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26 Nov 2021 09:34:50
Montreal stands pat

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23 Nov 2021 11:47:39
Off topic here but can any Albertans tell me a safe city to raise a family, other than Edmonton or Calgary? We don't want to be in a big city. We're moving from a small town in Ontario and would like to be in a somewhat smaller city, with schools and job opportunities. I have some family in Camrose, It seems nice but we'd like to broaden our search. Thanks

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23 Nov 2021 15:39:35
I have family just outside of Calgary in Airdrie as well as in Lethbridge. Both with kids that grew up there and turned out pretty awesome.

23 Nov 2021 15:41:53
Guess it also depends on what you consider a small town. Lethbridge is pretty big, Airdrie is smaller but closer to Calgary.

23 Nov 2021 18:57:18
The houses in Airdrie seem pretty high, it must be nice. I’ve done a lot of research but wanted to know from people with experience. We don’t want a really small town that schools are too far away, not a real big city either. Thanks turkey.

23 Nov 2021 22:25:59
I'm not from Alberta, but have been to Lethbridge many times as its about 2 hours from BC border, it has everything you need ( however very windy) . Like all places, they have there crime and issues.
It all depends what kind of work your looking for?

24 Nov 2021 01:40:57
Cold lake is a small city/ big town if your looking farther North.

24 Nov 2021 10:37:05
I have read that Lethbridge and Red Deer are high on crime, but yes most places do have their share of issues. I haven’t heard of Cold lake, I’ll look into it. I’m hoping to get a retirement package from my company in April. I’ll only be 47, so I still plan on working somewhere for another 10 years. Any type of work really, just not customer service. I don’t like people, lol. My wife is a teacher, schools close by would be nice. Kids in high school, college soon. I appreciate the info.

25 Nov 2021 00:02:20
Jus so ya know, BC is better lol.

Blairmore, Coleman Alberta are small little towns, close to BCs East Kootenay region, where i'm from, Lots of Golf, Skiing, if ya want US border is about an hour away,
They call Blairmore / Coleman area the Crowsnest Pass area, lots of people work at the mines in BC, not to far away, make 100k a year driving Haul Trucks? If your into that.

25 Nov 2021 03:18:07
Thanks Sosa. We spent 3 weeks this summer in Banff, Jasper, Whistler and Vancouver. We loved every minute of it. We have family in Edmonton and Camrose, so we’ll probably stay in Alberta.

25 Nov 2021 03:23:54
Crowsness Pass looks like it’s right in the mountains. I like that. We also liked Field BC, went to Emerald Lake. Have you been to Lussier Hot Springs? A natural hot spring in the mountains.

25 Nov 2021 11:01:20
Yes I've been to Lussier many times, as I spend 2 weeks camping about 15 minutes from there, I grew up about an hour away from there, its a great place. Actually going to be going up there in about 3 weeks, do some icefishing and probably stop in for a soak once I'm done.
Good luck on the move out West. If ya end up near a WHL town, there's good hockey. the AJHL ( Jr A) is also a good league.
Maybe time to ditch the Leafs? And go for Oilers or Flames? Lol.

25 Nov 2021 12:58:31
That’s awesome Sosa. I’ll never give up on the leafs but I like all Canadian teams, even the habs. I found a really nice place I like in Blairemore, but this is all for nothing if I don’t get offered a retirement package in April. Worst case scenario, I retire in 5 years and we’re moving then. I want to be prepared if it’s April, so thanks to all of those who replied.

25 Nov 2021 14:30:26
Retire at your age.? I'm in the wrong profession lol . Hope it all works out for ya bud.

25 Nov 2021 15:25:14
Good luck on your retirement package!

25 Nov 2021 19:42:29
I can retire at 52 but there are a lot of people on lay off. It’s also a 2 tier pay system. They could offer a package to get the older crowd in a higher pay bracket out. Thanks guys.

