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Around the League: 2019-2020 Regular Season

GEEMAN

Well-known member
So, the Hockey Hall of "Fame" is going to be electing their 2020 hall of famers tomorrow afternoon. The only player that should get in is Iginla, but I'm sure they'll find a way to include Alfredsson in there. I'm also hoping they'll finally induct Red Berenson in the Builders category.

The problem with the HHOF letting in players like Carbonneau & Housley in is, you have no real argument to keep the likes of Sergei Gonchar, Rod Brind'amour, Daniel Alfredsson out. None of them sucked, they were terrific... But none of them were ever great players for me.

I wouldn't be mad if they inducted Hossa, but he's not a definite candidate to me.
Its become the HHOVG ...hockey hall of very good

It could be because their are very few elite players available every year and need to induct a handful of names
 

GGpX

Well-known member
Iginla, Hossa, Lowe, Wilson, Kim St. Pierre, Ken Holland.

As mentioned before, if Phil Housley is in the HHOF, there isn't a strong argument to keep Kevin Lowe & Doug Wilson out.

I wonder if they're going to give Red Berenson the Pat Burns treatment and just wait for him to die so they can posthumously induct him.
 

GrandWazoo

Well-known member
Kevin Lowe? I never understood what was so special about Kevin Lowe. Had he not been part of the Oilers dynasty, nobody would ever talk about him.
 

GGpX

Well-known member
was he ever even a top 10 player on any of those teams?
He had one pretty great year where he finished 5th in the Norris voting and was a third-team All Star.

Everything else screams really good, but never great.

Kevin Lowe might now have set the bar for worst defenseman in the HHOF.

How can you have Kevin Lowe in, but not Gonchar, Markov, Ryan Sutter? All of them have stronger cases to get in, based on their play. But we all know Kevin Lowe got in because of the team he was on and who he's friends with.
 

CH1

The Artist Formerly Known as chiggins.
WTF. Kevin Lowe's career high in points is 46 on a stacked offensive dynasty. LOL.
 

Sal_Butera

Well-known member
Looks like Buf was a start, the market will soon be flooded with lots of scouts as non traditional/low revenue teams look to cut costs going to a hybrid system.

 

Sal_Butera

Well-known member
As part of the agreement, the salary cap will be kept close to the current $81.5 million for the next three seasons. There is potential for it to go up $1 million in 2022-23.
 

GEEMAN

Well-known member
When revenues in the States hit the shits for a few years those delayed escrow payments will be painful down the road

Most of the non large hockey markets are going to take a financial beating , corporations wont be overspending and discretionary income will suffer

You may not see fans til 2022 in buildings , holding the cap at current levels is very brave
 

Habsy

Wrong Thinker Extraordinaire
Good read here

The Canadiens believe they will be allowed the keep the players in what amounts to a test-based quarantine to get a government exemption from the regular quarantine rules. Essentially, that means since the players are being tested regularly, players would be allowed to extend their quarantine to the Brossard practice facility and their homes. They would not be permitted to go anywhere else during the 14-day period.
Another matter the Canadiens are eagerly awaiting news on is the status of Alexander Romanov. If they can invite 28 skaters to training camp, which appears to be the case, they are still holding out hope that one of those spots will go to Romanov

The NHL’s stance on whether Romanov and other players like him, most notably Minnesota Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov, can play this season remains unchanged; the league would rather not allow it. But this being a collectively bargained rule that allowed similar players like Cale Makar to play in the past, the NHLPA gets to have its say on the matter. It is unclear where those talks stand or how big of a priority it is right now, but with CBA extension talks ongoing, it is hard to imagine this topic is not one being discussed (and, frankly, the NHL’s sudden change of heart on this issue could just be posturing for negotiating leverage).

Romanov’s agent Dan Milstein said his client is eagerly waiting to see if he will be able to play, but preparation is already underway for him to come to Montreal at a moment’s notice.

“He’s ready to move,” Milstein said Friday. “He’s been working out, he’s ready.”

The problem right now is less so Romanov’s eligibility status and more so his immigration status. Milstein said work on Romanov’s immigration papers and work visa is already underway, but they have hit a snag in that those papers require medical and biometrics reports, which they are having trouble getting under the current pandemic-related restrictions in Russia.

Milstein is hopeful that the immigration work can be cleared up next week and that Romanov’s playing status can come into clearer focus by the first week of July.

If that were to happen and Romanov would be deemed eligible to play, and if Kotkaniemi performs well enough in camp to crack the lineup, the Canadiens would suddenly have two big parts of their future unexpectedly playing for them in the present. That alone would make the play-in round extremely compelling television for their fans regardless of whether they win or lose the actual games.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi will be at Canadiens training camp as a full participant
 

Habsy

Wrong Thinker Extraordinaire
The Habs are healthy and usually start a season hot. I'm thinking they beat the Pens. I know I'm in the minority but they were really banged up. Drouin, Byron, Weber, Kotkaniemi all healthy.

I'd love to see Romanov play too.
 

Sal_Butera

Well-known member
I will be absolutely shocked if there’s any continuation to the season - all this smoke & mirrors is a pipe dream. No way the NHLPA entirety vote to play...zero chance.
 
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