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(TSN)   Flames firesale of failure continues as Boumeester traded to Blues. Leafs talking to Kiprusoff. The rebuild begins   (tsn.ca) divider line 69
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2013-04-02 09:48:53 AM  
The Leafs are playoff bound, but they're not going to win the Cup. Reimer and Scrivens have done a fine job. Build on this year's success over the off season and come back that much better next year. I see no reason throw away good prospects and picks for Kipper.

/Go Leafs!
 
2013-04-02 09:49:57 AM  
I guess they are going to secure the 1st overall pick with this move (and the eventual trade of Kipper)
 
2013-04-02 09:57:07 AM  
Why don't the Blues want to make the play-offs?

Also, that Kipper-to-Toronto rumor has BS written all over it. If nothing else it is a ploy to get Vancouver to come down to earth a little on Luongo.

Pope Larry II: I guess they are going to secure the 1st overall pick with this move (and the eventual trade of Kipper)


You severely underestimate (overestimate?) the Avs.
 
2013-04-02 10:03:07 AM  
I guess this is our power rankings thread?

/submitted one yesterday, got redlit
//Penguins deserved the top spot this week
 
2013-04-02 10:05:31 AM  
Meanwhile, the Sabres won't rest until they have every 2nd-round pick in the draft
 
2013-04-02 10:09:47 AM  
*sigh*

I don't want Ryan Clowe to be a Bruin. We already have enough big guys that can't score (Seidenberg and Boychuck are prime examples).
 
2013-04-02 10:33:12 AM  
Haven't the Flames been rebuilding for 20 years now?
 
2013-04-02 10:45:34 AM  
Finally.  Rebuild was long overdue.  Now draft better!
 
2013-04-02 10:47:03 AM  
Unless Boumeester can play forward or somehow prevent Halak from injuring himself when he's not letting in soft goals I'm finding it hard to get too excited over this move.
 
2013-04-02 10:56:20 AM  

PowerSlacker: Haven't the Flames been rebuilding for 20 years now?


They're just paying homage to Atlanta's gradual rebuild after the Civil War in 1865.
 
2013-04-02 10:56:44 AM  
I thought the Kipper rumour was a dumb April Fool's joke.
 
2013-04-02 11:13:39 AM  

Ecaps: The Leafs are playoff bound, but they're not going to win the Cup. Reimer and Scrivens have done a fine job. Build on this year's success over the off season and come back that much better next year. I see no reason throw away good prospects and picks for Kipper.

/Go Leafs!


The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking. At the start of the season I was envisioning another terrible campaign. But they have definitely exceeded my expectations, and it looks like we're actually going to have playoff hockey in Toronto!! Cannot wait! But yeah, nobody expects a real Cup run this year. At least this pretty young team will gain some valuable playoff experience (even if it is really, really short lived).
 
2013-04-02 11:25:57 AM  
Leafs should just ride the goalies they have and give them the playoff experience they need.

Last time Kiprusoff won a round?  Why when the Leafs were in the playoffs!  That's some 'playoff experience' there.
 
2013-04-02 11:29:05 AM  

Sirjohnfalstaff: Ecaps: The Leafs are playoff bound, but they're not going to win the Cup. Reimer and Scrivens have done a fine job. Build on this year's success over the off season and come back that much better next year. I see no reason throw away good prospects and picks for Kipper.

/Go Leafs!

The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking. At the start of the season I was envisioning another terrible campaign. But they have definitely exceeded my expectations, and it looks like we're actually going to have playoff hockey in Toronto!! Cannot wait! But yeah, nobody expects a real Cup run this year. At least this pretty young team will gain some valuable playoff experience (even if it is really, really short lived).


Same happened with the Kings. After many years of not making the playoffs (still remember that 7 game series vs Detroit from the early 2000s) they made the playoffs in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 only to be bounced in first round by Vancouver and then Sharks. Those short trips gave experience to the young core of players (Brown, Kopitar, Doughty) and veterans were added every year in key positions (Williams, Scuderi, Mitchell, Stoll, Penner). After the 2011 loss to the Sharks in first round the team made the big move and got Mike Richards and Gagne thinking that they were needed to solve the lack of scoring problem. Gagne didn't work out as planned and at the deadline they got Carter on the way to first Stanley's Cup.