26 Nov 2021 14:45:10
Red Deer and Lethbridge are indeed very high in crime. Sherwood Park or St Albert are good options aswell. I’m from Edmonton but I’m currently living in BC. You’ll love Alberta.

26 Nov 2021 14:51:47
Thanks Casual. I have a cousin in Sherwood Park and she has nothing but good things to say about it.

27 Nov 2021 14:25:39
I’ve been to Medicine Hat many times. Looks like a great place to live. Small city that has almost everything. But low crime rate. People are quite friendly.
Maybe another option for you Toronto 17.

27 Nov 2021 17:18:01
Thanks Muzza. I’ll check it out.

30 Nov 2021 19:22:03
Where ever you go don’t go to Fort Mac. That place is a dump. Medicine Hat seems nice. I’d argue that no matter where you go there is crime but you won’t see it unless if you look for it.

01 Dec 2021 03:55:02
Thanks vbb’s. Fort McMurray is a place I didn’t even consider. Not sure why.

16 Dec 2021 22:09:41
St Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc or Devon are all smaller but still close to Edmonton. A bit further out, you’ve got Spruce Grove or LaCombe.

Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks/High River, Langdon all surround Calgary. Strathmore is a bit further out or you could retire in Canmore, but it can be pricey.

Lethbridge is far south and windy. Cold Lake is pretty far north near the Saskatchewan border and Fort Mac is even farther north. Nice in summer, but super cold winters and hours away from Edmonton.

21 Nov 2021 03:44:13
Just some cool stats

Flames outscore opponents 16-0 at 5-on-5 with Tkachuk, Lindholm and Gaudreau on the ice.

Flames lead the NHL with 1.82 GA per game on the road.

Flames lead the NHL in S% ( .932 ) and GAA ( 1.75 )

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20 Nov 2021 19:12:28
So many upcoming 2022 UFA & RFA's have re-signed extensions already, not waiting for the trade deadline or off-season:

Adam Fox-7yrs x 9.5mil
Charlie McAvoy-8yrs x 9.5mil
Kirill Kaprizoc-5yrs x 9mil
Mika Zibanejad-8yrs x 8.5mil
Brady Tkachuk-8yrs x 8.2mil
Nick Suzuki-8yrs @ 7.9 mil
Morgan Reilly-8yrs x 7.5mil
Elias Petterson-3yrs x 7.325mil; etc.

But Johnny Gaureau and Matthew Tkachuk have not, which is concerning to me...

I understand waiting on Andrew Mangiapane & Oliver Kylington to see if they sustain their play and because they're RFA's, but I'm really worried about the other two.

Gaudreau is probably worth 7-7.35mil for 5-7 years and Tkachuk will want 9-9.5+mil for 5-8 years IMO. I don't see there being enough to sign Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Mangiapane and Kylington unless players like Monhahan, Lucic, Zadorov & Pitlick are moved or let go at free agency for nothing.

I'm specifically worried about Johnny Hockey walking away for nothing in return (like John Tavares) and/or Matthew Tkachuk holds out next year (like his Brother Brady and William Nylander), so who should be traded and for what!?

My Star Targets (no set order) are:
William Nylander/Travis Konecny/Vladimir Tarasenko/Taylor Hall/Boone Jenner/Peyton Krebs/Lucas Raymond/Sam Reinhart/Brendan Gallagher/Nikolaj Ehlers/Kyle Connor/Tom Wilson/Max Pacioretty/Jonathan Marchessault/Brock Boeser/Gabriel Landeskog/Nathan MacKinnon

Tkachuk should bring in much more because of his age, skill and tenacity as in one of the above + 2 1st Round Draft Picks (is his value =, > or < than Jack Eichel?), but the bottom line for me is if he wants to hold out on Calgary or fleece them to stay, he can go IMO and if Gaudreau walks for nothing, I will be choked! Thoughts!?

