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2011-2012 NHL Season

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, Sep 22, 2011.

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  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    I guess someone might as well start it since we're in to the pre-season games.

    And, of course, the first controversy is Flyer Jody Shelley's egregious hit on Leafs' Darryl Boyce in last night's game.


    The only controversy here is how many games the NHL's new sheriff Brendan Shanahan will hand out. Anything under five means nothing has changed.

    And by five games I mean the first five of the regular season, not exhibition games.
  2. JR

    JR Active Member

    10 games. Five pre-season and five regular season
  3. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Do we really think Shanahan is going to start doling out severe punishments that have a positive impact on the game and gets some of the most obscene gooning out? And what if it involves a former teammate of his? Will he be the latest to succumb to blatant conflicts of interest and let a pal slide, or will he stick to it? I really don't know enough about him as a person to know what to expect.
  4. JR

    JR Active Member

    Shanahan, besides being a Mimico guy, is the one who championed the rule changes (or enforcement of existing rules) during the lock-out. He's always been pro-active in making the game better.

    I don't think he will play favourites and honestly believe he has the best interests of the game (not just the NHL) at heart
  5. derwood

    derwood Active Member

    Nice to be back. Horrid summer for the league.
  6. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Agree with JR.

    Shanahan has never come off as one who would play favorites, on the ice or off.
  7. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    After winning the Eastern Conference each of the last two years, the Caps totally overhauled their roster. There's a lot more grit to compliment the stars, even if Semin is still the pussy that Matt Bradley and David Steckel all but said he was. Is it enough to get them to go deeper into the playoffs this time? And how much difference will having Vokoun start a majority of the games make?
  8. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    The Caps game against Nashville in Baltimore was criticized for poor ice conditions etc. but this was something a little different:

  9. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Is the NHL going to capitalize on the NBA lockout this year?
  10. JR

    JR Active Member

    Props to Shanahan for making his decision public.


    On the other hand, Damien Cox says it's more of the same


    So maybe tougher than Campbell, but not as tough as Murphy. Really, what Shanahan's first suspensions suggest is that it's going to be another season of one suspension after another because there is no real resolve within the Bettman adminstration to commit to a disciplinary system that has deterrence as the central principle.

    To me at least, Shanahan is moving in the right direction
  11. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    Cox is an idiot.
  12. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    When did European soccer fans become hockey fans, too? Are the folks in London, Ontario, always this classy?

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