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After enduring two weak efforted playoff series by the Predators the last two seasons I’ve finally seen in person what “Playoff Hockey” really means. The Preds started the game with the same marginal at best, tired sloppy penalty filled effort that we have seen the last few weeks. Alexander Radulov’s first fist pumping slamming into the glass celebration after hi...
"When you stick your elbow in his face and put knee on knee that's an intent to injure. That's why he got kicked out of the game," said San Jose Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson after Wednesday nights game against Predators. Here’s the deal…I was at the game. I saw the hit. I knew when it happened that he was getting the 5 minute major. I did not know if a game misc...
go_leafs_go writes...

Hartnell gets off clean

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
Nashville Predators' forward Scott Hartnell will not recieve a suspension after taking his second game misconduct of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Cheechoo took a blow to the knee in game #1 which resulted in Hartnell's first game misconduct. In last nights games, he was involved in a scuffle, however according to TSN, the league determined that he was in fact involved in...
writes...

Hartnell gets off clean

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Nashville Predators' forward Scott Hartnell will not recieve a suspension after taking his second game misconduct of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Cheechoo took a blow to the knee in game #1 which resulted in Hartnell's first game misconduct. In last nights games, he was involved in a scuffle, however according to TSN, the league determined that he was in fact involved in...
gamma82 writes...

Stop the Handringing

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
Enough with the Handringing Rangers' Fans. Believe it or not guys we are winning 2 games to None, not the other way around. From what I've been hearing from my fellow Rangers fans over the past few days you'd think that the Thrashers ran the Blueshirts out of Atlanta. The reality is our team played the same game they have been playing over the past few months and the re...
predjoe writes...

Is My Team Dirty?

Posted Monday | Comments 4
Help Me out Hockeybuzz Nation! Seriously…a friend just came up and asked me that question. My first instinct is to say “no, of course not!” But when you hear the talking heads (Brett Hull, Barry Melrose) talk about us I begin to question it myself. I don’t think of Hartnell as a dirty player…but ask a Sharks fan and you’ll get an earful. Ask if they t...
Here is my recap of the current chart listings for UFAs: [b]sim[/b]- no, can't skate, inconsistent effort [b]laaksanen[/b]- no- I'd rather have the uncle [b]gelinas[/b]- no- too old to help a team that probably won't make the playoffs. waste of $$ [b]white[/b]- maybe [i]if [/i]he is a good f/o man, but he looks like marty murray redux [b]markov[/b]- probably not goi...
It looks like Canucks are making huge atempts for offence. For example: Paul Kariya - 40% - Would work very well as hometown boy Scott Gomez - 25% - Would bring some good offence to Vancouver Anson Carter - 25% - Could work with Sedins, cheaper Ladislav Nagy - 20% - Would bring good offence Wes Walz - 10% - Always plays good ag...
From a contact close to the team: [quote]I got a juicy one for ya...... A respected player [that won't be named] said that there is no way that the Preds are interested in resigning Hartnell, because, for one, everybody in the locker room couldn't stand him.....[/quote] Well, folks, looks like there was more in common between Walker and Hartnell than their first n...
Well here we are. We can expect that the ink will be dry on a new contract for Mats Sundin this week. At least before Friday. I still have a mixed feelings about this. I understand that he is in the twilight of his career and that he wants to do everything he can to win with the Leafs. It's a great story but will it happen? Can it happen? I would hope that part of th...
The top name that keeps getting thrown around town as rumours swirl is Ryan Smyth heading to the Leafs, this seems to be the Leafs #1 target this off season with the backline all shored up pending Colaiacovo's signing which should be done shortly, what seems to escape many people's minds is that the Leafs are also looking to add some much needed grit to the lineup with the...
sixtyone writes...

Awards, trades, free agents...

