May 17, 2015

GOLD Canada GOLD!

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  1. Go Canada Go, but do not hurt the Ruskies too bad or they might invade another country

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  2. Signing this guy should be a priority, he is a BAMF who can score in bunches.

    Vladimir Putin plays hockey with retired NHL-ers and scores 8 goals. I think the other team might just be pulling their punches a little bit.

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    1. He had to or else they'd be sent to the Russian front.

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    2. good one JUCE

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  3. GO CANADA GO FOR THE GOLD!!!

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  4. If for some strange reason your not using Kodi ignore this message. The game is on EU using the SportsDevil addon. Until we sign the TPP totally legal in Canada, or maybe totaly not legal but not actionable depending upon your internet lawyer. I got a good one but can never remember

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  5. Go Canada Go!!

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  6. I just realized I can squezze in the latest Episode of Outlander before the game. This is what Fabio would have been on screen if he could have spoke good English. Its a Harliquen Romance with a bit of a political bent starring a Frau and an Mann that no one would push out of bed for eating crackers. To put it in 29 terms its hockey wives where there is no dyke but the realationship loses to the past.

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  7. I got a mancrush on OVIE. He went through miles and miles of baloney but still found the steak

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  8. the Maritimer3:35 PM

    Anybody notice the difference in this hockey at the WHC? That extra 15' of width allows some actual rushes up the ice. Some actual scoring chances off the rush. This looks like actual hockey. What a concept! Fuck you NHL and your "systems" and creativity crushing coaching.

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  9. I think its 4-0!

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    1. the Maritimer4:31 PM

      In the bag baby.

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  10. And 2-0 Ducks. Go Ducks. (For no other reason other than to 'maybe' save my hockey pools).

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  11. Boy Russkies had trouble scoring in the final 2 games. Should have had L'homme Nikita on the team.

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  12. the Maritimer5:59 PM

    With all due respect to Marc Bergevin, fuck eMpTy and his "system". This antiquated "dump and chase" is garbage to watch and in my humble opinion the Habs are better suited to play a possession game than a grinding defensive game. They have skilled players like PK, Pleks and gCHuk, even DD who are more than capable of carrying a puck through the neutral zone. Even ol' Gomer could carry the puck through the middle with speed, he just didn't know what to do after he got there.

    Francois Gagnon made a good point in a video with Brian Wilde I saw today. MB said it was nearly impossible to acquire top line centers, it was only possible on PlayStaion. Gagnon pointed out that Jim Nill in Dallas manged to acquire not only Jason Spezza but also Tyler Seguin. You just have to be willing to pay the price. The only untouchable on the Habs would be Price, maybe PK.

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    1. PatCHes said they play a style of hockey that is very 'taxing'. PFK discussing the PP said"

      Montreal was expected to do well with the man advantage with skilled rearguards on the point like Subban and .
      Subban said the power play was too predictable and needed more movement among the point men and the forwards.
      "You need sometimes just to be mobile," he said. "Sometimes it's just being in positions teams don't expect you to be in.
      "One thing I give Tampa credit for is that there's no lack of creativity on their power play. Their players obviously get off that leash to move around. I don't think there's any cemented structure on that power play. They've got skilled players and they move around the ice. They make plays, they change position, they read off each other."

      Well, he seems to know what the problem is and maybe I read too much into it but I noted the words 'leash' and 'cemented structure' in PK's statement. Is that the players or the PP coach?

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  13. the Maritimer6:07 PM

    Here are the two trades:

    Boston and Dallas agreed to a seven-player trade Thursday, with the Bruins sending forward Tyler Seguin, forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Stars for forward Loui Eriksson and three prospects (Joseph Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser).

    In exchange for Spezza, the Senators received forwards Alex Chiasson, Nicholas Paul and Alexander Guptill, plus a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Stars also received forward Ludwig Karlsson.

    Other than Loui Eriksson, Dallas gave up SFA for two top 6 elite centers.

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  14. Yay Canada!

    All is not lost for Russia, Putin "scores" 8 goals against NHL vets.
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/vladimir-putin-skates-with-retired-nhlers-scores-8-goals-1.3077198

    If you're interested, here is an interview with Habs' former 1st round pick Terry Ryan about being coached by MT (audio):
    http://slapshotdiaries.com/tales-of-a-first-round-nothing/

    I've read that Ryan also had his own issues, but as he says in the interview his excuse was that he was 20 years old. What's MT's? Just watching him scream at Lego on the bench and cut his minutes night after night, you have to wonder how much MT has really grown since the 90s.

