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Over the past few months we've been planing and developing My Hockeybuzz. One of our primary goals was to give the incredible hockey fans that frequent HockeyBuzz an outlet for their own personal rants are raving without having to start from scratch with few readers like you'd have to do on a site like Blogger.com. We were also looking to build a place where hockey fan...
xmyth writes...

Why the Flames will beat Detroit.

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Forget 2004. The teams are radically different in makeup, coaching, style, what have you. The rules are different. The on ice focus is different. This is 2007. I didn't have an intro blog. I don't believe in well written accounts, supported by facts and sources. I have my opinion, and I give it straight forward and fast. We are younger. We are faster. We are ...
Steen writes...

Women's Hockey is Crap.

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
Yeah that's right I said it, and let me say it again: Women's hockey is crap. It's the same deal every single damn year, Canada and USA in the finals and Canada wins. What the hell is exciting about that? They always win, there is no fun or suspense embedded in the games. I am Canadian, but I always cheer for the opposing teams because I despise Canada's women's hockey tea...
B.D. Gallof writes...

Reality Dysfunction

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
In a week, you will choke down wings, drink lots of beer, and scream at your television sets. In a week, you will throw your Wii controllers aside, and watch small animals grow from the faces of your hockey heroes and heels. In a week, the season travails will wash away to a giant magnifying glass and pressure-cooker called the [b]NHL Playoffs[/b]. Our blood will boil, ...
Yes the playoffs are here! And like every other Canadian I am ready for some good ol' time hockey. I've already plastic wrapped the tv to keep it protected from the spit and anything else that might be projected at the tv in anger (note to self...it will not be protected from blunt objects, keep Best Buy flyer close by just in case.) I think there are some very exciting...
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I know what you are thinking, the NHL isn’t going anywhere. I agree with you, I know it is here to stay as well, despite all of our WHA scares during the lock-out. What I am talking about is trying to save the NHL from becoming a marginal sport. We hockey fans have to realize that we are on the fringe of truly being a major North America sport. The negative part of t...
[b]The following can be found at [url]http://www.nhlnow.com[/url][/b] (with pictures). [img:right]http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2007/03/questforthecup_325x235.jpg[/img] It's been a long break, but NHLNow.com is back for the most exciting season of the year: NHL Playoff Season. The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, and with the depth in this year's playoffs, it see...
DirtyMick34 writes...

Roenick on PTI

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
Jeremy Roenick was on ESPN's PTI yesterday which was kind of refreshing. While I like Kornheiser and Wilbon a lot, their complete lack on interest in hockey is a huge punch in the gut to me as a sports fan let alone a hockey fan. JR was... well JR, I liked the way he poked fun at the two for actually talking about hockey for once. The PTI guys said something interesting...
Great news! [b]YourTeam Online[/b] joins the [b]Buzz[/b] just in time for the playoffs. We are excited to see hockeybuzz making a move into the social network space for hockey. We all need a place to brag about our favourite teams, heckle our opponents and celebrate our victories. MyHockeyBuzz does just that! [b]YourTeam Online Buzz [/b] doesn't plan on covering...
ExtraB writes...

Learn all about Hockey Cards

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
My name is Eric, I am a hockey card collector who started collecting during the 2003-2004 season and have learned a lot since then. When I started collecting I quickly realized that things had changed from when I last purchased hockey cards as a kid in the early 1980's. So many brands, manufactures, insert sets, subsets, etc. had me confused and overwhelmed. I gr...
Great game last night. A full 60 minutes of forechecking and goals. The locals will be lining up the get their free pizza today I'm sure. I can see Pizza Pizza implementing a new policy "umm...everybody who has a ticket must answer a skill testing question...recite the first 12 numbers after the decimal point in Pii" Things definitely got a little chippy at the end of ...
I was doing great watching the games downstairs (On the nice TV). Although the Pens vs. Sens early match up wasn't what I thought it would be, the later games really were starting to heat up. I was riveted by the Sharks vs. Preds game late in the 3rd period. I was thrilled when my old buddy J.P. Dumont tied the game to send to overtime. WOW! Funny, because it almost s...
Boltsgirl41922 writes...

Stats - just numbers

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Before yesterday's atrocity, Marty Brodeur had played in 153 NHL playoff games. Out of those 153 games, he had 89 victories, and 21 shutouts. Over that time, he had a 1.88 goals against average. We on the other hand, had Holmqvist, Denis, and Ramo. Before the game began, they had combined for all of 0 NHL playoff games, 0 wins, and 0.00 save percentage. Very c...
OK, this is my lame attempt to write a Hockey Blog. Keep in mind when you read it, that I am relatively poor and therefore I don't have cable. Because of this, I don't see a lot of games. My 'radio' is a little clock radio that changes reception drastically based on where I am in the room. All that white noise will definitely wake you up in the morning, but it doesn't g...
When I finally became a Hurricanes fan about 6 years ago, I never would have thought that this team would be where it is today. I never would have thought that they would become part of the community. I never would have thought that hockey would even become a sport played by the locals at any level. And I certainly never would have thought that they would ever win a Stan...
Zholtok33 writes...

The Magic of Hockey

Posted Sunday | Comments 5
As a young boy in Western New York, I signed up to play baseball. It didn't do much for me. So I signed up for football. I didn't like it much. That winter my parents took me skating. I loved it and I asked my dad to play hockey. From the age of 7 on, it was hockey. Every day. All year long. I still remember the practices, the drills, the games, and I will alw...
reub77 writes...

Nail biting time

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Here's another blog about the Canucks and their dwindling chances to get past the Stars. I am an optimist and I feel there have been some good things that came from the last couple of games. I watched both games and for the most part haven't written the Canucks off. I like our offense in game 1 and felt our defense and goaltending came around near the end. As much as I...
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...
lb33knight writes...

Hockey Players

Posted Monday | Comments 0
I didn't author this but I thought some you might enjoy it. Hockey players... will do anything just to be able to tell his teammates a great story in the dressing room. Live the dream until they are 35 then realize they never made it. Ladies love us, guys want to be us, we are the soul of the universe. You lace up the skates, put on the gloves, strap on the...
I'm going to try something different and if people like it maybe I'll do it again in the future. Live updates to tonight's Sabres game...highlighting key plays and my thoughts as the game is going on. I would love to hear feedback, so please leave comments. Enjoy... [b]10:14 p.m. EST:[/b] And that's it! Not the prettiest ending, but the Sabres hold on. The Isles po...
- [b]The most impressive Sidney Crosby rookie card to date is limited to 99 copies is autographed, contains a piece of patch memorabilia embedded into the card, and recently sold on eBay for just over $15K.[/b] I recently read a news report on the Beckett web site titled, “Crosby Cup RC Snapped Up At $10K” then on April 16, 2007 I researched the card on eBay and w...
One second you're in love, the next you wish you never met. One week, 4 different possible outcomes. Some one is always on the powerplay. Inversely, some one is always killing off a penalty. No matter how many saves you make, you let one slip through and it's automatically your fault. Some one is bound to get hurt. At the end of a hard fought battle, ther...
Zero writes...

Confidence or Cockiness

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
The sweep of the Atlanta Thrashers has been completed. New York Rangers move on to the second round and the Garden Faithful can rejoice..... For now. The Rangers played an Atlanta team who didn't seem nearly as prepared as they should of been. Don't get me wrong. Rangers played a great series. They moved the puck well, they forechecked, they backchecked, [i][b]they shot...
teddye03 writes...

Is There Anything Better?

Posted Friday | Comments 4
My heart constantly pounds like a drum. My fists are sore from being clenched, and sweat occasionally drips from my brow. My playoff beard is itching like hell and my facepaint is all over my Flames Jersey... I couldnt ask for a better time. For the rabid hockey fans, playoffs are considered a religious event and we put players/teams in the spotlight and on a pedestal. It ...
Goalie220 writes...

What did you call me???

Posted Saturday | Comments 4
As I am sitting here at 2:00am listening to Baba O'Reilly, I got to thinking. (No smart aleck remarks from a certain Stars fan either! You know who you are!) I have been called a lot of things. Some good some bad. The obvious good ones are husband, father, friend. But, one of my favorite things to be called is "Coach". It is also one of the most powerful things to b...
Sabres Fans… Join in for round 2 of the hometeamhockey.com playoff fantasy league. Below is a short description from the site's creator. I've participated for the past few "divisions" and really enjoy it. You should give it a try. [quote][i]Fantasy Hockey for the Home Town Fan. Why a fantasy league with just one team? My thinking is this: I like Fantasy sports, bu...
When I was first hired by the HHOF last summer, the first question I asked was "Will I be working Induction Night?". Thats where I was told all employees work that night. Since then, that was the one night I was looking forward to. However, Induction night wasn't till November 13th, so I still had 2 and a half months to get my feet wet there. So as I got more experience...

Soccer On Ice?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
A “watershed moment” for pro hockey in the US? [b]Seriously?[/b] National hockey writers gushed about the Sabres/Rangers game 3 overtime game as a turning point to the TV fortunes of Hockey going forward. I couldn’t disagree more! That game was no more than a pitiful display of soccer on ice. Sure it was interesting because of the stakes…. but the product o...
Well as most Canadians may know. Especially those who follow hockey religiously. The Politicians have way-ed into Team Canada Hockey Decisions. Shane Doan has unproven allegations against him that in 2005 he uttered a racial slur "F******g Frenchman did a good job" in reference to the all French Officiating staff who were working that night. Now this is one person...
I love my family. I love my friends. I love hockey. Sometimes numbers two and three on this list are in a good, old-fashioned tie. (Sorry, amigos, but you have hefty competition come playoff time. It's not your fault and, honestly, you don't stand much of a chance.) Hockey and family, for me, have always had a tight connection. I fell in love with the Islanders la...
Since my last blog, I left off where I became a Hurricanes fan rather than just a general hockey fan. Soon after, I started college a little ways down the road at NC state. A few years later I went to work for the RBC center selling concessions in the stands part time. There were a few games where I made a few bucks, but it was mostly so I could see the games for free....
groome16 writes...

Hockey Diehards

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Originally sent to Ek for the My Blog bit and since I wanted to share - --- Why I am a diehard hockey fan: 1974, Flyers, Stanley Cup, Bobby Clarke. I was 4. The Flyers were in the Stanley Cup Finals. The moment came, that moment that every sports fan lives for, that moment that seals a lifelong fate, that moment that takes your breath away and stays with you f...
Like WTF is wrong with your team. Really, seriously, what is wrong with the line up. Are the four lines just expecting each other to finish things off and score the goals and we're left in limbo land? I've been posting this as a OTT special teams game vs. Buffalo's 5on5 game. And the special teams are winning: OTT PP%+PK% = 22.7+86 = 108.7% points BUF is 15.3%+79...
hAbfAn33 writes...

Why in the Worlds?

Posted Monday | Comments 3
Canada wins another world hockey championship. Big surprise AND big deal! Why is this tournament played every year during the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Does anybody who follows the NHL care about this tournament right now while the battle for arguably the greatest trophy in sports is taking place, especially if your team is still in it? I'm still trying to figure out the poin...
Hi all ! Koivu just mention to the "La Presse" journal that he want to stay, win and have success with the Montreal Canadiens till the end of his carer. The leader of the Habs realize all the potential of the prospect in Hamilton. With the future star forward like the two brother Kostitsyn, Mikhail Grabovski, Kyle Chipchura and Corey Locke, the CH will have one of the best...
For those outside of Buffalo, just an interesting little story.... I called HSBC Arena yesterday. I was hoping to buy season tickets. The response I got: "We're all maxed out for next season. We can take your name down for the waiting list though." What? It's not like I waited til the last minute. Last year I ordered my tix in August and had no problem. You...
Mykonos, Greece. One of the largest party towns in Europe, a beautiful place, and here I am sitting in a tiny cabin room on the ship, sitting here sipping a rye and coke after our late seating dinner in the dining room writing about hockey. I’m no expert, but I think I’ve become what some people could call a hockey addict. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying this Medit...
ladynic writes...

Not much hockey anywhere

Posted Sunday | Comments 2
Well it is a long weekend here in the states. There is not much hockey going on anywhere right now. I couldn't even get people together to play a pick up game. I am anxious for the Stanley cup finals to start and dread it all at the same time. I am not a supporter of either team. Do I have a favorite? why, yes, but neither team is in my top 10 for NHL teams to roo...
lb33knight writes...

Screw Jay Leno!!!

Posted Thursday | Comments 9
I was just watching the Tonight Show and Jay was doing his stand up bit at the beginning and he made a really asinine comment. He said that there was a research study that was done that showed that people ate more while watching interesting television shows. He said that NBC's new slogan should be "watch more and take off the pounds" and he directly followed that up by sar...
grosek18 writes...

Embrace, Do Not Disgrase

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Canadian hockey fans and other hockey fans of the more established teams from the North will ultimately will hear the following comments one way or another at a NHL arena, or anywhere else NHL hockey fans gather: "The Stanley Cup belongs in a [b]real[/b] hockeytown" "I cannot stand when these teams from the South and the West win. It's not right" Ask yourself thi...
Flyskippy writes...

Beyond Hockey

Posted Friday | Comments 10
When my wife and I heard that Roger Neilson was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, we were saddened because we really enjoyed his spunk (and flashy ties). Like us, Roger was a born-again Christian and that shared faith was refreshing to see in a sport regarded as something less than holy amongst many of our peers. When we met Roger some months before, I was proud to have him...
They are both returning for 07-08. Details not known at this time, but they have agreed to new deals with the Sabres. This per WGRZ-Channel 2 in Buffalo, broadcasted during this evening's 5 p.m. news. WGR-550 is also reporting that Ruff has signed this evening. The focus of the Sabres can now move STRICTLY to free agency.
[b]10.[/b] You are actually interested in the news that Chelios got re-signed by Detroit. [b]9.[/b] Youtube is visited daily to find fan videos of the final seconds before The Ducks hoist the Stanley Cup. [b]8.[/b] Your computer's desktop wallpaper is still your team's logo. [b]7.[/b] You still sport the car flag of your team as you drive around town. [b]6....
- [img:left]http://www.hockeyheadquarters.com/images/hockey-cards/c55/vezina-rcx2th.jpg[/img]In April 2007 a mint graded 1911-12 C55 Georges Vezina rookie card shattered the record price ever paid for a hockey card at $100K. The April 2007 issue of Beckett Hockey magazine published an artilce titled "The Greatest Card Ever Sold" focusing on the sale of this Georges Vezina...
First of all...I must point out that my following statement is not a negative comment about the excellent Habs brass. Why Bother: I really do enjoy Hockeybuzz, as well as most online media sources (particularly those that focus on my beloved Canadiens). That said, I really no longer see the point of discussing Habs rumours. Bob Gainey is probably one of the most enigmat...
So it's about 2 in the morning, I'm suffering from severe insomnia, and what am I to do? Well, I've decided to start a series on the 13 or so (fairly well-spent) years I've had in the game of hockey. Please to enjoy. I was about 6, 7 years old, living with my family in San Antonio, Texas (where my father had relocated after Southwestern Bell, his then-employer, shifted ...
leafsownsens writes...

