Interview with Code
Here’s the second hockey writer interview, this time from www.hockeynations.com ‘s the code.[08:22:02 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: hello
[08:22:09 PM] TJ: hi
[08:22:25 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: I’m the guy from HTR who wanted to
interview u for a series im doing on the site.
[08:22:59 PM] TJ: ok
[08:23:21 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Why did you start answering questions at
[08:24:25 PM] TJ: During the lockout, one of my co-workers told me
about the site, so I went and signed up.
[08:25:14 PM] TJ: I work around the NHL, and I called a few signings,
and the rest is history.
[08:25:20 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: When you went private, some people were
real… well to put it in bad wording, real dicks to
you, what exactly went on?
[08:26:30 PM] TJ: Well it wasn’t my choice to go private. I don’t make
money off of this. HockeyNations.com just couldn’t
handle the traffic.
[08:26:59 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: i think most people, other then the people
being real jerks understand you were in a tough
[08:27:40 PM] TJ: Well, I’m really not like the other “rumor” guys out
there. This guys like Eklund’s don’t work around the
[08:28:09 PM] TJ: When I report stuff, it’s what GM’s are really
talking about at that moment.
[08:28:50 PM] TJ: And I don’t really like calling it rumors. I just
like them to be called talks between GM’s.
[08:29:07 PM] TJ: Or different front office’s.
[08:29:10 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Ok, now, where did the “Cowbell” thing
[08:30:29 PM] TJ: If I’m correctly, I guess I was a roll in the summer
time with the signings. I must have nailed 7 straight
signings, so someone said “Code, we need more
[08:31:02 PM] TJ: That’s the first time I heard it.
[08:31:11 PM] TJ: So I took it on.
[08:32:19 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: As someone who did ask alot of questions
in the forums with you, I know there were something like
100 pages of questions a day, how difficult was it to
keep up with all those questions, and was it ever
frustrating answering the same questions on the Leafs
and Rangers fifty times a day?
[08:35:00 PM] TJ: It’s not hard at all. I mean, sometimes I feel a bit
tired answering the same question every 5 minutes, but
[08:35:26 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: What’s the biggest deal you’d say is set
to happen this deadline?
[08:36:44 PM] TJ: I don’t think it’s possible to really say. It’s too
early to predict. Most teams who are trying to give a
playoffs spot are going to wait till the last second
before they make a move.
[08:36:58 PM] TJ: give = grab
[08:37:18 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: whats your favorite team?
[08:37:51 PM] TJ: I just enjoy watching any games that I can catch.
[08:38:30 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: you once mentioned a liking for the
Oilers? I take it it didn’t materialize into a real
[08:39:03 PM] TJ: Well I do like watching the Oilers play. I like the
style of play the bring to the game.
[08:39:25 PM] TJ: I’ve always been a fun of the run and gun style of
[08:39:29 PM] TJ: fan*
[08:39:48 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: are there any deals you’d say are
guaranteed to happen?
[08:39:57 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: or close to happening?
[08:40:43 PM] TJ: There’s just a lot of talk right now. I can say for
sure players liek McCabe and KT will be gone.
[08:41:07 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: KT? Keith Tkachuck?
[08:41:10 PM] TJ: But really it’s up to the GM’s to pull the
[08:41:15 PM] TJ: Yes. Thachuk
[08:41:22 PM] TJ: Tkachuk
[08:41:26 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: where will Tkachuck go if you had to say
[08:41:36 PM] TJ: The Rangers.
[08:41:54 PM] TJ: Just because they’ve been talking to the Blues the
[08:42:20 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: What about Bryan McCabe?
[08:42:49 PM] TJ: I really don’t know. There’s a lot of teams who want
to grab him.
[08:43:12 PM] TJ: I would think the Leafs would wait till the trade
line to before moving him.
[08:43:16 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: what is the best the Leafs could get for
[08:44:00 PM] TJ: It depends if a team is assured that McCabe will
re-sign with them.
[08:44:25 PM] TJ: But some teams always overpays.
[08:44:43 PM] TJ: even if it means that they won’t be able to get a
deal done with a player.
[08:44:54 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Any truth to the Luongo rumors?
[08:45:10 PM] TJ: Which one’s?
[08:45:16 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: any of them.
[08:45:28 PM] TJ: No.
[08:45:49 PM] TJ: Wait until the Draft for those talks to pick up.
[08:45:53 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: not even the Leafs one you posted on your
[08:46:12 PM] TJ: Well that talk is legit.
[08:46:26 PM] TJ: But it’ll get serious in the off-season.
[08:46:43 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: what about Olli Jokinen? Calgary or
[08:47:12 PM] TJ: Both teams have good offers ont he table.
[08:47:33 PM] TJ: I think Keenan might take the Flames offer.
[08:47:36 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: which offer would you say is better? can
you give any details?
[08:48:21 PM] TJ: I can say the Flames offer is very attractive.
[08:48:35 PM] TJ: It fits the Panthers style of game.
[08:48:56 PM] TJ: The players involved are the type of platers Keenan
[08:49:16 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: any big rumors that the media hasnt caught
on to yet?
[08:49:53 PM] TJ: I don’t know. I don’t do rumors.
[08:50:00 PM] TJ: Maybe you should ask Eklund.
[08:50:26 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: ok, well… talks
[08:51:01 PM] TJ: There’s a ton of stuff the media has caught up to
yet. But they will.
[08:51:18 PM] TJ: I mean, you said you’ve been in my chat session.
