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NHL 2006-07
« on: September 19, 2006, 12:29 PM »
Well, it's time!

I'm heading out tonight to see the beloved Minnesota Wild in some pre-season action against the Detroit Red Wings.   ;D


I've also got tickets set now to the following regular season games via the season tickets I split with a group of guys from work.

October 10th - Wild vs. Vancouver  = on National TV in Canada (TSN)
December 5th - Wild vs. Chicago  = on TV in USA  (Versus)
January 2nd - Wild vs. Atlanta = on Local TV
March 6th - Wild vs. San Jose  = on Local TV

Naslund, Havlat, Kovalchuk, Hossa, Thornton - not a bad mix!

Only one "O Canada" game so far, but I'm hoping to sneak in a Calgary and/or Edmontom game this year at some point as well.   :)
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2006, 02:52 PM »
I have no Penguin's plans yet, but I'm excited to see Malkanin on the ice with Crosby...  I'm sure I'll get to a game, though I'm gonna try for a regular season one this year since I only got to a pre-season last year.  I'm excited though, despite an obvious gunshy feeling about the Penguins. :)
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2006, 05:02 PM »
We had a pre-season game here the other night, Coyotes and Oilers.  Sold the place out (a hair over 15K) and lots of Go Jets Go chants and stuff like that ::)  Pretty laughable to read some of the stories around, like fans were there to support the former Jets (=Coyotes).  Trust me, they were there to support the Oilers, the Coyotes franchise is despised up here. 

All the players and management were nice and played the appropriate platitudes about Winnipeg as a hockey city.  I'd still like the team to come back, but we'd be just like Edmonton, hanging by the skin of our teeth all season long and every year.  At least the current owner of the Moose (AHL) was honest.  He said he'd love to see a team here, but they'd have to sell out 41 games every single year to survive.  Otherwise yes, the dollar is suitable strong (currently), there is a salary cap (to a degree, it will go up) and we have a suitable building. 

Ain't holding my breath, but Duane and I may come down for a game some weekend after Christmas, if we can time it with a Twolves game as well.
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2006, 11:54 PM »
Wild 3, Detroit 2    :)

OK, it was pretty ugly because I didn't see anyone of note on the Detroit side - no Chelios, no Lang, no Lidstrom, no Zetter, no Datsyuk, no Matthieu, No Hasek, etc.

On the Wild side though, WOOT!   ;D

Gaborik put one in the net just 32 seconds into the game, with Demitra dumping in a PP goal just a minute after that.   Nothing like a 2-0 lead in the first 90 seconds of the game.

Gabby's second goal was sweet as well.  I'm really looking forward to watching this team play this year (and not just because Gabby and Demitra are on my fantasy team ;)).
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2006, 04:14 PM »
Not too swift, but I note Jeff locked the old thread right after my post of this. >:( :P

It should probably be countered though, with this sound file from a local DJ

Go Jets Go! :-X
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #5 on: October 5, 2006, 01:55 AM »
Penguins aaaaarrrrreeeeeee sold.

Or so goes the news tonight locally.  Not sure what the word is nationally or whatnot but there is a buyer in Ontario who'd said he WOULD move them to Hamilton, however he's saying he is 100% committed to keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh so long as a new arena is built, which is all but a given at this point because there are two plans...

-Plan A is the Isle of Capris deal where they (a Casino company place) get the Slots license in Pittsburgh (there is only one), where IoC will build the new Pen's Arena near where the old one is, and build it 100% with private funds.  It'll be a gambling complex, hotels, nightlife, and of course the Arena which will be available to other things than the Pens too.

-Plan B is a plan where local politicians blow, payback, or however you want to phrase it, the campaign contributors locally who donated...  This plan would give the Slots License to the dickhead who owns Station Square, an already congested nightlife area across the river from downtown.  In this plan, they are promising a new Arena, but funded only in part with private funds and the rest by the taxpayers...  Where it would be is also in question.

Obviously I like Plan A over B because it's all privately funded, and the area it's in needs redevelopment...  But either way a new arena seems a lock, as it has for a while, it's just a matter of this slots thing.  The new buyer supposedly doesn't care how, he just wants a new Arena... 

