Archive for January, 2008

31
Jan
08

Ray Emery Asked For Trade

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According to Senators GM, Bryan Murray, Ray Emery and him had a conversation several months ago that entailed Emery asking for a trade out of town. Emery thought the move would do some good both for him and the team.

Personally, I don’t know what “Rayzor” is doing… He is on a cup contending team, he has proved that he can bring them to the big dance, and we all know that Martin Gerber is going to choke, be it in the next few weeks, or in that first round of play-offs. We all know what happened in Carolina against the Habs.

Murray admits to trying to shop Emery around, but there was no market at all for him, not surprising when you look at what Brian Burke had to do to keep his word with Bryzgalov.

Apparently though, Emery has changed his tune lately, even though he’s been missing practices, getting into scraps when he does show up at practice, and if he can’t find a willing opponent, well he’s just been breaking sticks over the end boards. When he was asked if he had asked for a trade recently, Emery replied, “No, I didn’t ask to be traded at the end of December.” Pretty specific with dates there… we should get Emery on that Fox show, The Moment of Truth. Then we might get some answers.

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30
Jan
08

New Oilers Owner?

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It appears as thought the Edmonton Oilers are finally going to be owned by a single owner, according to TSN, rather than the investor’s group that saved the franchise from bankruptcy.

Daryl Katz, who has put forth about 62 offers for the team now (give or take a few,) appears to have enough support to buy the team. Katz, a pharmacy billionaire, bumped up his latest offer to $200 million dollars for the Blue and Copper.

I think this is a good thing for the Oil. You can now have a more stable owner, not that the group wasn’t stable, but at least now it would be in one person’s hands. And this Katz fellow, who is a native Edmontonian, is obviously passionate about owning the team, since his first offer rang in at about $145 million, but he was willing to keep pressing to the tune of $55 million more.

Katz, who actually owns the Rexall brand, and has exclusive rights to the naming of the Oilers current arena, has also mentioned something about putting up the cash to build a brand new arena in Edmonton. I think this good for the city too, if this guy is just gonna build a new freakin’ arena, out of his own pocket… I say, screw it, sell him the team, let him build the new arena, vote him in as mayor, and then people might consider Edmonton to actually be a decent city….er, I mean… actually yeah I meant that!!

P.S. Ever notice how much this Katz guy looks like Rob Schneider??

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29
Jan
08

Selanne has signed with the Ducks

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I have two things to say about this Teemu…

a) Where do you find that wicked helmet? Salvation Army?

b) You are effin’ rude… apparently you didn’t take the time to read this.

Yeah, you just had a daughter, great. You were trying to figure out if you had the passion to continue playing, BS. Your selfish, you want another cup, you just don’t want to go through the grind of a season. Hell, if I only ever did half the work, do you know how many accolades I could have gathered by now? I don’t know either, but a lot more than what I have!

28
Jan
08

2010 Olympics in Vancouver

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Everyone knows that the Winter Olympics are coming to Vancouver in a couple years, two years almost to the date actually. And for those of you that have been living under a rock, well then you heard it here first!

Most Canadians can tell you that the Men’s Hockey team disappointed in 2006, failing to bring home a medal. The brass was criticized for not bringing young guns like Sidney Crosby, or Eric Staal, and instead favouring some of the old veterans that had helped bring home a gold in 2002.

TSN set up something that I thought was kind of neat on their website, and that is allowing anyone to make their early picks at what the roster would look like, and here is the squad that I picked, (in no particular order, or in no particular mind set to lines.)

Forwards:

– Dany Heatley            – Vincent Lecavalier            – Brad Richards

– Jason Spezza             – Sidney Crosby                   -Eric Staal

– Simon Gagne             – Rick Nash                          – Shane Doan

– Ryan Getzlaf             – Jarome Iginla                    – Mike Richards

– Joe Thorton

Defense

– Jay Bouwmeester          – Chris Phillips         – Robyn Regehr

– Shea Weber                    – Chris Pronger        – Brian Campbell

– Dion Phaneuf

Goalies

– Martin Brodeur            – Roberto Luongo            – Marty Turco

So let me know what you think, keep in mind that there were only so many players available to choose from, and if you want to pick your own team, here is the link. 

27
Jan
08

NHL to Open 08-09 Season In Europe

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Another one of the league’s worst kept secrets was revealed yesterday when they announced that the Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lighting, New York Rangers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins would head across the pond to open the season.

The move did come with some controversy. Paul Kelly, the NHLPA Executive Director told the media that “the NHL put the cart before the horse.” What he means, is that there were still some issues that needed to be ironed out, and that the players had yet to agree to everything that the trip entails. For the most part, was the announcement that the Rangers would play in the Victoria Cup, and tourney that pits the European Champions to play against the Rangers.

I agree with the NHLPA on this one. The NHL should hold back on these kinds of things until the players agree to them, because lets face it, the players are the ones that are going over there and putting on a show. They are going over and risking their bodies, their reputation, and potentially their careers to give the Europeans the chance to see NHL teams live.

This again reminds me of a good ol’ flick called Mystery, Alaska. For those of you who haven’t seen it, some team in Mystery, Alaska gets a story published about them in Sports Illustrated, where the writer claims they could rival any team in the NHL. So of all the teams in the league, the New York Rangers are scheduled to come to town, and play outdoors against the Mystery team, but not before the NHLPA steps in because the players don’t want to go… sounds familiar right?

25
Jan
08

Donald Brashear Re-signs with Capitals

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The Washington Capitals have re-signed the second most famous #87 in the league, Donald Brashear. Now I realize that Brashear is not going to end up in the Hall, or have his number retired, but he is a damn important player.

Fighting belongs in the NHL, and so do enforcers. The instigator rule needs to be gotten rid of, so that players like Brashear can police the ice surface a little bit, and protect guys like Semin and Ovechkin. Realistically, I don’t think guys like Downie, Avery, Ruutu, hell even Tucker would be skating around being assholes if guys like Brashear, Parros, Boogard, and Belak could beat the living snot out of them. If you think that having enforcers is dumb, and something that only happens in the NHL, look no further than Hollywood.

The Mighty Ducks. Thats right. The Gordan Bombay coached-Mighty Ducks had enforcers. They had Fulton and Portman skating around protecting Conway and Banks. We all remember how Fulton and Portman handled those Icelandic monsters. So even Disney knew that these guys are important, that they have a place in hockey. So if Mighty Ducks could find a use for enforcers at the Junior Goodwill Games, NHL teams can sure use them to protect their star players.

***Side note: Because its the All-Star Break, and its a useless week-end, I am going to need suggestions on what to write about, so if you want to know my thoughts on anything hockey, let me know.***

24
Jan
08

Rangers to Retire Brian Leetch’s #2

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The New York Rangers will send Brian Leetch’s number 2 to the rafters. The ceremony will talk place before the puck drop tonight when the Rangers face the Kovalchukless Thrashers at MSG.

This will mark only the 5th Ranger number to be retired, which is pretty impressive considering the team has been around since 1926.

Leetch amassed quite the career, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1994, and finishing with 1, 028 points, 981 of which were scored during his tenure with the Rangers. Those 981 points place him at second all-time in points with the Rangers, second in games played, and first in assists with 741.

Leetch was also named to the All-Star team 10 times, and won the Norris Trophy twice as the NHL’s top blue-liner.

Congrats to Brian Leetch, he is a man that truly deserves to have his number retired, and to be honoured by such a historic organization. And to know more about the legend that is Brian Leetch, click here.