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@TrevorKlukeWell, ok. That’s one way of looking at it. Another way is… the Islanders. Or Columbus. Or the Panthers. Or the Oilers. These are all teams that have been pretty bad for a pretty long time and they demonstrate that tanking is not a magic bullet, Trevor. Also, this fanbase was brimming with optimism after the series win against the Habs last year. Things can turn on a dime.

The other point I’d make here is that given the club doesn’t have a first-rounder this season, there was *zero* to be gained by tanking.

I think we should just see what Hemsky does with Spezz in these last few weeks. Might be something there. Let’s just enjoy the show for what it is.

8 months, 1 week ago on TSN's Brent Wallace Gets Candid On 'In The Box'

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@Nichols6thSens To be honest, I was chalking it up more to Brennan's lousy grammar than Murray's. "Hadn't have" and "hadn't of" can sound pretty much the same. Brennan either chose to make Murray sound dumb, or is just dumb himself.


Reporters usually clean up grammar issues like that.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Revisiting the Ben Bishop/Cory Conacher Trade

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"hadn't of".


Ugh.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Revisiting the Ben Bishop/Cory Conacher Trade

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@RyanH I think we are largely on the same page.

I agree development around CTC would make the situation better. I was trying to make the point that this isn't the only issue with the place. If it had been downtown, or in almost any other location in Ottawa somewhere on a highway, the traffic would not be what it is. Not if it was anywhere between the 416 and the east end split, anyway.

It just feels like it's not anywhere near the pain in the ass to get out of downtown when something big is happening there (like say Bluesfest) that it is to get out of CTC after an event there. And I think about a few times when I was younger and being picked up by my parents downtown after a thing. You can walk a few blocks in any direction and find a quiet enough place to meet your ride. That's a lot harder at CTC.

1 year ago on The Ottawa Senators Have An Attendance Problem

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"The issue of the arena isn’t necessarily the location or the traffic. Even if the arena had been built downtown (note: you can read more on why the Canadian Tire Centre is in Kanata here), fans would still complain about parking and traffic because everyone in this city seemingly drives. I can’t say with any certainty that the parking and infrastructure to support the traffic in and out of the arena would be better than it currently is. Instead of driving 40-plus minutes from Orleans to Kanata down the 417, you conceivably could have spent 40 minutes trying to escape the traffic and the lights of the downtown core."

I think you can say with some certainty that the commute to and from games absolutely would have been better had the arena been built downtown, and this would be for the same reason that the gameday experience would be much better too: The crush of people arriving and leaving wouldn't be on nearly the same scale. More people would arrive (many on public transit, too) at 5 or 5:30 or 6 for a 7:30 game than do now, because they'd be leaving right from work to go have dinner and some drinks before the game. Similarly, after the games ended, people would filter from the arena to nearby pubs and restaurants. That simply doesn't happen at CTC because there are virtually no "nearby pubs and restaurants".

Furthermore, many people wouldn't have to even commute to the game, because way more people work downtown than work in the furthest reaches of West End Kanata.

Also, I think the importance of having an arena regularly served by public transit (not just special event routes) can't be overstated. Right now, if you want to go to the game on OC Transpo, you pretty much have to bank on arriving pretty close to game time, at the same time as almost everyone else. If the arena was located, say, on Lebreton Flats, you'd have dozens of bus routes passing by all the time.

The arena's current location (and the game day experiences it facilitates or does not facilitate) does not accommodate the same staggering of arrival and departure times that you could have if the thing was close to the Transitway.

The other thing is that when a game finishes at CTC, 99% of the traffic is going in one direction. Not a lot of cars taking the on-ramps towards Arnprior when a game ends, know what I mean? If the arena was even a little more centrally-located, the traffic would be dispersed more.

1 year ago on The Ottawa Senators Have An Attendance Problem

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Sens are allowing anyone to attend their training camp workouts for free, and are offering free tickets to those under-14 (accompanied by an adult) for the home opener.

1 year, 10 months ago on Peace Offerings: What NHL Teams are Offering to Entice Fans Back

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Wow - Erin Nicks is shitting on the Sens for something? Stop the presses.

3 years, 3 months ago on Browsing 'Round the Interwebs | August

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You're right; any woman would look good next to Kevin Martin and Glenn Howard.

Female curlers play at the Tournament of Hearts, not the Brier.

3 years, 8 months ago on One Passing Thought on Shannon & McElhinney | March

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You keep whistling into the wind, my man.

3 years, 8 months ago on The Sunday Soapbox: The NHL Will Never Change Because We Don't Want It To | March

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@RyanH @dzuunmodI'm sorry, but if all you can come up with is one example, I don't accept that it's definitely more common. If anyone else has other instances, I'm all ears.

3 years, 8 months ago on The Sunday Soapbox: In Which We Discuss The Correlation Between Morality And The Hockey Fight (Or How The Self-Righteously Indignant Can Shove It Up Their Collective Ass)

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The thing about the fighting isn't the *fighting*, SLC. It's this BS idea that fighting is somehow integral to the outcomes of games. How often does a fight truly swing momentum in a game? I'm not talking about a fight that results in a little five-minute uptick in intensity by the victor's team, I'm talking about someone's down 3-1 with 12 minutes to play in the third, the losing team's goon squares off with opposite number on the other team, he puts the guy on the ice, and the team rallies around that fight and comes back to win 4-3 entirely as a result of the bounce they got from watching their guy win. How often does that happen - once a season? Once every two seasons? Something like that, right?

But we're constantly fed this line from people defending fighting that fights are somehow crucial to the outcomes of games all over the NHL calendar year-in, year-out. And it's just not true.

If you all want to get together and just say that you like fighting for fighting's sake - that you have some bloodlust in you, and it's not really that important to the game but it's fun and it gets people out of their seats and it brings (some) fans to the game, then that's fine. We can have a conversation then. That's being adult and talking about the issue as it is. But until you all do that, there is no discussion because you're trying to rationalize fighting with reasons that just aren't there.

3 years, 8 months ago on The Sunday Soapbox: In Which We Discuss The Correlation Between Morality And The Hockey Fight (Or How The Self-Righteously Indignant Can Shove It Up Their Collective Ass)

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@OneYearRebuild I was thinking the exact same thing.

3 years, 10 months ago on Jeff Simpson Reacts to Murray and Melnyk Comments

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