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Commandant

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  1. nothing is confirmed. Its all been, we'll do what the doctors tell us. I personally think he'll play. He has one strike against him, obviously... but he's also young, in tremendous shape (compared to the average person), his blood sugar has been well controlled for a long time. So while he has one risk factor, everything else seems to lower that
  2. I'm fine with tax increases. I wouldn't put it on the HST/GST though. I think the cut to that tax, which is a regressive tax is not as big a problem as the cuts to income taxes and corporate taxes over the years have been. I'd rather raise the income tax rates, and corporate tax rates, raising them progressively in each tax bracket.
  3. We don't have cap issues, so its hard to say... the Price contract or the Alzner contract is preventing us from getting player X. A lack of cap space hasn't been the issue. Yes they are overpaid, but its not a limiting factor right now.
  4. I might consider targetting Vince Dunn, who you could probably get cheaper in a trade if you took on a shitty Blues contract like Jake Allen
  5. He's been surprisingly good during COVID... but I look at that the same way as you see Trudeau being good with the Racial questions. Eventually COVID will be gone, and we'll be back to his shitty policies, some of which made COVID worse (cutting funding to nursing homes, and then nursing homes being ill-prepared for COVID kinda go hand in hand)... but yeah, he's made good policy and had good response once he knew of the crisis. Once its gone though, I wonder if he'll focus on buck a beer again instead of fixing systemic problems we have.
  6. I wonder if MAB can still play 30 seconds of 5v5 per game and run the PP.
  7. In the playoffs, when less penalties are called? It could mean a lot more. Lets also remember this team was pretty good at the start of the year before Drouin and Byron got hurt in Washington. They are coming back almost fully healthy. The only question mark is Kotkaniemi and since we still have no idea when the playoffs are starting (It could be late July), he might and I stress might be ready giving us 100% of a lineup.
  8. I consider myself a fiscal conservative but a social liberal. I was a fan of Joe Clark, I was a fan of Paul Martin. That middle of the aisle approach to both finance and social issues. The issue is that under people like Andrew Scheer, or Doug Ford provincially, or the others who are the current leaders of the conservatives, they have gotten wacky. The people leading them now have taken their cues from trump and have gone so far right wing on social issues that they are just wacky and I cant support that. Meanwhile Trudeau isn't anywhere close to where people like Paul Martin were from a fiscal standpoint. They are running NDP type fiscal policy. So where is that centrist position? Doesn't exist right now. That said, if forced to pick between the wacky conservatives who don't value human life IMO, or a fiscal policy i disagree with in Trudeau, I have to take the lesser of the evils and go for Trudeau cause people over property/money for me.
  9. Also none of those NTC guys are waiving to bring home less money when they are traded to a team that isn't a low income tax state like Florida.
  10. The Athletic also had an article earlier that Montreal is the most dangerous of all the lower seeded play-in teams due to their 5v5 play and that's without even looking at Carey Price. https://theathletic.com/1834433/2020/05/25/price-check-5-reasons-montreal-could-win-a-play-in-outside-of-goaltending/
  11. MOntreal was actually a better team than Pittsburgh in 5v5 situations this year. PP and PK are the reasons Pittsburgh were better. With the way we all know the playoffs work, and refs calling less penalties, this may not be as big a mismatch as the regular season standings seem to suggest. I'd still favour Pittsburgh, but this isn't the Yankees facing a Triple A team.
  12. They support a shit head cause he puts in judges who will support their views on abortion, gay rights, etc...
  13. Its second degree in Minnesota now. Keith Ellison took over the case and has upped the charges. He's now facing 40 years.
  14. The same Quebec that had banned religious headcoverings in the last year? good to know.
  15. Change has happened. Its been at a snail's pace and we need to make it move further and faster, but change has happened. With Minneapolis reforming their police this week, with the US Marines banning the Confederate flag on their bases this week, with the democrats introducing police reform bills this week, with Ahmaud Arbery's killers arrested, with George Floyd's killers arrested and the charges increased, and a few other things, we've seen a few changes just since these protests began. I get that its hard to see, I get that its not even close to enough, and that is why the protests continue. But I have to have hope for change, cause that is what helps to keep fighting. That is why I continue to support the fight, because I believe change can happen, and this is not all for not. Losing hope for me, would mean losing my motivation to help fight for change. As long as I believe that changes can be made if we just push harder, I will always use my voice to help amplify and support the protests of the oppressed.
  16. 400 years of oppression and murder.... Corona or not, its got to stop. You reach a point where police brutality and racism has to end and changes have to be made. Again, don't think its our place to say... yes, we hear your protest but can you wait for a more convenient time? Sorry, but I strongly disagree with you. As for your all lives matter comments....
  17. But, I thought players can't improve while playing in the NHL... they need to be in the AHL or Junior in order to get better.
  18. He can improve his shot, but I don't ever expect it to be good. If he had a good shot along with everything else he has, he wouldn't have been a fourth rounder.
  19. I'll bring up these two quotes, asking if its my place to decide how protests should be held. As a white man, its not my place to decide how they should protest... its my job to support their movement, not tell black people how to have that movement, that's for them to decide) I leave two quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. that I've thought a lot about. “I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail “I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.” - Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Stanford University, April 1967
  20. There are certain things you can learn how to do in the AHL that you can't learn in the NHL. Improving his shot is not one of them. He will get the practice time and have access to the weight room to bulk up in both the NHL and AHL, in fact the gyms he has access to in the NHL are better. If you want to say carrying the puck, sure in the AHL he will be able to do that more often and so doing it during games, he'll learn it more. Improving his shot, it doesn't matter what league he's in, he's either going to be able to do it or not.
  21. When Mete made the team, he was 2 years older than Seider was in September. This past season, when he was in his second year and Seider was just drafte, he's 3 years older than Seider Mete making the team for 18-19, is the same as Seider making the team for 2022-23. I kinda think he'll be an NHLer at that point, so thats not really a good example of Yzerman holding a prospect back longer than Bergevin.
  22. I don't agree with that. I think he is a legitimate NHLer, and when you get that from a fourth round pick, that's quality. This is a guy who has decent analytics (both with Weber and away from him) where he is over 50%, is like -1% relative to teammates despite getting 55% of his starts in his own zone (far more than most of the teammates). If you want to argue he isn't a top pair defenceman... sure, we all agree on that. I'd say he's a borderline #4 right now. If you want to say he should be on the third pair instead of the 2nd, ok, i can listen to that type of argument. I don't agree, but I'll listen to it. If you think he isn't an NHLer and doesn't even belong as the #5 defenceman, yeah, I can't agree on that at all, and the stats don't really back your argument at all either.
  23. Im not going to get too political here as this is a hockey message board, so Im going to refrain from going down this road.
  24. Hes a maga hat wearing full throated trumpanzee
  25. Meh, they are hockey players. I give em credit for speaking out but most of these guys only have a high school education (especially a whler like shea). I dont worry if he isnt eloquent and gets some help from a PR person, as long as his heart is in the right place. Also Kevin Weekes was on the 2 man advantage podcast (pierre lebrun via The Athletic) and he said there were a few NHLers who have done a lot money wise and support wise for the black community who dont push for their work to be publicized but have done great things. He named Sidney Crosby and a few others. One of the players was Shea Weber. So when it comes to things like this, I'm an actions speak louder than words kind of person and Kevin Weekes says that Weber's actions speak loud and clear, so I'm more than willing to accept that.
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