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
So here we are with the NHL Awards on tonight (does anyone really care?) and most of the talk seems to be around the MVP, Goalie and Rookie. If it was up to me, it would be Sid for MVP, Luongo for Goalie, and Staal for Rookie. We'll see how that pans out. I'm not sure how much trade talk goes on at the awards. I'm torn on what I would like to happen. I wouldn'...
Last night, I was pretty ticked off about not being able to watch the NHL awards show. I find the awards show, with it's awful humor and poor production qualities, a great coda to the NHL season and playoffs. Well, I wrote a blog blaming the NHL and Gary Bettman. Turns out it was a TV truck from the CBC. I still fault Bettman for a great deal of the NHL's issues, howev...
predjoe writes...

Bye Bye Kimmo and Hartnell

Posted Monday | Comments 2
Hartnell and Timonen are gone. The Preds have traded the rights of All-Star defenseman Kimmo Timonen and physical winger Scott Hartnell to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first round pick. Well...all those in Nashville hoping the Kimmo would retire a Predator are a bit disappointed in this deal. For me I am bummed to see Scotty go. Word was that he was a ...
FlyerPhan7790 writes...

Let the fun begin

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
It's been something that I have been meaning to get to. That first blog post here on MyHockeyBuzz needed something special, a real kick in the pants to get things going. After yesterday's dramatic twist from Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, it looks like summer could be one of the most memorable ones in recent memory for the Flyers organization. Sure, the Flyers picked up Peter Fo...
In my analysis, yes it was. The Flyers want to be competitive as quickly as possible. Making this trade and signing these two guys, both of whom fill vital needs, sends a message that this team is going to do what it takes to ice a winner. Philadelphia is suddenly a much better team on paper, and still has $9mm or so in cap space and only one restricted free agent of an...
ThePhillyPhlyer writes...

A NEW ERA!

Posted Friday | Comments 8
Philadelphia, PA. July 27, 2007 The puck drops in just over Two Months! Our Fly Guys begin a new season October 4th. ARE YOU READY? I AM! Last Season was a mess. From an opening night shut-out disaster against the in-state rival Penguins (4-0 in Pittsburgh) to a General Manager hanging it up to the firing of a Hall-of-Fame Caliber Coach to the injury woes to...
Ok, so everybody else is writing a blog now, so I guess i'd better do one too so everyone knows how I feel about the upcoming season. I guess the best way to describe my feelings about the upcoming season is to say that I am cautiously optimistic. I am very happy about the additions that Homer made and despite what anyone says, I don't think he overpaid at all. He paid wha...
[b]how did I get here?[/b] (Thank you David Byrne) Good question. But first we have to look at where we came from. How bad were the Flyers last year? Let's just say, that on many nights the Delta Dental Ice Girls would have scored shorthanded. I know many of you know these figures, but for those who do not, here are some of the lowlights: 22 wins. Only 10 win...
A lot of talk has gone on about how the two cities who should get the expansion teams when they do actually come out with them is Las Vegas and Kansas City. I don't see how either of these cities really should get a team considering they are both considered low in the ratings pools for popular sports cities. Don't get me wrong I know KC loves their Royals and their Chiefs....
XLB writes...

A Team on the Brink?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Atlanta Thrashers fan base is small. There it is; no arguments here. The team is second fiddle to several other teams in the Atlanta area including college football teams from Georgia and Georgia Tech, the Braves, and even the Falcons (still!). Hockey has yet to grab the sports fans in Atlanta like the True Blue fans wish it did. Atlanta sports fans wanted to jump on t...
Today I got a call from a CSR at Charter Communications corporate headquarters about the NHL Center Ice package. They basically told me the same thing I've been hearing for the past week and a half, the NHL wants too much. This is classic NHL (maybe just classic Bettman era, not sure.) in the premise that the league wants to make these huge deals, but doesn't think about...
Jsaquella writes...

Random Thoughts

Posted Sunday | Comments 10
-Center Ice is the greatest invention in the history of mankind, even ahead of the Polio Vaccine and the internet. OK, maybe not as great as HDTV, but still pretty damned good. -Talk about interesting times to bust out. The Flyers Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are scheduled to be RFA's next summer and both are off to stellar starts. The team will have some cap dancing t...
predjoe writes...