A Move that Makes Cents

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
As reported by RDS.Ca The Phoenix Coyotes have placed 28 year old Defenseman Nick Boynton on waivers. As everyone knows the Leafs currently have 8 Defenseman signed and would probably ask why i would even contemplate a move involving another defenseman, however this is a move that could not only maintain the competitiveness of the Leafs top 6, which can be argued as one...
I just got a phone call from my father in WNY saying that he heard that they are planning on have a Sabres/Guins game and Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Years Day. Can you imagine how awesome that would be. If that is truly the case, I need to get my butt home and take that in. 80,000 screaming fans! I guess there isn't much faith that the Bills will make the playoffs...
As I sit on the ''throne'' typing away on my PDA, I was thinking of how I am a Hockey fan more than a Bruins or Buffalo fan. I follow the playoffs when my teams aren't in it and the time between the Finals and July 1st I spend most of my free time reading about upcoming moves. But not just Bruins or Sabres moves but ALL of the teams moves. Damn typing on these things are...
[url=www.lifeinhockeywood.com][img]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Heymateo/smhockeywoodtopper.jpg[/img][/url] Was I dreaming, or did [url=www.lifeinhockeywood.com]the Kings sign two defensemen and three forwards[/url]?
With the recent signing of RFA Thomas Vanek for 7 more years in Buffalo, I think I've turned my prospects so to speak a complete 108 degrees. There was a lot of speculation, especially on my part of whether or not we can be as good as we were the last 2 years without our Co-Captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere. After some soul searching I can now see our potential. We...
As many of you are aware, earlier in the summer, the New York Islanders announced plans for the "NYI Blog Box," a consistent feature on newyorkislanders.com, where a select group of Islander fans become actual "correspondents" for the team. The Blog Box itself will be similar to the press box only in that members will be issued credentials for post-game interviews, etc. Ot...
Sunday, January 11, 1976... in the height of the Cold War, and the midst of the battle for the supremacy of the Hockey World, the Soviet Army Team visited the Philadelphia Spectrum to take on the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Flyers in the final game of what was billed as 'Super Series 76'... They were undefeated, and their co-touring lesser talented team were only defeate...
Links http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157600720204954/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy3OyB4VZPQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opC6wKLcoVc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDMnv7rm-Ws There is no video from the first session due to battery conservation. 10 am Group 45= RJ anderson, 58= Oskar Bartulis, 61=Josh Beaulieu, 51= Freddie Cabana...
...i am very happy with the popularity of the site. hockeybuzz has proven itsself, imo, to be the best source of information on the web regarding hockey. its truly a wonderful idea and have been proud to be readinf since the beginning of last year. but with its popularity comes cracks in the armor. i really enjoy reading a good blog and posting and discussing it wi...
mayorofangrytown writes...

My Hockey Mom

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
So, it’s Wednesday and I’m thirty minutes into an hour commute home to get to my son’s first street hockey game of this summer season. He’s coming off a winter where he played two separate seasons of inline hockey and went to a skating camp to prep him for ice hockey this winter. I tell you this so that you understand that he’s equipped to play, the money’s bee...
A HockeyBuzz Q & A with The Buffalo Sabres Homegrown Patrick Kaleta. INTRO SC07: Patrick do you have a minute? PK: Sure. SC07: I wanted to ask you a few questions for HockeyBuzz. PK: No problem THE PLAYER SC07: What was your favorite team when you were a kid? PK: The Sabres SC07: Patrick how did it feel to be drafted by the team you gre...
Sec111 writes...

How's your cap fit?

Posted Sunday | Comments 5
Ok this is my first blog, didn't know what I wanted to do, but the cap is something that grabs me, the way the different GMs try to handle it. So here goes, Below you will find your team, how many players they have signed to NHL contracts and their open space. I am filling this out with the assumption of 13 forwards and 7 dmen and 2 stoppers per roster. I have tried to s...
Continuing my analysis, here's the Northwest Division: [b]Calgary Flames[/b] Major Additions [b]Cory Sarich (5 yrs, $18 million)[/b] - Sarich is a good physical d-man, but he will not replace the offense of Hamrlik and Stuart. He is a Keenan type player. I think he is a little over payed for what he does. [b]Owen Nolan (1 yr, $1.75 million)[/b] - Nolan used to ...
When I decided to come to Israel for the summer, I was looking up fun stuff to do around the country. Then I remembered [url=http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=2485] Bill Meltzer's blog from last year[/url] and subsequent [url=http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=278984]NHL.com article[/url]. Looking up those pages, I was connec...
Well All Its #2 for the blogs we will now discuss why the Leafs actually need a Senior advisor! the Maple Leaf organization is one filled with Red tape, hurdles, obstacles and over protective micro manging higher managment. Richard Petty heads up one of the most successful brands in Canada. Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE). A brand which has its o...
HomeIceFan writes...

Hockey Day In Israel

Posted Friday | Comments 6
I just got back from my first ever trip to Metulla, and it was an incredible experience! We'll get my personal stuff aside first: 7 years after first being teased with it, I finally got to skate in Israel! I've been a little homesick for the past couple of months, but no one could stop the giant 25 year old in the Team Canada jersey skating around the small rink with the h...
bcbenzel writes...

Hockey Nationalism

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
Thinking about the state of the NHL recently has brought to mind something that I find to be very curious; the state of the NHL's fans. It seems to me that there has been an increasing sense of "hockey nationalism" growing over the past few years. Before I go any further, I feel I should point out that there is a distinct difference between patriotism and nationalism. P...
tml1967 writes...

As the Leafs turn....

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
As we sit and await training camp which opens September 13/07, many Leaf fans are wondering some of the same things Will we make the playoffs this season? Are the Leafs going to make a trade? What will the line combinations be this season? Will a rookie step up in camp and make the team? These questions are no different then any other year as a die hard Leafs fan...
It's the end of July and the weather is beautiful outside. The 2006/2007 NHL season ended over a month ago and we are still 5 weeks away from the start of training camp for the 2007/2008 season. This is supposed to be the "Off Season" for Hockey. You wouldnt know that if you came to Hockeybuzz.com. I signed up to be a Season Ticket holder on this site about two weeks...
Hockey is the greatest sport on earth. It is fast and physical. Shots and scoring chances are abundant. It is a game that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Basketball, baseball and football are all very good sports but they come no where close to the excitment of a hockey game. And yet, in the US, hockey takes a back seat to GAMES. To competitions that dont even qualify...
Yeah, this doesn't have anything to do with hockey, but I did wear a Hockeybuzz hat to the theatre, so that will have to qualify. Not only that but BluesFan44 demands a review. After much personal anticipation-I have been a Simpsons junkie since the days of the Tracey Ullman Show shorts-I finally got to see a feature film dedicated to my favorite yellow folks and their ...
ChaosCris writes...

Are The Rangers Done?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
With the signing of Sean Avery today, is it the end of shopping season for the New York Rangers? The scary part of this offseason is that Rangers went back to their spending ways, but when you realize what they were able to bring back it's not as bad as it seems. Scott Gomez and Chris Drury are upgrades over Michael Nylander and Matt Cullen. You have to love that the Range...
One afternoon, when I was 4 years old (1984), I was at the Ice Palace in West Edmonton Mall with my brother and parents. I don't remember what the event was or why I was there, but, the Edmonton Oilers were playing a charity shinny game with some guys wearing red jerseys to this day, I claim, that they were the flames. Not because I remember Lanny's moustache or even a fla...
doormat247 writes...

The Death of Depth...

Posted Friday | Comments 10
I've heard plenty of voices over the past few weeks say that the salaries are spiralling out of control again and that the salary-cap really doesn't mean anything anymore. Obviously, this isn't entirely false inspite of what many fans of my Edmonton Oilers will tell you. Obviously as a whole this won't affect the salary cap as the cap is tied to league revenues. What thi...
For aslong as I can remember, The city of Buffalo has been known primarily as a "Football" town. Growing up I was taught two very important rules 1) Do not curse and 2) Hate the Miami Dolphins. From the time I was young to just a few short years ago many Buffalonians would not even recognize Hockey until Football season was over. Times sure have changed!!! The tw...
- [b]The greatest name in the history of trading cards is making a comeback after 73 years. Collectors everywhere will applaud the return of the legendary and revered Sportkings brand![/b] [img]http://www.hockeyheadquarters.com/images/hockey-cards/sportkings/return.jpg[/img] The original Sport Kings Gum series was released by the Goudey Gum Company in 1933 and 193...
tml1967 writes...

The hockey factor city by city

Posted Wednesday | Comments 32
I though it might be interesting to see how hockey ranks across NHL cities compared to other major sports in that city, this is my opinion as i have watched hockey in 15 different cities and discussed hockey with many fans in the cities that i was in, i hope to add 2 more cities this year in completing all 30 teams down the road, please feel free to correct me if your from...
Defining of a Hockey Hero I thought I would write my next blog on hockey heroes. First, I would like to define hero. I asked some of my friends to pick their hockey hero and tell me why they picked that person. So let’s find out who my friends picked and why. Jimmer and CaptPantalones both picked Pat Lafontaine. He shows what it’s like to be a leader, teammat...
Defining of a Hockey Hero I thought I would write my next blog on hockey heroes. First, I would like to define hero. I asked some of my friends to pick their hockey hero and tell me why they picked that person. So let’s find out who my friends picked and why. Jimmer and CaptPantalones both picked Pat Lafontaine. He shows what it’s like to be a leader, teammat...
What about HockeyBuzz is so special? Having been away for two weeks and not having a working internet connection - kind of like the Stone Age - caused me think on this question. Is it [i]just[/i] the rumors? The chase for something elusive before it happens? The anticipation of potential moves your club might make to make them better? Of knowing something before...
I woke up this morning, and for being August 15th, the air in Buffalo was crisp and cool; Albeit I woke up at 7:30am. I updated my blog, [url]http://www.pelicanfoul.net[/url], and I check the news everyday for my Sabre fix, as that's what Buffalonians do now a days. The Bills... who are the Bills? This summer we have seen anger, disgust, sadness, retribution, joy, and e...
Another sign that the 2007/2008 National Hockey League season is getting close is that the National TV schedules are starting to come out. The Buffalo Sabres have 7 games on versus which is 2nd most in the league behind Detroit. [b]Versus[/b] Toronto Maple Leafs-10/15 Washington Capitals-11/26 Boston Bruins-12/10 Tampa Bay Lightning-1/29 Philadelphia Flyers-2/...
This blog has little to do with hockey but it has a bit to do with sports and life and our values. In the past few months a lot of things have happened within sports and ties to the real world that have me shaking my head. Let's take a few examples of our sports stars/personalities, Michael Vick, Tim Donaghy, Mark Bell, Barry Bonds, any cyclist. What's the common t...
clarasax writes...

Hockey = Social Life

Posted Friday | Comments 2
Since it's the off-season, I feel like about a third of my social life has gone away. There are so many people we see only during hockey season, so many activities that are directly a result of Preds games. First there are our cellmates in Sections 303 and 304. They've been with us through wins, through losses, through that time Paul and I got to do an on-ice contest...
BuffaloMat writes...

Fan Blog for all sports.

Posted Saturday | Comments 8
This blog's story takes place last night at the Buffalo Bills pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons. As I arrived at the stadium with my friend Shell, I see a few Vick jerseys walking into the area and I start to think to myself that this can get ugly after people get more beer into them. As we get to our seats, we notice that there are 2 Vick wearing Jersey guys ...
AlexanderScharf writes...

Hockey = Passion

Posted Saturday | Comments 5
I was talking to a few friends this afternoon about the upcoming hockey season. It was enjoyable discussion and while resting in my bed shortly after, I found myself thinking about the Rangers and even imagining different goals that could be scored. At some point I noticed that I had a familiar feeling in my stomach. For those of you who dont know what Im talking about, I...
[b]What I like about this Web Site [/b] This Blog is from the series I like to say the pm series or blogs that my friends have sent me when I do not have an idea what to write. So this blog is sent to me by MPM. Now on with the Blog [b]The Chat Room[/b] The Chat room is a place where friends get together to talk about hockey or anything else that comes to m...
CaptShark writes...

The Back-up Situation

Posted Monday | Comments 2
It is nearing September and San Jose still has no back-up for Nabokov. The likely candidates are Thomas Greiss and Dimitri Patzold. The goalie system in San Jose is one of the very best. This year however it seemed to me that the Sharks would sign a veteran back-up. With the loss of Vesa Toskala it seems Nabokov will take most of the load next season. A great end to the se...
CaptShark writes...

Oh My Michalek !

Posted Tuesday | Comments 8
Hey everyone. In the next few weeks I am going to do a series of blogs that will introduce you to a few key Sharks players. I feel some of the young talent that San Jose has on it's roster is not recognized by the media as much as some of the other teams. I understand that being on the West Coast many people can't catch a Sharks game, including the media. I am not one to r...
As a not-so-silent observer, I love the sense at HB that bigger and better things are just around the bend. It is exciting to be part of something that is truly living and breathing and evolving before us - EK keep up the pressure to constantly reinvent this place for there is nothing like it anywhere else. Now onto the changes that occurred recently. [b]The People:[/b]...
- Today Sidney Crosby was in town at a press conference in a Sport Chek store in Mississauga. I got my first glimpse of Crosby in person. This morning Reebok and NHL Most Valuable Player, Sidney Crosby, teamed up to reveal the latest Fall 2007 apparel, footwear and hockey equipment under the Rbk SC87 brand name. All items within this collection feature the SC87 shiel...
clarasax writes...

My Fantasy Hockey Curse

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
So, hubby is running a Yahoo Fantasy NHL league again this year, and he wants me to join. I'm not sure that's such a good idea. I joined the league last year, and it was a blast. I got to trash talk his co-workers and learn a lot more about the NHL. I even managed to draft many of my beloved Predators for my team. It is for the sake of the Predators, though, that ...
It is no secret that overall scoring has dropped in the NHL over the past 20 years, and while there are many factors as to why this is the case, the majority of hockey experts will say that the biggest reason this has happened is that the game has changed. What was once a wide open game dominated by skill and speed has now often become a chess match between coaches and the...
I think it would be fun to get together with the Buffalo fans from this site in a offical bar/restaurant Hockey Buzz get together. It would be the place where other HB posters/bloggers could get together if they're not going to that particular game (or an away game) and just hang out and watch some hockey. Bring whoever you want with you that you usually get together with ...
- In a previous blog post I talked about the holy grail of sports cards, a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card, which sold for a record breaking $2.35 million. The holy grail of hockey cards is considered to be the 1911-12 Georges Vezina hockey rookie card which sold for a record breaking $100K. You can read the article at: http://www.hockeyheadquarters.com/articles/vezina...
Now that Drury and Briere are gone, and preseason is less than a month away, let's play a little game to get to know our new team! The 07-08 Buffalo Sabres. We sometimes forget that off the ice, these are real people...people a lot like you and me. Some of us share more qualities with certain Sabres than others. Which Sabre are you most like? Grade yourself in eac...
I decided to write on something else besides hockey. I watched UFC 74 this past sat. and i have to tell you the amount of things that goes on into this even is amazing. This event goes to show why MMA in more popular than hockey at least in the States. the way they cater to the fans and provide a venue that allows people to meet the fighter is great. Hockey brass should lo...
I decided to write on something else besides hockey. I watched UFC 74 this past sat. and i have to tell you the amount of things that goes on into this even is amazing. This event goes to show why MMA in more popular than hockey at least in the States. the way they cater to the fans and provide a venue that allows people to meet the fighter is great. Hockey brass should lo...
I decided to write on something else besides hockey. I watched UFC 74 this past sat. and i have to tell you the amount of things that goes on into this even is amazing. This event goes to show why MMA in more popular than hockey at least in the States. the way they cater to the fans and provide a venue that allows people to meet the fighter is great. Hockey brass should lo...
I decided to write on something else besides hockey. I watched UFC 74 this past sat. and i have to tell you the amount of things that goes on into this even is amazing. This event goes to show why MMA in more popular than hockey at least in the States. the way they cater to the fans and provide a venue that allows people to meet the fighter is great. Hockey brass should lo...
I decided to write on something else besides hockey. I watched UFC 74 this past sat. and i have to tell you the amount of things that goes on into this even is amazing. This event goes to show why MMA in more popular than hockey at least in the States. the way they cater to the fans and provide a venue that allows people to meet the fighter is great. Hockey brass should lo...
CAFlyersfan writes...

