How do you feel about all this outdoor hockey? My opinion - it's nice once a year. Maybe twice. Let's not saturate the idea. Myself, I'd like to go to one. But after going to one, I could care less. In fact, if I've been to an outdoor NHL game and I was offered a choice of tickets - another outdoor game or a proper arena…I'd take the arena. There's a reason man built shelter in the winter - evolution.

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So the Jagr signing was made official. And the Devils were brilliant and putting in a "games played" incentive for half of it. But then Jagr's agent was brilliant in making the incentive so easy. I believe his total NHL earnings are something like $112 million now. And what did he make for three years in the KHL? I'd guess $20 million. The guy's a fantastic businessman. Making $132 million in salary for playing hockey is amazing. And what about sponsorship money?

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I love the spin of NHL executives. So apparently the Canucks "made the choice" to go with Roberto Luongo.

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The Kings signed Trevor Lewis to a one-year deal. The emergence of Tyler Toffoli and the addition of Matt Frattin hurt Lewis' shot at finally moving up to a scoring line. I have him for 25 points in 73 games next season. A career high, but he's still only improving slowly.

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Yesterday I posted links to the Evaluation Camp invite lists for Canada, USA, Russia and Sweden. Well here's Finland. Eight goalies invited. I wonder what Petri Vehanen is thinking. That he has a shot? With Rinne, Backstrom, Niemi, Rask and Lehtonen there?

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Some David Perron info on how he didn't fit in with teammates in St. Louis, was cocky and unprofessional.

And then a tongue-in-cheek response to the article by Copper and Blue.

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Dog days of summer…

These ramblings are 'record' short. I apologize, but after spending 30 minutes looking for another topic or article, the best I could find was that Eric O'Dell signed. You won't want me to get into that do you? I'm going to put time into the Fantasy Guide now…

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Best of Jagr:

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Nice Trevor Lewis goal on Luongo:

 


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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... I love it when idiots like CJ suggest that people should get a life. That's so cute. Okay, so you don't think proper writing is important for a site that is heavy on written content. Does that reflect how you would run your own website that's your livelihood? I expect professionalism from the sites I frequent. You're okay with botched writing and that's mediocrity no matter how you slice it. I couldn't care less if you're defensive about bad grammar. Says a lot about you actually. Cheers!
July 25, 2013
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Corstyles said:

Corstyles
Nice work CJ That last post by CJ is such a perfect capper to this conversation.

Thanks for making our point for us, while accidentally letting us know that you also ABSOLUTELY care about grammar corrections, CJ!!
July 25, 2013
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C.J said:

C.J
... @Dakkster

Dude, you need to get a life outside this site my friend. Nobody is endorsing mediocrity, we just don't need a grammar lesson from tools like you every other day we come to this site. You are like that annoying friend that always corrects cell txt messages grammar to make himself appear smarter than the rest of us....meanwhile you fail to realize we could ABSOLUTELY care less.

The only thing mediocre around here is your daily life for you to be making such a big deal about something so frivolous....
July 25, 2013
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mabus said:

mabus
... Interesting. I have never heard anyone defend their use of the term "could care less" as being used correctly. I couldn't care less about grammar on a hockey website, but at least my stereotypes about hockey fans being stubborn have been reinforced.

On a more valid subject, I have also been to an outdoor game, and have no desire to attend another game. I had $200 seats with a mediocre view to sit in -30 degree weather with extreme lineups to the toilets because everyone was frozen. The weather was horrible and this meant horrible ice for the players, and ultimately horrible hockey. I went because of the novelty, and many others have done the same. They just need to realize that novelty only goes so far before people start to say that they are being overcharged for an inferior product.
July 24, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... I mean seriously, rataylor and C.J, why are you endorsing mediocrity?
July 24, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... rataylor: Stop reading instead of providing constructive criticism and making the writing quality better? So you actually want the writing on the site to deteriorate? Under no circumstances should an error be corrected? That's just asinine. It was one expression that got wrong (and yes, it's completely nonsensical to even use "I could care less"), someone pointed it out. It's not like there was some sort of persecution with burning crosses and pitchforks. You're making it into a waaaaaaaaaay bigger drama than it needs to be.

I for one applaud bad writing getting called out. I want my sources to be as good as possible.
July 24, 2013
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Corstyles said:

Corstyles
Caring, more than I should, and less than Nazis did I did realize my position, up on my high horse, but I hoped that titling it "Caring, more or less" would somehow make it cheekier.

