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  1. 5 points
    I was in the bathroom taking a dump the other day at the capitol. I overhead 2 senators talking about how Amazon was going to buy the Canes move them to Connecticut, **nd the local budget so Hartford won't go bankrupt and then pay for 90% of the remolded XL center robert kraft style. All the stars are lining up!
  2. 4 points
    So let me see if I have this straight...everybody on this board that has done nothing but complain about not hearing anything in the media about a possible move (even a temporary one) is now going to complain that Francesa's sources aren't legit????? Really? It's nice to be mentioned...and I do believe it is a possibility that the Isles could move here on a short term basis...but it would be better...if Belmont went to the soccer team and the Isles moved here permanently. That said, if the Islanders come here on a short term basis, I'll go to as many games as I can financially swing, and I would like to believe the rest of you so called Hartford supporters would do the same.
  3. 4 points
    Actually we do. It is called precedent. Odds are that if you and TrueHartfordHockeyFan engage with one another in a thread out here then the thread is going to end up being a back and forth between the two of you. And the worst thing is that the back and forth is never just civil debate about subjects. And most of that is your fault, Mark. Because you can't just share your opinion or make a factual point and end it at that. You have to give your opinion or make factual points and also insult people while you do it. You always have to add in an "idiot" or a "moron" or a "imbecile" or a "dip$hit" or a "Fraud" or a "BiggieLite" or some other insult or insulting nickname. Because it isn't just enough for you to share opinions or facts. You also have to insult certain people while you do it. Why? I don't know. Maybe it makes you feel better about yourself. What I do know for fact is that if someone is going to insult someone in threads on this board, it is most likely going to be you doing the insulting. You have proven that is who you are out here and that is what you do out here. And you have proven it over and over and over and over again. There is a way of knowing that. We just have to read your posts.
  4. 4 points
  5. 4 points
    If you really think they're trolls then what is pathetic is you "feeding" them by ALWAYS responding to them. But you will never ignore them because you ALWAYS have to get in last word. It is more important to you to get last word in then it is to ignore them. It is like you have pathological need to "win" an internet flame war. I have news for you. NOBODY "wins" internet flame war. Which is proven over and over and over and over again out here by all of the threads that end up becoming pissing contests. I go away on business for a while. When I come back the same old crap is going on. How surprising.
  6. 3 points
    Yea while this is unlikely it's possible and the credibility doesn't get much better than this and if someone is poo-pooing it then they should just hand in their Hartford Hockey card membership because you are not a Hartford fan. Certainly one can thank it's not happening but the guy said possible and if you can't agree with that you are just projecting anti Hartford sentiment in my opinion. This actually makes sense on why Malloy was chasing Islanders he knew they were screwed
  7. 3 points
    I know this might be difficult for some to understand, but here goes... That TV deal was $300M over the life of the contract, not $300M per year. So, to say the Islanders would lose $300M if they moved to Hartford, even temporarily, is not accurate. Next...Na$$au Coliseum is NOT an option, the Islanders say that, and the NHL says that. It's Barclays...or Belmont...or bust. If people in NY sports radio are even mentioning Hartford, and that came from a guy very much in the know of what's going on with ALL NYC teams, then the possibility, remote as it may be, of them playing in Hartford is there. Is it a long shot? Yes. Should it be completely dismissed? No, at least not at the moment. It is no secret that the people that run Barclays want the Islanders out. It's also no secret the Islanders themselves want out. But, for now, they don't have anyplace in NYC metro area to go. MSG is not an option. Uniondale is not an option, and depending on what happens in Brooklyn, Barclays is probably not a long term option either. So....if Belmont gets awarded to NYCFC...the Islanders will be in a really, really tough spot. Hartford can be a landing place...no conference movement, he!!, no division movement...we would be...and stop me if you've heard this before...a solution to a problem
  8. 3 points
    It isn't that I don't like what you post. Once in a while you post something interesting or you make a good point. Why would I want to block that? The problem is how you post. A lot of times, even when you are making interesting or good points you feel like you have to insult people. So you end up ruining what could be solid contribution to message board. For some reason you get off on calling people "idiot" or "moron" or "dip$hit" or "Fraud" or "imbecile". For some reason you get off on giving people insulting nicknames. Why? Maybe it makes you feel better about yourself. Maybe you put other people down so you feel like you are better than them. What I do know is that over and over and over and over and over and over again that is what you have done out here. If there is some body who is going to insult other people out here it is likely going to be you. That is your reputation out here. You are the internet bully of the Courant Whalers message board. I am not blocking you and I am not Shutting The F*** Up. I am not giving you satisfaction of giving in to your bullying out here. I'm going to call you out every time you act like internet bully. Every time you call people "idiot" and "dip$hit" and "moron" and "fraud" and "imbecile"and other ridiculous nicknames you can come up with, I am going to call you out for it. I mean it is sad that some body your age is acting like a 4th or 5th grade student. Do everyone out here a favor (most of all yourself) and start acting like an adult.
