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Imagine if you will....
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Imagine a player that would be so much better than anyone ever to have played hockey....the guy scores 3-4 goals per game, skates like the wind, hits like a truck, healthy as an ox, nightmare on the PP...you name the skill and he has it. Because of him, his team has won the Cup 6 times in a row, pretty much running the table every time, and he doesn't look to be slowing down. What do you think the league would do? Yes I know it won't happen but fock it.

Let other teams hook him constantly without penalty?
Spot other teams 1-2 goal each game?
Force his team to play shorthanded all game long?
Force him to be traded to someone else to share the wealth?

And what do you think would happen to ratings?

Some folks love dynasties but when the result is a foregone conclusion, will people tune in anyway?
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The league would cash in. That player would benefit the profile of hockey and of the NHL even more than Wayne Gretzky did.

That player would soon be making the league maximum salary. Even a super-duper-star requires some sort of supporting cast around him - which would be difficult for his team to provide, under the salary cap. (Unless he plays 60 minutes a game. Does he play 60 minutes a game?)
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(2019-05-14, 04:18 PM)Captain aHab Wrote: Imagine a player that would be so much better than anyone ever to have played hockey....the guy scores 3-4 goals per game, skates like the wind, hits like a truck, healthy as an ox, nightmare on the PP...you name the skill and he has it. Because of him, his team has won the Cup 6 times in a row, pretty much running the table every time, and he doesn't look to be slowing down. What do you think the league would do? Yes I know it won't happen but fock it.

Let other teams hook him constantly without penalty?
Spot other teams 1-2 goal each game?
Force his team to play shorthanded all game long?
Force him to be traded to someone else to share the wealth?

And what do you think would happen to ratings?

Some folks love dynasties but when the result is a foregone conclusion, will people tune in anyway?
I would imagine the coaches would get on the players and the players would bring him down to their level.

They have done that with all the great ones. Sittler breaking Lafleur's finger. Everybody going after Orr's knees. Serge Savard, Gil Perrault, dozens of others who were really good have legs or ankles broken when they began to dominate. Lemieux, Crosby, they all have it the same - it is ok to give them a little extra because they're just too good for the level. You see it all the time with hot goalies, forwards accidently barrel straight into them.

In other words there have been players who were on a different level than the best the NHL had to offer at some point, and the tall poppy rule came into play.
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(2019-05-14, 04:18 PM)Captain aHab Wrote: Let other teams hook him constantly without penalty?

This is essentially what they do with McDavid.
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(2019-05-14, 04:18 PM)Captain aHab Wrote: Imagine a player that would be so much better than anyone ever to have played hockey....the guy scores 3-4 goals per game, skates like the wind, hits like a truck, healthy as an ox, nightmare on the PP...you name the skill and he has it. Because of him, his team has won the Cup 6 times in a row, pretty much running the table every time, and he doesn't look to be slowing down. What do you think the league would do? Yes I know it won't happen but fock it.

Let other teams hook him constantly without penalty?
Spot other teams 1-2 goal each game?
Force his team to play shorthanded all game long?
Force him to be traded to someone else to share the wealth?

And what do you think would happen to ratings?

Some folks love dynasties but when the result is a foregone conclusion, will people tune in anyway?
Ah, you mean, another Lemieux!? The league tolerated the hooking against him, with him scoring as up to three players hung off of him for the ride, just to prevent the 6 Cups in a row.

It's not even a hypothetical situation. We've already seen it happen. IMO.
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(2019-05-14, 04:18 PM)Captain aHab Wrote: Imagine a player that would be so much better than anyone ever to have played hockey....the guy scores 3-4 goals per game, skates like the wind, hits like a truck, healthy as an ox, nightmare on the PP...you name the skill and he has it. Because of him, his team has won the Cup 6 times in a row, pretty much running the table every time, and he doesn't look to be slowing down. What do you think the league would do? Yes I know it won't happen but fock it.

Let other teams hook him constantly without penalty?
Spot other teams 1-2 goal each game?
Force his team to play shorthanded all game long?
Force him to be traded to someone else to share the wealth?

And what do you think would happen to ratings?

Some folks love dynasties but when the result is a foregone conclusion, will people tune in anyway?

And this great stallion's name? That's right, Michael CHapud...
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(2019-05-14, 06:11 PM)Scriptor Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 04:18 PM)Captain aHab Wrote: Imagine a player that would be so much better than anyone ever to have played hockey....the guy scores 3-4 goals per game, skates like the wind, hits like a truck, healthy as an ox, nightmare on the PP...you name the skill and he has it. Because of him, his team has won the Cup 6 times in a row, pretty much running the table every time, and he doesn't look to be slowing down. What do you think the league would do? Yes I know it won't happen but fock it.

