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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 4:52 PM
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The Great Canadian 2011-2012 NHL season discussion thread

Since I see we don't have a thread yet on this, and the results of last years cup are now all finished... Time to start thinking about next year season with the draft coming up soon.

I hope this season we will have a few more Canadian teams in the playoffs. Let's try to get all 7 in!

Hockey seems to be the one sport that unites the most Canadians nationally and locally

Any early predictions for which Canadian team will be tops?
     
     
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 6:50 PM
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I hope this season we will have a few more Canadian teams in the playoffs. Let's try to get all 7 in!

Hockey seems to be the one sport that unites the most Canadians nationally and locally

Any early predictions for which Canadian team will be tops?
judging from the previous Vancouver threads i would say hockey is equally the sport that divides Canadians nationally and locally.

draft will be sweet though. RNH is a sure thing for us with the 1st. then use the later ones for good defensive prospects and we are set.
     
     
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2011, 10:34 PM
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Hockey is such a large part of our culture, it makes sense to have the hockey thread in the Canada section. Hockey talk can get a little heated sometimes, but that's the nature of hockey in this country. Anyways, I hope it stays here.
     
     
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2011, 1:40 AM
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I know that a lot of focus has been on the negative in these past few days, but there is a lot to be optimistic about with regards to hockey:

- The quality of playoff hockey this year was outstanding, I watched a ton of this year's playoffs and my team wasn't even in it. In the first few years since the lockout I thought that officiating was too heavy handed. This year they seemed to strike the right balance between offense and physicality, resulting in great hits and gritty play that is still fast paced with plenty of scoring.
- The Stanley Cup Final had the highest ratings ever - in Canada and the US. Around 18 million North Americans watched game seven, very close to NBA numbers.
- Vancouver had a great season, and I look forward to seeing if they can pull off a repeat performance next season. The team will remain largely in tact.
- Winnipeg is getting their team back! I can't wait to have another rival in the NW division, and I'm looking forward to the team name and jersey unveiling.

I know that it often gets heated in the NHL thread, but the trash-talk is usually good natured and it's really part of the fun. Here's looking forward to the draft, and let's hope for more Canadian teams in the playoffs next year!
     
     
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Winnipeg will be in the SE for this season, but after that - hell yeah baby. 3 visits every year!

Schedule is rumoured to be out on Tuesday. I can start planning winter vacation next week.
     
     
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Since I see we don't have a thread yet on this, and the results of last years cup are now all finished... Time to start thinking about next year season with the draft coming up soon.

I hope this season we will have a few more Canadian teams in the playoffs. Let's try to get all 7 in!

Hockey seems to be the one sport that unites the most Canadians nationally and locally

Any early predictions for which Canadian team will be tops?
Something like this...

1. Vancouver: 110 pts
2. Montreal: 102 pts
3. Toronto: 89 pts
4. Edmonton: 88 pts
5. Winnipeg: 85 pts
6. Calgary: 79 pts
7. Ottawa: 76 pts
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LOL. I wanna bookmark that ranking for next March or so.
     
     
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2011, 3:35 AM
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I don't think Edmonton will do that well. I'm just hoping they get 82 points. RNH will help, but we need some real intense work on our defense if we ever hope to have 80 points. I hope we can get Morrow for our second first-round draft pick.
     
     
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The Oilers look to have 22 M in cap space coming into this season. I wonder who shall be acquired...
     
     
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The Salary Cap in going to increase to $64 million this year, not sure what that means for each team, but it should be a bit of breathing room for the cash strapped Flames.

Speaking of the Flames, they hired Clint Malarchuck as the goaltending coach. For those that don't know, Malarchchuck took a skate to the throat while playing goal for the Sabres in '89.
Anyway, lets hope he can keep Kipper in the same kind of form he has been in for the last couple seasons, and have Karlsson ready to start as many as 20 games this year.
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The Oilers look to have 22 M in cap space coming into this season. I wonder who shall be acquired...
Two and a half Sidney Crosbys it is!
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Yes!!! Awesome news!!!

Canadiens sign Pacioretty to two-year deal

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Max Pacioretty signed a two-year, $3.25 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

Last season, Pacioretty scored 14 goals and added 10 assists for 24 points in 37 games.

He started the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League before being called up for good in December.

His season came to an abrupt end in March when a hit by Zdeno Chara caused him to suffer a fractured vertabrae in his neck.

Pacioretty was slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1.
http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=369501

For less than 2M, good job Gauthier and hopefully Markov is next!
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Do you guys really want Markov? he is a great player, but is made of glass.
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Since the Cap is increased to 64 million, this now gives Calgary Flames 7-8 million in cap space!


We now can sign Tanguay!

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Also on the side, who do you think will be drafted 1st overall in the draft?


I'm excited this year (too bad the draft is weak this year) and I hope the Flames draft Joel Armia, Mark Mcneil or Mark Scheifele.
     
     
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Something like this...

1. Vancouver: 110 pts
2. Montreal: 102 pts
3. Toronto: 89 pts
4. Edmonton: 88 pts
5. Winnipeg: 85 pts
6. Calgary: 79 pts
7. Ottawa: 76 pts
I think the Montreal and the Winnipeg numbers should be switched.
I'm hoping for the big things from Edmonton.
And keeping my fingers crossed that Toronto can finally make it back into the playoffs.

Has the NHL officially confirmed that the cap will be at 64 million?

When does the Brad Richards gossip begin?
     
     
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^lol

No way in hell does Montreal finish with only 85 points next year. We managed to finish 6th without Markov, Gorges, Pacioretty for much of the season and our number one C had his worst season ever. Gomez cannot go any lower so expect a much better year from him next season. With the emergence of Deharnais and Eller, a full year of Pacioretty, the return of Markov and Gorges, this team is a lock for the playoffs. Not to mention the additions of Emelin from Russia and the potential of Jagr coming over. Needless to say, I can't wait for next year.

If this team manages to stay mostly healthy and Price keeps being a stud, home-ice is almost a lock.
     
     
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2011, 7:26 PM
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Hopefully the Canucks will get a better winger for Kesler during the regular season and a power forward for the Sedins for the playoffs.
Hopefully Hodgson makes the team.
     
     
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We now can sign Tanguay!
Maybe you can get Huselius back this year, too.
     
     
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Old Posted Jun 20, 2011, 7:46 PM
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Vancouver needs a new #1 goalie before they do anything, Jennings trophy or no. Luongo completely crapped the bed in the final round.

Vancouver should still have a good season though, they have something to prove now.
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