Archive for the 'TSN' Category

02
Nov
08

Brodeur Out With…. Bruised Elbow?

I’ve talked about this once before, and I can promise that I’ll complain about it time and time again. I hate the way teams are so “specific” when it comes to disclosing injuries.

Martin Brodeur being the lastest… because as of right now, he is sidelined with what is being called a “bruised elbow.” Let’s be honest, it has to be more than just a bruised elbow, if he’s going to undergo MRIs and get X-rays taken. If I had a bruised elbow, I would still be out there playing, and I play shinny. A bruised elbow is not enough to keep a star player, a competitor, a legend that is seven wins away from being the winningest goalie in the best hockey league in the world, out of action. Why can’t the Devils just say that he has an injured elbow, and they are unsure of the extent of the injury until more tests are done? There I just said it, was that so hard?

Apparently though, the NHL doesn’t have to be specific at all, unlike the NFL. According to Darren Dreger of TSN, and he usually knows what he’s talking about, the difference has everything to do with gambling. Because there is so much money wagered on NFL games, the league pretty much has to fully disclose a player’s injury, meanwhile the NHL doesn’t because nobody but Ric Tocchet and Gretzky’s wife bet on hockey… oh wait, Pete Rose probably does too.

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27
Oct
08

TSN’s Shoot-Out For a Million Returns & Ovie Leaves

OK, so I am unsure if anyone inside or out of Canada knows (or cares for that matter), but the details for TSN’s Shoot-Out For a Million were announced today, and wow!

First of all, if you don’t know what the contest is, well here is a little Reader’s Digest version of it. There is a big draw, and whoever gets selected has the chance to go on the ice during the intermission of a game with some buddies. First, everyone shoots pucks from the centre line at an empty goal and depending on how many pucks go in, up to 4 vehicles are given away. Next, the person that won the draw, moves back to the far blue line and shoots 20 pucks in 24 seconds, and if 15 go in, that person wins a million dollars!

I’ve been a huge fan of this since it started a couple seasons ago, this will be the third year. Last year, Darwin Head won the big payout, and the year before Jason Hall barely missed the payout, but only because one of his shots hit a puck that had bounced out of the net.

This year’s shootout will be held at the World Junior Championships during the Canada/USA game on New Year’s Eve, rather than an NHL game like it had been in the past. This, however, is going to be a much larger venue, and will probably have higher ratings than an NHL game anyways. So hopefully, I’ll be on the ice in Ottawa on New Year’s Eve, instead of sitting at home in Lethbridge.

In other news, Alexander Ovechkin has returned to Russia in order to be with his ailing father. It’s only the second that Ovie will miss in his career and breaks his 203 game streak. All the best to the Ovechkin family.

19
Apr
08

Brunnstrom Going To Leafs?

According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Fabian Brunnstrom is leaning towards joining the Maple Leafs after Vancouver GM Dave Nonis was fired. Apparently Brunnstrom, the 23 year-old Swede, is trying to choose between a couple of teams, but has narrowed it down to two; the Red Wings and the Leafs.

Brunnstrom is thinking that the Red Wings are just too deep up front for him to get decent ice time, but with the Leafs appearing to be heading towards a rebuild, the Leafs would be capable of giving Brunnstrom more opportunity to play.

Brunnstrom is an offensively gifted forward with a decent scoring touch. A speedy skater with soft hands and good technical skills. He combines speed and stickhandling in an impressive way. Hockey sense is pretty good and he is also strong physically with a good attitude. (Elite Prospects)

26
Feb
08

NHL Trade Deadline – Live Update

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I will be running a continuous live update of the NHL Trade Deadline Today (All times are Mountain Time). Trade posts will be headlined with asterisks and bolded, so if you just want to see the trades, look for those by the times. So here goes!!

