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There’s a-doings a-transpiring

27 Jun

well well well.  Look at all the things that have happened since our last post.

First up was the NHL draft.  Not too many surprises go as far as the actual draft picks themselves, we’ll see how those pan out in a few years.  The real news was the trades.  It’s time for brotherly love in the NHL.

Jordan Stall now joins big brother Eric with the Carolina Hurricanes.  That should be fun when the Hurricanes next play the Rangers since there is another Staal brother (Marc) playing defense over there.  The Canes gave up a lot for this trade.  Penguins fans are going to love Sutter.

Next came a reunion of the Shenn brothers in Philadelphia.  Philly made the trade because they wanted to shore up their defense.  It appears that Chris Pronger is still nowhere near ready to return.  If he does at all.

What is the deal in Philly if you sign a long term  deal.  Seems like as soon as you do, you are gone!

Mike Richards signs a long-term deal and then is shipped off to the Kings.  Jeff Carter too, same thing except he is traded to the Blue Jackets before being brought over to the Kings.  That sure worked out great for them.  But then JVR signs a 6 year deal and he is promptly shipped out-of-town.  How does that make Claude Giroux feel?

So Luke gets to play with his brother in Philly and James Van Reimsdyk had this to say:

“To go to a place like Toronto is unbelievably exciting for me,” van Riemsdyk said, citing the team’s tradition and fan base. “It’s basically like playing for the New York Yankees of the NHL.”

Except that the Yankees are always contenders and have many many championships to back it up.  For those of you still counting at home the Leafs have not won since 1967.

You know who must love this trade?  Don Cherry.  That’s right Don…there’s another American born player on your beloved leafs.  Since you believe your team can’t win with so many American players I guess you’re doomed to have another poor season this year.

Cheer up Don, it’s not so bad.

Next up the Hall of Fame inductees.

Yes it’s puzzling that Shanahan was left off.  He certainly deserves to be in there, however I don’t think you can really argue with the 4 that went in.

Sundin was a stud, the all time leading scorer for ANY original 6 team.  Think about that statement for a minute.  No cups for Mats but he did win the Gold medal in the olympics and was a 9 time all-star.

Pavel Bure was called the Russian Rocket for a reason.  It’s too bad his career was cut short due to those pesky knee injuries because that guy was a thrill to watch.  Total game changer.  He won the Calder for best rookie in 1992 and won the Maurice Richard trophy twice.

Joe Sakic.  What can you say about this guy.  Consummate pro and one of the best leaders the game has ever seen.  This guy is the definition of complete player. He won 2 Stanley Cups and was an all-star 13 times!

Then you have Adam Oates.  What a day for Oates.  In the morning he gets inducted into the Hall of Fame.  That’s a pretty good day right there right?  But then moments later the Washington Capitals announce that he will be their new coach taking the reigns from Dale Hunter.  Wow!  Did he buy a lottery ticket yesterday too?  I remember Oates all too well.  He played in the same division as my beloved Blackhawks for a long time.  The St. Louis Blues featured him playing on a line with super sniper Brett Hull.  Son of Chicago’s favorite left wing….Bobby Hull the Golden Jet.  Adam Oates was a 5 time all-star and is 6th all time in the league for assists with 1079.  Nobody had vision like this guy.  Actually you know who reminds me a bit of Oates?  Patrick Kane.  He has vision like Adam and can pass like Adam.  What Kane doesn’t have is a sniper like Brett Hull to feed his beautiful passes to.


Doom and Gloom time.  Yeah Vegas recently put the odds of a lockout at 1 in 5.  I don’t buy it.  The players met in Chicago recently for 3 days of meetings to prepare for negotiations with the league.  Look at this quote from the Gestapo – Don Fehr.

“From our standpoint, the starting place is the players made enormous concessions the last time around,” union head Donald Fehr said. “The second item that comes to mind is the game generates a lot more revenue than it did before. And you put those two things together, it ought to point you in the direction as to where this negotiation should go.”

What does that tell you?  It tells me that the players aren’t budging and that this will get ugly.  You think Don gives a shit if there’s a work stoppage?  Did you see what he did with baseball?  I think that tells you all you need to know.  This will get ugly.  A damn shame too with all the progress hockey has made in the last 7 years.  Now this guy wants to flush it all down the toilet.  Negotiations are set for Friday.

The owners want to lower the percentage of revenue that the players get.  Right now it’s 57% goes to the players.  The NFL and NBA, two leagues that make way more money then hockey are more like 50-50 split.  Hockey players under Don Fehr believe a 50-50 split is unfair and unreasonable.