Game Day Quick Hits (updated)

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
[i]11:45 AM UPDATE: Dan Ellis will start in goal tonight for the Predators...whether or not this is a spot start remains to be seen. [/i] Thought I would throw out some game day quick hits: The City is requesting that the new ownership group commits to staying in Nashville for five years if lease concessions are made. I think the city is right on the money request...
eleven24 writes...

The Snowball amid the Firestorm

Posted Wednesday | Comments 8
Like a misbehaving toddler, a Flyers player is once again sent to the timeout chair. This time it is Scott Hartnell, and he gets 2 games to think about what he did - which is quite convenient because while he's thinking, he can read the scribblings on the wall left by Randy Jones, who occupied the same chair just a month earlier. And just like Randy Jones, Hartnell can...
The first 20 minutes of tonight’s game vs. the leafs has brought mixed emotions for flyers fans. The flyers have scored only one goal in the last two games but thanks to Newmarket native Steven Downie and Jeff Carter some offense has been produced. Just under 10 minutes into the game Downie notched his first National Hockey League goal; he looks pretty comfortable play...
Number23 writes...

Hail the vanishing Whale...

Posted Monday | Comments 1
In another installment where I review the dwindling number of players remaining from a relocated franchise... today it's the [b]Hartford Whalers[/b]. [u][b]Players[/b][/u] [b]Jean-Sebastien Giguere[/b]-ANA [b]Bobby Holik[/b]-ATL [b]Sami Kapanen[/b]-PHI [b]Marek Malik[/b]-NYR [b]Michael Nylander[/b]-WSH [b]Nolan Pratt[/b]-BUF [b]Chris Pronger[/b]-ANA [b]Geoff San...
[img]http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/th_PbI3.gif[/img] [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/thAppleArtcopy.jpg?t=1200060237[/img] Wow...words can hardly describe the effort and the result of last night's game in the Big Apple. Flyers give up two quick goals to ...hmm...let's see. Perenial All-Star Jaromir Jagr? Nope. First part of the ...
I finally had the NHL Network added to my programming a week ago, and obviously I can't turn it off. Something that they were talking about the other day was Mike Bossy's "50 goals in 50 games" accomplishment. I knew that he was the second play to ever achieve this after the great Maurice Richard, but I was wondering how many times it was done after him, so I looked it up....
icedog97 writes...

Ovechkin is the MVP

Posted Thursday | Comments 5
Sometimes it takes a loss to understand how important a player is to his team. The Capitals lost 5-0 to the Blackhawks last night. In a game where the Capitals failed to score, it was more apparent than ever how Alexander Ovechkin is the league MVP. A week or so ago, Ek posted the "Who Would You Build Your Team Around" blog. The options...Sidney Crosby or Alexander...
950FlyGuy writes...

Go Forth and Prospal

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
Look back at this year's trade deadline and some of the players who were moved. Hossa to Pittsburgh. Campbell to San Jose. Richards to Dallas. Huet and Federov to Washington. Cam Janssen to St. Louis (just kidding). How about if I told you that a minor move at the deadline that went well under the radar has had a bigger impact than any of those? The Flyers have ...
Now, depending on who you read and which NHL insiders you trust, the next coach of the Islanders will be someone who is accepting of a massive youth movement. No, wait, he will have to be able to deal with disgruntled veterans. Hold it. That is not it either. I got it. I think. He willl have to be a little crazy. Why? Besides the obvious reasons like a terrible arena, d...
mapleleafsforever writes...

