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Congratulations, Hawks. go Rangers.
I'm not watching tonight's game or DVRing it. I'll check the score before bed. Game 6 was crushing, I'm not doing that again.
Meh. I'll be rooting for the Rangers.
Well, looks like I just became a big Blackhawks fan. The Kings team from the first three Sharks games is back. Pathetic effort from a team that won the Cup two years ago. Passive, indecisive, and basically just letting themselves get pushed around.
I'd root for the Hawks over the Sharks. I'll root for any team that's already won the cup over the Sharks. I'd rather see the Blues beat the Hawks. But ultimately, I'm rooting for every team still playing over the Sharks.
Holy crap, this Kings team is awful. I'm actually rooting for the Ducks now. Anyone but San Jose would be fine with me.
TSN.ca's suggesting that Pierre McGuire has interviewed for the Pens GM job.
I agree with Shredder that a lot of those posts were in the moment and shouldn't be taken that seriously.
I added the appropriate amount of context in my post for the point I was trying to make. I didn't edit anything out of your comments.
And this bandwagon ######## should die, considering the fact that the NHL would have preferred the Hawks in the finals over the Kings.
Serious or not, I think those posts grate because fans from other teams haven't done that in this thread. It seems like it's just the Kings fans.
Yes, there's bandwagoners. Any team, well any team but the Kings, sees an increase in fandom after success.
(seriously, the ratings for game 7 in Buffalo were almost double that of LA
I fail to see how that's a bad thing, or why in hockey it's considered such an insult.
I don't think the Hawks need a complete overhaul this off-season, and they don't need to bring in a superstar. I definitely want to see them get younger. I'd love to see Teravainen play with Kane & Saad next season, despite the fact that it might be a mess defensively. Shaw/Smith/Bickell seems like a fine third line. I'm a bit disappointed by Kruger's lack of development this year, so he'll be back on the 4th line with Bollig and Morin/Nordstrom/Versteeg.
Ideally I'd like to see the Hawks acquire Spezza; he's a bit expensive but he's a UFA after 2015 (I'd really like to see Kesler here but he's signed through 2016 and that concerns me, considering Kane & Toews' contract situations). I'm not sure if the Hawks have the prospects to pull it off.
If the Hawks do nothing this off-season they're still a very strong team but I am worried about Hossa, Sharp, Seabrook, & Oduya entering decline phases. I think this off-season will be less about improving the team for next season and more about preparing for the craziness of next off-season, when Kane and Toews become UFA's.
Trading for veterans is not congruous to getting younger. Which do you really want to see the Blackhawks do?
There's enough minutes, and actual holes on the roster, for both. Whether Teuvo gets Kane or not, what he should get is a steady job and most of the season up here to prove himself.
I'm a bandwagon Chicago Blackhawks fan. The combination of a dynamic young center, all-world defensive RW and Norris trophy defenseman drew me in. Even if they did get swept in the finals. Stupid Penguins.
As for Wirtz not televising home games, a lot of us grew up in era when home games for most teams (at least in LA) were almost never televised. Wirtz was anachronistic, but it's not like keeping home games off tv was something he thought up. If you cared about a team, you listened or went to games. I'm not saying he was a good guy, or even a good owner, but a lot of us lived through eras with no to few televised home games. We still supported our teams.
I bandwagoned the Hawks around the same time as zack, as an 11 year old. You'd have to accuse me of bandwagonning on the Bulls, too, considering they got MJ when I was 4 and I was a big fan of his. Probably also for the Bears, too, since they won the Super Bowl when I was 5. At least I can claim pure Cub fandom, since they've pretty much always sucked during my lifetime.
At least I can claim pure Cub fandom, since they've pretty much always sucked during my lifetime.
Now there's a slogan: "The Chicago Cubs: our fans are 100% Shredder-approved, since we've always sucked!"
(*) Some exceptions apply, such as the team leaving your hometown (in which case, you'd get to pick a new team) or you stopping being a fan due to bad ownership (in which case, I'm less OK with you picking a new team).
And Gary Bettman probably had to run downstairs for a fresh pair of pants as soon as the New York-LA Finals was clinched. So there's that, too.
While I'm rooting for the Kings (hey, I'm moving to Los Angeles soon, and I've followed that team ever since seeing a game against Nashville at the Staples Center in March 2000), there's no way you can convince me that Bettman and the hockey "establishment" wouldn't have preferred seeing two Original Six teams go at it for the Cup, just like last year.
there should be a sequel at Angel Stadium next winter
Thank you, Wayne Gretzky, for being the catalyst.
The Penguins' owners are fairly young, so Penguins fans have 30 years of irrelevance to look forward to. Not everyone can win.
Unemployed to employed isn't a demotion.
I think you can only get an embellishment on a non-penalty, no?
“If an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”
All hockey players are trained to theatrically snap their heads back anytime an opposing gets near their faces. I'm actually impressed at how often refs get it right on whether there actually was contact or not.
Rangers fans expect a penalty every time one of their guys fall on a stick check.
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