What can we expect?  More of the same.  Don has these idiots believing that getting 57 percent of all hockey revenue isn’t enough.  So they will sit tight, show solidarity with each other and hold out.  Then it’s a waiting game. A game of who caves first between 700 millionaires and 30 billionaires.  Who do think can hold out longer?  Yeah, just like last time.  My fear is that this lockout will last longer then the last one.  The players are sheep that have the wool over their eyes by puppet master Don.

The owners don’t want a lockout and they certainly don’t want to miss the Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto at the big house.  Once the players force the owners to miss that game then it’s game on.  Let those greedy players sit for 10 fucking years.  Ok so that won’t happen but after the players force the owners to miss the Winter Classic the owners will happily let them sit until they don’t think 50% is unfair anymore.

I hope you like watching NCAA and AHL hockey.



Kings Sweep and Devils Are Proving Too Much for Flyers

7 May

”It’s a special group, and we knew that all along this season,” said Kopitar, the Slovenian star who had assists on both of Brown’s goals. ”Maybe we didn’t break out when we would have liked to, but I think we’ve peaked at the right time, and that’s the most important thing.”

You can say that again.  The LA Kings have become the first team under the current playoff format to eliminate both the #1 seed and the #2 seed as the 8th seeded team.  They did it with only 1 loss in 2 rounds.  Talk about peaking at the right time.  Remarkable.

You gotta love Dustin Browns compete level.  Right before the trade deadline his name was mentioned in trade rumors.  What did he do?  He goes out and gets a hat trick against my beloved Blackhawks and hasn’t taken his foot off the gas since.

How about Johnathan Quick?  Who is playing better than the Milford, Connecticut native?   Mike Smith?  pppffftttt!  I’d take Quick over Smith any day.

Little trivia note-Jonathan is married to Jaclyn Backman.  Jaclyn is the sister of New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson.

This is only the second time in franchise history that the Kings will play in the Conference finals.

”You heard the rink today, how loud it was,” said Quick, who has a .949 save percentage in the postseason. ”It means a lot more to (the fans) than it does to us. It’s a great deal, a big push, by us to win four in a row against a team like that. They were great all series long … but you heard the fans, how loud they were the last two minutes there. It gives you goose bumps.”

The Kings made their only previous trip to the conference finals in 1993, when Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille propelled Los Angeles past Toronto and into their only Stanley Cup finals, a loss to Montreal. The Kings won just one playoff series in the ensuing 17 seasons before routing the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks in five first-round games last month.

”I can only imagine how happy Kings fans are right now,” said Brown, who has never played for another organization. ”They’ve been through a rough stretch, and to win on home ice, that’s huge for everyone in this room. It’s nice to see the fans get jacked up as much as they could. They haven’t an opportunity to celebrate like that at home.”

Since it looks like the Kings will be playing the Coyotes in the next round it’s time for Eric Cartman again!

In the East how about those New Jersey Devils?  Another one that not too many people saw coming.  They are playing like a….team.  What else can you say?  They are getting contributions across the board.  Their best players are their best players and Marty is ageless.

What a way to celebrate your 40th birthday.

”You kind of shake your head a little bit that you’re at a level that you’re having fun and be able to compete in the league that you always wanted to play and still be able to keep going,” Brodeur said after the Devils moved within a win of their first conference final since 2003.

”I know I don’t take anything for granted,” the three-time Stanley Cup winner said. ”I really appreciate every moment. Especially this year has been awesome for me. Getting older, seeing other kids grow up and do their thing and become superstars.”

The Devils have made the Flyers look ordinary, and Philadelphia has more to worry about than just its 3-1 series deficit.

Leading scorer Claude Giroux put a questionable hit on Zubrus minutes after the New Jersey forward scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period. Giroux’s status for Game 5 on Tuesday night in Philadelphia might be in question.

”For me, it looks like the textbook hit that they’re trying to take out of the game,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said.

Zubrus, who lay on the ice for a couple of seconds while Giroux went to the penalty box for 2 minutes, said it’s up to the NHL to look at the play.

Giroux seemingly wasn’t worried.

”It was quick play. And hockey is a quick game. I think I should be fine,” Giroux said.

In Giroux’s favor is that Zubrus got up and scored 2 goals.  Since he wasn’t hurt too bad, and for some reason that has a major effect on the discipline, I don’t think Shanny will come down too hard.

In winning their third straight, the Devils outshot Philadelphia 43-22, and Brodeur even picked up an assist on Zubrus’ final goal on a night as he became the first goaltender to appear in an NHL playoff game as a teenager and a 40-year-old.

That’s incredible.

But I guess we can’t count out the Flyers yet.  They have shown recently that they can come back when down from a series.