Logjam Schmogjam

Posted Thursday | Comments 9
Trader Cliff's opinion of the entry draft mirror's this neophytic blogger's feelings towards the constant worry over the logjam on the Leafs' blueline. There isn't one. Nope. Not at all. I think the reason for this perception stems from the fact that we've all been overwhelmed by the number of roster changes but a quick glance at the depth chart will alleviate our co...
I've been asking myself who would be the best player to be captain and lead the Leafs moving forward, and I have come to the conclusion Scott Hartnell is the man. He is perfect, a gritty full of heart player who can pot you a few points and put slackers in their place. In addition he is under contract for 4 more years after the 08-09 season. The only problem...............
When Bryan Murray hired Craig Hartsburg this summer as the Senators' new head coach, he was pretty confident Hartsburg would turn the Senators around after a horrendous finish last season. 17 games into the 2008-09 season, the Senators are sitting at the bottom on the Eastern Conference, a mere point in front of the lowly Florida Panthers and they are tied with the NY I...
The Carolina Hurricanes have just announced that they have fired head coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship. They have replaced him with former Hurricanes and Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice. Sources say Maurice will remain on as head coach at least until the end of the season, at which point the position will be re-evaluated ...
Nothing else to really say about this game, so I'll put it into classic bullet point form. The good: Ossi Vaananen had a very strong game tonight. Made the initial save on what turned out to be the Devils first goal. This dude just doesn't make mistakes. Reminds me of a bigger Petr Svoboda. He never gets noticed, just does his job and does it well. Good game also ...
Jsaquella writes...

Wither Biron...

Posted Friday | Comments 10
Back when the 2008-09 season dawned, I was comfortable with Martin Biron as the Flyers goalie. I was content and hopeful that Biron and the team would come to terms on a contract extension that would lock up the entertaining backstop. Sadly, that position has changed. [img]http://stanleycupplayoffs2008.com/Assets/Photos/Biron%20action%20-%20PHI.jpg[/img] I am not...
blldem writes...

I'm Back Baby

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
After a long hiatus due to user name and password issues, I am back and I have a beef. How in the name of Gary Bettman can he have the player ted for the lead league in goals as a write in candidate for the NHL All-Star game. Jeff Carter is having a monster year and has barely any All-Star votes in comparison with your "superstars" of the league. I know he will be added...
Coming out of a 24-goal and 53-point season, Antoine Vermette had improved his scoring numbers in each of his four NHL seasons. With the departure of Cory Stillman via free agency, Vermette was supposed to get plenty of power play time this season, even on the Senators' top unit. However, after 26 games this season, Vermette, 26, only has 2 goals and 5 points, to go wit...
The rematch between the Caps and the Flyers will begin at 1pm today at the Wachovia Center. These two teams faced each other in a great 7 game series this past season, where the Flyers won game 7 in overtime on a Joffrey Lupul goal. I'll tell you what, you want to see an entertaining game, you got it right here. Alex Ovechkin and his crew come here to Philly to take on the...
Richie18 writes...

Flyers destroy OV, Caps 7-1

Posted Saturday | Comments 7
Holy Niitty! That is how you describe today's game. Antero Niittymaki made 47 saves, including 25 in the first period, and the Flyers trampled over the Capitals 7-1 today. Obviously, Niitty was the big key in this game, but Scott Hartnell also joined the party. He scored a hat trick in this game, which was his 4th hat trick in the calendar year. After the second goal, the ...
Pre-Game: Senators vs. Canucks The Ottawa Senators are looking to avoid one streak and continue another as they face-off against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. The Luongo-less Canucks are 5-4-1 in their last ten games but have fallen short in their last two, including one to the Edmonton Oilers despite sporting a 10-5-1 record at home this season. The Senators are curre...
Richie18 writes...

Flyers edge Nucks 3-2

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
The Flyers got back on the winning track, as they defeated the Canucks 3-2 last night. I was very impressed with how the Flyers played last night. Unfortunately, one of the stars on the Flyers got hurt way too early in the game. About 15 seconds into the game, Simon Gagne got hurt when Kevin Bieska hit him near the boards. Simon left the game with an upper body injury. Rig...
If you asked some people whether they thought the Flyers could come back from 3-1 after one period of play, they'd think you were crazy. Well the Flyers did just that, by coming back to beat the Bruins in overtime 4-3 today, on a Randy Jones goal. However, Jones's goal was not the cleanest of goals, but it worked very well. Three minutes into overtime, Jones took a wrist s...
[code] Claude Giroux was the Flyers first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. If you're a Flyers fan, by now, you know who Claude Giroux is. If you live and die hockey, you know who Claude Giroux is. If you're just an average fan or you just follow one team without really knowing what goes on around the league, well this blog will let you know wh...
In the Dark Knight, Aaron Eckhart said "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain". Metaphorically speaking, I think there is a lot of justification behind this quote and of course I can relate it to hockey and my New Jersey Devils. For the better part of two decades, Martin Broduer has been the face of the New Jersey Devils and GM Lou La...
Ferrarimn7 writes...

