8 ARMS TO HOLD THE STANLEY CUP THE NHL 2021-2022 SEASON THREAD (INCLUDING LIGHTNING HANGOVER AND KRACKEN SHENANIGANS. HOCKEY IS THE BEST)

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Odds on a 2021-2022 season starting on time?

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 19 July 2021 12:46 (three months ago) link

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 pic.twitter.com/7zqT0A2gJj

— luke prokop (@lukeprokop_6) July 19, 2021

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl-predators-prokop-announcement-1.6108113

very cool moment

symsymsym, Monday, 19 July 2021 17:14 (three months ago) link

Very nice

Vegas got Fleury, does Seattle take Price? Seems risky/expensive, but they have basically a full cap to work with.

Hoping Josh Bailey remains an Islander for life, although he was exposed last time too.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 19 July 2021 17:30 (three months ago) link

https://theathletic.com/2711747/2021/07/19/luke-prokop/

unlocked interview

symsymsym, Monday, 19 July 2021 21:33 (three months ago) link

price is prone to injury. fleury's issues were different, if i recall correctly, where it was him mostly not performing for a long while when his team needed him. so, i don't know if it's a fair comparison.

i think it'd be a bad move for seattle to acquire price, but i assume he actually really wants that to happen. he is in the last stage of his career and would most likely retire there and be close to family, so it makes sense for him.

i feel like they'll take holtby, though.

Punster McPunisher, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 15:54 (three months ago) link

I'd take holtby or quick before price

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 15:59 (three months ago) link

so sounds like kraken's not taking any expensive players?

symsymsym, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 18:02 (two months ago) link

I haven’t heard of half of these drafted players. Supposedly they were no side deals.

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 22 July 2021 01:55 (two months ago) link

weird

sean gramophone, Thursday, 22 July 2021 01:57 (two months ago) link

Yeah, you would think that Seattle would try to copy what LV did.

This time around teams may have been better at not leaving exposed players they would actually hurt to lose.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Thursday, 22 July 2021 02:06 (two months ago) link

They did copy LV in the fact that they drafted a Fleury.

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 22 July 2021 02:28 (two months ago) link

pens fan here (as i've probably mentioned before itt). pretty bummed that they basically got two penguins out of this thing. one of which actually hurts a little: mccann via toronto after he spent like two days as a leaf on paper. tanev's a trip, but gonna miss jared.

andrew m., Thursday, 22 July 2021 13:53 (two months ago) link

anybody else watch this thing live? chris fowler was so bad. painful to watch at times.

andrew m., Thursday, 22 July 2021 13:55 (two months ago) link

The NFL-ization of side events is second only to extortive owners

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 22 July 2021 14:11 (two months ago) link

xpost was he the one who called the Hurricanes the Carolina Panthers

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Thursday, 22 July 2021 14:26 (two months ago) link

i missed that part! but it sounds about right. overall just a terribly awkward performance. with the move to espn, makes me worry that we'll have to suffer through him forever now.

andrew m., Thursday, 22 July 2021 15:39 (two months ago) link

They did copy LV in the fact that they drafted a Fleury.

Two Fleurys! They'll be twice as good as Vegas

symsymsym, Thursday, 22 July 2021 16:40 (two months ago) link

are the kraken now one of the biggest and heaviest teams?

all their d men are at least 200 lbs and 6 feet tall (except for gavin bayreuther)

and they have the two biggest players in the nhl in oleksiak (6'7", 255 lbs) and macdermid (6'5", 233 lbs)

the nucks are going to get pushed around unless we get some bigger boys

Punster McPunisher, Thursday, 22 July 2021 17:01 (two months ago) link

re: the penguins, i'm sure they would rather have lost pettersson or zucker, but with a flat salary cap, room must be made. everyone loves tanev but he's a fourth-liner with four years left on his contract who's about to turn 30 (and his injuries are only going to mount with the way he plays)

mccann is a more significant loss, but he too is in the pens' bottom six when everyone's healthy, and you can't have everything. (i have seen him tentatively penciled in as seattle's no. 1 center lol.) they *should* be able to get bottom-six help more cheaply, perhaps leaving room to upgrade the goaltending

every half-decent team is desperate to shed salary; at least the penguins didn't have to embarrass everyone involved by trading away draft picks just to get arizona to take on their shitty contracts, e.g. flyers/ghost bear and islanders/ladd

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 July 2021 20:46 (two months ago) link

Yes thank you Arizona for taking the contracts no one wants. Islander fans feel it was a fair deal for the most part, lol.