Right now they are still the youngest team in the NHL and the core is signed for long term. Sure, they're going to lose some of the role players and some of the young, puck moving d-men in the coming offseasons (especially Martinez) but they've got a bright future.

During the playoff less years here in Kings' nation, the Leafs were one of the most entertaining team to watch come playoffs time because the electricity in that arena is amazing. No matter what haters say, Toronto in the playoffs is good for the league as a whole.
 
2013-04-02 11:34:08 AM  

Sirjohnfalstaff: At least this pretty young team will gain some valuable playoff experience (even if it is really, really short lived).


As things sit now, Toronto would be going against the Jets in the first round.  There's a better than slim chance we could be seeing multiple rounds in Toronto if the standings hold.
 
2013-04-02 11:35:17 AM  

Sirjohnfalstaff: Ecaps: The Leafs are playoff bound, but they're not going to win the Cup. Reimer and Scrivens have done a fine job. Build on this year's success over the off season and come back that much better next year. I see no reason throw away good prospects and picks for Kipper.

/Go Leafs!

The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking. At the start of the season I was envisioning another terrible campaign. But they have definitely exceeded my expectations, and it looks like we're actually going to have playoff hockey in Toronto!! Cannot wait! But yeah, nobody expects a real Cup run this year. At least this pretty young team will gain some valuable playoff experience (even if it is really, really short lived).


Don't tell Leaf fans, any time they are in the playoffs they think they're going to win the Cup. The party around their first home playoff date will look and sound like a Stanley Cup parade in most other cities.

I am not all that surprised with the Leafs pay this year, they had a good core fo guys to build on. Their goaltending has been adequate and they appear to have a stud in Kadri.

Now if you had said that the Habs would be in the playoffs this year, I'd have laughed at you. But leading the division? I'd think you were on crack.
 
2013-04-02 11:35:21 AM  

Sirjohnfalstaff: The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking.


I subscribe to Burke's newsletter. I expected playoffs this year and I will get them.

Thank Christ Toronto didn't trade Kadri for Luongo like they were threatening.
 
2013-04-02 11:39:13 AM  
Meanwhile, the Sabres' firesale is ongoing.

Brennan, gone.  Leopold, gone.  Regehr, gone.

Team is stockpiling draft picks like crazy, which is good.  Team needs a complete rebuild.

Next up:  Pominville?  Vanek?  Maybe even Miller?
 
2013-04-02 11:51:13 AM  
Stars to shop Jagr's mullet.
The Brooklyn Islanders might be entertaining offers on Mark Streit.

Hrmm...
 
2013-04-02 11:55:41 AM  
I am trying to come up with names for the Flames marketing campaign next year. So far all I've got is "Young Guns II" led by Sven the Kid and the Sufficient Seven.

needs work.
 
2013-04-02 12:02:59 PM  

hockeyfarker: I am trying to come up with names for the Flames marketing campaign next year. So far all I've got is "Young Guns II" led by Sven the Kid and the Sufficient Seven.

needs work.


"Lottery Picks Every Year for Five Years!"
 
2013-04-02 12:10:33 PM  

soopey: hockeyfarker: I am trying to come up with names for the Flames marketing campaign next year. So far all I've got is "Young Guns II" led by Sven the Kid and the Sufficient Seven.

needs work.

"Lottery Picks Every Year for Five Years!"


Calgary Flames, we're going to get as many first round picks as Edmonton did in the last 5.  This year!
 
2013-04-02 12:18:55 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Meanwhile, the Sabres' firesale is ongoing.

Brennan, gone.  Leopold, gone.  Regehr, gone.

Team is stockpiling draft picks like crazy, which is good.  Team needs a complete rebuild.

Next up:  Pominville?  Vanek?  Maybe even Miller?


Tonight's score:
Buffalo - 1
Crosby's Broken Jaw - 4
 
2013-04-02 12:24:27 PM  

WhiskeySticks: Doc Daneeka: Meanwhile, the Sabres' firesale is ongoing.

Brennan, gone.  Leopold, gone.  Regehr, gone.

Team is stockpiling draft picks like crazy, which is good.  Team needs a complete rebuild.

