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Somewhere in Sweden, Ulf Nilsson is smiling and saying "ow my leg."

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The Wild have fired their GM

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The gist of why as far as the public statements go, is that they thought very highly of him as an evaluator of players and a scout, but that he struggled with the people management side of the organization.

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1 hour ago, Death From Above said:

The gist of why as far as the public statements go, is that they thought very highly of him as an evaluator of players and a scout, but that he struggled with the people management side of the organization.

The first thing is mindblowing given that he was at Jim Benning level in making mindnumbingly stupid player moves.

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I hate how that's a thing that absolutely works.

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So last week the Rangers bought out Kevin Shattenkirk's contract (which amuses me because I was visiting my Mom last week and you would thought it would be mentioned at some point by the local media. Nope)

Anyway - he signed a one year deal with Tampa Bay today because that is clearly where ex-Rangers go to die

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Man it's one thing when dudes you remember as players are now coaches and announcers. But when dudes you remember as players are retiring from announcing????????

 

FUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuccccccckkkkkkkkk......

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Wasn't on here for the playoffs.  I won't claim to be a huge hockey fan, but I know a lot of people who hung in there with the Blues through some rough times and even rougher near-misses.  One of them was my cousin who passed away from brain cancer a few years ago.  Some diehard supporters waited a long time for the Cup and it was very cool to see them finally witness that win; I'm sure Roger was watching.

I was downtown during the victory parade...that was something to witness.

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I surprised Vanbiesbrouck hasn't had his retired. He legitimized that franchise.

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My first thought was “The Panthers have been around for a long while, is this really the first player who would be retired number worthy?

Then I looked at there all time points leaders and fucking woof. Only 1 player with over 400 points as a Panther, and it’s Olli Jokinen at 419. Only two other non active Panthers with more then 300 are Stephen Weiss (394) and Scott Mellanby (354)

 

It’s possible both Huberdeau and Barkov pass Jokinen for career points as a Panther this year, and they are going into there age 26 and 24 seasons.

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Posted (edited)

 

My first thought would have been Mellanby, but what % of his career was in Florida? 

And then Vanbriesbrouck, but again, same question. 

Edit: 6 seasons in Philly, 8 in Florida, 2 in Edm, 4 in STL, 2 in ATL for Mellanby

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He had 5 years, which is right on the line I feel for retiring a number, but I just think he was so important to the early years of that team. Tampa has a better than expected inaugural season, but San Jose and Ottawa were jokes for the first few years and Florida could have easily been the same. Beezer made that team a threat. 

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The correct answer is probably the rat. 🙂 

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3 minutes ago, odessasteps said:

The correct answer is probably the rat. 🙂 

I assume he’s been stuffed and is in a glass display case on the concourse somewhere. 

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4 hours ago, elizium said:

I surprised Vanbiesbrouck hasn't had his retired. He legitimized that franchise.

Thought his racist tirade when was coach of the Soo Greyhounds would make this a bit of a PR nightmare

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3 hours ago, Serious Darius Bagfelt said:

Thought his racist tirade when was coach of the Soo Greyhounds would make this a bit of a PR nightmare

Oof, that I never knew. Sorry Beezer, you're out. Mellanby, you're in.

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So in October 2021 I will be at the first game at the Belmont Arena, and a month later I'll be at the Grey Cup in Hamilton.

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Posted (edited)

Damn it just look at the HOSER thread first 🤦‍♂️

 

Edited by hammerva

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23 hours ago, odessasteps said:

Niklas Krownwall retired. 

He's been far better the last couple years than his health and age would make you expect but he definitely needed to hang it up. Terrific career. 

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23 hours ago, odessasteps said:

Good news for Many

 

And it ain't even my birthday. Can we get rid of Doc Emerick, too? 

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