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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by NEELY on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:31 pm

    tim1_2 wrote:What's going to be real interesting is seeing how the guys who have been playing stack up against those who haven't. Prime example is Lehner vs. Matrix . It's hard to imagine that Lehner won't have the edge, at least initially.

    As Neely mentioned elsewhere, Wiercioch has gotta pretty much be a lock for opening night.

    Lehner will play out the string in Bingo, no question about it if they come back IMO. Bishop will get his games in to retain his UFA status and let Anderson get going gradually, not be forced to be playing 100% right off the bat. Ottawa is lucky in this sense.

    Wiercoich is going to be getting prime ice in the NHL right off the hop for sure.

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    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:34 pm

    Beat me to it Neely. People seem to forget about Bishop. Unless Anderson is completely unplayable then it will be Bishop and Anderson in the NHL for sure.

    Glad to here the talk about Weircioch too.

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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by NEELY on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:42 pm

    They better be starting Bishop on opening night because he will be maybe the only goalie in the East who is of NHL caliber and in mid season form. I get why everyone loves Anderson and he's earned the right to call himself the true #1 in Ottawa at the moment but being off for 8 months as a goaltender... it isn't easy to bounce back to where you were.

    You also want to keep him as a UFA.

    Either way, Ottawa is going to be flying right off the bat with the exception of Alfi and Phillips.
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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by tim1_2 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:46 pm

    With the focus quite possibly being on actually winning games, is it so hard to believe that Lehner might actually play some games in the early going for Ottawa while Matrix gets back up to speed?

    With a 48 game schedule, you don't really have much room for shaking off the rust.

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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by NEELY on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:49 pm

    tim1_2 wrote:With the focus quite possibly being on actually winning games, is it so hard to believe that Lehner might actually play some games in the early going for Ottawa while Matrix gets back up to speed?

    With a 48 game schedule, you don't really have much room for shaking off the rust.

    Bishop is ready to go and is fully capable.
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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by shabbs on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:50 pm

    There's talk of adding 4 more teams to the playoffs. 2 in each Conf. Not sure if this is just for the shortened season or permanently. Something for the fans?
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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by shabbs on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:51 pm

    Millard and Scott Morrison on HC@Noon today both feel the NHLPA will file their DOI tonight. Doug MacLean does not.

    Interesting.

    We'll find out at midnight tonight...

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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by NEELY on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:56 pm

    Has MacLean ever been right about anything?

    Also, 4 more playoff teams? It's stupid. Leave it, it's fine, over 1/2 the leagues gets in now, maybe the playoffs should be left as somewhat of a reward for a solid regular season? Hope they don't do that but it's been talked about before anyways.
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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by tim1_2 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:01 pm

    I think the playoff system is fine, as-is.

    If you add two teams per conference to the playoffs, then wouldn't you wind up with some odd-ball format? After the 1st round you'd have five teams left from each conference, which doesn't compute in my brain.
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    Post by SeawaySensFan on Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:04 pm

    tim1_2 wrote:I think the playoff system is fine, as-is.

    If you add two teams per conference to the playoffs, then wouldn't you wind up with some odd-ball format? After the 1st round you'd have five teams left from each conference, which doesn't compute in my brain.

    I believe Pierre McGuire has proposed a bye for the Wings and Pens in the first round since they are Cup favourites every year anyway. Details to follow.
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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by wprager on Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:36 pm

    wprager wrote:
    shabbs wrote:Via Sylvain St-Laurent:

    "Jason Spezza leaves Switzerland, confident he will play in the NHL this winter. #Sens"

    https://twitter.com/Syl_St_Laurent/status/286467423425679360

    Start the return of the players...

    I think this morning there were 5 Sens still overseas (including Spezza) after Smith left Denmark; I guess that leaves 4, now:

    Daugavins, Gonchar, Greening, Michalek.

    Greening has been recalled.


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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by wprager on Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:45 pm

    SensProspects is tweeting details. Deal done Jan. 7, camp starts Jan. 12, season starts Jan. 19. 35-game season. What??

    SensProspects ‏@SensProspects wrote:

    Hearing some great news: CBA deal done by 7th latest. Camp opens Jan 12th. Season starts Jan 19th.

    Every teams play conference opponents once, division opponents five times. 35 game season!




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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:52 pm

    Are we any closer to puck drop, shabber?
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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by shabbs on Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:53 pm

    Every day brings us closer to puck drop my friend... every day...
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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by Hoags on Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:57 pm

    NEELY wrote:Has MacLean ever been right about anything?

    Also, 4 more playoff teams? It's stupid. Leave it, it's fine, over 1/2 the leagues gets in now, maybe the playoffs should be left as somewhat of a reward for a solid regular season? Hope they don't do that but it's been talked about before anyways.

    They could consider wildcard playoff spots perhaps ?
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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by SeawaySensFan on Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:58 pm

    shabbs wrote:Every day brings us closer to puck drop my friend... every day...

    Suh-weet. Cheers
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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by wprager on Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:06 pm

    Hoags wrote:
    NEELY wrote:Has MacLean ever been right about anything?

    Also, 4 more playoff teams? It's stupid. Leave it, it's fine, over 1/2 the leagues gets in now, maybe the playoffs should be left as somewhat of a reward for a solid regular season? Hope they don't do that but it's been talked about before anyways.

    They could consider wildcard playoff spots perhaps ?

    I think they could have 2 wildcard teams battling it out with the two 8-seeds in each Conference -- make it a best of 5. Gives the teams that finish 7th or above a bit of a break, creates two more playoff series (albeit shorter ones).

    Or maybe expand to 32 teams, with 2x8 divisions in each conference. 4 wildcard teams, and each division winner gets a bye to the next round. Or something like that.


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    Re: NHL CBA Talk

    Post by shabbs on Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:22 pm

    Via David Shoalts:

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