Leilani

The one time that I think has been stuck in it for far too long are the Coyotes, it is true that they are doing a rebuild in the same mould of the Panthers. Duke and Domi are already proving to be actual NHL quality players.

Strome on paper is.

Mike Smith shows up on occasion. The signing of Goose brings stability to the top four. The internal cap will be shed once the team is ready to make a complete push most likely next year. Tippett has a lot of pull in the organization.

The general volatility surrounding ownership and management there, I just personally don't count on them committing to team success. I think they'll try and stay profitable by retaining some of the talented players and keeping the team interesting, and they might be willing to spend to the cap for a year or two, but there's no way they'd sustain, and that's going to shorten whatever window there might be. Mike Smith is already 34, and I've yet to see talk of a promising goaltender.

And you look at Florida, they had a good team this year and won the division, but they didn't look all that strong in the playoffs.

I see them a lot like Ottawa has been where the management seems to say "what's the least amount of money it would take to win a playoff series or at least take it to seven games?"

Leilani

Because of the tight schedule caused by the World Cup of Hockey, each team this season has a bye week where no games are played. Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) compiled a list of these on Twitter and I thought everyone might be interested to see when they were. As follows:

Pacific Division

  1. Anaheim Ducks: February 26 - March 2nd
  2. Arizona Coyotes: January 8-12
  3. Calgary Flames: February 8-12
  4. Edmonton Oilers: Feb 6-10
  5. LA Kings: February 10-14
  6. San Jose Sharks: February 20-24
  7. Vancouver Canucks: February 20-24

Central Division

  1. Chicago Blackhawks: February 13-17
  2. Colorado Avalanche: January 7-11
  3. Dallas Stars: February 19-23
  4. Minnesota Wild: February 22-26
  5. Nashville Predators: February 13-17
  6. St. Louis Blues: February 21-25
  7. Winnipeg Jets: February 22-26

Atlantic Division

  1. Boston Bruins: February 13-17
  2. Buffalo Sabres: February 20-24
  3. Detroit Red Wings: February 22-26
  4. Florida Panthers: February 4-8
  5. Montreal Canadiens: February 13-17
  6. Ottawa Senators: January 2-6
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning: February 12-16
  8. Toronto Maple Leafs: January 8-12

Metropolitan Division

  1. Carolina Hurricanes: February 12-16
  2. Columbus Blue Jackets: February 20-24
  3. New Jersey Devils: February 7-11
  4. New York Islanders: January 1-5
  5. New York Rangers: January 8-12
  6. Philadelphia Flyers: January 16-20
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins: January 1-7
  8. Washington Capitals: February 12-16
Leilani

Boston is always physically tough to play against, we can beat them but if we can avoid them its in our best interest.

Same thing with Toronto, things are always a battle with them regardless of whether one team is miles better than the other. Toronto's speed is difficult to play against for us. The rest of the division I'm not concerned about though. We also beat Columbus while they were in their peak this season, twice. Which is why I'd rather Columbus and then a home series in round 2 than a tor/fla/bos followed by a road series at mtl. But that's also assuming the Rangers snag 3rd in the metro which is far from guaranteed.

StillI I feel that two things are becoming clear based on the moves over the past 2 days:

  1. Management likely isn't jumping on Duchene (I, for one, am happy about this) unless a NHL forward is part of the deal going back. We now have 15 forwards if Lazar doesn't get traded. So I doubt we'll see a Ceci 1st prospect(s) trade.
  2. Neil may have played his last game. I mean, it's been clear for a while that he's being phased out of the line-up but with management now grabbing 3 bottom six RWs over the season, it'll be hard for Neil to crack the lineup. But I could be wrong, the team might want him to fulfill the punching bag role if we play MTL or TOR in the playoffs.
Leilani

I got my Canada Goose over 5 years ago right before the big peak in popularity. My aunt used to work for them so I got it at cost. Before I had the jacket, I would never have thought I would be willing to pay 700 for a coat. But now that I've had it for 5 years? I definitely would.

Wearing a Canada Goose Jacket to walk around the streets of Ottawa for ten minutes is like using a Unimog as a daily commuter.

They're both amazing pieces of equipment that WILL get the job done, but aren't wholly necessary. First thing to know about Canada Goose is that they use their own thermal rating system from 1-5; 1 being shit and 5 being worth the money. Anything between is a bit silly as well.

The original idea/concept for Canada Goose parkas (remember they ARE parkas and not 'jackets' after all), was to be a bomb-proof arctic parka for extremely cold and dry climates, usually worn by scientists and explorers and the like. Think, "Really cold, not very active-wear." Within that they make a few styles that still respect that philosophy but since becoming a popular fashion statement they make some shit that literally just wastes a coyote and a goose's lives to make the Chilliwack (among others). Ultimately, you can get what you pay for and it will be amazingly warm.

If you're against the trend, or fur, or down, or any of that, you can definitely find other options.

Some have been mentioned but I'll put an honorable mention out to Quartz Nature, they are Canadian-owned and operated (Montreal based, Canada Goose is no longer truly Canadian btw). They also use fur, but a variety of options and looks, and you can even opt to not use fur (How 'bout that!), and they even make much cheaper, still very warm, synthetic insulated parkas.

Also Quartz Nature, though not technically 'waterproof', uses waterproof materials, so if there is wet snow or conditions suddenly change, unlike with a Canada Goose, you're not screwed and it shouldn't wet through.

All that being said, as some people have mentioned, you can definitely find a layering system that works for you. Get a down sweater and hard shell or outer shell and you've already got a warm and more versatile solution, you can switch down for fleece, or layer up merino base layers, or what have you. There is no one single solution because Ottawa winters are all over the place, which makes a versatile solution more appealing.

I hate the snobbery, reputation, moral issues, expense, etc. etc. the list goes on, that comes with Canada Goose.

Would I recommend Canada Goose? Hell yes, it's amazing. But it's large and impractical for majority of the people that drive or bus to work. I used it to shovel my driveway and that was about it.

If you are patient you typically can find what you want and knock quite a bit off the regular price. Their flagship jackets (everything from their alpha sv to cerium sv) can be had for $250-$400 during the summer depending on where you look.

Eddie Bauer used to contract out to Canada goose for their down jackets (can't remember when they stopped) and just rebrand them their own.

So for all those fashionistas out there that said your parents clothing was ugly. They were wearing those trendy jackets before you were born.

Leilani

I saw a budget for having a baby, granted these are just the basics, but I wanted to weigh in and give my two center.

  • Diapers - $150 / month
  • Clothes - $100 / month
  • College - $150 / month

Our diaper budget went way down to ~30$/mo after 8 months. When they're little you're looking at 12-15 diapers a day but as they get bigger and concentrate all the poops into a few biggies a day the number shrinks. We go through 4-6 diaper a day now.

Clothing budget is a wee bit high I think.

Don't buy super expensive stuff for the baby. Family/friends will buy a lot of things. All you need for the first 3 months is maybe 5-10 onesies, 5-10 pajamas, and a couple pants/sweaters. All that stuff is cheap. It's the cute stuff you can't resist that gets pricey but you can get all that for really cheap at ross/marshalls/walmart/etc.

You'll also only need to clothes shop ~once/3-6 months to stock a wardrobe, definitely doesn't need to be an ongoing expense.

Move the savings into incidentals (docs, soap, butt cream, whatever) and you'll probably still come out ahead of that budget depending on your success in finding sub 1000/mo daycare.