Author Archives: DG
The Philadelphia Flyers were one of the most talented teams (on paper) in the league. They were the natural favorites to win the eastern conference, and with good reason. They signed Jeremy Roenick (1,000 point scorer), John LeClair (50 goal scorer thrice), Simon Gagne (superb young talent, whose scoring numbers have improved each year), Roman Cechmanek (Vezina runner-up the year before), and after the deadline, they picked up Adam Oates, the best playmaer in the league. Now, the Flyers will be looking to add MORE talent, and I’ll look a the pros and cons of some of the rumored moves.
Tucker gone: what about Leafs?
Slovakians win world title
(World Issues Page Annoucement Inside)
ACCORDING to Toronto Star and The Hockey News writer Ken Campbell, the Toronto Maple Leafs have re-invented themselves more times than Madonna. In the transitions, Campbell argues, the Leafs have gone from sluggish (1998), to skilled and soft (1999-2000), to slow and plodding (2001) to this year’s mishmash, which Campbell declines to describe. That is, until now, where his report on the Leafs’ constant yapping yielded the headline “the Lippy Leafs”.
I heard a story on The TEAM 1050 (radio station) in Canada last week where a fan out of New York has started up something similar to the Players Union only for fans!
Lumme on shelf
Anti-Clarke Site up
Canucks win “Spirit of Vancouver” Award
(Sources: TSN.ca, www.clarkemustgo.com, Canucks.com)
(World Issues Page Announcement Inside)
(NOTE: This is NOT an anti-fighting rant. I want this to be an open argument)
WITH these play-offs some of the most violent on record, sportswriters and fans on both sides of the border are beginning to wonder where fighting stands as a part of the game of hockey. For some, fighting is as integral to the game as assists and hip checks are, while others see fighting as a disgraceful act that mars what should be a beautiful game. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of fighting, but, even so, I’m starting to have doubts that fighting should be taken away, as some writers suggest, as a “presentable” image of the “coolest game on Earth”.
A weekly look at some of the stories rocking the hockey world and my take on each of them.
The demons are gone: Hurricanes advance
Booing at the rink: have we gone too far?
Canucks gone: Brian, have your phone ready
There are three big events that we can count on every year in sports…
1) Tiger Woods wins a major.
2) The Atlanta Braves win their division title in the National League.
3) There are one or two upsets in the NHL playoffs.
Let’s focus on #3 shall we?
Yes, there may be a conspiracy in the NHL. I am admittedly a New York Islanders fan. I’m sure many of you have heard the news of General Manager Mike Milbury blasting the refs yesterday. I’m sure many of you were also thinking, “there goes Mad Mike again”. In my opinion, the NHL doesn’t want the Islanders to do too well this year. In no way am I knocking the Toronto Maple Leafs. They have played an excellent series, especially Cujo in the last game.
Complete this sentence…
“If my team won the Stanley cup I’d…”
What would you do if your team were to win the cup? That simple, how would you celebrate? How would you mark the occasion? Remember points are awarded for originality.
What went wrong? We all ask that at the end of the regular season. I’d like to give my opinion on a few teams. Anyone is welcome to leave their opinion of “What Went Wrong”.
Head coach Ron Low has been fired after two seasons with Rangers
With three days to go in the National Hockey League regular season and one of the closest Conference play-off battles in recent memory, I’ve decided to compile the mathematical possibilities of what each team still in the Western Conference play-off chase needs to clinch a play-off spot, and the likelihood of such an event. Those teams are (in order): the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers (No. 10 Dallas Stars are officially eliminated).