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Lots of great story-lines now that the stupidity is behind us.  Bruins-Rangers a nice opening night headliner.

The biggest move is obviously Rick Nash to the Rangers.  Most other big moves will likely involve injuries - it will be interesting to see how the teams split goaltending duties and if the ones who didn't play at all (Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller, etc.) are more or less prone to injury.

With points being so precious in the 48-game format I think shootouts are going to play an even bigger role.  I heard of a few offseason moves that revolved around shootout improvements.

The Southeast division looks to be more interesting this year - Carolina is my big player as I think they have a lot of pieces in place.  Washington will at least be more fun to watch this year.  Tampa - I dunno I think 1-2 years away as they phase out Garon and bring the new guys up to snuff.  The D is still a big ?
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Actually started this afternoon, not tonight. 

With the short schedule, it's essential to get off to at least a decent start.  If you stumble over the first few weeks, you can pretty well be out of the playoff hunt 15 games in.

I don't think Tampa is a cup contender, but I do think making the playoffs is very realistic.  They made some moves to improve defensively, including bringing in a new keeper.  I expect him to be their #1, with Garon being the backup.

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Tampa is taking too many penalties already with 3 in the first seven minutes. Giving up a power play goal on one of them

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Good opener for the Lightning.  Took a bunch of penalties early, but overcame that to smoke the Craps.  Lindback looked ok in the net; wasn't overwhelming, but played steady & didn't give up any garbage goals. 
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Impressive starts for the Bruins and Bolts, Bruins seemed like they were in midseason form. The fans turned out in droves, apparently all is forgiven when it comes to love..er...puck and war. For any cheapos like me who don't have NHL Center Ice, Direct TV has a free trial for the first two weeks.
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I saw ~1/2 of the B's game and it was playoff quality right off the bat.  Outstanding level of play and Greg Campbell with 2/3 of a Gordie Howe is solid.  Nash was as good as advertised in that system. 

The acid test is how the players do on the second leg of these back-to-back games because it's 3-4 games a week plus travel. 
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Not too many changes in the lineup, good to see the Lucic, Krejci and Horton line in place. I'm hoping nepotism didn't play a factor in Chris Bourque getting a nod on the third line. Figured he's make the cut, he played well in what little practice time they had. I also hope that newbie Dougie Hamilton is up to stay.
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Loving how dominant the Hawks are looking so far.  I knew with Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, etc. there would be a lot of scoring, but I've been really impressed with what we've gotten in goal.  Crawford and Emery have played very well so far.  Hope they can keep this up all year.  Could be a repeat of 2010
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Originally posted by GilchristNole:
Loving how dominant the Hawks are looking so far.  I knew with Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, etc. there would be a lot of scoring, but I've been really impressed with what we've gotten in goal.  Crawford and Emery have played very well so far.  Hope they can keep this up all year.  Could be a repeat of 2010



Kane's goal against the Preds on Sunday night was eerily similar to the Cup winner in Philly.  The goaltending has been phenomenal, Crawford and Emery are both having "Brian Elliot-esque" seasons so far.  I hope my Preds can find some kind of offense, it's basically a race for 2nd place in the central, I don't think Chicago will collapse again like they did last season, it's their division to lose.
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There will be some wild swings and streaks with the way the schedule is set up.  Way too early to be calling anything. Something working in the Hawks' favor is a good backup goalie to help with fatigue. 

Not sure if anyone caught Rick Nash's assist last night, but it's worth a look (I linked it).  He also had a filthy shootout goal. 

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Originally posted by NoleMoreTears:
There will be some wild swings and streaks with the way the schedule is set up.  Way too early to be calling anything. Something working in the Hawks' favor is a good backup goalie to help with fatigue. 

Not sure if anyone caught Rick Nash's assist last night, but it's worth a look (I linked it).  He also had a filthy shootout goal. 



I put the game on just in time to watch the B's tie it up with 2 goals after they pulled Rask.