Anyway, I have no complaints with the content on this site. It's excellent.

I'll even look the other way when someone throws out an occasional "could care less". But, when "could care less" gets defended as some sort of appropriate expression, I can no longer stay silent...
July 24, 2013
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C.J said:

C.J
... @OceanMon

Thanks for that grammar lesson bud! Life must be pretty uneventful ... gotta feel relevant somehow I guess smilies/smiley.gif

@beatnik_uwo

You need to get out more often my friend....
July 24, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
Grammar Nazi's There is always the option you guys stop reading? Dobber and the rest of the crew here do an incredible job of providing very thoughtful, insightful, and quality free content on the site and 99% (or more) of it is excellently written. Seriously guys, it is a little embarrassing to come on hear and read as many comments about disliking the way something was written as there are about the content of the writing. Stop being children and grow up, you know what he was saying anyways so it doesn't matter.
July 24, 2013
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Corstyles said:

Corstyles
Caring, more or less The difference between the two terms is that one is real, and makes sense; and the other one makes very little sense, and has sprung up because people bastardize the actual expression.

Why would you be trying to tell us that you care an undetermined amount? What is the point of communicating that 'information'?

The only 'appropriate' time to use the expression "I could care less", is when you are talking about mistakes that people make when trying to use the expression "I couldn't care less".
July 24, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Ocean - I actually could care less. So in this case, I stuck with the term as is. I do understand the difference and try to use it appropriately, as I did here.

Agent - thanks!

Dyv - Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. There's a reason arenas were built for hockey

July 24, 2013
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agentzero said:

agentzero
Perron Username. lol. If this was in the forums, I'd send some rep your way lol.


No one stand out now... No one. Oh, and no fun. Ever.

Pff...Lighten up, Blues.
July 24, 2013
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Dyv said:

Dyv
Editor Just to add to the 'outdoor' conversation - I attended the U of Michigan vs. Michigan State hockey game titled "The Big Chill" in December 2010... a big fanfare event, complete with references to the 80's movie of the same name. It was held at "The Big House" U of Michigan's football stadium and was 100k + in attendance. We sat about 20 rows deep at the 10 yard line (pretty good seats!) and could barely see the game. The outdoor angles are all wrong. Fun event, great outcome (5-0 win, GO BLUE), but for watching? Not so great.
July 24, 2013 | url
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newper114 said:

newper114
O'dell Id like to hear about his signing! Just traded him in a keeper league and wanna know if i made a mistake!
July 24, 2013
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Username said:

Username
... Perron wore white skates to practice? What an asshole.
July 24, 2013
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agentzero said:

agentzero
Perron So....Perron's ex-teammates are jerks...lol?

I get it, he was a young kid when he came in. But he worked hard and had success. Many are jealous of that, including aging vets past their prime. Yes, you absolutely do not disrespect veterans with such a track record and Perron probably didn't intend to offend with his comments (like the Weight one..), he just wanted to help his teammate and help his team win! Sometimes people are too quick to judge.. Especially in the hockey world...

Learning to be a "pro" doesn't mean learning to do everything someone else's way. It means working hard and playing hard, being disciplined and regimented and keeping the passion and drive alive to keep working hard to obtain success. It doesn't mean saying the same thing or wearing the same skates as your teammates or even speaking the same language as them. I probably wouldn't have wanted to play with those Blues either.... I mean, even the hard ass Hitchock loved him..!

I hope Perron lights it up in EDM. I'm sure the article leaves things out or blows things out of proportion (it's the media, right?) but I didn't see anything that bad in what Perron was doing. Glad he's gotten past it and that his ex-teammates seem like they did too.

White skates lol. Awesome...


Don't worry about the ramblings Dobber. Keep'em coming, long or short, they are always appreciated and a part of my morning routine that I rarely miss (and when I do, I go back to read the days I missed).
July 24, 2013
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beatnik_uwo said:

beatnik_uwo
... My pet peeve too, OceanMon.
July 24, 2013
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OceanMon said:

OceanMon
Error in phrase Dobber,

Just a small note. It's "I couldn't care less," not "I could care less." The latter expresses that you care somewhat and that you could care less. The former is what you want to use since it conveys that you care not a single ounce.
July 24, 2013
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