A Late Bloomer

Posted Wednesday | Comments 8
Ok, so I'll admit it, I didn't become a hockey fan until I was in my 30's. I grew up in California, hence my moniker on here, and honestly hockey wasn't even on the radar in my house growing up. I vaguely remember my step brother playing youth hockey when we were really little, but never actually saw him do it. In all honesty, I have to thank my lovely wife for turning me ...
aguynamedgeoff writes...

First Blog - Why Hockey?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
Hey all, thanks for checkin out my first blog. My topic of interest today is "Why Hockey?": What is it about sports that makes people become so passionate. More specifically, what is it about hockey that brings together so many people while uniting around one team, and divides so many others while competing against another? What makes hockey so much different from o...
Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman, Jerome Iginla, and Mats Sundin just to name a few. What do these players all have in common? They are and have been the face of their franchise for years. Are they a dying breed? With Yzerman retired, do the Wings have a player who represents them as well? Well maybe Lidstrom, and you can name a few others with Datsyuk or Zetterburg, but it’s...
It seems the trade between Toronto and San Jose has taken an interesting course. Mark Bell aquired along with Vesa Toskala by Toronto for first and second-round picks in 2007 and a 2009 fourth-round pick has tested positive for a substance abuse violation. This is the second time he has tested positive. Mark Bell was the 8th pick overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1998 h...
saneopinion writes...

you pick my 2nd round!!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 6
Well the fantasy pools are soon or already up and running and I am letting Hockeybuzz bloggers pick my 2nd round guy! This is a very close knit pool with very knowledgeable hockey guys... This is a straight forward pool, a point is a point, goalies get 2 for a win, 1 for an ot loss and 3 for a shutout (a shutout win is 5 added together). Franchise players already selec...
I bet you're wondering what I am talking about and saying to yourself "No one uses Time on Ice as a strategy for fantasy Hockey...." In my league we have just announced a statistic that will now become a strategy for our hockey team owners. This has been worked out to detail and such but is still actually being worked on to tweak out the bugs. Who played the most in the...
Leafer93 writes...

Amended Predictions

Posted Monday | Comments 19
I made some NHL predictions awhile back; however, I made some small changes. I think that Carolina is more likely to make the playoffs than Philadelphia, and that I underestimated Washington and Dallas slightly; thus, I've made some changes to my tentative predictions. These are my FINAL predictions for the year. Book them. EASTERN CONFERENCE: 1) New York Rangers (51-2...
So, the draft for my fantasy hockey league was this weekend. I went second from last, so my top picks (the usual -- Crosby, Ovechkin, Chris Mason) were long gone. I got most of my other requested players, though. This is going to be a tough league. In addition to my Hockey Husband, who is running the league, we have Hockey Buzz bloggers Paul McCann and Brandon Felder, p...
mayorofangrytown writes...

A Day in the Life

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
I'm reposting this since it originally was lost behind the scenes and I think it will speak to the Hockey dads out there. So, it’s Wednesday and I’m thirty minutes into an hour commute home to get to my son’s first street hockey game of this summer season. He’s coming off a winter where he played two separate seasons of inline hockey and went to a skating camp t...
Well almost a week since the Gods brought us NHL08, and I still play it way too much. I will be getting the online league going very shortly-it's already just about set to roll. I can't say enough good things about this game, I really feel like I am a shill for the site sponsor, but it's true. I have played maybe two hours of other games since the package arrived with Eric...
- "O Canada, We Stand On Guard For Thee" The first lines of the Canadian National Anthem perfectly describe the dedication of Canada's national hockey teams and for the first time a hockey card set is being created to celebrate. Perhaps, no other country in any other sport has achieved the consistent excellence that Canada has attained in international hockey. These wi...
- "O Canada, We Stand On Guard For Thee" The first lines of the Canadian National Anthem perfectly describe the dedication of Canada's national hockey teams and for the first time a hockey card set is being created to celebrate. Perhaps, no other country in any other sport has achieved the consistent excellence that Canada has attained in international hockey. These wi...
Summer is almost over (although sunshine in Vancouver would make you thankful that it has shown up at last) and with a few weeks of football under our belt the NHL has begun. I read THN's 100 questions and yes, there are so many intriguing issues this season as the landscape of players has changed once again, the words Chemistry and Team Dynamics will afford us some inter...
Hello all. I had this idea earlier today when i was watching the video on the main page. I want your help in compiling a HOCKEYBUZZ Sound Track. No doubut that hockey & music share a connection thanks to the likes of The Tragically Hip's songs: 50 Mission Cap, Fireworks & Lonely End Of The Rink. I want the readers of HockeyBuzz to help me come up with a collection of songs...
Dugray writes...

The Sounds of Hockey

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Do you hear what I hear? Of course you do. The scratching skates against the ice, the thumping of bodies, the sharp thwack of the slapshot, the rippling of the mesh, the gasps and screams and howls of the fans, the booming voices of coaches screaming out instructions, and the goal horns, oh how could I forget you? Not since the Super Series have I heard you, and have I eve...
[img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/130-126Big-Brother-is-Watching-You-.jpg?t=1190209704[/img] There are companies out there whose reason for existence is to place you into a demographic. They have a pretty good chance of figuring out what you read, how much television you watch, what car you are most likely to buy and a hundred other factors that make up...
pengal writes...

You know you're a Hockey Fan if

Posted Thursday | Comments 9
YOU KNOW YOUR A HOCKEY FAN IF... 1. Your idea of serving breakfast is giving each of your kids a fork and dropping an Eggo in the middle of the table. 2. You punish your kids with "minors," "majors," and "misconducts." 3. When you come to a traffic signal and the light turns green, you stop. 4. When you come to a traffic signal and the light turns red, you get ...
[img:right]http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2007/03/nhl_premiere.gif[/img]Hockey season is nearly upon us once again, pre-season training camps and exhibition schedules are in full swing, fantasy hockey drafts are the talk of the work place and hockey fans everyway wait with baited breath for that first puck to drop on the 07/08 NHL season. For once i'm happy to say tha...
Since the comment part of myhockeybuzz still doesn't work, I thought I would give our Irish friend from Belfast a little love back on his post. Ray - You have only been disrespected twice so far, so I offer two apologies. The idea of a British game in concert with the NHL game is warranted and I wonder why it posed such a problem? Call it a "double header" and give th...
Sabres Fans... Join the hometeamhockey.com fantasy league. Below is a short description from the site's creator. I've participated for the past few "divisions" and really enjoy it. Give it a try. [quote][i]Fantasy Hockey for the Home Town Fan. Why a fantasy league with just one team? My thinking is this: I like Fantasy sports, but I don't have the time to [img:right...
FLAMESTR writes...

memories important to keep

Posted Friday | Comments 2
Today blog is on another blog questions. So I force some of my friends to pick What is your favorite hockey memory while growing up? ZenSisyphus Well, this is going to go down as the most common "best" memory, but I have to say the Miracle has to be it. I grew up in Colorado, and at the time our NHL team wasn't televised very frequently (maybe not at all), and ou...
BuffaloMat writes...

Let there be light!

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Someone turned off the lights instead of just setting them to dim. Did someone get fired today? This is on Yahoo, I thought it was a little funny, so I thought I would share this. Also check out my other blog that I posted earlier about a certain rookie! http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=30462&post_id=2673 A lighting mixup delayed the start of t...
I, like many, would like to see hockey return to ESPN. It provides the widest exposure of sports programming in the US. With that said, ESPN also provides the widest exposure of what I consider to be the biggest problem with sports programming today: the epidemic of sportscasting "personalities" overshadowing the events they present. The seeds of this issue can be tr...
- In a previous post I announced the upcoming O Canada Hockey Card set to be released on October 18, 2007 by ITG Trading Cards. More information has been released about the spectacular autograph cards in the set. In The Game Trading Cards released the following information in their September 25th newsletter... The autograph cards feature Gold Metal winners from the ...
As some of you may or may not know, long time color commentator Jim Lorentz retired from the Buffalo Sabres last week after 26 years as a broadcaster and 10 years as a player with Boston, St. Louis, The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres leaving an opening for the seat next to legendary play by play man Rick Jeanneret who has been calling games for the Sabres since the 71...
Tom Dusome writes...

Why I love Hockey?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
Hockey is the only thing im any good at thinking about. Theres something really rewarding, as a goal tender, to feel the sting of the puck hit you. Or playing centre and watching a sweet pass hit the mark and the puck sliding by the opponents keeper. Its about grace. the feel of the ice under you. its about kids laughing about on a tiny rink as you chase after them. It...
As we head into the new hockey season, there are a few things I want and expect from my hockey team. [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/the16commandments_edited-1.jpg?t=1191429010[/img] [b]The 16 Commandments:[/b] (Thanks Leafer) I want each and every player, from the lowliest 4th liner to the highest paid stud on the ice, to understand what hockey ...
1) Minnesota - 105 pts (3rd seed) 2) Calgary - 102 pts (5th seed) 3) Vancouver - 97 pts (7th seed) 4) Colorado - 96 pts (8th seed) 5) Edmonton - 77 pts It all comes down to Nicklas Backstrom and Marion Gaborik in the hockey mad state of Minnesota. Nicklas Backstrom should have a great season for the Wild. He's never been a starter in the NHL, but he's succeeded in e...
clarasax writes...

Preds Win, Fans Chat

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Woohoo! Go Preds! What a great start to our season. A shutout from Chris Mason, a bit of "enforcement" from Tootoo, a couple of goals from Arnott, and a packed arena. For a couple of hours tonight I was able to forget all the craziness going on with the possible sale of the Preds and just enjoy the hockey game. I've noticed an interesting phenomenon at Preds games. ...
[b]Anatomy of a Hockey Buzzard:[/b] [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/hockeyaccident12_edited-2.jpg?t=1191607046[/img] [i]HockeyPuckusBuzzardus[/i]: a fascinating species of modern day hockey fan often found in their native habitat of the HockeyBuzz site, www.hockeybuzz.com. When not chasing, discussing or arguing rumors, they are known to frequent...
As the Sabres drop the puck on their 2007-2008 season tonight at HSBC Arena, I thought I'd share my outlook for this year. I'm a devout Sabres fan, have been following the team since the Mogilny/LaFontaine era (I'm only 21), and I've studied the history of the team too, back to the French Connection days. I've stuck with the team through the really bad, the bankruptcy,...
This will be my 3rd attempt to post this blog???? Maybe I am a complete incompetent boob, but it shouldn't be this hard. Anyway, before everyone gets all hyped up and lights their posse torches, please let me say that I have accepted this fact and am completely at ease about it. In many respects, I am very happy about it. There are a lot of positives to having a limite...
Buts16 writes...

Your Saturday Morning Coffee

Posted Saturday | Comments 8
According to Yahoo Sports box scores Steve Downie had an assist on Brieres game winning goal Thursday, I told you the kid is good. Blue Jackets 4 Ducks 0, huh? Flyers vs Oilers tonight, weird how after players are traded they seem to play against each other very quickly it happens all the time,I’m thinking 5-2 Flyers. Marion Jones on roids? Thats a shocker. She ...
pengal writes...

Early Season Tragedies

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
Darcy Robinson, age 26 [url]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070928.wsptdarcy28/GSStory/GlobeSportsHockey/[/url] Adam Litteken, age 16 [url]http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=ap-hockeyplayerdies&prov=ap&type=lgns[/url] Died for no apparent reason on the ice while playing or practicing a game they loved. In Canada 20-30 athletes di...
Uncouth writes...

Sports for Short Attentions

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Between yesterday and today, every team in the NHL played. While my favorite team, The Anaheim Ducks, are not doing so well, I cannot complain too much because hockey is hockey. I was never a “sports” person and I think that affects how I watch hockey. I love to watch any game, as long as the teams are playing to the best of their abilities. Of course, I want “my...
Before everyone gets all hyped up and lights their posse torches, please let me say that I have accepted this fact and am completely at ease about it. In many respects, I am very happy about it. There are a lot of positives to having a limited, rabid, knowledgeable, fan base. Less bandwagoneers to fling on/off depending on the team's record. The downside is that we have le...
[img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:nagITiFfeAvPsM:http://images.cnhi.zope.net/images_sizedimage_180211403/lg[/img] [b]You know you're a hockey fan if:[/b] * You know all the words to "O Canada"...in French...and you're American * You hear "Prince of Wales" and you immediately discount the guy with big ears, perk up thinking Bettman might actually get one rig...
Despite the US having 24 of 30 NHL teams, countless minor league franchises, and a few hotbeds of college and even high school hockey, the popularity of the game below the 49th parallel is severely lacking, keeping it a so-called "niche sport". From my position as an American hockey fan, I hope to shed some light on this unfortunate phenomenon. In the abstract, hockey s...
Despite the US having 24 of 30 NHL teams, countless minor league franchises, and a few hotbeds of college and even high school hockey, the popularity of the game below the 49th parallel is severely lacking, keeping it a so-called "niche sport". From my position as an American hockey fan, I hope to shed some light on this unfortunate phenomenon. In the abstract, hockey s...
It was the biggest news of the NHL offseason - The Rangers went out and spent 87 million locking up both Chris Drury and Scott Gomez to long term deals this past Summer. The Rangers, who finished 6th last season in the Eastern Conference for the second consecutive year, immediately declared themselves as contenders to the rest of the NHL. Many experts have them picked at o...
[b]You know you're a HockeyBuzzard if:[/b] * You reset your company homepage to [img]http://v4.hockeybuzz.com/images/blacklogo.jpg[/img] and [u]don't care[/u] who sees it * You think...Separated at Birth? - Gary Bettman [img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:r5LmuTSaO8RFdM:http://www.backinblue.com/files/images/capt.stk10412140104.penguins_blues_bettman_stk104.jpg...
Since when did the entire city of St. Louis jump on the Blues bandwagon? I know the Rams are losing and the Cardinals didn’t make the playoffs, but this is ridiculous. Last year, I could walk up the night of the game and get tickets. But now, the first three games are well on their way to becoming sellouts! Only a few very expensive seats remain. I’m not saying t...
For those of you who remember me from the Checking Line blog site, well, I am back and it's prediction time. [b]Season Records:[/b] Wins Predictions : Actual Predictions: [i][b] Games:[/b][/i] 7:00 PM Ottawa 4 Atlanta 2 Ottawa continues their dominance of the 1st month of the season with an impressive victory over the Thrashers. [b]Goals:...
[i]The Bloggerazzi Peeks Out From Beneath An Article About The Isles Blog Box[/i] As soon as the Sports Illustrated article hit the wire, I waited for it. That invariable swipe by those in a malleable establishment to judge and pigeonhole the Islander Blog Box. It didn't take long. The bash was led by one who was at the very most top of the hockey blogging food chain....
For those who have not read [b]B.D. Gallof's[/b] insightful, well written and absolutely dead on blog - do yourself a favor and read it. [u]It might be the best piece you read all year.[/u] Here is a link to B.D.'s blog [url]http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=567&post_id=2810[/url] ************* [u]The Emperor has no clothes...[/u] B.D.'s writing inspi...
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...
It was a great day for rookie goaltenders making their first career starts yesterday. Montreal's Carey Price stopped 26 shots in a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. On an interesting note, Habs' greats Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy both made their NHL and Habs debuts against the Pens, Roy's debut occurring on the exact same date as Price's. Some critics are saying that Pr...
ladynic writes...