Almost There.

Posted Monday | Comments 0
That is the sense I get from this Flyer team. Almost there. The offense is starting to play with a greater level of consistency than I've seen for most of the year. It might take some time after the Olympic break for the defensive pairs to gel as a cohesive unit., but it seems like they're getting there. As for the goaltending, I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised...
moseph writes...

Roloson Moved

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
The New York Islanders have became a little younger as Islanders GM Garth Snow sent veteran goaltender Dwayne Roloson to Tampa Bay for 22 year old D-man Ty Wishart. This deal provides the Lightning with some goaltending stability which the club very much needs. So far Tampa Bay has gone with Mike Smith and Dan Ellis, both of whom have not been able to claim the number o...
After another dominating effort on Wednesday night against Calgary, it became even clearer that Toews should not only be a finalist for the Hart Memorial trophy, rewarded annually to the league's Most Valuable Player, but he should be taking the hardware home. Had Crosby not gone down with a concussion, this conversation may not be happening, as he was going to run away...
In acquiring the negotiating rights to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers addressed an area of concern that experts had called an organizational black hole since the heyday of Ron Hextall in the late 1980's. I disagree with black hole, however, the Flyers had not made goaltending a top priority since then. By trading for Bryzgalov's rights, and according to most repo...
Prospect camp is on. Generally I like the format and I like seeing how the prospects play amongst guys at a similar development level. I hate seeing incidents like with Kyle Greentree a couple years back where he was challenging to be a late cut but at the prospect tourney gets run from behind by an Oiler plug missing his shot. For what? So who’s been bad and good? Th...
Well it’s been a long summer. Actually it’s been 95 days since Zdeno Chara lifted the Cup over his head. It’s also been the worst summer in hockey history as the hockey world was plagued by death. This season will be a season for mourning of Derrick Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak and all those on the Russian Lokomotiv team. It hasn’t been easy to digest. ...
In the history of the Hart Trophy, presented to the MVP of the National Hockey League, there are only 3 players who have won the award who are not presently inducted into the Hall of Fame. One is Eric Lindros, a bubble player who could find himself enshrined amongst the greats of the game. Another is Tommy Anderson. Given that he was a defenseman of the 30s and 40s who jus...
Four games in and seven points to show for their effort. Not a bad start at all for the Philadelphia Flyers. Now comes a week in which expectations for similar results are high, and rightfully so. Thanks to Pittsburgh's hot start and loaded schedule, the Pens lead the Atlantic Division with eight points (3-2-2). While they've cooled of late, and have a goal differen...
It’s been a tough week for the Flyers. They played 5 games in eight days going 2-3-0. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Flyers lost Andreas Lijia to injury for six weeks, JVR for 1-2 weeks, Jagr has been Day-to-Day and Chris Pronger will miss the next four weeks following successful knee surgery. The Flyers also waived streaky forward, Andreas Nodl who was picked up by th...
[img]http://cdn1.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/3660688/20120401_lbm_al8_020_extra_large.jpg[/img] [b]Follow me on twitter @gunnerstaal[/b] Here are some quick hit stats for the much anticipated Penguins/Flyers first round matchup. Penguins and Flyers both finished the regular season with identical 19.7% power plays.The Flyers were #1 in total PP time this ...
icedog97 writes...

Crossing the Right Line

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Penguins and Flyers are old adversaries. Over the last couple of years, the battle had seemed to simmer down. This season, the rivalry has been renewed. When the Flyers took two players into their fold that have special places in the history of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup winning teams: Jaromir Jagr and Max Talbot – you could almost feel the hand of fate as ...
icedog97 writes...

