A Collection of Stories

Rangers, Thrashers, Leafs looking for defensemen

How far will this team go ..!!!!!1

“Brodeur shows his true colors”

EA Sports, whats wrong?

Rangers, Thrashers, Leafs looking for defensemen

Three eastern conference teams all need defensemen. But they dont exactly need to look for outside help.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have for offensive minded defenseman. Kaberle, McCabe, Kubina, White. And after that they have Colaiacovo, and Stralman… The only true defensive defenseman on that team is Hall Gill. Wozniewski and Kronwall are half decent defensively.

So, at any given time the leafs have 4-5 ofensive minded guys….

The New York Rangers have 9 points from their defense core in 8 games.

The Atlanta Thrashers are spreading their ice time around, giving each defenseman about 20 minutes. Steve McCarthy is playinmg almost 20 minutes a game.

so the Thrashers need a guy who can play a lot of minutes, the rangers need a defensean who can create some offense, and the Leafs need another defensive minded guy.

So, you have to wonder how these teams can help each other out. The Leafs have 3 defensemen who can log close to 30 minutes, and plenty of offensive minded players….

Heres my ideas:


To NYR: Ian White

To Atlanta: Pavel Kubina, NYR 4th round pick

To Toronto: Bobby Holik, NYR 2nd round pick

Rangers get a PP specialist, Thrashers get a guy who can, and wants to play more minutes, and the Leafs get some defense and some draft picks. The leafs could follw this up by signing Markov.


To NYR: Brian McCabe

To Atlanta: Paul Mara, Marik Malik, Leafs 3rd, Rangers 2nd

To Toronto: Steve Ruccin, Niclas Havelid

McCabe could flourish as a Ranger, The Thrashers get short term grunt defensemen, and the leafs once again get defensive help.

3. (options with other teams)

To LA Kings: Raycroft

To Toronto: Labarbera, 2nd round pick

To NYR: Shea Weber

To Nashville: Al Montoya

To Atlanta: Derek Morris

To Phoenix: Jim Slater


How far will this team go ..!!!!!1

(This guy really needs to spell check and learn how to write properly)

The Colorado Avalanche are a great team dont get me wrong. They are my favorite team. But how far can they go..?? I say sky the limit for this team dont u agree.

They have great forwords… Stastny is an up and coming all star.

Sakic dont need to say much about him but hes an icon.

Symth a ture heart and soul player even tho i dont like him he gets the job done somehow.

Brunette now i think this guys underrated alot of teams give up on him.Avs give him a shot and now hes one of the best players night in night out

Wolski hes olny going to get better as he goes long rookie season 50 pts.so far this seaon hes on a 7 game pts streak he going to be a great player sooner then later

Hejduk this guy scored 50 goals one year and he can do it again him n Stasnty are a really good pair.

they have other notables 2 should as Savtos,Arnason,Laperrire..they got really good group of players up front…

Now there d is pretty good but not great….

Clake hes there leader on D he logs all the ice time he can get the job done one both ends of the ice

Liles is a small d..but hes not bad on d at all ..but he more of a pp type of player he got a good shot and can score.

Skrastins this guy is a iron man of d.he very good on his own end of the end

Hannan this guys a in ur face guy ..he like Skrastin gets the job done in his own end of the ice

Sauer i dont know wha to make of him hes got really good skill what i can make of he can be a promising d for them

Here are some noteables Cumiskey,Finger,Leopold(if not hurt)

Now there goalies…….

Peter Budaj now this guy look really good in some games n then look good he can be a starter if he can go on a good run like end of last season.

Jose Theodore now heres a goalies thas on a down swing but so far this season he looked really good had a game game but looked good on the others…

I think this team can be one of the top teams in the NHl ….maybe 10 overall….they just need to get a good run going and for a goalie to step up..

They really cannt trade for a goalie cause no one will take a 6 mill Theodore.So they are stuck with him until season ends.

