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06-07-2004, 10:02 PM
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Hooray!

Now that Calgary's lost, in a beautifully heartbreaking fashion............

We are officially going to win the Cup next year.

I repeat, Hooray!

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06-07-2004, 10:26 PM
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I forgot what it's like to actually care who wins the cup.

This is great!

Congrats TAMPA!

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06-07-2004, 10:34 PM
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thank god is all I have to say .... well.... you guys know I'm a man of more words then that so........


YES, WHOOOOO, CALGARY SUCKS, WE HAVE FIVE THEY HAVE ONE, THEY HAVE NO GREAT ALL TIME NHLERS, WE ARE THE BEST FRANCHISE IN ALBERTA, SUTTER HAS A BIG NOSE, IGINLA SMILES TO MUCH, WHOOOO, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

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Thank god. And despite the Calgary Stanley Cup run, I can still tell Calgary friends: "I believe the score is still Oilers:5 Flames:1"

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It's really depressing watching CBC's end credits. I sit here watching them roll up the screen thinking no more hockey for the summer and likely longer.

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And the best news?

Calgary has completed step one of the cinderella playoff run to league fodder.

Amazingly enough, just like Anaheim, Carolina, Buffalo and Washington before them...

All kidding aside it was a neat playoff run and it was awesome to have a team to cheer for in the cup finals with all my heart again.

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It is a good day to be an Oilers fan

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Its going to be a scary place in Calgary when it sinks in for them JUST HOW CLOSE they came to becoming part of hockey folklore. A Close, bouncing, inconclusive puck, followed by being One Shot Away. Man, during the Draft, or when the next season starts, its going to reaalllyyy sink in.

To win a Cup, its like making a mark in time that no one can erase. Each player, no matter how trivial, all of a sudden becomes entrenched in hockey history. The Cup is also The Great Eraser, which makes mistakes dissapear. Every bad draft pick, bad trade, bad personnel move in a span of about 10-12 year span later can be dismissed as being part of "The Plan" to win the Cup. If the stars were aligned differently, and the "Other" Alberta team put together such a Cup Run, and came short this same way, I would need at least a week off work in a dark cave somewhere to try to put myself together. Im not even sure how I would be able to do that.

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oh god.... if the Oilers came that close I'm pretty sure I would cry.... I don't remember the last time I shed a tear, but ****** - that'd do it I know - just because I felt sick for about a week after the Oilers just missed the playoffs a couple years ago - and well.... not as bad this year because there was a long build up so that we could expect it, and getting close was a bonus.

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It is a good day to be an Oilers fan
Yes...
Yes it is.
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I remember '83, so I have a good idea of what Calgary fans are going thru.
Sucks to be them.

I also remember '86, so I can give them directions on where to find 'sympathy'.

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The madness has ended. Congrats to Calgary and their fans for a unbelievable run!! Anahiem can pass the slipper to Calgary and the world can once again return to normal. I hope next year(2005-06) its Ryan Smyth on Sportsnet saying how happy he is that Calgary missed and Edmonton snuck in under the wire. I am grateful for Calgary making the playoffs worth watching. I cheered against them on every night, every shift, and it gave me a reason to watch. All we can hope is that the only "flame" in the playoffs next year is the one under the Oilers ass!

A small part of me actually feels remorse for the Flames. The worked their butts off only to come that close... and if you ask who the runner up in the 2003-04 playoffs was 10 years from now 5 out of 100 will be able to tell you.


Now back to Mock draft # 35 for Oilers fans...

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Except you could see the Oilers weren't going to be held back forever and that they had the team to do something special. The Flames played the hockey of their lives, and now, the only direction left for them is down.

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I'm affraid I've crossed over to the other side (a bit). I went to the Saddledome this evening (a neighbour stood in line at the coop, and got us tickets). Found myself swept up in the emotion of being a....flames fan. What's worse, I even bought a tee shirt. My kids were really disappointed. It helps a bit that the flames aren't actually my team, but I sure felt for those guys tonight.

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Found myself swept up in the emotion of being a....flames fan.
INTERVENTION!

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It's cool for Andreychuk winning this late in his career and also for St Louis, Lecavalier and Richards who play a more exciting style than Cal does, but the fans of Tampa were a distant second place in this series and really don't deserve to have the Cup in their city.

Of course there are exceptions to the rule, there are probably a few diehard fans out there, but nothing like the fans in Philly and a dozen other American teams.

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It was a wonderful sight, seeing Andreychuk finally get the Stanley Cup after 22 years.
It was an even better sight seeing the Flames lose in game 7.
I'm going to sleep well tonight, the nightmare is finally over.

Now please, for the love of God, take those damn Flames flags off your car! You know who you are. :mad:

Congrats to the Lightning!

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I definitely breathed a sigh of relief when Fedo"tank"o scored the first goal.. nice to see Andreychuk finally grab a Stanley Cup!

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So now that it's over, is it ok to say that I didn't/don't think that this flames team is as talented as they are getting credit for? or is will it still look like sour grapes from an Oiler fan?

I thank the hockey gods for coming to their senses in the nick of time.

I am very happy for Andreychuk, seeing him hoist the cup was about the only redeeming quality for this years cup.

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It was am exciting playoff run. part of me is disappointed but a part of me is happy we won't have to listen to Flamer fans brag.

Nobody remembers who finished second usually but i think we will this time.

The worst thing out of this is the NHLPA will use this as negotiating leverage and say small market teams are doing fine and compete.

Also the Flames organization has a few more millions to spend and that could keep them ahead of us as well..

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Congrats Tampa!

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The worst thing out of this is the NHLPA will use this as negotiating leverage and say small market teams are doing fine and compete.
I don't really think one could make an argument that the NHLPA would be wrong in that assertion.

The competitive balance of the NHL is actually good; it's the economic side of the game that teams are struggling with moreso, IMO.

Cup finalists in the past 7 years:

TB and CAL
NJ and ANA
DET and CAR
COL and NJ
NJ and DAL
DAL and BUF
DET and WAS

pretty good balance, IMO.

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I don't really think one could make an argument that the NHLPA would be wrong in that assertion.

The competitive balance of the NHL is actually good; it's the economic side of the game that teams are struggling with moreso, IMO.

Cup finalists in the past 7 years:

TB and CAL
NJ and ANA
DET and CAR
COL and NJ
NJ and DAL
DAL and BUF
DET and WAS

pretty good balance, IMO.

Thats one way of looking at it... another would be cup winners:

Tampa - team built from the ground up
NJ - team that has a surprisingly large payroll
Detroit - big spender
Dallas - big spender
Colorado - big spender

This marks I think the second time in the last 12 years (+ or -) that a team in the bottom half of payrolls have won the cup, so I guess it depends on which way you look at it.

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Thats one way of looking at it... another would be cup winners:

Tampa - team built from the ground up
NJ - team that has a surprisingly large payroll
Detroit - big spender
Dallas - big spender
Colorado - big spender

This marks I think the second time in the last 12 years (+ or -) that a team in the bottom half of payrolls have won the cup, so I guess it depends on which way you look at it.
some of those teams have big payrolls, but which one wasn't built from the ground up?

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I think another thing you have to look at is the ability to remain competetive.

The Only competetive spots in either conference are 4-8... and while that is okay, usually what happens is after a few years, the 1-4 teams are supposed to filter out and re-build... well that hasn't happend forever in the NHL.

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