    Now, go see Mad Max. It is fucking amazing!

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  15. the Maritimer8:57 AM

    Good Monday Morning FHFers! Beautiful warm sunny day here.

    That gold medal game yesterday between Canada and Russia was the anti-Therrien of hockey.

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  16. Not Geoff Molson11:03 AM

    Just reviewed the winning roster and found one of the reasons we won the gold yesterday...no Leafs or Bruins' players.

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  17. http://www.torontosun.com/2015/05/18/russians-face-sanctions-for-disrespecting-canada

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    1. According to TASS, Alexander Ovechkin, Yevgeny Malkin, Viktor Tikhonov and Dmitry Kulikov were among the few players who remained on the ice for the anthem.

      "We are feeling very ashamed and uncomfortable now and on the behalf of the national team I bow to the Canadians," Safronov said. "I am lost for words and can say only that there was nothing of a premeditated nature in the incident."

      http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/russia-facing-sanctions-for-leaving-ice-at-worlds/

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  18. Beautiful day on the golf course. My game sucked. But that's not new. Pretty sure I would have received the "most honest golfer" award today, shooting a 116. Ah well, more bang for my buck.

    The M - regarding Dallas grabbing 2 worthy centres, i was thinking the exact same thing. Maybe, just maybe though MB doesn't want to show his cards and is actually in the market for a Malkin type player. Imagine Patches on the wing with Crosby! Because he'd have to be part of the package going the other way. And I'd rather Crosby, but...it ain't happening for sure. We're not leaf fans so we can admit just because a player was a fan growing up doesn't mean he will come to the Habs. Anyway, I got a feeling MB will try to make a big splash via trade and if not a giant blockbuster to get Malkin, then maybe with Chiarelli and the Oil. I pray he sees the need and finds a way to increase the offence.

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    1. I honestly can't see Malkin happening, but with the Habs' depth on defence and in goal (Fucale, for example), I could see them making a big deal with Edmonton. I think the new management there realizes they don't need all that young undeveloped talent up front and desperately need some help in the back end. I wouldn't be surprised to see Yakupov or, dare I say it, Eberle, coming to Montreal this summer. I also wouldn't be against it.

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    2. the Maritimer9:18 PM

      I hope you guys are right.

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    3. as long as our team idendity is five d man,it do not matter who plays, this is why JDR is the perfect player

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  19. I didn't realize that N8's father coached galCHenyuk in junior.

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  20. This is an interesting take on what to do with Dish...Some valid points here and I wonder if it makes sense...http://dld.bz/dDN9G

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    1. “My wife loves Montreal. There’s so much more going on here than in Edmonton. Everything as a whole has been great here. Ultimately, she’s the boss,” cracked Petry. Maybe he'll stay at reasonable price? He did previously mention that Montreal would be his first choice.

      http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=767965

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  21. the Maritimer5:09 PM

    Just listening to McCowan on PrimeTime sports and just like the Maritimer predicted, very, very few people watched those two afternoon games on the weekend. Bunch of fucking dummies run that league.

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  22. So have you guys seen Mad Max yet? I just watched the trailer (for the first time....first dozen times actually) and can't wait to see it again in 3D. See, the theater gave me a coupon for two free popcorns and sodas on account of it being my birthday next week, but I had already bought my packmule worth of snacks when I got it. It's also $8 to see a movie here, they don't care if you bring in your own stuff and you can reserve your seats ahead of time. But I digress.

    The point is, I'm not letting that coupon go to waste and while I've only ever seen one 3D movie (Avatar, I don't care what people say that was a goddman dreamworld of magic) I think Mad Max will be even awesomer with all that debris flying at my face. It seriously is the best movie I've seen in ages (loved Gravity, though).

    And hockey...whatever. Who cares? Go Blackhawks, I hate you the least out of everyone left.

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    1. Have not seen it yet, but will soon.. I agree with Avatar and Mad Max looks awesome, likely due to the fact the orginal creator is at the helm. The sad thing is that no one listened, and today we have the southeast reaching mad max levels of drought and pending mayhem.

      In other apogliptic news I have looked at the prospect for the upcomming draft. At 26 we might has well give our pick to the leaft cause it going to be wasted. Not one center in the draft worth having, which means at least another decade of DDD because our talent tunnel at center collapases after gCHuck we at 21 is not a good enough center to outplay JDR a 19 year old defenceman.

