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  1. jeffbear

    2021 NHL/Miscellaneous News Thread

    There's a pretty wide gap between a simple shirt sponsor with a patch on the jersey and the walking billboard stuff we see in Europe. I'm OK with exploiting that gap. Heck, a patch on the shoulder opposite the captain letters and something above or below the nameplate on the back ... fine with...
  2. jeffbear

    2021 NHL/Miscellaneous News Thread

    Nah. What you're seeing is a combination of fatigue from the effort required to oust Colorado and the limitations of Pete De Boer. He's got two "tactics" up his sleeve ... 1. Go play however you want, concentrating on keeping possession down low 2. Trap and counter with the lead. You know...
  3. jeffbear

    2019-Whenever Misc. Grab Bag Thread

    Lol ... go watch the Euros fellas. Or Copa Americana.
  4. jeffbear

    Happy Stanleyversary

    Fifteen years and they finally get to hang another banner ...
  5. jeffbear

    2021 (2020, really) Euros

    No glory for the Scots, but a gentleman's draw is a good result for them. 0-0 at Wembley, with Scotland generating nearly as many quality looks as the English managed. England will sit, stew and absorb a beating from the press from this one, while the Tartan Army will continue their herculean...
  6. jeffbear

    2021 Hurricanes Post Season/Summer Thread

    So Greg Wyshynski at ESPN (former Puck Daddy himself ... RIP) has weighed on on "the Dougie Hamilton market" today, and I'm getting the same BS vibes from him that I got from Elliott Friedman earlier this week. Here's his "possibilities" list with my thoughts in brackets Chicago <I actually...
  7. jeffbear

    Brind’Amour is a Jack Adams Finalist ... ahem, WINNER

    Agreed. There are none reasons Brindy isn;t in the Hall already and hopefully adding a Jack Adams to his trophy case will jump start his argument for the next selection window. I know it's technically irrelevant, but then again ... it isn't irrelevant, now is it?
  8. jeffbear

    2019-Whenever Misc. Grab Bag Thread

    Good to see Eriksen released. Apparently he got an implanted defribrillator to reduce the risk of future episodes. Those things are tiny now, but I remember a decade ago or so, you'd look like you had a Hot Wheels car stuck under your skin.
  9. jeffbear

    Brind’Amour is a Jack Adams Finalist ... ahem, WINNER

    In general, I'd agree ... but Brind'Amour is proving that you should always allow for exceptions.
  10. jeffbear

    Brind’Amour is a Jack Adams Finalist ... ahem, WINNER

    I think we all had doubts of some kind, and even the most supportive fans were a bit worried about Brind'Amour's legacy being tarnished should he be unable (understandably) to lift the Canes out of the mediocre place where they had put down deep roots. The guy has absolutely blown past any and...
  11. jeffbear

    2021 (2020, really) Euros

    Nothing much to see on Thursday at the Euros. Chalk ruled for the most part. Belgium were scruffy but prevailed 2-1 over the Danes, and the Dutch popped Austria 2-0. Ukraine beat Macedonia in the other game, but I didn't watch a minute. Today, I get to bite my nails and hope for a glorious...
  12. jeffbear

    2021 Hurricanes Post Season/Summer Thread

    I guess that answers the question of how much gas the organization thinks Wasofsky has left in his tank. Probably also confirms why they signed a couple of other veteran AHL-level defensemen.
  13. jeffbear

    2021 Hurricanes Post Season/Summer Thread

    The only thing I can really base a judgement on is the stuff he writes about the team I follow closely. I don't listen to the guy on the radio, but I consider Friedman to be a fairly serious reporter (at least, serious by hockey's standards) who generally avoids the usual dot connecting and...
  14. jeffbear

    2021 NHL/Miscellaneous News Thread

    Because that would require them admitting that they had been sexually abused in the first place ... presuming you asked that with a straight face. If not, my bad.
  15. jeffbear

    Brind’Amour is a Jack Adams Finalist ... ahem, WINNER

    I feel like that's right, accounting for the way this voting normally goes. Generally the team that comes out of nowhere to be good produces the Jack Adams winner. The most obvious version of "that guy" was Q (a guy who has already won a Jack Adams and thus only gets another if he laps the...
  16. jeffbear

    Brind’Amour is a Jack Adams Finalist ... ahem, WINNER

    That's why it's so easy to dunk on "the hockey men" ... they're wrong 90% of the time and when they're right, it's generally by accident
  17. jeffbear

    2021 Hurricanes Post Season/Summer Thread

    I mean ... I accept that nothing is ever perfect. I don't happen to think he did a very good job managing the pairings through those challenges. Bottom line, I think Chynoweth did a really good job managing good players and a much lesser job of managing guys who weren't so good or who were more...
  18. jeffbear

    2021 Hurricanes Post Season/Summer Thread

    I mean, that's not the full measure of the job. Chynoweth gets a lot of credit for managing a pretty deep and diverse defense group, but he also never did manage to find a functional third pairing in 2019-20, and I'm still not sure why Carolina is allergic to using their best offensive D...
  19. jeffbear

    2021 Hurricanes Post Season/Summer Thread

    Considering the staff deals were part of the hold up, I'd assume we'll get announcements on them (aside from Chynoweth) fairly soon. Frankly, I woudn't be shocked to see Chynoweth back on the bench eventually, either. His resume isn't so outstanding that he'll command big money or an associate...
  20. jeffbear

    2021 Hurricanes Post Season/Summer Thread

    Meh ... I figure every dollar that doesn't go to the staff can be spent on the players so I really don't care what the dollar figure is.
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