so as we head into the 99 2000 season things are changing and things will continue to change we're into a bruising punishing big man's league and that bruising punishing style means that some careers are going to get shortened that being said the top ten that year according to the Hockey News are Jaromir Jagr at 1 peter forsberg at 2 Paul Kariya at 3 Chris Pronger at 4 he's fantastic at that point number 5 Mike Modano number 6 Nick Lidstrom number 7 Pavel Bure number 8 John LeClair number 9 Eddie Eddie Eagle Belfour and number 10 Eric Lindros and Lindros misses a lot of time that year due to concussions and we're starting to talk about how hey we're not sure about concussions and in the annual I used for this they say you know doctors are saying we don't understand the long-term ramifications of concussions and we're concerned of course now it's you know almost 20 years later and we're starting to understand the long-term ramifications of concussions there's nothing to mess with even though how they occur what kind of a hit it takes to actually get a concussion that's still an open discussion and that's still something they're investigating because again with the brain there's a lot of mystery there and there's still not a hundred percent sure on how to fix it but when people talk about how the game there's not enough hitting anymore and you know it's it's it's not as good as it used to be I remember a lot of careers being shortened and really big-name players being absolutely flattened and so when I see people saying oh you know so-and-so hit this guy and he shouldn't be allowed to hit that kaisi because he's a start and back then that wasn't a thing technically weren't supposed to hit the big star players but if he had a chance if he has his head down he can absolutely drill him and that's how Scott Stevens made a living for a good portion of his career there it was legal it was buckboard it was fine and it's part of the reason why the game has changed as much as it has because we look back on those incidents and they're ugly as much as at the time we're like wow what a hit there was still that voice to back your head the wind how about that that shouldn't be legal Anaheim they there are four points out of the playoffs that year they have no scoring depth so again we're stuck with Salani Korea and what else not enough so you're wasting some of the best years of Korea's career and end of salon teez as well and at some point Korea is gonna walk and that's gonna be a real real shame the Thrasher's win 14 games is an expansion team considering the roster they had put together that's miraculous and Patrick Steffen in his rookie year five goals 25 points yeah and and they talked about how he'll get better hmm yeah he'll get better but not a lot better um Boston 24 wins it is a miserable year I was a miserable human being that year that was that was a tough one for me Raymond bork gets traded to Colorado made it even tougher there's a lack of depth and there's if he goaltending Byron Defoe who has one of the greatest masks in history when he played for Boston his Kings mask was fantastic as well but Defoe's the starter and I'm not going to put it on to foe but there just wasn't solid enough goaltending they had Rob Tallis play for a while that year and and John Graham was in there for a while that year and Tortorella will tell you Graham's a nice guy he said that years later but Pat Burns really didn't have anything to push towards the playoffs with this was this was a pretty bad Bruins team really in all honesty pretty bad burns team uh Buffalo Hasek is limited to 35 games due to injury so Hasek with Hasek out that hurts Buffalo it means that Marty be wrong comes up and they get a good picture of the future with beer on and they feel pretty good about him as a goaltender but Hasek being out hurts they add dougie Gilmore at the trade deadline and while they don't have a fantastic year Gilmore scores 17 points and 11 games after being added from the Chicago Blackhawks by Buffalo so Gilmore seems to be happier in Buffalo than he was in Chicago he's not going to be a sabre for very long but still that's an impressive run for him calgary in the midst of a bad season freddy brathwaite has a career year the team's bad they're wearing the Horsehead jerseys now as their thirds and they're they're beautifully ugly it's the big way I put it you're not gonna see them in the countdown because the one that I have is all ratty and torn up and I need a new one but they're not easy to find in they're not cheap but Freddy brathwaite career year and then during the summer they bring back Mike Vernon so it's thanks for all your help Freddy but we know that long term you're not going to be our starter so we're gonna look to the past with Vernon and see if we can spark something here game calgary's kind of spinning their wheels at this point it's going to get better we know that but at this point it's not Ray Bourque is added as stated before the ABS lose to the Stars and the playoffs game six a chance to send it to overtime or was a game seven a chance to send it over time and Raymond bork hits the post so bork a playoff performer a clutch guy and his first playoff run with Colorado the guy hits the post it's just it was that kind of season for Bork it'll get better the next season forsberg misses 33 games so I mentioned lindros with injury problems forsberg has injury problems as well when he plays he's fantastic but he's playing not as regularly as Colorado would like Columbus joins the National Hockey League Doug McLean is in charge of building a roster from scratch and rust has left class low or rusty classless he becomes known is their first draft pick their first draft in the National Hockey League so Columbus you're now on the board ah Detroit Osgood he's solid and I liked Osgood but the criticism was always there yeah he's good but wait for that bad goal that bad goal is coming it's