Nash's shootout goal was good.
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Originally posted by NoleMoreTears:
There will be some wild swings and streaks with the way the schedule is set up.  Way too early to be calling anything. Something working in the Hawks' favor is a good backup goalie to help with fatigue. 




Their offensive firepower helps as well.  For Nashville, Rinne has a 1.75 GAA .934 S%, Mason has a 1.45 .952 S%...yet they've lost more than they've won at 6-3-4 because nobody can put the puck in the net.  I definitely agree that a hot goalie generally trumps offensive firepower, especially during the playoffs, so it is key that CHI has that piece (so far) this year.
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"hot goalie" means something very very different in the regular season.  It's more a reflection of solid team play and, with this schedule, mental fatigue.  No doubt Nashville's goaltending is elite but it's also the way Barry Trotz requires his players to work within the neutral zone...it affects the entire team dynamic and that type of difference is bound to show a more mediocre effect in the regular season.  The playoffs are a totally different animal for many reasons.

Each team will hit a couple streaks and with the points race being so tight, shootouts and OT's are a de facto tiebreaker in playoff races.  Look at Tampa -- they went from 1st to 11th in about 2 weeks.  I wish the NHL had thought ahead and changed the scoring system, at least for this year.  3 points for a regulation win, and 2 for OT/shootout is the way to go.  Then again, thinking ahead is not their strength...
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Originally posted by NoleMoreTears:
  I wish the NHL had thought ahead and changed the scoring system, at least for this year.  3 points for a regulation win, and 2 for OT/shootout is the way to go.  Then again, thinking ahead is not their strength...




And ZERO points for any type of loss.

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Hmm, not sure about that one.  One of the two best moves the NHL made in the last 12 years was moving to the 4-on-4 OT where the loser still gets a point.  That opened up the game in OT, which was traditionally just a clogfest for fear of losing the game.  (College is still that way in most leagues and that's exactly what you get)

Now 4-4 OT is probably the best 5 minutes in hockey on a regular basis.  Many fans rightfully show up or tune in hoping for that OT sequence.  And most players LOVE it.  That wouldn't be the case if you got nothing for a loss.
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The officials really have been horrendous.  Calling ticky tack stuff, but then not calling huge penalties.  I have also seen a great deal of errors in things like offside or other non-penalty calls.  Last Thursday the Bolts got screwed on a delayed penalty call.  They got the extra skater on and were working it around.  The shot came from the point, and the goalie made the stop, but did not hold teh puck he just made a blocker stop and the puck was right out in front with no one but a Bolt next to it.  Could have been an easy chip in, but the officials blew the puck dead.  No one from Caps ever possesed the puck. 
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On balance the NHL officials are the best of the 4 sports leagues.  Everyone misses calls, and the one in Colorado was terrible.  But the call came with 16:40 to go in the second period so it's pretty ridiculous to cry about it costing the game. 

Unlike MLB or the NBA, the NHL regularly and publicly announces its officiating mistakes, and the refs regularly converse with coaches behind the scenes with legit mea culpas.  Yes, some do have personal vendettas and some are total pricks, but I'll say again it's better quality and the fastest pace of all the other pro sports leagues. 

As for the "ticky tack" stuff, it's mostly the new writing/interpretation of obstruction/interference that the officials are charged with enforcing.  The rules got much more strict this year in continued efforts to open up the game. 


Gotta give it up for Anaheim with Teemu Selanne nearly 43 (!) years old and Saku Koivu at age 38, both bringing it every night.  Those Fins are incredible.
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Originally posted by NoleMoreTears:
On balance the NHL officials are the best of the 4 sports leagues.  Everyone misses calls, and the one in Colorado was terrible.  But the call came with 16:40 to go in the second period so it's pretty ridiculous to cry about it costing the game. 

Unlike MLB or the NBA, the NHL regularly and publicly announces its officiating mistakes, and the refs regularly converse with coaches behind the scenes with legit mea culpas.  Yes, some do have personal vendettas and some are total pricks, but I'll say again it's better quality and the fastest pace of all the other pro sports leagues. 