It's a 60 Minute Game

Posted Thursday | Comments 6
The overtime loss the Penguins endured to the Flyers last night is painful to think about. When your team leads 3-0, after one period, you EXPECT them to win. Even after giving the necessary consideration to the way the Flyers have previously battled back from 2-0 deficits to the Penguins this season, the first period lead seemed like something the Penguins couldn’...
The history of NHL playoff series will tell you that being down 1-0 is not as catastrophic as most people on the losing end of the first game feel it is. In fact, when the home team loses the first game of series, their chances of winning the series only drop about 4%. But by the time the second game is concluded, if you haven't earned a tie in the series, your chanc...
icedog97 writes...

The Truth Hurts

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Waking up today and realizing that last night's 8-5 loss to the Flyers was NOT just a bad dream is enough to ruin your morning. Realizing that the loss has your favorite team down 2-0 in the best of 7 series is enough to ruin your day. Understanding that the team needs to win Sunday - or they will be facing an insurmountable 3 games to ZERO series deficit - is enough...
icedog97 writes...

Expect the Unexpected?

Posted Friday | Comments 4
Four games into the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match-up between the Penguins and Flyers -- and [b]just about anybody that thought they had a clue how this series would turn out is simply at a loss for a reasonable explanation to what we have seen so far.[/b] Each game has been it's own little anomaly. Going into Wednesday night's 'do or die game' for the Pengu...
It feels like the Lightning fan base has to constantly come to the defense of its star players. After seeing the reaction to the Hart Trophy nominations, this week has been no exception. There was so much backlash towards Steven Stamkos for being nominated as “he didn’t lead the Lightning to the playoffs” – No, he didn’t. What did he do though? Well, not only did...
More and more it’s becoming abundantly clear that the Lightning will be holding onto the 10th overall pick at this year’s NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh. Whether you agree with the move or not, it shouldn’t come as that much of a shock when you consider that Al Murray, the Lightning’s chief amateur scout, has been quoted as saying that Steve Yzerman will be taking ...
motraynor writes...

Philly in trouble????????

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Ok so i don't write very much and this is not really my thing but with that being said i thought that i might weigh in on my beloved Flyers. With Shea Weber staying in nashville what are the flyers going to do now??? seems to be the big question everyone in flyer nation has been pondering, and yes i know that Homer will most likely come up with something i hea...
motraynor writes...

Philly in trouble????????

Posted Wednesday | Comments 12
Ok so i don't write very much and this is not really my thing but with that being said i thought that i might weigh in on my beloved Flyers. With Shea Weber staying in nashville what are the flyers going to do now??? seems to be the big question everyone in flyer nation has been pondering, and yes i know that Homer will most likely come up with something i hea...
Philadelphia fans have such a love-hate relationship with the man known to many as #HartnellDown. People say the player is a clown on skates or laying on the ice in many cases of the past. Scott Hartnell signed a 6-year contract extension with an average cap hit of 4.75 million dollars a season. This is a steal for the Flyers by only giving him a raise of 550,000 thousand ...
The NHL doesn't have a lot going on right now that isn't related to the CBA negotiations of the impending lockout. The meager free agent pickings have been reduced to virtually non-existent, the playoffs are a black-and-white relic of the past. So what are hockey bloggers left to do? While instead of weighing in with my opinion on the BOG vs NHLPA clash, I'll write what I ...
The NHL doesn't have a lot going on right now that isn't related to the CBA negotiations of the impending lockout. The meager free agent pickings have been reduced to virtually non-existent, the playoffs are a black-and-white relic of the past. So what are hockey bloggers left to do? While instead of weighing in with my opinion on the BOG vs NHLPA clash, I'll write what I ...
I really haven't written anything since the Flyers were trying to sign Zach Parise/Ryan Suter so I thought I'd give my thoughts on the off-season and see where that leads the team into this uncertain season. [u]Off-Season Events:[/u] [b]1. Zach Parise/Ryan Suter Sweepstakes[/b] This is not of fault for the Flyers brass at all, they simply did not have the most entic...
If you grew up a hockey fan in the 90's theres an extremely high chance you watched the Emilio Estevez led Mighty Ducks trilogy from Disney. In these movies they went from a brat pack of kids to state champions to World Junior Games champions to the JV hockey team who beat the varsity team in this be all-end all of prep hockey in Minnesota. While I loved these movies as a ...
"[i]Guess who just got back today? Those wild eyes boys that had been away. Haven't changed, haven't much to say. But man I still think them cats are crazy[/i]"-Thin Lizzy [i]The Boys Are Back In Town[/i], the obligatory song that will be played in every arena across the NHL at some point during opening warmups on Opening Day. Not that anyone is complaining because all ...
Eric Mellin writes...

