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The Chicoutimi Cucumber

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  1. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    The call was silly. That’s a two minute minor even in the regular season. For all that Vegas is whining about the game being stolen, however, all they had to do was run a decent PK and not give up four goals in four minutes 🙄
  2. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    If you were cheering for the Leafs to lose - and who wasn’t? - then by definition you wanted those pr*cks Boston to win. Let’s face facts. That said, we are all Blue Jackets fans now...for one series at least.
  3. 2019 Free Agents: Who goes? Who stays? What's the price?

    Excellent insight. But I wonder about this. Commandant has argued repeatedly that ‘clutch’ is a myth. But if players can reliably raise their game for limited durations during contract years, isn’t this the same principle - i.e., that some guys can find ‘another level’ when highly motivated? Is the ‘contract year boost’ also a myth, then -? And if it’s not, then by the same logic, clutch wouldn’t be either.
  4. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    Stalin crushes Hitler! WOOOOOOT!! Now go Columbus go!!
  5. POLL: How do you feel about the future?

    I've had mixed success with polls in the past, but I'm trying again here...fingers crossed it works
  6. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    In the battle of Hitler (Leafs) vs Stalin (Bruins), I always choose Stalin. But once this series is over, it's imperative that its winner suffer crushing defeat.
  7. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    I'm terrified that history will fail to repeat itself and that the Leafs will advance. Here's hoping they immolate.
  8. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Hmmm, good thoughts! Maybe my faith in d-men is a bit behind the times. One fly in the ointment you offer here is the role you're giving Drouin. He has the tools to do what you describe, but my faith in his brains is sub-polar at this point.. Next year will be make or break; I doubt he'll ever become a guy to count on, however, although he might fool people into thinking he is for a period of time.
  9. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    Is this the new "Ryder and a 2nd?"
  10. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    Indeed. The Habs have had a history over recent decades of asking the wrong players to be true core pieces driving the team. It started with Brisebois, a quality second-pairing guy miscast as a #1 defenceman. Then we asked Kovalev to be the key cog rather tgan a deadly supplementary piece - a crazy thing to ask of a notoriously mercurial player. Next it was relying on a very good, but very streaky, goal-scorer to carry the team in Patches. What you need from your foundation pieces is consistently strong performance. Not 'hoping they get hot at the right time.' Fans get angry when a guy like Patches doesn't deliver, but they too seldom ask why he is expected to carry the load in the first place.
  11. Permanent Trade Proposal Thread

    The PP will be fixed by better coaching and, above all, by having D who can quarterback it by making plays. Look to the back end more than the FW unit.
  12. 2018-19 NHL General Discussion Thread

    Both Vigneault and Julien are quality coaches. No shame at all in 'recycling' them. Therrien is an ignorant pusbag who should not have been given a first NHL job let alone the third his bum buddy Bergie saw fit to give him. A fourth should be out of the question.
  13. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    100%. In Montreal, he was expected to drive the offence. Ridiculous. He's not that kind of player. In Vegas, he is playing with better linemates than he ever has in his life and is no longer asked to be the catalyst for the FW unit. He's still the same player, but the expectations and context are different. Also, he's finally gotten on one of his hot spells during a playoff run. Commandant always said it was a roulette wheel as to whether and when that would happen, and now it has.
  14. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    That didn't bother me in the slightest - in fact, I prefer to see the Habs being treated as serious competitors rather than charity cases - but I get that for some reason, some people found it some sort of mortal offence against human decency that the other team tried its best to win a hockey game against us. It also seems to me that since Columbus was the team that did more than any to knock us out, it's not self-evident that we should be cheering for them. But in truth this series to me is mostly interesting from an analytical rather than emotional point of view, in that it's fascinating to see as dominant a team as TB suddenly roll over and die.
  15. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    This is good, calm advice. There may be an odd analogy here with another team Yzerman was associated with - i.e., all those Detroit teams that took forever to get over the hump. Detroit stayed faithful to their core and eventually made it. San Jose is the obverse case. I don't think the loss of Hedman and Strahlman is really an excuse for crapping out like they have. Championship-calibre teams can ride out injuries, or at least be highly competitive with them. There's a deeper issue there of some kind.
  16. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    Absolutely incredible. If you're the Tampa GM, what do you do? You have one of the greatest regular season teams ever assembled and it goes out easily in Round One. Do you keep the group together and keep the faith? Do you contemplate major surgery? Or do you look to make 1-2 key moves that transform the team into a 'playoff' oriented group? The easiest thing to do would be a coaching change. But the supposedly brilliant Cooper just re-upped. Yowza. As for Pittsburgh, I smelled something rotten in the state of Crosby when they traded the solid Tanner Pearson for human pylon Erik Gurdbranson. It's true that the refs flush their whistles down the crapper once the playoffs begin, but you still need to be able to skate FFS.
  17. 2018-19 NHL General Discussion Thread

