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2009 NHL Playoff Thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Allegedly, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. sports scrub

    sports scrub Member

    Pittsburgh Penguins remove interim tag on Bylsma.

    from Pens PR:

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have removed the "interim" tag from Dan Bylsma's
    title and formally named him head coach on Tuesday.

    Bylsma had served as interim head coach since Feb. 15.

    "Dan has done such an impressive job with our team, both on and off the
    ice, that we didn't see the need to wait any longer to announce our
    decision," said Ray Shero, the Penguins' executive vice president and
    general manager. "He is the man we want to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins
    as our head coach."
  2. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Has the NHL freed Donald Brashear yet?
  3. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    Mark you make yourself look more moronic with every post. Nobody and I mean nobody in the league thinks being on versus is better than being on ESPN. ESPN did not tape delay games when they had the NHL before so why would they now. The whole country gets ESPN, the whole country does not get Versus. ESPN 2 is better for the league than Versus, I don't know how you can even debate this.

    By the way how can Camilleri be untouchable when he is a UFA.

    Shorter schedule is a pipe dream, do you think owners are going to lose those gates, which in turn lowers player salaries.

    Should the Canucks still have signed Naslund?
  4. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    So now the NHL has "No Ordinary" Joe Sakic and "Regular Season" Joe Thornton.

    Talk about hiding under the kitchen table for the first round.
  5. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Two points:

    1. Mark -- It wasn't one slip-up for the Sharks. They lost four times in six games to a team that finished 30 points below them in the standings. That's the point of series. It eliminates fluky results. Four losses in six games is a pretty good sample size.

    2. Read the Inside the NHL part of SI this week and they advocate going back to a divisional playoff format to get more rivals playing each other in the first round. Sounds great. I remember all those great Patrick Division rivalries when I was growing up. But how the heck could you implement it with six divisions? I suppose you could consolidate back into four divisions and then take the top four from each for the playoffs, but that's a major hole that wasn't addressed in the story.
  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The Hockey News had a similar column in a recent issue. The NHL would have to go back to four divisions to do it. Problem is, in each conference, you'd have a 7-team division and an 8-team division unless the league made a team switch conferences.

    I like the idea though. If they went with unbalanced divisions, it would probably look like this:

    Eastern Conference



    Western Conference

    Red Wings
    Black Hawks
    Blue Jackets

  7. RecentAZgrad

    RecentAZgrad Active Member

    Yeah but with that system, you'd more often than not have one or two teams sneaking in because of the format that don't belong over other teams. Screw "rivalries" in the first round, just let the top eight teams in.

    The first round has been fantastic. Why does it even need change?
  8. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    What would ESPN have done?

    They'd have had the Flames-Blackhawks on at 9:30, moved Monday Night Baseball to ESPN2 and had the Sharks-Ducks game starting right after at 10:30 p.m.

    Tonight, they'd have shown both Game 7's, one on either network, instead of poker re-runs and yet another NFL draft wrap-up show.
  9. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    This has kinda morphed into an all purpose hockey thread so I'll announce it here.

    Brampton Battalion's Cody Hodgson was just named the Ontario Hockey League's Most Valuable Player.

    He was Vancouver's 10th pick in the first round and, you heard it here first, he will be captain of the Canucks at some point.
  10. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    The players union is making noise about putting a second team in Toronto.

  11. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    A Toronto area based group met with Bill Daly last week about the possibility of a second team north of Toronto in Vaughan. Personally, K-W is a better location but the fact that the NHL met with these guys says something. Or maybe not.

    But as the Globe article says, the players are losing 25% of their salaries partially because dead in the water franchises are giving away free tickets with the purchase of a big-ass bottle of vodka.

    Damien Cox's take on the affair:

  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I really can't see a second franchise being viable in Toronto, but we'll see, because I think they'll get one eventually.
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