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Why the Maple Leafs had no chance this year…

During the off season, the Leafs made a few, what were then called, “high profile” free agent signings. Guys like Jason Allison (who hadn’t played in years due to injuries), Jeff O’Neil (who Carolina couldn’t wait to dump), and Eric Lindros (who was and still is damaged goods). The Toronto-centric media was all over these signings. But the worst spate of journalistic bias came with the signing of Mariusz Czerkawski. In September 2005, Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun wrote:

Reputedly, Mariusz Czerkawski can do back flips after he scores.

Getzlaf as PP QB has Ducks Rolling

Written by Darryl Dobbsfrom www.dobberhockey.com

The Mighty Ducks are in the midst of a playoff charge, and for all intents and purposes, it has been beyond successful. Heading into the game on Sunday, Anaheim has won 10 of 13 games, and despite beginning the season winning just eight of their first 23, they find themselves quite secure in a playoff spot. Much of their success can be attributed to the resurgence of Teemu Selanne and his chemistry with Andy McDonald, plus the heart and soul of the team Scott Niedermayer finally adjusting to the new system.

Chicago's Hope

To nobody’s surprise the Chicago Blackhawks were once again on the outside looking in come playoff time. This continues the longest Stanley Cup drought that now stands at 45 years. With the way things are going, the team may challenge the Chicago Cubs as the biggest losers in the Windy City. Except nobody really cares for the Hawks. The passion that existed when they played in Chicago Stadium, when Wayne Messmer sang the anthem, when the crowd was rocking, is non-existent. Instead we find seas of empty seats and silence in the United Center.

Gainey: Lucky or Calculating???

Cristobal Huet shut out his seventh egg last night, one behind Kipper for the league lead. His GAA and save % are now the best the league’s netminders have to offer.

Aubin to stay around?

With the exceptional play of Jean-Sebastien Aubin as of late is there a significant chance of him returning as a starting/sharing goalie with Tellqvist?

Hasek Done?

Reports out of Ottawa today are saying a source close to the team is reporting that Dominik Hasek won’t return this season, and that with only 3 weeks to go before the playoffs, his abductor muscle hasn’t healed enough for him to return.

It may be fitting for his career that the last game Hasek played in was for the Czech Republic.

You're entries! Most Hated Players

Here it is, these are your entries for the most hated player ever competition, the most loved player entry will be submitted soon.

Jack Adam's contender

In this salary cap era, it seems that every team is on an even playing field yet some teams manage to surprise us. Many of these surprise teams have made coaching changes, which makes their coaches top contenders for the Jack Adam’s.

Credit going to the wrong person

When you look at the trades the ducks have made you think wow what is this team on? here is what they have lost and they pretty much got for it.

The most loved and hated players in the NHL

This is something big I’ve decided to organize. Who are the most loved, and hated players in hockey.

One Player Sidelined, the Other Finished

TSN.ca is reporting that Jason Allison has had his

season ending hand surgery and Belfour plans to have knee surgery! Allison sustained his injury on

March 25th versus the Canadiens while Belfour has

had lingering knee problems. This surely spells the

end for Allison’s career in Toronto and Ed Belofur’s

playing career.

A game of what if…

Ok, so remember a few years back a Russian billionaire, I believe either Roman Abramovich or Platon Lebedev wanted to buy a hockey team, and make it entirely out of Russians, and win a cup, and prove that Russians were the best hockey players in the world. What if this happened…

Flyers Sign Ryan Potulny to Contract

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6’0”, 192-pound center Ryan Potulny to a two-year entry-level contract.

http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com/pressbox/archive/2527.asp

It's All Over

Another day, another season filled of mediocrity for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It almost sounds like a pre-recorded message as Toronto media writers and fans have been hearing and saying it over and over again. With 11 games left and an embarrassing weekend at the Bell Center in Montreal, it appears all but over for the Toronto Maple Leafs who will be missing it’s first post-season in 8 years.

Sens Lose Phillips for 3-4 Weeks

Ottawa has yet another injury. Chris Phillips is out for 3-4 weeks after twisting his knee and getting a 2nd degree strain of his knee in the game last night vs. New Jersey.

Overtime Points

Over the weekend TSN’s Dave Hodge was talking about getting rid of the 3 point games. When 2 teams a forced to go into overtime or a shootout, he suggests that the loosing team should get no points instead of 1 point,and the winning team obviously gets the 2 points. His words were ” If you win, you get the 2 points, if you loose, you loose, it’s that simple”.

Here we go again…

For those who haven’t paid attention to the standings at all this year, the Pittsburgh Penguins are sitting in last place. Fast foward from 2004 to 2006 and… the story doesn’t change.

Berg to leave leafs!

Finland’s state television network YLE reported on their website yesterday that Toronto Maple Leafs has confirmed rumours that Aki Berg won’t be returning to the NHL next season. He instead will return to Finland, where he might play for TPS.

It's time for the Habs to honour #29

With the recent string of jersey’s being retired by the Montreal Canadiens it’s time for the management and ownership to consider retiring Ken Dryden’s jersey.

Marlies Coaching Staff better then Leafs Staff?

First off i want to say Pat Quinn’s resume speaks for it self. However, watching the new NHL its clear that Quinn and the his staff are not quit cut for this type of hockey. Watching them play you can clearly see that the Leafs have no style of play.