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Conventions / Re: SDCC 2015
« Last post by Jesse James on July 1, 2015, 12:04 AM »
I'm wishing I was. :)
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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« Last post by solrac on June 30, 2015, 11:56 PM »
I picked up a MPC sealed ESB Slave 1 plastic model. I got it for $20 shipped. I love the graphics on the old models especially this one with the Cloud City background in yellow.
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Conventions / SDCC 2015
« Last post by solrac on June 30, 2015, 11:47 PM »
Anyone going, I'll be at the club tables on the mezzanine most of the time. Please stop by and say hello. 
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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« Last post by Jesse James on June 30, 2015, 11:22 PM »
Why'd Pitt move Jordan Staal who, arguably, was a key component after '09?  Same dealio.  Sucks, but that's the cap for ya ultimately, especially when you have that "core" you don't want to break up.  :-\
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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« Last post by Morgbug on June 30, 2015, 11:17 PM »
Please someone help me make sense of this.

Suggestions are that Saad was looking for a contract in the neighborhood of $6.5 million per season.  There's no confirmation that Saad got an offer sheet, but I suspect like the Dougie Hamilton situation something made its way to Chicago management.  Rather than enter into a protracted contract negotiation that they could never meet the demands of due to cap constraints, they opted to get a return that isn't nearly so bad as those in Chicago think it is.  Anisimov is a hell of a hockey player and Dano will be too.  Dano will be a cost controlled asset for a number of years, Anisimov not so much as he's UFA next year. 

I expect that Chicago is having a hard time moving both Bickell and Sharp.  Bickell because he's overpaid, Sharp because he's 34.  I don't know the details and constraints of either contract beyond their values but both are probably unpalatable to some degree. 

Short version is this is what happens with a roster loaded with allstars and two guys making a whole lot of money.  Of course factor in the sagging Canadian dollar (revenue in the NHL is largely driven by Canadian franchises folks, that's why it matters even though pay is in greenbacks) which resulted in a salary cap probably 5-7 million lower than expected and cap strapped teams like Boston and Chicago do surprising things.  And I'm not being smug about this either.  I'm very concerned we'll sign Byfuglien to a large contract extension and then someone will offer sheet Trouba next summer when he'll likely be looking for Hamilton money (5.75/year with term). 
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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 8
« Last post by Jesse James on June 30, 2015, 10:36 PM »
Wv8 remnants came in from EE today...  Thank god I'm done (for now).

Haven't even opened the box.  :-[
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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« Last post by I Am Sith on June 30, 2015, 09:30 PM »
So Chicago just upped and traded Saad.  Didn't see it happening like that but oh well.

I'm still in shock over this.  Going to take me a while to get over this one...  I like to believe that Bowman knows what he's doing considering the teams he's put together over the last several years and the number of Cups they've won.  However, I for one considered Saad as part of the 'Future of the Franchise' players to go along with Towes and Kane, so it's really hard for me to understand this move.  Please someone help me make sense of this.
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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« Last post by Scockery on June 30, 2015, 09:01 PM »
With molded on armor, it's harder for them to make the lazy repaints like Moss Man, Stinkor and Faker.
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Curious if the helmets/hat fit Star Wars, since they are cheaper than casted stuff I've seen (and no painting required)

Got some figure that could use any decent head wear.  I ordered 2 Death Star Trooper from Hong Kong, and then...after years of selling those darn figures without helmets (but with lightsabers?) they dig up lots that include helmets. they were just waiting for me to cave in.
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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« Last post by Rob on June 30, 2015, 08:41 PM »
So Chicago just upped and traded Saad.  Didn't see it happening like that but oh well.
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