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#701 FogPub

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 01:42 AM

Ah yes back when CHAN-TV in Vancouver aka Global TV aka BCTV televised the old Vancouver-based All Star Wrestling show in the 60's even prior to the construction of the Pacific Coliseum. It was hosted if memory serves by Ron Moirier and featured among its biggest name acts Gene Kiniski, Haystack Calhoun and the Iron Sheik.....

Yes, and I even know one of the guys who was, way back when, a promoter and occasional fill-in wrestler for All Star. (and thanks for reminding me of the name!)

 

Gene Kiniski also did a tour or two on Stampede, if memory serves.



#702 RFS

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 09:45 PM

Canucks are first in the division tonight.
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#703 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 05:29 AM

Canucks are first in the division tonight.

 

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#704 AllseeingEye

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 07:15 PM

Canucks have some interesting decisions to make this off season especially in goal; they are currently tight up against the cap, have over $6 million in recapture salary payable to Roberto Luongo though 2022, and after next season Jacob Markstrom is a UFA.

 

Do they re-sign him at age 29 for 4+ years - at a significantly higher salary than the $3.6 mill he's currently making - or do they gamble that Thatcher Demko is ready to take over the reigns? I think they have to re-sign Markstrom based on his play this year. Also Jake Virtanen, who is finally playing up to expectations, will need a big boost in pay as he's RFA after next year. That Loui Erikkson contract - twelve million owed over the next 2 years - looms larger and larger.



#705 Mattjvd

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 11:38 AM

Canucks have some interesting decisions to make this off season especially in goal; they are currently tight up against the cap, have over $6 million in recapture salary payable to Roberto Luongo though 2022, and after next season Jacob Markstrom is a UFA.

Do they re-sign him at age 29 for 4+ years - at a significantly higher salary than the $3.6 mill he's currently making - or do they gamble that Thatcher Demko is ready to take over the reigns? I think they have to re-sign Markstrom based on his play this year. Also Jake Virtanen, who is finally playing up to expectations, will need a big boost in pay as he's RFA after next year. That Loui Erikkson contract - twelve million owed over the next 2 years - looms larger and larger.

Certainly some interesting decisions to make make. Lou's cap recapture penalty is at $3.03 million, but when you add in the Spooner buy-out and Baertchi's burried contract, that is over $6 million tied up in non-roster players. Baertchi and Spooner will be off the books at the end of 2021, though.

Pretty average year for roster turnover coming up with Lievo, Shaller, Motte, Virtanen, Gaudette, Stetcher, Tanev, Fantanberg, and Markstrom's deals all expiring at the end of the season.

The biggest name there is Markstrom, as you mentioned. It'll be interesting to see what they'll do with him, I'm sure they'll want to keep him, but you're probably right that his market value will be 5+ million and 4+ years.

I'd think the team will let Shaller and Stetcher walk, Virtanen, Gaudette, and Motte are restricted and it's nearly a given that they'll be re-signed. I'm really curious about what they do with Tanev though. He's an ideal partner for Hughes and is having a good year, but is always a health concern. I have no idea what kind of salary he would command, I hope he stays though.

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 05:22 AM

if the playoffs were to start today no eastern canadian team is in.  west:

 

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:48 PM

How bout that Quinn Hughes

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 05:40 PM

Wow the Canucks just picked up Tyler Toffoli from the LA Kings for a prospect, a 2020 2nd round draft pick and Tim Schaller. Nice work Jim Benning. Nice complementary scoring piece for the 'Nucks Top 6.


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 12:50 AM

Team is better just by not having Schaller on the roster. Bleeds shots and goals against. One of the worst in the league.

 

They have played quite poorly since the Blues win and have relied on Markstrom to play at a Vezina level to win hockey games. It won't work unless they tighten up defensively and I'm not sure Green or Baumgartner have the capacity to change that. 



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Posted 18 February 2020 - 05:29 AM

Wow the Canucks just picked up Tyler Toffoli from the LA Kings for a prospect, a 2020 2nd round draft pick and Tim Schaller. Nice work Jim Benning. Nice complementary scoring piece for the 'Nucks Top 6.

 

If you didn’t understand the Tyler Toffoli trade when it was first reported, it made a lot more sense at 6:04 p.m. PT on Monday.

 

That’s when Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning, after confirming he had surrendered Tim Schaller, a solid prospect in Tyler Madden and a second-round pick to get Toffoli from the Los Angeles Kings, announced in a press release that heavy forward Micheal Ferland is out for the season with a concussion and first-line winger Brock Boeser will miss another three weeks – minimum – with fractured rib cartilage.

 

The Canucks may need Toffoli to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

https://www.sportsne...ng-playoff-run/


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#711 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:28 PM

looks like the leafs just lost a game to their own ahl zamboni driver in goal for the hurricanes.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 22 February 2020 - 07:28 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 07:53 PM

^Like when Scot Halpin substituted for a passed-out Keith Moon:

 

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 08:32 PM

Didn't take long for Carolina marketing folks to get it in gear and get the word out. Classic:

 

https://carolinapros...=31708318072880

 

The NHL being the NHL - featuring the crappiest officiating of any pro league by a wide margin - paid the guy the grand sum of $500. Cheap dicks. Carolina fans are already initiating a movement for the Canes owner to at least match that number and fly Ayres to Raleigh for his "retirement ceremony" and the hoisting of his jersey to the rafters of their arena.

 

This is a great stuff. And it happened to the Leafs, at home, on Saturday Night during the national HNIC broadcast. Beautiful. Couldn't happen to a more worthy franchise.