coming at this stage he had 196 wins for Detroit but you'd still hear about how we don't know maybe Mannie legacy is sitting on the sidelines waiting for his chance to get in there and and Osgood just doesn't get to get the respect and then when they lose to the Avalanche in round two a lot of that is well yeah but they have Patrick wah and the Red Wings have Osgood so clearly if you're going to compare him to Patrick Wow yeah but Osgood was still a pretty good goaltender at a 9/10 safe percentage that year which is right around league average I believe um the Oilers really strong year for Tommy Salo and make the playoffs they're out in the first round again and then Glen Sather he runs off to New York because he's gonna win Stanley Cup spending all of New York's money and Kevin Lo is in his general manager McTavish's and his coach what can go wrong you've got these two young guys both 41 years of age at the time they come in they're both former Oilers from the the glory years of the 80s this can only go in a good way I look forward to talking about the Oilers and all the Stanley Cup wins that these former guys from their dynasty bring to the city and future videos in this count to end that's countdown to said history set playlist you know what I mean yeah Florida 98 points 98 points great season burry 58 goals this is a fantastic Florida Panthers team that gets swept by New Jersey and round one and scores a grand total of six goals in four games and three of those six are scored and Game one it is it is a really big wake up call that something needs to be done with Florida they're not going to end up being a regular playoff powerhouse those 98 points great season fantastic best season they'd ever had to that stage and it would all go backwards from there the really important thing that year was they kept Pavel Bure healthy so burry avoiding the missing a lot of time with injury plays a big role in the team being much better Bure is a one-dimensional player you'd have to introduce him to his goalie at the end of the year because he's never met him but he's still number seven on that list because that one dimension he brings is so good Kings the Kings make the playoffs but they're swept in round one and there's some fingers pointed at their goaltending tandem of Stefan fee say and Jamie store both given the chance to take over as the starter neither of them show that a bility Jamie store is supposed to be the goalie the future for the LA Kings since they drafted them in the first round pretty high up and it's just not quite clicking so they know they need some help they know they need that in net and they're gonna continue searching for that Minnesota the quote about them in the Hockey News annual I used for this they will pick first in 2001 I would answer that with no 2001 they actually picked sixth Minnesota was a better team than they got credit for Columbus went more with the veteran roster and Minnesota went with the younger roster and the more unproven lesser-known players but was Jacques Lemaire his coach they're going to be good and Marian Gaborik was their first ever draft pick but Jacques Lemaire with his defense defense defense kind of choked the life out of the game kind of style it absolutely makes Minnesota better than they should be as an expansion team Montreal they missed the playoffs but guess what Jeff Hackett is really good Jeff Hackett has another really good season below 500 in net because he's playing a Montreal but it again shows that he was good on bad teams and how bad was this team offensively their leading scorers Martin Rosinski with 49 points I know this is a low-scoring era but 49 points is not enough and when we're since keys your number one scorer Hackett must be playing great for your team to win as many games as your Nashville wins 28 games their first year and they went 28 in their second year so you look at this two ways they don't advance from there their first season in the NHL or they don't regress the San Jose Sharks had a solid first year and then regressed in year to Tampa had a hard time making that step forward coming out of their expansion year so for Nashville it's nice and steady and they just need offense but in net they're solid they have done them in Vokoun as their tandem Vokoun will emerge as a starter soon but Dunham is not a bad goaltender for them and they really do not have a problem in the net their their problem is putting the puck in the other net New Jersey of course they win the Stanley Cup and they do it with more offensive Flair than they did in 95 there's less of the hole trapping thing and there's more flow to the game Larry Robinson behind the bench makes a big difference remember Robbie for toric he's gone Robinson takes over before the play reluctantly it would seem he's a good coach Larry Robinson is a very good coach but he seems to be more comfortable as the assistant giving ideas rather than being the guy in charge as the head coach but it works in those playoffs so this is one of those situations for Lula Morello down the stretch goes alright and switch we're gonna get this guy out as coach and put that one in and it works and so loo does it again he puts himself behind the bench at one point two dozen Limor all but this season it's Larry Robinson it works out really really well um okay Islander fans plug your ears for the next little bit here twenty four wins again that's that's an impressive back-to-back record right there so Nashville with 28 back-to-back and the the Islanders with 24 back-to-back one team is happy with their progression the other one stalled absolutely stalled but on the good side they draft first overall however they draft forty thr which means hey we can trade that lo hago kid we don't need to future number one goalies we're gonna go with D Pietro which at the time a lot of people say this is a bad idea but Millbury goes hey my idea so it's a Millbury idea and so he trades