As for the "ticky tack" stuff, it's mostly the new writing/interpretation of obstruction/interference that the officials are charged with enforcing.  The rules got much more strict this year in continued efforts to open up the game. 


Gotta give it up for Anaheim with Teemu Selanne nearly 43 (!) years old and Saku Koivu at age 38, both bringing it every night.  Those Fins are incredible.



oh for sure, not going to lie, as a Nashville fan, I feel like I'm watching ACC refs during an FSU football season with some of the odd (no) calls so far:

The faceoff interference on Gaustad in OT at Minnesota which lead to the winning power play goal
Saturday against Anaheim, a Duck shoots the puck out of play from his defensive end in overtime, no delay of penatly called.
The offside goal in a one goal loss on Monday.

Certainly, these calls didn't directly result in the outcome of the games, who's to say Minny doesn't score in OT or win the shootout anyway; who's to say we score on the PP in overtime against Anaheim; and who's to say Trotz doesn't leave Mason in longer yesterday in Denver...but that's an awful lot of bad breaks in the past ten days.
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Yeah, totally agree you guys obviously got on a run of bad luck...funny how things just seem to go that way when you're struggling a bit.  But Trotzie will get 'em back up and running again. 

The key for Nashville is to get the PPer working better.  That's 1 of the 4 key parts of any Cup contender, and they've got a couple of the other ingredients. 
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Big win by the Bolts last night against the Leafs.  The Bolts came to play last night and the effort showed it.  Lindback still let in one garbage goal, but in the long run it did not hurt us.  That is the effort they need to show every night.  I love that Boucher has gone back to the 1-3-1.  The Leafs had trouble getting in the zone all night.  People may say it s a goofy defensive gimmick, but it is better than the D the Bolts were playing and it shut the Leafs down last night.  Now, keep it up.
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Crazy win by the Hawks last night over the hated Canucks.  Damn this team is so hot right now
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Originally posted by GilchristNole:
Crazy win by the Hawks last night over the hated Canucks.  Damn this team is so hot right now



Yeah they are, the Blackhawks have been a fun team to watch for years with all of the talented offensive players they have...and so far this year Crawford and Emery have forgotten they're Crawford and Emery.
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Buffalo fires Lindy Ruff - probably the longest tenured coach in pro sports - in mid-season
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Incredible run, but his coaching style had grown stale, I guess the lackluster 2-1 loss to Winnepeg was the last straw. Hell, this season the Bruins had helped keep his job up to this point. Speaking of the Bruins, the offense has been off the last couple weeks, Julien even tinkering with the lines. Looks like another season of impotent man advantage as well.
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I was a little peeved the B's didn't make a move for a top flight PP forward.  They have the deepest defensive group in the NHL; the best set of 2-way forwards who play within a very responsible system; an elite PK; and an upper-tier goalie. 

It's all sitting right there for them to win the cup except the PP, which is a critical, almost essential piece of winning these days. 

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Originally posted by barnnole:



Originally posted by GilchristNole:
Crazy win by the Hawks last night over the hated Canucks.  Damn this team is so hot right now



Yeah they are, the Blackhawks have been a fun team to watch for years with all of the talented offensive players they have...and so far this year Crawford and Emery have forgotten they're Crawford and Emery.
Going tonight. I don't see CBJ ending the streak. My guesses would be @STL or Vs. Minn. They're playing sensational. Penalty Kill has been spectacular. The offense has always been fun to watch. 
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Chara with a highlight reel goal yesterday.  The spin-o-rama and a really nice backhand to finish.

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Bruins pulled out a lackuster OT win at home last night after the successful road trip.
Loved that Chara goal, and yes the power play is again a concern this year, we're down near the bottom again. Perhaps Dougie Hamilton can help improve on it? At least we lead the league in PK so it's kinda a wash.

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The B's are gonna get another win on saturday too.  The bolts are really struggling right now. 