10/13/07 Flyers Practice Report

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157602398807368/ Ok well, the Flyers decided to practice earlier then what was posted on their site (which is a normal thing when it seems I am going to practice) When I got there is was practice for standing in front and tipping it in and various other mini stations among the last few. Then it got to be Fitzpatrick, Upsh...
ladynic writes...

10/13/07 Flyers vs Islanders

Posted Sunday | Comments 5
First I need to thank a ton of people. A shout out to all the Flyers fan Club folks I saw tonight. Very good to see all of you as always. Theresa that was a great story and an awesome experience for you. The Fly Fan, Radoran, Hockey Fan as always a pleasure to hang out. Free Downie! My new neighbors for seats very nice to meet you all. The guy at the back the ...
thehuds writes...

Hockey Moms

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
Listening to the talkcast with EK's mom today brought up a great memory of my mom, who was a great hockey mom. Before my brother and I started playing, my mom had no interest whatsoever in hockey. Once my brother and I laced up the skates, my mom became a fan. Well at least a fan of my brother and I. I was more of a rabid NHL fan then my brother was, and actually cheered f...
- The 2007-08 NHL McDonald's Hockey Cards are set to be released on November 20, 2007. Upper Deck’s website has the check list online already. After going through it I noticed that Sidney Crosby was not included again for the second year in a row. This is the third set of McDonald’s hockey cards to come out since Sidney Crosby entered the NHL. Crosby only had one M...
[b]SHUTOUT?,,, 0-0 Ties, shootout, backup goalie, regulation time, overtime, hmmm. [/b] Fantasy Hockey players can get very anxious over these kind of things,,, he gets a shutout!, he gets a shutout not? Recently I was very curious about who potentially would get a shutout in a 0-0 tie. This came up after the Saturday, October 20, 2007 - BOSTON 1, NY RANGERS 0 (Shoo...
- Twice a year the largest sport card expo and memorabilia show takes place in Toronto during the spring and fall. Collectors, dealers, manufacturers, and autograph guests come from all reaches of the globe to attend this fabulous event. Being in Toronto, one of the largest hockey markets around, a lot of emphasis is placed on hockey cards and memorabilia. This year Upp...
- An Eduoard Newsy Lalonde C55 1910-11 Imperial Tobacco hockey card, graded 3 out of 10, has sold for $100K tying the record for the most paid for a hockey card. In April 2007 the record was set by a C56 1911-12 Georges Vezina rookie card graded in mint condition. You can read about the Vezina Card Sale at: [url]http://www.hockeyheadquarters.com/articles/vezina-rc-10...
BluesFan44 writes...

Thanks!

Posted Friday | Comments 14
I wanted to let everyone know that I'm taking a break from moderating the forums here at HockeyBuzz for a while. (No no... please.... hold your applause until the end. Really.... be seated....) Having a wife, three kids, a house, and an ever-busier job leaves less and less time to do the things I love with the people I love. So... time to start scaling things back a bi...
Like day and night, the change in the Pens performance against the Avs last night was good and bad. But it seems again that a few small lapses led to the wheels falling off the bus. Hold steady Pens fans! The ship is rocking, but we have the players who can steady it and get it going in the right direction. It was nice to see the Pens come out and play well in a very...
- In a previous post I announced the details of the upcoming Fall Sports Card Expo taking place in Toronto November 9-11. Both Upper Deck and In The Game Trading Cards will be offering amazing hockey card wrapper redemption programs. I had reported on the details for the ITG program but Upper Deck had not released the details of their program. [img]http://www.hockeyh...
They need more efforts like the one tonight in Montreal. They played great. The other team was just better. Goes without saying, the Habs have looked great to start this season. And Cristobal Huet played just phenomenal tonight. I've always liked him. I think it's unfortunate the Montreal media and Canadiens' fans can give him so much flack, but maybe that is hel...
Its a sad day for me! Even with all the people who dont like Lindros for what he did not wanting to play for the Nordiques. I over looked that aspect and respecting him as a player, person and somewhat of a childhood idol. I played hockey growning up in the late 80's and 90's in Los Angeles and Gretzky was about to be traded to the Kings. I choose to look up to Lindros sin...
millertime writes...

PARITY

Posted Friday | Comments 3
That one word is all that's needed tonight. The NHL wanted it. The NHL is closer than ever of getting it. The NFL says it has it. Then it has the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. Where do they fit under parity? MLB says it has it. Then there's the Boston Red Sox. NBA says it has it. Yet there's dynasty teams like the San Antonio Spurs. It's ...
ladynic writes...

11/10/07 Flyers vs Pens

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
I have a report to type up too but here are pics from tonight's game and today's practice. I haven't updated the practice pics yet but take a look. Right now I am off to bed Flyers have practice tomorrow I plan to attend. Game http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603075918863/ Practice http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603067689185/ ...
[b]JUST FOR CHRISTMAS[/b] NEW ITEM for Christmas this year is NHL candy cane ornaments! A nice change from your standard ball tree-hanging. Made by Forever Collectibles these great-looking candy canes measure about 5" tall. Not only good for decorating the tree, but for dressing up your wrapped gifts etc. One problem though, so far the manufacturer only produced them...
Well once again last night we saw how the Pens coaches, players, and fans have learned to loose rather than learn to win like they did in the 06-07 season. The Pens are through 5 of 9 games that I previously said would be the second most important part of their current year schedule, and are falling flat on their faces. They have been able to earn only 2 of the possible ...
OK It has been a busy couple of days. Here are all the links todays and yesrterday's practice pics are not updated with who is in pics and titles as of the time I am typing this report. Pics 11/10/07 Practice http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603067689185/ 11/10/07 Game http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603075918863/ 11/11/07 ...
- In The Game, Inc. began putting out the Heroes and Prospects hockey card set during the 2004-05 hockey season. This set has proven to be a favorite among hardcore and casual hockey card collectors alike. Each year the set delivers a great bang for your buck as it is fully loaded with autograph and game used memorabilia pieces of hockey equipment actually worn by playe...
Tav writes...

Reasons to be Thankful

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
Remembrance Day just passed up here in Canada and with American Thanksgiving on the way, it made me start thinking of reasons why I am thankful at this time of year, some of which I'd like to share with you all below. *I am sooooooo thankful of the people who have answered our country's call, both in the past and now, who and continue to defend the lifestyle we lead and...
Last night I was spending one of my usual nights watching Center Ice coverage on Direct TV. I started with the Vs. game with St. Louis and Detroit. It was a pretty good game and the coverage was very good.. Then I started switching between that and the Toronto and Canadian game. I began noticing the difference with camera angles and number of cameras replays, etc. Th...
I have an eerie, excited feeling about tonight's game, one I have not felt since last year. I had anticipated the Sabres' slow start to this year, and I even called it in my preseason blog. I also have said they will turn it around, and I truly believe that. Tonight is a big game for them, and as I said, I just have this weird good feeling about it. The Sabres have b...
TheStig writes...

Fantasy Picks - Week 8

Posted Friday | Comments 1
All right all you fantasy hockey junkies out there this blog is for you. This is the 1st in a once a week blog I am going to start putting out, to help make your picks, and especially for those of you in larger pools, to pick up some sleepers that most people would overlook, and for those of you in HBSL this will help when your trying to make that last pick to fit under th...
The game of hockey is steeped in tradition, with a rich history and an honourable character. The overriding tenor of hockey discussion over the past five years has focused on the need to increase goal scoring. To this end, Gary Bettman's NHL has continually tinkered with the rules attempting to increase the fabled 'Goals per Game' statistic. This approach is misguided ...
Videos Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-jeFGKuVBU Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwMMnWW2fYs Pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603221328745/ First It was nice talking to everyone today at practice. I hope we can hang out again sometime. Thank you to all the players that stopped for autographs and pics post practice. Gam...
So I was up early this morning. Its been 3 days since the Predators have played a hockey game and I am going out of my mind. Of course it doesn't help that we lost an overtime game on Saturday to the Blues and then got outright beat on Monday by the Blues. So I am up early, all of the family who is in from out of town are starting to make noise upstairs and it won't bel...
philkash writes...

Fantasy Hockey, Questions

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
How many times have you picked up and dropped players this season? What sleepers can you pick up to win the following week in your H2h game? Which free agent goalies should you pick up due to injury? Who's injury might have an effect on next weeks games? These are some of the questions Hockey Fantasy Owners have each week. We all love Hockey Buzz, why don't you as...
Ron Guillet writes...

What Is Being a Fan?

Posted Sunday | Comments 4
When I think of the word ''fan'' I immediately see a drunken fat guy painted in team colors yelling at the rink with pride. But what really constitutes a fan? In many occurrences in my life, I've been faced with people who allegedly cheer for a team, but when things go awry, they turn away and grab the reins of another club. Actually most of the people I converse with in p...
Hockey Canada is currently waiting for final word from the remaining two NHL teams with Junior eligible players, on whether or not those players will be released to represent Canada at the WJHC. Those two teams are the Edmonton Oilers (Sam Gagner) and the St. Louis Blues (David Perron). Minnesota (James Sheppard), Boston (Milan Lucic), Pittsburgh (Jordan Staal) and Chica...
- On November 20, 2007 the popular McDonald’s NHL hockey cards became available through McDonald’s restaurants across Canada and will continue until the end of the year or while supplies last. The last three years the sets were put out by Upper Deck. This year’s set is a definite improvement and one of the nicest McDonald’s hockey card set put out so far by Uppe...
Pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603423360618/ Vids http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edI2HZoA8jU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA8MTv5kCl4 First thanks to Kristin, It was very nice to meet you. It was cool trying out your camera today. I hope my pics that I took with it come out good. Ok Practice today Nitty 1st one out 10:15 To...
Anne Hier writes...

About it and About

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Although it is not unusual for the winning Red Wings to make the front page of the local papers, they were presented by [i]Detroit Free Press[/i] writer, Tom Walsh on 12/11/07 in a less than winning light ([i]Filling Empty Seats in Hockeytown: Red Wings Bring in Exec to Combat Sagging Attendance[/i]). This article can be found online at http://www.freep.com It appears t...
After 29 games this season, the New York Islanders are just a game above .500, the sheer definition of mediocrity. What's that sound you hear coming from Uniondale, you ask? That collective groan that echoes throughout Islander Nation? It's the big, fat, "[i]Uggggggghhhhhh[/i]!" of being a fan of a perpetually mediocre hockey team. It's what we've come to expect fro...
Tonight the always tough Canucks come into town, and I expect tonight will be a great game. The Sharks played well Tuesday, and I want the team to start some consistency in their game. I have a good feeling that a few players who have been struggling of late will find their game tonight. Steve Bernier had two goals, and Joe Pavelski added another Tuesday night. Maybe Rissm...
As the hockey season is well on its way, I cannot help but feel as though something is missing. While I do not doubt the intensity and passion that the players possess, I am still finding a void between the way the game is played now and the way it was before the new rules. The so called evolution of the game has made it a super pest’s paradise, a one way street where a ...
Anne Hier writes...

Yankees 12, Red Wings 1

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Even those who don't follow baseball know who the [b]New York Yankees[/b] are. And these fans and potential fans know what the [b]Yankees[/b] are about - [b][i]winning[/i][/b]. We recall that earlier in the past season the [b]Yankees[/b] were faltering. Some pundits were predicting that, for the first time since time immemorial, the Yanks would not make it to the post seas...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603516543022/ Video of the fights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCSVRQlTn5Q I admit as long as the Phantoms have been in Philadelphia I only went to my First Phantoms game last year. I do like going. Their games are good often hard hitting affairs. I had seats where I have never been before on the glass between...
ladynic writes...

12/22/07 Sabres @ Flyers

Posted Sunday | Comments 5
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603524484029/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDsRha3P_VU Well I will say That in tonight's game I ran the full gamut of emotions. I was happy I was sad but in the end I was left with heartfelt disbelief and disappointment. The Flyers were absolutely competitive tonight. I watched a ton of games last year where aft...
ladynic writes...

12/27/07 Leafs@ Flyers

Posted Friday | Comments 2
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603566437633/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ4H2IcbDwc The Flyers came through with my Christmas presents. I got a win and Scott Hartnell's autograph. Thanks to Theresa and Brooke as always great hanging out with you guys. I thought the Flyers came out really strong. It seemed like Stevens was trying to mat...
ladynic writes...

12/31/07 Flyers practice

Posted Monday | Comments 2
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603592730604/detail/ Thank you to all the folks I talked to today. That was great fun hanging out. As I was driving to the Flyers practice facility I look in my Mirror and I have a Flyer behind me. Then at the red light there were 2 more Flyers one in each direction. I then pass another one coming. Never have had ...
FightingFerret writes...

Doughty Overrated?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 6
In my watching of the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championship there has been constant talk of the top two guys for the 2008 Entry Draft in Ottawa. The consensus seems to be that Canadian Steven Stamkos will go #1 and Drew Doughty, a Canadian defender, will go #2. I was quite surprised by this aspect because of the games I have seen Doughty play I have been surprisingly und...
First time blogging on this site and I figured I'd kick it off with a focus on fantasy hockey. A few surprises: [b]Patrick Sharp[/b] - Where in the h-e-double hockey sticks did this come from? Sharp is on pace to put up both more goals and more assists than he has in the last two seasons combined. Looks like the kids in Chicago are having an impact on everyone in th...
Stuart Coles writes...

