Saturday, October 9, 2021

Looking for mailbag questions

Hey folks...

The next mailbag column will be coming at some point soon, and I'm looking for questions. Opening night is almost here so let's get into some picks and predictions, plus th usual what-ifs, all-time rosters and other weirdness. Creative is great, straightforward works too, you know what to do. Send questions via email at dgbmailbag@gmail.com.


Thanks,
Sean




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  1. What would happen if a team went for only 5’9 high skill and speedy players

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  3. What is the worst phrase uttered by sports announcers and why is it "getting untracked"? Don't they really mean "getting on track" and wouldn't that be a better and more sane thing to say and please Gord can you make them stop?

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  4. What is the worst move that won't happen this off season? Left deliberately vague to give you some leeway in answering.

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  5. Which team stands to be the Florida of this coming expansion draft and overpay like crazy to rid themselves of non-problems in a bid to get worse themselves

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  6. What is the longest trade tree you could make for an active NHL player? Like, could you somehow link someone like Phil Kessel to Newsy Lalonde?

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  7. When did players named Anthony stop going by "Tony", and why?

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  8. If you were going to produce a show about this past Leafs season, what would you call it and how would you structure the central plot? Would you emphasize the regular season success? How would you frame the playoffs?

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  9. If you're not allowed to make a line change after an icing, why is a goalie allowed to go back in net if he was off for an EN opportunity?

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  10. What would happen if the IIHF was as loose as FIFA with nationality rules for national teams?

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  11. The greatest trade ever made involving a player that never played for a team that was involved. Like Martin Jones for Boston before he was shipped to the Sharks. Except not that because we know how that turned out.

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  12. Who is the best team of players you could assemble who have never received a fighting major?

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  13. Do you think the NHL should put in a rule you can no longer ice the puck on a penalty kill? I’ve always wondered why a team should be rewarded for taking a penalty by being able to brake one of the games more basic rules. It’d certainly increase scoring.

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  14. Unsure if this is possible to quantify properly, but which star player's career was most hampered by his team's inability to be close to competitive. (Think Mcdavid's trajectory) Whether it was happenstance, mismanagement, or anything else, who will we look back on as being not as good as we remember because they were on the worst teams?

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  15. Will the NHL take growing the NHL brand more seriously in a post-COVID world? They were doing the NHL Europe series for a while, but I'm thinking outside of Europe where ice hockey is already popular. Maybe somewhere in Asia (very selfishly thinking Australia where the game could take off with the right investment)

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  16. How would Eric Lindros do in today's game? Would his style of play be as effective as it was in the 90s? Or would he have to use his size in other ways?

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  17. Given their off season signings and their kids being a year older, any reason to think that the Kings can't contend for a playoff spot this year in a bad Pacific division?

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  18. Could you make a team based on the free agents available today, assuming no salary cap, that would be better than Seattle or Buffalo?

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  19. If you could take any winger from history, scaled to today's game, to play with McDavid, who would it be? (And why is it Pavel Bure)

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  20. I know you've shot down the pick your opponent playoffs many times before, and for good reason. I wonder if it work if the NHL got rid of conference seeding and made it 1-16 qualify. If Tampa finished 1st and in 15th and 16th was Vancouver and Seattle while 14th was the Rangers or a more local team, there's almost no way Tampa would choose to travel across the country for a first round series which could give the intrigue necessary for it to actually work. What say you?

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    1. I don't think the NHL will ever do the pick your oppenent, but they should go with the European Champions League Draw show every year before the playoffs. Have 4 pots -- Top 4 teams in pot 1, next 4 in pot 2, etc. Then have each team have a celebrity/alumni come do the draw. Randomly pick a team in pot 1 to play a team in pot 4, pot 2 teams play pot 3. It could be an awesome 60 minutes of tv to lead into the playoffs.

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  22. Hey Sean,

    I know the current version of the mailbag is up, but here’s one I have been mulling over, so maybe fodder for a future edition…

    Besides the well-established fact that Bettman is Satan, and lives only to make hockey fans suffer, what are any actual legitimate reasons the league doesn’t adopt a 3-2-1 points system (with 0 for an OT/shootout loss) or something similar?

    Is there a good reason, or just because the league hates it’s fans with the intensity of a thousand burning suns? To me, that’s the only reason the shootout exists…

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  23. Hi Sean! I've been listening to the Athletic's Football Cliches - podcast (where they talk about the lighter side of soccer) and some time ago they talked about players, that whom you would always refer to by their full names, never just the surname. Daniel Alfredsson, never just Alfredsson. Can you create a competitive starting lineup by only using current players? And you can't use siblings (Brady/Matthew Tkachuk).

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  24. Hey Sean, what stat would you like to know, but no records are kept of it?
    For example, I would love to know what the longest delayed penalty ever was, but nobody's kept track of that.

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  25. My prediction is that Phil Kessel will win the Stanley Cup, again, this year. My question is what team? He will be traded before deadline, which team will step up and get Phil his third cup?

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  26. Why the hell did the Avs sign Jack Johnson

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  27. Hi Sean. Some of my favourite sports content is the Thinking Basketball channel, which breaks down historical NBA players' games via both analytics and video breakdown. I know hockey is a lot more random chaos + blind luck than basketball but, still - will we ever see something similar for hockey? Is it possible to compare, for example, Theoren Fleury and Doug Gilmore by their specific on-ice skillsets? (Rather than just scrolling "Top 10 Hart voting" for every year that those guys played?)

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