  9. 3 points
    If I was to bet money, it would be Carolina moving back to Hartford for the 2019 season. Etch these words in stone: If Carolina does not move back to Hartford by 2019 or 2020, then the Coyotes and Panthers will be fighting each other to come to Hartford around late 2020 or 2021 Amazon and their upcoming decision will have a huge impact on the **ture of Hartford, there are 900,000 people in Hartford county, about 500,000 of those are adults between the ages of 18-60, and if Amazon does employ 50,000 people in the Hartford area, then it means that 10% of all working adults in the area will be working for Amazon, that is going to have a major impact on the area, don't be surprised if a major league baseball or NBA team also comes if Amazon does arrive.
  10. 3 points
    Hmmm, Last I heard, 238 cities had applied to host Amazon's Eastern HQ. That number includes New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. But I'm sure none of them have a chance when compared to Enfield...
  11. 3 points
    I never said (a) that hundreds of Whalers fans march in the parade and (b) the booster club has over 100 members. So you might want to try a different argument....and fast. Because if you stay down this road, you'll lose this one. Of course, being a Rags fan, you should be used to losing.
  12. 3 points
    It's not an equal comparison. Far from it, in fact. First, and most importantly, Buffalo and Rochester are two totally different cities. So in that regard in and of itself, your comparison doesn't work. Second, Buffalo's history witht he Sabres was...to be polite...a bit more decorated than the Whalers. I don't recall the Whalers getting to a conference final, never mind a Stanley Cup Final. **rther, Buffalo's NHL history now spans 48 seasons and counting, Hartford's time in the major leagues (either WHA or NHL) was less than half that. Lastly, the 20 years Gernander was involved with hockey in the city, has to count for something. No, he was not the greatest player, nor was he the greatest coach, but he has been the face of Hartford hockey for the last 2 decades, like it or not. Unlike a lot of other personnel that have p*****ed through here over the 20 years the Pack have been in town, Gernander has never badmouthed Hartford, not one time, about anything...be it the paltry attendance, or the horrific media coverage, save for Pete and Jerry, or whatever else. He should be commended for that. 20 years as an athlete/coach in ANY city, is a noteworthy accomplishment. People have been honored for far, far less.
  13. 3 points
    Well, season #1 at Dunkin Donuts Park is officially in the books following last night's 9-3 Yard Goats loss to Portland. For the season, the Goats drew 395,196 fans for 68 dates, an average of just over 5800/game, which should have them finish 3rd in the Eastern League, and in the top 5 or 6 in all of double A baseball. They had 41 sellouts. The previous franchise attendance record, set in New Britain of course, was 368,523, which was set in 2010. You know, it's f unny...all along certain people have been saying that a neutral affiliate with the proper promotion, color scheme, and the connection of the past with the present would do very well at the gate...and watching the Goats fill DDP night after night should be more than enough evidence to prove those people to be 100% correct. In other words...for the haters out there...and you know who you are...we tried to tell you........
  14. 3 points
    Greg is realizing that he is dangerously close to never being allowed to post here again. Identity Theft was his latest attempt. Last warning Gregory Hendrickson.