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 22 July 2021 21:12 (two months ago) link

You have to admire the way Paul Holmgren has it in for the Flyers.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Friday, 23 July 2021 18:33 (two months ago) link

Just popped in to post a picture of when the Stanley Cup showed up at a Rush show I saw, which is among the most hockey things ever:

https://i.imgur.com/36I4fSP.jpg

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 July 2021 18:43 (two months ago) link

congratulations to the handful of teams that *didn’t* wildly overpay for bad expensive defensemen today

mookieproof, Saturday, 24 July 2021 01:01 (two months ago) link

otoh at least the flyers, blackhawks and canucks didn’t draft a sex offender (yet)

mookieproof, Saturday, 24 July 2021 04:03 (two months ago) link

The Flyers had Billy Tibbets years back (but so did the Pens, iirc), so they have already checked that on their organizational bingo card.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Saturday, 24 July 2021 11:11 (two months ago) link

kraken dman jamie oleksiak's sister is penny, a canadian swimmer, who is doing very well in several events in the summer olympics

Punster McPunisher, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 01:55 (two months ago) link

Did not expect Vegas to trade Fleury to the Blackhawks for a prospect, and then Fleury saying he might retire in response.

Caps resigning Ovi for five more years seems more normal, but am wondering what his age 40 year will be like.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 21:40 (two months ago) link

all of western pennsylvania wants the return of MAF, for better or worse (though neither hextall nor burke are likely to be sentimental about it)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 00:40 (two months ago) link

pretty comfortable with the penguins doing very little so far -- the only deal i'm honestly envious of is dougie hamilton's, and they had nowhere near the room. i guess hextall does have a rep (unlike jim rutherford) of not making deals for the sake of it

might have taken (pittsburgh's own) brandon saad at that price, but that's about it

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 July 2021 20:01 (two months ago) link

I wonder if Hextall is really there for the inevitable tear down/rebuild more than anything.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Thursday, 29 July 2021 20:36 (two months ago) link

perry to tampa is very heartbreaking

sean gramophone, Thursday, 29 July 2021 22:08 (two months ago) link

xp i'm still not clear on why rutherford suddenly abdicated in january; i think hextall was just the best available candidate (i cannot explain burke's involvement at all)

pens did win their division and had excellent advanced stats, so i'm not sure tearing it all down because the goaltending was an utter disaster vs. the isles makes sense . . . but of course they haven't addressed the goaltending either

tbh i don't think ownership will allow hextall to tear it down yet. they might not re-sign malkin or letang after next year -- much more likely to let letang go, i'd imagine -- but crosby (and probably malkin?) is there as long as he wants to be. which i'm fine with

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 July 2021 23:30 (two months ago) link

Not suggesting they will tear it down yet, just that Crosby/Malkin can't be good for too much longer and then . . . .

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Friday, 30 July 2021 04:05 (two months ago) link

i'm still not convinced pens fans' goaltender panic is warranted, but i too am fine with just minor tweaks to the roster cuz i like what so many of them bring and the chemistry has largely been solid. gonna remain butthurt about mccann for awhile though. on the other hand, as a "reba" fan, we have a brock now. HAAIIEEE!

andrew m., Friday, 30 July 2021 14:05 (two months ago) link

;_;

After a Hall-of-Fame career and 46 years of broadcasting Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, Mike Lange will be retiring from his play-by-play duties.

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has just left the building.

Thank you, Mikey: https://t.co/zMePmPrTmM pic.twitter.com/M4jForHpSq

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 9, 2021

mookieproof, Monday, 9 August 2021 15:47 (two months ago) link

well scratch my back with a chainsaw, grandma, mikey is retiring!

andrew m., Monday, 9 August 2021 20:22 (two months ago) link

it sounds like he'll be popping in from time to time on penguins radio to shoot the breeze with the ole two-niner, so that's good.

andrew m., Monday, 9 August 2021 20:24 (two months ago) link

RIP Tony Esposito

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 22:57 (two months ago) link

indeed

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 23:52 (two months ago) link

An MTU Huskies legend

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 23:55 (two months ago) link

Lundqvist done

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 20 August 2021 19:08 (two months ago) link

also r-r-r-r-r-r-r-ick jeanneret to retire after season

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 20 August 2021 19:25 (two months ago) link

https://c.tenor.com/BOBSv9PBFdEAAAAC/lundqvist-net.gif

mookieproof, Friday, 20 August 2021 20:40 (two months ago) link

Carolina's poison pill offer sheet to the Habs' Kotkaniemi is hilarious.

Taliban! (PBKR), Sunday, 29 August 2021 12:08 (one month ago) link

the pettiness is funny — and i guess it helps distract from both teams drafting or signing assholes this summer — but idg why carolina would trade away a good young goalie, let dougie hamilton walk, then offer $6m for a forward who scored five goals last season

habs should take the picks and use them to get eichel or something

mookieproof, Sunday, 29 August 2021 14:25 (one month ago) link

mookie, I am a very petty person.