Ice Hockey In The UK

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Let me introduce myself. I'm Stuart, aged 27 and currently living in Coventry, England. I've been following hockey over here for about nine or ten years now, since going to university and having a team in the city. Started following the Coventry Blaze when I moved here a few years back, and have been a season ticket holder since the inception of the Elite League in 2003. ...
Let's set the scene. Coventry Blaze are the most successful club in UK ice hockey since the start of the EIHL in 2003. They are the reigning League Champions [url=http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=37614&post_id=3760](Read here for why it's so important to win the League!)[/url] and also hold the Challenge Cup. They have won the League twice, the Challenge Cup ...
I've noticed some oddities about this guy in the WJCs... - plays with full-face tinted shield, so you can't see his face - appears in intermission interviews with cardboard blue dot over his face - Repeatedly is heard saying "I'm not Pelle....." - First question in post-game press conference is always "Any Habs News?" - has iPhone sewn into hockey glove - refers to...
First off - a result from last night. The Nottingham Panthers shutout the Hull Stingrays 2-0 in Nottingham, goals coming from Steve Pelletier on the powerplay, and Patrik Wallenberg got his 20th of the season. Panthers NM Tom Askey returned to the side after a short absence, and both he and Stingrays NM Ladi Kudrna were in good form. This probably aided Hull's chances of w...
Ugh. That really wasn't worth £13 of my money, and more importantly, 3 hours of my time. But it is hockey, so I can't really complain too much. And Coventry won, which is always pleasing. [b]Coventry Blaze 2 - 1 Sheffield Steelers - British Knockout Cup 1/4 final 1st Leg[/b] Pretty much uneventful, although it started with a bang with Sheffield's Randy Dagenais clea...
Pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603656519593/ Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8dYujbfS4I Are you kidding? Of course I took pics. Scoop awesome to see you again as always. Phantoms won 6-2 It is slightly addictive sitting in the front row against the glass and then to sit next to the bench too well you can tell I was truly camer...
watsonnostaw writes...

marketing in the USA

Posted Monday | Comments 0
marketing: will the NHL ever become a top 3 sport? my answer: NO simple reason, the United States citizens in part think of it as a foreign sport, if Sidney Crosby was a US citizen the game would gain more from the marketing of him. Americans for the majority have never ice skated or played pick up games of hockey on ice, its totally foreign to them...whereas m...
The latest World Junior Championships took place recently, and many eyes were focused on the Czech Republic to see if Team Canada could continue their domination of the tournament. They did indeed win the gold, but the gap perhaps has been closed between itself and the other top nations. However, myself and the UK hockey fans were looking towards Latvia as GB U20's were...
ladynic writes...

1/13/08 Flyers @ Caps

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcjvoyJDRj0 Pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603706311538/ Thank you to The Flyers Fan Club for Today's road Trip it was rocking! Thanks to my Dad and everyone who went on the trip that was so much fun. Thanks to Julie for coming down to say hi. I left my house @ 7am to pick up my Dad and be at th...
The most painful part of being a Leaf fan has much more to do with what happens [u][i][b]off[/b][/i][/u] the ice. Why is it that Sundin is in the midst of one of his best seasons and yet the leafs are in the midst of one of their worst in Sundin's tenure? Why is it that Toskala looks like a goalie that is worth [b][i][u] a first and second[/u][/i][/b] round pick but the l...
Some players who might help your team. Andrei Kostitsyn (MTL) winger : He has 18pts in the last 19 games Nicklas Kronwall (DET) Defense : He has 20pts in the last 28 games Mike Mottau (NJ) Defense : He has 5 pts in the last 9 games Kris Letang (PIT) Defense : He has 4 pts in the last 6 games. Watch out for this guy. He's a stud in the making. Grab him up w...
clarasax writes...

Play Hockey Like a Girl!

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
The Nashville Women's Ice Hockey League is having an open house today with a scrimmage and on-ice demonstrations. If you're a female hockey fan in the Nashville area, go check it out. You can try on hockey equipment, get a mini-skating lesson, and shoot at the net. Best of all, it's free! ($2 if you need to rent skates) Registration starts at 1:30, and the festivitie...
Yes, we just lost 4-2 to Toronto, but I'm not speaking on emotion. I'm speaking as someone who has watched this team closely all year long, their trials, triumphs, and tribulations. This team is close of being a playoff team, but it's just not there at the moment. [b]It's one or two players short.[/b] Look at the Sabres' recent losses to Atlanta and the Rangers, w...
clarasax writes...

Curses!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Tootoo's injury was the last straw. It appears that my fantasy hockey curse is back in full force this year. So I did it. I made the ultimate sacrifice. I dropped all the Preds from my team. [sniffles] I had dropped Gelinas and Hordichuk early in the season. I dropped Bonk a few weeks ago. On Sunday, I dropped Tootoo, Legwand, Suter, and Radulov. The change ...
ladynic writes...

1/24/08 Pens @ Flyers

Posted Friday | Comments 0
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603792558331/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrmanMIMZu8 Thank you to my hockey team"hell if I know", HF, Rad, The Finns, Theresa, Brooke, Kristin, Sharon's Husband and Dad and anyone else who came to say hello. It is so awesome to see so many people. I got to the game with great time. I parked over by the 11th...
ladynic writes...

AHL 1/25/08 bears @ Phantoms

Posted Saturday | Comments 5
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603794370420/ For whatever reason Friday nights from my work to the Wachovia Complex doesn't take as long so I had an easy time getting down and in. There was just a ton of people at this game last night. I basically had to park closer to the Wachovia Center then the spectrum. I picked up my ticket at Will call and ...
The core fans are the ones who buy the products, the tickets, show up to games. The perimeter fans, you have to have them, just like you have to have and develop new fans all the time, but you better take care of that core fan first. This is why the NHL needs to get back to cold weather cities, the Core is in the north, period. My idea is a migration of teams nort...
Conceptions around the NHL world differ on a newly implemented system – the NHL salary cap. It is a system that guarantees hope, even if it is an illusion to some, for less-talented teams that befall the lower class of the league. The point of this experiment was too create a more competitive and intense league. So the NHL decided to bring in a system that rewards a p...
ladynic writes...

1/29/08 kings @ Flyers

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603818156314/ Thanks to everyone who stopped to see me, Txted, called and I saw after the game. Shout outs to Julie, Sportsnut88, Rad, JSF, Brooke, Karen, and Theresa Thanks to Kristin for letting me go with you. That was very fun and I hope I laugh as much on Thursday night. I called into Buzzcast on my way to th...
MikeSBPhillyPurge writes...

Getting Rid of Icing?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
In this months issue of USA Hockey there was an article about an effort to eliminate icing the puck legally in most leagues, well kids leagues during powerplays. What a great idea if you think about it, you know what it was like when you played as a kid. Your team would get a powerplay and you end up chasing the puck the entire time. Even as you got older it was nearly imp...
I have to write this blog quickly before Evgeni Nabakov comes in with a poke check and screws it all up, so here goes.... - Leaf fans will be happy to hear that to generate a quick response to a massive clean-up effort, Cliff Fletcher has brought in FEMA.... - You may have noticed that a different goaltender was used for each period of the All-Star Game. When asked a...
ladynic writes...

2/1/08 Flyers practice Report

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603836578690/ Thank you #23 and Mrs 23 was good to hang out with you guys @ practice. Shout out to all the outside peeps. Cote was first one out. Niitty then Kukkonen. The whole team skated today. One slight line change Upshall with Briere and Gagne. Lupul practiced they were mostly using him as 8th D...
So it seems the Florida Panthers welcomed back Roberto Luongo by rewarding fans with TV's each time he allowed a goal. Nice. Though it did set the little hamster wheel in my head in motion... Here, then, is the list of one promo I'd like to see each team offer: [b]Anaheim Ducks:[/b] After each fight, 10 fans are invited to sit in the Ducks owners' box between Bria...
millertime writes...

Live Blog: Sabres-Leafs

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
10:07 p.m.: Some quick post-game wrap-up...Big win for the Sabres. Miller 1st star with 35 saves and Gaustad with the GWG. Other updates since Buffalo's game ended, the Habs win in OT 2-1, Boston holds on to win 2-1 and they actually pass the Rangers in the process, at least for now, as they have one more win and two games in hand. Updated Eastern Conference standings l...
BluesFan44 writes...

Hockey Humo(u)r: One-Timers

Posted Thursday | Comments 13
- Big Foppa news this evening. He's apparently narrowed his choices down to one of the following: Steak, chicken, pasta, and veal. Negotiations with seafood were said to have broken off in the past hour, with Sushi dropping out of the contest earlier today. HB user "Zapruder" promises to have video within the hour. - Did anyone else notice the metal "Clang" sound du...
dawg writes...

The passing of a torch.

Posted Friday | Comments 1
Late last night my wife looked at me and asked what was on my mind. A small smile appeared on my face and quietly I said “the torch has been passed”. “What was that?” she asked not being able to hear me. “Nothing” I said, I had decided to keep it to myself, at least until this morning. I’m Canadian, and like most 40 year old Canadian males there are few...
So Marian Hossa has decided to openly announce that his chances of re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers are "slim". I'm here to tell you that I've had enough. If I'm a general manager and my player openly says something like this, c'est au revoir mon ami! GM's and fans alike don't need this kind of attention around their team. The Thrashers are in the heat of battle fo...
As the Trade Deadline approaches, GM's around the NHL are gearing up for one of the most exciting days of the NHL schedule. It is the day where teams must decide their fate and either give the fans hope or preserve it for the years ahead. While teams decide their future, so will GM's. It's an emotional, nerve racking affair for them; a last chance at redeeming their mis...
ladynic writes...

2/18/08 Canadiens @ Flyers

Posted Monday | Comments 0
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157603929412638/ First THANK YOU KRISTIN FOR THE TICKETS!!!! Second Shout out to everyone Karen, Brooke, Sandy and the kids, Erica, HF, Sharon, Theresa, and TFF. Third a shout out to the nice gentlemen from Canada who stood outside with us die hards post game. I got there in time for warm ups and we are trying out K...
The dominoes are falling and a series of trades are finally just around the corner for NHL fans across North America (and the world). -The news that [b]Peter Forsberg[/b] will NOT be returning to the NHL this season does away with a distraction that has put all General Managers on hold, as teams waited to see what Peter would do. Now that he's off the market, look for ...
steven91 writes...

Masked Billboards

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Recently there’s been a lot of talk about having goaltenders wear special jerseys with advertisements on them. When I first heard this idea I reacted like most hockey fans did, my initial reaction was I’ll believe it when I see it. I assumed that this was just another one of the NHL’s brain dead ideas hoping to increase revenues. I couldn’t possible have seen the N...
The HB Chat room is a very interesting place visited by very interesting people. Friday Feb 15, Things got a little punchy, and the latest Peter Forsberg drama had finally gotten to us all. It all started with an innocuous comment linking Forsberg's negotiations to a soap opera. And then, things went horribly, horribly wrong.... Welcome to "As the Foppa Turns" Day...
Ron Guillet writes...

Chin Up: Better Days Ahead

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
After a long and suspenseful NHL Trade Deadline, Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher felt the ripple effects from former GM, JFJ. With Bryan McCabe, Mats Sundin, Tomas Kaberle, Darcy Tucker and Pavel Kubina all refusing to waive their respective no-trade clause agreement, "Silver Fox" had to chip away the outer core. Hal Gill, Chad Kilger and Wade Belak are no longer Toronto ...
I've been hearing a lot of "sorry to hear about Campbell," "I feel for you guys," "it's got to be a tough night for you," etc. from many of my hockey buddies across North America. I'm sure other Sabres fans have heard similar sentiment. But please, don't feel bad for us. No reason to. Let me start by putting it this way, this day is NOTHING, NOTHING compared to tha...
This blog is specified between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins -- two teams that have felt the cold and unfair hand of management stamp down on decisions, exiling the General Managers. It is a [i]proces[/i]s which can end a GM's tenure quite easily. The management sees an opportunity, exploits it whether or not the GM sees fit, and the repercussions always ...
- Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, San Jose scored the game-winning goal after the puck had rebounded off the protective netting. In a response, the National Hockey League reminded us all that at Joe Louis Arena, the protective netting, scoreboard, rafters, Sid Abel's banner, that big-ass flight of steps outside and Mickey Redmond's forehead are considered "in play"... ...
I remember reading a blog by a SFU Student called 'The Canucks Almanac' about 5 years ago. It was my first real exposure to blogging, and I read this guys site religiously. One argument he made related to style of play. This was at the height of the West Coast Express hey day, and watching the misery of losing year after year early in the playoffs. The argument w...
Buts16 writes...

Saturday Morning Coffee

Posted Saturday | Comments 3
Enjoy http://flyerflies.com/blogs/Buts/ As usual thanks for reading.
In roughly one month, the blazing turbines of a rookie race -- which is unfortunately getting ignored from the media -- will cease. Let’s meet the candidates who will most likely raise some eyebrows for grasping the "Calder Trophy". [b]Patrick Kane[/b]: The 19-year old Buffalo native debuted his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Initial expectations were that Ka...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604079013986/detail/ First THANK YOU SCOTTIE UPSHALL second Thanks gang was good seeing everyone IE Sandy and the kids, Theresa, Rosanne, Steve and Joyce. Ok I am not an autographs signing person with the exception of team events where I can get a few players or the carnival where the proceeds are for charity. I had ...
I will be writing a series of blogs discussing a handful of teams whose expectations were minimal to start the season or even now; within these teams, I believe one will take home the Stanley Cup to their franchise. I am beginning with a team that was doubted from the get-go, the Montreal Canadiens. After missing the playoffs in the 06/07 campaign, the Habs tweaked some...
Back in June, I offered [url=http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=827&post_id=1185]my first look[/url] at the tired phrases that make hockey fans everywhere want to gouge out their eardrums with a rusty spork. Some time has passed, and a few more of these little gems have drawn my ire. [b]"on the outside looking in"[/b] Perhaps the reason they haven't won more ...
I've always wanted to offer something different to the standard moderated forum fare. Well, I've always been looking for some different from the standard moderated forum fare. In terms of talking Islanders Hockey we haven't had that in a long time. Probably since the day when YahooGroups were en vogue and people were separated into their own little private communities. ...
Anyone see the Leafs/Islanders game Tuesday night? Rob Davison of the Islanders scored on a slapshot from just in front of the goal line. The OTHER goal line. The one 180 feet away. An embarrassing moment to be sure. But we think Toskala had some valid reasons for allowing what seemed to be such a soft goal... - Was distracted by blue dot and red comet tail ar...
[b]*NOTE*[/b]: I am currently writing a series of blogs discussing certain teams who I think have the best chance of winning the Cup. However, these clubs consist of teams whose expectations were low to start the season, or now, right before the playoffs. So far, I've I wrote about three of these clubs, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Rangers and the Calgary Flames. ...
Hi Everyone it has been a busy few days. I am doing just one report. 3/19 Fan Club Meeting http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604187799571/ 3/21 Flyers and Phantoms practice http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604191654583/ 3/21 Rangers@ Flyers http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604201116469/ Here is the link for Erica'...
After the recent 174-foot goal Vesa Toskala allowed against the Islanders, many non-Leafs fans may question the 31 year old goaltender, but that would be a mistake if you're not aware what kind of season he's endured with the Blue and White. To begin, when the Leafs acquired Vesa Toskala in the summer, they were not expecting top five quality goaltending. Fact is, Tosk...
ladynic writes...

3/23/08 Islanders @ Flyers

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604220361470/detail/ Thank you Erica! That was fun. Erica's pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickilynn7/sets/72157604228050714/ Shout out to #23, Jsaq, Sandy and the Fly Ladies, Karen, Brooke, Roseanne, Joyce & Steve, Theresa & Caroline and anyone else I may have forgotten. My signs for the night (accor...
Joey Kenward is the play-by-play voice of the defending Memorial Cup champion WHL [b]Vancouver Giants[/b]. __________________ Now that the 2008 Playoffs are underway in the WHL, I thought I might provide a quick recap of how each series has gone to this point. The Western Conference match-ups on paper are not nearly as close as those in the East, based primarily on how ...
In spite of all the negative attention surrounding the Leafs lately, I thought I'd take a different angle and -- god forbid -- take a look to the future of a possible playoff berth. While the Leafs have their work cut out for them, it’s not impossible for them to attain post-season play. While it may seem improbable considering the teams they must leapfrog, the recent pl...
Buts16 writes...