If they had a ture starting goalie they would be really dangours they would be up there with Sens and Wings…well maybe not but they could be..

If this is Sakic last year they still are in good hands…n if rumors are right n Forsberg has them in the 2 teams he wants to play for and they can sign him. But he will have to stay heathly …..i dont know where he would play

but it would be a great olny if heathly.

I say this Avs team will make the playoffs in 6th or 7th and maybe make it too the 2nd round.

P.S……..I know this article might be talking like they are so great but there my team n no one is bad as the Leafs fans


By : zane

No Title

“Brodeur shows his ture colors”

This IMHO has over the years become one of the most rediculous topics

to debate in all of hockey!!!

I believe that Patrick Roy is the greatest of all time, not because of his stats, or cups etc., but because he played through some significant changes in the game. first, he didn’t invent the butterfly style, but he

led the way in attempting to perfect it, in essence paving the way for the Brodeurs, Gigueres Fleurys and so on…, when he broke in, offences were far more potent, (Run and gun oilers, Lemieux’s Penguins), not to mention the evolution of the weapons (Sticks) and flourished through the changes.

This is simply my opinion, and it will be hotly debated forever.

By way of thinking of the people who responded to the origional post,

Brodeurs accomplishments and stats speak for themselves, case closed.

Well then, the greatest of all time is Ken Dryden, the man lost 89 flippin games in his entire carreer (winning percentage of something like 79.2%)!! with career goals against of 2.24. 5 or six Stanley cups in 8 years, what else…

ohhhh but wait he played behind the big three, and the left wing lock, can’t consider him.

Point is I think this debate needs a twist, instead of stats, we need to look at contribution to the game as well as success.

Guys like Plante, Roy, Esposito revolutionised the game.

Taking nothing away from the guys who added their own athletic ability and personal will to improve to a level where the league actually thinks it’s time to increase the size of the nets.

Goalies have never been better, thanks to the goalies they grew up admiring, and the ones before them etc.

Just an opinion…

By: datara

EA Sports, whats wrong?

Now, i’ll be the first to say this game sucks bad. The fact is, its still a lot better than the 2k edition this year, which is exactly the same as last years.

However, EA Sports looks better, feels better, and even smells better! The game on the ice is a lot more realistic and intense. The commentators are awesome, and the goalies finally don’t suck.

I don’t know abo
ut anyone else, but i’m incapable of playing EA Sports in Dynasty Mode, because the computer is just ridiculous on super star and way to easy on Pro. All star seemed like a good mix, until about the 6th game when every team knows how to play against you.

So i switched over to playing online only. My name is Spawn10459, i was ranked 74th the other day but have dropped to 146th due to exploiters and playing with the panthers.

This game had to much potential to be great, but the exploits are way to obvious and frustrating. The poke check in the game is terrible, either you know how to use and steal the puck all the time, or you can’t use it at all and trip everyone. So i just gave up on it.

The most obvious exploit are the skating behind the net, and about an inch before you’re behind the net you pass the puck through every defender on earth (who just stare at the puck as it goes by) and its an easy tap in for the player on the other side. The goal looks great the first few times, but after a while you watch the replays the defense doesn’t do anything. I’ve had a guy pass through me while i was laying on the ground right in front of the player who than preceded to smash the puck in through me.

The second best exploit, is skating to the slot and taking a slap shot to the short side high corner. This works like gold. I’ve had people score 10-12 goals on me in a single game doing this over and over again. If you try to hit them it turns into a little bump and they still get the puck past you, if you poke check you take yourself out of position for a block. If you crouch down on the ice they just shoot over you. By the way, the 4 other guys on the ice you don’t control do NOTHING while you play.

The third exploit is the back hand coming from either circle to the sides of the goalie. The goalie goes down a century and a half before the shot, and you just aim high with the backhand and it goes in a majority of the time.

