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  1. A lot of people are bashing the Pegulas and they certainly deserve it as the owners of the team. They’re meddling owners and they end up making the wrong choices. However, they also own the Bills and are fairly hands off. Well, at least they know when not to get in the way. So, they are acting like Jekyll and Hyde with the Bills and Sabres. Why? My guess is that it takes a pattern of trust to be given independence. Anyone who is a supervisor of employees knows what I’m talking about. McBeane has earned it and did so relatively quickly. JBott has not, which is JBott’s fault for not proving he has a clue. Then the Pegs start messing with the team, in a bad way. Once we get a competent GM and start winning, I’m sure the Pegulas will step back. There won’t be a president of hockey operations because that will automatically demand that they back off. They won’t.
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    Targeting a 2C

    Agreed. I hope these current events put things in perspective for these GMs. Seasons can end at any moment, while players get older and out of shape. It’s time to use every tool allowed in the CBA to improve your team. So what if a GM gets mad at you and swears never to be your trading partner for the next 10 years? Chances are one or both GMs will be out of a job by then anyways. And if you sit on your hands while being a gentleman and your team is losing? You’ll be out of a job too. It’s a do or die league. It’s fine if a GMs swears another GM off. This is done within divisions anyways and it’s accepted. In fact, an offer sheet within a division is a double hit against an enemy. Maybe teams in the NHL don’t consider themselves adversaries.
  3. kas23

    Targeting a 2C

    I think it’s time to dust off the offer sheet. Things are getting desperate now. Offer sheet Cirelli to something that couldn’t possibly be matched. TB May have to move some players to free up space, but they’ll only have a week to do so. If GMs get mad, eff them.
  4. This may just be a function of how many clubs have never won the Cup. Only 11 teams have not, which includes a handful of expansion teams. However, anyway you slice it, it’s still sad.
  5. kas23

    COVID-19

    Testing for what? What I’m saying is it’s hard to prepare testing when you won’t know what you’ll be testing for. This virus wasn’t recognized to be infecting humans until January. At that point, I don’t know what criteria this ranking would use to measure our govt to get off their ass and develop a test.
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    COVID-19

    N95 masks need to be fit-tested. This is why they are not likely to be effective for the general public. For example, I failed it with a particular 3M mask, but the 3M 1860 fit me perfectly. And I’m not just saying it felt comfortable, but the test pokes a hole in one and connects a tube to the hole. This tube connects to a machine and can tell if you have the proper seal. There’s multiple reasons for the drive thru testing sites. They are efficient, keep people out of the ER, and maybe most importantly, they are outside. This virus can stay aerosolized for 3 hours in a poorly-ventilated room. This goes down exponentially with every liter of air. It doesn’t stand a chance of infecting someone outside.
  7. kas23

    COVID-19

    Yes, this will takes months to a year given all the red tape, but will be good thing to ha e for the “next round”. Fresh frozen plasma can be given, as it was during the Ebola outbreak, but would only be done on a very small scale. It would also need to be pooled and will come with risk of infections and you need willing donors. Millennials need money, right?
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    COVID-19

    There’s no reason to believe this virus will not lead to immunity, at least temporarily. In fact, Eli Lily is teaming up with a small biotech company (these evil drug companies!!) to reverse engineer naturally produced anti-Covid antibodies. The way they are doing it is extremely cool. They received a vial of blood from one of the first patients in the US to recover. They then sequenced the immunoglobulin regions of each B cell to see what antibodies they were making. They have about 500 candidates to test for in vitro viral neutralization. This antibody(ies) will then be mass produced. This will be a form of “passive” immunity.
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    COVID-19

    While MERS and SARS do show seasonality, however these (mostly MERS) pop up at any time of the year. Here’s a good read detailing how this infection will eventually be limited. Your #2 is probably going to be the most important. https://ccdd.hsph.harvard.edu/will-covid-19-go-away-on-its-own-in-warmer-weather/
  10. kas23

    COVID-19

    It could. This is why China has yet to go back to life as usual. They are still largely under self-quarantine. Social distances is really just buying us time until factors such as ambient temperature and our ability to deal with sick patients (either via extra bed space, medicine, or a vaccine) changes. There will also be increased “heard immunity” (People who have been infected and developed immunity) as time goes on. What is likely to occur is a switch to the Southern Hemisphere. But, it will likely be back, but we’ll then be much more ready.
  11. How’s the game going? We gonna come out winless again?
  12. kas23

    COVID-19

    I’m not forgetting the “shadow figure”. I just can’t speak in hypotheticals, but can only comment on the current data we have. If I were to comment on “shadow figures”, I would state that known influenza cases are on the tip of the iceberg and the majority don’t make it to medical attention.
  13. If this is it and we aren’t going to see another regular or post-season game, what position in the lottery do the Sabres hold?
  14. kas23

    COVID-19

    Covid-19 mortality rate in Italy is currently about 5%. My contacts in Wuhan have always referred to the mortality rate as 5%. They are not even ventilating people over the age of 70 in Italy. Still just the flu? Be aware that the number Tony Fauci gave was somewhere between 1-2 percent, so at best it is 10x the mortality rate of the flu. Also, bare in mind that the mortality rate is different depending on your age, with those over 60 being published anywhere between 12-18% mortality rate.
  15. kas23

    COVID-19

    By show of hands... Anyone still think it’s “just the flu”?
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