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    2. Oman, saw Mad Max in 3D yesterday. Absolutely loved it. Non-stop action, interesting story line and gorgeous to look at. I read that all the vehicles were actually in working/running/crashing order. The title Mad Max: Fury Road is a giveaway as to the gist of the movie.

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    3. It's mostly all practical effects, very little CGI. I just read an article about how SPOILERS (It's all visible in the trailers though) those guys on the long sticks, I forget their names, who bounce in and out of the cars, the director said it would be impractical to do it with moving cars so he told his head stunt guy to try filming it stationary and they would make it move post production. But then the stunt guy sent the director (I'm terrible with names) a video of them doing it with moving cars and he jumped out of his seat.

      END SPOILERS I'm not even huge into big action flicks like this, but it was so fucking awesome! Throw in the fact that it's probably the biggest feminist film in years, this is an instant classic people will refer to for years.

      Also, I can do Mad Max. I just need to find my Furiosa for our Halloween costumes to be complete. Finally, a really badass couples costume!

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    4. Polecats and George Miller.

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  23. Damn, I nodded off near the end of the 3rd OT last night. Nothing like hanging on till the end only to not hang on till the end. Noticed Cakes out there.

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    1. Speaking of cake;

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW8MY9CD-tQ

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    2. Oh, Bill. Love him.

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    3. Awesome.For some reason the theme to Ghostbusters was playing in my head.

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  24. Hawks had a disallowed goal, by Shaw I think it was. Puck bounced into the air in front of the net, he jumped up and head-butted the puck into the net a la Pele.

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  25. Pulling other players down into the hole we are in.
    http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-2015-nhl-playoffs-all-bust-team/

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  26. So, last reports on Babwatch are "Babcock leaving Red Wings, Sabres and Sharks out, Leafs 'hopeful' " Just last night he was 'in contract negos' with the Sabres.

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  27. the Maritimer1:41 PM

    Babs to the leaf? mediots getting ready to ejaculate.

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  28. Holy Crap - Babs is going to the Leafs to commit career suicide.

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    1. Six years, $50M

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    2. oops, 8 years, not 6.

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  29. Quite the shocker. So much for his speech that he wants instant gratification.

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  30. Holy Crap, now they're negotiating with Guy Boucher.

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  31. Looks like Shaw learned how to head-butt the puck from DSP when they were on opposing teams.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s38tWvKOSo&feature=youtu.be

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  32. The SFU, aka leafools desperation will go into insane mode. These fuckers were raised to be leaf fans by the cbc/hnic. There are no more arrogant/ignorant fools in the world.

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  33. BUF 'livid' and the SFU is laughing at them. Sick fucks.

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    1. Don't blame them, they were negotiating his contract. Also, Boucher was flown in and met with the laffs last night - so that's one team fucked over by a coach and one coach fucked over by a team. I hope the Sabres make the playoffs and the leafs eat their eternal shit.

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    2. Smells like typical leaf desperation. Pretty sure a true rebuild doesn't include getting the latest in coaching fashion. Babcock will going mental in less than two years.

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  34. And yet the leaffools were fooled again.

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    1. the Maritimer5:02 PM

      Sing it Roger!

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  35. the Maritimer5:04 PM

    Babs won't last 4 years let alone 8. Doesn't he know he's going to an expansion team?

    SFU's are wet.

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    1. Supposedly he has an out clause in 5 years and his contract is heavily front-loaded. mlse will lose in more ways than one.

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  36. Same shit different year. Babcock won't like Shanahan telling him what to do - and they still have to put another layer between them...so that won't work either...watch this space boys - this one's gonna be a doozy!! the leaf never fail to disappoint...bwahahahahhaahhahahahahahaha!!!

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    1. The SFU will make sure of it. Sick how they are spinning good hockey fans into their vortex of despicable leaf shit. I'd wish Babcock luck in his future endeavours but he can eat shit.

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    2. Heard a good one on the radio - 'he needs to be banned from Schwartz's'.

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    3. Good but Montreal class will prevail over toronto crass.

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  37. This will extend his summer fishing season by a couple of months.

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    1. Maybe he and phat phil will become fishing buds.

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  38. Get ready for 5 straight months of the Leaf are contenders talk!

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    you can't coach players you don't have

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    1. 29 you and other McGill graduatuates should be the happiest people on the planet. Your rack rate just went up about
      1000000000000000000000000000%

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  39. Unrelated to BabLaff, I would like to take a moment to speak of David Letterman.

