Author Archives: DG

And so it begins…..the free agency period in Philly

It’s almost July 1st, and that means its free agency time in the NHL. So far, it has been a reasonably quiet period leading up to this point, with very little significant re-signing of impact players, and virtually no trades that anyone would consider important. However, the Flyers are close to making some important decisions towards the upcoming free agency period….and some of them are making me a little nervous

CBA rant: Screw the top 10%

Come January, when we’ve gone 8 months without hockey, here’s what you do: Go up to your bedroom closet, pull out the jersey that hangs so proudly to you left. You know the one. We all have at least one. The one we wear to all the home games, the one that cost over a hundred dollars with the name and the number printed in large white letters. I want you to take that one out of the closet, set it on the floor and urinate on it.

Who's going where New York Rangers Edition

I am having fun with these and I think you guys are too. Without further adieau ….

Team Canada's Depth – East, West and Ontario

As the World Cup continues to approach and rosters are being unveiled, much controversy has been made of the Team Canada roster. Now we all know that Team Canada is in fact very deep and could effectively put forward two or three world-class teams that could win on any given night. But do we really understand or exactly know how deep Canadian Hockey is.

USA on ice

Well theres been a Slovakia post, a Swedish post and two Canadian posts but nothing reguarding the US team that will be announced this weekend. In keeping with the spirit of the “who wants Gretzkys job” post I’ve come up with the south of the border equivalent.

Defensive blow for Philly

Flyers D-man Marcus Ragnarsson will miss the remainder of the playoffs, with a broken index finger. Rags was injured in Philly’s 4-1 loss on Thurday evening.

Martin entertaining offers

Let’s Guess how long it’ll take till Jacques Martin is a new head coach… Could this happen very soon?

According to the Ottawa Sun, his agent, Rob Campbell, has fielded a couple of calls from NHL teams interested in hiring Martin.

Niedermayer to Vancouver?

Spectors and the Toronto Star are linking all-star defenseman Scott Niedermayer to the Vancouver Canucks.

Canucks Year in Review…The Lament

On April 19, 2004 at 12:33 AM I came to 3 stark realizations….

1. Cereals that claim to turn your milk “chocolatey” (you know who you are Count Chocula) are lying bastards.

2. No matter how you spin it, a grown man in a Fantastic 4 T-Shirt is not cool. He is indeed a nerd, a 33 yr. old nerd.

3. It’s over; the Canucks season is over.

Rules for predicting the playoffs

This article heavily borrows from Mr. Bill Simmons article on betting on the NFL playoffs. I highly recommend you all check out that article and all of his other stuff, he’s hilarious.

Canada's Game

Could it be? With only a handful of games left before this years playoffs it appears as though all six Canadian team could compete for Lord Stanley’s prize.

Now Turco gets suspended

From TSN.ca: Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco has been suspended four games for his stick infraction in Wednesday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

A Cinderella Story (2004)

It’s happened in the last few years: a Cinderella team has made the playoffs and wreaked havoc upon other, stronger teams. Last year there was, of course, the Mighty Ducks and the Wild. The Ducks only swept Detroit, beat Dallas, and then triumphed over the other team with the glass slipper. The Wild came from behind after being down 3-1 to the Avs and ‘Nucks to win the series. They did this twice. Of course, they got swept by the Ducks. Anaheim went on to the Cup final against New Jersey, but lost in 7.

Habs gain late season blue chip prospect

The Habs, Bob Gainey, pulled a slick one yesterday in the signing of ECAC player of the year Yann Danis, according to a press release via Canadiens.com.

This Quebec native obviously wanted the Habs more than any other team by vioding his entry draft status. He most likely would have been the highest goalie and a top-ten pic.

Thoughts?

Maybe Pierre Isn't Crazy, After All

No, gosh darn it, you didn’t get rid of me for good. It’s just that my submission in the wake of the “hit I am sick of seeing” was too vituperous for publication.

The question of suspension, how long is enough?

The big buzz around the league these days is mostly about the “Bertuzzi hit” going as far as shadowing the trade deadline news. I was listening to Ron Fournier (Montreal, sports radio show host) yesterday and he made some good points about this incident and the league’s standpoint. He said that each and every incident is different and must be treated differently, which is true. Also, whether the police are involved or not, will absolutely not change a thing in years to come. The law was involed on Ciccarelli’s hit, McSorley’s hit, and now Bertuzzi’s hit. Even if the law comes down on Todd, it will not stop the next cheap shot or sucker punch from happening a year or two from now.

I agree with all that up to now. BUT.

Zholtok and Bombardir to Nashville

Tsn.ca is reporting that the Nashville Predators have added centre Sergei Zholtok and defenceman Brad Bombardir from the Minnesota Wild. In exchange, the Wild receive a third and a fourth round pick in this years NHL Entry Draft.

Relentless Pronger Rumor

Despite the St. Louis Blues management coming out and saying that they might as well fold the franchise if they trade Chris Pronger, the rumor that he might be on the move seems to live on.

Leafs Interested in Dafoe?

TSN had reported that there is some interest being expressd towards Byron Dafoe by John Fergusson Jr. This was seen last night around 11 o’clock on the TSN ticker.

Could the Lightning be mighty like the Ducks of old?

Tampa Bay has climbed up the playoff rankings with a vengance becoming the best offensive team in the league…….. but for how long?