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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.
Well the rangers avoid the sweep, I expect the kings to finish them off in game 5.
1) The Blackhawks already have one extremely expensive superstar forward, plus other stars that aren't cheap. Cap space is precious, and a championship team needs to be deep; they'd be better served spending that $8 million-plus of cap space on two or three good players than one one more superstar forward.
2) I think Kane is a great-not-franchise player who isn't worth the contract he's going to get.
That's why the Crawford and Bollig deals bug me so much, neither seem like good value.
They have the same agent and signed matching deals last time, so it's possible they're even negotiating as a unit.
Kings are absolutely relentless.
It really never ceases to amuse me having Bettman booed so much.
At the same time, there are some teams making good moves - like the Stars, Blues. Seems like a lot of the silliest moves are out East - I'm looking at you, Dale Tallon.
A little bummed the Hawks have been quiet but it's understandable. I hope this means Teravainen gets a legit shot at second line center rather than Shaw or an FA retread like Regin.
and for way more money they it seems like they should get.
Flyers (as usual) off to a bad off-season start. Hextall promotion is par for the course, maybe he'll figure things out at some point, but more mistakes are going to come fast and furious in the short term.
The trade of Hartnell for Umberger was laughable, and they are still over the cap, but now have a guy who isn't very good, and under contract for 3 years, not five. Maybe Pronger will retire or whatever he needs to do at some point, and leave the cap number.
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