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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:42 pm
 


Well it looks as though the season is going to start on time and back to the regular divisions and scheduled match-ups they had back in the 2019/20 season. Hopefully all goes well, considering virtually all players and staff are vaccinated, and we don't end up with outbreaks on any teams.


Preseason games started today and the regular season gets underway on October 12th.

Feel free to banter about your favourite teams here. [hockey]


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:57 pm
 


Prediction - the Flames will suck again, because it's in their nature to do so. Doesn't matter who they move out or who they move in, they'll still blow it long before the playoffs or in the first round of the playoffs. They're a cursed organization and are doomed to perpetual mediocrity.

The rest of y'all enjoy your seasons. I'm tapping out early on Calgary's one. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 5:12 pm
 


The Habs will suck big time, proving that last year was a fluke. :(


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:07 pm
 


/\ /\ Whose prediction is that?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:25 pm
 


The Flames suck, and it won't change. I'll just not watch hockey like last season (which was a mess unto itself) and save myself the frustration.

At the end of the day, no Canadian team will come home with the Cup as per usual.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 7:29 pm
 


Strutz Strutz:
/\ /\ Whose prediction is that?

Sorry about that...

https://www.nhltraderumor.com/2021-22-n ... edictions/


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:56 am
 


As another season goes swiftly down the drain, the time has finally come to say "Fuck. Off. Vancouver Canucks"

Dear Vancouver Canucks: Fuck. Off.

You know how some sports fans don’t deserve the teams that they cheer for—looking at you Gretzky-era Edmonton ice farmers, Boston’s endless acres of white trash, and everyone living in Florida, for no other reason than they still think Trump won the election.

With 50-plus years of finding new and pathetic ways to shit the bed, the Canucks are a true rarity, which is to say a franchise that doesn’t deserve the sad sacks, rubes, and endlessly optimistic suckers who root for them.

The most recent of a never-ending parade of 100,000 cuts has been yesterday’s completely dispirited 4-1 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Your forefathers might remember the Pens as one of the NHL’s most hapless franchises back in the ’70s, which also happened to be the first decade of existence for the NHL's most famously sad franchise not named the Buffalo Sabres.

In the ensuing decades the Penguins have gone on to win five Stanley Cups. The Vancouver Shitlucks, err, Canucks have won a grand total of fucking zero. There are 12 active teams who've never won hockey's biggest prize, the majority of them relativey new franchises like the Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Las Vegas Golden Knights. Along with the Sabres, Vancouver is the oldest team to remains cupless.

What might hurt the most is the ongoing foolish conviction of the team’s ever-idiotic fan base that things are finally going to go the Canucks’ way.

There's a long history there.

Ask your great-grandparents about the June 11, 1970 expansion draft, and the roulette wheel that set the template for a curse that endures today. Or, you know, hop on Wikipedia for a quick history lesson

The gold-star chip in play in that year was Gilbert Perreault, a junior sensation pegged as a franchise-defining superstar long before he laced up the skates for his first NHL game.

Hoping to land Perreault were two expansion teams: the Buffalo Sabres and the Vancouver Canucks. Two days before the draft, then-league president Clarence Campbell decided that both new franchises would spin a roulette wheel to decide the winner by chance.

Guess who lost, and ended up with Dale Tallon?

Today, Gilbert Perreault is a proud member of the Hockey Hall Of Fame. Dale Tallon is apparently a pretty good golfer.

With that first epic loss, the template was set: years of futility, followed by an occasional surprise season that suggested it’s all finally going to get better, followed again by more hopeless fucking futility.

The most recent bit of trickery has, of course, been the start of the 2021/22 season. With a roster that includes should-be all-star shoe-ins Brock Boeser, Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, and Thatcher Demko, no one expected an endless early horror show. Especially considering J.T. Miller, Conor Garland, and rescue-project Oliver Ekman-Larsson were also in the mix.

But you know what Shitluck fans? You’ve been fucking fooled. Again. Because it’s not even American Thanksgiving, and already the Vancouver Canucks are making their tee-time reservations for next spring.

And the worst thing about that is that’s its part of an endless pattern.

No one, for example, expected the 1981-82 Canucks to crash and bang their way right into the Stanley Cup final, where they were immediately disposed of by the dynasty-era New York Islanders. But they sure as hell expected better things from a follow-up season where the team squeaked into the playoffs with a losing record and was promptly shit-kicked in round one by Calgary Flames.

The next great trick, after a decade of futility, came in 1994. As sure as Pavel Bure is the sexiest beast to have ever worn a Vancouver Canucks uniform, everyone in this town was convinced, after games 1, 2, and 6 that one of the most pathetic NHL teams not named the Toronto Maple Leafs was finally going to win the Stanley Cup.

The not-so-golden memories from the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals include, in no particular order: future potato-chip pimp Mark Messier (and man shit-scared of Larry Robinson) cheapshotting Trevor Linden near the end of a Game 6 that New York had already lost; Canuck Nathan LaFayette hitting a post in the dying seconds of a Game 7 that Vancouver would ultimately lose; and a good old-fashioned citywide riot.

