2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Entry Draft and Free Agency

Discussion in 'Hockey' started by Jack Lambert, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. McCaffrey Dude

    McCaffrey Dude Guru

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    There was a time when the NHL tried to hype goaltender , Manon Reaume. I think that is the spelling. She was a pretty athletic for her gender but she never made it above the AHL level and I believe she was dismal in her one year there. The Edmonton Oilers had 5 black players on their team once but that never really lasted long either.
     
  2. Matra2

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    The NHL players will not be at the next Olympics which are in Korea and therefore bad for North America TV. The owners also don't like the risk of injury to players going to a separate tournament which they don't benefit from. However, Bettman is speaking to Chinese government officials about the 2022 Olympics to be staged in China. Apparently a billion Chinese can get the NHL to overcome objections to sending players mid-season to a bad TV time-zone.

    I don't think it is going to work. Even in Canada ethnic Chinese have limited interest in hockey and the interest they have is, I suspect, all based on doing what's fashionable (ie status-seeking). NBA is the North American league with the best chance of long term popularity in China.
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    Hockey has enough international competition that skipping the Olympics isn't that big a deal. NHL players already have a grueling schedule and taking two weeks off for the Olympics means compressing the regular season NHL schedule for the stars that much more. I enjoy watching the pros play in the Olympics, but it's probably in their best interests not to.
     
  4. Jack Lambert

    Jack Lambert Hall of Famer

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    I've been reading the Penguins HF boards now for about half a year, and some of the comments by the DWF segment of the fan base in the thread on the trade for Ryan Reaves have been pure gold. You'd think Reaves was going to be playing first line minutes the way some of those guys hype him up. In the response to the argument that Reaves didn't do much at all except be an average fourth liner for St. Louis, one fan even said said (paraphrasing) "Playing in Pittsburgh will help Reaves to realize his unlimited upside." Right, so a soon to be 31 year old career 4th line enforcer type forward who's coming into his 7th NHL season and has never done much of anything in the way of offensive production still has upside. Even in the NHL DWFs are ridiculous when it comes to black players.
     
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  5. Rebajlo

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    Don will doubtlessly be elated that Chris Kunitz has exited Pittsburgh for Tampa Bay. The Penguins also offloaded the black Trevor Daley to Detroit.

    The Leafs have picked up Patrick Marleau from San Jose.

    Does anyone remember the name of the number one pick in the 2012 draft? I do. ;) Nail Yakupov, a Muslim Tatar who was selected by the Oilers. Well, Yakupov is now 23 and has moved to Colorado on a one-year contract after the Blues deemed him surplus to requirements. The ******* useless “Yak” has “amassed” 120 points in 292 games over five seasons, which has him 68 “career” points behind that other “legendary” first overall pick, Patrik Stefan, who achieved immortality courtesy of this:

     
  6. Don Wassall

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    Ha! I was channel surfing last night and the NHL Network had a show about the 50 most bizarre moments in league history and Stefan's blunder was one of the top ones.

    Very glad to see Kunitz finally go after several years of sharp decline. Fleury too, the most inexplicably beloved White athlete ever. But I'm glad both showed well in the playoffs, especially Fleury after so many years of cracking under pressure.
     

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