Does Ovechkin Have Hart?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
Is Alex Ovechkin now a candidate for the Hart Trophy? If you told me after the first couple weeks of the start of the season that the Washington Capitals would be sitting atop the Southeast with 8 games left I would have laughed at said, "Maybe". If you told me that Alex Ovechkin would be tied for the league lead in goals I would have laughed a little harder and said, "...
HBDean writes...

NHL Year End Awards

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
The following is simply a list of my picks for the various NHL awards, not predictions. Hart Memorial Trophy: Alex Ovechkin - Sid the Kid was hands down the MVP for the first 3/4 of the season, but after his injury, it turned into the Ovi Show. If Crosby had remained healthy he would most likely be handed this award, or if Sergei Bobrovsky's Blue Jackets had made the p...
oilersrule66 writes...

Hartikainen flees to Russia

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Damn. This is a big blow for Edmonton's bottom 6. Temmu Hartikainen has signed a contract with Ufa in the KHL and is leaving the Oilers organization. This sucks for the Oilers because Hartikainen was a big young physical presence that was ready to start playing on the 3rd line next year and was going to be a big part of their future for years to come. And I just lear...
If you follow the oilers, it should come as no surprise that EDM will more than likely be without their 1C, Nugent-Hopkins, to start the season and are pretty thin at C already. The 4C job will be up for grabs between Lander and Will Acton. Acton having never played an NHL game. Here’s a few possibilities on how I see the F depth chart to start the season: Option ...
Tampa has been shut out in 3 of the last 5 outings. Due to lack of goal scoring capabilities, the Lightning have managed some fine line shuffling for tonights til against the great white norths capital. I am a huge fan of these new lines. During practice yesterday, the new lines looked like this: Peca Richard Hart Ikonen Drouin Palat Panik Johnson Killorn Kucherov Mu...
Iban3z writes...

The Scott Hartnell Situation

Posted Sunday | Comments 9
As the Flyers roller coaster season goes on, where some of it excites us while other parts just makes us fans sick, there is a question that needs to be answered. What are the Flyers going to do with Scott Hartnell? Throughout the past seven seasons I’ve grown to love Hartnell. I loved him for his heart and his unwillingness to give up. He may have not found the score...
Brayton writes...

NHL Mock Draft #1

Posted Saturday | Comments 14
It is coming down to the wire in the NHL regular season. Many teams have already clinched playoff births, other teams are fighting for their lives in the playoff hunt. With the end of the regular season coming, some teams are already looking ahead to June for the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia. The Buffalo Sabres currently hold the number one pick in the draft followed ...
Hey all, I know it's been awhile since I last blogged here but I wanted to talk about some of the rumours linking the Oilers to trading for the 1st overall. A US newspaper posted comments about Edmonton and Florida either swapping picks or the Oilers downright trading for the 1st overall and keeping the 3rd as well. This has really brought out the armchair gms throwing th...
Brayton writes...

