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« Reply #300: December 05, 2011, 10:23:20 PM »
BTW, The Caps are back in the "Patrick" division!!!!!  :clap:

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« Reply #301: December 05, 2011, 10:28:06 PM »
You mean the division they always got worked in. WoooOooooOoo.

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« Reply #302: December 05, 2011, 10:36:17 PM »
You mean the division they always got worked in. WoooOooooOoo.

You would rather be in a division with Florida, Tampa, and Carolina as opposed to Pittsburgh, Philly, and New York? Maybe the division change will make this team tougher. This team used to play tough. They may not have been the best team in the league, but they showed up and played for 60 minutes.

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« Reply #303: December 05, 2011, 11:13:36 PM »
+1000

Hiding in what has generally been the weakest division in hockey (albeit with two Cups) where there are no natural rivalries and almost no genuine fan interest beyond the artificial crap the league tried to manufacture was a dumb failed experiment.  The snowbirds make Florida and Tampa natural candidates for a pairing with the Leafs, Habs, and Ottawa...the "southeast regional rivalry" isn't, wasn't, and never will be.   

You would rather be in a division with Florida, Tampa, and Carolina as opposed to Pittsburgh, Philly, and New York? Maybe the division change will make this team tougher. This team used to play tough. They may not have been the best team in the league, but they showed up and played for 60 minutes.


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« Reply #304: December 06, 2011, 09:18:12 AM »
+1000

Hiding in what has generally been the weakest division in hockey (albeit with two Cups) where there are no natural rivalries and almost no genuine fan interest beyond the artificial crap the league tried to manufacture was a dumb failed experiment.  The snowbirds make Florida and Tampa natural candidates for a pairing with the Leafs, Habs, and Ottawa...the "southeast regional rivalry" isn't, wasn't, and never will be.   



Good post Ali! The only team in the Southeast Division that I even remotely considered a rival was Carolina. They've been down for a while, so any developing rivalry kind of went away. But, even on a good year, the Canes would be far behind Pitt, NYR, and Philly as rivals.

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« Reply #305: December 06, 2011, 04:00:26 PM »
Doesn't matter where we play, this team has been and always will be losers. Okay, so now they play more physical, whoopdy.

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Re: Washington Capitals 2011-2012 Thread
« Reply #306: December 06, 2011, 05:37:12 PM »
+1000

Hiding in what has generally been the weakest division in hockey (albeit with two Cups) where there are no natural rivalries and almost no genuine fan interest beyond the artificial crap the league tried to manufacture was a dumb failed experiment.  The snowbirds make Florida and Tampa natural candidates for a pairing with the Leafs, Habs, and Ottawa...the "southeast regional rivalry" isn't, wasn't, and never will be.   

+1

One of the things (besides the "strike) that caused me to bail out on hockey and a member of a STH group was the realignment back when the Caps started playing FL teams.   What a bunch of bullcrap.   It was great to play the Pens, NY teams and Philly over and over.   I can't wait for the Caps to join a real hockey division again.


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« Reply #307: December 06, 2011, 05:48:25 PM »
+1

One of the things (besides the "strike) that caused me to bail out on hockey and a member of a STH group was the realignment back when the Caps started playing FL teams.   What a bunch of bullcrap.   It was great to play the Pens, NY teams and Philly over and over.   I can't wait for the Caps to join a real hockey division again.

I don't want to come off as a hockey snob or anything, but I know lots of Caps fans who don't even know what the Patrick Division is. To them, we've always played the Florida teams and Carolina. I started watching hockey as a kid in the 80s when ESPN started carrying the NHL. I was hooked from that point on and absolutely hated seeing the Caps moved into the SE Division. I'm glad that the NHL had the sense to right a wrong. BTW, Kornheiser and Wilbon were discussing the NHL changes on PTI. The Caps were mentioned first and Kornheiser said they were returning to compete in a division against their blood rivals. I absolutely agree. As a matter of fact, I've already heard some smacktalk from some friends who are Rangers fans.  :)


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« Reply #308: December 06, 2011, 05:50:53 PM »
I don't want to come off as a hockey snob or anything, but I know lots of Caps fans who don't even know what the Patrick Division is. To them, we've always played the Florida teams and Carolina.