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20 Nov 2021 21:50:57
I think Gaudreau is likely to walk at the end of the season, while Matthew will hold out like Brady and will end up costing Calgary much more that he can ever live up to.

I think you're overvaluing Matthew by a fair bit as well. I don't see any of the teams you list giving you one of those players plus 2 firsts on top of it. There are 5 players for sure on that list that are worth more than Tkachuk by themselves.

Extremely unlikely you get more for Tkachuk than Buffalo got for Eichel.

Other than that, I can understand your concern.

11 Nov 2021 19:41:27
Would any leaf fans like to see 11F, 7D? With the top 4 playing well and very little depth scoring, I say give it a try. Sit Engvall and role those top 4 throughout the lineup as much as possible. Holl being the 7th D, mostly for the PK. They were 26th in goals for before last night

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11 Nov 2021 21:18:51
Only problem is rolling the top 4 D that much can create fatigue, as well as more opportunity for injuries.
I think the Leafs will be just fine in goals for. Mathews hasn't got going yet, Marner is in a season starting funk. I do agree they could use more secondary scoring. Maybe bring up some new blood.?

11 Nov 2021 23:36:32
I agree about the potential for injury. Matthews hasn’t seemed as dangerous, Marner is just fine. I’d just like to see one of them out there in every line. Everyone talks about how much they make, let’s see them play an extra few minutes each. I would like to see HoSang.

12 Nov 2021 03:28:19
HoSang is interesting., he has all the talent in the world, but for some reason can't make that talent turn into an everyday player. he reminds me kind of Drouin. , obviously Drouin has had more success, but both these guys at any given time can be the most talented player on the ice. then can look like they might be beer league stars at best. hard to figure out.

I still and always will say, Leafs should trade Mathews. get a huge return.

12 Nov 2021 22:30:22
I thought the problem with HoSang was his attitude, not his talent? Some guys take longer to mature. Kassian knew he was given his last chance and has made the best of it. Trading Matthews would be interesting, they could probably get a top RD, a 1-2 C to replace him, and a couple other pieces.

13 Nov 2021 01:51:56
Matthews if leaving soon for Arizona anyways Sosa, lol. They’ll have a ton of cap space then.

17 Nov 2021 10:14:10
Personally I see Ho-Sang as more of a Duclair than a Drouin. I could see him being a contributor in the long run if he can stay afloat in the NHL but I don’t think there is any sort of breakout about to happen. He’s just one of those great looking younger players who doesn’t translate. Remember Sean Day? 🤷🏼‍♂️.

19 Nov 2021 18:42:24
I don’t remember Sean Day. I don’t k know a lot about HoSang but I’ve heard he’s playing well for the Marlies. I know there was attitude issues in NY. I’d like to see him given a chance. Engvall and Ritchie are the only 2 players that I think have been disappointing thus far. I don’t care how many points the top 4 put up, I’d rather see them playing well defensively and see some depth scoring. A side note, any leaf fan that has ever said Matthews is better than McDavid is truly delusional. I’ve never judged a player by the jersey they wear, McDavid is in a league of his own.

21 Nov 2021 02:49:30
HoSang’s OT winner better have him a contract and a call up soon.

06 Nov 2021 05:22:17
That McDavid guy is pretty good

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02 Nov 2021 03:13:52
We all know my hate for American Hockey player.. some aren't so bad.( long as they wear a Habs colors).


Who is the best ever?..

I'm going to say LaFontaine.. some will day Modano, Leetch Kane...

So, I like my lists. Let's do a top 5.


1 LaFontaine
2. Kane
3. Leetch
4. Chelios
5 Modano

Others.. . Richter, Joey Mullen.,Ryan Miller,Tkachuk, Roenick.. sure i'm missing some..

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09 Nov 2021 14:08:28
I think I would have Bret Hull on my list.

10 Nov 2021 14:00:35
Oh crap , I kind of forget about him. I know he played for the States, but he was born in Canada, I beleive he played minor hockey in Canada, grew up in Canada
and Jr in Penticton. something about his mom being American?