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#714 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 08:34 PM

Didn't take long for Carolina marketing folks to get it in gear and get the word out. Classic:

 

https://carolinapros...=31708318072880

 

The NHL being the NHL - featuring the crappiest officiating of any pro league by a wide margin - paid the guy the grand sum of $500. Cheap dicks. Carolina fans are already initiating a movement for the Canes owner to at least match that number and fly Ayres to Raleigh for his "retirement ceremony" and the hoisting of his jersey to the rafters of their arena.

 

This is a great stuff. And it happened to the Leafs, at home, on Saturday Night during the national HNIC broadcast. Beautiful. Couldn't happen to a more worthy franchise.

 

and it happened to the very day of 40 years from miracle on ice.

 

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#715 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 08:43 PM

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 08:46 PM

It's 5-1 Canucks stomping on the Bruins tonight near the end of the second period. Damn could have gone to this game luxuriating in a corporate box to boot. Alas its the wife's b-day tomorrow so I deferred. Wisely I think, especially if I want to stay married. But damn nice to see the Bruin's having the boots put to them for a change. If Benning can navigate their cap challenges this year and next the 'nuckleheads have a bright future......



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Posted 22 February 2020 - 09:14 PM

Thirty seconds into the third and now its a 6-1 beat-down thanks to Elias Pettersson. Six different scorers to tonight (so far) for Vancouver. Jakob Markstrom is a beast in goal. Every save he makes though is only pushing his re-signing price through the roof. Jim Benning will have to creatively crunch a lot of number$ this summer when they get down to serious negotiations for Markstrom's next contract. Hope they can re-sign him.



#718 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 March 2020 - 05:21 AM

The stick Ayres used in the game has also been sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame, due to the fact he is now the oldest goalie to win in their NHL debut and the only emergency goalie to ever record an official win in the league.

 

Ayres’ 15 minutes of fame is not yet over, however, as the trading card company Upper Deck has created a hockey card in his name.

 

“When we saw the moment, we were blown away by how special it was,” Chris Carlin, head of customer experience at Upper Deck, said in a phone interview with CTVNews.ca.

 

https://www.ctvnews....-card-1.4832575


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#719 AllseeingEye

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Posted 01 March 2020 - 02:07 PM

 

The stick Ayres used in the game has also been sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame, due to the fact he is now the oldest goalie to win in their NHL debut and the only emergency goalie to ever record an official win in the league.

 

Ayres’ 15 minutes of fame is not yet over, however, as the trading card company Upper Deck has created a hockey card in his name.

 

“When we saw the moment, we were blown away by how special it was,” Chris Carlin, head of customer experience at Upper Deck, said in a phone interview with CTVNews.ca.

 

https://www.ctvnews....-card-1.4832575

 

 

 

As a long time collector of sports cards and memorabilia let me translate: sports cards in particular have nose-dived in general popularity since their heyday in light of the Ken Griffey Jr baseball card phenomenon in 1989. To then sports cards had remained a fairly niche hobby, albeit one with many dedicated collectors particularly in North America.

 

However with the release that year of the Upper Deck Griffey Rookie card - complete with a hologram emblem etched into the card! - the entire card collecting industry was turned on its ear: entirely new companies emerged out of nowhere as both mass media and collectors picked up on the radically new offerings (these firms included Score, Upper Deck, Pinnacle, and Pacific Trading Cards among many_many others). During the late 1980's/early 90's, the sport-related trading card market grew exponentially, with the value of renowned players' rookie cards increasing 40 percent per year and the number of baseball card stores increasing in the US from 500 at the beginning of the 80's to over 14,000 by 1990. Who wouldn't want an investment that increased in value 40% year over year? It very quickly went from being a hobby for kids to an investment vehicle for only the very well heeled and even large investment companies.

 

Existing older card companies for that matter (particularly Topps Baseball in the US, O-Pee-Chee Hockey here in Canada) suddenly found new ways to re-invent themselves and massively increase both their popularity and of course sales via the release of "special" collectors editions, "game worn" cards with pieces of athlete uniforms embedded into the actual cards, and the then-new "hologram cards".

 

Like any bubble this one burst with gusto, inevitably so, as far too many manufacturers emerged seemingly overnight while the collector market became saturated and inundated with too many options and too many cards being printed - billions of them in fact - and increasingly at ludicrous price points out of reach for the average collector.

 

From a hobby in the 1950's where even superstar athletes' cards could be bought by any kid with a paper route, by the early-mid 1990's a 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie Topps card blasted past the $50K USD mark. Suddenly a paper route wasn't going to get you into that class of card trading. The entire industry ultimately crashed in 2008 due to the sheer weight and preponderance of card companies and card sets. Like any investment though - and that's what the industry has become in the last 20+ years - they are on the rise again with company consolidation and retraction and the printing of far fewer cards. It seems the big card companies have learned their lessons, since that same Mantle card, one in graded mint condition, sold for $2.8 million USD in 2018.

 

As nice as the David Ayres story is he is just example of a card company seizing the moment so they can exploit and market the crap out of his 15 minutes of fame. As before they'll print waaaaaay too many of these cards to be of any real monetary value in the future, but because the moment and the idea of a 42 year old Zamboni driver being thrust into a tight playoff race as the EBUG is 'special', it will immeasurably help UD to pump up sales of their hockey cards.


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#720 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 March 2020 - 02:16 PM

i'm almost certain david ayres will star soon in some type of tv commercial.  mcdonalds or tim hortons etc.  or at least a bank or cellphone company.  i think he can likely act.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 01 March 2020 - 02:17 PM.


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