I think out of the 120 games i’ve played, i’ve seen every single one of these goals scored probally about 90-95% of every game. Some players online only play using one of these over and over again. (Normally those people use vancouver for Luongo in net)

Suffice it to say, the top 10 players all use Vancouver for obvious reasons in game. The team is quick and defensive minded, and Luongo makes the saves on every goal that isn’t an exploit. Leaving you but one choice, to exploit to win.

Other honorable mentions for teams for exploiters: Toronto Maple Leafs (I have no idea why… bitterness from the fans because of how bad the team really is?), New Jersey Devils (Probally because the team sucks, and Broduer is amazing), and Ottawa are amongst the top most exploited teams.

In my experience goalies that are a hybrid fair better against exploiters than butterfly goalies. Philadelphia Flyers are TERRIBLE at stopping exploiters. If you want to play with Philly you must put Nittymaki in (it sucks i know).

Nashville is pretty decent, but the defense is kinda weak.


If you don’t manually control the lines that are put out, put all of your 1st line players on the 4th line. For some reason the game loves the 3rd and 4th line and they get more ice time than they should. So to compensate i put my entire 1st line on the 4th line. The second line gets the least amount of ice time for me each game.

Learn to stand sideways in front of the net to block a corner from being exploited. If you’re holding down the button to stay sqare to the puck, the shot will go between your legs and in. Make sure to stand sideways facing the either boards.

Learn what teams are good against what other teams. Example, The Ducks are good against anyone. Rangers are terrible against puck controlling teams like San Jose.

Please everyone, add to the tips and comments. Lets try and make the online community more adept at stopping exploiters and making the games more life like and enjoyable. When you play a game with no exploiters, its 100x more intense and more fun.

These comments are for Playstation 3, the game is a million times better for PS3 than 360. I’m not even exaggerating.

By: Archion113

27 Responses to A Collection of Stories

  1. beckfan05 says:

    Yeah, the Rangers need D. Thats why they've given up the 2nd fewest goals in the league so far.

    How bout Renney finds the right line combinations first so his forwards can score before they worry about a defense man that can score.

  2. senators101 says:

    Beckfan is bang on.  Instead of worrying about the defense scoring, I think the Rangers have got to get their forwards scoring first.  They need stay at home D that do nothing except keep it tight.  Their offensive talent should lead the way, not their D.  Why would they want McCabe? They gotta keep it tight, not score on themself.

    Markov signed and has an opt out to join the NHL next year. 

  3. leafy says:

    Personally, I wouldn't trade Ian White.

    I'm not sure if the Leafs still get Markov if he signed in Russia for this year.  I think his contract allows him to opt out for next year, but not this year.

    Holik can still play well, although I think he's lost a step.  But he can help for sure.

    I think Rucchin is past his prime – he won't add much offensively, but he plays a smart 2-way game.  I'd take him over Tucker at this stage.

    I'm not sure Havelid is right for the Leafs.  He's a good skater, but not all that physical.  Sound familiar?  Pretty much like what we already got.

    Interesting trade proposal with Raycroft.  LaBarbera is a big goalie, but he's supposed to have poor lateral movement.  So this trade ends up looking like Tukka Rask for a goalie who can't move.  Gotta love JFJ.

  4. leafy says:

    Yes, the Rangers have D, but they don't have anybody who can carry the puck.  They're the opposite of the Leafs.

  5. KingCanada says:

    To be honest BLUE AND WHITE, i hate those trade proposals!

    The first one we give two defenseman away (sure one is a dump) but dont givup on White, plus who wants Holik??? nobody, he sucks, hes old, hes overpaid.  We dont need anymore forwards.

    Trade proposal 2 sucks also regardless of us getting rid of McCabe.  Who the hell wants steve Rucchin?? hes WASHED UP, Havelid is alright tho so this trade is a little better.

    Trade proposal 3, i like a lil more but we dont need anymore garbage goaltenders, ill just take the picks thank u haha

    I will give u points on the creativity tho with the 3 team trades, i have a hard time balancing any trade proposal with more then 2 teams involved..

