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  1. Ah - I didn't realize that the buy out was for a reduced price on the contracted price (2/3rds in Despres case). He would have no reason to take the buy out. He'd get less money, and it'd be doled out over twice as many years, so it would be crap both ways from his perspective (and from any injured player's perspective). I'm not sure why I thought that the buy out was just a straight up purchase of the remaining contract price. Looks like the best we can do is try to finagle a LTIR out of it, each year. I wonder if teams get insurance to cover the salary outlay in such cases, or if the insurance premiums are/would be too large, generally? Thanks for the buy-out school!
  2. I'm still queasy.
  3. No. He took that puck to the upper back in the regular season, then sat for a bit, then it was aggravated in the Calgary series by a cross check from behind that wasn't called (it wasn't to the head). Looks like a cracked rib or scapula to me.
  4. That's incredible!
  5. This isn't encouraging: http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2017/04/24/deboer-praises-courageous-thornton-for-playing-with-torn-acl-mcl/?cid=eref:nbcnews:text I'd rather Cam not play if he has something similar going on with his knee.
  6. It wasn't a cheap play, it was direct payback for JG trying to injure Bieksa just a second before that. JG fell purposefully hard on the side of B's legs, trying to do damage and to keep him down just in case there was a cherry pick coming. Go check the replay, if it goes back far enough. They both fall, JG on top, JG gets up and starts to skate away, Bieksa gets up and punches him in the side of the head as they skate to the side and out of the zone. Bieksa has not been a dirty player while on the Ducks, regardless of his other faults. He won't take any poop, however, and JG was trying to dish it out.
  7. Lucic might be interesting. He's just tough, and can shed opponents pretty well. I'd love for our 4th line to be able to take him and his line... because I don't think the updated Perry line can do it, and I think the new Getz line will probably be otherwise occupied (if possible - if the 4th line can't handle whichever line Lucic is on, then Getz' line gets the assignment). The first period tomorrow night will be interesting. I might need to bring pen and paper to the game.
  8. I didn't know that... so we can't buy Despres out early? I'm not sure how the LTIR could work for next year... or following years. I'm surprised, I would think the player would likely prefer an early buy out.
  9. yes, but it's clear the Kes line has man-on-man directives, or primary coverage responsibilities, or whatever you want to call it. Also, I'm not sure it's fair to characterize "shadowing" or covering a player, in the ways Kesler is tasked, as being a "defensive player"... it's true he's keeping a player from scoring, but you can do that through pressured offense keeping the other player from even starting their own offense. Anyway, Kesler seems good at shadowing otherwise offensively effective players without having penalties called on him. If we think McJ being McJ is going to get extra special referee attention, then McJ being Kesler's priority assignment seems like a fairly good call, no?
  10. might depend on the Jx whether there's shared fault for post "intentional act" incidental injury - negligence damages might be universally dolled out proportional to attributable damage in a series of acts, but intentional act damages, i think not. plus, if we're going to think about holding Wideman blameless because he had a concussion, then we also have to think about whether Henderson continued on after making a "real" choice. frankly, if you argued I injured myself by continuing on after getting hit intentionally, I'd counter that the only reason I continued on was because I was severely brain addled by the hit, and so the hit is still the root cause. the league might be on the hook too, but maybe the Flames medical staff take responsibility on game night? I'm sure I did extra damage by continuing to ref, but the story was more about how self-evaluation sucks, even with 10-15 minutes in between periods/halfs, and no concussion.
  11. That's my concern. He's a taller and younger Kesler this past first season. I have serious questions over whether it's better to have Kes shadow McJesus or Draisaitl... Here's one thought - I think Kesler is better on McJ because Kesler is lack-magic expert at shutting someone like that down without taking penalties every couple minutes, and we're going to need that skill set on McJ. Draisaitl is still really hard to shadow, but he doesn't get as many calls, and he's easier to goad into penalties. Ideally, Cogs would take Draisaitl and Silf would be the pressure offlet - staying sort-of in position to take ricochets off down the ice. Really, what we need is Cogs to get better at drawing penalties, in particular, drawing penalties from Draisaitl (who is much bigger, and can be goaded). Silf isn't as fast, but he can generally control the puck better because he can body out opponents better. Anyway, that's what I think.
  12. Vats - it's almost got to be a cracked rib high up on the back, but under wherever the pads end. might be a cracked scapula. if the pain is bad enough, it could be hard to breath, or hard to raise the arm on that side. Can't tape it too hard or he can't breath. Lind - good to hear. I expect wrist surgery in the off season. Kesler - he's hiding something. Given his drop off in scoring, and how often he gets slashed in the hands, I think it's a hand injury. I wonder what's allowed as far as full plastic protection? Maybe he's already got it in, and that's why his stick handling has suffered a bit. Shrug. These are all total guesses. I want Cam to come back when he's healthy, cause you know the Oilers will double team him every chance they get if he takes the ice, and cause I don't want him to get injured again just because he can't move quickly enough to get out of the way of an Oiler hit - he could be healthy enough to play, but not healthy enough to play safely. All the other team members I want back ASAP. We can still draw that huge D-man from the Gulls... but that's a scary thought.
  13. it's not so much speed as it is consistent pressure. edmonton is really good at keeping up the pressure for a long sustained time period, and we wilt if we don't connect with a couple hits and can carry the puck out. many teams, we're able to douse the offensive pressure fairly quickly and turn the tables. edmonton, they can keep the pressure up beyond a line change or two, we get stuck in our area, and we get tired. i know speed helps them exchange players quickly enough to keep the pressure up, but "speed" is like a symptom, where "sustained pressure" is the disease. we can counter their pressure without speed.
  14. yeah, but if you show all that to the jury, you're going to confuse them and probably make them think you're snowing them on the real damage done by the intentional act, if they have any sympathy for the ref at all. I think you can probably pretty easily wipe away the continuing to play issue just by saying it didn't feel bad, probably because it was game night. I've reffed through an ankle sprain in the first half of a 90 minute game, and I didn't feel it after the 10 minute break in between halfs... i only started to feel it after i got home and started to relax. I have to imagine he has evidence of the injuries...
  15. I think the video shows he did it intentionally. Separately, Wideman can argue that he wasn't in control of his faculties, and so regardless of what the video shows, he can't be considered to have the mental ability to form intent. I believe the standard of proof is preponderance (greater than 50%). Was he concussed? Was he concussed enough not to recognize what he was doing, and on autopilot? If he wasn't responsible, was the league responsible? There's all kinds of questions. Unless there's a trick in Canada law, I think it's a complete crap shoot whether a jury thinks he was out of it enough not to be responsible for his actions. That, to me, means settle ASAP. While Wideman did clutch his helmet, he also had just gotten pummeled by a player and didn't get a call that he might have expected (though it was a linesman), and so there's motive to take it out on the ref. There's also motive to take it out on any opposing player... and like I mentioned above, mistake of recipient of a beatdown isn't a defense. Even if he was blind and couldn't tell the difference between the ref and an opposing player, because of the concussion, you don't get to shirk responsibility just because you meant to punch a different guy. I think you'd have to find a ridiculously hockey-player-sympathetic jury for Wideman not to lose.