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Mmmm i don't know about that. The rumors have it that kessel tied boston's hands. He was becoming a restricted free agent this summer which means that they figured it would be better to get something (draft picks in this instance) for him than get a standard offer sheet. When the bruins let kessel go, they were riding a little close to the cap, so this gives them breathing room under the cap and to first round draft picks. Brilliant move by the bruins organization. Brilliant.

Like I said, didn't fight all that hard. They could have kept him - the contracts given to the likes of Thomas and Savard means they had some salary cap space and I'd have gladly let Thomas at the end of the season to keep Kessel. Thomas is incredibly streaky, and he had a hot season last year that he will never repeat.

Good as Kessel is, he didn't notice Savard, Krecji and Lucic were more important to the Bruins good season last year than he was.

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God what's happend to Fleury these past few weeks, its almost like Brad is controlling him as he has been that bad.

Last night he was pulled again after letting in 4 goals from about 12 shots.

We won't mention your performance :facepalm::D

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Like I said, didn't fight all that hard. They could have kept him - the contracts given to the likes of Thomas and Savard means they had some salary cap space and I'd have gladly let Thomas at the end of the season to keep Kessel. Thomas is incredibly streaky, and he had a hot season last year that he will never repeat.

Good as Kessel is, he didn't notice Savard, Krecji and Lucic were more important to the Bruins good season last year than he was.

Well said. He got called up by Ron wilson for being lazy and not chasing the puck when it's turned over. It's about 15 matches too later thouugh unfortunately

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We lost 3-2, with all three of sabres goals coming from a powerplay. How Ron Wilson went from the pest PK with the sharks to the worst with the leafs is beyond me. There PK is the third worst in the history of the NHL.

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How Ron Wilson went from the pest PK with the sharks to the worst with the leafs is beyond me. There PK is the third worst in the history of the NHL.

Because they're the Leafs fella. The Manchester City of the NHL. And you know they won't settle for third worst, they have to go for all time worst. And then fail at that at the last moment.

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Because they're the Leafs fella. The Manchester City of the NHL. And you know they won't settle for third worst, they have to go for all time worst. And then fail at that at the last moment.

The one thing i will say is that i do trust Brain Burke. I like the way things are going and i cannot deny that with better talent, the system they play would work well. I also trust Ron wilson, but i do not trust a majority of the players. not even kessel. was very glad to see ron wilson call him out. i'd say in two years from now, we will be doing well. contending. Exciting times. Rebuilds take time. We will be contending in the next year or two :angry:

Manchester Phoenix. Good call. I am a massive tony hand fan. What a player. His book is fanastic by the way., highly recommend it. just about to finnish theo fleurys book. it's also stunning. I'm a belfast giants fan, so the phoenix=losers in last years challenge cup :angry:

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Manchester Phoenix. Good call. I am a massive tony hand fan. What a player. His book is fanastic by the way., highly recommend it. just about to finnish theo fleurys book. it's also stunning. I'm a belfast giants fan, so the phoenix=losers in last years challenge cup :angry:

Will look out for that...

Lucas was made up with the game last night. Not least because of Peterborough's Joe Miller giving him a practice puck...

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Haven't been to a hockey game for a few years (since moving to Liverpool) so was great to be back at one.

Last few moments of OT. The poor goalie was absolutely dejected.

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Glad you enjoyed a night at the Phoenix.

I was their announcer for the first season back (when the Ice Dome was getting built).

Shame we are moving. Hope the Raiders put in a similar effort.

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What was the phoenix game like? I wouldn't mind getting back into it after all those years of following the Storm (:lol: )

Although I haven't been involved in the Phoenix organisation for a couple of years, I strongly recommend you go down and watch the games. Don't try to compare it to the Storm - from the 17,245 seat MEN Arena they are playing out of a cramped temporary rink in front of 1500 fans.

The difference is that instead of the slick, highly paid team of imports, you've got four imports (one of whom is Ed Courtenay in his final year before retiring) and Tony Hand, plus a bunch of talented kids who just won Gold in their division at the World Championships. The quality of hockey isn't like the Superleague, but the games are much, much more entertaining. The players give 100% every shift and the league is tight. The match night experience is almost the same, with videos and stuff, but it is a much more fun and personal feel. The small rink means the noise can get pretty immense as well.

It is how hockey used to be, before the ISL came along.

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Although I haven't been involved in the Phoenix organisation for a couple of years, I strongly recommend you go down and watch the games. Don't try to compare it to the Storm - from the 17,245 seat MEN Arena they are playing out of a cramped temporary rink in front of 1500 fans.

The difference is that instead of the slick, highly paid team of imports, you've got four imports (one of whom is Ed Courtenay in his final year before retiring) and Tony Hand, plus a bunch of talented kids who just won Gold in their division at the World Championships. The quality of hockey isn't like the Superleague, but the games are much, much more entertaining. The players give 100% every shift and the league is tight. The match night experience is almost the same, with videos and stuff, but it is a much more fun and personal feel. The small rink means the noise can get pretty immense as well.

It is how hockey used to be, before the ISL came along.

THIS. It was a great night. Got the missus hooked. The players seem to actually take time to interact with the kids round the glass during practice too. Lucas now wants to be a "hockey man" when he grows up.

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I am planning my next visit to slough jets next month. Bit of a trip for me but it used to be my local team so I gotta lot of love for them.

It's a good league. Not as skillful as the elite but they try seriously hard and it's far more honest.

It's always a great night out.

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Just having a look, and I didn't even realise there were two leauges. Flirted with the idea of going last year so when I looked at the site and saw the Sheffield Scimitirs I thought it was a bit odd.

Now to convince someone to go with me so I don't end up sitting on my todd!

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Just having a look, and I didn't even realise there were two leauges. Flirted with the idea of going last year so when I looked at the site and saw the Sheffield Scimitirs I thought it was a bit odd.

Now to convince someone to go with me so I don't end up sitting on my todd!

There were plenty there on their own when we went.

Just drag anyone along. They'll be converted in an instant.

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and so the leafs lost again last night. Only once this season have we been outshot, and yet....we lose. Every Bloody time. carolina this time. three straight wins for them, dour straight losses for us. I wish rebuilds took less time :(

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Yeah just watched the highlights from the islanders game. Ouch.

Schedule and injuries caught up with us. However that is our worst game of the season coming off the back of our best. Needs to improve.

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That's more like it. 3-1

Need a win against Dallas next as I don't think we are strong enough yet to beat Chicago. Right on course for the play offs now. 1 point off, with a game in hand.

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Ouch, Toronto were owned by Ovechkin last night. 5 point game and the 4th goal that he started with some top defense, which lead to Knuble's finish was brilliant.

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Ouch, Toronto were owned by Ovechkin last night. 5 point game and the 4th goal that he started with some top defense, which lead to Knuble's finish was brilliant.

He's still not as good as Crosby though.

And my god he's only ugly bastard too. :blink:;)

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