do you think max domi's suspension was enough or should it have been more?
No preseason suspension is enough. They mean nothing. If a player does something that merits a suspension, it should be regular season games, ones where they’d actually be forfeiting money and the ability to help their team win. Not exhibition games they might not have played in anyway. I could maybe see a preseason suspension being effective if the player in question is actively trying to make the NHL roster, but not for a player guaranteed a spot. It’s not even a slap on the wrist. It’s a fucking kiss on the cheek.
I was always under the impression that the players had a hand in choosing the captains of the teams. The way the Rangers management is talking about not having a captain this season, only two separate sets of "a"s for home and away leads me to believe the players have no say at all. Is this the way it is done around the league?
It’s at the team’s discretion. There’s no official rule about how to choose a captain or alternates, so the team can pick one, a coach can, they can hold a player vote, whatever they want to do.
does zack boychuck just spend his free time on twitter following anyone who seems like a hockey fan?
That’s what it seems like. I think it might be a sponsorship thing. Dude realised he was never going to make NHL money, so he’s trying to drive up his income as much as he can through other avenues. Just follows everybody and when they follow him back, it’s more eyes and more clicks on whatever he’s pushing. Or maybe he’s the friendliest person on the planet.
Do you collect hockey cards?
No, I don’t. Just never got into that sort of thing.
What’s your most hated team?
It used to be the Canadiens when I was younger. Now I don’t hate teams. I hate incompetent management groups.
Do you think San Jose will keep Karlsson? Was he worth all they traded away? Did the Sens actually make a good move with that?
Yeah, he’s worth what they traded for him. More than. No offense to any of the players going to Ottawa, but none of them project as first-line/first-pairing talent. San Jose got a Norris trophy-calibre defensemen for some decent players, an unsigned prospect, and a couple of picks. In terms of straight-up talent and star power, Ottawa got rolled in this trade. But from their perspective, it must have been worth it. They had all summer to make a trade, and this is the one they made. Regardless of what they got, it’s over now, which is apparently a big thing for them. I think it’s terrible, but I also think that entire organisation is a fucking sad joke, so it seems pretty on-brand. Good on San Jose though. This isn’t the first star player they’ve brought in for next to nothing, and it worked out pretty well last time.
And I have no idea if San Jose will keep him. If I was him, I’d wait it out and go to free agency, see just how much money I could make. Imagine if they win the cup and/or he wins another Norris and then goes to free agency. It’ll make the Tavares contract look like pocket change. But maybe he’ll fall in love with the city. It seems like a nice place to play. Have to wait and see.
what do you think about the seguin extension?
I think it’s a pretty fair deal. I’m a little surprised it wasn’t slightly higher. I thought he’d push hard for the same cap percentage as Benn, which was 13.01%, which would have got him a little more than $10 million/season under the current cap. The fact that it is lower than I thought it would be really makes me wonder why this didn’t get done on July 1st. That it took until today to come up with the number they ultimately came to strikes me as odd. But whatever, he’s signed, so it’s full speed ahead now.
is willy gonna sign with the leafs????
Yeah. He doesn’t exactly have a lot of options. It’s either sign or sit at home, and the latter does him absolutely no favours.
How do you think the Leafs center depth stacks up around the league with Tavares?
It’s very good. There aren’t a lot of teams that can roll out two lines with legit number one centres on both, and Kadri is a second-line centre on most other teams in the league. But don’t let the hype get you over-excited. Washington and Pittsburgh have great centre depth, and are winners, yes. But you know another team that’s got great depth down the middle? Edmonton. And look where that got them.
Seguin is a flashy guy I feel like the hockey is secondary to him lol
Maybe. But he’s an elite point-producer and legit number one center. Those don’t grow on trees. He shows up and does his job, and it’s going to get him fucking paid.