  15. 2 points
    Oh, and if I'm UConn...I'm charging $9 for tickets to the playoff games, should they have them...that was a great crowd on Sat urday afternoon.
  16. 2 points
  17. 2 points
    So the whalers had about 1,000 more people when the Islanders were self destructing their entire team in the 90s and had no success (just like the whalers). The Long Island Market is much bigger than the greater Hartford market hands down. Add to the fact that the Islanders have a small slip of fans in southern CT and points east of long island that also like the mets. Also the tv revenue from the islanders was much bigger than what the whalers ever could get from a CT deal. One of the reasons the islanders will never leave the nyc market and while the whalers are gone.
  18. 2 points
    And to think WC thought this was a sign of the Whalers returning. LOL
  19. 2 points
    "That is not true at all just for the fact that UConn doesn't even see Hartford as a major part of the college. If they did then they wouldn't care who owned the XL Center and would have signed the 20 year deal everyone was talking about. Also, like I said before, they wouldn't be calling themselves a part of NYC if they were a part of Hartford. Heck, their basketball games are even on a New York tv network instead of being on Connecticut television, like they used to be. You have to pay extra now just to watch their games on television. Yeah, "Hartford and UConn are the same". That's a bunch of bull and you know it." They have a satellite campus in Hartford. You do realize that, right? The state and the university has put millions of dollars into the campus in downtown Hartford, you do realize that, right? The "Part of NYC" thing is a promotional campaign...and their games are on SNY for two reasons...one is because SNY put up the most $$$ to broadcast them, and two...because it gave SNY an inroad to Connecticut. Most of CT didn't even get SNY before they signed the UConn deal. I know Frank is bad...but you're just as bad, if not worse. Try...just once....just one time...to not tool on UConn and Hartford. Just once. Is that too much to ask?
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    It's really interesting that the SECOND SENTENCE of the article says "But don't get carried away"...so Frank gets carried away.
  22. 2 points
    Sometimes I think Fraudie is deliberately trying to stir up trouble.
  23. 2 points
    What does this night have to do with the Whalers, really? Nothing, other than the Indians were once the Whalers affiliate and they're wearing replicas of the jerseys from back then. Also, it's not being promoted as a Whalers event at all, so why should I care? Especially considering the Wolf Pack, an actual Hartford Hockey team, have a game that night that I already have tickets for, and have had said tickets for months.
  24. 2 points
    I'd rather go to a Hartford Hockey game with a Hartford Hockey team in Hartford that night, than go to a Springfield Hockey game honoring a Springfield Hockey team in Springfield.
  25. 2 points
    Apparently reading comprehension, among many other things, is not a strength
  26. 2 points
    Until we know who gets the Belmont deal, it would be very silly to mark anything involving the Islanders as impossible, including a possible move, either temporarily, or permanently, to Hartford.
  27. 2 points
    This board truly makes me laugh out loud sometimes. I think we're all nuts on various levels. I'll take that over being boring any day.
  28. 2 points
    I have not lied about meeting anyone on this forum. When I went up to Kevin Johnson at a CT Whale game a bunch of years ago, there were people there that saw me go up to him. No harsh words were exchanged...in fact, the last time I saw Kevin at a UConn game, he said hi to both me and WhaleGuy123 as we walked past him in the concourse. Even saw him at a Yard Goats game during Whalers weekend. When I went up to Hendrickson at a UConn game, I told exactly how the story went, and Hendrickson even said that was how it went. If you don't believe me, go look it up... Your lies are pathetic and tiresome. You and you alone have the opportunity to put to rest that you are not Biggie, and you flatly ref use to take advantage of the opportunity. But...why should I be surprised...it's what trolls do. And, for the record...I will meet ANYONE here that wants to say hi. I am a UConn season ticket holder, WhaleGuy sit at the top of 105, on the 106 side, last row, on the aisle.
  29. 2 points
    If all the tickets are sold, the game is a sellout. And I know for a fact that every seat was sold. Nice try, Biggie Lite.
  30. 2 points
    Where's your "source" saying that Amazon is doing anything that you're saying? You don't have any and everyone knows it.