    Love Ferraro. His spots on Vancouver radio are must-listen for me. Mike Johnson is also quite good. Predictably, these excellent voices have never received as much airtime as blowhards and medicorities such as Nick Kyprios, Gary Galley, and Sour Grapes. It's almost as if hockey broadcasting, especially HNIC, makes a point of penalizing intelligence.
  18. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    Truly shocking in the case of TB.
  19. Looking back on the 2019 season

    I hear you. The funny thing about scalping, though, is that it seems to reveal the actual market value of tickets. It's like when you see tickets for a concert being sold for hundreds of dollars over asking price...sure, the scalpers are gouging scum, but on the other side, the fact that those tickets sell at those prices ironically suggests that the original asking price was much too low. If you're Bruce Springsteen, you probably can easily charge $1000 per ticket for a show at a small theatre. The fact that you don't seems to be about PR rather than what the market is actually willing to bear. Similarly, if hockey teams are charging $200 for tickets that sell at three times that, then in fact the teams are under-estimating the demand for their own product.
  20. Looking back on the 2019 season

    Exactly. Who cares what players make in absolute terms? The only thing we should care about is how much a player makes as a % of the cap hit. I find a lot of the time there is confusion between these two issues, with fans acting all shocked that Player X got Y amount of dollars, without factoring in rising cap ceilings.
  21. POLL: How do you feel about the future?

    Well...WHY do we have no chance, exactly - ?
  22. POLL: How do you feel about the future?

    Indeed. Still, he hasn't been signed yet, so that's a good sign; and as I say above, he has some connection to the Ottawa/Montreal region. And with 96 points and a youthful team, the Habs can now present themselves as up-and-comers. I'm not saying we're a shoo-in to sign him, but I would resist the traditional pessimism which says that we have no chance to sign top-name UFAs (a pessimism I always felt was overblown anyway). I think we have a chance.
  23. POLL: How do you feel about the future?

    Well, have any of us carefully watched Karlsson? Or are just looking at numbers, i.e., mostly a dip in goal totals! One of the things with him is that he's gone through two very tumultuous seasons. Ottawa was a circus and he was in the centre ring, and then he's gone to a new club with all the adjustments that entails (including adapting to another alpha d-man in Burns, and a new conference). So his imputed 'decline' may be partly informed by this turmoil. The other point is that even with his decline in goal-scoring he is a 28-year-old 65-70 point defenceman. A 32-year old Petry is a 45 point defenceman. There is no comparison between the two assets. Injuries are trickier to gauge. He had groin issues this season; what does that mean long term? Maybe nothing. Groin pulls often linger for a season. But that doesn't mean they will compromise a career. I dunno, I'm not a medical doctor. I get the cap concerns, but people must really have faith in our talent pipeline to turn their noses up at a 70-point defenceman who will be 29 in September. The argument seems to be that we don't need elite talent to win a Cup. And remember that Weber will be 34 and has shown troubling signs of decline himself. Petry is great but he is going to be 33. After them the D is spare parts. This organization needs work on the back end and here people are pooh-poohing Karlsson. Seems weird to me.
  24. 2019 NHL Playoffs

    Dallas, Isles, and Columbus all score surprising victories. Curiouser and curiouser... Nashville puzzles me. How a team with that blueline can struggle to score is beyond me. I agree that it'd be great to see the Isles advance (I'm sick of Pittsburgh). And if TO loses in Round One, that combination would be AWESOME. 😆 And if Columbus does manage to upset TB, then they become instant Cup faves in my book, and KooKoo morphs into a genius GM who, far from wasting young assets on a desperate lunge for a futile playoff, made bold moves and got rewarded. It's a fascinating scenario. (I wonder if all the expectations have resulted in TB being wound too tight?)
  25. POLL: How do you feel about the future?

    On a "down" year, he's on pace for 70 point pro-rated over 82 games. I think we could use that, don't you? Don't give me this "3 goal" garbage as if playmaking doesn't count. That said, I would definitely be scouting him heavily to make sure that his skills are undiminished before ponying up the big dough. Due diligence. I don't know much about Karlsson's preferences, but Montreal might be attractive for him given his longstanding connection to Ottawa.
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