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Jason Harris

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  • Birthday 11/26/1962

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  1. I'm surprised Recchi didn't make it in during a weak class, though it's obvious that the HHOF voters have thought of him and Lindros as borderline candidates. My guess is the knock against Recchi has been his longevity allowed him to amass numbers that hid his seasons were closer to the Hall of Very Good, while Lindros was the opposite; his lack of longevity obscured that his scoring was at a HHOF pace. The Hall has made allowances before for players whose career numbers fell slightly short due to injury — LaFontaine, Neely, Forsberg — so It seemed Lindros might one day be invited, but I thought the dearth of candidates this year would have opened the door for Recchi. For all we know, the voters are planning to bring him in in another year or two, while the classes are still weak. As someone once said, it is just a museum after all, so there is a touch of marketing involved.
  2. That's possible, but I read something that Jim Fassel relayed about his time coaching the Las Vegas Locomotives in the UFL. He said the team gave prime tickets for the casinos to comp their high rollers, but the casinos told them to get stuffed, because they didn't want their best customers leaving the building. So, at least initially, whatever team ends up there probably won't have much corporate help.
  3. If this is accurate, this is a marketing decision -- and a bad one at that. A hot, transient city that ranks something like 43rd as a TV market.....
  4. I agree. I wasn't sure, but didn't see any separate threads.
  5. Gordie Howe, AKA Mr. Hockey, just died at 88. My funny story about him happened fifteen to twenty years later. I was visiting a friend and had the following exchange: Tails: "Jason, you remember the time we sat behind Gordie Howe?" Me: "No." Tails: "Yeah, you were giving him and Jean Ratelle grief." Me: "I did?!?" Tails: "Yeah, Ratelle was a scout for the Bruins, so you were asking how he thought the B's would do that year." Me: "Okay, I do kinda remember that!"
  6. If the B's make the playoffs, the good news is they'll feel right at home, because the power play has gone back to being anemic.....
  7. Early in the new year, I told my lovely bride, "If Pastrnak can have a second half like he did last year while skating with Spooner, this team could be totally different." He still has defensive lapses, but he and the trades are helping to change the flavor of the team.
  8. Probably the most fun game of the season. Even if I did fall asleep for the second period.....
  9. I have to admit the new additions have made the roster deeper. Dropping Loui to the third line and Connolly to the fourth seems to have increased the talent of each line, although I'd prefer to see Vatrano rather than Acciari. Twenty-five goals in twenty-five games already shows you're above that level.
  10. That's funny you say that, because I was telling my wife the same thing: "Usually, I'm more optimistic, while he's more the realist....."
  11. chippa, I don't see how it doesn't weaken them going forward if we assume that none of these the players resigns with Boston and they could have pulled off a Winnipeg type trade. I agree that not all players would make the roster, but I read an analysis of NFL picks showing that quantity is a better determinant of the success of a draft than quality of picks. I assume it would be comparable in other sports, because players don't perform to their pedigree. Bergeron and Lucic were second rounders, whereas Joe Colborne and Zach Hamill did nothing as first rounders. So if they made a similar trade as Winnipeg, they would have three first rounders (one likely toward the end), a second, two thirds, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, plus a young player. Instead, they'll have two firsts, a third, fifth, sixth and seventh, but no young player or second rounder next year. I admit all those numbers are approximate, because I don't want to do the math, but a momentary step back over the next six weeks could have set up the team way better for the future than maybe a second round exit. Owners, Presidents, GM's, Coaches, players and fans have to be honest with themselves. This team wasn't and still isn't a contender for the Cup. It was like they felt they were playing with house money because they had extra picks, but they bet at the five dollar table, meaning they didn't risk enough to win big. Instead, they should have rolled the dice with the player in return and/or Vatrano this season to see if they still had enough to make the playoffs, then pulled the lever and hope that a couple of the picks over these two years pop. This seems like Jacobs said, "You WILL make the playoffs."
  12. They traded four of the seven picks teams are given each year for two journeymen. Someone suggested this was a play to pick up two (or more, if they're lucky) home games, but it weakens the team for the next few years versus trading Eriksson for a player and a pick.
  13. Wow, almost their entire draft for John-Michael Liles and Lee Stempniak? That's crazy.
  14. For a team that has been 5-5 over its last ten days, and sits in eighth place with 68 points, the Avs sure pushed their chips into the middle. In separate trades, they picked up Erik Gelinas and Mikkel Boedker for Alex Tanguay, Connor Bleackley, Kyle Wood and a 3rd rounder.
  15. One writer suggested Ladd's trade (with defenseman Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser) to the Blackhawks for a first, conditional second and winger Marko Dano essentially sets a higher bar for Erikkson. I hope he's right, because I don't see enough on the farm that would put this team into true contention the next two seasons, so I'd rather augment the younger talent by trading Loui.