Last night was horrendous.  Poor effort, poor play, doing nothing right.  Before last night, the hustle was there, but they were not doing the little things right.  I have not seen a team pass and accept passes this poorly since the last pee-wee game I watched.  Turnovers are horredous and at poor areas.  I cannot count the goals other teams have scored on TO's just inside our own blue line.  I think Boucher may have lost this team.  It just seems that no one wants to fight to get out of the funk.  Kudos to Stammer, Hedman, and a couple of the young guys for scratching and clawing, but the rest of the team is just not trying.  I do not know what the answers are, but Yzerman better get this corralled quickly or this season is going down in flames.  And it is a season that started off with such promise.

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I do think Hedman has started to play with more confidence.  Time in the KHL clearly upped his offensive instincts.  Still a bit of a deer in headlights on the D side but 6 foot 6 makes up for a lot.  TB will still score goals but I'v yet to see them be a truly responsible team under Boucher. 

Despite all the troubles you noted with Tampa, they're only 2 points off the division lead. 

And, it seems you were spot on about the officiating.  Word has it that is topic #2 (behind the salary cap adjustment) in the upcoming GM meetings. 
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FYI -- for those who don't follow too carefully: Gabriel Landeskog is back to health and playing for the Avs.  With Matt Duchene this is the most underrated tandem in the whole NHL.  Serious speed and skill, and fun to watch. 
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Originally posted by NoleMoreTears:
FYI -- for those who don't follow too carefully: Gabriel Landeskog is back to health and playing for the Avs.  With Matt Duchene this is the most underrated tandem in the whole NHL.  Serious speed and skill, and fun to watch. 



For sure...and blue lines don't apply to Duchene!  I started watching the NHL in the mid-90s, so for nostalgia's sage, I'd like to see Colorado strong again, those games vs Detroit were amazing.
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Only two points out of the division lead, but also 2 points ahead of being the dead last team in the whole league!!!
3/3 5:56 PM | IP: Logged Fleury is just not an elite goalie, I just don't get why other Pens fans love him. This core deserves a better goalie the next several years. Penguins are a contender but he could kill them just like playoffs last year.

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I think his contract is up next year but they have no one in the minors so he will obviously get resigned. Hes always had the tendency to let in a few soft ones

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3/7 10:03 PM | IP: Logged Fleury in year 5 of 7 I think. I agree they desperately need a young goalie, soft is an understatement for goals he often gives up.

Thing is this team has such few holes outside goalie why not pile picks and trade up for the future next year or sign a much younger backup free agent. With Fleury you know first period if he's mentally alive or not. He's too old for that.

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Realignment looks pretty settled...it's needs to happen despite the imbalance.

The proposed Central looks BRUTAL.  Boston, Detroit, Montreal and Ottawa in the same division
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Absolutely ridiculous.  The Bolts and Panthers will fly over every team in the other division to get to one of their division foes (okay Detroit isn't North of all their division, but pretty damn close).  This is an absolute BS move by the NHL to put the Florida teams in that division.  The Rangers and Islanders should be in that division and the Botls and Panthers should be in with the Caps, Pennsylvania teams, etc.  Such a crock of s*%t, the disrespect the Bolts get. 

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Disrespect?  Are you kidding?  While yes the divisions could have been more geographically tied, it's hardly a massive difference between flying to Philly vs. flying to Ottawa.  Once you get on a plane, which Tampa will have to do no matter what division they're assigned, it's an extra 45-60 minutes.  Whoopty-doo.

On the other hand, Tampa experiences far fewer weather delays, which more than makes up for the difference.  Sitting on the tarmac or getting re-routed is at least the same disruption to travel and teams like Buffalo, Boston, Detroit, and Montreal suffer this on a regular basis.

On top of that, Tampa has had the luxury of being in the worst or second-worst division in hockey for most of its existence.  Their path to playoffs is easier than most due to inferior competition.  It's consistently the worst division in the East, and you honestly are talking about respect for a franchise? 