Luongo Charles Wong buys the team and that adds some financial stability and even though we'll still hear rumors of the team being moved and their their attendance that year was below ten thousand below ten thousand fans game paid it's not attending that's paid and so they get an owner that says I'm gonna stay here and this is despite a team that also only has 220 goal scorers it isn't abysmal time and those 220 goal scorers included Marius Tchaikovsky with 35 and Brad is Bicester with 22 Tchaikovsky and isbister are their best scoring forwards it's amazing they got 24 wins that way it's it's it's a rough time for some of these teams this is this is why you know if you look at these seasons you look at some of these really bad teams just think with the salary cap the Islanders would have been forced to spend money and force to have good players on their team selling guys off wouldn't have been an option now yes that could have met a move but more likely it would have meant being smart and just running the team better and your attendance would have gone up because the team would have just been constantly selling off players the Rangers 29 wins they fall to 23rd overall yesterday's video they were 18th so they're getting worse what do they do they bring back Messier alright guys cuz we're gonna do marks back he's been gone for three years to Vancouver he was exiled to the wilds of of Western BC but he's back now here we go and they also added a Vladimir malikov on a huge straight huge contract this team thinks that they're close and Glen Sather now has Rangers money to do what he said he could do which is I can I could build a cup champion with the Rangers money okay here we go uh so yeah the Rangers are still trying to buy their way back into the playoffs and we'll see as these videos go along how that goes for them Ottawa Yashin holds a dashing I'm not playing until they get a better contract and the Senators tell them to go pound salt so he does he leaps and so Yashin doesn't play the whole year Ottawa regresses in the standings and they're out in the first round but you know what they have a good year our Radek bunk makes that next step with with him out bonk ends up with 60 points a year and he played pretty darn well the the tricky part for Ottawa is goaltending Patrick Lally men's up being the starter kinda by default wrong tag nuts traded off to Pittsburgh around deadline time and barrasso is brought in while Barrasso is basically done at this stage so the leaves the starter and while he has an amazing mask one of the best masks in history he is seen as a starter that's below a step below other starters in the league and the feeling is that that kind of shows up in the playoffs Philly Lindros plays 55 games in the regular season and 2 in the playoffs and this is where we start seeing those ugly hits a wobbly Eric Lindros looking dazed and confused being dragged off the ice and it's it's not a good look for the NHL and the NHL knows this the Players Association knows this it is alarming how long it has taken for them to take action about this kind of thing but also they'll tell you it's part of the game concussions are definitely taking their toll on Eric and yet with Lindros only playing two playoff games they make the final four this team over achieves the Flyers absolutely over achieved in 99 2000 and and left its fans thinking you know what we're still close to a Stanley Cup because that year it appeared that they were close they lose out to the Devils in that Conference final but it's a good series and the perception is that they're close and if Lindros had been able to play if he wasn't injured maybe they'd win the Stanley Cup that year Phoenix the rope around wanted again dating back to when they were the Winnipeg Jets they've never been eliminated in the first round ten times in a row they're sick of it absolutely sick of it and the pressures on Roenick now to step up that okay now we've got to get more out of Roenick the thing is it's it's just they're not good enough as a team now happy bullying the bullying wall is fantastic and without having bowling this team I don't even know if they make the playoffs but there is a lot of talk about how things are going Gretzky is now a part of this organization he had a 20% ownership stake in it and of course he's gonna being the coach and the idea being you know Gretzky name recognition the name recognition is part of it but also the idea of hey this guy won Stanley Cups he's played a lot he's the best player in the history of the game arguably okay arguably the best player in the game I would say that he is but I can understand what other people would disagree with that and Phoenix brings him in and it makes total sense that you would look to a player like that to drum up interest locally and to try to turn around the fortunes of your team Pittsburgh ivanhoe Linkous the third coach this team has had in a year yep it's it's it's turmoil and yet the teams playing relatively well they they make it to round two which considering how how spotty this lineup tends to be at this stage is pretty good they had a poor power play though because they had no power quarterback their power play ranked near the bottom they had a 15.6 power play that percentage being the lowest they'd had since like expansion area kind of thing so this this is a team that the bafflingly has problems on the power play even though you got your marker on it so Pittsburgh has some underlying problems which are being hidden by the fact that keep making the playoffs there they're staying in the mix there they're playing relatively well but you can see there's a there's a market adjustment coming for him st. Louis 114 points Presidents Trophy that can only mean good things right and Roman Turek has 42 wins in his first year in st. Louis this Dallas fan was like I knew he was gonna be good and Turks masks are fantastic while we're talking about masks Turks