Saturday Morning Coffee

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
Enjoy http://flyerflies.com/blogs/Buts Have a great Sunday.
[img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/hanson2.jpg?t=1207231935[/img] [u][b]You know it's time for playoff hockey when...[/b][/u] * You've stocked up on enough Molson, Export Ale and Labatts to keep the '84 Oilers feeling no pain for the next year and you remember that the Canadian border is over 1,000 miles away but you figure you could still make it th...
Before I begin, let me start by saying this is not written in stone yet, but if the playoffs were to start with these two head-to-head, it would be the best series throughout the first round of playoff hockey. While the Capitals still require lady luck on their side, it's important to note that their chances are significantly higher considering the Flyers are going head-to...
ladynic writes...

4/4/08 Devils @ Flyers

Posted Saturday | Comments 4
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604393421367/detail/ First THANK YOU ERICA!!!!!!! I am very glad I got to go to the game. Shout outs to "hell if I know" Sorry gang I didn't come visit. Sandy and the kids. Theresa and Caroline Brooke and Karen, HF Rosanne, Joyce and Steve Joe and Maureen I got to the game as the Flyers came out for warmups...
The final day of the regular season is upon us. This weekend provided some of the most exciting hockey in recent memory. There are still some playoff matchups to be determined, some fine-tuning of lines to be done, some "messages to be sent". (Damn, gotta save that one for my next cliche blog... write that down...) As I look to Sunday's slate of games, I see some i...
xmyth writes...

Hockeybuzz - a lack of class.

Posted Monday | Comments 0
A lack of class? maybe.. a lack of 'real' hockey understanding? probably. saturday's game between the canucks and flames was not really worth mentioning. both teams were lackluster and without energy. a typical end of season game containing a dejected outsider and a relieved insider. not worth mentioning? one of the all-time greats in Trevor Linden played what most...
[i]Since the blogger contest got delayed due to circumstances out of anyone's control, thought I'd put out here what I wrote. I'll be working up a new one by then...[/i] "The Hockey Blog version of the NIT" As you all know the fine folks at HockeyBuzz pored over hundreds of blogs submitted for the "Next Great Blogger" contest, and had the tough task of narrowing the...
10- Hair on face = Proof that player has at least one testicule (most likely 2) 9- You can do cool pictures like this one: 8- You become a father figure for young people everywhere like Mike Mcphee was for me 7- You can match your mustache with a mullet to become the ultimate hockey GOD 6- The mustache can cover their your lips, making lip reading impossib...
gosharks19 writes...

Saturday afternoon thoughts.

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I am already feeling a bit anxious today due to the 2 day break between games 2 and 3 between the Sharks and Flames. Thankfully, there is some afternoon hockey to watch between Detroit and Nashville. Does anyone else notice that Detroit is constantly almost interfering with opposing teams goaltenders? Holmstrom is always parked right in front of the net, and as much as ...
Deeps27 writes...

Banning and belligerence...

Posted Monday | Comments 0
[i]"The delusion that normally overwhelms fans of the Maple Leafs is already in full-bloom among those who fantasize about Steven Stamkos playing in Toronto. All it took was Fletcher refusing to dismiss the notion of trading up in the draft. [b]Cyberspace geniuses [/b]have convinced themselves that peddling Alex Steen (signed at $3.4-million for the next two years) and the...
ladynic writes...

4/17/08 Caps @ Flyers

Posted Friday | Comments 4
Ok Post game concourse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHGMkHG0SlE God Bless America Playoff Style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4WCZD0hGBA Link to my pics.... I am too tired to write anything.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604605331533/detail/ Phantoms Playoff Game tonight!
millertime writes...

Vote for NHL on ESPN.com

Posted Monday | Comments 2
ESPN.com currently has a poll on which sport has the best game 7's. MLB, NBA, or NHL? Come on, clearly this has to be NHL. All, please go to [url]www.espn.com[/url] and submit your vote. Let the sports world know what an NHL game 7 means to us. [b]And in the process, let ESPN know that we want them to keep increasing their hockey coverage![/b] Currently, the ...
Xfactorhockey writes...

Round 2 Predictions

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Well, it's probably the most cliche blog a hockey fan can possibly write, but here are my round two predictions! [b]Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers[/b] Both teams are coming off 7 game series, but the Habs have had an extra day off and have home ice advantage. The Flyers will be playing 3 games in 4 nights. The Habs should take games 1 and 2, but I expect t...
BluesFan44 writes...

Overhauling Video Review

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
The following originally appeared at [url=http://www.checkingline.com/2007/01/19/overhauling-video-review/][i]The Checking Line[/i][/url] in January of 2007. Because of a great conversation in the Chat room with Ek, Scoop and others tonight, I've decided to re-post it here. [quote]So I'm sitting here watching the Vancouver/Buffalo game. An apparent goal scored by Drew ...
Sports lore is replete with curses. In baseball, the Curse of the Bambino and the Curse of the Goat come to mind. In hockey, some think the President's trophy [b]MIGHT[/b] be a curse. While this award really hasn't been around long enough to provide sufficient data for that conclusion, smart teams no longer take chances with it. For example, Wings Captain Nic Lidstr...
I have more to say but not enough time or inclination. Plus I believe many of the main page bloggers have echoed my sentiments. I will post the video I took later of the booing during hte anthem and the a hole chant to the poor habs fans on the escaltor http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604794732975/detail/
millertime writes...

How good is Pittsburgh?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
After watching game 3 against the Rangers, I'd say pretty good. But seriously. 7-0. In all likelihood about to be 8-0. I wouldn't have predicted it, not in a long shot, but the Pens are proving why they're the cream of the crop in the East, and they're rising to the top at precisely the right time. Their confidence is SKYROCKETING after this win at MSG. Not onl...
Important FLYERS WON!!!!!!! pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157604818620488/detail/ Shout out to all the Flyers players who stopped! THANK YOU ERICA!!!!! That was fun! Shout outs to Theresa, Lou, HF, Rad, Erik, Nads, Roseann, Joyce, Bill, Brenda, Sharon's Dad, My drunk seat neighbors in 210A. Video..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i...
After that amazing come from behind win on Friday over Dallas 3-2 are now back to where we all left off. The Sharks are again back to game 6 in the second round. The real test. The San Jose Sharks and all who love this team are right back to where the past 2 seasons have ended. The game 6. Game 5 was amazing in San Jose, but as soon as the first puck is dropped to...
Well the first open letter had so much success why not try it again. Flyguys listen I know you can do this. I know you can win. I believe just as I believed this year and I believed you could turn it around last year. Come on this is the rally cry http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/2417843353/in/set-72157604565266662/ This is us showing we believe in you h...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157605049851892/detail/ First Thank you erica! the ride to my car was so appreciated glad you were able to go with me again. Shout out to Roseann, Karen, steph, Joyce, "hell if I know", Drew, Rad, TJG99, Kristin, Julie, Bettina, Theresa, Sandy, Brenda, HF and anyone else I was texting with. I missed the whole first pe...
Full set http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/sets/72157605111684829/detail/ Erica also went here is a link to her full set http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickilynn7/ I arrived at practice really early to wave at the players as they arrived. I had some pictures that I had printed to give to certain players if they should stop but I figured no one really would s...
Buts16 writes...

Saturday Morning Coffee

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Happy long weekend http://flyerflies.com/blogs/Buts/ enjoy
Yesterday/Early Today, all off us were caught up with the actual game held in real (really long) time. So it is understandable that many of you who participate in fantasy leagues might have missed Monday's good news: The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari for [i]Major League Baseball Advanced Media v. CBC Distribution and Marketing[/i], 07-1099. And even though ...
With recent news surfacing that Ron Wilson may be well on his way to becoming the Leafs' next head coach, I can't help but think this is -- yet again -- another step sideways for this stumbling organization. While Wilson has coached over 1000 games in the NHL and has the most wins out of any coach available (an impressive 518-426-101-46 record) he is also someone who wa...
Frankly, there is nothing like a Red Wings victory parade and one doubts that any other NHL team can do it any better than Detroit (although the Wings have had the opportunity to perfect the technique 4 times in the past 11 years). Fans started setting up positions before 6AM and everybody seemed to make it through temperatures pushing the 90s with a muggy dewpoint at 67...
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke - British Statesman and Philosopher 1729-1797 Yes, this quote is as common on the WWW as the mistaken notion that the Chinese pictograph for Crisis having a dual meaning of Opportunity. It is easy to espouse and believe in the notion of being an involved, active bystander wit...
After Cliff Fletcher traded the Leafs' 7th overall pick -- along with conditional draft picks -- to the New York Islanders for their 5th overall selection, I had my suspicions he was after the highly coveted Russian sniper, Nikita Filatov. But nicer words were never spoken after the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Kelowna Rockets (OHL) defenseman, Luke Schenn. In Schenn, t...
Ok, I'm back. It took a little longer than anticipated to get over the loss in the Stanley Cup Finals, but I think I'm alright now. Every time I thought I was over it, something would happen or I'd see a highlight from the series and it just prolonged the entire healing process. Anyway, the draft is over and now free agency begins on July 1. That being said, I've read s...
thejerseydevil writes...

Dawn of a New Era

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
I must begin by saying that this draft may go down in Devils history as the time when seeds were planted for the new era. Quite frankly, it’s about time. Defense alone will win you games, yes, but one needs simply to look back upon the last few playoff series where the Devils were eliminated to know that changes are necessary. In 2007 and 2008, the Devils were knocked ou...
sheashu writes...

Change Of Heart For Orpik?

Posted Thursday | Comments 6
I'm a little perplexed right now about what to think with this scenario. First I hear that Brooks Orpik doesn't like Michael Therrien. Now all of a sudden according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Orpik and the Penguins are sitting down in serious contract talks. Let me explain my side of this. Brooks Orpik is and has been one of my favorite Penguins players for qu...
mykeknows writes...

So what happens Next?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Over the past few weeks Cliff Fletcher has started to completely dismantle the core of the "Toronto Maple Leafs". I'm Gonna take a wild shot in the dark and say that captain Sundin is NOT going to be back in the blue and white next year, going to wherever he feels he has the best chance, and i say "Catch ya later" on the condition he doesn't screw the ...
Well this was a mild surprise at best. Ray Shero sent the rights to Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2009 4th round pick. Should Malone sign, this would become a 3rd rounder in 2009. I am a little sad to see Malone go and a little angry from a fan's perspective that this deal didn't happen sooner. Here's why. Since Malone's sophomore camp...
While fans around the NHL point and laugh at the US$14-million, four-year deal given to defenseman Jeff Finger, Cliff Fletcher is following a blueprint to ensure the Leafs a more promising future. Let's start with the player that is discussed the most, Jeff Finger. An almost unknown commodity around the NHL, he's somewhat of an underrated player when you take a look at ...
Well these past two days have been rather uneventful for Pens nation. Unless you count the mass exodus that is going on as eventful, but I don't exactly find myself looking for my party hat as much as I am looking for the missing hair on my head and wondering why a bottle of tequila is empty. Here I am a couple days from my vacation from work and instead of focusing on ...
In the summer of 2006, the Devils’ attempt to fill out their roster with 2000 Stanley Cup members Alexander Mogilny and Vladimir Malakhov did not exactly work out as planned. Malakhov barely played and was subsequently traded to San Jose the following offseason, while Mogilny was barely a shell of his former self before sustaining an injury which allowed the Devils to wi...
After a few crazy days of free agency, the dust is starting to settle and all that remains are second-tier players. In the midst of this, the LA Kings find themselves with a payroll of $US 28,340,000 million (thanks to Chip's Cap Central) going into next season. While they have six Restricted Free Agents to deal with, Jaret Stoll and Patrick O'Sullivan are the only ones of...
Bob Gainey. While this year's Free Agency period was filled with inflated contracts and long-term deals, only a few GM's sat back and watched the insanity unfold. One of those GM's is Bob Gainey, a man who is responsible for the Canadiens' uprise to 1st place in the Eastern Conference with a very young team. While they stumbled in the playoffs, ultimately getting def...
With the recent reaction from the NHL to have the two feuding GM's cease and desist, I have come to ponder the real reason Kevin Lowe finally came out with a response to Brian Burke's one sided rants. I am not here to say that either one of these GM's is accurate or correct in their assessments of each other as in business every decision is a risk. We hear the banter of...
Hockeytalents.com writes...

Hockey Talents

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Hockey Talents

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
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Hockey Talents

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Conroy 24 writes...

Yelle With pride. What Next.

Posted Wednesday | Comments 7
I decided to write this blogg hoping maybe that Yelle would read it and return to the Flames. Just kidding, but I know that I would to see him return to the Flames to Center our Fourth line with the kids. Now Sutter I know has mentioned that he wishes Yelle the best, and said he will find a job in the nhl for sure. But I think maybe Sutter should think about resigning him ...
[img]http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200710/r191754_722844.jpg[/img] Mark McGwire Jose Canseco Barry Bonds Roger Clemens Andy Pettitte Marion Jones Floyd Landis Chris Benoit Bill Romanowski Lyle Alzado... The list goes on and on. Allegations of performance enhancing drug* use by professional athletes seems to be as common an occurrence on our...
While it is not yet the end of July, it's hard not to think about the upcoming hockey season, especially given the current state of the Devils and everything that has happened since last season's disappointing playoff loss. It seems as though the Devils have addressed their most pressing needs, and in just two months time, we finally will get to see how the seeds planted t...
tangent_man writes...

HockeyBuzz Anonymous

Posted Sunday | Comments 8
Hello. My name is tangent_man. (pause for 'hello, tangent_man'...) I'm a buzz-aholic. I check my hockey-buzz before I check my email in the morning. Is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain?? Please help me...
My name is[b] Pengal [/b]and I'm a [b]Hockeybuzz[/b] addict. 1. We admitted we were powerless over Hockeybuzz and that our lives had become unmanageable. 2. Came to believe that a Powerade greater than water and alcohol could restore hydration . 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of EK as we understood him. 4. Made a sear...
As a hockey fan in America, I sometimes find myself in a situation which I'm sure some of you have faced before as well. When talking sports with someone, you may happen to mention that your favorite sport is hockey, and in response you receive nothing but a blank stare. It's almost as if the other person is silently answering, "No, seriously, what sport?" It is indeed fru...
thejerseydevil writes...

2008-09 Predictions

Posted Friday | Comments 24
That’s right folks, it’s my favorite part of the summer…the part where you still have some time left before normal life resumes, yet hockey season is so close you can almost taste it. (In case you were wondering, it tastes like Cracker Jack.) And so, it is time for my 2008-09 predictions. I assure you that I purposely wrote and published this blog before so much as g...
There is no way around the fact that the N.H.L's popularity in Europe has grown significantly over the last couple of season. Although mainly due to extensive N.H.L marketing and contracts with the North American Sports Network to broadcast more games then, ever the truth is that hockey on t.v is completely different than in real time. The excitment, the speed have never...
With nothing else to look forward to until Sundin says "Yes", "No", or "I quit", we may as well look at some of the Canucks prospects. This is in know way whats going to happen, or what a "source" said. Grabner is the only player i see making the team...
I participate in a 12 man fantasy league and we draft very early before every season. Our draft was conducted last weekend. The league is very competitive and is worth quite a bit of money by fantasy league standards or atleast by college student income standards, seeing as we are almost entirely composed of college students. The requirements of the league are also very in...
Well, die-hard Dems that are also hockey fans will now have a tough choice. Gov. Palin is a self-proclaimed hockey mom. Presumably, all the hockey folk on this list are one-issue voters (hockey) and are clamoring to vote for a ticket where at least one of the nominees actually knows what hockey is.
knucklesandwich writes...

