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07
Nov
08

Last Night’s Preds/Flames Game

Wow, that was unexpected, especially if you read my previous posting. There are a bunch of things that I want to write about last night’s game, so I will start and in no particular order.

  • The Score: Holy crap! I would have been happy to see like 6 or so pucks put away, but 13? First of all, the Flames came out flying, or so it seemed, because I still haven’t decided if it was the Flames or if it was the Preds that came out so flat. One thing is for sure though, its a good thing the Flames played one good period and got away to such a big lead, otherwise they would have been routed.
  • Leads me to my next point quite nicely. The tending was horrid last night. First, Renne allows 4 goals on 10 shots, no wonder he got the hook, “Thanks for the night off!” says Ellis. Second, Kipper. I’ve said it before about him, I think he’s overrated, especially as the league’s highest paid goalie. Don’t get me wrong, on nights that he is on, he’s one of the best, but then again, all goalies in the NHL are like that. It just seems to me that Kipper has had one stellar season and since then, he hasn’t had the same swagger. Third, Ellis. Well he just didn’t impress me that much, but hell, it was his night off.
  • The refs. I thought they did a splendid job. Maybe a miss on the Penalty Shot. Granted I don’t know the ins and outs of the NHL Rulebook, but I was under the impression that if the shooter got away a decent chance he shouldn’t get a penalty shot. Aucoin did clearly hook the guy, but he still had a chance to come in, make a move and get a shot off, all he needed to do was get it up and he would have scored. Maybe the refs were just trying to make it interesting.
  • The Calgary Flames fans. I have this theory that all the fans that the Flames have, just started watching hockey 4-5 years ago, just soon after the Flames got made into a decent team. “Why,” you may ask. Well, its simple. They are dumb and have no hockey sense. If they knew anything, they would know that Dion probably ran his mouth off to get his back-to-back Unsportsmanlike penalties, the officials don’t just give those out for no reason. They wouldn’t cheer when the linesmen get knocked down or are almost struck by an errant puck, especially when its the other refs they are made at. (Note: The ones with those red stripes on their arms, they call the penalties and for the most part control the flow of the game.)

Anyways there was going to be more, but I am running out of time. Oh, one last thing! After a thorough discussion with my buddy, we’ve come to the conclusion that the right call was made, or wasn’t made I guess, when the Preds appeared to have Too Many Men. It was an errant puck that struck a player, and he made no attempt to play it.

06
Nov
08

Preds In Town Against Calgary

I’m not writing about this because I am a fan of either of this teams, but because I get to go to the game tonight, which is enough to get my excitement up.

Now, if only the game is actually exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to NHL games, but last time I went, it was a snooze-fest, and Flame fans hammered the post-game talk shows with calls about how great the team had played that night. Needless to say, I was less than impressed. What made it worse was the fact that I had high expectations seeing as the Capitals were in town, tonight, different story all together.

Nashville. Personally I dislike Nashville, not because of the team but because of the market and their fans. I don’t believe they deserve a team, but they have one, and they barely kept it (just turn a blind eye to the whole Del Baggio thing).

The team itself I don’t mind, but I sure don’t have high expectations for this game. I have a feeling its gonna be as boring as can be, but hopefully I am wrong, and hopefully one of the teams come out flying, and they have all the reason to. Calgary is coming off of two losses and are looking to rebound after a loss to the Coyotes. Nashville for their part, are coming of a 4-0 shutout against the Canucks. So here’s hoping to both team coming out of the gates fast and hard, with some big checks and a lot of speed through the neutral zone. Oh, and I wouldn’t mind a fight or two.

04
Nov
08

Update on Brodeur

He’s out. 3-4 Months. Needs surgery on his bicep. Won’t be breaking Roy’s record anytime soon. I’m upset. I really wanted him to break it before Roy’s jersey retirement in Montreal. New Jersey is now in serious trouble. Don’t really care about the Devils, just about Marty. This sucks and I don’t want to talk about it.

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.

30
Oct
08

Shanahan To Take Offers

This has kind of confused me for the greater part of the last 5 months or so. I thought going into the off-season that Brendan Shanahan would be one of the more sought after Free Agents on the market. At first I was shocked that he wasn’t getting at least a couple of offers from around the league, but then I found out about his love affair with Slather, and that he wouldn’t be taking any offers from any other teams but the New York Rangers, yet nothing came…

Fast forward to training camps, when a lot of teams were said to be looking for that offensive player with leadership qualities (read Mats Sundin). Now, I am in no way comparing Shanahan to Sundin, but Shanahan is right up there in my opinion with offensive abilities. Shanahan can’t take control of the game like Sundin can or anything, but on the power-play, this is lethal on the off wing. The Habs went out and traded for Robert Lang almost for that exact reason, I would imagine they would have rather of had Shanny.

It wasn’t until today that Shanny told his agent that he would be willing to listen to other offers. Seriously Brendan? It took you this long to realize that the Rangers weren’t going to sign you? You had to wait until an 8th of the season was gone to entertain other offers? Wow. Well whatever, Shanahan will be signed within one or two weeks. I imagine some teams with the salary cap room would be eager to jump on him, like say… Vancouver?

28
Oct
08

Thrashers Suck!

Okay, no big secret here, but the Thrashers are awful.  Not only because they just finished their latest masterpiece, a 7-0 loss to the Flyers (who are insanely hot as of late) but because they’ve pretty much always been bad.

Since their inception to the NHL, the Thrashers have qualified for the Stanley Cup play-offs, which remarkably is one more time than the Columbus Blue Jackets (which is a story for another day). Oh by the way, the Thrashers were subsequently swept by the Rangers, so they have just as many play-off wins as the Jackets. It’s not only their stats that make them terrible, but some of the players they’ve brought in. I mean seriously, Patrik Stefan? First Overall? And the fact that they’ve had 7 Top 10 picks in the last 10 years only 3 of which are currently on the roster.

And then there’s the ownership. The initial owners, Time Warner last only 6 years, selling the franchise to a group called Atlanta Spirit in 2003. Not to mention their attendance. In an article published by the Globe and Mail in March of 2007, it was said that the Thrashers held the honour for giving the most tickets away. “The league’s numbers show the Thrashers gave away an average of 2,827 tickets a game in their first 25 home games.” Which just happens to be up…. 840% from the year before.

The only other thing I want to mention…these terrible jerseys from a few years ago. Oh… and the Thrashers suck.

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.