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post #1931 of 1940 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 11:14 AM
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Future cap implications of that brutal Kevin Hayes deal aside, he's still a very good player and I'm extremely thrilled with the Flyers forward depth.
PLUS, we actually have a real coach and a real goalie finally!

Dare I say it's our year?
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@Arya Dark ;

Cashier at a local grocery store here in Marin County was wearing a San Jose Sharks cap, @Obfuscation ;, and when I told him that I liked his hat he expressed a viewpoint similar to yours, that after the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues were able to win it all, he figures, "Why not us?"

We had a good, fecund discussion.

Fascinating article here, @Obfuscation ;:

http://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/sha...al-nhl-lockout

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Sharks' biggest threats to winning Stanley Cup: Potential NHL lockout

Editor's Note: Now that the Blues and Capitals have gotten off the Stanley Cup schneid, there's arguably no NHL franchise more "due" to win a Cup than the Sharks. This week, NBC Sports California will examine the five biggest threats to San Jose's championship aspirations in the relatively near future. We continue with the upcoming CBA negotiations that could result in a potential lockout.

The current NHL collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021-22 season, meaning there's no need to worry about any sort of lockout occurring before then, right?

Wrong.

Yes, the CBA expires after the 2021-22 season, but both the league and the NHL Players' Association have options to opt-out of it next month, just as teams are convening for the start of training camp. Even if neither side chooses to do so at that time, there is plenty of reason to believe the NHL could experience its fourth work stoppage under commissioner Gary Bettman at some point in the near future.

And, if that indeed does occur, one could make the case there are few teams that would be more negatively impacted than the Sharks.

San Jose has done an incredible job of prolonging its championship window -- more times than once. The Sharks only have missed the playoffs twice since 1998, reaching the Western Conference final five times in that span. The most recent of those trips came just this past season when San Jose was eliminated in six games by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.

The developments of the offseason have done nothing to remove the Sharks from the list of legitimate contenders.

But, all good things must come to an end, and that window -- at some point -- eventually will close. The fact of the matter is, while general manager Doug Wilson has replenished the roster with several quality young players, the ones that have formed the backbone of so many of those playoff runs are getting long in the tooth.

Joe Pavelski is gone. Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture will turn 35, 33 and 31 years old, respectively, this coming March. Erik Karlsson, who signed an eight-year contract at the start of the offseason, turns 30 in May. Surefire Hall of Famer Joe Thornton is 40, and while he's currently unsigned, you can count on seeing him in teal for at least one more season.

All of this is to say, the Sharks can't afford to waste any time. They've come close -- very close -- to winning it all multiple times, but last year's team might have been the most talented in franchise history, and still it fell short. One naturally would assume that if San Jose is going to end its lengthy Stanley Cup drought, it will occur while some or most of that talented and decorated core still is intact.

Any sort of work stoppage -- for however long -- would therefore rapidly increase the speed with which that window closes.

Now, there is optimism that the two sides will be able to avoid any such lockout, but there are a few contentious issues that will be at the heart of the negotiations, most notably the percentage of player contracts held in escrow, and the feasibility of NHL players participating in the Winter Olympics mid-season. Given how certain star players have set up their contracts for the 2020-21 season, it's clear that optimism isn't shared by all.

For instance, $12 million of Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid's $13 million 2020-21 contract is in the form of a signing bonus to be paid in July. Similarly, Toronto's John Tavares will make more than $11 million of his $12 million 2020-21 salary in the form of a lump sum, thereby ensuring he'll receive the vast majority of his salary whether there's a lockout in 2020 or 2022, or not at all.

The most recent NHL lockout reduced the 2012-13 season to 48 games. The one before that eliminated the 2004-05 season altogether. If the next one occurs anytime soon, it will steal time from the Sharks that they simply don't have.



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PROVOROV

Now get Konecny signed pls and then we'll be ready for the Cup run soon TBQH
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Thank gawd this Marner saga is finally over

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Got our #1 D and a top winger signed for the next 6-years for $12,000,000 total.



Time to take the next step and WIN the Metro IMO.
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Got our #1 D and a top winger signed for the next 6-years for $12,000,000 total.



Time to take the next step and WIN the Metro IMO.
Konecny's a legend. EAT UP BUD


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My standing predictions

Atlanta - 1. Tampa 2. Toronto 3. Boston 4. Florida(x) 5. Montreal 6. Buffalo 7. Ottawa 8. Detroit
Metro - 1. Washington 2. Pittsburgh 3. Carolina 4. New Jersey(x) 5. NY Islanders 6. NY Rangers 7. Philadelphia 8. Columbus
Central - 1. Dallas 2. St. Louis 3. Colorado 4. Nashville(x) 5. Winnipeg(x) 6. Chicago 7. Minnesota
Pacific - 1. Calgary 2. Vegas 3. San Jose 4. Arizona 5. Edmonton 6. Vancouver 7. Anaheim 8. Los Angeles

I would say the 7 worst teams are either in the Atlantic and the Pacific. The top 3 teams in those divisions are going to wreck the bottom 3 or 4 teams.

The Metro division is going to be pretty tough this year.
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This season i'll be looking forward for Preds, Canes and Rangers... not to forget Avalanche.

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Leafs cough up a 3 goal lead in the third to the Canadians. I love it.
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