Archive for the 'Olympics' Category

26
Nov
08

Ovie Vs. Malkin

Wow, that’s all I have to say about what happened tonight, in this rare hockey-filled Wednesday. (Good Ol’ American Thanksgiving, wouldn’t want to show any hockey while the entire US has a day off eh, Bettman?) Anyways! Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin just keep on rolling, and continue to amaze us.

Alex for his part, pretty much single-handedly beat the Thrashers tonight, rattling off a Hat trick, scoring on 50% of his shots, adding an assist, and his goals counted for two on the PP and his one that wasn’t on the PP just happened to be the Game Winner. I’d say that was successful outing.

Malkin on the other hand, decided that he didn’t feel like losing tonight. After the Pens go down two on a late in the second, (read: normally a momentum boost) he comes out and sets up some Crosby guy to pull within one, then says ‘ef this noise, and scores a natural hat trick, meanwhile registering on 75% of his shots. Take that Ovechkin.

I personally love this rivalry between these two superstars, but one has got to wonder what is going happen come 2010. Rumour has is, that there is no way they could agree to play with one another, so Russia might have to make due with only one of them. Which puts them in one helluva squeeze. First off, which guy do they pick and at the same time, which guy should they completely piss off to the point that he’ll probably never return to ‘Mother Russia’? Or do they just try to persuade them both to share a locker room and hope that their hate for each other doesn’t spread throughout. We all know how well that situation is working out in the Dallas locker room with Avery.

Honestly who knows, but I for one, cannot wait to see what will happen. I just wish that they would have been playing against eachother when they decided to pop off those hatties.

22
Mar
08

Quick Hits:Lecavalier, MVP, Oil, and Injured Hab

A few quick thoughts before I head to work tonight, and just before HNIC goes on-air.

Lecavalier Out Of World Championships

Vincent Lecavalier is going to find out soon if he will require off-season surgery on an ongoing wrist injury. Although the injury has not kept him from ripping the league up again, and being one of the premiere players, it has been bothering him and he will have it checked out. Even if he does not need to get the surgery, his agent has told the media that it is doubtful that Lecavalier will play for Team Canada. Although there has been talk of if players sit out of the Worlds their chances for making the 2010 Olympic team would be diminished, I doubt that would be the case with this guy. There is no way that he would not be considered for the Olympic team just because he sits out of a tourney 1 and a half years prior.

My Picks For MVP

Yesterday I wrote that I did not think Ovechkin should win the Hart Trophy if the Capitals do not make the post-season. After thinking about overnight (read last 3.5 minutes) I have come into a short-list of candidates. These candidates however are completely dependent on whether their respective team makes the play-offs, and their teams are currently in playoff contention.

  • Joe Thornton –  Could easily earn another one after his 06 Hart.
  • Alexei Kovalev -This kills me, just because his last few seasons have been sub-par, but he is having an excellent season.
  • Roberto Luongo – Let’s face it, without him, the Canucks would be a lot like the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Martin Brodeur – Has carried the Devils on his back throughout the season. Heck, Weekes got an ovation when he made a save in his 2 minutes of action the other night.
  • Evgeni Malkin – In the absence of some Crosby guy, he has stepped up and led the Penguins into the division lead and in a battle for the conference lead.

Edmonton Oilers Won’t Go Away

After this afternoon’s scoring festival against the Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers have scraped themselves 3 points outside of 8th place, and if they continue their winning ways, they have a shot. I strongly believe that the Oilers will make play-offs. They are playing better than most teams right now, are actually somewhat consistent, and are only getting better. The other bonus to them winning, is that with every win, they piss of the Ducks. There is no reason for them to try an get into a better draft position, so they literally have nothing to lose.

Mike Komisarek’s Mystery Injury

The playoffs are clearly just around the corner, because Komisarek went down the all too common “Lower Body Injury.” As a fan, I hate that teams do this upper/lower body crap when it comes to injuries in the playoffs. But it does make sense, because when it comes to winning the Cup teams will take any advantage they can get, so if they know that Komisarek has a sprained knee, there is no doubt that that knee would be targeted by opposing teams.

18
Feb
08

Forsberg Not Returning, and Tragedy Strikes in OHL

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First off, Peter Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley told TSN that Foppa, the most sought after free-agent all year, has announced that he will not be returning to the NHL this season. According to this TSN article, Foppa doesn’t have enough confidence in his ankle to commit to an NHL contract. He did, however, leave the idea of returning next season open.

Seriously though, why doesn’t Foppa just call it a career, and do what Pat Fallon did. Go play in some Senior’s league somewhere. Everyone knows that Peter Forsberg is one of the the all-time greats when it comes to play-offs, averaging 1.15 PPG in the post-season. Forsberg has also won the Calder, the Art Ross, and the Hart during his time in the big leagues. He was also a 5 time All-Star. There is no doubt that he is a great player, but will forever be hampered by his ankle made of glass.

Secondly, as mentioned in the title, tragedy struck the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, when their captain, Mickey Renaud collapsed in his home. He was transported to hospital where he was pronouced dead at the emergency room.

Renaud was only 19 and was a 5th round pick of the Calgary Flames last year. This is a prime example that terrible things can happen to anyone, even if they are in exceptional shape and condition.

My condolences go out the Renaud’s family, and to the entire Spitefire organizition.

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.