I'm not a hockey snob either so I forgive them.   :)

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« Reply #309: December 06, 2011, 06:21:44 PM »
I don't want to come off as a hockey snob or anything, but I know lots of Caps fans who don't even know what the Patrick Division is. To them, we've always played the Florida teams and Carolina. I started watching hockey as a kid in the 80s when ESPN started carrying the NHL. I was hooked from that point on and absolutely hated seeing the Caps moved into the SE Division. I'm glad that the NHL had the sense to right a wrong. BTW, Kornheiser and Wilbon were discussing the NHL changes on PTI. The Caps were mentioned first and Kornheiser said they were returning to compete in a division against their blood rivals. I absolutely agree. As a matter of fact, I've already heard some smacktalk from some friends who are Rangers fans.  :)



Speaking of espn, how is gary thorne not announcing on a national level. Maybe he is locally, but I dont know. He was the voice of hockey in the golden years for anyone under 30, which would be the early 90s up until the strike of 94/95


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« Reply #310: December 06, 2011, 06:30:26 PM »
He was the voice of hockey in the golden years for anyone under 30, which would be the early 90s up until the strike of 94/95.

I'm a little over 30 but IMHO, Gary Thorne is aces as an announcer  ...   especially hockey.

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« Reply #311: December 06, 2011, 07:28:00 PM »
Speaking of espn, how is gary thorne not announcing on a national level. Maybe he is locally, but I dont know. He was the voice of hockey in the golden years for anyone under 30, which would be the early 90s up until the strike of 94/95



To me, the golden years were somewhere between the early 80s to the early 90s. Bettman started screwing with things and the game has changed significantly. I still love hockey, but it's not the game it was.

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« Reply #312: December 06, 2011, 07:29:51 PM »
To me, the golden years were somewhere between the early 80s to the early 90s. Bettman started screwing with things and the game has changed significantly. I still love hockey, but it's not the game it was.

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« Reply #313: December 06, 2011, 11:46:05 PM »
I'm watching the Carolina feed (vs Calgary) because it is HD (Canadian feed is low-res), and it's making me appreciate the broadcast crew we have.  Joe B and Craig L are among the best in the biz.

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« Reply #314: December 07, 2011, 12:00:20 AM »
Varlamov is getting killed in Vancouver: Canucks 5, Avs 0 with 12:52 to go in reg

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« Reply #315: December 07, 2011, 12:08:26 AM »
6-0 (I don't know exactly how long he has been in, but it has been an ugly 3rd)

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« Reply #316: December 07, 2011, 04:44:00 PM »
Say goodbye to Semin.

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« Reply #317: December 07, 2011, 05:52:40 PM »
Source?  Details!

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« Reply #319: December 07, 2011, 06:29:04 PM »
I mean Semin has been rumoured to be traded for 2-3 yrs now!

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« Reply #320: December 07, 2011, 06:36:44 PM »
From what I've been hearing, he was close to be traded two games ago (hence the benching), then it died a bit, now the phones are going off again (San Jose). I was told that if he's benched tonight, it's about a 95% shot he's gone.

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« Reply #321: December 07, 2011, 06:38:26 PM »
From what I've been hearing,


is there any sport you don't have inside (though oft wrong) sources for?

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« Reply #322: December 07, 2011, 07:00:27 PM »
Wizards and D.C United not so much, Redskins are my best.

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« Reply #323: December 07, 2011, 07:22:05 PM »
From what I've been hearing, he was close to be traded two games ago (hence the benching), then it died a bit, now the phones are going off again (San Jose). I was told that if he's benched tonight, it's about a 95% shot he's gone.

Well he's playing tonight.

So far, a good start overall. Dominating possession, getting good chances.

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« Reply #324: December 07, 2011, 07:36:50 PM »
I'm glad, I don't want to lose Semin, would hate it in fact.