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NHL Playoffs (ice hockey) + bracket challenge!

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Yuki

February 11, 2017, 12:44:07 AM #225 Last Edit: February 11, 2017, 02:27:01 AM by Juju
Leagues like the NHL have things in place to ensure all the teams are more or less on the same level. You can't really do that with countries. So olympic games will naturally be pretty much one-sided until the quarterfinals or the semifinals where all the 6 countries who actually have a hockey program to regularly produce players for top-class leagues will meet each other and the other countries who probably sent their only 20 players will fail spectacularly in the preliminaries they don't even bother showing you. Of course, some of these countries, with some determination, will field a few players into the NHL or the KHL, but you don't see that often. Like France, they will be able to make it to the playoffs, but there's something like 2 French players total in the NHL.

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February 11, 2017, 02:31:35 AM #226 Last Edit: February 11, 2017, 02:38:16 AM by DJ Omnimaga
Well, the NHL works with a franchise model, with each team being owned by separate owners. So inevitably, there will always be a few bad apples (like this year with Colorado and Arizona and last year with Toronto and Winnipeg). But yeah overall each team are the same caliber. Revenue sharing and the salary cap also helps, although MLB doesn't have much of an hard cap (a luxury tax is in place), yet small teams still compete from time to time. The NBA and NFL, on the other hand...
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Lol, Lindros is sure a great contributor to the Quebec Nordiques. Look at the massive trade he got involved in in 1992. He literally turned our team into a stanley cup contender overnight (although the Habs had Patrick Roy... ugh x.x). I don't hate him as much now that we have learned the true story about why he refused to play for Quebec (Marcel Aubut sucks). I just wish he had told the truth much longer ago, but again, if he did it too early (eg before the team was sold), then maybe he would have gotten at the wrong end of a lawsuit. >.<
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Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on February 11, 2017, 02:31:35 AM
Marcel Aubut sucks
Reminds me, speaking of Olympics, remember his time at the head of the Canadian Olympic Commitee? Of course, that didn't really impacted athletes' performance, but he also got his fair share of controversies there.
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Wasn't the controversy when he was at the head of the COC related to the sexual harrassment thing?
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Apparently Lindros mom had problems with Aubut and this could have explained part of why he didn't play for Quebec. Sure, back then maybe he was not willing to learn French this fast and wanted to play for a winning team at good salary, but his mom seemed to play a big role and he later said Aubut was one of the reasons. Not that we liked Aubut either anyway, after he sold the team and allowed it to be moved despite not losing this much money
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I'm 6th cousins once removed with Johnathon Toews, apparently.

DJ Omnimaga

Really? O.O If you're related to him or family then that's awesome. I knew some people who eventually became hockey player or had friends that played in minor leagues but that's it.
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February 12, 2017, 10:53:37 PM #233 Last Edit: February 12, 2017, 10:55:47 PM by Juju
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on February 12, 2017, 06:55:07 PM
Apparently Lindros mom had problems with Aubut and this could have explained part of why he didn't play for Quebec. Sure, back then maybe he was not willing to learn French this fast and wanted to play for a winning team at good salary, but his mom seemed to play a big role and he later said Aubut was one of the reasons. Not that we liked Aubut either anyway, after he sold the team and allowed it to be moved despite not losing this much money
That's pretty much what the legends says.

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on February 12, 2017, 10:37:17 PM
Really? O.O If you're related to him or family then that's awesome. I knew some people who eventually became hockey player or had friends that played in minor leagues but that's it.
I think my brother has a friend who plays in the QMJHL. Wouldn't be surprised I knew someone related to Antoine Vermette back in high school, either. I went to high school in his hometown and it's a pretty small town.
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GUYS

IT HAPPENED

Claude Julien replaces Michel Therrien as Canadiens coach.

Well, I hope it works.
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I knew it lol. I forgot to post earlier XD

Glad Claude Julien is back, though, even if I don't like the Habs that much. What the hell was Bob Gainey thinking in 2006 when he fired him? Yes Théodore was not that great at the time but he had personal problems and the team was not this much in trouble. Claude Julien was a good coach. Also if Koivu did not get injured during the 2006 playoffs I think the Habs would have gone very far.

We'll see now if it works out. I think Therrien system did not fit well with the players. Also notice how the team starts sucking as soon as he changes the lineup for no reason.

They still need to do something with some players, though. Deharnais is so inconsistent, Plekanec is nonexistent, etc
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someone needs to teach everyone how to do magic spells!

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I don't think that will work with ice hockey unless you are the 1991 Minnesota North Stars or the 1980 Olympics US Men Hockey Team. <_<
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I was more refering to how that particular hockey team and the 1991 North Stars pretty much accomplished the impossible during their respective tournaments :P (in the case of the North Stars it's refered to as a cinderella run, although they did not win the championship)
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