  6. leafy says:

    Very humorous critique of the proposed trades.

    At the deadline, if the Leafs are buyers I'd like to see them go after a quality power forward who can score and a reliable but physical blueliner. 

    That's it!  I like our team as is – they just need time to gel.  The past 2 games were very encouraging.

    If they can just get Wellwood back healthy, they'll be even more dangerous offensively.  Plus Bell will provide a strong physical presence and 2-way game.  Calaiacovo's speed can only help the back end.

  7. kingkobi says:

    This shit has got to stop, im all for opinions and good articles but making up stupid trades make for stupid articles. You have come up with a masterplan to get all these teams back on track, we need to hear more from you. can’t wait for your next article.

  8. GoKings311 says:

    Yeah, what he said!  These trades are not only stupid. But none of them will come close to happening. Just because teams are'nt winning, doesn't mean they want to shuffle shitty players. Where do you come up with this crap? Most of these trades would'nt be worth the paperwork.

  9. ravage35 says:

    The trick to stopping exploiting is letting the computer play your defenders so you can skate back and check with your forwards.  I found this out like 2 days ago and its why the Ottawa exploiters do so well, because they use this too.  There is no way to defend as well as the computer can… and I have been shutting people out with Biron and the Flyers.  Actually 4 of my 7 games last night were shutout wins, I had 1 loss(because the guy used something that disconnected me and when i checked my stats it said I had lost 3-0) and the other 2 games were 5-1 wins.

    My live tag is BrianBurke

  10. ravage35 says:

    And PS3 is garbage compared to xbox360.

  11. Shorts_Pimp says:

    What the Rangers need is one or two solid puck moving defensemen, who can get out of the zone and make that first good pass, or, possibly, carry it into the zone like Neidermayer and Kaberle.

  12. ranger_fan says:

    We are looking to give up Mara and if anything get a solid young puckmoving defenseman in return. Enough with these retarded proposals. We don't want McCabe Kubina etc

  13. Archion113 says:

    Personal preference i guess… i traded my 360 in for PS3 and have loved myself more for doing so.

    I'd love to let the computer play the defender… but they just stand there and do nothing.  I'll give it a shot, could be a slight difference between the systems or not… would like to know…

    The controller for 360 i hate more than anything man has created.  PS controller i love, i find it a lot simplier to use.

  14. senators101 says:

    Thats what Gomez and Jagr are for.  The leafs need it because they don't have wellwood on all of their lines.  Gomez and Jagr are puck controlling forwards that bring the puck in themselves.  They do not need Bryan McCabe.

  15. mojo19 says:

    Well, the rangers could use an offensive d-man, that would help their forwards score too. But mostly the Rangers just need Gomez to get going, what are they paying him for? To be a top line centre, even though Drury's in that spot, Gomez should be playing like he wants it.

  16. mojo19 says:

    Once Wellwood gets in the leafs will have a ligit 2nd line. Sorry to all you Kilger fans, I like what Maurice is doing having Chad and Devereux forechecking on that 2nd line, but Kilger is a play killer. Everytime he gets the puck he just throws it on net and that's the end of the play. Antropov needs a guy to get him the puck and work a give and go, Wellwood should play on that wing, and maybe Bell in Devereux's place when he gets back.

    Blake – Sundin – Poni
    Bell – Antropov – Wellwood    I think that'll be 2 really good lines
    Tlusty/Tucker – Stajan – Steen
    Kilger – Devereux – Gamache 

    So Pohl and Battaglia are out, I guess when Tucker is back too Tlusty goes back down because it would be better for him to have a year in the AHL and work the top PP unit and log big minutes rather than play 3rd line here, right?

