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    Soviet Strength vs USA and Canada

    I'm doing a personal project with regards to all time world rankings. Some of it is subjective, and it is personal and contains a few personal biases. Disclaimer aside: At what point was the Soviet...
  2. I'm tellin' ya, speed skating background =...

    I'm tellin' ya, speed skating background = potential haha
  3. I know this likely belongs somewhere else, but I...

    I know this likely belongs somewhere else, but I know KOR has a super strong short-track speedskating tradition, so I have always wondered why that hasn't boosted their hockey...although judging by...
  4. Thread: National Team

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    National Team

    I will likely be posting this in several countries boards, but I have a simple question. If every player from every league was available (ignoring injuries) what would Finland's National team look...
  5. Thread: National Team

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    National Team

    I will likely be posting this in several countries boards, but my question is simple. If every player from every league was available (ignoring injuries) what would Sweden's National team look like?...
  6. So are Estonia and the Netherlands too late to...

    So are Estonia and the Netherlands too late to register now?
  7. Poll: Thrilling results so far today, and the late game...

    Thrilling results so far today, and the late game has even bigger implications. This thing has been blown wide open. Have I mentioned how much I love this format lately? :c032:
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    You summed up all my posts way better than I...

    You summed up all my posts way better than I could Graham. I don't see how any points you made in that entire post are refutable.
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    Your examples are very poor. When you win a Nobel...

    Your examples are very poor. When you win a Nobel Prize, you don't win it for Team USA, you win it for yourself (your research team, etc.) The country notation is for information, not some big...
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    I don't care about coaches being foreign. I think...

    I don't care about coaches being foreign. I think they are an acceptable, and in fact, vital way to grow the sport. I was talking about players. The coach is one man, and he can only teach and guide....
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    Because, the players those teams use and compete...

    Because, the players those teams use and compete with are FROM THEIR COUNTRY as a rule. The team plays at the skill level the players developed and trained by their nation let them. Playing against...
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    This argument is going on in several threads, and...

    This argument is going on in several threads, and some observations between the 2, here is what I see: 1) The people who want to allow imported players/sons of emigrants seem to be from countries...
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    I think the point you are missing is those guys...

    I think the point you are missing is those guys aren't "Their" players when they don't ever learn or play there, especially when they move to another country at a very young age/weren't even born...
  14. Thread: National Goalies

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    Is there anyone in Sweden who is better then...

    Is there anyone in Sweden who is better then Hedberg or Gustavson? Not sold on either of them.
    Also, Barulin ahead of Nabokov or instead of Nabokov?
    So no consensus on the ordering of 8-10 yet...
  15. Thread: National Goalies

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    National Goalies

    I am unsure oh where this belongs, but...

    I am a bit of a goalie nut. I was arguing with a friend about the strength of nations goaltending these days. I just sort of wanted to make up a top-10...
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    I concur. He went hard to the net, we went down,...

    I concur. He went hard to the net, we went down, puck went over the goalie and in.
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    And that's gotta be it for Croatia. I am sure...

    And that's gotta be it for Croatia. I am sure there is a complex set of circumstances where that is not the case, but I think they no longer have a real shot at promotion.
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    Lord knows I am no expert on developing players,...

    Lord knows I am no expert on developing players, let alone goalies, who have an infamously random development curve. I asked earlier what more experienced eyes thought of him and where he could peak....
  19. Poll: Gonna have to go: Poland S Korea Lithuania...

    Gonna have to go:
    Poland
    S Korea
    Lithuania
    Netherlands
    Australia
    Romania

    With the bottom 4 in a mishmash of OT results and upsets. Australia manages to shock their way to 5th.
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    You are likely correct. Alcaine just qualifies as...

    You are likely correct. Alcaine just qualifies as a gamebreaker I guess. Would love to see him develop in a higher league.
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    Maybe it's time to buy into Spain being better...

    Maybe it's time to buy into Spain being better than we give them credit for. Alcaine clearly is very, very skilled. It's like how Canadian broadcasters are shocked when the Swiss beat us/play us...
  22. A regular goaltending duel, that was

    A regular goaltending duel, that was
  23. Poll: This tournament has me excited. All of these...

    This tournament has me excited. All of these teams are capable of beating each other. The overhaul is going to shine here.
  24. Looks from the PIM stats like it's gotten pretty...

    Looks from the PIM stats like it's gotten pretty chippy
  25. Tide's turned fast in this one...should be an...

    Tide's turned fast in this one...should be an interesting 3rd
  26. Nicely done. Are there depth charts for other...

