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  Holland
 
October 9, 2011 7:45:36 pm
 
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Hahahahahahahahahah
Hahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahaa
 
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  TheBrickwall
 
October 9, 2011 9:42:17 pm
 
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Dear Winnipeg and True North Sports and Entertainment,
You seriously OVERPAID! Suckers!!! Bwhahahaha!
Signed, Atlanta Spirit Group

 
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October 9, 2011 10:51:17 pm
 
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I like how Home Depot and Coke had 2 of the 4 center ice logo ads. Thanks for supporting the home town team.

"The 50-50 winner took home more than $70,000". That's more than the Spirit spent trying to keep the team here.

 
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October 10, 2011 12:19:05 am
 
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Was absolutely hilarious to see the final score to that game.
 
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  AMike
 
October 10, 2011 8:03:43 am
 
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If you watched the telecast, the CBC presented this as a great return of a great team. You would think with the way this game was presented that this was one of the greatest teams assembled on ice. It wasn't until halfway through the game when Jim Hughson (play-by-play) reminded everyone that the Jets were the team from Atlanta complete with all the issues of previous seasons.

It was a great atmosphere there and once they have a decent product there (ha!), it will be a difficult arena to play in.

 
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  Bongo
 
October 10, 2011 8:35:40 am
 
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What I find amazing is that the "lowly" Atlanta Thrashers are now being hailed as the saviors of hockey in Canada. This team couldn't get mentioned on TSN or HNIC and whenever it was, it was always something derisive. I am taking some warmth from the fact that our pitiful, disrespected, couldn't catch a break hockey club has brought so much joy to Winnipeg. I'm sure most of them didn't even notice the score.
 
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October 10, 2011 8:38:52 am
 
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Don't be hatin on Coke and Home Depot. Neither have any business owning a sports franchise.
 
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quote:
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Don't be hatin on Coke and Home Depot. Neither have any business owning a sports franchise.



Yea, and besides...Home Depot was a sponsor at Philips until the very end.


 
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  Holland
 
October 10, 2011 1:47:40 pm
 
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quote:
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Don't be hatin on Coke and Home Depot. Neither have any business owning a sports franchise.



I specifically mean the center ice advertisements. It was always depressing that we were the only team that couldn't sell all 4.

 
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October 10, 2011 1:50:36 pm
 
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If you watched the telecast, the CBC presented this as a great return of a great team. You would think with the way this game was presented that this was one of the greatest teams assembled on ice. It wasn't until halfway through the game when Jim Hughson (play-by-play) reminded everyone that the Jets were the team from Atlanta complete with all the issues of previous seasons.

It was a great atmosphere there and once they have a decent product there (ha!), it will be a difficult arena to play in.



Look at ESPN's choice for the 7th best player in the NHL:

Player Power Rankings: Skaters

These rankings are based on VUKOTA projections. For more detail on VUKOTA, click here.

Rank
Player
Team
Pos.
Off./Goalie GVT
Def. GVT
Shootout GVT
Total GVT

1
Alex Ovechkin
Washington Capitals
F
17.1
3.5
0.0
20.6

Ovechkin is so talented that a 32-goal, 85-point campaign was considered a bust. Although his shooting percentage (8.7 percent) should rebound, Washington's captain needs to prove that he still can get as many shots on net as in previous seasons.

2
Steven Stamkos
Tampa Bay Lightning
F
17.5
2.0
-0.1
19.4

It has become a three-way discussion as to who is the best player in hockey, with Stamkos joining the big two. (No offense, Corey Perry.) We're projecting the Bolts' fourth-year forward for a league-leading 47 goals and a career-best 98 points.

3
Sidney Crosby
Pittsburgh Penguins
F
15.7
2.7
0.1
18.5

Crosby was having a season for the ages that would have produced 64 goals and 132 points had he been able to continue at the same pace for 41 more games. It's all about health for the Pens' captain; this projection assumes 70 games played, which is likely optimistic.

4
Corey Perry
Anaheim Ducks
F
14.7
2.9
-0.1
17.5

Last season's MVP, Perry headlines some top-shelf talent in Anaheim, including Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne, Jonas Hiller and Lubomir Visnovsky. But the sorely lacking bottom half of the Ducks' lineup hasn't improved much.

5
Daniel Sedin
Vancouver Canucks
F
14.1
2.7
0.0
16.8

VUKOTA pegged a downturn in production for the Hart Trophy-winning Henrik Sedin for 2010-11, and looks for twin brother Daniel to likewise come down from 104 points to 86. Alain Vigneault's favorable situational usage could mean that he splits the difference, though.

6
Anze Kopitar
Los Angeles Kings
F
10.9
4.6
0.1
15.6

Kopitar was having a Selke Trophy-caliber season before he missed the final couple of weeks with a broken ankle. He'll be in the hunt for the hardware again in 2011-12.

7
Dustin Byfuglien
Winnipeg Jets
D
11.1
4.5
0.0
15.5

Byfuglien got some bad press this offseason, but his offensive talent from the blue line should make him a favorite in Winnipeg.

8
Patrick Kane
Chicago Blackhawks
F
12.6
2.9
0.0
15.5

Kane's primary assist rate dropped from 0.97 per 60 minutes to 0.59 per 60 minutes. That should improve, as should the former Calder Trophy winner's point total.

9
Jeff Skinner
Carolina Hurricanes
F
13.0
2.1
0.0
15.1

VUKOTA is normally quite conservative about projecting rookies for big improvements, so when you see a bump up to 36 goals and 78 points, take notice. Skinner might not have been a better Calder candidate than fellow finalists Michael Grabner and Logan Couture, but he just might have the best career.

10
Jonathan Toews
Blackhawks
F
10.9
3.5
0.2
14.6

The Chicago captain does it all, from offense to defense to faceoffs to shootouts. In fact, expect Toews to exceed the projection at least in terms of his shootout value.


 
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