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 (six 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 (six months ago) link

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

unlocked interview

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

weird

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

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

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

perry to tampa is very heartbreaking

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

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

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

indeed

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

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

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

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

Taliban! (PBKR), Sunday, 29 August 2021 12:08 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

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

Taliban! (PBKR), Sunday, 29 August 2021 19:38 (four months ago) link

well, i hope the hurricanes are happy now!

mookieproof, Sunday, 5 September 2021 03:55 (four months ago) link

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

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 18 September 2021 23:27 (four months ago) link

that is fantastic

Hope FLA sticks with their asst coach and doesn’t bring in someone like Tortorella

Michael F Gill, Friday, 29 October 2021 15:05 (two months ago) link

is it just me or was there a hint of the great Bobby Orr goal vs St Louis there?

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Friday, 29 October 2021 18:40 (two months ago) link

Probably not just you. If there is a goal even the most casual hockey fan knows, it’s that one.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 29 October 2021 18:42 (two months ago) link

Hard to see this as a worthwhile gesture and not a cynical ploy to influence opinion/coverage in the face of impending lawsuits

https://www.yardbarker.com/nhl/articles/hockey_hall_of_fame_removing_brad_aldrichs_name_from_stanley_cup/

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Saturday, 30 October 2021 14:57 (two months ago) link

Argh line break broke the link

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Saturday, 30 October 2021 14:58 (two months ago) link

Not sure if the Sabres got enough for Eichel. Seems pretty good for Vegas. Sabres then had to take on the LTIR contract of the basically-retired Johnny Boychuk to get back to the capfloor. Certainly helps the Isles.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 5 November 2021 02:36 (two months ago) link

I think Tuch is really good (but I might just think that bcz he destroyed the canucks every time they played)

symsymsym, Friday, 5 November 2021 04:49 (two months ago) link

Kraken got a hat trick at home, and it seemed like the fans were a little reluctant to throw their brand new, somewhat-expensive hats/gear onto the ice.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 5 November 2021 22:43 (two months ago) link

Plastics

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Friday, 5 November 2021 23:37 (two months ago) link

haydn best nhler pic.twitter.com/lPegVURFkp

— undrafted free agent (@hayshartshart) November 5, 2021

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 6 November 2021 02:55 (two months ago) link

that's terrible and lucky? jeez

mookieproof, Saturday, 6 November 2021 03:14 (two months ago) link

I definitely laughed at the slide and the fact that it somehow worked

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 6 November 2021 03:21 (two months ago) link

It’s a 3 dimensional sport

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 6 November 2021 14:12 (two months ago) link

awww. someone won a shutout

mookieproof, Friday, 12 November 2021 04:05 (two months ago) link

dark times are coming for the penguins but i shall nevertheless cherish back-to-back shutouts in montreal and toronto

mookieproof, Sunday, 21 November 2021 03:32 (two months ago) link

Islanders fell apart at the end of their 13-game road trip, and just as they were ready to open their new home arena tonight, a mini covid outbreak happened, causing 5 of their starters to miss the game (which they lost). Welp.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 21 November 2021 03:40 (two months ago) link

lou totally infected them

mookieproof, Sunday, 21 November 2021 03:41 (two months ago) link

Yes but the infection cleared up an additional $2 million in cap space somehow

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 21 November 2021 05:11 (two months ago) link

real whirlwind six months for the canadiens

mookieproof, Sunday, 28 November 2021 16:11 (one month ago) link

it certainly has.

fire bergevin, hire a young quebecois genius for their dream job.
fire ducharme, bring in joël bouchard,
give weber to seattle

― sean gramophone, Tuesday, May 25, 2021 10:15 PM (six months ago)

sean gramophone, Sunday, 28 November 2021 21:36 (one month ago) link

- DOUCHEBAG

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 21:59 (one month ago) link

AV clubbed

mookieproof, Monday, 6 December 2021 15:22 (one month ago) link

Totally meaningless move - Philly perpetually delusional that they are Cup contenders one piece away and it must be the coach's fault.

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Monday, 6 December 2021 15:26 (one month ago) link

i don't think they considered themselves cup contenders, but i'm sure they had designs on the playoffs -- the athletic had them at about 33% to make it at the start of the season -- and there aren't too many coaches who can survive getting absolutely crushed at home in an eighth straight loss

kinda wondering where the line is for lou at this point? isles have had a brutal schedule, terrible injury/covid luck and they're hardly likely to bring in a better coach than trotz, but lou has never been one to shy away from change for change's sake

mookieproof, Monday, 6 December 2021 22:04 (one month ago) link

I haven't been this down on the Flyers since 06-07 when they had the worst record in the league. I kind of hate them now because of ownership's insane 20+ years of lurching from one shiny toy to the next. The organization consists of ex-Flyers whose only qualifications are that they are ex-Flyers. At least Hextall had some plan, but tried to be competitive while rebuilding, which is not a great approach imo.