are great eventually at some point I'm going to need to to do a countdown invite what I think were the best masks I ever saw Turk would be in there they're out in the first round against San Jose yep Presidents Trophy great team fantastic lineup top to bottom and out in the first round it is a it's something that has happened with st. Louis where they have really good regular seasons and then it just falls apart in the playoffs then winning the Stanley Cup in 2019 caught a lot of people off-guard because of this it's not a lack of faith in in the current organization or current players it's just its history we've watched this teams history and we've seen them put some pretty good teams on the ice to just fail in the big games as this one did as well speaking of San Jose they do have another first round upset so chalk one up for them however they've never been above 500 so what those playoff upsets hide is the fact this team has never been very good and it's it's kind of strange when you look at that because you would think while they keep getting out of the first round and being in the final eight so they must be pretty good no not really so once they get to that second round the the problems that caused them to be a sub 500 team show up and they end up getting eliminated then but they're a pretty good playoff team they're just not a very good regular-season team those things do happen those things can can be a that would be an interesting video too to talk about teams that finish low and do well in the playoffs it's strange but San Jose is going to change that narrative as this series goes along Tampa Bay hey look 19 wins again see this is what happens when you say our team's not gonna be last again the hockey gods here you go yeah they are in fact multiple seasons a pox on your houses Oh 19 wins and that's three straight years of 50-plus losses and Tampa's still showing up to watch games we talk a lot about fandom in the south and how it's it's not hockey no not they don't watch hockey down there Tampa will show up in support now there's talk at the time about how Tampa's papering the arena what that means is they're giving tickets away there's people outside handing tickets away so that the arena's full but they may not all be Lightning fans regardless they managed to keep their attendance numbers pretty solid I've never heard anything about Tampa being in trouble and potentially moving I've never happened and and they I don't think they always get the credit for that either the the thing with Tampa that year too is they made a ton of trades trades trades trades trades trades just to try to get better and the trades don't make any difference is just rearranging all it's just just just shuffling the cards and just crap hands all around for this team so Tampa still having problems Toronto hundred points for Toronto pretty sure that was the first time they ever reached 100 points and the team is seen as too soft for the playoffs stop me if you've heard this before so the team gets eliminated from the playoffs they watched Dallas and New Jersey play a very heavy game in the Stanley Cup Finals they say we need to be that way so they go out in the offseason they sign Gary Roberts they shine they sign Shane Carson to add some sandpaper to that line up and make things a little tougher up front the other problem they have is their blue line is good but it's not great they don't have that that big name on the blue line they don't have the depth on the blue line that they need and it's seen that their blue line and and there there's their team being soft is a reason why they're not advancing very far in the playoffs so again anybody's heard this before with the Toronto team put your hand and then feel silly because I can't see you Vancouver 25 point improvement but they still don't make the playoffs this is how crap they were they had 58 points here before they had 83 the year after they still missed the playoffs that's messy A's last year now I'm gonna get Messier some credit here that last year in Vancouver he was actually okay III thought of his three years in Vancouver that third year I thought it was was his best but when he's out Canuck fans are glad to see him out the door to be honest and Felix Potvin comes over during the season goalie of the future here we go he's he's our guy Burt Burt traded out and traded in goaltenders a lot so Kevin weeks was brought in from Florida he's the guy doesn't win a game that first time first year he's in Vancouver and then he starts playing relatively well and then he's gone Potvin Zinn and we'll see how long Potvin lasts but it's still a time of turmoil for Vancouver and what would become the West Coast Express starts to form with Morrison joining the team Bertuzzi at 25 goals and markus näslund is starting to build a pretty good resume as a goal scorer in the NHL it's just you don't hear a lot about it outside of Vancouver because the team is still basically a mess and finally the Capitals at the end of October they sat 14th out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference that's pretty miserable right that's a pretty poor record they rallied to a 102 point season that year and then they were open round 1 so they're almost the best team in the East during the regular season and then when it comes to postseason throughout in the first round Washington went through this a lot good regular seasons underachieving in the playoffs and and it didn't end until 2018 so unfortunately when I go through this series there are some teams that it's gonna feel like hey this is a beat we saw before in this series yep and we'll see it again with the Capitals but for today you guys are caught up in the 1999-2000 season let me know your thoughts in the comment section below as always forget to hit like and subscribe if your browser waits for you just happen upon this video thank you guys so much for watching I'll talk to you again soon

