Archive for the 'All-Star' Category

19
Oct
08

Martin Brodeur vs. Patrick Roy

With only 9 wins seperating Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur as the NHL’s winningest goalie, the debate about which tender is the greatest is sure to rage on. So… Let it rage.

Roy currently holds the record with 551 wins, is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has won many NHL awards including the Conn Smythe 3 of the 4 times he has won the Cup. He also has his number retired by the Colorado Avalanche and is due to have his number 33 retired by the Montreal Canadiens on November 22nd. His 551 wins came in 1029 games for a winning percentage of 0.535 while posting a GAA 2.53 with a SV% of 0.910. His post-season total of 151 wins in 247 games for a percentage of 0.611 with a  GAA 2.30 and a SV% of 0.900, proof that his game elevated during the Spring Season.

Brodeur is fast approching Roy’s record with 542 wins, he is a lock for the Hall, also winning many NHL awards, not including the Conn Smythe however. He will for surely have his number retired by the New Jersey Devils upon his retirement from the game. His 542 wins have come in 973 games for a percentage 0.557, posting a 2.19 GAA and a SV% of 0.914.  His post-season totals of 95 wins in 169 games for a percentage of 0.562 and a GAA of 1.96 with a SV% of 0.922, indicating he would also elevate his play for the play-offs.

So I’ll be honest I hate Roy, and if this was completely open to opinion I would say that Brodeur is a better goalie just because I hate Roy. However, this debate isn’t just based on opinion. Marty has posted better stats in his career, both in play-offs and regular season, but one has to keep in mind that these guys did playing a portion of their careers in slightly different eras. Roy broke in during the high flying 80s, while Marty didn’t break in until the Clutch-and-Grab 90s. The other glaring difference that one has to consider, is the fact that Roy has won three Conn Smythes. This, I think, is because he had to stand on his head much more than Brodeur ever had to. Brodeur did what was expected of him, which was still a lot, but everyone is always so used to him being the best player on the ice, that I think his performances didn’t seem as stellar.

While this is a tough call, I pick Brodeur because I hate Roy. And to top it all off, just because I hate Roy so much, I hope Brodeur breaks his record before Roy’s retirement party, just so that they can’t retire his number whilst calling him, “The Winningest Goalie of All-Time.” Oh, and by the way… Brodeur, barring any injuries has more than enough games to play to do it too.

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08
Apr
08

NHL Award Predictions

With nothing really going on in the NHL until tomorrow I thought I would make my predictions at who is going to win some hardware this season.

  • William M. Jennings Trophy – Goalie(s) With the Fewest Goals Scored Against: Dominek Hasek/Chris Osgood (Detroit Red Wings). Ok, not much of a prediction, more so a little research. Detriot allowed 184 Goals beating out Anaheim (191) and San Jose (193).

  • Vezina Trophy – Top Goalie in the NHL: This being a little tougher to predict because the winner is chosen by votes, and the votes are made by NHL GMs. If I were voting my vote would go to Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose). Nabokov carried the Sharks, posting 46 wins, 1 behind Brodeur’s NHL record. He also posted a 2.14 GAA and a .910 SV% while appearing in 77 games.

  • Maurice Richard Trophy – Top Goal Scorer in the NHL: Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals). OV ran away with this one, potting 65 goals, cruising past Ilya Kovalchuk (52) and Jarome Iginla (50).

  • Lester B. Pearson Award – Most Outstanding Player as Selected by the NHLPA: Congratulations Mr. Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), hope that while you spent all the time learning English, you also learned to build a nice, massive trophy case, you’ll need it.

  • Lady Byng Memorial Award – Player who Displays Gentlemanly Conduct: Ahh, the trophy every player strives for in the NHL. Mike York (Phoenix Coyotes). This guy racked up 4 PIM while appearing in 63 games. In today’s NHL that is impressive, you would think some would step on your stick more than twice a season.

  • King Clancy Memorial Award – Leadership and Humanitarian Contribution: Alright, I really have no idea who should get this, but personally I think it should go to Mats Sundin (Toronto Maple Leafs). This guy has been one of the best, if not the best, captain of the storied franchise, and it is possible that he has worn the Blue and White for the last night, and it may be possible that he will be retiring at season’s end.

  • James Norris Memorial Trophy – Top Defenseman in the NHL: It always seems like this one is between two or three players, and that hasn’t changed. Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins), after having a terrible -21 last season, he rebounded nicely posting a +14, 17 Goals, 34 Assists, and 114 PIM.

  • Jack Adams Award – Coach of the Year: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Guy Carbonneau (Montreal Canadiens). The Canadiens were not expected to even make play-offs, yet he led to the top of the Eastern Conference.