Next up:  Pominville?  Vanek?  Maybe even Miller?

Tonight's score:
Buffalo - 1
Crosby's Broken Jaw - 4


That would likely be for the best.

Tank tank tank.  Still only the 25th in league standings as of right now - surely we can suck our way down to a top 3 draft pick.
 
2013-04-02 01:06:53 PM  

Sirjohnfalstaff: The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking.


I personally think the bigger shock is how well Kadri has been playing.  3/4 of the way through the season, and he's a top-ten player in the NHL.  Who honestly predicted that?
 
2013-04-02 01:10:23 PM  

Ecaps: Sirjohnfalstaff: The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking.

I subscribe to Burke's newsletter. I expected playoffs this year and I will get them.

Thank Christ Toronto didn't trade Kadri for Luongo like they were threatening.


I think Burke deserves a lot of credit for how the team is playing right now. But I also think Carlyle has been a hugely important change. Ron Wilson was a terrible coach who couldn't motivate his players. Carlyle seems to get the best out of what he has in the dressing room.

Couldn't agree more about hanging on to Kadri. I figured he would turn into a third liner. He is so much better than I figured he'd be. And a lot of credit again has to go to Burke for not rushing him into the NHL.
 
2013-04-02 01:10:36 PM  

Pope Larry II: Sirjohnfalstaff: Ecaps: The Leafs are playoff bound, but they're not going to win the Cup. Reimer and Scrivens have done a fine job. Build on this year's success over the off season and come back that much better next year. I see no reason throw away good prospects and picks for Kipper.

/Go Leafs!

The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking. At the start of the season I was envisioning another terrible campaign. But they have definitely exceeded my expectations, and it looks like we're actually going to have playoff hockey in Toronto!! Cannot wait! But yeah, nobody expects a real Cup run this year. At least this pretty young team will gain some valuable playoff experience (even if it is really, really short lived).

Don't tell Leaf fans, any time they are in the playoffs they think they're going to win the Cup. The party around their first home playoff date will look and sound like a Stanley Cup parade in most other cities.

I am not all that surprised with the Leafs pay this year, they had a good core fo guys to build on. Their goaltending has been adequate and they appear to have a stud in Kadri.

Now if you had said that the Habs would be in the playoffs this year, I'd have laughed at you. But leading the division? I'd think you were on crack.


Everyone says that, but everyone forgets that for the Habs to do terrible last year was a fluke and a surprise.  I believe there was some toxicity in the dressing room last year, with gomez gone, theirren coaching, and replacing some older players with some youth (their avg age got younger). that's changed.
 
2013-04-02 01:11:03 PM  
Seeing on Twitter from LeBrun and others that Jagr is going to the Bruins for a couple of draft picks.
 
2013-04-02 01:11:22 PM  

GavinTheAlmighty: Sirjohnfalstaff: The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking.

I personally think the bigger shock is how well Kadri has been playing.  3/4 of the way through the season, and he's a top-ten player in the NHL.  Who honestly predicted that?


Definitely not me, and I saw him play for the Marlies a few times last year. The kid can play.
 
2013-04-02 01:12:00 PM  

KarlMaldensNose: Seeing on Twitter from LeBrun and others that Jagr is going to the Bruins for a couple of draft picks.


Make that a couple of prospects and a pick.
 
2013-04-02 01:22:35 PM  

KarlMaldensNose: KarlMaldensNose: Seeing on Twitter from LeBrun and others that Jagr is going to the Bruins for a couple of draft picks.

Make that a couple of prospects and a pick.


M M M M M M MULLET!
 
2013-04-02 01:24:30 PM  

KarlMaldensNose: KarlMaldensNose: Seeing on Twitter from LeBrun and others that Jagr is going to the Bruins for a couple of draft picks.

Make that a couple of prospects and a pick.


Huh, wonder which Jagr will show up.  I know he's been good this year but you just never know with him.
 
2013-04-02 01:29:29 PM  

soopey: *sigh*

I don't want Ryan Clowe to be a Bruin. We already have enough big guys that can't score (Seidenberg and Boychuck are prime examples).


Your wish might be granted with the Jagr deal. Vancouver's supposedly in the mix for Clowe too (WTF?!?)

And Say No to Drugs Kipper, Nonis.......
 