I'm sure you'll find a way to whine about it, you always do, but this is just silly.  Chill out.
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Are you seriously telling me you think it makes sense for the Bolts and Panthers to be put in the division they are being put in?  If you think it makes sense to fly over a whole other division's cities to fly to a city in your division, then you have a stranger sense of direction than I do. 

I do not disagree that our division is notoriously weak.  I didn't set up the alignment.  You division has not been a whole lot better in the past few years.  2 out of the last 4 years the number 1 or 2 team in our division would have won you division based on points and the other 2 years, the number 1 or 2 team would have finished no worse than 2 in your division. 

This year is obviously different as you have the #1,#4, #5, and #6 teams in teh standing right now.  And Boston is only #4 because the leader in our division is listed ahead of you in the standings. Toronto and Montreal being good this year obviously has the Candians happy.

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I wish they would just do away with the geographical divisions, the teams in the west have to travel so much as it is, they could at least spread the travel burden out to everyone.

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Originally posted by nolealum99:

Are you seriously telling me you think it makes sense for the Bolts and Panthers to be put in the division they are being put in?  If you think it makes sense to fly over a whole other division's cities to fly to a city in your division, then you have a stranger sense of direction than I do. 

I do not disagree that our division is notoriously weak.  I didn't set up the alignment.  You division has not been a whole lot better in the past few years.  2 out of the last 4 years the number 1 or 2 team in our division would have won you division based on points and the other 2 years, the number 1 or 2 team would have finished no worse than 2 in your division. 

This year is obviously different as you have the #1,#4, #5, and #6 teams in teh standing right now.  And Boston is only #4 because the leader in our division is listed ahead of you in the standings. Toronto and Montreal being good this year obviously has the Candians happy.

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I said they aren't geographically ideal - not sure why you'd read that any other way than what it means.  Colorado and Florida didn't exactly win the draw, either, but these franchises were isolated to begin with.

I'm saying it's not that big of a deal and certainly not indicative of any league-wide disrespect aimed at one team.  That's a ludicrous notion to think the league has it out for a single team, especially in an "emerging" market.  Many of the mid-Atlantic teams travel to one another by train or even bus, but once you step on a plane (which TB will have to do for every trip), the difference between Philly and Ottawa is maybe 45 minutes of flight time.  That's hardly a conspiracy of disrespect.

I don't know what you're talking about with "my" division.  I grew up a Whalers fan and have not adopted any team since they left for Carolina.  That's been posted numerous times on hockey threads.  With the number of players I've worked with now in the NHL, there's no point for me to have a team anyways.  I enjoy watching Boston because they play the game the right way, maybe the best of all teams in the league right now.

Clearly making assumptions is a regular venture for you.  That's cool with me, but you may want to leave the paranoia out of it. 
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Sorry. Jumped to the conclusion that you were a Boston fan since you talk mostly about them. While I do not think there is a league wide conspiracy theory out for the Bolts, I think they get shorted in a good many ways. Travel beats guys up, no doubt about it, and while some of the teams are not too far off, I think there is a huge difference in flying to NJ as your northern-most division foe (if Rangers and Isles were swapped with Bolts and Panthers), and flying to Montreal. Just my opinion.

All this said, the problem is that the Bolts front office probably loves this alignment. Every night will be a sell out, albeit the wrong color sweaters (but that is a problem for another day). The clientele who is in tampa during the winter are the teams who are in that division. I can't wait to inundated with Detroit fans multiple times a year.
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OK - no worries.  The assumptions get a little old but I don't really think there is a vendetta out against Tampa.  They're already pretty isolated so it's airplanes all the way regardless. 

I was in town and went to the Flyers game on Monday.  Really impressed with the arena and crowd!  We talked with some people in ownership and a very impressive model.  OK -- lots of Flyers fans were there but I was told virtually every game is a sell-out.  That TV screen is crazy...we were a few rows up at the blue line and I used that for watching the down-ice corner. 

