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The Penguins have $55M committed to next year's estimated $71M cap, on only 14 players. I really hope Shero stays.
That .915 is worse than the other goalies in the second round besides Bryz and Quick and is the best he's done in the playoffs since they won the Cup (actually better than that year's .908 and only the 3rd time he's been above .900 in his 8 years). And you can continue to harp on Letang's contract all you want, but Fleury's contract *this year* had a negative impact on the Pens' depth, so yeah, he was part of the problem this year. IOW, he was slightly less of the problem this season than the previous 4 early losses (those sv% going from last year back are .883, .834, .899, .891). So in 8 years, he's been above average once (.933 the year they lost to Det), exactly average once and below average 6 times (in total .905 playoff vs .910 regular season).
The only exceptions are Lundqvist, who seems to consistently post percentages about .005-.010 higher than average, and whoever is goaltending for the Bruins (G Bruins has consistently posted high save percentages basically since the day Chara arrived there.)
If the conclusion (Julien's system noticeably increases save percentage) is reliable then it suggests Julien is the best coach alive and worth however much money he wants.
The Central division is just loaded right now, and is going to be brutal the next few years. Dallas, Minnesota and Colorado ... Hawks and Blues are older ... Preds
Perhaps the best chance is that it has been hot as balls here all week, the ice is bound to be sh!tty the rest of the way. Perhaps that will help equalize the talent somewhat and give the good guys a chance.
Edit: I read STEAGLES' post as a jab at Crosby, which I expect it was because I hang around Flyers fans a lot.
I am pulling for Boston to go down tonight, helps clear the way for the hawks to repeat.
What type of player are you talking about? An undersized one? A offensive playmaker with a less than stellar defensive reputation?
nope. i hate the guy, but he's legitimately great. i just don't see a 2nd guy on the pens who could reasonably be considered an all-time player.
Anyway, Letang isn't going anywhere as he has a no-movement clause.
Technically it doesn't kick in for a few weeks, but there's no chance the Penguins are going to go back on their agreement not to trade him.
So, let's say there was a hypothetical player who had the following accomplishments:
1) Calder Trohpy Winner
2) Hart Trophy Winner
3) Two time Hart Trophy runner up
4) Two time Ross Trophy Winner
5) Conn Smythe award winner
6) Scored better than a point per game in all but season in his career.
7) Career averages of 1.22 PPG in the regular season and 1.16 PPG in the playoffs.
That's not an all-time great to you? You don't think it would be reasonable for anyone to think that player is an all-time great? I highly doubt there are eligible players with those accomplishments who are not in the Hall of Fame, and seeing as how this player is only 27, assuming he doesn't go the full Kovalchuk, he's quite likely to finish with counting stats in the 500 goal, 1,200 point range. You wouldn't consider that player an all-time player? Moreover, you would assume that someone was talking about Chris Letang as the best player on the Penguins not named Sidney?
Is there a separate agreement outside the NMC? I mean, it's not like this sort of stuff doesn't happen. Ask Lubomir Visnovsky. I think the Kings traded him like a day before his clause kicked in.
Malkin has his issues, but he is waaaaaaaaay better than Alexander Mogilny was.
I'm not normally one for caring about "disrespecting the game" with bat flips or whatever, but I do think that Lucic threatening guys in the handshake line is disrespecting hockey.
When asked about what he said to Weise, Lucic explained that the real unsportsmanlike thing to do was talk about it.
“That’s said on the ice so it’ll stay on the ice, so if he wants to be a baby about it, he can make it public,” Lucic said.
Unfortunately for Lucic, Weise did want to be a baby about it, probably because he didn't have any respect for Lucic after Lucic opted not to show him any, but what do I know? Anyway. According to Weise, Lucic told him, "I'm going to [expletive] kill you next year." (Note: Bruce Arthur says Weise didn't officially "tell" him -- he just guessed correctly.)
FWIW, Marchand also finally hit something last night.
Didn't one of the Bruins also squirt Subban with water from the bench during live play?
Subban is probably my least favorite player in hockey but he was a beast this series. The Bruins just didn't have an answer for him at all. By Game Three my heart was in my throat every time he got the puck.
No idea how the Kings won that game last night but I guess I'll take it. It would be fun if they could somehow steal Game 7. I wonder if they would be the first team to survive two three game losing steaks in the playoffs.
Today is a dark day for Flyers, Rangers, and Capitals fans.
Sources told the Tribune-Review the players weren't happy with the length of practices, the number of meetings and a general lack of fun atmosphere around the team this season. Specifically, Crosby and Malkin were not happy with the perceived criticism they received from Bylsma during team meetings.
I can kinda see why Bruins fans might not like him, but I'd think it'd be in the begrudingly respect category, not in the only love when he's on your team category (like a Marchand). As a hockey fan, I ####### love him and everything about him. He's someone all hockey fans should like, IMO.
Did he inherit that title from Bob Diamond?
well...puck daddy commentators, anyway
I'm really surprised to see people (well...puck daddy commentators, anyway) suggesting that the Bruins should trade Chara.
A return by Seidenberg and some continued progression from the young defensemen should offset any slippage from Chara. I'm always of the opinion that any player can be dealt if you get a proper return, I'd move him for Crosby but there is no chance of that so I would not even waste my energy pondering trade options.
Edited to add: Judging from his press conference today, it doesn't sound like Chiarelli agrees with me on that last point.
Which is exactly what he was supposed to be in Vancouver, but never was. Guy has been transformed. Don't know if that is Therrien, one of the assistants, or Weise himself, but it is a striking transformation.
In fairness "attempted murder" is basically the job description for a fourth liner. I think the shenanigans earlier in the season didn't sit well either and as I said, this was just the final straw.
What happens to Julien will matter too, I've heard rumblings he might get the sack after this
No, diving makes him that. Everyone who saw the call said it was awful. He sprays Quick, then dives like a little #####. That makes him a vagina in my book.
I don't know if it was the 'correct' call based on the rules about replay, but it was the correct call based on the intent of the rules.
So you didn't even see it?
So did Keith Jones and Mike Milbury
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