10 Nov 2021 16:21:05
I thought he was American, but I could be wrong for sure. I remember his Signature Series GT Snow Racer!

11 Nov 2021 00:19:45
Turkey, he's American. He played for team USA his whole career,

11 Nov 2021 00:25:01
In 86 Hull was upest he didn't get called to Team Canada for the World Jr's, cause he was duo citizen he was called by USA . that's why he played for USA. IMO he's a Canadian player, learned it in Canada.

11 Nov 2021 14:05:00
I would agree with your logic there Sosa, for sure! Should not be on the list. However, maybe his GT snow racer can go on the list of most concussions given to children.

11 Nov 2021 21:14:39
Hahaha. those things were fun though.

17 Nov 2021 10:17:18
I won’t make a list but will always be impressed about Chelios playing for the Chicago Wolves at age 46 or whatever it was and riding the bike IN the sauna following games. Yeesh! That guy was nuts when it came to conditioning and hard work. Him, Jagr, etc. Just monsters of the utmost elite level.

31 Oct 2021 13:38:19
Hey Sosahabs

What do you think about the Habs this season? On paper they should be a lot better than they are. But so many guys are just having a bad year so far.
What's your opinion on Habs making a trade to shake things up. Or is it the coach?
Time to change the coach.
I personally didn't think Ducharme should've been the guy. I was thinking possibly Joel Bouchard maybe. Kirk Muller, but he doesn't speak fluent French.

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31 Oct 2021 23:31:37
Well, i'm really at a loss as to what the issue is. Obviously not having Price and Weber there truly hurt, however I don't think many expected this team to be this bad. There sure were a lot of changes, Danault and Perry were huge peices of this team, and the peices brought in, just aren't the quality of the players that left.
Honestly, maybe they aren't that great on paper, maybe last year some guys had career years all at the same time, I really don't know.
I knew making the playoffs this year would be a struggle, however I didn't think this team would be in the running to land Shane Wright, its early yet, but I hate to say, I would prefer at this point, that they get a great pick, instead of thinking playoffs. Think that ship has already sailed.
As for the Coach, I'm not sure what to do there, i'm not sure he has been given enough chance to see what he can do, I don't think Molson would want to pay both him and Julien to not be behind the bench. The French thing does make it challenging, as a lot of great coaches are not even considered due to the language issues
Ya, Muzza, I'm at a loss to what this team should do . There isn't any quick fix, that's forsure.

01 Nov 2021 13:38:25
Shane Wright might be the quick fix Sosa! lol.
I thought they looked good on paper as well. We are missing Price and Weber, but when you look at the games and the habs get less than 20 shots on net during 60 minutes, that is terrible. I think we only had 18 shots on Sunday and we never out shoot the other teams. We just can't put the puck on the net and if we do, we lose it and have to back check too much.

01 Nov 2021 15:33:33
Well, they will probably get less shots now, sending Caufield down. i'm not sure that was the right move. What they should have done is keep him up with Suzuki. These young guys have to work through slumps, not get thrown to the AHL. He hasn't been that good, but who has in the Habs. So, the one guy that gets punished for the crap start is your Rookie. not a good move IMO.
If it was possible, I'd send the whole damn team to Laval for a month and bring the AHL roster up, switch the salaries. See if they get a little hungrier when they come back.

01 Nov 2021 18:19:50
Lol. Love your idea about switching Nhl and Ahl teams around for awhile. If that doesn’t work, then nothing would.

With the amount of offensive players they have, I can’t believe they can’t score. And now sending Caufield down! It’s only going to get worse.
Like you said Sosa. Suzuki and Caufield have to work through this slump together. And they would probably come out of it even better for it.
They are lacking so much leadership right now.
No Price No Weber. Loss of Perry. No one is really stepping up. It’s sad.

 


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