2013-04-02 01:38:03 PM  
So from the sounds of things Kipper wants an extension before he agrees to get dealt.  If Nonis agrees to that he should be fired on the spot.
 
2013-04-02 01:58:53 PM  
Jagr to Boston in return for Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a 2nd round draft pick.
 
2013-04-02 02:00:38 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Tank tank tank.  Still only the 25th in league standings as of right now - surely we can suck our way down to a top 3 draft pick.


Just remember that the new CBA opens the #1 pick lottery to every non-playoff team. So right now, it's tank tank tank for lottery balls. Yes, the Sabres have become a NBA team.

/Due to no power rankings, I'll post the alternate standings later today here
 
2013-04-02 02:05:50 PM  
Anyone want Kuba?? Jovo?? Goc??

Anyone??  Hello??

Please??

\How was it finally playing in a "real" hockey market, JayBo?? With all those playoffs games you've been in the past few years.
\\How does your father feel about Florida playing more playoff games than the Flames??  You know, South Florida, the place that shouldn't even have an NHL team??
\\\JayBo was overrated. Not sure if he still is, since I rarely ever hear his name anymore besides trade rumors.
 
2013-04-02 02:10:56 PM  
(stolen from twitter)

To 2013 Flames:

It will get worse. A lot worse.

2007 Oilers
 
2013-04-02 02:34:52 PM  

Kellner21: Anyone want Kuba?? Jovo?? Goc??

Anyone??  Hello??

Please??


You can't trade them, how else is Florida going to make the minimum salary?
 
2013-04-02 02:54:43 PM  

Sirjohnfalstaff: Definitely not me, and I saw him play for the Marlies a few times last year. The kid can play.


I saw him with the Marlies too, and it was obvious that he was a cut above most people on the ice, but I'm really surprised at him.  Good for him - Toronto sports media put an insane amount of pressure on him, and after the initial deflating last year, he has really matured and is coming into his own this year.  I hope to god he keeps it up.
 
2013-04-02 03:09:38 PM  

GavinTheAlmighty: Sirjohnfalstaff: The fact that the Leafs are playoff bound this year is shocking.

I personally think the bigger shock is how well Kadri has been playing.  3/4 of the way through the season, and he's a top-ten player in the NHL.  Who honestly predicted that?


Must be all that performance enhancing syrup and back bacon.
 
2013-04-02 03:49:37 PM  

Pope Larry II: I guess they are going to secure the 1st overall pick with this move (and the eventual trade of Kipper)


I think Bettman will crinkle a ping-pong ball in order to send Seth Jones to his hometown (Denver). (though not for a lack of trying on Calgary's part)
 
2013-04-02 05:58:51 PM  

Cardrack Jim: (stolen from twitter)

To 2013 Flames:

It will get worse. A lot worse.

2007 Oilers


It's going to be a lot, lot worse for Calgary than it was for Edmonton.  Take a look at the ages of the 2007-08 Edmonton roster vs. what Calgary's got now.  The Oilers then had Horcoff (28) and Hemsky (24) as established players, with Gagner (18) and Smid (21) upcoming; all 4 players are still key parts of the team now.  Reddox is still in the organization, but hasn't really made the jump he needed to.  And all of that was BEFORE they got started on their streak of 1st overall picks to build with.

Calgary's gonna get a whole lot of 1st overall picks, but they don't have any Gagners or Smids or even Hemsky's to give them something to build on top of; they have to go wholly from scratch.
 
2013-04-02 06:03:44 PM  
Jay Bouwmeester has never been in the playoffs before.

Guy has had 11 NHL seasons and not a single post-season whiff.

That's uncanny.
 
2013-04-02 06:36:11 PM  

Ishkur: Jay Bouwmeester has never been in the playoffs before.

Guy has had 11 NHL seasons and not a single post-season whiff.

That's uncanny


Olli Jokinen is in his 16th NHL season. He has 1 playoff appearance to show for it, and that didn't come until his 12th season.
 
2013-04-02 06:36:56 PM  
Heh... Maybe Jagr can jump start the Bruins' offense.

Interested to see how that works out.
 
2013-04-02 06:41:01 PM  
Sharks are going to trade Ryan Clowe to NY Rangers. SJ gave Clowe a choice of NY or Vancouver and Clowe chose the Rangers.
 
