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 91 
 on: Jun 29, 2014 at 18:25 
Started by steelerfaninCO - Last post by pensodyssey
Well done Costa Rico, and hasta luigi, Mayheco. 

 92 
 on: Jun 28, 2014 at 16:30 
Started by steelerfaninCO - Last post by steelerfaninCO
Nice game between Brasil and Chile today ... I like all your picks Penso.

Hopefully the US can find a way to win on Tuesday.

 93 
 on: Jun 28, 2014 at 13:04 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by Merman1983
Oh I agree completely. I can give fuck all about 40 goal regular seasons. And let's see him put up 40 on Mike Fisher's RW.

 94 
 on: Jun 28, 2014 at 10:07 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by whitmer_87
This trade is getting universally blasted. On paper it seems they should have gotten more for a former 40 goal scorer.

For some reason people think Neal is a great player. We know from watching him that he has a nice shot and can score 30 goals in the regular season just fine, but he's an absolute liability in the playoffs. He doesn't produce, he doesn't defend, and he throws temper tantrums and takes dumb penalties. I'm glad he's gone.

Adams hasn't been moved as far as I know. Always enjoyed watching him play, but he definitely lost a step this year.

 95 
 on: Jun 28, 2014 at 08:16 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by Merman1983
This trade is getting universally blasted. On paper it seems they should have gotten more for a former 40 goal scorer. We know Neal was invisible unless he plays with an elite playmaking center, and doesn't do much else but score goals. Hornquist will probably score 30 on either of the top two lines and is a fine player overall. Spaling is a RFA so hopefully they have a play there. I do like him and think his PK and faceoff skills will improve the bottom 6 in a big way. Still wish we would have jettisoned MAF and Scuds, but there probably were not any takers for Scuds.

Did Adams get moved? I know he is under contract for another year. I never had a problem with Adams until this past year when his physical skills seemingly fell off a cliff.

 96 
 on: Jun 28, 2014 at 01:10 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by pensodyssey
Nick Spaling strengthens the bottom 6 and the penalty kill. Also read that he can play all three positions.


And on that note, I want to be the first to say happy trails to Craig Adams.  He's got his detractors (many of them reside here), but he was great on the penalty kill and he never took a shift off.  I will miss him, and I wish him all the best  wherever Bylsma's next gig the road takes him next.

In all seriousness, a genuinely good guy.

 97 
 on: Jun 28, 2014 at 00:20 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by whitmer_87
Happy with the new coach, but absolutely ecstatic that they dealt Neal. Patric Hornqvist can play. His game is built for the playoffs too. Nick Spaling strengthens the bottom 6 and the penalty kill. Also read that he can play all three positions.

Also watched some highlights of Kasperi Kapanen and liked what I saw. He's got great hands, great vision, and a killer shot.

The off-season started shaky, but I like what Rutherford has done so far.

 98 
 on: Jun 27, 2014 at 08:14 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by Merman1983
Mike Johnston our next head coach. 

I know nothing about this guy at all.

I'm not going to pretend I know anything about a juniors coach but from listening to his interviews/press conferences there are things I really like about his philosophies.

1.)  Not afraid to play youth. He coached Derrick Pouliet in Juniors at Portland, and plans to play him next year when he returns from shoulder surgery (as he is probably the heir apparent to Paul Martin).  Suffice to say I don't expect to see the Rob Scuderi's of the world playing over the Simon Despres' of the world.

2.) He emphasizes puck support and puck possession.  Good riddance stretch pass.  Good riddance dump and chase.  Good fucking riddance "get to our game."  Seems to realize the need to re-group to beat traps and enter the zone with speed.

3.) Understands that volume of shots are key, and shots from the point are underrated.  I'll be the first to admit that Corsi is a flawed statistic, but you will never be able to convince me that there is a such thing as a bad shot on goal, especially in the postseason.  Anyone who watched the finals realizes this.

4.) Shoot the puck and drive the net. This speaks for itself.

5.) He is an X's and O's guy, not afraid to make in game adjustments.


He also prefers a "run and gun" style. Who knows if this works at the NHL level.  Who knows if this works in the postseason.  But there more and more I hear him speak, the more I think it is a step in the right direction.  Now it's up to Rutherford to fill out that bottom six.

 99 
 on: Jun 26, 2014 at 22:36 
Started by steelerfaninCO - Last post by pensodyssey

Moyes' failure.... I'm still enjoying it.


I would have enjoyed watching Ferguson roll around in the shit, but, yeah, I love it when United suffers. 

I got Brawsil, Colombia, France, Germanica, Nederlands, Casto Rica, Argentina and ask me next week advancing out of the 16.

 100 
 on: Jun 26, 2014 at 22:28 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by pensodyssey
Mike Johnston our next head coach. 

I know nothing about this guy at all.

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