    Dave's formative years on NBC coincided with my formative years as a teen-young adult. Back then there were literally 7 channels (3 US networks, PBS, and CTV and CBC). There was some good TV on, but there was nothing like Late Night. It had a comedy edge you just did not see anywhere. As a middle class Jew, I was straight-laced and "normal". Staying up late (after my bedtime) and sneaking down to watch Dave in the den warped me, in a good an positive way. In a sense, that humour sees a direct line to the humour that became FHF. So in a way, you and I are all here because of David Letterman.

    Goodbye and good luck, Dave.

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    1. Perfect!

      I've lived a similar Dave experience with a few earlier-on added years of daytime Dave. I use to blame Dave for all my late night TV viewing, only to realize that I enjoyed staying up late (too). Dave also introduced us (he's in his late 60s FFS!) to some cool bands doing sick live versions (and or had them on because he liked them, see CAKE and many others).

      I've carefully watched the last few weeks of Dave's final shows. Nothing changes folks. Wry, acerbic jabs, intelligent and friendly dialogue and minutes that fly by giving enjoyment.

      Dave is/was not everyone's cup of TV. He was mine, from the very first show. Some of the guests he had on did some very spectacular and real things. I think Dave is a genuine as they come.

      I will miss his show. I will miss the Robin Williams craziness, I will miss Terry Carr (oh how I loved that gorgeous woman), I will miss the stupidity of stupid things and realizing Dave just knew some of us got his down to earth humour.

      Thanks 29 for dropping this great comment.

      I anticipate a great final show. I will miss it as it ends.

      Thanks Dave and crew for 3 decades + of entertainment.

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    2. They tried but Dave never caught on over here. I too grew up with him when I was still living over there. Watched a load of clips on YouTube from this week and last week's shows - reminded me of how good he is. Bill murray was great last night - Eddie Vedder. Rocked the joint too...looking forward to seeing how it ends tonight. Thanks Dave!

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    3. Vedder was fucking fantastic. Great song choice. Paul's dangerous band clicked but Eddie was otherworldly happy to play his tribute to his good friend. The man seriously rocked it out.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a5rWox3C1I

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    4. K3X put out some of what I had for Sexy Friday, too fucking cool! This just goes to show how cool some of you FHFers are. I also had this lined up; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlZKFJueoIA

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    5. Great comments, I would like to thank Dave for making the man look as ridiculous as he is and today that joke is the Babcock contract. I would love to hear Dave riff on that.

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  40. Also, too, announced today; TVs as flat as wallpaper and music that follows your running pace. Heh, I don't run. Wonder if it'll keep pace with other athletic endeavours (see the M. and K3X's end-of-game spooning comments) ...

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  41. Wow. I had a bit more respect for Babs as a coach. I mean, nothing wrong with trying to maximize your salary, but this is career suicide. He's just shown that he's more interested in a few more bucks than winning. Which, again, is fine. But it doesn't mean I have to respect him as a competitor anymore.

    At the end of the day, I'd rather he be in Toronto than BUF or DET. He could make those teams better. No one can make the leaf better.

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    1. the Maritimer9:03 PM

      Like Carlyle said, if the players don't want to do what you want them to do, then you can coach all you want but nothing will change. I suspect this is just the start of Shamahan's leaf transformation. Lots and lots of player movement coming.

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  42. Wow imagine the pillars of the Canadian economy have no idea what a dollar is worth, Last time I checked Pavel Datsuyk and his mates in their prime willl not play for Toronto in 2015/16, He is getting double AV salary in New York and 3 times the next highest coaches. Very hard to Justify that in any sort of fiscal reality.

    However good for Babcock. They offered he took, I should have gone to McGill. This will be one of the most interesting hockey stories every. The anchor team coached by the Olympic sailing champion. I expect both boats will sink.

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    1. As a McGill alum, I can tell you it's no guarantee of money or success. Sigh.

      Babcock is a good coach. He can do good things with talented teams, maybe even make pretty good teams great. But he can't turn around 50 years of terrible. It was the same attitude with the McDavid sweepstakes, they think one guy can change everything. It shows how little they understand the problem.

      Not that I ever expected Babs to go to Montreal, but this for sure means MT will be back behind the bench again next season. Which continues the Catch 22: If Price plays lights out again, MT will stay and they won't win the Cup. If Price falters, there is a (small) chance that MT will finally get his walking papers, but the team still won't win the Cup. It's a very depressing realization.