  • Hart Memorial Trophy – NHL Most Valuable Player: I’ll gladly eat my words and say that Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) does deserve the MVP. He single-handedly carried the Caps into the post-season, riding an impressive winning record down the stretch.

  • Frank J. Selke Trophy – Top Defensive Forward in the NHL: Again, this is another that I can’t honestly say that there is a run away favourite, but I am going to go with little known David Perron (St. Louis Blues) Perron in his first season is a late bloomer that has shown up almost out of nowhere. While playing most of the season on the Blues’ low lines, he has posted a +16, 14 Goals and 27 Points in his rookie season on an underachieving team.

  • Calder Memorial Trophy – Rookie of the Year: While it seemed as though Patrick Kane was going to run away with this award, I believe that with a good play-off run, Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) is should run away with this award. The Habs should go deep into the play-offs and it will be entirely because of this kid.

  • Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy – Qualities of Perseverance and Sportsmanship: Jason Blake (Toronto Maple Leafs) played the entire season even after being diagnosed with a rare leukemia and he tried to never complain about it, even though it was brought up time and time again.

  • Art Ross Memorial Trophy – Top Point Scorer in the NHL: Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) runs away with it again 112 Points surpassing Malkin (106) and Iginla (98).

So there you have it, the others will slowly work themselves out, other than the President, which the Wings already locked up with the conclusion of the season.

27
Mar
08

More Quick Updates (03-27-08)

Luongo Has Left The Building

Much to the dismay of Vancouver fans… very selfish Vancouver fans, Luongo has skipped town to go be with his wife. It is uncertain if he will be ready to return in time to play Minnesota, but most fans are hopeful. Luongo’s wife has been stuck in a wheel-chair for the last couple of months due to complications, she left Vancouver in order to be with her family in case something happened while Luongo was on the road. My best wishes to Roberto and his wife.

Big Names Return To Lineup

Sid the Kid will return to the Penguins roster tonight to face the New York Islanders. Crosby has been sidelined since his ankle did not respond well to playing after he initially returned from a high ankle sprain. Crosby should add a huge boost to the Penguins, however their stats have been better without him, regardless, the Penguins and their fans should be glad to have him back heading into play-offs.

It may be too little too late for the Maple Leafs (read: its too late), but Sundin has returned to the lineup to face the Bruins. With a victory tonight, the Bruins could knock the Leafs completely out of the playoffs, and perhaps the Leafs could finally start to lose in hopes of landing in the lottery. They are currently sitting in 23rd in the league, and could easily find themselves into the bottom 4-5 teams and have a shot at a decent franchise player.

Marc Savard Breaks His Back

Seriously, the guy has a broken back but it is unknown how long he will miss. The Bruins’ leading scorer suffered the injury when he was cross-checked on the weekend. Apparently it isn’t that bad of an injury, because he hopes to only miss tonight’s game in addition with the game he missed on Tuesday. He was not missed that much however, as the Bruins manhandled the Leafs that night.

26
Mar
08

Luongo’s Predicament

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I am sure most of you know what is going if you pay any attention to this man, Roberto Luongo, but if you don’t, I’ll attempt to give you a quickie lesson.

Luongo’s wife is currently living in Florida, which is about as far away from Vancouver as things could get in the NHL. Now at first glance this wouldn’t seem to be such an issue… NHLers deal with this situation all the time. However, Luongo’s wife, Gina, is just about ready to give birth to their first child. She is due in early April and it about ready to pop. So Luongo’s predicament is pretty easy to see. Leave the Canucks, who are fighting for their play-off lives, and go be with your family and wife when she gives birth. Or you skip the birth, and play with the Canucks and try to help them make playoffs, and if you do play them out.

Now, fans are outraged at Luongo because he is not planning on missing the birth. There is a plan laid out for Luongo to board a private jet and fly to Florida when the time comes for the baby. These “fans” are pissed because he is putting his family first. They are pissed because he apparently can’t count 9 months out, and plan to have his children in the off-season. Here are a few quotes from Canada.com and their story of the Luongo situation:

How much of Luongo’s salary is he giving back when he leaves for the birth of his child?Pretty environmentally sensitive to fly a private jet to Florida with one person on it.Thousands of working men around the world miss the birth of their children due to work commitments,I hope he appreciates the luxury he’s afforded.And if it causes them to miss the playoffs??

