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06-10-2013, 06:23 PM
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I am hoping for Chicago to take it. They are the more talented team by far, but talent can be neutralized by the 1999 style clutch and grab. I really was hoping for a Pens/Blackhawks series because both play a similar fast paced game built around skill players.........(and my Chicago friends had a ticket for me to come see game 1)

If the refs let Boston abuse Kane, Toews, Hossa etc., it could be a bad series for Chicago. However, if it officiated like a post 2005 game, I just don't see how Boston can win.....The Hawks just don't have a weak spot.


I am hoping to see a well played series, but unfortunately I think we will see more of this.

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06-11-2013, 09:49 AM
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It came out that the Oilers fired Krueger over Skype.

Stay classy Edmonton.

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06-11-2013, 02:01 PM
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I don't get what's the big deal regarding that. It's the equivalent of firing someone over the phone, which happens all the time.

I have a much bigger problem with the fact that they only gave the guy the equivalent of a half season to turn that franchise around. He got Quade'd.

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06-11-2013, 02:01 PM
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better than just sending him a text message

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06-11-2013, 02:12 PM
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It came out that the Oilers fired Krueger over Skype.

Stay classy Edmonton.
Do you expect MacTavish to fly to Switzerland for 5 minutes?


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Rumor is Torts may be heading to Vancouver. Gillis will have succeeded into totally ruining their team.

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Ya, who cares how you fire a coach? Players get traded and all they get is a phone call...and that's if they're lucky and don't hear it on TSN first.

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Rumor is Torts may be heading to Vancouver. Gillis will have succeeded into totally ruining their team.
LOL That would be awesome.

You can guarantee the Sedins don't sign in Vancouver if Torts is the coach after next year.

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06-11-2013, 03:21 PM
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Rumor is Torts may be heading to Vancouver. Gillis will have succeeded into totally ruining their team.
Talk about a square peg in a round hole. Adds something to the rivalry though, I hate that a-hole.

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06-11-2013, 03:28 PM
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I can't imagine how he'd get on with the Vancouver media...the media for the teams in the 3 big cities up here (Van, Mtl, TO) are about 1000x more assholish than any thing you'd get with the US teams.

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I can't imagine how he'd get on with the Vancouver media...the media for the teams in the 3 big cities up here (Van, Mtl, TO) are about 1000x more assholish than any thing you'd get with the US teams.
Torts would probably love it. He seems to come across as the type of guy who likes being angry and showing it too.

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06-11-2013, 03:33 PM
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Talk about a square peg in a round hole. Adds something to the rivalry though, I hate that a-hole.
What rivalry?

Thing has been dead for 2 years.

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06-11-2013, 03:36 PM
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What rivalry?

Thing has been dead for 2 years.
If they get Torts, it's back on in a big way. That guy is just so hateable.

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Alain is 10 times more hateable.

They'll play, what? 2-3 times next year. And their chances of meeting in the playoffs are like 2% now if the realignment.

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06-11-2013, 05:19 PM
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06-12-2013, 01:37 AM
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Torts >> AV

AV is more hateable.

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06-12-2013, 11:15 AM
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Pens just gave Bylsma a 2 year extension.

So much for him ever getting the ax.

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06-12-2013, 11:31 AM
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Torts >> AV

AV is more hateable.
Fair enough, everyone is entitled to their opinion but that's a minority one for sure, Torts is hated by a lot of fans.

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06-12-2013, 11:43 AM
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I'm not a Bylsma fan for his roster, but I think the extension was required to get their core under contract extensions this summer. I would imagine uncertainty behind the bench would make negotiations with Malkin, Letang, and others a little more difficult, expensive, and/or complicated.

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06-12-2013, 12:08 PM
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That team needs D-men. It's just too bad for them that none are really available.

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06-12-2013, 12:24 PM
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Fair enough, everyone is entitled to their opinion but that's a minority one for sure, Torts is hated by a lot of fans.
I really don't think it is. Just because you have an opinion doesn't make you part of the majority.

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06-12-2013, 01:06 PM
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I really don't think it is. Just because you have an opinion doesn't make you part of the majority.
Well, I made a poll, and as tainted as it will be by the fact that there are a ton of Canuck/NYR fans here and most Canucks fans hated Vigneault and most NYR fans seemed to like Torts, or at least half, IMO, I still think Torts will win this.

I predict you will see around 60% Torts, 40% Vigneault and I believe those numbers will be tainted toward making it closer due to some Canuck fans going Vigneault even if they don't believe the majority of fans on the whole feel that way and vice versa, NYR Torts supporters, who although hated by a lot, still liked quite a bit by a lot for an outgoing coach, a bit more than usual IMO.

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The thing you seem to be missing out on is that people might hate Torts because he's a dick to the media or because he employs an overly defensive system. None of that adds more to the so called 'rivalry' than what AV does in turning his team into a bunch of diving whiners. The 'rivalry' is worse off without AV.

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The thing you seem to be missing out on is that people might hate Torts because he's a dick to the media or because he employs an overly defensive system. None of that adds more to the so called 'rivalry' than what AV does in turning his team into a bunch of diving whiners. The 'rivalry' is worse off without AV.
It doesn't matter why he is hated more, just that he is or isn't, which is the point you kind of scathingly critiqued. And that's ok, absolutely ok, I either know what I am talking about or I don't. I'll fully accept and admit being wrong and ignorant about something I felt so sure about if it doesn't go as I expect.

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