    Nicely done. Are there depth charts for other teams done up? I would love to see these for every team.
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    Sticky: My brother currently goes to RMC, and he can...

    My brother currently goes to RMC, and he can confirm that they are awful. Awful awful.
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    Hey BoltStripes, could we get a source on that?

    Hey BoltStripes, could we get a source on that?
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    I find that Europeans tend to overstate just how...

    I find that Europeans tend to overstate just how much North Americans care about where their family is from. Just because your grandfather came from X-ania does not mean you feel any attachment to...
  30. Thread: NHL Draft 2011

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    Detroit could pick a goat with the last pick, and...

    Detroit could pick a goat with the last pick, and is long as it was Swedish, it would be turn out no worse than a skilled, 30 points a year 3rd line forward.
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    Poll: That makes sense. I suppose a big reason North...

    That makes sense. I suppose a big reason North American leagues don't do that is fiscal stability.
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    Poll: If I may ask, because it does confuse me, why is...

    If I may ask, because it does confuse me, why is relegation and promotion such a huge deal for Europeans? I can understand the team fatigue mentioned earlier. In a league of 12 teams, that is going...
  33. Poll: People have turned Winnipeg into this mecca just...

    People have turned Winnipeg into this mecca just because they might get the team back. I have never heard its virtues extolled so much before this. Just because the city will apparently be excited to...
  34. Poll: While Bryz is being whiny about it, I would live...

    While Bryz is being whiny about it, I would live in well over a dozen places in Canada before Winnipeg, including every other NHL city. The city has earned some of its reputation. It was the murder...
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    I find it frustrating as a Canadian who wants the...

    I find it frustrating as a Canadian who wants the sport to grow so badly to read this kind of thing. So often you read here about governing bodies that range from incompetent to corrupt....
  36. Poll: Thanks all. I had a brain fart with the...

    Thanks all. I had a brain fart with the regulation/OT point difference, my bad. That last game should be a doozy.
  37. Poll: But after the three way tie, it goes...

    But after the three way tie, it goes head-to-head, and then I was under the impression the next tie breaker is goal differential from the games with the teams that are tied. I may be completely...
  38. Poll: So if Kaz, Ukr, and GRB win all remaining games...

    So if Kaz, Ukr, and GRB win all remaining games in regulation, and Ukraine beats Kazakstan by one goal in regulation or overtime, Great Britain promotes, right? Or am I wrong about tie-breakers.
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    That OK Bolts. Las Vegas is certainly not a good...

    That OK Bolts. Las Vegas is certainly not a good idea, but Kansas City might work out.
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    Hartford was unable to support a team in the...

    Hartford was unable to support a team in the past, and I don't know why anyone thinks they can again. People have this notalgia sometimes for old folded teams.
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    In my divisional realignments for my dream 32...

    In my divisional realignments for my dream 32 league (one day!) The Canadian teams are in 2 divisions (Canada East, Canada West), as it easily made the most sense.

    In any case, the Yotes are not...
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    Good points, especially that Bettman is...

    Good points, especially that Bettman is answerable to the team owners. I would not move the Islanders, I just resent how they have excuses made for them by the same people who rip up the south. I...
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    I am from NS, and lived in Halifax for several...

    I am from NS, and lived in Halifax for several years. There is no way that would work. The population of HRM is about 300,000...PEI is a 5 hour drive away, and Moncton, the closest city in NB by far...
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    Bettman's contract was extended another 5 years....

    Bettman's contract was extended another 5 years. Bettman is being stubborn here for 3 reasons. He doesn't want to be pushed around by Goldwater or anyone else, he has to be seen supporting the...
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    It's funny how fast a series can appear to turn....

    It's funny how fast a series can appear to turn. Rinne and Fleury looked amazing in game 1, but not so last night, even Luongo to an extent.
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    Poll: Caps look like the real deal this year. They won...

    Caps look like the real deal this year. They won the east about as quietly as can possibly be done.
  47. I ask this every year, but how come TPE...

    I ask this every year, but how come TPE consistently has a half decent, if still D.3, U18 team but no Senior team?
  48. Poll: This is a tough group, that`s for sure

    This is a tough group, that`s for sure
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    Exactly. You did not bother to pay attention to...

    Exactly. You did not bother to pay attention to any rule changes until they directly affected your team. If it had not affected your team, you would not have made a thread with the balanced and...
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    When you originally posted, New York had not. I...

    When you originally posted, New York had not. I also note the date is just about when implications of the rule became noticed in New York. The rule was in place before that and you had not seen fit...
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