  17. PaulK123 says:

     Archion your such a sony fanboy. The 360 version actually runs at 60 frames per second while the PS3 version runs at 30 frames per second. EA announced that all 08 games will run at 30 fps on the PS3 and 60 fps on the XBox 360. Secondly, they are both basically the same game. I bet you are just a frustrated ps3 owner who is waiting for the "good games" to come out. Wasn't Heavenly Sword supposed to be a halo killer? It failed. Wasn't Metal Gear Solid 4 and Final Fantasy 13 supposed to be PS3 exclusives? They are coming to the 360. The PS3 is a plain and simple, a failure. All of the games that were supposed to be good bombed…and so will the rest. The XBox 360 has won this console generation.

  18. leafy says:

    Looking at the lines you created, if the Leafs can get Wellwood and Tucker back healthy, they'll have 3 lines that can score.  And even the 4th line is nothing to sneeze at.

    Interesting question with Tlusty.  If he continues to excel, don't be surprised if he stays.  It depends on how much he's playing and whether his solid play continues or whether he tails off, which often happens to very young players when exposed to the rigors of the NHL.

  19. SuperMario66 says:

    ("The 360 version actually runs at 60 frames per second while the PS3 version runs at 30 frames per second. EA announced that all 08 games will run at 30 fps on the PS3 and 60 fps on the XBox 360.")

    Yes you are correct about NHL 08 running at 60 on the 360 and 30 on the PS3 but with the severe problems the 360 version has online and off I would much rather have the 30fps PS3 version thank you. As for the "All 08 title being at 30fps on the PS3" comment… NBA Live and FIFA 08 are 60 fps on the PS3 so you are completely wrong and delusional.

    ("Secondly, they are both basically the same game. I bet you are just a frustrated ps3 owner who is waiting for the "good games" to come out.")
    Oh the games are coming out bro… The question really is going to be where are the 360 games after Halo 3 that makes the 360 worth owning?

    ("Wasn't Heavenly Sword supposed to be a halo killer? It failed.")

    No… They are completely different games. Heavenly Swords is an action adventure game while Halo is a First Person Shooter. Killzone 2 was labled and will be "the Halo 3 killer" even though Halo is no more? Why Does it need to be killed??? It's done!

    ("Wasn't Metal Gear Solid 4 and Final Fantasy 13 supposed to be PS3 exclusives? They are coming to the 360.")

    What?!?!?! They are (and will continue be) EXCLUSIVE TO THE PS3 AND ONLY FOR THE PS3! Look it up, even Sony has said this and they don't say these things unless it is 100% sure. Xbox 360 will not get MGS4 and they won't recieve Final Fantasy.

    ("The PS3 is a plain and simple, a failure. All of the games that were supposed to be good bombed…and so will the rest. The XBox 360 has won this console generation.")

    The Ps3 did not fail it's only been out for a year and is halfway to the 360 that's been out since 05. You are delusional.

    The only big game that BOMBED was Lair, Ratchet and Clank has recieved 9.0-9.5 everywhere. Resistance recieved high scores and the list of quality games will continue to grow, get over it. The 360 has won this generation with 11-12 million consoles sold (and that's even skeptical)… Lol, please. Sony won the last generation with over 100 million sold.

    Trust me, there is a ton of people waiting for the PS3 to drop to a reasonable price (which it now has at $399) and they are waiting for more good games which are on the way with UTIII, Haze, MGS4, Final Fantasy, Ratchet and Clank, GT5, GTAIV, CoD4 and many more. Plus Free online and Home… Don't worry Sony will be fine lol.

  20. Ishbu9189 says:

    Well i have a few things to comment on
    first will be this whole console war that was brought to this topic because someone was pissed off they said one bad thing about the 360.