  • 12:07 AM >> Okay, so honestly I am right about to go to bed, but I thought I would kick start it with the few little things that have happened thus far today.
    • F Vaclav Prospal traded to PHI for D Alexandre Picard, and a conditional pick. (Condition is that, if the Flyers make the post-season, it is their 2nd round pick, if not, the pick is CGY’s 3rd pick.)
    • F Mike Comrie has signed an extension with NYI, essentially taking his name off of the trade list.
    • D Dan Boyle has also re-signed a big extension with TB, which to me opens the door for a F Brad Richards deal.
    • D Barret Jackman has extended his deal with STL, so he shouldn’t have to pack his bags tonight.
  • 8:01 AM >> Bob McKenzie just said the it is known that F Marian Hossa will not be taking the game-day skate with ATL, instead he is going to wait and hear until a trade falls. Apparently the team told him to stay at the hotel.
  • **8:32 AM** >> FIRST TRADE OF THE DAY:
    • D Bryce Salvador goes to NJ while F Cam Janssen goes the other way to STL.
  • **9:15 AM** >> MAPLE LEAFS MAKE TRADE:
    • F Wade Belak has been shipped to FLO for a 5th rounder. Nothing major, but realistically Belak isn’t going to really matter to the Leafs, so I think this is a start.
  • **9:26 AM** >> Another Breaking Trade, this is a BIGGIE:
    • D Brian Campbell and a 7th round pick has been traded to SJ, BUF gets F Steve Bernier and a 1st round pick.
  • **9:36 AM** >> DAL and TB have agreed to a deal, they just need the go ahead from Richards. This is a huge:
    • F Brad Richards, G Johan Holmqvist are gone to DAL, in return TB gets G Mike Smith, F Jussi Jokinen, and F Jeff Halpern.
  • **9:49 AM** >> The Trade out of MON just happened, and its a shocker:
    • G Cristobal Huet has been traded to WAS, for a 2nd round pick in 2009. WOW! G Carey Price has just been thrown into the spotlight!
  • ** 10:15 AM** >> Trade just came out of FLO:
    • FLO D Ruslan Salei is traded to COL for D Karlis Skrastins and a 3rd rounder. Keith Jones joked that this deal would have been done hours ago, but both guys took forever to get off the ice because they skate so slow. Truth hurts!
  • **10:21 AM** >> CHI and CAR make deal:
    • CAR F Andrew Ladd has been traded to CHI for F Tuomo Ruutu. Ladd was supposed to be a key player in the NHL, but hasn’t quite developed the way he was expected. Ruutu has just had a lot of injury issues, which slowed his development too.
  • **10:36 AM** >> OTT makes trade:
    • CHI F Martin Lapointe has been acquired by OTT for a 6th round pick. The panel loves this trade for the Sens, figures he will be a leader in the dressing room. Dutchie makes a crack about Lapointe talking to Emery and shaping him up.
  • **10 :59 AM** >> Deal for CBJ Done:
    • CBJ D Adam Foote has been traded to COL. The return is a conditional 1st round pick, if the Avs make the post-season, it will be an 08 pick, if they don’t, its their 09 pick. Als, there is another conditional draft pick if Foote re-signs with the Avs.
  • **11:12 AM** >> CBJ Makes another deal:
    • CBJ F Sergei Federov has been sent off to WSH for D Ted Ruth. Are the Caps making a push for the post-season? It appears like they are!
  • **11:36 AM** >> VAN is alive!:
    • VAN F Matt Cooke has been dealt to WAS for F Matt Pettinger. Washington is making a serious push, they are not kidding around folks.
  • **11:46 AM** >> Small Trade that happened awhile ago:
    • Rob Davison has been traded to NYI while a 7th round pick goes back to SJ. Whoopie…
  • **12:52 PM** >> Leafs Make Another and Blues Deal too:
    • TOR D Hal Gill sent to PIT for a 2nd and 5th round pick. That’s good, decent return for an older, slower defenseman.
    • STL D Christian Backman has been traded to the NYR for a 4th round pick. Finally the Rangers make a move, this is a positive for the Blue Shirts.
  • **12:58** >> Hossa Finally Traded:
    • ATL unloads F Marian Hossa and F Pascal Dupius to PIT for F Erik Christensen, F Colby Armstrong, F Angelo Esposito, and a 1st rounder. Pierre McGuire is upset about this deal, he thinks the Pens gave up way, way too much for Hossa. He figures there is no way they can afford this guy at the end of the season.
  • **1:10 PM** >> Wild make some late noise:
    • MIN sends a 6th round pick to NYI for F Chris Simon. Wild now have Simon, Fedoruk, and Boogard, I don’t know what they are trying to prove.
  • **1:15 PM** >> LA unloads Defense:
    • LA has sent D Brad Stuart to DET for an 08 2nd and an 09 4th round pick. Wings will look solid when D Lidstrom, D Chelios, and D Rafalski come back.
  • ** 1:18 PM** >> TOR and PHO make some late deals:
    • TOR F Chad Kilger has been sent to FLO for a 3rd round pick.
    • PHO get G Al Montoya, and F Marcel Hossa from NYR for F Fredrick Sjostrom, G David Leveneau and F Josh Gratton.
  • ** 1:21 PM** >> ANA does a little tinker:
    • ANA has acquired D Marc-Andre Bergeron from NYI for a 3rd round pick.
  • **1:29 PM** >> ANA doing more tinkering:
    • ANA picked up G J.S. Aubin from LA for a 7th round pick.
  • **1:34 PM** >>One Last Trade?:
    • WSH F Joe Motzko has been dealt to ATL for F Alexandre Giroux.
  • **1:49 PM** >> Another Late One:
    • TB deals F Yan Hlavak to NAS for a 7th round pick.
  • **2:35 PM** >> ANA pulls one last move:
    • ANA F Brandon Bochenski has been dealt to NAS I believe it was
19
Feb
08