League Expands to 30 and Jagr Seen as Best in the NHL in 2000

27 thoughts on “League Expands to 30 and Jagr Seen as Best in the NHL in 2000

  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Love this. While many didn't like this era, I loved it. So many superstars. As exciting as hits were you're right in that it's better for an athletes health without that style. Loved watching it tho. Jagr was the best in the world that year and kovalev for a short time shortly after.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    BRING BACK BIG,BRUISING, TOUGH HOCKEY. The NHL is for big boys!!! Keep your head up, be aware of who is on the ice and take responsibility for yourself!!!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    I found "The Dead Puck Era" pretty boring. Seemed like a league full of "performance-enhancing drugs" by this point. Here you'd have quite the share of 6'3" to 6'5" 220-240 pound players taking the ice. Something was smelling/looking "fishy".

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Love my Horse Head jersey….my third favorite behind all of my Blues jerseys and my Thrashers Red 3rd.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Scott Stevens left elbow ruined the late 90's era of hockey. He's lauded for being some shut down intimidator but all his did was play with intent to injure. Can not stand that he is praised for his playing career. Kariya, Lindros, countless other lesser known players. He ruined careers. Fuck Scott Stevens.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    I think Osgood aged like a fine wine over the course of his NHL career. When he became an Islander, there were a lot of questions whether or not Osgood could still play at the same level with out a future hall of fame defense in front of him. Osgood sharpened his game away from Detroit, leading a suspect Islanders team to the playoffs in 01-02 with a .910. In 03-04 with the Blues, he had another solid season as starter posting another .910 over 67 games. In 07-08, in which I think was the best year of Ozzy’s career; he became the backbone of another Cup winner in Detroit. He posted a .914 during 43 starts/appearances splitting time with Hasek. Hasek started the first 4 games vs Nashville, and honestly the team seemed nervous with him in net. When Ozzy took over in the first round it seemed like a wave of confidence enveloped the team. Osgood posted an incredible.930 and was one of the main reasons why Detroit won the Stanley Cup that season. He followed that incredible late-career run with another the following season nearly repeating (If not for Talbot in game 7) posting a .926 during the 08-09 playoffs. Not to mention he won 401 games. The last part of Ozzy’s career should get him into the Hall of Fame.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    The Columbus blue jackets made me excited for a new expansion team at the time. I am still interested in the blue jackets.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    As a transplant who lives in tampa, they get some of the best away team support in the nhl.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Where can I get a WCE era 'Nucks jersey that's not Ebay, Hockey Guy?!? I live in Vegas and the only ones I've seen were on Ebay.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Lol Toronto was too soft back then too… It's like they feel like it needs to be their identity

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    These summary videos for the people who say oh we need to change the playoff system back to the 1vs8 2vs7 3vs6 4vs5 we had that format from 1994 til just a couple years ago and we were still seeing these quote great teams with big point totals bounced in round 1 it was a 27 point difference between the blues and sharks in 2000 we don't need to change the format these teams just should play better bottom line keep up the good work shannon we love what you do keep it up brother

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Love these videos! Wasn’t always old enough to remember well what was happening in hockey in the so it’s nice that Shannon gives us the year by year breakdown of what was going on at the time!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Hasek got injured because he was basically carrying the Sabres franchise on his shoulders!!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Milbury Ideas sounds like a great name for a deliberately bad troll fantasy hockey team.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    …while an ad rolls…when hockey became kind of a cure for insomnia at times…

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    i have that exact jersey in the thumbnail. one of my favourites

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Phoenix was sick of losing in the first round 10 years in a row, so they decided they can be eliminated in the first round if they don’t make the playoffs lol

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    This season I remember the chant of ''Osgood not as good, Osgood not as good'' hahaha

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Umm, the league is expanding to 32 teams, not 30! There's been 31 since Vegas joined. When Seattle joins it will be 32 teams, 8 teams in each division because Arizona will be moving to the Central division. Finally, all divisions will have the same amount of teams.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Forsberg, what a hero. Couldve easily been top 10 all time without those injuries.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    When you talk about players being flattened at the start I can't help but think of Paul Kariya Scott Stevens!

    It was a different world back then in terms of physical play, you nailed it, you look back now it hasn't aged well it was brutal back then

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Jagr what a player!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    The rare “pulling your goalie in overtime and you relinquish a point in overtime” where the canucks had to get two, not one, to get into the playoffs. That happened with the canucks pulling Felix potvin because a tie won’t get them in that year’s playoffs.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Nice that you mention Mariusz Czerkawski, the only NHL player with a polish name that actually was polish! He was great for the Islanders with 130+ goals total

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    So Some teams win with a body checking fashion of play. And some don’t because there is a change to the sport by the medium itself. The Sport is the Medium.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Best canucks Jersey ever

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