  31. 2 points
    Amazon won't be buying Hurricanes, they won't be bringing them to Hartford, they won't be buying the XL Center, and they won't be putting their HQ2 in Connecticut. Get it through your head, it's not happening.
  32. 2 points
    Yeah, who cares, there are 70+ of these Amazon warehouse facilities in the US, **ll of low-skill, low-pay jobs. Big difference between these and a second headquarters. Out of 238+ bids, we'd be lucky to crack their top 100.
  33. 2 points
    If Amazon chose to move to Hartford that would be great. But I'm not holding my breath.
  34. 2 points
    First of all, it's a REALLY big "if", when it concerns Amazon coming here. There are about 100 cities trying to get Amazon's Eastern headquarters. I'm glad that Connecticut is in there pitching for it, (I believe 3 CT cities have applied), but the competition is fierce. Connecticut's business climate is aw**l, it will be a hard sell. The cost of doing business here has become a reason for companies to leave, not to come here. And linking the return of the Whalers to getting Amazon is purely wish**l thinking. If there was really a connection, wouldn't Seattle have had an NHL team for a long time now?
  35. 2 points
    Yup, I've been saying this, too. Connecticut needs to fix it's economy before thinking about a hockey team. Companies, jobs, and people are leaving, and that's not an "opinion". And it's not just young working people, Connecticut is rated as one of the worst states for retirees, based on high taxes and the high cost of living. Until the state is made to be more economically attractive, we'll have to make do with the WolfPack, SoundTigers, and the college teams. The NHL isn't going to put a team in an economic disaster area like Connecticut.
  36. 2 points
    1941-2017 Rangers franchise = 1 Stanley Cup Hartford/Carolina franchise = 1 Stanley Cup Is there any more to say? No.
  37. 2 points
    Even you must've paused before posting this. Calling Ken Gernander "Mr. Hartford Hockey" is like calling Bobby Meacham "Mr. New York Yankee". Or Jarod Saltalamacchia "Mr. Boston Red Sox".
  38. 2 points
    Maybe it's not so secretive, maybe all you want to do is put it down.. that's all you seem to do here..
  39. 2 points
    This is why the "secret potential investors" to bring an NHL team here are still secret. We can't set a budget, Hartford is on the verge of bankruptcy and businesses are moving headquarters out of Hartford because it's young professionals prefer to live in Boston or New York. Forget any pipe dream of the NHL returning i just really hope our state can get through the growing pains it has now and out the gutter. Then maybe 50 years from now my **ture grandchildren can pitch the NHL to come to Hartford.
  40. 2 points
    14,500 or so for XL but after Renovations(several years) they want the capacity to be 18500-19k. XL had plans to gain seats but not to be bigger than most NHL arenas
  41. 2 points
    You cannot say that for every team on attendance sheet. That is not true. Maine and UM***** Lowell and Providence all saw average home attendance go up in 2016-2017. So UConn was not trending like Maine and Lowell and Providence. Can you not read or do you just ignore things that do not agree with your opinion?
  42. 2 points
  43. 2 points
    I have done that to HWP, and when he posted a picture of your house I flagged it. I have yelled at him plenty of times for attacking people. He stopped and there were civil discussions going on for a long time. Then WC started attacking him, saying he was kicked out of everything, and posting that the Pack are going to be kicked out of the XL Center. As soon as HWP disagreed with him. I now understand that seeing that all the posts have been deleted. I do apologize for that. I was upset seeing that my posts were deleted but not WC's. It's just frustrating when I come on and see the things he said were still up while mine were gone for no reason in my opinion. I would really love that. I just wish the rumors would be just that with some discussion. The problem is that you have one person saying that their sources are 100% right and no other discussion is allowed. Then, you have people attacking each other opinions and fighting just to prove they're right or better. I've tried to have a discussion with people about stuff and it just gets stopped because they're right and I'm wrong.
