Best NHL Cities for Neutral Fans, Best Goalkeepers and Mayhem in Philly: Mailbag

I said we’ll only do one mail bag. I lied. Your questions for the last question It was simply too good.

This, however, is the last. genuinely. September is very busy, very quickly. In the meantime, we’re still talking about hockey stuff, even if it’s kind of dumb. Stupid can be good.

Note: The questions presented have been modified for clarity and style.


How the hell does Chuck Fletcher still have a job? – Michael J.

On the one hand, his boss trusts him, or at least he bought a) excuses/explanations for last season and b) the kind of plan to correct the ship for this season. All of this makes more sense if you assume that Fletcher CEO Dave Scott and Comcast Spectacor agree that actual rebuilding is not an option. Do you have to be? naturally. Sadly, they’ve chosen Door #2: using a whole bunch of assets to populate the top of the list with flawed players. It probably won’t work.

The whole situation is Charlie O’Connor nailed it, and said earlier this month that Fletcher could be on the hot seat unless Flyers Improvement – and it’s at least on the table, if only because of how rotten they were last season. Can Carter Hart Wallpapers on the set of their issues. Can Tony D’Angelo It gives them something. Perhaps John Tortorella extracts a few extra points from it – which he has done in the past, whether he likes it or hates it. Perhaps they will be healthy. It’s also easy to score “progress” when a vague definition of the term is used.

The problem, however, is that if all of that happens, they’ll max out when not in awe, with no real max flexibility, not enough future-focused high-end assets and a properly living fan base. If Scott’s goal is to improve quickly and stay that way – if that’s Fletcher’s job – the rubber will hit the road at some point, even if it’s overdue.

What is the hardest rule to explain to someone who has never watched hockey? – Michael J.

A lot of people here would say ‘goalkeeper intervention’. not me; The rule is easy enough to explain. Application? Less so… but that wasn’t your question. Explaining the basics of the stealth rule is simple enough, but the nuances are brutal. Imagine watching the Avs-Oilers series break with a new fan. You deal with questions as soon as they are asked, everything goes well, and then Cal Makar grades. Uh, yes, I know why this goal is important. It happens all the time, actually. I am an expert.

Hardest rule though? Cap restoration penalties. You understood them at some point, I promise.

Which franchise has the best list using players who have played for one franchise throughout their career? Jordan c.

It’s a boring answer, perhaps unfair, given the rules they were operating under until the 1960s, but it was Canadian; Maurice Richard, Henry Richard and Jean Bellevue would be tough enough on their own, but it was the Habs’ goalkeeper situation that really put them over the top. Even if we don’t count Carry priceThey’ll get Ken Dryden. Huge leg there.

take red wings, for example; Yes, they would start with Steve Ysermann, Niklas Liedstrom, Henrik Zitterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, but… who’s the goalkeeper? They don’t get Dominic Hasek. They didn’t get Terry Suchuk. They didn’t get Chris Osgood. Personally, I would be uncomfortable facing Jimmy Howard against Rocket Richard. Now, if we go into the UFA era? I subscribe to these guys. Throw at Niklas Kronwall and you’re at it. Also, don’t tell McIndoe about this. He hasn’t made full listings for “One Franchise Man” yet, and I was short on ideas in February.

What is the best market to visit for a visitor/neuter fan for a few days, and where should you eat while you are there? – Sean M.

1. Nashville
2. Chicago
3. New York
4. Montreal
5. Seattle

Montreal, depending on where you live, can be a major travel hassle. New York is very easy. Nashville will be on everyone’s list – the plaza is in a perfect location, the atmosphere of the game is lively and good food (that will kill you) is around every corner. Also, two days on Broadway is more than enough. It just feels like a vacation. Also, I like hot Bolton chicken more than Hattie Pi, if that’s your thing. No one should need an excuse to go to Chicago, but so does United Center meh, The team sucks and winter is hell, so…maybe save that trip for summer. Oh my gosh, I love all stupid Chicago food so much. You may get a pecode off Goldbelly End of this week.

why him Toronto Maple Leafs Brass/Property Paranoid about a second team in GTA?

Since it’s virtually impossible to get tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game at home, why not ask their fans for a second team, so you can take your kid to a game, without having to take out a second mortgage on your home?

How can anyone rationally argue that TML deserves support after being pathetic for most of the past 55 years, and even more recently being fortunate more than smart? – Bruce A.

salary –

1) Because it will reduce their profits. Every ticket sold, shirt purchase, or second spent talking about GTA Team 2 from Maple Leafs will be forwarded. no. These regional laws apply for a reason.

2) Because the team’s fan base is deeper than the ability to attend matches – maybe it shouldn’t, but it does. Even if it doesn’t, and we’ve seen some sort of fan uprising in southern Ontario, the Leafs still have to watch out for it. Also, those pesky territorial rights reappear.

3) Nobody can. If you hate them so much, buffalo A short drive away.

Can the Habs get around the limit by giving Carey Price a job that pays him $10.5 million a year? This sounds better than the charade done by the old players of LTIR (Chris Brugger, Shea Weber, etc.) are not retired. I’m sure that NHL They wouldn’t allow it, but that’s a different question than if they should. ideas? – Daniel H.