I am sooooooo sick of women and their nagging politically correctness. My mother, and grandmother did just fine without men in the delivery room and have also said that they did not want them there. Until Roberto is the one having the baby, he should be playing. If he wants a job as a birthing cheerleader, I think they make about $25 per kid. Want that paycut? I did not think so. His wife doesn’t like it? OK, then she better start looking for work after a couple of months. Shut up and play.

Sorry I can’t agree with Time Off . 7 million a year ,the fans paying night after night. Life is important but he has taken on the responsibility and must commit to it. Missing 1 game to be with her, yes but that’s it.

These guys are effin’ ridiculous. Personally, I have no children, so I am not in a position to use my life as an example, but I like to think that once, when I have children, I plan on being there and nothing in the world would keep me from being there, especially my first born. Any other job, men take a paternal leave to be there, so just because he is an all-world athlete, he is not allowed to do that because his “fans” can’t bear to leave him be a family man? If you don’t agree with me, then I don’t know what to say to you, but you are being selfish. There is no way on earth that you can go around calling Luongo selfish, if you think he shouldn’t leave, because you are scared of your favourite team to miss playoffs!

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25
Mar
08

“One Play” Commercial

So I was surfing around randomly just a little ago, and I ran into this commercial. Apparently its the NHL’s newest attempt at promoting the game. I’ll let you have a look at it before I give my two cents.

First off, I effin’ love it. There are so many details to it and it works on so many different levels. It incorporates vintage hockey footage, pond hockey, minor hockey, and today’s hockey. The beginning starts with probably two of the most recognizable faces in hockey, Gretzky and Crosby. It shows almost every team in the league, if not all, shows the stars of the game, the grace and skill needed to play the game and it is shown with great fluidity. The cuts between video clips are great. What ever company produced this commercial did an unreal job in making it seem like it was actually one play.

This commercial is leaps and bounds above the “I Pledge” and “Is This the Year?” commercials. It seems that the NHL may finally have taken a step in the right direction, and just in time for the playoffs. Finally.

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21
Mar
08

Does Ovechkin Deserve MVP?

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With the season winding down, the talk of Most Valuable Player is really starting to heat up, and one of the favourites is clearly Alexander Ovechkin. My question however, is does he deserve it?

Yes, he leads the league in Points (102) and Goals (58), and has brought his Washington Capitals on the verge of making the post-season for the first time in years. (I can’t even remember the last time they made the dance.) He was named to the All-Star, and will no doubt be named to the First All-Star Team and is running away with the Maurice Richard Trophy, but will all this earn him the coveted Hart?

Whether it will or not is up is not up to me, but I don’t think it should. I have always firmly believed that if a player wins the Hart, he better get his team into play-offs, just like the Adams shouldn’t be given to a coach that doesn’t boss his team into play-offs.

There is no doubt that Ovie is one of the MVP’s of the NHL, otherwise there wouldn’t be any talk about it, but if he doesn’t lead the Caps into the post-season then he couldn’t have been that valuable, because otherwise why isn’t Lecavalier’s name being thrown in there? While his stats are quite a bit below Ovechkin’s, he is still 3rd in points (89) and 5th in goals (40).

I am in no way campaigning for Lecavalier to be named MVP, because realistically I don’t know who should be. I will think about it overnight, and maybe I’ll have an answer for it then, if I do I will post it tomorrow.

**UPDATE**

Alright, so its been almost 3 weeks since I wrote this, and since then the Washington Capitals have climbed in the rankings and took over the Southeast Division lead. So the Caps are in play-offs, and without a doubt, Ovie is going to win MVP. He is going to win the Hart, and it shouldn’t even be close. (April 7th, 2008)

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15
Mar
08

Update On Pronger and other Stuff

Douchebag Chris Pronger has been suspended 8 games by the NHL for his stomping on Kesler. In my mind, thats not enough, it doesn’t even take him out for the remainder of the season. It is not a big surprise however. As I mentioned in my last post, Pronger recieves a special treatment, considering he has been suspended 8 teams through-out his 14 year NHL career, 3 times in the past year. They should have taken him out for the duration of the season and play-offs. I think that would have been adequete.

Crosby is going to out for a week nursing his ankle. Apparently it is pretty sore, so they Pens are obviously wanted to save him for play-offs. If the Pens are capable of getting healthy, they have a shot at winning the East, because as of right now it seems like its pretty wide open, and available for the taking.

 Sundin as of right now is listed as day-to-day with a sore groin, and it is unknown if he will play tonight. With the play-off implications the game against Buffalo has, I would bet on him playing, even if he plays 10-14 minutes, rather then he usual near 20 min. Leafs could just use him for faceoffs, because he is key for the Leafs there, and has shown it by taking more faceoffs than anyone else in the league.