Let other teams hook him constantly without penalty?
Spot other teams 1-2 goal each game?
Force his team to play shorthanded all game long?
Force him to be traded to someone else to share the wealth?

And what do you think would happen to ratings?

Some folks love dynasties but when the result is a foregone conclusion, will people tune in anyway?
Ah, you mean, another Lemieux!? The league tolerated the hooking against him, with him scoring as up to three players hung off of him for the ride, just to prevent the 6 Cups in a row.

It's not even a hypothetical situation. We've already seen it happen. IMO.

Yeah but everyone hooked everyone then...nowadays, it would sort of stick out more.
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(2019-05-14, 06:14 PM)RightNyder Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 04:18 PM)Captain aHab Wrote: Imagine a player that would be so much better than anyone ever to have played hockey....the guy scores 3-4 goals per game, skates like the wind, hits like a truck, healthy as an ox, nightmare on the PP...you name the skill and he has it. Because of him, his team has won the Cup 6 times in a row, pretty much running the table every time, and he doesn't look to be slowing down. What do you think the league would do? Yes I know it won't happen but fock it.

Let other teams hook him constantly without penalty?
Spot other teams 1-2 goal each game?
Force his team to play shorthanded all game long?
Force him to be traded to someone else to share the wealth?

And what do you think would happen to ratings?

Some folks love dynasties but when the result is a foregone conclusion, will people tune in anyway?

And this great stallion's name? That's right, Michael CHapud...

I hear he scored in a playoff game in double OT?
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(2019-05-14, 05:08 PM)Pouzar Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 04:18 PM)Captain aHab Wrote: Let other teams hook him constantly without penalty?

This is essentially what they do with McDavid.
And before that, Maurice Richard.
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(2019-05-14, 04:28 PM)FormalWare Wrote: The league would cash in. That player would benefit the profile of hockey and of the NHL even more than Wayne Gretzky did.

That player would soon be making the league maximum salary. Even a super-duper-star requires some sort of supporting cast around him - which would be difficult for his team to provide, under the salary cap. (Unless he plays 60 minutes a game. Does he play 60 minutes a game?)

Not him...he's actually a triple-super-duper star.

I don't think he would play more than 50 minutes though.

This guy would be like a perfect combo of Gretzky's anticipation and playmaking, Messier's power forward chops, Ovechkin's one-timer and Marner's speed and agility.
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(2019-05-14, 07:10 PM)Captain aHab Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 04:28 PM)FormalWare Wrote: The league would cash in. That player would benefit the profile of hockey and of the NHL even more than Wayne Gretzky did.

That player would soon be making the league maximum salary. Even a super-duper-star requires some sort of supporting cast around him - which would be difficult for his team to provide, under the salary cap. (Unless he plays 60 minutes a game. Does he play 60 minutes a game?)

Not him...he's actually a triple-super-duper star.

I don't think he would play more than 50 minutes though.

This guy would be like a perfect combo of Gretzky's anticipation and playmaking, Messier's power forward chops, Ovechkin's one-timer and Marner's speed and agility.

Well, then... Yeah. The End of Hockey As We Know It.
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HockeyMan!!!!!!!
McDavid has to take it like the rest because as Lemieux once famously said, "The NHL is a garbage league."
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(2019-05-14, 04:28 PM)FormalWare Wrote: The league would cash in. That player would benefit the profile of hockey and of the NHL even more than Wayne Gretzky did.

That player would soon be making the league maximum salary. Even a super-duper-star requires some sort of supporting cast around him - which would be difficult for his team to provide, under the salary cap. (Unless he plays 60 minutes a game. Does he play 60 minutes a game?)

If someone is scoring 3-4 goals per game a team could arguably put a roster of minimum salary players together and it'd still be a winning team. 

As for what the league would do? Cash in on the biggest superstar in the sports world
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The "Gressichkner Rule": No skater can play more than 1/2 of his teams total time on ice, 1/3 for forwards. After scoring 10 goals in a seven day time frame. a player will only be allowed a mini-stickfor the next seven days.
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(2019-05-14, 08:28 PM)FormalWare Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 07:10 PM)Captain aHab Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 04:28 PM)FormalWare Wrote: The league would cash in. That player would benefit the profile of hockey and of the NHL even more than Wayne Gretzky did.