Ray Emery's KHL Debut

Posted Tuesday | Comments 5
This morning I managed to watch Ray Emery's KHL debut for Atlant Mytishchi vs. Spartak Moscow. Emery's Atlant lost 6-5 in overtime with the winning goal scored by Stefan Ruzhichka on the power play. Emery looked a little shaky, he let in a goal from the point with no one standing in front of him and was beaten on a break-away by a tied up forward whose shot seemed to su...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
I absolutely cannot wait for the NHL season to start, and I just might be more excited to draft some fantasy teams. October 4th cannot come soon enough, school is boring during the week nights and homework is just lame, I need the center ice package to deliver me from boredom. I decided to complete a "big board" type of list for a blog on hockeybuzz that I would like to ma...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50

Posted Saturday | Comments 4
I absolutely cannot wait for the NHL season to start, and I just might be more excited to draft some fantasy teams. October 4th cannot come soon enough, school is boring during the week nights and homework is just lame, I need the center ice package to deliver me from boredom. I decided to complete a "big board" type of list for a blog on hockeybuzz that I would like to ma...
Maple Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher recently announced that he is most likely sticking with his current roster until training camp starts and several pre-season games have been played. There are many questions with this 08/09 group of forwards, more than I can ever remember. For starters, there is no clear cut #1 Centre for the 1st time in over a decade. Mats Sundin is not on...
I've said it in different ways before, but we're really starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel here, folks. That said, this very brief edition of Duck Puck will focus on which Ducks you may want to add to your fantasy rosters, after a quick news roundup. As we've finally reached a month in which NHL teams will hit the ice, the annual season previews are being rele...
While Fletcher has made some questionable trades this off-season, the addition of Grabovski to the Leafs' line-up is an intriguing one - one that is going to cost Toronto a 2nd round selection in 2010. Grabovski is a bit of an unknown commodity. Having just 27 games of experience in his NHL career, (played 24 last season) he has shown strong offensive potential consider...
Ron Guillet writes...

Grading Cliff Fletcher

Posted Wednesday | Comments 13
Rebuild. That was the game plan going in to the off-season after another abysmal season from our boys in Blue and White. Given this arduous task was veteran GM Cliff Fletcher. I mean, it's not every day that MLSE realize their failure and place this kind of responsibility on their GM (or... is it?). Fletcher got to work right away, trading a 3rd round selection in...
Reed17 writes...

Nathan Gerbe

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
[b]Basic Quick Facts[/b] [i]Position[/i]: C [i]Shoots[/i]: Left [i]Height[/i]: 5-6 [i]Weight[/i]: 160 lbs [i]Birth date[/i]: 1987-07-24 [i]Hometown[/i]: Oxford, Michigan [i]Acquired[/i]: 5th round (142nd overall), 2005 NHL Draft Nathan Gerbe, gives inspiration to small athletes every where. Here is a player I can't wait to see wearing a Sabres jerse...
It's time for Ponikarovsky to step up. No more excuses. The now-Canadian citizen is going to have display his talent and prove to the Leafs why he should rejoin them in the long-term. The six-foot-four, 220 pound sniper has shown glimpses of being top-six forward quality, but that's as far as he goes before falling back into inconsistency. In Ponikarovsky, the Leafs ...
Buts16 writes...

Fantasy Hockey Pool Advice

Posted Saturday | Comments 13
If you want to win your hockey pool and I know you do then read and remember the following. I won't name the obvious players such as Crosby, OV and the Thornton's of the world as we all know about them. All these predictions etc are based on healthy seasons for the players. Pay attention as some players are for keepers reasons. Players I love Forwards Eric S...
steal_your_faceoff writes...

The Iceman Cometh...

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
The Iceman Cometh... No, not this one...[img]http://www.scoobydooweloveyou.com/frozenfright.jpg[/img] or this one...[img]http://www.virginmedia.com/images/captain-caveman-gal-431.jpg[/img] or even this one...[img]http://nymag.com/images/2/daily/entertainment/07/05/23_caveman2.jpg[/img] The surest sign that the ice man is coming, and so to the glorious return ...
It has arrived. After months of psychiatric help and forcing myself to watch football, I can finally go back to destroying my social life and concentrating on hockey. The Leafs are back in action and ready to make their pre-season debut. Many questions will begin to unfold and day-by-day the Leafs' final roster will take its form. The Leafs lace 'em up against their...
hockeyfan89 writes...

A call for respect

Posted Wednesday | Comments 10
Ok I wanted to get this blog out before regular season starts , as every season we go through the same motions. From when the season starts leading up to deadline day .Their is an increase in rumors and blogs from Eklund all the way down to minor bloggers like myself. Now I have been reading hockeybuzz for a few years , and only recently started bloggng in the last few ...
It is starting to get to be that time of year again. As the leaves start to change colour and fall from the trees some may look at it as autumn, while I on the other hand look at it as the beginning of another hockey season. View the rest of this post here “No Guts No Glory” Walt Webb All Sports on the Web [url]http://allsportsontheweb.com
The season is approaching and preseason hockey continues to serve as an indicator for what is to come from the many new faces that compromise the '08-09 Leafs. Going into the season, many questions are circulating around the struggling franchise. While expectations are low, getting embarrassed is not in the blueprint. The team could surprise, but the nucleus must take a...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50 Pre-season

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
Oh boy, we are just days away from the regular season now. I wanted to post the 2nd installment of FT50 before the regular season gets under way, you may notice a few changes. Any difference from the last, may be because of any announcements or rumours of line combinations that I have heard since the last post. Also the news of Gonchar's injury has dropped him off the list...
FightingFerret writes...

My Predictions

Posted Saturday | Comments 11
With the 2008/2009 NHL hockey season upon us with the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins preparing to take to the ice in Europe I figured it was about time to make my relatively crude predictions for the upcoming season! Last year I had some misses (Canadiens missing the playoffs) and some hits (Capitals winning the SE) ...
pecafan writes...

My Predictions

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
East: 1.) Pittsburgh 2.) Montreal 3.) Washington 4.) Philadelphia 5.) NY Rangers 6.) Tampa Bay 7.) Toronto 8.) Ottawa West: 1.) San Jose Sharks 2.) Detroit RedWings 3.) Edmonton Oilers 4.) Dallas Stars 5.) Minnesota Wild 6.) Anaheim Ducks 7.) Calgary Flames 8.) Vancouver Canucks I'm not going to make Stanley Cup Predictions because its near impos...
Preseason has concluded for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After 9 games of juggling line-ups and testing their young guns, the Leafs have finished with a 2-6-1 record. However, this blog does not have the objective to bash the Leafs and bring the fan base to a heaving sigh. Instead, let's take a different approach. Let's go into the season with our heads high. Let's go into the...
I always enjoy playing out big Sabres games just before they take place on my PS2...sort of "predicting" if you will. I set the rosters up so that they match the Game Day rosters, and I go at it. Historically, I'd say I pick the winning team about 75% of the time whenever I do this, so it's pretty accurate. In fact, I've done playoff games in the past in which I get the...
Let me make sure I've got this straight: Adam Proteau accuses Ed Snider and the NHL of exploiting a high-profile event for political platforms and partisan politics... And then exploits his position as an NHL columnist to excoriate Sarah Palin and the Republican party? Let me state this again, because I need to see this in front of me, in print, twice, just to mak...
watsonnostaw writes...

avatar error in forums

Posted Monday | Comments 3
my avatar will not "load" and is only visible in the "MyHockeyBuzz" section this has been ongoing since site was redesigned, and there seems to be no concern here to fix the problem or offer suggestions via site guru's I get following error message [quote]Array ( [avatar] => Array ( [name] => watson.JPG [type] => image/jpeg [tmp_name] => /tmp/phpyQD2IR [error] => ...
Yes, they are. It's a story that won't take long to develop. The emergence of the league's most storied franchise is undeniable and their stacked roster will only strengthen as the year's progress. Right off the bat, let's take a look at the Habs' depth chart: [b]Position[/b] [b]Left Wing[/b]: A. Kostitsyn A. Tanguay S. Kostitsyn T. Kostopoulos [b]Ce...
daanton22 writes...

Dropping the First Puck

Posted Friday | Comments 6
After being a frequent reader of Hockeybuzz for months, I've decided to try blogging a bit about the Flyers as well as other goings on around the hockey world. Just a bit of background information: I am currently playing college hockey in Boston and am in my junior season. I was born in Philadelphia and have been an avid Flyers fan for years. I have spent the majority ...
There's some sarcasm in the title. I know why there are so many officials but I no longer know why they are all on the ice. Maybe the NHL should consider putting an official either between the penalty boxes or between the benches. What, why? If you watch as much hockey as me you've probably noticed how manytimes the officials get in the way of the play or can't bel...
It is a question that you face very often. It is often posed to you by a frustrated mother, wife and/or girlfriend, and sometime even by yourself. And while this question is often asked in rhetorical fashion and meant only yo ridicule your obsession, it is valid and must be pondered. The following blog is an investigation of the counter-intuitive relationship between fan a...
Twelve games into the NHL season and the Leafs have garnered a 5-4-3 record. Considering NHL critics predicted the Maple Leafs to get humiliated this season, they are one of the biggest surprises so far. While they battled with a 5-game losing streak early on, the Leafs displayed a ton of heart during the losing skid. In fact, most of those losses were one-goal deficits...
Ron Guillet writes...

It's Time to Trade Steen

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
I've been an Alexander Steen supporter even since he debuted with the Leafs back in the 2005-06 campaign. Since that time, Steen has made no progress offensively, posting 35-45 points a season in his short NHL career thus far. That has to change. No ifs, ands or buts. Steen has been radiating top-six forward potential every season, and then he falls into a coma once mor...
It's pretty hard to believe, but I am currently in first place in the Fantasy Hockey Pool presented by KIA on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada! Ron McLean even said my name on TV! I currently have a 2 point lead over second place, and am trying to keep a blog updated daily to show my progress. http://rblight18.blog.ca/ Or check out the CBC website if you don't believ...
Ron Guillet writes...

A Rant

Posted Monday | Comments 18
The only way to possibly heal the emotional wounds this team has caused me is to rant. If I don't, I fear a heart attack is in order for the very near future. I'll start with an issue that needs to be resolved, an issue that is causing me a loss of hair, an issue forcing me to listen to Simple Plan and lock myself in my room for days. That issue is the goaltending of V...
First of all, let me introduce myself, I’m Neil Lapointe and I’ve been a Sens fan since the Quebec Nordiques left in 1995 and to me it was just unacceptable to cheer for Montreal Canadians. Due to the lack of blogs on the senators, I told to myself why not write by myself so that would be a great way to know what everybody is thinking on our famous Hockey club. I read ...
The Habs' powerplay needs a shake-up. Going from 3rd in the league in 07-08 (24.1% on the PP) to 22nd this season (18.6% on the PP) is unacceptable. While the offensive presence of Mark Streit is missed, the Habs still own some talented offensive defenseman to fill the void. At the moment, however, experiments in the form of Alex Tanguay continue to fail. Tanguay bel...
Is it time to push the panic button??? Part 2 Ok, I m back. Guess I underestimate you guys and though nobody would read it. Coaching staff Not a lot to say about them. Craig Hartsburg has not been exceptional but as not been bad either. I like the fact that he shuffle his lines in the first 20 games that ways he looks at every possible option but I d like to see h...
Ron Guillet writes...

The Trade Bait

Posted Saturday | Comments 13
With the announcement of Brian Burke as Leafs GM, the trades are inevitable. After all, this is not Burke's team, it's Cliff Fletcher's. That's not a bad thing. In fact, Fletcher's acquisitions have instilled hope to a fanbase in dire of need of it - and I speak for all of Leaf Nation when I say it feels damn good to be building for the future. That said, Burke's ...
Vesa Toskala has reclaimed his role as the Leafs' top player. Similar to last season, Toskala got off to a slow start, struggling to provide his team with solid goaltending. Looking at how the defense has performed this season, consistent goaltending is a necessity. But have no fear, Toskala is here... finally. The re-emergence of the Finnish goaltender is not onl...
Anne Hier writes...

Let the Season Begin!

Posted Friday | Comments 1
The 2008-2009 regular season officially began for Red Wings and their fans last night with the 6-0 win over the Sharks. Awarding the Stanley Cup championship rings this week was absolutely the last celebration of the 2007-2008 season in Hockeytown. It is now back to nothing but business. Frankly, it has been hard to get too concerned about the Wings so far this seas...
From the very earliest evolutions of the game of hockey to the Sheffield forge where Lord Stanley's cup was crafted and the Regent Street silversmiths where the British Governor General of Canada Lord Walter Stanley bought the now sacred trophy, the United Kingdom has had a profound and often unrecognized influence on the early eras of the sport, the NHL and the Ontario Ho...
Justin Pogge debuted his NHL career with a .905 SV% and a 2.00 GAA. Not too shabby. Pogge displayed an active glove hand, quick lateral movement, solid positioning and decent rebound control. An aspect of his game I was particularly impressed with was his ability to make himself look big. Possessing a 6'3, 205 pound frame, Pogge's size is best utilized when screened ...
phi1671 writes...

It's Christmas Time!!!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
To everyone on Hockeybuzz, I wish all of you a pleasant and Merry Christmas!!! We may not see eye on eye on some ideas but overall we root on the team that plays the sport that we all love. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v34/leafs4ever89/hockeycanada2.jpg[/IMG] The school break for Kindergarteners to University students; holiday vacation time for the employed; Christmas celebrations; and finally, the start of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. December never feels the same without it. I've always appreciated the NHL. As a hockey fanatic...
I must tread lightly when speaking on this subject, but, what I offer is only my opinion. Count it for what you will, as it is based on my experiences, as they relate to hockey and to life. The reasons not in any particular order; 1. Politics, it may seem stupid and completely unrelated but it is what it is. The United States have disobeyed treaties (Nafta) , putting ma...
Brian Burke made his first two moves as Leafs GM -- acquiring Brad May from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick in 2010, and assigning Nikolai Kulemin to the Toronto Marlies. Minor moves, but perhaps Burke has finished analyzing his team and is ready to reshape the roster to his liking. With the NHL Trade Deadline fast approaching, just und...
Ron Guillet writes...