    If you compare selling statistic for the ps3 this year, and xbox 360 last year they are almost identical. so dont say 360 won, there are still 3+ years till a new console comes out…

    i played both nhl games on ps3 and 360. 360 does run smoother, but it they are both identical besides that.

    continue to back up 360 as they scam you out.
    failed to fix your red wings (extended warranty instead of actually fixing the problem). Keep buying new 360 as each console starts to come with different features….HDMI for example. keep paying to xbobx live that is full of advertisements. if they have advertisements on xbob live that is enough money to pay for the maintance; they are just sucking the money out of you

    sure there are things wrong the the ps3, but they are not cheating you out of money and selling you a syestem that cant  last two years.
    i can go on and on but im not, ill end it here.

    now for nhl 08 tips and junk.

    Mix up your playing style when u face computers. some games ill be very passive, others ill do a bunch of 1 on 1's. play to what the computers are giving you. if they are pressuring u high deke them out. if they are pochecking  go outside. superstar is hard, but its really fun playing hard close games. sure your going to lose some…alot at first but you'll be able to win over 50% once u play them enough.

    as far as online goes…. play good defense. it works. Pochecking is god online. when they go for the pass out front u have to switch guys and quickly hit R1. you can call some of the moves exploits, but what can u consider a legit goal? the way i see it….. dont give them the chance to do it. stay in the shooting lanes, block the passes in front(you may have to be the guy standing in front of the net, let the computer  chase the guy going on the outside. .Dont give up a breakaway because it is almost a sure goal, unless there is lag.

    my psn is valorhitman if u ever wanna play a match

  21. leafsfan86 says:

    I don't know what other die-hard Leafs fan think, but I think we should trade Sundin. We could fetch a hell of a deal since this man is RED HOT. We could possibly get a PROPER d-man paired with forwards and/or draft picks. Sundin has obviously proven himself as a capable player so teams that need something up front will be shopping around. Tell me what do you guys think?

  22. Archion113 says:

    I'd love to play a game.  My tag is Spawn10459.

    I had 360 for years.  Only reason i got it was because of Halo 2.  Just seemed to me thats all the sytem had.  I only play sports games now so i could care less.  But i hate the 360 controller and i refuse to pay money to play online per month.  I'd rather play with ps3 for free.  Not to mention i think the internet connection is a lot better than it use to be for ps2.  Hockey games were nothing but lag in those days.

    Dunno why this guy got so defensive of 360.  I personally hate the system.  The controlers suck horribley, and most of the games they have i don't play.

    I was one of the first people with a regular Xbox and an Xbox 360.  I regret spending money on either.  Thats my opinion.  Paulk is just a moron.

  23. sanj91 says:

    just head along either wing, fake a shot….goalie flails about….shoot at the opposing corner with a guy who has a decent shot…..goal….no way to stop it…if the d picks up on it….fake teh shot then pass for a one-timer…..i personally find it very amusing to see luongo flail about as i fake shots rapidfire….lmao

  24. PaulK123 says:

    archion…i got defensive because you said: "NHL 08 is far better on PS3 then it is on 360…im not even exxagerating"

  25. PaulK123 says:

    actually Madden 08 only runs on 30 fps on the ps3…look it up, the online issues with NHL 08 have been patched.  MGS 4 is as good as on 460. The creater of MGS has stated that he is willing and ready to bring metal gear solid 4 to the xbox 360, negotiations have been really heated between the two sides and it is as good as confirmed for the 360. FF 13 is coming for the XBox 360…mark my words. 360 is coming out with titles like: Mass Effect, Halo Wars,An Unknown Halo Project, Gears Of War 2, Fable 2, Splinter Cell 5, Too Human

    Sorry to burst ur bubble but COD 4, UTIII and GTA IV are multi-platform, The online play is shit compared to xbl and the 360 is coming out with a home equivalent.

  26. svenki says:

    lol, yah everyone has their eyes on the leaf's d-men and their hefty contracts, it very attractive you know

  27. Archion113 says:

    i stand by my comment

    How the hell can you stick control with the right analog stick underneather your left hand, and wrapped around to the back while having to hold down a lever with your right foot and blink twice to open a box with the joystick in it…. i could go on but i lost my train of thought..

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