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Post #1 by edgar_dong » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:13 pm

I, like Boozér, also detest the idea of all the league's best players together in a nice little tournament.
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Post #2 by Dr_Chimera » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:37 pm

Bring on the freak show.
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Post #3 by chiclet » Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:04 pm

This entire affair is disgusting. Once again, the NHL can go fuck itself. Countries are Peoples; they are not playthings of your shit business. Let them be proud - even in loss.

Winning is not the only thing a nation takes away from a game, Gary. For Slovakia to come within one of Canada or to beat the States with a hot goalie is far more enriching than a closer game with more All Stars. But I know. Your job is not about Culture; it is about growing the game. I see this and I understand your position. You are quite clever. Yes. I'm just writing this to say that I have little respect for you and I wish you would resign. Those fat fuck owners will never fire you because you have been making them money hand-over-fist since the 90's. But you're not an idiot. You know what you've done, and you know equally well it will further creep into your brain (perhaps in senescence; perhaps not) that you've done the sport wrong for people who care little about it.
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Post #4 by RTWAP » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:41 pm

I love it, mostly just to be different from you lame-os.
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Post #5 by PredsFan77 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:13 pm

The dark horse is going to be the all negro team.
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Post #6 by Germz » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:06 pm

The under-23 team is a stupid gimmick. Ugh.

The Slovak-Swiss-Austrian-German-Belarusian-Kazakh-Latvian-Norwegian-Slovenian-Danish-French all-star squad could be intriguing. I'm intrigued by it.

Kind of a kick in the nuts for the Slovaks that the Czechs get in and they don't. But their international record is pretty poor apart from a couple quarter-final upsets, one WC gold, and one WC silver.
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Post #7 by RTWAP » Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:59 pm

Germz wrote:The under-23 team is a stupid gimmick. Ugh.

The Slovak-Swiss-Austrian-German-Belarusian-Kazakh-Latvian-Norwegian-Slovenian-Danish-French all-star squad could be intriguing. I'm intrigued by it.

Kind of a kick in the nuts for the Slovaks that the Czechs get in and they don't. But their international record is pretty poor apart from a couple quarter-final upsets, one WC gold, and one WC silver.


Yah. They should pull a page from the Curling playbook and have the previous winner send two teams.
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Post #8 by RTWAP » Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:59 pm

RTWAP wrote:Yah. They should pull a page from the Curling playbook and have the previous winner send two teams.


Stupidest idea I've ever read. :shakeshead:
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Post #9 by Honus Joglund » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:18 pm

PredsFan77 wrote:The dark horse is going to be the all negro team.


The Negroes and Indigenous Peoples should all play on one team just to keep all the trouble makers separated.
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Post #10 by Honus Joglund » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:51 pm

What team does Richie Park get to play for?
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Post #11 by Dr_Chimera » Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:19 pm

I'm fine with having a team of 'remaining all-stars', but am puzzled by the young stars thing. Are they going to take some of these young stars from the other teams? Will they just pluck the ones who failed the camp tryouts a week before the tournament?
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Post #12 by PredsFan77 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:29 pm

Honus Joglund wrote:What team does Richie Park get to play for?


good point. Might as well make it a coloured team.
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Post #13 by RTWAP » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:42 am

Except I'd give the Poor Group a slight nod over the Hot Woman Group when it comes to chicks. And that's not even including the special kind of sexy born of desperation.
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Post #14 by AD » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:59 pm

I'm with RTWAP.
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Post #15 by PredsFan77 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:24 pm

Yeah though sadly the Poor group isn't really poor anymore. The deep value is in the Romanians.
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Post #16 by chiclet » Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:28 am

This is all moving too fast for me. I say bring back Rendezvous '87 before we try any of these other things.

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Post #17 by CharlieGirl » Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:52 am

chiclet wrote:This entire affair is disgusting. Once again, the NHL can go fuck itself. Countries are Peoples; they are not playthings of your shit business. Let them be proud - even in loss.

