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2014 NHL Thread

Can this be the year we have a thread? Maybe?

Derek Stepan and Jordan Staal are both already out with broken legs.

The new-look Penguins are 0-2, netting just one goal so far this preseason.

The Flyers fans booed their new Ice Boys.

And the Great One is going to be a grandpa.

Too warm to talk hockey

If Chicago or LA win it again this year (very possible) I think we can legitimately use the term “dynasty” to describe them. That term hasn’t really applied to any NHL team in the last 20 years or so. Also, this seems to be shaping up to be a great year for a rebuilding team to engage in a fire sale and stock up on draft picks as it looks like this could be the deepest and most highly talented draft class since 2003.

[quote]CMdad wrote:
If Chicago or LA win it again this year (very possible) I think we can legitimately use the term “dynasty” to describe them. That term hasn’t really applied to any NHL team in the last 20 years or so. Also, this seems to be shaping up to be a great year for a rebuilding team to engage in a fire sale and stock up on draft picks as it looks like this could be the deepest and most highly talented draft class since 2003.[/quote]

The wings won cups in 97,98,02 and 08 and were contenders most other years and they weren’t considered a dynasty, so no.


My Bruins are looking to have another strong year, and Patrice Bergeron may be the best hockey player that never gets included in the best hockey player discussions.

[quote]twojarslave wrote:
My Bruins are looking to have another strong year, and Patrice Bergeron may be the best hockey player that never gets included in the best hockey player discussions.

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He is a beast.

I’ve only got an ECHL team around here. South Carolina Stingrays which are affiliates of the Capitals and Bruins. Think it’s AA league. Still fun to watch.
I’ve only attended 1 NHL game back in the 90’s so I’m going to try to catch a Hurricanes game. Are they any good? I defer to the experts.

[quote]silverblood wrote:
I’ve only got an ECHL team around here. South Carolina Stingrays which are affiliates of the Capitals and Bruins. Think it’s AA league. Still fun to watch.
I’ve only attended 1 NHL game back in the 90’s so I’m going to try to catch a Hurricanes game. Are they any good? I defer to the experts.[/quote]

They have not made the playoffs recently, but they are a team playing in the NHL, so you are going to see some great hockey if you go to their game.

I think there is more competitive parity in the NHL than any other major sports league. You’ll get a good show. I imagine the ticket prices are pretty reasonable (unlike Bruins tickets, for instance).

[quote]silverblood wrote:
I’ve only got an ECHL team around here. South Carolina Stingrays which are affiliates of the Capitals and Bruins. Think it’s AA league. Still fun to watch.
I’ve only attended 1 NHL game back in the 90’s so I’m going to try to catch a Hurricanes game. Are they any good? I defer to the experts.[/quote]

My buddy got me canes tickets when they played the rangers last year for my birthday. Definitely a fun and entertaining place to go watch hockey. Tickets are seriously cheap compared to bigger markets.

[quote]GrizzlyBerg wrote:

[quote]silverblood wrote:
I’ve only got an ECHL team around here. South Carolina Stingrays which are affiliates of the Capitals and Bruins. Think it’s AA league. Still fun to watch.
I’ve only attended 1 NHL game back in the 90’s so I’m going to try to catch a Hurricanes game. Are they any good? I defer to the experts.[/quote]

My buddy got me canes tickets when they played the rangers last year for my birthday. Definitely a fun and entertaining place to go watch hockey. Tickets are seriously cheap compared to bigger markets. [/quote]

A client of mine gave me some Predators tickets a few years ago and I have to say that the overall experience was far superior to that of the Boston Garden.

In a hockey town like Boston, the game sells itself. You are watching the Bruins play at the Garden. That is more than enough to pack the house night-in, night-out. They do stuff during intermission, but nothing compelling enough to keep me in my seat.

In a place like Nashville where hockey culture is relatively new, they definitely pulled out more stops to make it a real spectacle. Great entertainment during intermissions and they basically throw a party out front before the game starts with a lot of cool stuff for kids and adults (and like $3 beers too!). We really had a great time at the Predators game.

I would not be surprised if a Hurricanes game is like that too. It won’t be dull, that’s for sure.

[quote]silverblood wrote:
I’ve only got an ECHL team around here. South Carolina Stingrays which are affiliates of the Capitals and Bruins. Think it’s AA league. Still fun to watch.
I’ve only attended 1 NHL game back in the 90’s so I’m going to try to catch a Hurricanes game. Are they any good? I defer to the experts.[/quote]

I don’t know their record of late but just having the Staal brothers should be worth the price of admission. Any NHL team should be fun to watch.

It’s here.

Also, I’m playing fantasy hockey for the first time this season. Public league, autodraft, and a +/- of 0 cares.

[quote]Testy1 wrote:

[quote]CMdad wrote:
If Chicago or LA win it again this year (very possible) I think we can legitimately use the term “dynasty” to describe them. That term hasn’t really applied to any NHL team in the last 20 years or so. Also, this seems to be shaping up to be a great year for a rebuilding team to engage in a fire sale and stock up on draft picks as it looks like this could be the deepest and most highly talented draft class since 2003.[/quote]

The wings won cups in 97,98,02 and 08 and were contenders most other years and they weren’t considered a dynasty, so no.
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Yup. While these teams are exceptionally strong, they aren’t Montreal in the '70s.