My only (small) complaint is that the on-ice sounds were really muted.  The boards and glass made no noise so I kinda missed that part.

Overall, a really terrific barn.
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Originally posted by NoleMoreTears:
OK - no worries.  The assumptions get a little old but I don't really think there is a vendetta out against Tampa.  They're already pretty isolated so it's airplanes all the way regardless. 

I was in town and went to the Flyers game on Monday.  Really impressed with the arena and crowd!  We talked with some people in ownership and a very impressive model.  OK -- lots of Flyers fans were there but I was told virtually every game is a sell-out.  That TV screen is crazy...we were a few rows up at the blue line and I used that for watching the down-ice corner. 

My only (small) complaint is that the on-ice sounds were really muted.  The boards and glass made no noise so I kinda missed that part.

Overall, a really terrific barn.



Always like talking hockey, just get fired up for my club sometimes.  Especially when they are pissing me off by playing like garbage.  Flyers always bring a good crowd, I was there as well.  Great to get the W against them.  What section were you in?  If you were on the blue line, you could have been in my section, of course there are 4 different sections you could be in. 

I do not disagree about the sounds, but that is the new glass/boards they installed last year.  Top notch stuff, but you do lose some of the old give and sound that you used to get.  Of course no one on our team wants to hit right now anyway, so that may be another reason you didn't hear anything!!!

Jeff Vinik is a hell of an owner and he is selling a lot of tickets right now, even with them playing crappy.

I knew Guy Boucher was on a short leash, because I think the lost the veteran players not buying into his schemes.  There were some things he instituted that were not hot and the vets could see it not working.  I knew it was just a matter of time unless for some reason they turned it around.  It will be interesting if they go with a guy like Cooper in Syracuse or if they go after a veteran coach like Ruff.  I personally think right now the veterans don't need another minor league coach, albeit a good one in cooper.  they need a guy like Ruff who has credibility.
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I'm kinda shocked by the move, seems like only yesterday they were battling us tooth and nail to get into the finals. There's only 15 or so games left and they're certainly not out of the playoff hunt. I guess Yzerman didn't see enough improvement from last year's free fall, they've still got problems in the defensive end and power play, although injuries and spotty goaltending haven't helped matters. I guess the two candidates mentioned by the media are the logical choices, but it will be interesting to see if he goes out of that box for his choice. The Bruins aren't exactly in cruise control, they just finshed up a crappy road swing with offensive woes continuing. So much so that Julien shook up the lines, in particular the first line, with Lucic getting the demotion and Marchand being promoted
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I can honestly say I did not expect this right now.  The shelf life for many coaches is roughly 3 years but I think whatever was going on, the team was clearly not on board with Boucher's style or message.  Boucher (and the somewhat used 1-3-1) has defensive principles but the team didn't seem to be buying in.  Apparently some of the mental games he played at junior didn't translate that well...or maybe there was something else behind the scenes. 

From what I've known of and seen in person from Lecavelier, St. Louis, and Stamkos, I honestly don't think it was a leadership issue.  Those 3 are pretty hard nosed.  But something wasn't working as the team just never seemed to solve its own zone. 

At the game, I was trying to figure out who Tampa's tough guy/enforcer/energy line was.  I guess BJ Crombeen?  I see he has a ton of penalty minutes but it seemed the team was lacking the confidence/support of a true enforcer.  In the game I saw, you could clearly tell guys like Hartnell and Reade were up to plenty of antics because Zac Rinaldo was there to back them up at every instance.  I never got that feeling with Tampa and when I think of that team I never think of a true energy-type line. 

From what I know of the owners and Yzerman, they'll end up just fine.  Stamkos is an absolute stud - the puck is just glued to him.  An enforcer, some more defensive coverage and a top-flight goalie will have them in the playoffs very soon.

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Alum: I sat in section 116 I think, row F.  I gotta say I was really bowled over by the arena and fans - great stuff the owners got going.
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