2013-04-02 08:43:49 PM  
Due to no power rankings thread, the NHL expanded and alternate points systems standings through Sunday's games.

Notes:

I've created a "magic number" column to show how close or far away teams are from either clinching a playoff spot or getting eliminated.

The formula is similar to the one used in baseball to figure that out:

Max points possible +1 (this year: 97) -Team A point total -Team B points lost (regulation losses x2 +OT/SO losses)

For the top 8, playoff team is Team A and Team B is the 9th place team. Below 8th place, Team A is 8th place and Team B is the non-playoff team.

This week, the Penguins should clinch has they have a magic number of 6.

I'll try to update the link again after Wednesday's games and will keep up the twice a week pace the rest of April.
 
2013-04-02 08:48:43 PM  
Sabers are thumping the Pens right now.

/my shocked face
 
2013-04-02 09:18:29 PM  
Bad news for the Beantowners, it's the 3rd period and Boston just took the lead.
 
2013-04-02 09:26:48 PM  
Since this is the ranking hockey thread...

ISLANDERS IN THE 8 SPOT!

/Yes, the Rags have 2 games in hand. Shut up.
 
2013-04-02 09:32:26 PM  
1:55 before we let one in and go to OT.
 
2013-04-02 09:37:52 PM  

Ishkur: Jay Bouwmeester has never been in the playoffs before.


On top of that, he's never been in the playoffs in junior, and only once in the AHL - where he registered 14 pts in 18 gam....err, make that 14 PIM in 18 games, no points.
 
2013-04-02 10:00:19 PM  

WhiskeySticks: Doc Daneeka: Meanwhile, the Sabres' firesale is ongoing.

Brennan, gone.  Leopold, gone.  Regehr, gone.

Team is stockpiling draft picks like crazy, which is good.  Team needs a complete rebuild.

Next up:  Pominville?  Vanek?  Maybe even Miller?

Tonight's score:
Buffalo - 1
Crosby's Broken Jaw - 4


Funny how that worked out.
 
2013-04-02 11:00:07 PM  

soopey: *sigh*

I don't want Ryan Clowe to be a Bruin. We already have enough big guys that can't score (Seidenberg and Boychuck are prime examples).


Lucky you.  Rangers got him.  Sharks got another second round pick.  I was glad to see Murray and Handzus go, but Clowe and his 271 career points was a keeper.
 
2013-04-02 11:00:32 PM  

desertgeek: Due to no power rankings thread, the NHL expanded and alternate points systems standings through Sunday's games.

Notes:

I've created a "magic number" column to show how close or far away teams are from either clinching a playoff spot or getting eliminated.

The formula is similar to the one used in baseball to figure that out:

Max points possible +1 (this year: 97) -Team A point total -Team B points lost (regulation losses x2 +OT/SO losses)

For the top 8, playoff team is Team A and Team B is the 9th place team. Below 8th place, Team A is 8th place and Team B is the non-playoff team.

This week, the Penguins should clinch has they have a magic number of 6.

I'll try to update the link again after Wednesday's games and will keep up the twice a week pace the rest of April.


Oh, the magic number confused me for a bit.  I didn't understand if it was points or games, or what achieving it meant.  After looking through it and reading your explanation here and then having to think throughit some more, I think it could be stated better to clear up what it means.  How aboot just calling it what it is?  Points to Clinch Playoff Birth, or Clinch Points?  or PBCP (playoff birth clinch points)?

Also, why use a 7 year period for the Playoff Column?  Is 7 years significant/relevant in someway?

/cool sheet
 
2013-04-02 11:06:46 PM  

wattimus: Also, why use a 7 year period for the Playoff Column?  Is 7 years significant/relevant in someway?

/cool sheet


It's the trend for the 8th seed over a period of time(in this case the previous CBA).  It's generally a good way of figuring out what the minimum is to get into the post season.  During the previous 7 years 8th place was between 92-94 points in each conference so by doing a little math he's worked out what it will likely be this year with a shortened season.
 
