division, but that's WITH him being 3rd in scoring. We can really get a grasp on how bad the Isles are without him - he's only missed 4 games in his career to this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennadrel View Post
    Yup, doesn't mean much since the Isles are too far out of it to make the playoffs this year.
    Well the point was made that he basically is the reason people can stand watching the team. It hurts the season ticket holders. It hurts the team's attendance numbers (which are already atrocious... less than 15k a game... 5th worst although they sell 95.7% of seats)

    Fnatic pls

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    This is the big issue. The NHL will 100% be using this as an argument for not going to South Korea in 2018. Losing ticket sales/revenue and getting zero compensation to promote a tournament that most North Americans won't even be awake to see? Bettman says: no thanks.

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    Be sad if they gave up the Olympics. A lot of European players take great pride in playing in international competitions and they account for like a third of NHL players now. Preventing NHL players from playing in the Olympics also has it's share of risks, regardless of how you look at it. It's a great promotional tool for hockey in general.

    The Olympics would just be rampant with solely KHL players if the NHL decided to pull out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tojara View Post
    Be sad if they gave up the Olympics. A lot of European players take great pride in playing in international competitions and they account for like a third of NHL players now. Preventing NHL players from playing in the Olympics also has it's share of risks, regardless of how you look at it. It's a great promotional tool for hockey in general.

    The Olympics would just be rampant with solely KHL players if the NHL decided to pull out.
    Without the NHL, we'd wind up going back to the Miracle days. Russia and the former Soviet countries will dominate. It would be a colossal upset for US or Canada to even medal.

    Fnatic pls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drikkink View Post
    Without the NHL, we'd wind up going back to the Miracle days. Russia and the former Soviet countries will dominate. It would be a colossal upset for US or Canada to even medal.
    Kovalchuk will have 59 minutes of ice time per game, give or take a minute.

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    Wasn't he saying that Okposo should have been named to team USA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drikkink View Post
    Without the NHL, we'd wind up going back to the Miracle days. Russia and the former Soviet countries will dominate. It would be a colossal upset for US or Canada to even medal.
    Without the NHL, all the European teams would be more boring then watching paint dry. Are you really willing to give up your best and most dynamic players to have European exclusivity in the Olympics? Because that's what you are going to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanillaO View Post
    This is the big issue. The NHL will 100% be using this as an argument for not going to South Korea in 2018. Losing ticket sales/revenue and getting zero compensation to promote a tournament that most North Americans won't even be awake to see? Bettman says: no thanks.
    Yeah, with those time differences I can understand, however the fact that the league cares more about money then they do about their athletes having a role on the world stage and selling their brand of hockey world wide is kind of pathetic. And you know, if the league doesn't let players go, they will just do what Kovalchuck did and retire from the NHL and void their contracts, what is the league going to do when half of their great players all jump ship because they want to go represent their country internationally? Also, the other European leagues seem to have ZERO issue with their players attending, it's only the NHL that is all uppity about it. Greed gets in the way of enjoyment of a sport just like the lockouts have.

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    Zetterberg out 7-8 weeks after back surgery. Let's hope for no more serious injuries =x

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    They're gonna have a real hard time convincing them to send players for South Korea lol

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