Posted on: July 11, 2009 8:02 pm

The NHL salary cap

Well everyone i think has come to the same conclusion...

The salary cap sucks.

Well it mostly sucks. About 80% suck.

I suppose i will start off with why i think it is beneficial: It keeps alot of smaller teams in contention. Teams with huge salaries cannot monopolize star players like they used to (see my beloved Red Wings circa 02). It makes owners feel nice that they arent burdoned with the spend too much and you might get in financial trouble or spend to little and piss off your fanbase issues.

Ok now why it sucks:

The NHL runs a much higher risk of losing players to their competition (KHL, swedish elite, etc) due to teams being so tight against the cap noone can offer competitive contracts. The free angent players are also risking alot too going on the FA market. How long should they wait to sign? If you dont wait long enough you might lose out on the bargaining dollars. You wait too long and noone can afford to pay what you want. Its quite the dillema.

Now i like the idea and principles of a cap. But i wish it was a soft cap that teams could work slightly above for a price to be paid in revenue sharing or something. Kind of like a luxury tax.

I know noone cares i just felt like killing time at work. Thanks for reading if you make it this far.
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Tags: salary cap
Posted on: June 15, 2009 11:10 pm

Yay hockey

Just a few notes...

Looks like the Coyotes will be in AZ for another season at least. I hope this whole saga opens up the Arizona faithful that they need to support this team. Much like Pittsburgh when the Penguins were in trouble a few years back.

Also game 7 had the highest rating in many many many years. I am so happy to hear that. It seems like the past couple of years the NHL has been touting the "highest ratings since 2002" BS. Yeah well in 2002 the NHL wasnt popular dorks.

And finally I am happy hockey season is so long and takes up 3/4 of the year. Training camp begins in September in my hometown of Traverse City for the Red Wings. I cant wait to see what this offseason brings.

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Posted on: June 13, 2009 8:09 pm

Thoughts on game 7

Well congratulations Pittsburgh. You earned this one for sure. It is nice to see a bright young team earn their way to the cup. Yeah i would much rather have the wings win another one but there is always next year.

I have noticed alot of writers pretty much saying the Red Wings lost this series instead of the Penguins winning it. Those kids played their guts out. Nothing more nothing less.

Well time to change my av.
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Posted on: June 10, 2009 12:59 am

Thoughts on game 6

Ugh... What a wasted opportunity. Ozzie stood on his head and the Offense of all things just couldnt come through for him. Really? The Red Wings only goal was scored by Kris Draper? Really? Yikes. Love Drapes as much as the next guy but we have 6 or 7 other forwards that should bowl their way down the ice and shelf the damn puck.

Just brutal. The first period was an amazing display of my hair turning gray.

Maybe i will write more later. The Penguins deserved this win. They wanted it more obviously.
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Posted on: June 7, 2009 10:58 pm

Thoughts on Game 5

Well to be honest can i really say anything that hasnt already been said?

Great all around effort tonight by the Red Wings. I, like everyone else, was happy to see Pavel back on the ice playing field general. That guy is magic.

Now, on to a darker subject. The Penguins "antics" after going down 2-0 and eventually losing 5-0. It seems like most anti-penguins fans are screaming as loudly and as often as possible about how the Penguins are thugs. While you have the right to your opinions and whatever makes you feel better, i do not agree. They got frustrated and took some cheap penalties. Thats all it was. Happens almost every night in the regular season. A team gets down big and gets mad. Oh well get over it. Noone was hurt. Move on. Both teams are focused on game 6. Noone is thinking about game 5. I promise you. So the sooner everyone gets over all this hate then the better game 6 will be to watch.

Go Red Wings.
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Posted on: June 6, 2009 1:44 am

Thoughts on games 3 & 4

Now that games 3 and 4 are in the books here are my thoughts...

This is how it was supposed to happen. Remember people that this is why there is a 2-2-1-1-1 format in the playoffs. You are supposed to maintain home ice advantage. Teams are supposed to win on their home ice.

The Penguins played very well in 3 & 4 and the Red Wings did not play well enough. The Pens got the breaks they were dying for and the break well dried up for the wings. In game 3 i think it was as simple as MAF outplayed Ozzie. In game 4 the Red Wings forgot how to backcheck and play properly positioned defense for a 6 minute span.

The series shifts back to the Joe tomorrow night. Pav will be in the lineup finally. Hopefully this will light a fire under the wings butts and they can get it done.

Go Red Wings
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Posted on: June 1, 2009 8:49 pm

Thoughts after games 1 and 2 SCF

Okay games one and two are over and done with in the Stanley Cup Finals. As most of you know the Red Wings posted back to back 3-1 wins. I thought i would write out a few of my thoughts about the games and perhaps a bit of a preview.

These games were nothing like last years games. The Penguins played hard and kept up with the red wings. We are lucky that MAF is not on his game. If we had run into a hot goalie the wings would be in some trouble. Both teams have had flashes of brillinace but nothing sustained. Both teams are actually not playing very well. There is not alot of open ice out there to work with for either club. I look for things to open up a little bit once in Pittsburgh since home team gets last change. That will mean the Penguins can get some favorable matchups. I dont know about all of you but i dont want to see the Hudler line go against Malkin. 

On a different subject, will everyone shut up about the officiating? Both team's "fans" are driving me insane. I do not come on these boards to listen to 50 different drunk idiots screaming from the top of their keyboards about conspiracies and blind refs. Has everyone forgotten that this is a sport? Things are missed. Deal with it. The teams arent up in arms so you should follow suit. Deal with it people. Yes this includes all of you Red Wing fans that conveniently joined the site when the wings made the finals. 

Games 3 and 4 should be a whole different animal. Remember the Penguins did not go down without a fight last year and there is no way they are going out easliy this year. They have a good home crowd and they will be ready to play. Hopefully the wings can withstand the charge that i am sure will happen right out of the gate. Should be fun tomorrow!

Go Red Wings. 
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Posted on: May 16, 2009 2:11 am

Dear 'Hawks fans,

Please dont suck. I am tired of playing teams with sucky fans. Please dont say that the Red Wings are too old. They are not old. Please dont say they arent physical. They are when they need to be. Please dont say that the Red Wings get all the calls. They dont. Noone does. There is no team in the history of sport that has not been screwed over by the refs at some point. Please dont say all red wings fans are fair weather bandwagon jumpers. Yeah some are but alot of us were drawn in by the greats like Stevie Y and Mr. Hockey. Please dont say that your team is deeper talent wise. Untrue my friends.

I understand we are your biggest rivals. But please be patient with us if we dont agree that youre our most hated team. I dont like your team. That should be enough.

Over the past day and a half all I have been hearing are these reasons the Red Wings will lose. I say you are silly and will be sorely dissapointed.

The Hawks can win the series. But dont think for a second that the wings will roll over and say "oh they are too young and fast". Prepare yourselves for a roller coaster ride.

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