[08:51:25 PM] TJ: So you should know first hand.
[08:51:31 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: not since the summer actually.
[08:51:51 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: but I do understand where you’re comming
[08:52:22 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Ok, I’m goin go ask quick answer questions
similar to sportsnets rapid fire,
[08:52:28 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Sakic or Forsberg?
[08:52:43 PM] TJ: Forsberg
[08:52:58 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Would you rather a Stanley Cup, or a day
at the playboy mansion?
[08:53:35 PM] TJ: Can a playboy bunny hand me the Stanley Cup?
[08:53:52 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: That would be interesting.
[08:53:55 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Hull or Roenick?
[08:54:15 PM] TJ: Hull.
[08:54:21 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Brett or Bobby?
[08:54:32 PM] TJ: Man, that’s a hard one.
[08:54:39 PM] TJ: Brett.
[08:54:51 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: East or Western Conference?
[08:55:26 PM] TJ: Eastern Conference. No question.
[08:55:41 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: North American or European hockey?
[08:56:22 PM] TJ: North American.
[08:56:29 PM] TJ: I like the keep it simple approach
[08:56:32 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Crosby or Ovechkin?
[08:56:42 PM] TJ: Ovechkin
[08:56:50 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: as you can tell by my display picture, I
[08:57:21 PM] TJ: Ovechkin will carry the NHL.
[08:57:23 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Leaf lover or hater?
[08:58:22 PM] TJ: I love Leaf fans. They might ask questions every 2
minutes, but they are truly insane about their team.
[08:58:43 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: 2 minutes is prolly a little slower then
the actual pace.
[08:58:51 PM] TJ: lol
[08:58:58 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Sundin or Alfredsson
[08:59:15 PM] TJ: Sundin.
[08:59:19 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Friends or Will and Grace?
[08:59:26 PM] TJ: Neither.
[08:59:29 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: lol.
[08:59:37 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: was wondering wut u’d say for a minute.
[08:59:44 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: friends is better for sure.
[08:59:59 PM] TJ: I can’t see me living with my friends until i’m 40.
[09:00:09 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Simpsons or Seinfeld
[09:00:48 PM] TJ: Oh come on.
[09:00:55 PM] TJ: How can I answer this question.
[09:00:58 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: ok, off topic, i no
[09:01:17 PM] TJ: but are classic’s.
[09:01:26 PM] TJ: both
[09:01:38 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: I’d take the Simpsons
[09:01:43 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Simpsons or Family Guy?
[09:02:03 PM] TJ: Simpsons.
[09:02:10 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: now ur talkin
[09:02:11 PM] TJ: You gotta love Homer.
[09:02:16 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Would you rather win a Super Bowl, World
Series, NBA Championship, or a Stanley Cup?
[09:02:37 PM] TJ: Stanley Cup.
[09:02:45 PM] TJ: There’s nothing like it.
[09:02:47 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Yankees or Red Sox?
[09:03:32 PM] TJ: Yankees.
[09:03:43 PM] TJ: But let me say this.
[09:03:50 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: i might have had to kill you if you’d
answered the Red Sox.
[09:03:57 PM] TJ: I was a huge Yankee fan.
[09:04:16 PM] TJ: But with them basically buying every superstar, it’s
[09:04:22 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: ya well..
[09:04:31 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Pistons or Pacers?
[09:05:40 PM] TJ: Well, up until they trade Artest
[09:05:55 PM] TJ: I would have said the Pacers.
[09:05:58 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Knicks man myself.
[09:06:11 PM] TJ: Knicks look great this year.
[09:06:11 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: i hate both of those teams.
[09:06:24 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Cowboys or Red Skins?
[09:06:34 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Better yet, Colts or Patriots?
[09:06:45 PM] TJ: Neither. Hate them both.
[09:06:55 PM] TJ: But, I have a couple of friends who play for each
[09:07:23 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: i think the Colts are the Senators of
Football, so I hate them, and the Patriots just piss me
off, Steelers fan here.
[09:07:56 PM] TJ: I like the Steelers.
[09:08:06 PM] TJ: Porter and Co. are a great defense.
[09:08:14 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Leafs or Senators?
[09:08:30 PM] TJ: I plead the 5th.
[09:08:46 PM] TJ: You know if I answer that question, I’ll have 500
hate mails by tonight.
[09:08:55 PM] TJ: from one of the fan bases.
[09:09:17 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: well, that depends on how soon this takes
to get posted, it could take a little longer.
[09:09:28 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: off the record, I’ll cut it out.
[09:09:40 PM] TJ: _____
[09:09:44 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: oooooooo…
[09:09:48 PM] TJ: just because of their style of play.
[09:09:53 PM] TJ: it’s exciting to watch.
[09:10:02 PM] TJ: and you can put that on my review.
[09:10:59 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: ok, to close things, any big rumors from
sports other then hockey? are the Knicks gonna keep
loading up? the Yankees gonna bring back Clemens or sign
Sosa after the Classic?
[09:11:31 PM] TJ: Look for the Knicks to land KG in the summer.
[09:11:41 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: killer.
[09:11:48 PM] TJ: And I don’t think you’ll see the Yankees go after
[09:12:00 PM] TJ: The Rocket will go back to the Astros
[09:12:17 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: that doesnt suck as much as it sounds at first, i just got his astros jersey this past summer.
[09:12:31 PM] TJ: Rocket is amazing
[09:13:01 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: well, thanks for doing this Code, we look forward to hearing your rumors in the future.
[09:14:03 PM] TJ: Thanks.