More Quick Hits: Trades, Injuries, and more on OHL Tragedy

Modry Goes to Philly

Jaroslav Modry, now formerly of the LA Kings, has been traded to the Flyers for a 3rd round pick. Thus far in the season, Modry has put up 1 goal and 5 assists with plus 2 rating.

If you ask me, the Flyers could of had McCabe for a 3rd round pick… but that is just how badly I want the Leafs to get rid of him.

NHL Players Dropping Like Flies

A lot of injuries to talk about today, but the most significant has to be Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings. Lidstrom was hit hard by Ian Laperriere last night, in what appeared to be a clean hit. Although it was clean, Lidstrom looked pretty effin’ dizzy when he got up, but word is that its a knee injury. (Never seen someone look concussed after a knee injury…)

For his troubles, Laperriere was beat up later in the game by Aaron Downey, and was then targeted again by Downey later in the game. I loved seeing that, I bet people are going to think twice before nailing any of the other Red Wing stars.

Also going down were Vancouver’s Lukas Krajicek, (ouch another defencemen down for the ‘Nucks) and New York Islander’s Andy Sutton after a partial tear in his hamstring.

Might Be Months For Mickey Renaud

After an autospy was conducted on the young man, it was revealed that it may take months before investigators can determine what happened.

They say that the autospy was the first test in a series of tests that are needed to figure out exactly what went wrong in Renaud’s Ontario home.

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.

14
Feb
08

JFJ figures the Leafs Should Be Selling…

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John Ferguson Jr. told TSN today that if he were still in charge of the Toronto Maple Leafs, “the For Sale sign would be out.”

Eat shit, JFJ. You got the team into this mess really. You didn’t have to re-sign the entire team that didn’t make play-offs last season but you did. So while most of the other Eastern teams improved, you were happy with the status quo.

Shut up. And from now on, I promise I will never mention this douche bag in my articles, he’s pissed me off way too much and continues to do so.