The NHL invented and enforced a rule to penalize teams, after the fact, for signing legal contracts. I’m also sure they wouldn’t allow Carey Price for an “11 million dollar equipment assistant”. However, I’m all for teams that are fond of creativity. We’ve seen it more and more over the past several years; Why, for example, shouldn’t Maple Leafs have the biggest analytics division in the league? All MLSE money has to go somewhere.

I mean, look at the Florida soccer team. Spend your money where you can.

What do you expect from Buffalo Saber for the best chance of increasing Tigi Thompson? And do you expect Thompson to do well, take a step forward or fall back this season, and why? – Brian F.

I never expected Anyone To achieve a boom similar to the Thomson crown. He took his 60 points from 1.6 to 2.9 in one season. No one should bet on such a thing. However, I liked a lot of what I saw Dylan Cousins Last season, though, the stats weren’t great. He’s only 20, so he’s not teetering on the brink of collapse like Thompson, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him rise.

For Thompson specifically, it would be unfair to expect that All this is so much more of it right? The dude only scored 38 goals. However, he had good basic elements that should help him even when his 15.0 shootout drops a bit. He is a good player. Point totals might drop a bit, but then what?

Because of the excitement around Trevor Zegras And Sarah Nurse on the cover of the new “NHL 23” Do you have any information on when or whether this franchise (or another) might add or bring college hockey to video games? – Josh S.

I don’t, but when I was reporting on another video game story last winter, I heard from some people who said that EA was already spending (relatively) a lot of money and a lot of development time on integrating gamers into the game. We’ve seen it happen. The thing about the “NHL” series is that EA (or ultimately Amazon, I think) doesn’t allocate “Madden” caliber resources to it. So they choose and they choose. As for “NHL 24,” they’d probably turn their attention elsewhere — and friends, they’re not starving for choice. Any college game would be way down the track, based on NCAA licensing issues alone. There’s a new ‘NCAA Football’ game on track for 2023. This will be in development for over two years, and I can guarantee you it’s given higher priority than the default ‘College Hockey’ release.

In the meantime, you can create 2022-23 Michigan Wolverines (or whatever) and Play like them in “NHL 04”.

Give me your picks now for the Stanley Cup winner and loser, Player of the Year and MVP of the regular season. I know it’s ridiculous early on, and that’s what makes it fun. – Nick B.

– Avs over hurricanes. It’s boring, but I love hurricane season though Max Priority He came out with a torn Achilles tendon. Toronto is out because of Matt Murray Ilya Samsonov’s combo dish. I’m not entirely comfortable predicting another S-series season of Igor Shesterkin. So, yeah, this is the year Carolina smash through. I just wouldn’t pick against the Avs until they lost again, though. Sorry.

– Mason McTavish just had the WJC lights out and is set to get a lot of game time in Anaheim; He has nothing to prove in juniors, and he is too young for AHL. I can just imagine him collecting enough points to get it done. if Kent Johnson It gets constantly running with Johnny Goudreu In Columbus, watch out for it.

Conor McDavid Bouncing balls from a spoiled season to win another hart. Voters will not be able to resist him for two consecutive years.

How many players will score 50 goals next year and who will they be? We saw four last year for the first time since Jonathan Checho and four others hit the mark in 2005-2006. I like to be optimistic and say the scoring will continue to progress, giving us five players out of 50 goals at Auston Matthews, Alex OvechkinLeon Drysattle and MacDavid and Kirill Kaprizov. – Joshua B.

Eh, Ovechkin looked gassy at the end of last season. I’m not comfortable saying he’ll hit 50 again, that might sound stupid. For me, Matthews is the only sure bet, right behind Kaprizov and Draysite. And I like optimism – but scoring 50 is hard. Only 17 players reached 40 last season. It’s rare for a reason.

Is Jesper Wallstedt the best goalkeeper? If not who are at this point? His playing in the last World Junior Championships was impressive. – David D.

First things first – I didn’t include this to show my potential expertise. I don’t have…no one, but nothing. I do not quarrel. I know the upper class of players who are ready for the National Hockey League, but not much more than that. Having Corey Bronman and Scott Wheeler gives me a heads up on this privilege. If I have a question, I can bother them. very easy. Now, in Wallstedt’s case, it’s good enough for even dummies like myself to be aware of it; He was the best goalkeeper in the 2021 draft, then followed up with a 0.918-keeping season as a teenager in the Swedish Hockey League. Go to WJCs, make it a wheeler Top goalkeeper in the NHL system.

Next, Wallstedt threw a 0.940 save for Sweden on the way to the bronze. We have since published Pronman’s NHL pipeline rankings, which Wallstedt expected as a quality beginner. So no, nothing has changed. I texted Wheeler – who is on vacation – about Wallstedt, and he said he was “resolute” in the lead. No roads to the rest of the stadium (Nashville’s Yaroslav Askarov, Detroit’s Sebastian Kosa, Buffalo’s Devon Levy, CalgaryDustin Wolf), but Wallstedt actually appears to be the real deal. He’s young, old, wart-free and already has a proven track record. If nothing else, it makes sense for him to play somewhere in North America this season.

What are your thoughts on official team dogs? Yay or nay? Why and why not? – Vanessa B.

Only if they are properly compensated for their work.

(Top image: Carlee Calfee/NHLI via Getty Images)

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