2013-04-03 02:07:38 AM  

wattimus: Oh, the magic number confused me for a bit.  I didn't understand if it was points or games, or what achieving it meant.  After looking through it and reading your explanation here and then having to think throughit some more, I think it could be stated better to clear up what it means.  How aboot just calling it what it is?  Points to Clinch Playoff Birth, or Clinch Points?  or PBCP (playoff birth clinch points)?


Well, magic number is kind of a well known term. Any sports fan knows that magic number refers to what a team needs to clinch a playoff spot. It's just most commonly used in baseball since it's straight up wins and losses. It's a bit more tricky in hockey since you have to consider OT losses and such.

If anything, I may change how it looks so that it's more obvious that for the teams below 8th, that's how close they are to being eliminated. It's just a royal pain in the ass dealing with Excel formulas to make the whole damn thing work. If I accidentally include the magic number column in sorting the standings, the formulas get farked up.

As for your other question,

Flappyhead: wattimus: Also, why use a 7 year period for the Playoff Column?  Is 7 years significant/relevant in someway?

/cool sheet

It's the trend for the 8th seed over a period of time(in this case the previous CBA).  It's generally a good way of figuring out what the minimum is to get into the post season.  During the previous 7 years 8th place was between 92-94 points in each conference so by doing a little math he's worked out what it will likely be this year with a shortened season.


What he said. It's from the 1st season of the shootout up to last year. In the East, the average was exactly 92 points which projects to 53 this year (53.1 if you want to be exact). In the West, it was something like 94.1 or there abouts. That projected to 55.6, but I rounded down to be conservative.

/Blame Pierre LeBrun for this
//He did a "what if we used the International system" column last year which inspired this.
///That's last year's standings using the "Revised" system
////LA doesn't make the playoffs on a tiebreaker with Dallas
///All because they lost in OT in the final game of the season
//Instead of every playoff team being decided 2 days earlier which actually happened
/Thanks for the complements
 
2013-04-03 02:34:43 AM  

desertgeek: wattimus: Oh, the magic number confused me for a bit.  I didn't understand if it was points or games, or what achieving it meant.  After looking through it and reading your explanation here and then having to think throughit some more, I think it could be stated better to clear up what it means.  How aboot just calling it what it is?  Points to Clinch Playoff Birth, or Clinch Points?  or PBCP (playoff birth clinch points)?

Well, magic number is kind of a well known term. Any sports fan knows that magic number refers to what a team needs to clinch a playoff spot. It's just most commonly used in baseball since it's straight up wins and losses. It's a bit more tricky in hockey since you have to consider OT losses and such.

If anything, I may change how it looks so that it's more obvious that for the teams below 8th, that's how close they are to being eliminated. It's just a royal pain in the ass dealing with Excel formulas to make the whole damn thing work. If I accidentally include the magic number column in sorting the standings, the formulas get farked up.

As for your other question,

Flappyhead: wattimus: Also, why use a 7 year period for the Playoff Column?  Is 7 years significant/relevant in someway?

/cool sheet

It's the trend for the 8th seed over a period of time(in this case the previous CBA).  It's generally a good way of figuring out what the minimum is to get into the post season.  During the previous 7 years 8th place was between 92-94 points in each conference so by doing a little math he's worked out what it will likely be this year with a shortened season.

What he said. It's from the 1st season of the shootout up to last year. In the East, the average was exactly 92 points which projects to 53 this year (53.1 if you want to be exact). In the West, it was something like 94.1 or there abouts. That projected to 55.6, but I rounded down to be conservative.

/Blame Pierre LeBrun for this
//He did a "what if we used the International system" column last ...


I get the math behind it... and that the shootout has been around for 7 years... i just didn't know if there was a real reason to use 7, aside from that (was there something legitimately meaningful aboot 7?).

if you were really being mathematical aboot it, you might figure the # of points to get in vs % of games that go to OT (games that create a 3rd point).  On years where there isn't as much OT, the points needed magic number will be lower to get into the playoffs.  the average only applies to this year if the # of OT games is on par with the average over the past 7 seasons.  with a comparison here based on the current year's rate of OT games, you could estimate if the points this season will be lower or higher than the 7 year average.  :)  (though that's possibly fairly negligible)

And yeah, i guess you're right about the magic number.  I'm a sports fan, but you don't really see magic number in hockey or football.  And i don't watch baseball, but now that you mention it, I do remember seeing it there when i've glanced at baseball as it becomes somewhat interesting (end of the season).
 