  44. 2 points
    Also this has, once again, turned into a stupid conversation. The point, I believe, OP was trying to make is that there is a desire to get the NHL back in Connecticut. However, we are lacking a legitimate organized movement. Morale in the state is at an all time low, the state is bankrupting itself with decades of un**nded mandates, and the City of Hartford can't get out of its own way which causes people to pile on the cynicism. And who could blame them! Hartford could barely get this ball park built. Only a few short months ago the president of the Eastern League threatened to take the team away because construction was shoddy and slow. This is also the same city that couldn't even revamp a high school football stadium with new bleachers and ADA compliant ramps for a division 2 pro soccer team, and it wasn't long ago that the state had to take over Hartford Public Schools. The city can't get anything done. The state can't get anything done. People are leaving the state, people can't afford to live here. So I understand why the Whalers aren't even on most people's radars of concern. I've only lived in Connecticut my entire life in New Haven County, and four years up in Storrs, and the thing we do best here is whine. I don't know if its any different in other parts of the country or even New England for that matter. But all of these people on this forum, Facebook, and Twitter who do nothing but call Malloy a POS and say what an aw**l place Connecticut is are part of the problem. In fact I'll even say aside from the un**nded mandates, are the biggest problem we face as a state. We lack identity because we don't want one, we lack progress because we do not want to pursue it, we lack any sort of ambition to change anything. We are the land of steady habits, we are addicted to complaining behind a key board and at the water cooler. We are so miserable that our flagship college basketball team won two national championships this decade and we have the gall to say the program is falling apart because we had a couple bad seasons. I believe overhauling the Civic Center and attempting to bring the NHL back is a good cause that would be a moral victory that could potentially lead to a, more important, economic victory. But that will take a gr***** roots effort of p*****ionate people. What the Whaler Guys do is great but we have to do more. Was anyone at Whalers Weekend at DDP getting people to sign up to volunteer efforts for lobbying, writing letters to local corporations, calling out the media, calling their local state reps and senators? Was anyone encouraging those guys wearing the Bring Back the NHL shirts to walk around their neighborhoods and talk it up with their neighbors? Or were we just retweeting and starting a meme war with some guys who love watching you scramble to defend yourselves? This isn't going to just come to us because we deserve it. We have to SHOW we deserve it! That does not only mean going to Wolfpack games or UConn hockey games, it means starting an actual movement. It will be hard but if you we want it we have to fight for it! If we don't get the **nding for the Civic Center in this year's budget, we have to plan ASAFP for supporting the cause in the next budgetary session. Showing up to the St. Patrick's Day parade with 15 people won't cut it. I know I'm down here in New Haven and I may not see all the efforts you guys in the booster club or the Whaler Guys actually put forth. All I can say is what I see and from down here it looks weak.
  45. 2 points
    Huge concrete pour tomorrow for the XL ice sheet. Miles and miles of piping has been put in and set up. Now with NHL ready ice Hartford has much more bargaining power. Because they have an arena now that can be used while updated over next three Summers. Well looks like were getting a little closer to getting our team back True Hartford Hockey Fan. Good news!
  46. 2 points
    Please give me the names of this ownership group ill wait....oh nevermind they re**se to reveal who they are and there have been no public comments from the group just hearsay through Governor. Compare that to other groups in pro sports who have names and faces and had in public made comments and shown actions to get a team to a new location by any means. Given the current state of our state we need someone who is no afraid to openly push for a team here like Howard Baldwin did.
  47. 2 points
    AHL would only need up to 8 teams if it went Major League. So that's not a problem. But my idea could work with a new league entirely.
  48. 2 points
    What does this have to do with the Pack? This is what I'm talking about. You find every opportunity to crap on the Wolf Pack. Also, the Pack have brought in plenty of former Whalers and they didn't charge people $100 to meet them. Heck, the Wolf Pack brought in guys from the 1980 USA Hockey team for a luncheon and they didn't charge $100. What I'd like to know is how much of this is going to the players and how much is going to charity? Like the golf tournament, they're asking way to much and there has to be a reason for it.
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    Now, will you look at that. A civil discussion with two people that have differing opinions. It's amazing what can happen when people can actually talk with out getting hurt by words.