NHL 2017 - 2018

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    That's a huge payment for a guy who has been underwhelming for a few years now... He was barely over 0.5ppg last season, hasn't been close to ppg since 2013-2014...
     
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    That is crazy talk! He is a top 6 player, but I'm not sure he is even a first liner on most teams.
     
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    Yeah I could maybe see any one of those with the first rounder... or maybe 2 and no draft pick. But it that's what they're asking it is REALLY obvious why Duchene hasn't been traded.
     
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    I don't know if I'd go that far, looking at career numbers, he's on the lower 50s for points, so I could see him bumping up to 2nd if someone got hurt, but that strikes me more as a 3rd liner
     
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    Despite his numbers, Duchene is a very talented player that has no business playing with 3rd liners.

    Yes the trade demands are insane, but I believe as the last year of his contract is expiring this year, those demands will definitely drop as the season progresses. He'll be moved by the trade deadline easily.
     
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    League scoring is way down across the board. 50+ points is 1st line production. The Flyers got two 1st round picks (with a cap dump) for Schenn, who is a 50 point winger.
     
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    The Vegas Golden Knights played the first game in franchise history yesterday. I know it's only a preseason game, but they destroyed the Canucks 9-4 and it made me happy. Expectations may be very low for them this year but I hope they somehow start winning early and often.
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Ah nice, looks like NHL network is re-broadcasting the Golden Knights game... so while the first 3 Pens preseason games aren't being broadcast I can at least catch that one tonight :D
     
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    Got to go to the Stars prospects scrimmage yesterday and meet up with some other Austin based Dallas Stars fans, was really great. Stars have some real talent in the prospect pool.
     
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    Split squad games yesterday with Edmonton and Calgary, with Edmonton dominating for most of both games.

    I think Puljujarvi might be a bust
     
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    Considering the only thing I remember about that name is that he was a very high draft pick a couple of years ago, I will concur.
     
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    Only 2 years ago. Was supposed to be taken 3rd or 4th Overall then fell to Edmonton. Hes only 19 but I'm just not seeing anything.
     
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    I imagine they may be playing their "regular" lineup from the get-go of pre-season?
     
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    That's what Dallas did last night :lol:
     
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    Actually no, they've been playing young prospects like every other team. Guys like Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal haven't played at all yet.
     
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    Drouin will be making his Habs debut tonight centering Pacioretty and Hemsky. Drouin/Pacioretty is expected to be the top line come the regular season, there will be lots of eyes watching and notes taken tonight.
     
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    I still got a Hemsky auto'd puck on my work desk. Absolutely loved that guy in his Oiler days.
     
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    1st period just ended and I am already liking Hemsky :yesway:
     
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    I'm all for the stricter reffing on the slashes and hooks, but the faceoffs are killing me so far.
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Honestly watched the live stream of the Pens game last night and the new officiating is awful. Between faceoff penalties and calling slashes / hooks for stick on stick or things that didn't even appear to be anything at all on camera (apparently checking the puck carrier is now interference?) 90% of the game was power plays. It was insane.

    This is not a good way to try to increase scoring in the league :lol: Especially since the players seem to have not been clued in before the new officiating policies as some of the guys that got called looked completely baffled.
     

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