Posts Tagged ‘Nhl

18
Nov
08

Tough Two Weeks

Yeah ok, so maybe not in the NHL, (although maybe for some teams) but for me. This week and last has been nuts, and its not going to stop until at least next Tuesday, so until then, don’t expect much out of me!

Made a big a trade in my fantasy today, hopefully I can get some feed back. I traded away Huselius, Kaberle, and Bryzgalov for Lundqvist, Enstrom, and Prospal.

I needed goaltending because Osgood isn’t getting the games I was hoping he would, and I figure Huselius is streaky as hell. So I feel that I am losing Kaberle for Lundqvist. I have Campbell anyways and maybe Vlasic can keep up his pace of play. And then maybe Hammer or Keith can pick, Enstrom too for that matter. And as for Huselius and Prospal.. well Toews is coming on, so Juice was a spare part anyways, I just wanted him gone.

10
Nov
08

Sam Gagner and The Sophomore Jinx

Alright, I personally don’t know if the sophomore jinx exists or not, personally, I think its that the young guys kind of settle down in their second year, and maybe don’t feel as though they have as much to prove. In any case, Sam Gagner is definitely suffering through it right now.

Last season, Gagner finished with 49 points in 79 games, not a whole lot but considering he wasn’t expected to even make the team, that’s pretty good. This season however has been a different story. Through 13 games, Gagner has racked up a very unimpressive 2 points, and according to TSN, he’s on pace for 12 points. There’s no way Gagner is going to finish up with 12 points this season, he’s going to snap out of it and those numbers are going to go up. Law of Averages at the very least would indicate he will eventually score a goal, he has 28 shots, and eventually one of those is going to go in.

So what should the Oil do in order to help him snap out of it? There are a few things coaches normally do, either decrease ice time, which they’ve done to no avail. They could increase his ice time, which would increase his opportunities, and perhaps his confidence as well. They could do what Wilson has been doing in Toronto, and sit him the rafters for a game or two… who knows, it seems to have worked with Matt Stajan. The other option, which is open to debate, is sending him down to the AHL and let him play a few games with Springfield.

Now, I’ll be honest, I am unsure if Gagner would have to clear waivers, but I am pretty sure that under the CBA, if you’re in an entry-level contract you’ll be exempt from clearing waivers. So here is what I was thinking… send him down for like a week, the Oilers have plenty of depth to cover for him anyways (not like he’s doing the team any good right now either) and let him tear the AHL up for a couple games. This would probably get his confidence back up, and once it is up, then the Oilers bring him back to the bigs, give him tons of ice time and he can hopefully rip it up and be back into form.

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?