Mock Draft 3.0

Posted Monday | Comments 11
We are officially less than one month away from the 2014 NHL Draft from Philadelphia. The NHL Combine has come to a close with some of the best draft prospects making some headlines. Tope prospects like Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett, and Aaron Ekblad stood out from the other players at the Combine. Now it is time to evaluate and prepare for the NHL Draft on June 27th. With ...
The Stanley Cup playoffs are over, and the Los Angeles Kings have claimed their second Stanley Cup championship in three years. With the playoffs now over, the buyout period has begun and is in full swing. Also, many teams will begin to talk up trades and other moves before the NHL Draft and the beginning of the free agency period. These moves made before the NHL Dra...
First and foremost, my apologies from disappearing from the world for a bit. I With having my original job privatized, then getting a new job immediately afterwards, been a bit busy. However, I’m back for the 2014-2015 with renewed vigor. We’re now officially a week away from the 2014 NHL draft. There’s one way to look at the past season; You can’t get much ...
To say that this has been an uneventful offseason ALREADY for the Flyers is far from the truth. June 23rd strikes again, and I think this year, it was highly unexpected. I couldn't believe my eyes when I was at work on Monday at Noon, and I saw a Twitter notification flash on my phone, and just like that, the first major surprise in the Hextall era! Hartnell to the Blue Ja...
The draft has come and gone, most free agents have found their new homes, and now there are just three months until October 8th when the Flyers open their 2014-2015 season in Boston. However, during these next three months there are some questions that need answers for the orange and black. Here are three. [b]Will Vinny Lecavalier still be a Flyer?[/b] The word a...
DWE-74_29 writes...

Buffalo Sabres - The X Factor

Posted Thursday | Comments 5
Attitude. This should be the word trending in Buffalo this coming NHL season and it already has been a little. Savvy Sabres fans have either recognized the moves by Murray as mindset changers or at least they are trusting what the GM is saying. Whatever your position is on the moves made this offseason, this season has a different feel to it. No question. The real qu...
This is the center of most importance when it comes to winning the Cup in the NHL. Teams that are deep at center, even if they do not have what would be considered a true number 1, elite level player, are the teams that are most often in the final 4 and competing for the Cup. Certainly it helps to have that elite top of the line player, but it is not mandatory when you are...
gipper0073 writes...

The Rebirth of the Sabres

Posted Tuesday | Comments 10
For a die-hard Buffalo Sabres fan living in the hockey mad metropolis of Edmonton, Alberta…it couldn’t have gotten much worse than April 18th, 2015. I figured suffering through back-to-back seasons of utter ineptitude resulting in two straight 30th place finishes…and knowing full well I would witness the Sabres also lose out on the 1st overall pick in the NHL entr...
After years of fighting for his life, his life has ended before our eyes. For what seems to be the first time that I can remember, the NHL has lost an all time great. Maybe the greatest player to have died has done so at the age of 88. Gordie Howe's death comes out of the blue to many, but expectant and unsurprisingly to others. He has been in a battle for survival s...
After years of fighting for his life, his life has ended before our eyes. For what seems to be the first time that I can remember, the NHL has lost an all time great. Maybe the greatest player to have died has done so at the age of 88. Gordie Howe's death comes out of the blue to many, but expectant and unsurprisingly to others. He has been in a battle for survival s...
Iban3z writes...

Flyers Rookie Camp Part I

Posted Monday | Comments 3
Flyers rookie/prospect camp opened over the weekend in Voorhees NJ. Hundreds of fans flocked to the Flyers’ Skate Zone to observe the future of the team hit the ice for drills, workouts and some scrimmaging. Although, 2nd overall pick Nolan Patrick could not participate, he was on hand to meet fans, the media and of course observe his future team mates as well. Patrick s...
The Hart Trophy has been a hot topic around the NHL for the better part of this entire season. It seems like there’s a new name added to the list of potential nominees each week. While reporters everywhere have dug into all the reasons why certain players should win, I’ve decided to look at the consistency of these players throughout the year in regards to offensive pr...
THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 22 Hart Trophy Race, Burning ELC Contracts, and In or Out of Playoffs? Debate 1 | The race for the Hart Trophy. Debate 2 | Should teams burn a year on an entry level contract by having players play games after their college season ends. Debate 3 | In or Out? The Playoff Race is on. Brad Burud and Blake Friars discuss t...

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