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    2. And to anyone who said that Montreal shouldn't have gone after Babcock because MT did fine/great (i.e. MB), I have to repeat what I read somewhere recently. If you're the Islanders and you have Taveres and suddenly Crosby becomes available, would you still not do everything you can to get him? It's not saying Taveres did a terrible job, it's just that there is a better opportunity. Sure, ok, let's trust MB but it seems like he's running the team more like a brotherhood instead of a business. I don't care if MT is your friend. There's a better option out there, and you have the money get him. Make the correct choice for the TEAM, not for your Christmas card list.

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    3. I can just hear MT's brain ticking vs leaf games, it will just keep repeating 50M, 50M, 50M, insecurity sets in and he gets out-coached - again.

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  43. I am not sure how much eMTy makes a year. Now that Babcock has raised the bar it is surely a bargin, but still way to much.
    Firing the coach just became a very expenisive option, McSplooge is advertising he will work for small splooge and expect to see Milbury back.

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  44. I now have lost any respect I ever had for Babcock after his presser comments :

    'We need to put Canada's team back on the map', "I'm a fan of Dion's.", "I have a burning desire to win, but I don't want to just make the playoffs."

    So, wasn't he 'just making the playoffs" with the Wings? I guess he thinks the leafs are better than the Wings then.

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    1. Canada's team???!!???
      What an ass..

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  45. At least we now know the SFU message for the next few years - Canada's Team - that clip will be played endlessly - I already feel sorry for y'all! Someone who's good with numbers should research overall leaf ratings vs. Habs ratings...then tell me who Canada's Team is!

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    1. I doubt the SFU gives a shit. I read they cheered Bab Cock during his presser. Zero integrity but they are leafools so fuck them.

      As for ratings, near impossible to gather combined Anglo and Franco numbers. No one does it and the SFU only report when their leaf have a big number rating, usually because they are playing Canada's favourite team, the Habs.

      Didn't take long for Bab Cock to become CotU arrogant. He can go fuck himself.

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    2. the Maritimer6:48 PM

      Canada's team, heh, the leafools and mediots can only dream. How about southern Ontario's team, I can live with that. These fools don't realize there are now seven, count'em seven hockey teams in Canada and they all have a following. The problem is the SFU's think the GTA is Canada and can't think beyond those terms. Let them and their new media darling "ol' Sour Puss", live in their little fantasy world. By this January, as usual and on time, they will be losing with regularity and wallowing at the bottom of the standings despite their new miracle worker.

      But yeah, didn't take ol' Babs long to get sucked into the tranna self centered shit.

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    3. Must've been the private plane and limo ride.

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  46. Last Late Show:

    http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/video/vV2AnIC_njUJeNu3_6QkyLni3cD7X4Pi/the-late-show-5-20-2015/

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  47. Yes, Babcock is a good coach. But aren't people blowing it a bit out of proportion? He's won ONE Cup. He led two incredibly great Team Canada's to golds. I do believe he makes pretty good players better, and gets the best out of his great players. But he doesn't turn shit into gold. I think he would have been a good fit for Montreal because the talent is already here and he can facilitate the development of that talent and get the most out of it. But he can't create talent out of thin air.

    I'm not putting Babcock down for getting paid, but he's had great success with a franchise that was already riding a successful wave. He certainly contributed to it, but the Wings were the Wings before Mike came on board, and will likely continue being a perrenial playoff team for several more years. Maybe Babs knew if he went to a real contender and they didn't win the Cup shortly after he would be sort of exposed. Maybe he chose Toronto strategically because no one in their right mind expects them to even make the playoffs for 2-3 years. Maybe he intentionally picked a team with such low expectations that he can't possibly fail. Again, he made the Cup finals three times in his career. Once with an incredibly hot goalie in 2002. Then with an incredibly talented team in 2008 and 09. Good for him, Scotty Bowman also had really talented teams. I'm just saying that maybe Mike chose the easy way out. If he were to come to, say, Montreal and not win the Cup with this team in the next few years, his talents and legacy might be questioned. If he doesn't win with Toronto in the next 8 years no one will say it's his fault. Add on the $50 paycheque, I don't really blame him for selling out. Maybe Babs isn't as competitive as we thought. I mean, I think going to Toronto after talking about wanting to win pretty much proves that, don't you?

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  48. http://fourhockeyfans.blogspot.ca/2015/05/the-sexy-friday-show.html

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