Winning is not the only thing a nation takes away from a game, Gary. For Slovakia to come within one of Canada or to beat the States with a hot goalie is far more enriching than a closer game with more All Stars. But I know. Your job is not about Culture; it is about growing the game. I see this and I understand your position. You are quite clever. Yes. I'm just writing this to say that I have little respect for you and I wish you would resign. Those fat fuck owners will never fire you because you have been making them money hand-over-fist since the 90's. But you're not an idiot. You know what you've done, and you know equally well it will further creep into your brain (perhaps in senescence; perhaps not) that you've done the sport wrong for people who care little about it.


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Post #18 by PPJ » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:10 am

I'm cheerin for the kid team.
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Post #19 by edgar_dong » Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:42 pm

I'm just happy to be alive. : )
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Post #20 by Honus Joglund » Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:55 pm

[SIZE="7"][font="Times New Roman"]Negroid, Indigenous and Other Peoples of the World All-Stars 2016:[/font][/size]

Kane - Iginla - Stewart
Okposo - Image - Simmonds
Cheechoo - Nolan - Ward
Tootoo - Malhotra - Yakupov (Mouslim, so Russia probably won't want him)
Yip

Subban - Byfuglien
Oduya - Daley
Souray - Tanabe
Bouillon

Price
Emery
Brathwaite


Looks like a competitive team (until they get into the team's supply of rubbing alcohol and go blind).
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Post #21 by RTWAP » Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:16 pm

AD wrote:I'm with RTWAP.


It's the painkillers talking, isn't it?
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Post #22 by RTWAP » Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:22 pm

I don't have a problem with the RoE team but the young team is stupid. Imagine you're a young Canadian on that team with a poor record and you're playing team Canada. If you win then Canada and the young team miss the medal round, and if you lose then Canada moves on. That's just stupid. What a terrible story line.

Go with the top 7 teams plus a European team. There's precedent. In golf one nation (the U.S.) plays against Europe in the Ryder Cup and against the rest of the world (non-European) in the President's Cup.
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Post #23 by mcphee » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:23 am

I've never played Risk. I do think that the tournament organizing committee all have though.
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Post #24 by PPJ » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:45 am

Honus Joglund wrote:[SIZE="7"][font="Times New Roman"]Negroid, Indigenous and Other Peoples of the World All-Stars 2016:[/font][/size]

Kane - Iginla - Stewart
Okposo - Image - Simmonds
Cheechoo - Nolan - Ward
Tootoo - Malhotra - Yakupov (Mouslim, so Russia probably won't want him)
Yip

Subban - Byfuglien
Oduya - Daley
Souray - Tanabe
Bouillon

Price
Emery
Brathwaite


Looks like a competitive team (until they get into the team's supply of rubbing alcohol and go blind).


Sounds like a Survivor type of idea. Is the NHL going to get Mark Burnett to produce the thing?

Also if the K doesn't participate it will be a joke of a tournie.
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Post #25 by edgar_dong » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:35 am

There's a good chance that mcphee and 'WAP, among others, will be dead by the time this "tournament" is held again, so I think we should all just enjoy it while it lasts.
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Post #26 by mcphee » Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:42 pm

Guess I better watch.
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Post #27 by RTWAP » Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:22 pm

dempsey_k wrote:There really isn't a big 7 anymore because Slovakia's hockey program has depreciated. After this generation there won't be too many of them left. They belong with Switzerland.


Having the third tier teams fighting to win that 7th spot is a good incentive to keep improving. And provides visibility for the sport and team back home.
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Honus Joglund wrote:[SIZE="7"][font="Times New Roman"]Negroid, Indigenous and Other Peoples of the World All-Stars 2016:[/font][/size]

Kane - Iginla - Stewart
Okposo - Image - Simmonds
Cheechoo - Nolan - Ward
Tootoo - Malhotra - Yakupov (Mouslim, so Russia probably won't want him)
Yip

Subban - Byfuglien
Oduya - Daley
Souray - Tanabe
Bouillon

Price
Emery
Brathwaite


Looks like a competitive team (until they get into the team's supply of rubbing alcohol and go blind).


