I answered this way back at the beginning of the season. And I believe it's an apples and oranges argument. The Golden Knights had a couple of strong galvanizing moments. First, the tragedy of the Las Vegas concert shootings just before the start of the season. It brought the entire city together. Also, the fact that the Golden Knights players were all "castoffs" by other teams was a strong unifying force. Right down to the end of the playoffs, the Knights were referring to themselves as "misfits," playing off that and using it for motivation. What happened with Vegas was a once-in-a-generation type thing.
Maybe you're right on Binnington. Let's check back in early April.
Could be. But if you truly feel like you're still on the cusp of being a true contender, wouldn't you want a veteran coach?
In Quick, you're getting someone who's 5 1/2 years older than Jake Allen _ 33 years old. You're inheriting a contract that goes for four more seasons after this year a $5.8 million a year. I think you'd certainly have to view him as a short-term fix. This year, Quick's numbers are very similar to Allen's: 2.97 GAA, .904 save percentage to Allen's 3.04 GAA and .897 save percentage. Armstrong made it pretty clear to me that he didn't want to trade prospects. Would he make an exception here? Do you trade Allen to the Kings as part of the deal?
I think such a scenario is much more likely than bringing back Bouwmeester, in part because Gunnarsson is three years younger. But you also have to factor in Gunnarsson's injury history. He has played more than 63 games only once in his four previous seasons and won't reach 63 this year.
To my knowledge, once the job opened there really wasn't time for the Post to solicit outside resume's _ it was too close to the start of camp. Also, for budgetary reasons, I don't think we were going outside. I never envisioned myself as a hockey writer. But I never envisioned myself as an NFL writer either. My original career plan was to cover politics and government (I came out of the All the President's Men age.) I kind of stumbled into the sportswriting biz in the late 70s. I think it is important to know something about the sport you're covering _ and that has proven to be the most daunting task for me although I am a lot more comfortable with the game this year. But there are certain things about covering sports that transcend the particular sport. Also many of the beat writer instincts/traits transfer over. Ask a lot of questions, but always trust your eyes _ trust what you see. And as fast as hockey is, you can see the entire game. In football, you need to look at game film to truly have a feel for what's going on in the trenches.
40-35-7, three points out of the playoffs,
I really don't see it happening this season. Maybe a total collapse changes my view on that. Armstrong "cleared out" some veteran players last year _ Berglund, Sobotka, Brodziak (and Jaskin this year). I could certainly see some of that happening before the start of next year as well.
As far as the league having a blatant hand in fixing games, maybe I'm naive, but I just don't see it. But it's obvious the NFL wants football to be successful in Los Angeles. I'm sure the league had no problem with the red, white and blue Patriots winning Super Bowl 36 just months after 911. I think subconsciously, teams that are in the bottom half of the league get fewer borderline calls than the teams that are at the top of the standings. I dislike the fact that what's considering a holding or pass interference call in October, isn't always a holding or pass interference call in the playoffs.
Anyone else with questions. Speak now or forever hold your peace.
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Do you mean award each team in say the Central two points in the regular standings if they win in the all-star game? Now that would be radical. Might cause the all-stars to actually play a little defense. I actually enjoy the all-star format the way it is now, with the 3-on-3 play and the tournament format. I watched almost all of it on Saturday. And I don't mind the fact that that there's only one or two or three players from a particular team selected. Makes being named an all-star more meaningful.
OK, that's it for today. By the time we convene next Wednesday, the Blues will actually have played a couple of games. Until then. . . .