I would definitely grab Trotz if I thought a coach would make a difference - it won't.

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Monday, 6 December 2021 22:16 (one month ago) link

Such a cruel twist of fate so far for the Isles. This is the first year in decades where they were picked by people as a potential Stanley cup finalists, and they finally got the new arena they deserve after so much turmoil. And yet so many things have gone wrong. I don’t know how you improve by replacing Trotz. Lou did magically make a lot of cap space reappear though, so there’s room for changes at the deadline.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 7 December 2021 00:45 (one month ago) link

Yeah, Trotz might wear you out, but it seems too soon.

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Tuesday, 7 December 2021 01:04 (one month ago) link

i'm still trying to get used to our new coach and all these changes. he hasn't said the F word nearly as much as what i've heard in the past, but i'm assuming he's just getting warmed up

https://soundcloud.com/thenielsonshow/sets/filthy-bruce

Punster McPunisher, Tuesday, 7 December 2021 17:47 (one month ago) link

TREVOR ZEGRAS WHAT? @tzegras11 pic.twitter.com/JXjGfAitSs

— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) December 8, 2021

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 December 2021 13:08 (one month ago) link

the best players are alive today

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 8 December 2021 13:32 (one month ago) link

Jacob Trouba of the @NYRangers has had a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist and fight) both last night and tonight.

He's the second player in NHL history to have a Gordie Howe hat trick on back-to-back days, joining the Canadiens' Doug Risebrough (February 15 & 16, 1975).

— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) December 9, 2021

mookieproof, Thursday, 9 December 2021 12:08 (one month ago) link

congrats to marc-andre fleury on his 500th victory <3

mookieproof, Friday, 10 December 2021 14:32 (one month ago) link

A little sad they dont call covid protocol scratches “inner body injuries”

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 10 December 2021 19:24 (one month ago) link

That’s good stuff right there

tobo73, Friday, 10 December 2021 19:42 (one month ago) link

legend

ESPN rinkside reporter just said Ovechkin drinks Pepsi while playing (it's in his Gatorade water bottle, apparently), but prefers Dr. Pepper between periods. Respect.

— Saira Peesker (@Peesker) December 11, 2021

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 December 2021 16:34 (one month ago) link

isles won a home game!

mookieproof, Sunday, 12 December 2021 05:17 (one month ago) link

Has to be one of the longest winless streaks ever to open up a new arena. Glad Parise finally got a goal after so many near misses.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 12 December 2021 18:15 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

BREAKING: The IIHF has reportedly cancelled the remainder of the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships.https://t.co/AbIsWA6Y75

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 29, 2021

holy moly

symsymsym, Wednesday, 29 December 2021 20:59 (three weeks ago) link

The title to this thred may be my best work as there may only be four players holding the cup this year

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 29 December 2021 21:32 (three weeks ago) link

old school penguins hockey today: up 6-1 after one, up 6-5 five minutes into the third, eke out 8-5 win

also that thing with the kraken fan + canucks coach was pretty cool

mookieproof, Sunday, 2 January 2022 21:23 (two weeks ago) link

25 fantastic minutes of pens swarming and shooting their asses off was good enough against the sharks, fortunately. bit more concerned about the blues thursday. gonna be more of a grind.

andrew m., Monday, 3 January 2022 15:54 (two weeks ago) link

holy shit Cale Makar pic.twitter.com/CDxU3qcq91

— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) January 5, 2022

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 January 2022 07:24 (two weeks ago) link

obviously shit can happen -- we're not even halfway through the season -- but eight eastern conference teams are now above 90% to make the playoffs

and the rest are fucked (unless the isles go absolutely insane)

mookieproof, Saturday, 8 January 2022 23:40 (one week ago) link

Isles (and possibly Sens too) continue to have some of the worst luck/scheduling issues I’ve ever seen in a season. It’s like as soon they finally got back into a groove they were given 13 days off.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 9 January 2022 00:38 (one week ago) link

On this day in 1993, Mario Lemieux announced he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Lemieux would miss nearly the next two months for treatment, but would return in March and win the scoring title by season's end #Hockey365 #LetsGoPens pic.twitter.com/HZkhggBcUq

— Mike Commito (@mikecommito) January 12, 2022

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 January 2022 03:30 (one week ago) link

Flyers and Isles are so horrendously bad at shootouts that they went 9 full rounds (17 misses) before the Isles finally got a single goal to win it

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 03:03 (two days ago) link

Also, didn't realize Habs now have the worst record in the league. Go Coyotes!

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 03:09 (two days ago) link

so the panthers scored 16 goals in like 25 hours this past weekend

i'm not sure i believe in them -- they've played like two-thirds of their games at home so far -- but that's pretty cool

anyway the eastern conference playoff situation is now basically locked up lol. and all eight teams are awesome as best i can tell

mookieproof, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 04:45 (two days ago) link

Panthers need to at least win a playoff series this year to put that long drought to rest.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 13:13 (two days ago) link


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