2013-04-03 02:39:01 AM  
i may as well take this opportunity to make 2 rants:

1) the alignment next year is stupid in regards to 16 teams in the east and 14 teams in the west.  there's already enough teams in the east that have small markets and can hardly sustain teams... and now they have even less chance of making the playoffs.

2) i really hate that some games are worth 3 points and others are worth 2.  i would just collude with the other teams' coaches ahead of the game "let's just say we go to overtime and then play for that extra point" ...boom, i'm guaranteed 50% points.
 
2013-04-03 02:49:59 AM  
wattimus: Well, tonight I found a legitimate reason why a magic number doesn't work in hockey. On the linked sheet, the Pens have a magic number of 6. But the combo of their loss plus the Islanders winning and dumping the Rangers in the 9th spot (making them the team the magic number formula is based on) actually made Pittsburgh's magic number go UP to 8 simply because the Rangers have played fewer 2 games than the Islanders have so they've lost fewer points. That was a situation I wasn't prepared for at all. Lesson learned.

I'll keep that going anyway, but it's clearly a slightly inexact measurement.
 
2013-04-03 07:54:48 AM  
Hell of a game between the Bruins and Sens last night... Very few stoppages and fast, physical play from both teams.

Glad the Bs came out on top and got the two points, but hoping Bergeron isn't hurt too bad.

Probably one of the better games I've seen this season.
 
2013-04-03 10:21:18 AM  
So is this the trade deadline thread?

If so it's as quiet in here as it is out there.
 
2013-04-03 11:32:43 AM  

soopey: So is this the trade deadline thread?

If so it's as quiet in here as it is out there.


Because who's left to get traded? Everyone's either traded or re-signed with their teams. Some talk that Philly might be trying to get PHX defenseman Keith Yandle (who had 2 goals last night in the Coyotes 3-1 win over LA), but that would cost the Flyers a lot to get him. Elliotte Friedman is saying it would be 2 "impact forwards" including a potential 1st line center. It's not happening.

/And no, Philly; we won't take Bryz back.
 
2013-04-03 12:01:32 PM  
swahnhennessy:
You severely underestimate (overestimate?) the Avs.

I think the Avs are tanking for the poetry of getting Seth Jones to wind up in Colorado
 
2013-04-03 12:13:18 PM  

wattimus: 1) the alignment next year is stupid in regards to 16 teams in the east and 14 teams in the west. there's already enough teams in the east that have small markets and can hardly sustain teams... and now they have even less chance of making the playoffs.


They're going to expand to Seattle and KC in the next five years, probably, which would balance east and west.
 
2013-04-03 12:36:10 PM  

wattimus: i may as well take this opportunity to make 2 rants:

1) the alignment next year is stupid in regards to 16 teams in the east and 14 teams in the west.  there's already enough teams in the east that have small markets and can hardly sustain teams... and now they have even less chance of making the playoffs.

2) i really hate that some games are worth 3 points and others are worth 2.  i would just collude with the other teams' coaches ahead of the game "let's just say we go to overtime and then play for that extra point" ...boom, i'm guaranteed 50% points.


1) As phyrkrakr said, they'll almost certainly expand in the next few years. Seattle, Kansas City, Houston and Las Vegas are probably the top 4 candidates. Either that, or they expand to Quebec and somewhere else and are forced to do conferences not based on East/West alignments.

Honestly, Quebec's best hope for a team is Florida or Columbus moving. If Phoenix moves this summer, the NHL will block them from going to Quebec in an effort to not upset the new alignment (read: not piss off the Wings).

2) Most fans hate that. That's why people want to see 3 pts for a win, which they do in international play.
 
2013-04-03 01:04:00 PM  
Reports say that Kiprusoff will stay with Calgary and is considering retirement at season's end. He has told Toronto that he is not interested in going there and the Leafs are apparently respecting that.
 
2013-04-04 04:52:29 AM  

desertgeek: Reports say that Kiprusoff will stay with Calgary and is considering retirement at season's end. He has told Toronto that he is not interested in going there and the Leafs are apparently respecting that.


Woohoo!
 
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