Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Call for mailbag questions

Hey folks...

It's getting close to mailbag times again. Please send over some questions we can have some fun with, via email at dgbmailbag@gmail.com.

This will be the last mailbag before the trade deadline, so any trade-themed questions are welcome. What-ifs, would-you-rathers and all-time bests (and worsts) work well. Creative stuff is great, but the occasional straightforward question can often spark an interesting discussion too. Don't be shy about asking questions about the ongoing season.

Thanks,
Sean




15 comments:

  1. I've long agreed with you about Goalies being hyper sensitive when it comes to changing the size of nets. What if instead of making the nets wider, we simply made them taller? Thinking 6x6 instead of 6x4. The drop to your knees goalies expose the upper part of the net. If they choose to stand up, the lower half is more available - and the precious angles are preserved! Only problem I see as an issue is that it is easily implementable and makes sense so it will have to clear those hurdles for NHL implementation. Did you have any thoughts?

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  2. ^ Potential roblem there might be that higher shots lead to more shots at head/neck level. If you shoot that high now, there's no reward because it's over the crossbar.

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  3. The players actually stood up to the owners and won. First time in the Bettman era, I believe.

    Do you think owners are a "What have you done for me lately..." type? At some point Bettman is going to have to step aside. Do you think we just witnessed the first fissure in his rock solid edifice? He seems to have either extremely underestimated the second wave, or overestimated his ability to shove the players around if the Return to Play CBA needed to be revisited. Either way, an extremely rare misstep from the commish.

    The beginning of a power shift?

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    1. Lucas M., Athletic subscriber. Not sure why it's publishing as Unknown

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  4. What were the worst divisions in NHL history (on a single season basis)? Yes, this was inspired by the 2020 NFC East.

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  5. Give us a couple of "almost trades" that would've dramatically altered the NHL if they'd gone thru

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  6. What players are exceptionally good at clearing the puck out of the defensive zone and across both blue lines without icing it, either by getting it on net (also an empty-net scoring skill) or by dumping it with low enough momentum that it dies in the attacking zone?

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  7. Teams often follow the trend of the Stanley Cup champ. Big and tough wins, teams try to get bigger, speed wins teams go on on skill, etc. But which team’s winning method has had the longest lasting impact in changing the league’s style of play? Inspired by the Devils trap game basically changing hockey and the Isles deadline move to get Goring making deadline day an annual event to see who just traded up to win a Cup.

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  8. What current players do you think could end up as stat spoilers someday? Patrick Marleau approaching the GP record despite not being very prolific? One of these wild early season stats we’re seeing this year?

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  9. Trivia question that's up your alley:

    There have been five NHL players named Oleg. Which one never played for the Coyotes (or old Jets)?

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  10. 1982 was the last time that the Oilers, Penguins, and Islanders all made the playoffs at the same time. Is it fair to say the streak ended in 2020, or is it still going? (Because I can't decide)

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