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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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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........
  13. 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.
  14. 2 points
    Minor league sports are great and all and we should support the teams we have but we should also want more! It’s like being content and embracing that 20 year old Toyota Corolla you got for either your birthday or whatever holiday, yea it’s great and it still runs but you kinda want that newer 2018 model. We have to be thirsty for more rather than content with basic if we truly want to be a home for a professional sports team. Edit: It's just some random person's opinion, it means nothing.
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    It's shocking....WC guaranteed that not only was Amazon coming here...they were buying the XL Center and buying a NHL franchise and moving them here...so I have to ask......What happened!?!?!?!?!!?!?
  17. 2 points
    you got that f ing right. The University of Connecticut is the state school/college/university/higher education of Connecticut, how freaking hard is that to understand!!! University OF Connecticut, get it??!??!?
  18. 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.
  19. 2 points
    From what I heard at the BC meeting last night, they are still working on gathering alumni. Once they have a final list, things will ramp up.
  20. 2 points
    And to think WC thought this was a sign of the Whalers returning. LOL
  21. 2 points
    Where is "Hartford" mentioned?
  22. 2 points
    http://whalers.courant2.com/ignore/ Just put his name in your "Ignored List" and you block his posts. It looks like you can even block posts that mention him as well.
  23. 2 points
    And youd Be right. Except about them saying the building is making money remember were all broke. You just don't like the CRDA because you don't want Hartford to do well. But you are right if UConn sold more tickets it would be better a little. As I've said many times the more tickets sold of anything the better for XL. The City owns the XL The Police work for the city The City is broke Yada yada yada
  24. 2 points
    That's not good for WC's guarantee about a NHL team moving to Hartford next year.
  25. 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.
  26. 2 points
    How is it sad when teams with UConns record and prestige are getting around the same numbers for weeknight games? These threads make 0 sense when overall college hockey isn't drawing well. And even after all that they still got more people tonight than a rivalry driven wolf pack/falcons game last week. This is a Golden Gophers game from this weekend. Mind you a historic college hockey power https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DQFm14oWkAAnheQ.jpg:large
  27. 2 points
    I was at Dead and Company last night and also was at Roger Waters. I also have been to 2 uconn hockey games and a uconn baksetball game this fall. There are 2 things that will help profitability at the XL 1. Steal more and more concerts from Mohegan 2. Figure out a way to update the XL to have an upper and lower concourse These concerts at the XL are filled with people who want to drink, eat, and park in hartford. And situations like last night 3 or 4 bars were having pre or post concert events for deadheads. Someone in the stands last night who was in the upper level like i was last night said "I would go to the XL over madison square garden again any day." These concerts like Dead and Co, Roger Waters, Guns and Roses have a reach as far as Fairfiled county one way and in some cases southern Maine in another way (heard someone talking about driving down from Maine). And the ease and cheap price to get to and park in the XL makes it a great concert choice.
  28. 2 points
    Guys clearly the game started right around the time the 1-7 Giants were in a battle of the titans against the previous 0 win 49ers! Otherwise the pack would have gotten 10,000 people at the game! Springfield Thunderbirds Sunday afternoon crowd size: 4,134
  29. 2 points
    My point is this was a ticket promotion, there was no special guests or anything like that.. you throw some whaler names in tjere and you get people in there easily.
  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
    So, you overheard someone, who overheard something, who was possibly talking about absolutely nothing with not a single shred of proof? That's it, everyone start pooling your money, WC has never been wrong about anything at all, so get ready to buy season tickets for the Whalers. Their first game will be next week.
  34. 2 points
    "Also some more thinking... this fight to save the XL should be from everyone, regardless who you root for. Instead the arguments between Wolf Pack / Whalers & UConn hockey, why not forget about for the time being. The building is at a critical crossroads. Any negative posting of no one showing up to games kills our argument for a better XL. The state people are not all hockey fans. The pictures online or anything negative about any tenant who plays in the buildings just hurts us all together. From the law makers perspective. Why renovate a building if no one goes? Why give the arena millions for renovations when no one cares? All those pictures of empty crowds really kill us, regardless what tenant plays. If the main worry is Pack vs Uconn / Whalers in the current fight for maintaining the building, then how are you helping? If we had a renovated building, then that's a whole new ballgame. The arena would of be fine" Quoted this from Ricky, especially for you morons who constantly crap on the pack attendance, take a gander.
