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2020 Offseason Miscellaneous Thread

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HNIM

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We got notified that GF will be coming into our neighborhood in a few months. Provided they don't cut into a gas main and blow us up during the laying process, we're going to give it a go. It's more expensive but if it's reliable and faster then streaming services start getting more attractive. It will mainly depend on who winds up carrying the regional hockey network.
 

NoMich

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I've had AT&T's Gigapower internet service since October of 2016 and it's been fantastic the whole time. I don't know if they have this deal still, but when I signed up, my monthly price was locked in at $70 (total, no taxes or anything like that added) for life, which makes it cheaper than Google's service.
 

jeffbear

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I've had AT&T's Gigapower internet service since October of 2016 and it's been fantastic the whole time. I don't know if they have this deal still, but when I signed up, my monthly price was locked in at $70 (total, no taxes or anything like that added) for life, which makes it cheaper than Google's service.
Oooo. You got the 1st Wave price ... nice. I'm locked in with AT&T fibre at a slightly higher rate because I dragged my heels a little bit. Still, it's less than $100 a month which is cheaper than what Spectrum was charging me for half the speed and AT&T's reliability has been through the roof better. I haven't had a single outage since I switched, and they don't push half as much garbage firmware through their router which means I don't need to re-boot the thing a couple of times a month.
 

NoMich

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The only outages that I've experienced were when Google's trench diggers came through the neighborhood and sliced by line. Twice. Otherwise, it's been rock solid.

One thing I would like to do, if I can afford it, is have someone run lines from the access point in the house to several rooms throughout the house so I can have ethernet connections instead of just wireless.
 

bagopux

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The only outages that I've experienced were when Google's trench diggers came through the neighborhood and sliced by line. Twice. Otherwise, it's been rock solid.
Google's contractors laid fiber in our neighborhood a few years back and did an unbelievably poor job. A lot of the rubberized filler is coming up and the asphalt is chipping away all over the place. There's another crew around right now cleaning it up. But I did have their broadband for a year and it was solid. Then Spectrum offered me 3 years at half the price. Spectrum's broadband is very good. Despise them on the TV side.
 

andyt

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And it begins. The Stars practice facility is closed, the expectation is that they won’t start the season any earlier than January 19 after 6 players and 2 staff tested positive. They were supposed to start at the Panthers on 1/14, then at Tampa on 1/17 and 1/19.

 

jeffbear

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And it begins. The Stars practice facility is closed, the expectation is that they won’t start the season any earlier than January 19 after 6 players and 2 staff tested positive. They were supposed to start at the Panthers on 1/14, then at Tampa on 1/17 and 1/19.

Yeah ... get used to it, because this is only the beginning. Apparently the league "baked in" about 3-4 flex dates in each schedule and put a week at the end of the schedule to catch overflow re-scheduled games. I'm no expert, but I have doubts that this will end up being sufficient. I mean, we're setting daily record for infections and hospitalizations all over the US right now, with the Christmas impact not even having run its course. It's going to be a bumpy ride trying to operate with so many people in so many markets. That's a given. We may as well go ahead and assume that every team will experience at least one shutdown during the course of the season, and it may be more appropriate to assume more than that. If it's less ... awesome.
 

andyt

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Yeah ... get used to it, because this is only the beginning. Apparently the league "baked in" about 3-4 flex dates in each schedule and put a week at the end of the schedule to catch overflow re-scheduled games. I'm no expert, but I have doubts that this will end up being sufficient. I mean, we're setting daily record for infections and hospitalizations all over the US right now, with the Christmas impact not even having run its course. It's going to be a bumpy ride trying to operate with so many people in so many markets. That's a given. We may as well go ahead and assume that every team will experience at least one shutdown during the course of the season, and it may be more appropriate to assume more than that. If it's less ... awesome.
I’m surprised the NFL made it through the season without needing an extra week. The did have to move games and actually played on every day of the week. But 56 games isn’t 16, so we’ll see.
 

HeyKurtz

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One thing I would like to do, if I can afford it, is have someone run lines from the access point in the house to several rooms throughout the house so I can have ethernet connections instead of just wireless.
I had given some thought to that too, Jerry, but then opted to buy a mesh network set-up instead. I ended up going with one of Orbi's products and it's dramatically improved the speed and reliability of wireless throughout our house. Best of all, I set up one of the Orbi satellites next to the desk in my home office--which is at the complete opposite end of the house from where our router is--and have a wired connection to it.
 

jeffbear

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I’m surprised the NFL made it through the season without needing an extra week. The did have to move games and actually played on every day of the week. But 56 games isn’t 16, so we’ll see.
Yeah ... and one game a week is a FAR cry from what the NHL has on the schedule.
 

CanadaCanes

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I had given some thought to that too, Jerry, but then opted to buy a mesh network set-up instead. I ended up going with one of Orbi's products and it's dramatically improved the speed and reliability of wireless throughout our house. Best of all, I set up one of the Orbi satellites next to the desk in my home office--which is at the complete opposite end of the house from where our router is--and have a wired connection to it.
Kurtzie, can you recommend an Orbi product you use or are using for this set-up in your home that made things much better for you? I have some upstairs wireless speed issues in our bonus room and a WiFi extender I tried in the past actually seemed to make things worse overall.
 

HeyKurtz

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Kurtzie, can you recommend an Orbi product you use or are using for this set-up in your home that made things much better for you? I have some upstairs wireless speed issues in our bonus room and a WiFi extender I tried in the past actually seemed to make things worse overall.
Happy to...here's the set up I have...

 

bagopux

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The only option left for straight streaming is AT&T TV Now---the Entertainment package or better. The other options are Spectrum, AT&T TV, and DirecTV. Then there's the VPN route.

I'm leaning toward AT&T's streaming package,. It's a no-contract plan, so if it doesn't work well or if something better comes along, I'm not stuck with it.
PSA: The $80 (Max) and $110 (Choice) AT&T TV Now packages have Fox RSNs. The $55 (Choice) and $93 (Entertainment) packages does not.
 

HeyKurtz

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The Islanders finally re-signed RFA Mathew Barzal for three years at an AAV of $7 million. He will still be an RFA when the deal is expires.
 

cmaleski2

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The Islanders finally re-signed RFA Mathew Barzal for three years at an AAV of $7 million. He will still be an RFA when the deal is expires.
His salary is $10 million in the 3rd year. ($4, $7, then $10 million).

If either Svech or Dougie sign extensions during this season, expect this type of salary escalation (basically the opposite of what Aho's deal looks like).

I could see Dougie going 6 years $50 million and it looking like $6 million, $7 million, $8 million, $9 million, $10 million, $10 million

I could also see Svech being signed to that same contract that Barzel just signed.
 
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HeyKurtz

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His salary is $10 million in the 3rd year. ($4, $7, then $10 million).
I was texting with my brother-in-law--a huge Islander fan--about this deal. It was probably the best option for the Isles under the circumstances, but they can take little solace in the fact that Barzal will still be an RFA when the deal ends. He will be arbitration-eligible, which means he could take an arbitrator's ruling, play one more year under that terms of that ruling, and then be a UFA.
 
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