Interesting day for hockey here...  Been an interesting pre-season too with all the youth we've got going for us.  This is now the dominant story though, not that 3 of our young forwards are 3 of the future stars of the game.  Even with a bleak outlook for our season, I love it...  I really look forward to a game or two if I can afford it, to watch some of the new kids play.
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #6 on: October 6, 2006, 01:20 AM »
And opening night, not only are my Pens sold, but they also owned the Flyers in a bit of a surprise...  Despite 40 shots on Fleury and 10 penalties, they pulled it off and shut out the Flyers tonight 4 to 0.  A nice start to the season, and if Staal plays the season like he played tonight he'll be earning a spot on the team all year IMO.
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #7 on: October 8, 2006, 05:08 AM »
I'm really excited for the Colorado/Vancouver game tonight. I actually get to go. This is only the second game I will have ever been to, and I get to go for free so it is even better. :)
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #8 on: October 9, 2006, 04:00 PM »
Not sure what the word is nationally or whatnot but there is a buyer in Ontario who'd said he WOULD move them to Hamilton, however he's saying he is 100% committed to keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh so long as a new arena is built, which is all but a given at this point because there are two plans...

How does "Hamilton Wolves" sound?  Or maybe "Hamilton We-Stole-Our-Team-From Pitt" sound?

The more I hear/read about this deal, it sure sounds like the NHL is getting ready to green-light a move to Canuckia...

- John Buccigross sure seems to think so...
- The Ottawa Sun seems to think so...
- The Newark Star-Ledger seems to think so too...
- Even the hometown papers are starting to worry...

No offense Jesse, but it would be kinda cool to see a team actually choose to move to Canada instead of fleeing from it... 
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #9 on: October 9, 2006, 06:53 PM »
But Hamilton has to get the green light from both Toronto and Buffalo before they can slot right smack in the middle of the market that they overlap on.  I'm not keen on them being there, obviously, but it's really just a second team to fill the Toronto market and nothing more. 

I don't want to see a team leave Pittsburgh, I think they're a good hockey town.  And I sure as hell don't want to see a team in Hamilton ::)
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #10 on: October 9, 2006, 11:41 PM »
There is a chance the team could move...  But from the POV down here it sounds like they're being given everything they wanted (a new arena) be it by one deal or another...  If that's the case, they'll be staying then... 

What the deal boils down to is, will it be a completely privately funded arena or will they use the Political cop-out plan that uses public funds to partially pay for the new arena.  It should be the prior...  If it is, I'm saying now that there isn't a snowball's chance in hell the team will leave.

If it isn't...  Then you get into some politics, and the Governor of PA's covered his ass by making a "plan" he says would work, so if the team does he leave he can stand up and say "see, I told you we tried with them and they just didn't want to say".

So yeah there's a chance the Pens are leaving Jeff, but I don't think it's definite yet.  If the Pens call the politicians bluff, they could force the state to choke up the money and that will be interesting...  And that's right now where it's leaning I think.  The Isle of Capris deal is as dead as a doornail despite them saying they would 100% pay for a new arena/gambling establishment themselves.  The BS politicians want to scratch the back of this other group though, so I'm guessing that's where it goes now. 

Out-of-town papers also all claimed Roethlisberger was comatose, would never play again...  I trust the people here.  They're not saying it's a done deal the Pens aren't leaving town, but they're not all crying "Pens are GONE!" either.  I'm hopeful.
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2006, 11:32 PM »
4-0-0!   ;D

Wild 3, Colorado 2 (overtime win)
Wild 6, Nashville 5 (GWG scored with 1:12 left in regulation)
Wild 2, Vancouver 1 (shootout win)
Wild 3, Washington 2 (shootout win)

4 games, all decided by 1 goal - I'll count my lucky stars that the Wild ended up on the "win" side each time.   ;)

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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2006, 11:41 PM »
4-0-0!   ;D

Wild 3, Colorado 4 (overtime win)
Wild 5, Nashville 5 (GWG scored with 1:12 left in regulation)
Wild 2, Vancouver 1 (shootout win)
Wild 3, Washington 2 (shootout win)


Based on that list I'd say you are 2-1-1. ;)
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2006, 11:45 PM »
Based on that list I'd say you are 2-1-1. ;)

Can you tell I only get 4 hours of sleep a night...  :-[
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Re: NHL 2006-07
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2006, 01:18 AM »
Pens came up with a great win against the Rangers tonight too, and some fancy scoring from all across the ice...  Please God, let them keep it going.  :-[
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