2019-2020 NHL Season

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  1. Shadowlight

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    The NHL got underway last night as the surprising defending champs St. Louis were knocked off at home by Washington.

    My favorite player Connor McDavid, who has recovered from his knee injury, scored the winning goal for Edmonton last night. I saw the highlight and of course it was dazzling. This CM is a speeding bullet and it would be nice if his team becomes more competitive this season. The Oilers have been in the dumps forever it seems despite a rash of high draft picks.

    As we all know ESPN does it's best to shove hockey talk into a back page corner. The best hope of hearing much of anything is to watch a late night sports center show where the always excellent Barry Melrose gets a word in edgewise amidst the highlights.

    One very intriguing story line in the media capitol.

    We might be witnessing a Willie Mays- Mickey Mantle ( NYC early 50's) ordeal with W Kaapo Kakko of the Rangers and C Jack Hughes of the Devils. Hughes was chosen first and reminds me of Steve Yzerman. The extremely talented Kakko was picked second. The NY market has a couple of jeweled rookies to focus on this season and beyond which bodes well for the future of the NHL.

    Exciting stories await in this white friendly league.
     
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  2. Don Wassall

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    The anticipation surrounding the Penguins new season quickly turned to disappointment when they looked the same way they did when meekly exiting against the Islanders in four straight playoff games in April -- slow, immobile clueless defense, lack of effort and heart. Everyone had expected them to come out with a high compete level and it didn't happen. Only one game but not a good sign considering how dispiriting last season was.
     
  3. Johnny Tightlips

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    what is the black count in the NHL this season? it has to be a historical number?
     
  4. Shadowlight

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    I kept my eye on the Devils last night as they were on the NHL network. What a disappointing loss at home. They blew a 4-0 lead but their starting goalie left due to injury.

    The Devils have a couple of black players including defenseman PK Subban who I admit is a good player. Their presence doesn't bother me as this team has former MVP and super talented first round pick Taylor Hall, who by the way looks like former MLB star Chipper Jones. Plus Jack Hughes the shiny new rookie. Hughes didn't put up a point and missed his penalty shot. That hurt. But Barry Melrose compared him to Pavel Bure. Hughes doesn't look like he is skating. He floats. You can see his otherworldly talents in glimpses last night and if you like hockey he is must see TV.

    Melrose was effusive in his praise and the Devils with their maniac fans might have the most exciting team in hockey this season. The joint was jumping last night especially when they introduced Hughes before the game. Hughes is about future Hall of Famer Patrick Kane's size but he really takes your breath away with his dazzling skills and beautiful skating ability. He is tough for his size too.
     
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  5. McCaffrey Dude

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    Hughes deserved the number one pick and the Devils are going to challenge the Atlantic this year but I have been a Ranger fan since 86' and I think rookie Kapo Kaako is going to have a better year than Hughes. Now if the Rangers could clean up their defense they might have a shot at the playoffs this year. BTW I hate the Penguins and Caps.
    And I don't know the percentage of black players right now but like ten years ago Edmonton had 5 players on one roster.
     
  6. Shadowlight

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    No question Kapo Kaako is another exciting young talent and the New York metro area will be buzzing about hockey like crazy this season and beyond.

    The Penguins situation is dicey and you hate to see one of the greatest players ever in Sidney Crosby being trapped on what looks like a mediocre team but as long as Sid the Kid is around I find it hard to see them slipping into the abyss.

    The Caps have an emerging speedster in Jakub Vrana who already is making noise. He was a first round pick in 2018 and is just 23.

    This looks to me to be one of the most exciting years in the NHL. So many young stars bursting at the seams. Wild crowds and sheer enthusiasm
    from coast to coast.
     
  7. sprintstar

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    PK Subban is not a good player, he is average at best, he is a defensive liability most nights. He is not mobile and has an average shot from the point. Cant scrap worth a penguin's ass. Comparing Hughes to Pavel Bure in his skating is a big, big jump. Bure is/was the best skater to ever lace up skates period, I would rate Paul Coffey the second best skater to ever grace the NHL. There are many NHL players now that are as good or better skaters than Hughes. Give him a few years and that may change.
     
  8. Don Wassall

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    Subban is very over-rated, for the usual reason.

    The Pens started off the first game of the season like last season's disaster never ended, but they've quickly come around and bought into Mike Sullivan's system, which they should have done the past two seasons but the team's prima donnas ruled the roost. Getting rid of Phil Kessel was a huge step forward. Malkin and several other forwards were quickly injured at the beginning of this season, which resulted in the team bringing up several young AHL players from Wilkes Barre who've been just what the doctor ordered. They play hard, fast, and relentlessly, which is how the Pens won the Cup in '16 and '17, but definitely the '16 team was faster and more relentless. Will be interesting to see if Malkin buys into Sullivan's system when he returns; if not it wouldn't be surprising if he's traded.

    Not sure how their season will play out, but the Penguins now come to play every game, which is how it should be but has for the most part not been the case in recent decades, when their skill players turned it on when necessary after coasting way too much. That's all I want from a professional sports team. Given how much money they make and how much the fans shell out to watch them, the least they can do is listen to their coach and give their all every game. Especially hockey players, who are supposed to still be above the antics so often seen in football, basketball and baseball.
     
  9. white is right

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    I have seen totals from 19 to 27 but that can vary due to injuries and demotions/promotions. This also includes Mulattos and a few guys who even look White but have known African ancestry.
     
  10. Shadowlight

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    Out of sight out of mind I haven't seen much of the literally colorful Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry the last few years. He was always a bracing presence. Now at 85 he has been canned for having an opinion ( that is probably accurate) that rubs many in the media the wrong way. To his credit he hasn't backed down and "apologized" which wouldn't get his job back anyway. Nothing he has said should get him fired but these days one has to tip toe through the tulips or else you could get into trouble.

    See below details.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/20...ey-icon-over-pro-veterans-day-poppy-comments/
     
  11. Don Wassall

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    Cherry's said a lot of "controversial" things over the years, but in this speeded-up era of hyper-cultural communism one comment was all that was needed to kick him to the side of the road.
     
  12. booth

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    I guess if he had said it wearing black-face they would have given him a pass like their PM.
     
  13. Shadowlight

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    Don Cherry, who was enormously popular and why not, he was passionate about hockey and his enthusiasm was infectious, appears to have a lot of supporters see below article.

    Again I haven't seen him in a while but I liked his intense approach to the sport. I don't agree with all of his commentary . For instance I have no problem with female reporters ( Cherry did) being in the locker room as long as the men are properly covered up but so damn what? He didn't make a federal case out of it but he is entitled to his opinion.

    It reminds me of when ESPN pulled the plug on Curt Schilling. No reason other than a prejudice against someone who doesn't follow the rules of the day. Differing opinions are healthy and by censuring those that don't toe the company line we are succumbing to Authoritarian tactics.

    ESPN lets black supremacist pusher Mike Greenberg and others go hog wild every stinking morning but that approach is deemed OK. Believe me if Russell Wilson matches up with Lamar Jackson in the Super Bowl Greenberg will be jacking off in a corner.

    https://www.breitbart.com/sports/20...rtsnet-trends-canada-after-don-cherry-firing/
     

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