Good job Honko. My dark horse lives!
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Post #29 by AD » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:47 pm

Thomas Malthus wrote:Not really a fan of this idea as proposed. I'm all for brining the world cup back but not like this.


Not like this.
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Post #30 by Germz » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:21 pm

AD wrote:Not like this.
I was just thinking it was time to re-watch The Matrix, the movie that fucking blew my teenage mind.
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Post #32 by edgar_dong » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:54 pm

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Post #33 by CharlieGirl » Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:33 pm

Fuck sakes. The only possibility that this won't be a complete waste of time... gone.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/nhl/tsn-shut-out-as-rogers-wins-tv-rights-to-2016-world-cup-of-hockey/ar-AA8IwKZ

TSN believes it took another shot to the chin from the NHL after failing to win the broadcast rights to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

No one is saying much publicly, but broadcast sources say George Cope, chief executive officer of BCE Inc., the parent company of the TSN and CTV networks, is not happy. TSN executives worried about the bidding process because Rogers Communications Inc. is in the first year of a 12-year, $5.2-billion contract for the NHL’s Canadian national broadcast rights. But TSN expected the competition for the World Cup, which is being operated by both the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, to be a blind auction with the winner being the highest bidder.

The auction was held about 10 days ago and TSN’s bid was between $28-million and $32-million for the two-week tournament, which will be held for the first time in 12 years. TSN executives were sure they had the highest bid but were informed by the NHL that Rogers was the winner.

“We were told the rights were being awarded to Rogers,” Phil King, president, CTV, sports and entertainment programming, said Wednesday. “As far as we can tell, they [Rogers] seem to have a quasi right to match.”

King declined to discuss the matter in detail. Bell Media officials are now wondering if a right to match offers for competitions outside of NHL games was written into the broadcast contract between the league and Rogers.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly declined to comment and there was no response to a request for comment from Cope. BCE owns 15 per cent of The Globe and Mail.

While it is unlikely Bell Media will challenge the NHL’s decision (the NHLPA’s role in the process is unclear), this will not create a thaw in the relationship between the two parties. Those relations were torn apart in November, 2013, when the NHL announced it awarded its Canadian national broadcast rights to Rogers for the next 12 years, leaving TSN in the cold.

A broadcast source said TSN expected to lose between $8-million and $10-million on its World Cup bid.

The World Cup, which was last played in 2004, will be held at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

Eight teams will participate – the national teams from Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, plus an all-star team made up of players from the European countries whose teams are not playing and a team of the best players aged 23 and under from North America.

There will be two groups of four teams for the round-robin portion of the tournament. Each team will play the other three teams in its group and the top two finishers in each group will play a single-game semi-final. The winners will play a best-of-three final for the championship.

The games will be played under NHL rules and with the league’s on-ice officials.

At this point, the World Cup is expected to be played on an off-year between the Winter Olympics.

But the NHL has not committed to the 2018 Olympics yet. While the players love going, the NHL owners have never been enthusiastic about interrupting their season for three weeks with the IOC and the national sports federations getting all of the revenue.

Since the World Cup is operated jointly by the NHL and the NHLPA, they will split all of the profits evenly, which might change the players’ mind about Olympic participation if the tournament is a success.
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Post #34 by PPJ » Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:07 pm

Need Dong to post the game 3 final OT commentary by Randorf between the Eurostars and the Young Stars.
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Post #36 by PPJ » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:17 am

Psycho Papa Joe wrote:Need Dong to post the game 3 final OT commentary by Randorf between the Eurostars and the Young Stars.


Once again, Ed fails to deliver.
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Post #37 by VLoo » Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:41 am

Apparently the U23 team is going to be North American only, which is even worse than the already awful idea of an U23 team.
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Post #38 by edgar_dong » Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:24 pm

Psycho Papa Joe wrote:Randorf


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