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#1 Apr 21 2011 at 9:20 PM Rating: Good
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When will Canada make a Western Conference team good enough to compete? I heart watching Luongo take a facial.
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#2 Apr 21 2011 at 9:44 PM Rating: Decent
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When will Canada make a Western Conference team good enough to compete? I heart watching Luongo take a facial.


You must have missed the 80's when Edmonton and Calgary won 6 Cups. But ya they are all hurting now, especially since the lockout. Capping Salaries because failed southern US expansions hurt all canadian teams. (the eastern conference ones suck just as bad, Toronto is ***, Ottawa is ***, and Montreal is only in the post season because Price the goalie has bein playing like a demi-god).

As for the latter part of your statement I do as well, if the Canucks burn, then my wings are pretty uncontested until Stanley.

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#3 Apr 22 2011 at 3:38 AM Rating: Good
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We pump out the quality players, while the US pays big bucks for their services. When will the US produce some quality players?

I think the real question is, when will the Western conference produce a good team actually in the West?

Edited, Apr 22nd 2011 7:01am by Uglysasquatch
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#4 Apr 22 2011 at 5:27 AM Rating: Good
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So I take it you guys are taking about hockey and not soccer, eh?
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Does it matter? They're both irrelevant with baseball season going on.
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#6 Apr 22 2011 at 6:39 AM Rating: Good
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Uglysasquatch wrote:
We pump out the quality players, while the US pays big bucks for their services. When will the US produce some quality players?

We do ok in international competition. Too bad Cindy couldn't have gotten her concussion a year earlier. Speaking of Ms. Crosby, what are the odds she ever comes back at full form?
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I think the real question is, when will the Western conference produce a good team actually in the West?

Meh, Hockey needs a baseball-style realignment.
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#7 Apr 22 2011 at 8:06 AM Rating: Good
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I heart watching Luongo take a facial.

Nothing warms my heart more than watching him completely self-destruct on live television.
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#8 Apr 22 2011 at 8:17 AM Rating: Good
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I heart watching Luongo take a facial.

Nothing warms my heart more than watching him completely self-destruct on live television.


I thought facials were more degradation than destruction.
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#9 Apr 22 2011 at 8:44 AM Rating: Good
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The last two games were a bit of both. Last night's 3 goal first was self-destruction. The 4th goal @ 1:26 in the second was the facial. Tuesday the facial was the 6th goal @ 2:49 in the 4th after the first 5 goals were the self destruct. Gotta question Vigneault leaving Lu in to start a period only to yank him after a quick goal 2 games in a row. Boberto has a history of meltdown, so personally I'd yank him any time he let in 3 unanswered. The Canucks have the firepower to erase 3 goals. I've watched them do it, but 4 is daunting to anyone.
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I haven't kept up with hockey since the North Stars were moved to Dallas. grumble...grumble

After the '93 re-alignment, was there really any reason to change the division/conference names? That change seemed to take away some of the uniqueness of hockey compared to the other sports.

I know it's an extremely dated gripe, but living in Japan for the last 18 years has stifled my ability to watch any games.
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#11 Apr 22 2011 at 12:29 PM Rating: Default
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Uglysasquatch wrote:
We pump out the quality players, while the US pays big bucks for their services. When will the US produce some quality players?

I think the real question is, when will the Western conference produce a good team actually in the West?

Edited, Apr 22nd 2011 7:01am by Uglysasquatch


Anaheim won it just a couple years back, Edmonton and Calgary both went to the finals a few years ago, St. Louis used to be a pretty dominate team. But ya really the only consistent team in the West has been Detroit, which really should be in the East Conference (which is why they get special rules applied to them following west coast swings as part of the deal they made with the reorganization). The west has been a revolving door though, and some teams are just depressing. Other teams are just disappointing. Look at San Jose who should have been in the finals at least 4/5 seasons passed, but always choked on **** in the 2nd or 3rd round, similar to Vancouver.
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Every team located in the West has been 1 hit wonders, except for San Jose, who are habitual underachievers.
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#13 Apr 22 2011 at 3:09 PM Rating: Good
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When will Canada make a Western Conference team good enough to compete? I heart watching Luongo take a facial.


At some point yes, but we'll likely be driving flying cars and eating meals in pill form when it finally happens.

Oh, and hockey will no longer be played on ice.
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#14 Apr 25 2011 at 9:49 PM Rating: Good
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So not only did the Hawks emotionally hurt Luongo so badly that he sat at the start of game 6, but Frolik faked out Schneider so hard on that penalty shot that he physically hurt him.

Win or lose, this has been one helluva good series.
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So not only did the Hawks emotionally hurt Luongo so badly that he sat at the start of game 6, but Frolik faked out Schneider so hard on that penalty shot that he physically hurt him.

Win or lose, this has been one helluva good series.


Def one of the better ones, I think MTL and BOS has been the most exciting but VAN and CHI has be great, hope the hawks win, central division represent!.
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I miss the days when Calgary didn't play like a children's hockey team. It's like after the strike/lockout/whatever, they just decided to stop trying.
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#17 Apr 27 2011 at 4:25 AM Rating: Good
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When will Canada make a Western Conference team good enough to compete? I heart watching Luongo take a facial.


Canucks! WOOOOO! :)

That was a good game.
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#18 Apr 27 2011 at 6:40 PM Rating: Good
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When will Canada make a Western Conference team good enough to compete? I heart watching Luongo take a facial.


Canucks! WOOOOO! :)

That was a good game.

The shorty to send it to OT was epic.

Good luck in the next round (you play Nashville, right?).
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#19 Apr 27 2011 at 7:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh, right, this is a hockey thread. forgot why I was avoiding it.
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If my local choices were NY, Buffalo or NJ, I'd avoid this thread too.
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#21 Apr 27 2011 at 9:32 PM Rating: Decent
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MTL BOS game was epic!.
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