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  1. I'm not sure why anyone thinks another ex-player would make a fantastic coach...that experiment didn't go so hot the last time. It's time to look outside the organization this time...
  2. Most don't, you're right, but in most leagues they at least have a shot...not here. With no NHL affiliations and players in the ECHL and AHL under NHL affiliate contracts, the best these guys can usually hope for is for a call up to fill in for a contracted player that was, themselves, called up to fill in a gap in the parent club. Couple that with the fact there isn't a lot of turnover at teh NHL level and there is little to no path for these guys, there is a path in MLB. And the 'pretend' money is figurative...the couple hundred bucks these guys (and ECHL guys) are making a week is pretend money compared to what MLB Minor League and AHL guys are making. MLB Minor League Salaries: http://www.sportslawblogger.com/baseball/salary-information/minor-league-salary/ SPHL Weekly Salary Cap: $5600/18 players ECHL Weekly Salary Cap: $12,400/20 players
  3. Good post. I’ve also always been of the opinion that the team (and by extension, the league) are ‘pretend’. Yah, you’ve got one guy (Darling) that, ironically, overcame being a drunk himself and made it to the NHL in a backup, and now (likely) starting role, but the majority of these kids have no real future in the game as players. Most of them are just getting the hockey bug out of their system and likely have a ‘real’ job waiting for them when they decide to move on. Bring that up to some ‘fans’ and you’ll get chastised (“These boys live and die for your entertainment!”). Regarding the different consequences for different people, a lot of commenters don’t seem to have worked in a boss-employer type business before. Sure, equal consequences for the same offense, regardless of position, is the correct and fair outcome, but we all know different levels of people get different punishment for the same or similar offenses. Some manager takes a 2hr lunch, nobody notices…some phone rep takes an extra 5min on their lunch and they get written up. It’s just the way things go. I will say that Billett's was a bit more severe in the "impact to others" department...he took down power on a major street for hours and prevented people from being able to go about their normal lives while they repaired it, not to mention the cost to the city and other utilities to repair all he screwed up.
  4. I looked, didn't see any. Maybe she was detained and not booked.
  5. Someone isn't hurting for cash if he got Bosch to defend him.
  6. Considering Murray is part of the KIB ownership group, I wonder how hard it'd be for them to force him to step down?
  7. I see that inconsistent worm of an admin hasn't booted the guy that posted it over there yet, but he's doing his best to make excuses for it and also claims to have 'inside knowledge' as per usual. That said, this team is officially a dumpster fire now.
  8. Another reason I didn't renew. I gave them a few years to make it right, but you can't drag a man out in front of his fans and family to tell him they're naming a street after him, then never even begin the process of filing the paperwork or getting a sponsor. I'll never forget that, low class and amateur hour move.
  9. This might be a great time to repost my arena transposal pics!
  10. I never got that at all at the cattle chutes, it was the same thing every time: hold the doodie from your pockets, arms out, get wanded with a detector that may or may not work or even have batteries, carry on. As for the ushers, it's mind boggling that people will actually stand there while they hold up the STOP signs until there is a whistle...you can just go in the concourse under the stands on either side to get around them. Once you get past the old ladies you can move anywhere you want at any time. I'm not condoning it because they're trying to keep people from walking in front of you during play, but I was on the end of an aisle just as you come out of one of the concourse tunnels...no way I was going to stand there and wait. So the whole SMG thing was transparent to me, didn't affect me in the least. Actually, it did affect me for the best since they banned noisemakers there for a while...hate those things.
  11. I really don't understand the SMG hate/issues, that was the most peripheral of my concerns this last season. Other than the cattle chutes and security theatre, neither of which delayed me more than 20-30sec, the game-day experience didn't seem to change once they took over. Was there something I missed or didn't encounter?
  12. It makes sense if the front office wanted to smokescreen the STHs that might bail if they found out he'd been canned.
  13. That says a lot about the fan base that the team figured more people would not renew if he were let go...it was the opposite with me. People get too attached to these guys, what with the access they have to them and personal bonds they form, and let that get in the way of the fact that 'Oh, this team has been a dumpster fire for years now, but lets keep the coach because I kinda know him a little and he's a good guy.'
  14. Likewise, and, likely. There are also some family medical issues coming up in the next 6mo that would have prevented me from straying too far from my parents should they need me, that played into it as well. I'll probably come back when/if a new arena gets built...my seats were horrible and the issues I had with them would be taken care of with a new venue. I tried to relocate every year but all of the seats I wanted were always renewed by whoever had them
  15. It was also luck that MRK lost the use of their home ice for the final round and both games had to be played here. Yah, Bell is the national telco in .ca...not sure what he did up there, but I'm pretty sure his dad retired from there as well. My seats were behind the bench so I can't see who's there and who isn't...this is the first I've heard of him taking off. Hopefully the go outside the org for a coach, this experiment didn't work out that well.