That player would soon be making the league maximum salary. Even a super-duper-star requires some sort of supporting cast around him - which would be difficult for his team to provide, under the salary cap. (Unless he plays 60 minutes a game. Does he play 60 minutes a game?)

Not him...he's actually a triple-super-duper star.

I don't think he would play more than 50 minutes though.

This guy would be like a perfect combo of Gretzky's anticipation and playmaking, Messier's power forward chops, Ovechkin's one-timer and Marner's speed and agility.

Well, then... Yeah. The End of Hockey As We Know It.

He would also have the power of Weber's beard.
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(2019-05-15, 05:36 AM)Captain aHab Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 08:28 PM)FormalWare Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 07:10 PM)Captain aHab Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 04:28 PM)FormalWare Wrote: The league would cash in. That player would benefit the profile of hockey and of the NHL even more than Wayne Gretzky did.

That player would soon be making the league maximum salary. Even a super-duper-star requires some sort of supporting cast around him - which would be difficult for his team to provide, under the salary cap. (Unless he plays 60 minutes a game. Does he play 60 minutes a game?)

Not him...he's actually a triple-super-duper star.

I don't think he would play more than 50 minutes though.

This guy would be like a perfect combo of Gretzky's anticipation and playmaking, Messier's power forward chops, Ovechkin's one-timer and Marner's speed and agility.

Well, then... Yeah. The End of Hockey As We Know It.

He would also have the power of Weber's beard.

To veer toward semi-serious treatment of this implausible scenario, one last time: How the hell did a single team keep Triple Super Duper Star (TSDS) on their roster for 6 years?! Once this player's entry-level contract expired, his agent would absolutely forbid him from signing more than a one-year contract - as the maximum salary is based on a percentage of the cap, which is going nowhere but up, year-on-year. TSDS holds all the cards. He is the undisputed best player in the league, by a country mile. TSDS will sign a one-year deal, league max, take-it-or-leave-it. Sure, the team that drafted him might be able to re-sign him Once - but after that, he will be looking to play on the team that offers him the best chance to win, best chance for visibility (endorsements), and the best quality of life - and that isn't likely to be the team that drafted him, given that 31 other teams are all willing to meet his contract demands, and given that his team has already hobbled itself, Cap-wise.

Sure, he's a Restricted free agent - but do you really think every single franchise is gonna stay in line with the unwritten rule that Thou Shalt Not Offer-Sheet, when the prize is TSDS?
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(2019-05-16, 11:00 AM)FormalWare Wrote:
(2019-05-15, 05:36 AM)Captain aHab Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 08:28 PM)FormalWare Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 07:10 PM)Captain aHab Wrote:
(2019-05-14, 04:28 PM)FormalWare Wrote: The league would cash in. That player would benefit the profile of hockey and of the NHL even more than Wayne Gretzky did.

That player would soon be making the league maximum salary. Even a super-duper-star requires some sort of supporting cast around him - which would be difficult for his team to provide, under the salary cap. (Unless he plays 60 minutes a game. Does he play 60 minutes a game?)

Not him...he's actually a triple-super-duper star.

I don't think he would play more than 50 minutes though.

This guy would be like a perfect combo of Gretzky's anticipation and playmaking, Messier's power forward chops, Ovechkin's one-timer and Marner's speed and agility.

Well, then... Yeah. The End of Hockey As We Know It.

He would also have the power of Weber's beard.

To veer toward semi-serious treatment of this implausible scenario, one last time: How the hell did a single team keep Triple Super Duper Star (TSDS) on their roster for 6 years?! Once this player's entry-level contract expired, his agent would absolutely forbid him from signing more than a one-year contract - as the maximum salary is based on a percentage of the cap, which is going nowhere but up, year-on-year. TSDS holds all the cards. He is the undisputed best player in the league, by a country mile. TSDS will sign a one-year deal, league max, take-it-or-leave-it. Sure, the team that drafted him might be able to re-sign him Once - but after that, he will be looking to play on the team that offers him the best chance to win, best chance for visibility (endorsements), and the best quality of life - and that isn't likely to be the team that drafted him, given that 31 other teams are all willing to meet his contract demands, and given that his team has already hobbled itself, Cap-wise.

Sure, he's a Restricted free agent - but do you really think every single franchise is gonna stay in line with the unwritten rule that Thou Shalt Not Offer-Sheet, when the prize is TSDS?

Because he is also a faithful family man who values the certainty of a long term deal. He's great in soooooooooooooooo many ways.
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