Over the next decade (which included the indignity of seeing Messier doing absolutely sweet fuck-all in a Canucks uniform) it was mostly a return to more endless losing. Even then the team was great—hello West Coast Express—it still lost when it shouldn’t have, especially when the playoffs rolled around.

And then things finally got good. As in really, undeniably good, with the Vancouver Canucks circa-2010 finally becoming the class of the league. President’s trophies. Individual scoring titles. Swagger. And a certainty that, finally, after 40 years, the Stanley Cup would be coming to the West Coast for a victory parade.

Remember 2011? How the Canucks won the first two games of the finals against the Boston Bruins, and everyone in this city went “Holy fuck. The Vancouver Canucks are finally going to win the Stanley Cup!”? And how, after going up 3 games to 2 with home-ice advantage, everyone finally went “Holy fuck. The Vancouver Canucks are finally going to win the Stanley Cup!”?

And how the Shitlucks promptly became one of only five teams in history to lose the finals after going up 2-0.

The most golden memories of that run a decade later? That would be, in no particular order: world-class rat-fuck Brad Marchand speedbagging Daniel Sedin while every Canuck watched; Roberto Luongo playing falling-face-first redwood every time the Bruins scored in game 7 at GM Place; and a citywide riot that made the ’94 bridge-and-tunnel-people "celebration" look like a practice run.

And what’s followed? That would be a decade of bed-shitting, on-the-fly “rebuilding” to maximize nonexistent playoff revenue, and more bed-shitting. Except that this year it was finally supposed to be different. We had Boeser, Hughes, Pettersson, and Demko. And Miller, Garland, and Ekman-Larsson. And you know what—it’s exactly, as David Byrne might have said with the Talking Heads, same-as-it-fucking-ever-was.

It’s November 25. This year's edition of the Vancouver Shitlucks are 6-12-2 and won't be making the playoffs. Again.

Coach Travis Green appears to have totally lost the room. General manager Jim Benning has clearly misread the chemistry of the locker room, not to mention how much autonomy he'd have working for the Aquilini family. The fans have, quite forgivably, started wearing paper bags on their heads to the rink. If Canucks' jerseys didn't cost two days salary, they'd be burning them on sticks outside Rogers Arena.

And only the most deluded of long-time season-ticket holders are convinced that somehow, things are going to be better. That gives them everything in common with the generations upon generations of Canucks fans that have come before them.

Except nothing ever gets better when you’re a Shitlucks fan. Which I'm ashamed to say that I am. But thank fuck I also love and root for another team: the Washington Capitals. As endlessly and famously disappointing and underachieving as they’ve been over the years, at least they have a Stanley Cup.

So go Caps. And go Seattle Kraken, who have the best name in hockey. And Blue Jackets. And Preds.

As for the Canucks: Fuck. Off. This endlessly suffering city does not deserve you. And in case it's not clear, as the team swirls the toilet once again in 2021, that’s not meant as a compliment.

https://www.straight.com/news/as-another-season-goes-swiftly-down-drain-time-has-finally-come-to-say-fuck-off-vancouver


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:44 am
 


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:06 am
 


And if they did fuck off, people would be crying in the streets. Sport fans are fickle things.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:04 pm
 


Haven't seen that much f-word-centric swearing in hockey since the second Goon movie. 8O :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:47 pm
 


Quite the dumpster fire in Canucks-land. On the plus-side I am getting some interest from team ownership in selling the name Tronnasaurus Rex to the Leafs.

Frankly the Canucks deserved better in the last couple of games, and, unlike a few previous efforts, they were entertaining. Everyone is screaming for the owners to go, the GM to go, the coach to go, trade all the player and feeding the "trouble in the dressing room" rumours all over.

Frankly I think the coach will go because somebody has to be sacrificed. I like Travis Green, but he's had a good run here, longer than most coaches, and his unwillingness or inability to change tactics during the last couple of losing years probably means his time is up. I think he'll coach again at the NHL level for sure.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2021 7:45 pm
 


Alternately, well on our way now to get the 20th place draft pick.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2021 11:20 am
 


That was quite the rant by that dude about the Canucks xerxes. :lol: Just a tad on the extreme side though. He needs to stop taking it so damn seriously but I guess if one has high expectations then the greater the disappointment when they don't materialize.

I'm sure there are fans of other teams that wish their team played better and won more often but with there being 32 teams now and all have talented players it's not always going to be a perfect balance in the team's formula. Besides, does it really matter? To me now it's just entertainment, something to watch on TV and once a game is over I forget about it. There are more important things to focus my energy on.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2021 5:48 pm
 


Exactly, it is just a game in the end. But at the same time, I share that frustration. Another year of players who should be leading us into playoff contention, but instead are stagnating and listless as we slide down the standings.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2021 6:29 pm
 


Had a conversation with some friends here and at the end, we came to the conclusion that each team will always end up with a .500 record. Some years you may get more, some years less, but the law of averages cannot lie (I know, we have weird arguments).

Just looked it up and the Canucks rank 3rd to last by percentage at 1,626 wins and 1,717 losses. So, logically, I agree with you guys.

Can't all cheer for the Habs, 1st by percentage at 3,449 wins and 2,281 losses... and NO, I'm not counting the Knights. :evil:

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