Yeah, I would probably take the picks. I believe the qualifying offer is 10% of expiring salary, so Carolina will have to offer $6.7M next year to keep his rights. I guess Carolina can walk away if he isn't worth $6M after next year, but if that happens those picks will hurt even more.

Taliban! (PBKR), Sunday, 29 August 2021 14:30 (one month ago) link

really wonder how often restricted free agents are offered offer sheets and *don't* sign them

mookieproof, Sunday, 29 August 2021 19:19 (one month ago) link

just reread my post above and qualifying offer is 110% of expiring.

Taliban! (PBKR), Sunday, 29 August 2021 19:38 (one month ago) link

well, i hope the hurricanes are happy now!

mookieproof, Sunday, 5 September 2021 03:55 (one month ago) link

Big Z back to the Island after a 20 year break.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 18 September 2021 23:27 (one month ago) link

i admittedly cannot say lou has done a bad job on the island, but he really does like his old guys

mookieproof, Sunday, 19 September 2021 01:58 (one month ago) link

It's true, Isles have to be the oldest team in the league now. No one thinks the final piece to getting this team to the finals is 44-year-old Chara and J.P. Parise's 37-year-old son, but with flat cap + everyone overpaying for D-men, I'm ok (although not thrilled) w/taking a chance on them for a year.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 19 September 2021 02:35 (one month ago) link

The Red Wings have a player named T-BONE CODD at tryouts.

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/529226/davis-codd

His real name is Davis but who cares

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 16:15 (four weeks ago) link

I don’t think demoting your franchise player ever ends well

https://www.nhl.com/news/jack-eichel-stripped-of-buffalo-captaincy-placed-on-ir-with-neck-injury/c-326273214

Michael F Gill, Friday, 24 September 2021 01:58 (three weeks ago) link

no idea what they hoped to accomplish besides making everything worse and reducing their leverage

buffalo deserves so much better

mookieproof, Friday, 24 September 2021 03:22 (three weeks ago) link

i'm pretty excited for today's canucks-kraken game. i'm curious how much kraken is going to try to push the canucks around this season

Punster McPunisher, Sunday, 26 September 2021 18:24 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

there are two players on opening-night rosters who were born in 2003

mookieproof, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 20:04 (one week ago) link

Do they even remember 9/11

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 20:10 (one week ago) link

kraken have a bunch of their top forwards out for covid protocol already, does not bode well for tonight.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 21:27 (one week ago) link

it is wild to see hockey featured in the top spot on espn dot com

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 00:15 (one week ago) link

love to see one’s team get three empty netters

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 15:26 (one week ago) link

Yeah I don’t fully get why the bolts pulled the goalie so early and so often.

Looking forward to seeing the two new arenas this year.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 16:32 (one week ago) link

excellent game, pens

Punster McPunisher, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:05 (one week ago) link

sounds like things might get a little chippy in DC tonight

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:13 (one week ago) link

Couldn't happen to nicer teams.

Hannibal Lecture (PBKR), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:16 (one week ago) link

Gretz is not TV ready

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 14 October 2021 02:28 (six days ago) link

The #leafs don't have the cap space to call up a goaltender to take Petr Mrazek's spot behind Jack Campbell tonight. They will likely sign U of T goalie Alex Bishop to an amateur tryout to back up Campbell.

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 16, 2021

mookieproof, Saturday, 16 October 2021 18:39 (four days ago) link

Should sign the zamboni guy who had to play against them as the emergency goalie

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 16 October 2021 19:47 (four days ago) link

ITL manon rheaume does analysis for DET

evander kane is a real piece of work

mookieproof, Monday, 18 October 2021 22:22 (two days ago) link

Details are sketchy. What happened?

Hannibal Lecture (PBKR), Monday, 18 October 2021 23:08 (two days ago) link

Defector and others saying it was a fake COVID vaccination card

Ned Raggett, Monday, 18 October 2021 23:11 (two days ago) link

thought they wouldn't notice. he bet wrong.

andrew m., Tuesday, 19 October 2021 13:54 (yesterday) link

i really don't understand why anyone would bother to do this

the whole olympics thing has me worried, as well

if i recall correctly, i think half of the players on the canucks got covid

if something like that happens now, they would probably suspend all nhl games

Punster McPunisher, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 20:04 (yesterday) link

sabres: unstoppable

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 16:13 (three hours ago) link

Hahah I was thinking the same thing. Good for them.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 17:16 (two hours ago) link


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