I do feel like Detroit is unfairly left out of the dynasty conversation. But that term seems so basketball anyway.

Bruins win season opener. Our new goon up from Providence, who got a spot on the team over some actual hockey players, got into a fight. Boston Strong!

I don’t have cable at my home, so my only option is going to the neighborhood bar to watch the game. Doing so puts me at odds with my health and fitness goals, so I stayed home like a chump and hit my macros. Such a sad state of affairs.

On that topic, does anyone know of a way that I could get local NESN coverage of Bruins games without buying cable or watching some grainy bootleg stream with a gazillion pop-up ads? Paying for cable is dumb for us, as we don’t watch much TV, but we love our hockey.

But yes, Bruins win season opener, presently on a trajectory for a perfect season.

[quote]twojarslave wrote:
Bruins win season opener. Our new goon up from Providence, who got a spot on the team over some actual hockey players, got into a fight. Boston Strong!

I don’t have cable at my home, so my only option is going to the neighborhood bar to watch the game. Doing so puts me at odds with my health and fitness goals, so I stayed home like a chump and hit my macros. Such a sad state of affairs.

On that topic, does anyone know of a way that I could get local NESN coverage of Bruins games without buying cable or watching some grainy bootleg stream with a gazillion pop-up ads? Paying for cable is dumb for us, as we don’t watch much TV, but we love our hockey.

But yes, Bruins win season opener, presently on a trajectory for a perfect season.[/quote]

Hopefully the Wings season opener tonight against the Bruins will slow that trajectory down.

I think my Stars will do something this season! Can’t wait for the game tonight!

[quote]Testy1 wrote:

[quote]twojarslave wrote:
Bruins win season opener. Our new goon up from Providence, who got a spot on the team over some actual hockey players, got into a fight. Boston Strong!

I don’t have cable at my home, so my only option is going to the neighborhood bar to watch the game. Doing so puts me at odds with my health and fitness goals, so I stayed home like a chump and hit my macros. Such a sad state of affairs.

On that topic, does anyone know of a way that I could get local NESN coverage of Bruins games without buying cable or watching some grainy bootleg stream with a gazillion pop-up ads? Paying for cable is dumb for us, as we don’t watch much TV, but we love our hockey.

But yes, Bruins win season opener, presently on a trajectory for a perfect season.[/quote]

Hopefully the Wings season opener tonight against the Bruins will slow that trajectory down.
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I was contemplating a semi-cheat day to head down to the bar and watch this game, but Pavel, my favorite non-Bruin hockey player, will not be taking the ice.

Another dull night with no hockey and no beer for me.

[quote]twojarslave wrote:

[quote]Testy1 wrote:

[quote]twojarslave wrote:
Bruins win season opener. Our new goon up from Providence, who got a spot on the team over some actual hockey players, got into a fight. Boston Strong!

I don’t have cable at my home, so my only option is going to the neighborhood bar to watch the game. Doing so puts me at odds with my health and fitness goals, so I stayed home like a chump and hit my macros. Such a sad state of affairs.

On that topic, does anyone know of a way that I could get local NESN coverage of Bruins games without buying cable or watching some grainy bootleg stream with a gazillion pop-up ads? Paying for cable is dumb for us, as we don’t watch much TV, but we love our hockey.

But yes, Bruins win season opener, presently on a trajectory for a perfect season.[/quote]

Hopefully the Wings season opener tonight against the Bruins will slow that trajectory down.
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I was contemplating a semi-cheat day to head down to the bar and watch this game, but Pavel, my favorite non-Bruin hockey player, will not be taking the ice.

Another dull night with no hockey and no beer for me. [/quote]

He is a treat to watch.

[quote]twojarslave wrote:
Bruins win season opener. Our new goon up from Providence, who got a spot on the team over some actual hockey players, got into a fight. Boston Strong!

I don’t have cable at my home, so my only option is going to the neighborhood bar to watch the game. Doing so puts me at odds with my health and fitness goals, so I stayed home like a chump and hit my macros. Such a sad state of affairs.

On that topic, does anyone know of a way that I could get local NESN coverage of Bruins games without buying cable or watching some grainy bootleg stream with a gazillion pop-up ads? Paying for cable is dumb for us, as we don’t watch much TV, but we love our hockey.

But yes, Bruins win season opener, presently on a trajectory for a perfect season.[/quote]

Loved it. I do miss Thorty though as he could play as well as fight, but we’ll see what Bobby does. Tuukka is still solid as ever which is awesome.

I think NHL Gamecenter Live let’s you watch games although it does cost $.

Edit: Bruins over the Blackhawks in six

Upgraded from a partial season to half season this year… so I’ll be at The Rock quite a bit… also going to tune into opener in about 15 minutes… lol