  35. 2 points
    If Amazon chose to move to Hartford that would be great. But I'm not holding my breath.
  36. 2 points
    You can't discount Houston if the new Rockets/Toyota Center owner is serious about the NHL. There are several franchises up for grabs, as we know. The real question is...is the NHL serious about Houston? And...why wouldn't the NHL want Houston to pony up $500M to expand, as opposed to a relocation?
  37. 2 points
  38. 2 points
    Don't use Facebook to often anymore but came across this page that i liked years ago and called "My NHL Includes Hartford" and they posted this: "This post is to debunk the myth that Hartford drew poorly during our tenure in the NHL. Just take a look at this figures: 1980-81 - Bruins (11,172) vs. Whalers (11,706) 1985-86 - Bruins (12,431) vs. Whalers (12,769) 1986-87 - Bruins (12,128) vs. Whalers (14,230) 1987-88 - Bruins (13,707) vs. Whalers (14,574) 1988-89 - Bruins (14,903) vs. Whalers (13,821) 1989-90 - Bruins (14,314) vs. Whalers (13,705) The Whalers attendance issues from 90-93 stems from and correlates with a poor on-ice product and gross mismanagement of the team through those years. Attendance and winning is not unique to just our market, many other teams took much worse dives attendance wise in much larger markets when performance suffered; Bruins, Penguins, Blackhawks (02-07), etc. Time to put the argument that Hartford had poor yearly attendance to bed once and for all. #BringEmBack" To whoever runs this page you are spot on and if you are on here thanks for the info! #BringBackTheWhalers http://www.whalers.courant2.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2307
  39. 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?
  40. 2 points
    I'm not sure what planet you live on. But I'd like to compliment your society; it seems to have developed an amazing technology that allows you to communicate with Earth from so far away. He contributes nothing of value.
  41. 2 points
    I will say that as a Rangers fan the results are a little nice to see
  42. 2 points
    I'm hoping for a great season from both the Wolf Pack and UConn
  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
    This argument is so juvenile. It's not rocket science guys, every baseball park in the country announces a sell out as long as they have a ticket sold for every seat in the house. That NEVER means every ticket sold actually came to the game. When MLB parks announce sell-outs, the attendance number always varies as those two terms do not mean the same thing. **rthermore, when you are looking at empty seats, you have to account for the hundreds if not thousands of people in the concourse getting concessions, sitting at the bar, and using the facilities. On a hot day in July for example, you will see a lot of fans not in their seats as they seek shaded areas of the park. Typically the nicer the park's amenities, the less fans actually sit in their *****igned section. I never sat in my seat at the NB stadium the last 4 times I went as there was no need to. The Sam Adams roof top bar had a nicer view and a short line for more beer.
  45. 2 points
    My gosh. Why are people wasting some much energy combating what a few Whalers haters on this board are posting? Focus on the 20,000+ who had an awesome time instead of these three or four people. My son and I had an outstanding time on the night before Sunday, and so were the people around us. The presence of the Whalers make the atmosphere even more electric than it usually is there. It was awesome, and they plan on a bigger even next year.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 2 points
    Lol at all of the pieces of the puzzle falling together. There is no owner or ownership group talking about moving to Hartford. No stories make it past the courant or this forumn that talk about hockey actually coming back. Quebec city has a new arena already done right now if a team wants to relocate. Oh and the Western conference still is down a team even after vegas. This new ice will be great for potential pre season games and uconn hockey and i look forward to going to uconn games this fall. But we are still a pipe dream away from the NHL.
  49. 2 points
    This whole thing about this being the Wolf Pack's last season is getting old. I'll believe it when I see it but until then all the confirmed information seem's to be about as accurate as CNN.
  50. 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.