October 03 2016 07:09AM
Fellow TLN writer Ryan Fancey brought up today that the signing of Matt Martin back in July was a bit of a questionable one. That's not something that you haven't heard before; we showed significant skepticism in the moment of and those that immediately followed in early July.
But Ryan's point was that, in having a pricey and longer-term deal, Martin could now stand in the way of a rookie who impresses in camp, because there's no way that the man who just signed a $10-million dollar contract gets cut before his first game, right?
My response: This could've all been avoided if they gave Rich Clune an NHL contract instead. It was a response that got scoffed at heavily by the social media masses, but I don't think it's an insane statement. For the sake of discussing roster management rather than pumping or dumping on either player, let's do a comparison to see if there's much of a discernable difference between what they bring.
October 01 2016 01:12AM
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One of the things that fans, analysts, team staff members, players; everybody, really, are prone to really dialing their focus on is a hockey team's success on special teams. Playing in a situation where your team is up or down a player can, quite literally, be a game changer. So, with that in mind, let's talk about how the team is situated as far as just getting into special teams situations.
September 29 2016 11:56PM
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Nobody expected Team Europe to get as far as they did. Pockets of players had played together before, on their own international teams, on professional teams, but there was never much of a chemistry building period for this group. That didn't matter, though, as they took a shorter warm-up camp than most, with a rougher start than all, and turned it into a Cinderella run all the way to the World Cup of Hockey Final.
There wasn't much of a shot given to them there, either. Nobody thought they stood a chance against Canada, the odds-on favourite from start to finish. To the surprise of many, they put up a very good fight. Ultimately, though, the Red and White hockey giant proved just too powerful to break through, even for a game.
September 29 2016 08:47PM
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Well, that does it. With another commanding win over Team Europe, the Canadians have flexed their muscles again and won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, sweeping the final series in two games.
I actually wrote this post seven hours before puck drop and scheduled it to publish at the approximate time that the game will end (and, uhh, accidentally published at one point, meaning you might be having some deja vu), so there aren't any details of what actually happened in tonight's game in this post yet (check back soon), but based on how the rest of the tournament has gone, I will guess the following has happened:
September 29 2016 10:33AM
This time, there's something on the line. Tonight, Team Canada will have a chance to put Team Europe behind them and get a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup of Hockey. Granted, it's been twelve years since the last one and only two players have returned for this tournament, but run with me here; we need something to get excited about.