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Upper Deck Larry

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Upper Deck Larry last won the day on November 11 2019

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  1. I'm surprised the coach welcomed him back at this point. I guess being that good can overcome most other issues (real or imaginary).
  2. Marcus is a good guy. You will be glad to get to know him.
  3. Affiliations creating a scenario where the best goalies do not always play or stay on the roster.
  4. I can see why. Their reputation is awful. I think I'm just thinking from a strategical and activity standpoint, it looks like that league is accomplishing more as far as team planting and footprint. I'm not sure I could stand their level of play, but I wonder about it as entertainment as I watch the SPHL level of entertainment in game action decline rapidly. Maybe a crap show would be better than no show, and I'm surprised that league seems to be outmaneuvering the SP.
  5. I would possibly accept the sloppy play for some action, passion, and drama. I think an owner beating up referees is a bonus to the ticket price. I'm not interested in a "clean" league, so I can accept the loss of some athletes that would shy away from that type of league. The SPHL has reached peak boring right now.
  6. That is sort of the fear. Is the FPHL going to eat up the markets that the SPHL would have used to replace teams? Is FPHL becoming the preference for possible southern owners?
  7. That's great news! I was a bit sad that a big fan was going to miss out on a night of great action and be separated from family. I'm very relieved now that I understand differently. Have fun!
  8. I have to say, I'd be interested to see more classic minor league hockey than the boring "developmental" league that the SPHL has become. I'm not convinced that the FPHL doesn't exceed the SPHL in entertainment value.
  9. I understand there is a huge difference in league models and professionalism, but the FPHL looks like they are doing something right now, while the SPHL looks stagnant. If the SPHL were to lose Fayetteville, and say Macon, they don't look so stable anymore. The SPHL could be in a precarious or desperate situation if they are not careful.
  10. He was a victim of the slower economy before full recovery, and the bear workforce has not recovered like the rest of the economy. I hear he's still training and looking for work, but with most of the two bear tandem teams going to a single bear, there is a lot of competition. Turnover is low amongst the single remaining hockey bears.
  11. Mitch, I sort of doubt that. Starting goaltenders, and especially a returnee like Stewart, would get double that. They eat up a larger share of the salary cap. I would think under current circumstances, Murdaca picked up the higher salary slot when he returned. He likely was in a lower range previously with Stewart still on the roster, and Murdaca being unproven at first. Average salary would be slightly over $300 per player per week.
  12. If any of the other forwards return without equivalent departures, I cannot imagine who Carr would cut. He has no real weak links at forward/center. I would not want to have to make that call.
  13. Stewart was so good most of last year. He seems to have a mental block or technical flaw right now. A cheaper backup to Murdaca is the prudent way to go, but Claeys has to be for emergencies only. He is just bad, but they were able to hide it for a couple games. This team relies on offense, so they cannot win long term sinking back to protect a goalie. Murdoch showed the difference in goaltending tonight. They can do so much offensively and defensively if they know a strong goalie is bailing them out of any aggressiveness. If Murdaca goes, they are in trouble. I think one big, rugged D-Man and/or a PP QB that can play solid defense makes them dangerous. I want Quince back, though.
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