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Fish
Posted 2020-03-16 9:45 AM (#733287)
Subject: Expanded Playoffs - Just a rumor



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Soooo...

Larry Brooks believes there's some hope from the NHL that they'll be able to play some sort of playoffs for the cup, and that could include an expanded format with as many as 12 teams from each conference making it. If that was the case, then the Rangers would make it into whatever format that would take.

Now bear in mind that we have no idea how long this is going to last, or how severe it's going to get, but it's an interesting thought...
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RANGERNUT
Posted 2020-03-17 3:52 AM (#733291 - in reply to #733287)
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Best Case- Training Camp Opens in 45 days

https://www.sny.tv/rangers/news/nhls-best-case-scenario-is-opening-t...

"In the NHL's latest guidelines in regards to the coronavirus pandemic, the league looked ahead to when they hope to return to action.
Once play resumes, how will it look? The Post's Larry Brooks said he believes a 24-team playoff tournament that is "spectator-free" would be the league's best-case scenario. With the CDC's recommendation of eight weeks of self-quarantine, a tournament toward the end of May or early-June could make sense"
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Posted 2020-03-17 8:50 AM (#733292 - in reply to #733287)
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Brooks is a senile idiot.
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LeetchyMrRanger
Posted 2020-03-18 7:05 AM (#733294 - in reply to #733287)
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Yeah, don't know about this. I understand the best case scenario, the change of season will kill or stop the virus & a vaccine by the end of the year & that would be fast-track on steroids more likely some time next year. The warm weather does not stop or kill it means ... no one even wants to think what it means.

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Rranger
Posted 2020-03-22 8:35 PM (#733299 - in reply to #733287)
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Seasons over will be doing well to have next years return to normal.
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NTHockey
Posted 2020-03-27 9:18 AM (#733308 - in reply to #733287)
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I'm more concerned about next season.

1.What's the cap going to be? Up, down or the same?
2. Compliance buyouts? Henrik, Staal, Smith, All of them?
3. Who gets signed? Fast, DeAngelo, Strome, Lemieux, Georgiev?
4. Draft and draft lottery?
5. Likely additions? Farm, trade or draft?

In addition, we'll have $7.5 M in dead cap space. Going to be tricky.
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Fish
Posted 2020-03-31 12:06 PM (#733316 - in reply to #733287)
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Hard to know at this point, but I'm guessing

1. Cap will stay same...although given we don't know where the economy will be, could be that the league comes up with a one-off downward move and the teams get some relief in some format (maybe they get a certain amount of exemption
2 .I don't see Smith or Staal being bought out, but Lundqvist I think either retires, traded or more likely bought out
3. I see them all getting resigned
4. Draft, not really sure what happens with that, mid-round pick I think is most likely
5. I think we'll continue to see an influx of undrafted prospects into Hartford. Will be interesting to see what they do with a couple of the European prospects, and maybe Morgan Barron comes out of college early

The trade of Skjei made it a bit easier, but depending on what happens with the salary Cap, one of the UFAs may be let go
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LeetchyMrRanger
Posted 2020-04-01 12:06 PM (#733317 - in reply to #733287)
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I don't think any team picks up Hank @ this point, this just about ends his career w/o a Cup but a tix to HofF. You gonna see players calling it a career after this (i.e. after lockouts). A few already retired. There is no hockey, there is no sports any time soon. Heck, there is no every day life as we know it, or knew it any time soon.

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Rranger
Posted 2020-04-02 7:26 PM (#733319 - in reply to #733287)
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I agree this break will probably end Lundqvist career. I don’t see a team picking him up, even if he is bought out. Certainly no team trading for him. Unless something happens to a teams starter, before this all gets back to semi normal.
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