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    Great stuff BSF.

    We've gone through the north east saga on other threads - I was an occasional spectator during the Vipers' death rattle stint at Whitley Bay - but in short I can't see the north east being represented at EIHL level again for a very long time, if at all. As you suggest the Arena in Newcastle isn't going to give over 30 or so weekend slots to ice hockey, it is too well used for other, more lucrative events. As much as I loved going to Whitley Bay it is ancient, isolated and (as you suggest about other places) it isn't the standard people have come to expect for family entertainment. That leaves the only route being a new purpose built facility but that has been raised and dashed previously (at Gateshead for example).

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    Bergevin successfully runs Subban, Galchenyuk and now Pacioretty out of town.

    Nine more and he'll match Heracles.

    I expect Pacioretty to thrive playing with Stasny in Vegas.

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    Freesports is turning into the dream hockey channel for UK fans. Live KHL tonight was a decent match after a slow start (Slovan Bratislava vs Dynamo Moscow). Tomorrow evening is the SHL, then Saturday has the Bruins game in China at 7.30am and EIHL action Cardiff vs MK Lightning.

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    The Canucks maybe bad, but the Senators are worser. How dysfunctional do you have be to trade away the only player anyone will pay money to see?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amor de Cosmos View Post
    The Canucks maybe bad, but the Senators are worser. How dysfunctional do you have be to trade away the only player anyone will pay money to see?
    They're in a rebuild period.

    They got buttons for Karlsson but their idea will be to tank for the next couple of years, pick up a couple of really early first round draft picks (maybe even a first overall) and try to build with some young guys. Anybody who comes through who is already in their farm system will be a bonus.

    They could have got more for Karlsson but they were always going to trade him. Right now the Sens need to lose games.

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    Their collapse has been so sudden though, it's only two seasons ago they were a single game away from a Stanley Cup final. It seems more like full-on demolition than a rebuild, though obviously that's how they'll try to sell it

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    I seem to remember a team that was one game away from the actual Cup . . .

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