DG's Quick Hits- September 24, 2002

This week:

Jonsson: Not impressed with crackdown

Brian Burke wakes up

On the radar screen: Eddie Belfour, Nordique Imposters, the NHL’s worst team, Alexandre Daigle, Sam Roberts, NHL players slipping through the cracks, and more

Blues Questioning Goaltending? NHL Decreasing Salaries by Terminating Stats?

Brent Johnson has not seen the ice since September 9th.

What’s the real reason why the NHL wants to stop keeping hits and blocked shots as stats? Denis Gauthier has his opinion…

Blackhawk Down

tsn.ca reports on Eric Daze:

The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. It was not made clear how long he is expected to be out of action as a result of the surgery, but it will certainly be a significant amount of time. Daze will not even be re-evaluated until six weeks after the surgery.

That is horrible news for the Hawks. This will definitely hurt their start of the season, can they pull it off?

Do the Sabres have a chance???

I have been asking myself all summer, “Do the Sabres have any chance at all of making the playoffs this year?” At first glance the answer is a big NO WAY in hell, but at a second glance the answer is there is a small chance. Recently I was reading the comments made in regards to how the Eastern Conference will end up and no one chose the Sabres to make it to the playoffs. Well there may be a way…

NHL games outdoors? Hmmmmmmm

I was running through a Google Search and just “accidently” ran across this while searching for something else. I find this rather interesting. What do you think?

Don't Be Embarrassed

This is not an article dedicated to titans!!! JK. For all the ladies on this site you can say what you think without sounding gay, so in a way this article favors you. Now I have a question something that sounds very stupid but…

… saying your not gay, and us surely believing you, (ya right), be honest on who you all think is the best looking hockey player. The guy who comes to the rink looking spoofy, hair done, and if you dare even mention who you think has a nice butt!!!

p.s=Sorry Titans, I was just thinking of your bubble.

Season Predictions Part 1: Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference: The east is my favourite of the two conferences, it is always unpredictable. Every year the standings are never the same, and those who you thought would do good, fail, and those you thought would preform bad, do well. What are your predictions for the East?

ESPN (Embarrassing Sports Poor Network) Best World Wide?

I do give credit to ESPN for giving a fair amount of solid information from sports around the world. But, it is pathetic how they program the NHL.

I am not sure who is to blame, since NHL.com, cbssportsline.com, and others, do not update the NHL boxscores of the pre-season games. Whose fault is it exactly? I don’t know, but i think the general media just mistreats the NHL. Before the NFL started its pre-season games, there were pregame previews of NFL pre-season games. How pathetic is that? The sport already has the wrong name (football?) and it was JUST pre-season. Yet, ESPN, had NFL tonight and so much entertainment for NFL fans.

How are they the leaders of sports coverage world wide when they cannot even have an update on a 7:00 pm game at 9:00 pm? How dare they call themselves leaders? They can’t even update a score? Total unfairness for NHL fans in the USA. I checked the ESPN channel itself, and just the BOTTOM LINE has the updates on the scores. It’s a shame. How about they switch from football to hand ball since basically 95% of the game you use hands? But hey, let’s call the real sport where you use feet, soccer.

I am using www.msgnetwork.com for NHL scores and updates. Does anyone else know another site with updated scores? TSN.ca is too slow, shame on them too.

NHL clubs changing ticket pricing policy

I’m not so sure that I disagree or agree with this idea. Right now I “think” that I more agree with the current ticket pricing style as here in Dallas where tickets remain the same price at each and every game of the Regular season.

Well, there are a few cities that will charge more when “certain” teams come to town. That is when a supposed “better” team comes. Well, what if that team just flat out sux that night? What if a great player is injuered? What if this is the night they sit out their starting goalie? Was it worth the extra 10-20%?

TSN.ca …The Stupid Network?

You know, it just amazes me. These people get paid to do this and millions of hockey fans get to read it. Why?

I’ve never seen such a retarded goalie ranking as this one.

This Year's Off-season…. What Were the 3 Top Signings or Trades?

This years off season was one of the biggest in years, with the change of players to teams…..

What were the best and worst 3 signings (or trades) this off-season?

Don’t forget spending wise………

Worst trades ever

This article is about the worst trades ever. And I suppose waiver transactions can be included as well. Major screw ups by GM’s, that they really wish they hadn’t done now. What do you people think are the worst trades ever? Here’s my list (Not in any order).

Stars Camp: Who Makes the Top Line?

The Dallas Stars are wrapping up camp in Breckenridge, Colorado today, to play the Avs in Denver tomorrow.

Zednik Remains a Hab

www.thefourthperiod.com

(Sept. 16th) — The Montreal Canadiens have signed Richard Zednik to a two year deal. The team is expected to make the official announcement later today, but TFP has learned that the contract is worth $1.7 million in the first year and $1.8 million in the second year. More details to follow.

Injury Bug Bites Flyers Early

The first full scrimmage of the Philadelphia Flyers’ training camp ended with injuries to two players.

RANGERS Training camp – first scrimmage

yesterday i spent the day at the NYR training camp, and there was a scrimmage

PLayers featured in yesterdays scrimmage included: Bure, Lindros, Holik, Dixon Ward, Lyashenko, Garth Murray, Tjutin, and Kaspar — vs — Poti, Lundmark, Messier, Lintner, Kloucek, Barnaby, Nedved, and Lampman.

Hockey and Music

Hello everyone.

As you may know- or not, it doesn’t matter- for the past few months I’ve been running a music Web Site on top of my World Issues Page where I’ve reviewed 13 albums, keep up a Top 20 of the best songs currently on the radio and have now added a new feature where you, the readers, get to pick your favourite songs, with a reader’s poll running alongside my chart (a link to this feature appears in the “Notes” section). Anyway, I’m getting ready to post a list of the Top 100 songs of the past five years (1997-2002) based on quality, and I’m doing a series of other pieces to compliment this. Since I’m a member of HockeyTradeRumors.com, I thought I’d ask you guys, my fellow hockey fans, about any correlations music has with hockey. Once I collect the results, I’ll post the findings as another article when the Top 100 gets posted.

Isles Re-sign Mad Mike

PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders extended general manager Mike Milbury’s contract Monday, signing him to a multiyear deal.

The Trap slowing down hockey? 2 line passes?

What is the Trap?

This technique has slow down the game so much that when you watch a game that is boring to no end, You know that the Trap is being used. A team that uses the trap doesn’t pursue opponents, they don’t attack the puck and mainly don’t seem very interested in scoring…… Fan’s all over the NHL who watch there team lose to the trap get frustrated….. This type of slowing down the game also makes you wonder why 2 line passes are still around.

THE LEAFS ARE COMING DOWN THIS FALL

As much as I hate to admit it, I think that the Leafs are going to hit the rock hard floor of the Eastern Conference basement very soon. Let’s take a look at their offseason transactions, and try to make some sense out of the 2002-2003 roster.


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