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?

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

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

unlocked interview

symsymsym, Monday, 19 July 2021 21:33 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

I'd take holtby or quick before price

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

symsymsym, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 18:02 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

weird

sean gramophone, Thursday, 22 July 2021 01:57 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

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

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 22 July 2021 02:28 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

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

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

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Thursday, 22 July 2021 14:26 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (six days ago) link

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

mookieproof, Saturday, 24 July 2021 04:03 (six days 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 (six days 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 (three days 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 (three days 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 days 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) link

perry to tampa is very heartbreaking

sean gramophone, Thursday, 29 July 2021 22:08 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) 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 (nine hours ago) link


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