Copycat Kubina

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
In the event of Tomas Kaberle waiving his NTC on March 4th, I'd be willing to bet that his fellow countryman, and teammate, Pavel Kubina, would follow suit. If the Leafs' top two offensive defensemen are subtracted from the lineup, not only will a wealthy amount of skill and potential be included to their farm system, but it'll pave the way for a top 5 pick at the 2009 ...
* I can't let you read this blog without first apologizing for the title. Shameful, just shameful. * Alexei Ponikarovsky is in the midst of a career season. 14 goals and 30 points in 42 games played – on pace for 26 goals and 58 points. But who is responsible for this sudden jump in production? Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the so-called back-stabbin...
March 5th will be a significant date for Anton Stralman. Why? He's going to be re-inserted into the Leafs' lineup, and finally serve the role he was intended to grasp as an offensive defenseman in the NHL. That is, if Burke can manage to dislodge Kaberle and/or Kubina from the lineup. It's currently unclear whether the duo of defensemen have a long-term future ...
[img]http://www.geocities.com/psmith25/pics/domi1prob.gif[/img] Bob Probert, Stu "The Grim Reaper" Grimson, Tony Twist, Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, Tie Domi, Dave Brown, Marty McSorely, Tim Hunter, Dave Semenko, Joey Kocur, Dave "Tiger" Williams...you get the picture. These men were among the most legendary, intimidating forces in the game and could change the momentum ...
* Inspired by Eric Engels' thought provoking question blogs* Ten questions to ponder while you prepare for the Leafs - Thrashers tilt tonight: 1) If you were Brian Burke, who would you unload before the Trade Deadline? 2) Matt Stajan is on pace for 20 goals and 64 points (in 76 games). Trade him while his value is high, or lock him up as an integral piece to the L...
Buts16 writes...

Saturday Morning Coffee

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
Hooligans welcome back, lets’ rock. I blog about sports mostly and sprinkle in some music and entertainment whenever possible. So I was thinking if hockey players were rock bands or rock stars who would they be. Ovechkin-Red Hot Chili Peppers He’s everything that hockey players typically aren’t, he’s brash and he’s the King of the NHL, when it comes to tha...
Ron Guillet writes...

Reimin' It Up

Posted Monday | Comments 0
*I'll be honest, I don't even know what the hell this title even means, but it gave me a chuckle, so I hope I get a cheap laugh out of ya'* You know what really grinds my gears? James Reimer has been a forgotten player amongst the Leafs' prospect cupboard. Take a look at his statistics throughout his career thus far: [b]Red Deer Rebels (WHL) [/b] 2005-06: 34 ...
drock24 writes...

New hope for the Leafs?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 18
It's been over three months since the NHL season started, and besides the few surprises (Boston leading the East, Pittsburgh not, etc), taking a picture of the standings today pretty much leaves most of us happy with our predictions that we made at the beginning of the season. A few good stories, and a few nasty ones, but all in all, it's been what most realists expec...
drock24 writes...

The Same Old Story...

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Give the Leafs a point, the fans will be happy for a day; teach the Leafs to score, and we'll be happy for years to come. This old adage works on so many levels, and clearly, our team hasn't reached the latter yet. Last night, I sat down and watched the game, and was pretty surprised with how the Leafs handled the Bruins for the first couple periods, then, after the s...
We continue our reviews of prior Leafs drafts with the 1984 draft held in Montreal on June 9, 1984. Legend: GP=Games Played, G= Goals, A= Assists, PTS= Points, W= Wins, L= Losses, T= Ties, GAA=Goals Against Average, SO= Shutouts [b]4th Overall Pick- Al Iafrate (Defensemen)[/b] Leafs Regular Season Stats: GP- 472 G- 81 A- 169 PTS- 250 Leafs Playoff Stats: GP- 29 ...
Don't look now, but Jason Blake is on pace for 25 goals and 56 points (in 78 games). And don't give your eyes a rub, that's actually on your computer screen, folks. While Don Cherry is red in the face over the coaching of Ron Wilson, Blake couldn't be happier. After registering a disappointing 15-goal (although he did have 51 points) campaign in 2007-08, Blake has ...
* Justin Pogge got his "pants pulled down", plain and simple. Considering he was playing his second NHL game, and his teammates were displaying their best Andy Wozniewski impersonations, I'd say he's deserving of a mulligan. While a couple of the goals were stoppable, it begs the question if ANY goaltender could of garnered a solid performance with the abysmal performances...
In the NHL, having money is great, but it doesn't always mean success; well not on the ice that is. Take a look at the whack of free agents Tampa Bay signed in the off season, and look at them now. Anyway, as I sit here and take a look at the class of 2009 free agents; I am less than hopeful in what big splashes the Leafs will make July 1st. That's not to say there ar...
Taken from over at http://hockeybuzzhogwash.com : Many hockey sites on the net had the name Eklund and Hockeybuzz.com in the articles or in the comments sections…often followed by negative comments about his rumors and lack of reliable “sources”. Many people often asked how accurate his crazy rumors were and when the last time he was even right with one of h...
Buts16 writes...

Saturday Morning Coffee

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
Will the real Carey Price please stand up please stand up. What a mess right now, that being said I fully believe he will turn it around. We get hot wings and Cajun wings Wednesday after hockey, I don’t like the cajun wings, I just don’t. The Niedermayers are first cousins with Jason Strudwick. Glen Metropolit has played on 20 different teams in 14 years he’...
Ron Guillet writes...

The List

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
*The following is an opinion piece regarding the players who, I think, are on their way out of Toronto by March 4th (not the off-season)* The Leafs are in the midst of, yet again, a mediocre season. Unlike previous years, however, the Leafs have refrained from the up-and-down, "I BeLeaf in 8th place" facade that was commonly grouped with the Leafs during the past few ye...
The Edmonton Oilers (29-23-4) are going into tonights game against the San Jose Sharks (37-8-9) on a 3-game win streak which saw them post wins against Montreal, L.A., and Phoenix just last night. The Oilers are 4-1-1 in their last 6 games, the Sharks however have been on a slide as of late going 1-2-4 in their last 7 games with 3 shootout losses and 1 OT loss. Edmonto...
Ron Guillet writes...

Kovalev's Fate

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
It's time for a new era in Montreal. The notion of unloading Alexei Kovalev from the Habs' line-up may seem absurd to some fans of the team, but I believe this is a crucial step towards their path to the Stanley Cup. Whether you're a fan of Kovalev or not, it's undeniable that he's a tremendous talent. The problem with him is that he only plays when he wants to, and ...
Alright I thought that with Hockey Day in Canada coming up I would do a piece on it and dive into the origins of the game we all love. I also got an idea from my fiancee to put a list of strange facts about the game at the end of this article, so any thanks for that piece go to her. Now we can debate all day as to where our national passtime began, like whether it was i...
The National Hockey League (NHL) is the largest-scale professional ice hockey league in the world. Its ability to attract the most talented players from around the world has enabled it to grow from a small, six team, regional league in the 1950s to the thirty franchise NHL of present day. Notwithstanding the League’s concerted effort at continued growth and expansion, ...
Curtis Joseph gets the nod against the Ottawa Senators tonight. And his two wins have got me confident! Let's lay it on the table right away, the Leafs owe Martin Gerber nothing, and judging from his play this season (and the fact that he was acquired through re-entry waivers), he has done nothing to earn the role as a starting goaltender. Under the circumstances, Gerbe...
1. I saw a Bruins/Rangers game, that happened to be the only game Wayne Gretsky had missed in over 4 years, He retired that year, i never saw him play(that was also the game that Ken Belanger checked Ulf Sammuelsson into the boards and they took Ulf off on a stretcher, I've never heard any sports arena cheer louder) 2. The last 3 times i've been admitted to the E.R. , i...
He should stay. Period. Mikhail Grabovski is a pending Restricted Free Agent this summer. Brian Burke will have exclusive rights to discuss an extension with the Belorussian, but it remains to be seen if he wants to retain him. Decisions, decisions… Many have tagged Grabovski as a head-case whose attitude is a detriment inside the locker room (well, that's what Mon...
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 who Cl...
rozwell911 writes...

3rd Season begins

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I was sitting and talking with a few friends about the NHL yesterday. One thing we could all agree on was that the Sharks, Red Wings and Boston all were the most consistant teams through the course of the season. All were legitimate contenders for the Presidents Trophy for most, if not the entire year. But that was it....thats all we agreed upon...the rest ...
I apologize to anyone who reads this, as i do not have enough time to say everything i need to say right now, but i will say this: The Bad --Big Joes fist shot on goal came with about 1 minute left in the entire game -- Little Joe did not seem to do enough...neither did his line -- there was nothing special about our special teams -- i canno...
Yes folks I do still live. I don't have much time these days to myself much less hockey blogging. Things I know that are wanted..... Pix of JVR as a Phantom http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/3419535875/in/set-72157616534644099/ Future Flyers to watch Jonathan Matsumoto http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/3419536635/in/set-72157604512865050/ Rob...
All is quiet in the world of the Devils right now. Fans and players alike have one eye on next season while the other looks back at the year that was with a disgruntled groan of frustration. There has been a distinctly empty stretch since the team cleaned out their lockers, not that this is unexpected. So while Devils fans watch their lesser sports and wait for some news, ...
thejerseydevil writes...

Devils Top Five Drafts

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
Since Lou Lamoriello took over as Devils General Manager in 1987, the Devils have earned a reputation as one of the best evaluators of draft talent in the NHL. Between Lamoriello and Director of Scouting David Conte—whom Lamoriello would contend really runs the show on draft day—save for an unfortunate stretch between 1999 and 2002, the Devils have always come through ...
Newman writes...

Sutter's Re-Unite

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
Brent Sutter was introduced as the new Head Coach of the Calgary Flames today; the 4th Head Coach in the past 5 seasons. As well Ryan McGill, Dave Lowry, and Jamie McClennan were named as Assistant coaches. A decision met with a lot of scepticism by the local media and fanbase, the Flames now have 5 Sutter’s working within the organization. General Manager Darryl, Dire...
approximately 2 days from now we'll know who the Leafs drafted with their first round selection. I have all the faith in Burkie (hence my Burke leafs jersey I purchased before he was announced as GM/President) but I do think he has a very tough task to complete in Montreal. For Starters with all the media attention he has received over his stay up until now I can surel...
KPE18 writes...

If YOU were Glen Sather

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
Now I'm going to ask you guys, due to the harsh questions on my last blog. Okay, first you have to understand that I am NOT Glen Sather, a GM, or a hockey analyst. I am only a 12 year old kid, so no harsh comments on ANY blogs. Secondly, I have to ask you guys. Now the question is.... What would you do with the free agency for the Rangers? Please post your comments belo...
KPE18 writes...

NEW Offseason Game Plan

Posted Thursday | Comments 14
With Brashear and Gaborik signed to contracts, as it stands today, the Rangers have about $13.7 million of cap space to work with. This is what should happen with that money if we want to be Stanley Cup contenders. -Sign the RFA's. This is a reasonable amount for each RFA. Zherdev-2 years $3.25million per yr. Higgins-4 years $2 million per yr. Korpikoski-1 year $...
This all began about 4 weeks ago, when Dany Heatley requested to be traded out of Ottawa. He gave the Senators a list of teams he wished to be traded to. On that list, was the Rangers, Sharks, Kings, Bruins, Blues, Red Wings, Black Hawks, and Canucks. There was a ton of interest in the sniper, but Sens GM Bryan Murray claimed he "hadn't recieved a leginimate offer" for Hea...
Montreal trades Christopher Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko & Doug Janik to New York for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto. Montreal landed their long sought-after #1 Centre on Tuesday, but it wasn't the Flying Frenchman that everyone expected. GM Bob Gainey felt the price was too high for Vincent Lecavalier and instead settled for an overpaid, underac...
dpc0300 writes...

Gagne to Montreal

Posted Monday | Comments 0
The latest information to hit my desk! According to Mr. Leopold a Hockey Rumor Buzz Correspondent Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers 29 years old, may be heading to the Hab's, but for who, for what he makes no mention of. If Gagane is moved at all I ask what is his worth to Montreal. Leopold raises the fact that a Gagne move to Montreal could cost the Flyers another...
Danny Heatley will not be making a decision today. I have conformation that Heatley will not be making a decision tonight and probably not in the near future. Danny still wants to explore every option before making a decision on Edmonton.Reports are that Edmonton has set a deadline for Heatley to accept a trade to the team bringing up rumours that Heatley would make his de...
lowkey writes...

Tanguay interest?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Tampa bay, Florida, Colorado,Phoenex,Buffalo, and the New york Islanders are all interested in Tanguay. Ive heard that Colorado and Florida are the front runners at this time. Teams such as the Islanders and the Coyotes seem to have lost interest as his price tag continues to climb with the added interest. "They're one of the teams we've talked to, but that's about all I ...
lowkey writes...

Tanguay update

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports the Panthers have an offer on the table for Alex Tanguay as do other teams. Richards suggests if the Panthers lose out on Tanguay the club could make a minor move prior to the start of next season. TAMPABAY.COM: Damien Cristodero reports Tanguay is rumored to be asking for $5 million for next season, down slightly from the $5.375 mill...
caniac233 writes...

Carolina Hurricanes

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Canes bloggers are now active daily on Canes Country. Where's Matt during the dog days of summer. We miss the commentary! There is a lot to discuss.
andydrmm writes...

For Love of the Game

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Numerous players have already signed extensive deals for the 09-10 season. However, one starts to wonder how much these players are just playing for money, instead of love of the game. One of the perks of going to a division III college was Friday and Saturday nights at the hockey rink. I was the play-by-play broadcaster, and had the chance to get to know the players. T...
I was reading a post on the Wild Message Boards titled Why don't the Wild have any good fan blogs? and I thought to myself: Why don't I create one? I'm a die-hard Wild fan and have been ever since the State of Hockey was blessed with the return of an NHL franchise. I remember back in the summer of 1997 sitting out on Lake Mille Lacs with my family. fishing and listening to...
On draft day I was one of many thinking Burke would move up in the draft. To grab JT or Brayden Schenn. I was dissapointed to see the Kings draft Brayden. So the leafs selected Nazem Kadri at which point I cursed in disgust. But the more and more I look at it, the better it seems. Kadri was only cut from the world junior team last year because of a broken jaw. Even though ...
As I live in Saskatoon SK, where the camp is bieng held I will be watching the Red and White scrimmage and providing thoughts and analysis Sunday night. Stay Tuned Kenny
darksided writes...

State of the NHL

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
As I'm here sitting down on a warm, summer night and Hockey entrenched in the offseason, I'm thinking about the state of the NHL and how can the league improve. Ever since the lockout, Hockey in general has really plummeted when it came to casual viewers in the U.S. Understandable in a way, because any sport that takes a leave of absence for a long period of time is going ...
kenny878 writes...

Shanahan a Devil Again!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Repoted done
Newman writes...

Early Start

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
I know its August 6th, but lets look at October, because really its only 53 days away… How much does October mean to the Flames? Is the first game of the season really indicative of whether or not they will be raising Lord Stanley’s Mug nine months later? The answer simply is no. But, the first meaningful hockey game of the season is usually the most highly anticipa...
Quick update. I am told the scouts are experimenting with Nazem Kadri centering Brandon Kozun and Taylor Hall. A line they believe will put pucks in the net.
I finally had a chance to watch practice and the Red vs. White Game today. Practice was just some drills and the players shooting on the goalies. Matt Duchene's stick skills are some of the best I've seen. The Games Final Scroe: 5 to 3 for the Red Team Shawn Lalonde scored twice in 43 seconds late in the second period to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 advantage as Red ...
2006-07: This was Kadri's rookie season with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL). In 62 games, the center recorded 22 points (7g+15a), adding another two assists in nine playoff games. 2007-08: Kadri improved on his numbers from last season, netting 25 goals and another 40 assists in 68 games with Kitchener (OHL). He excelled in the postseason as well, recording 26 points (9g+1...
It dawned on me. There are times when I'll be hanging out with friends and the topic of sports comes up in conversation. 9 times out of 10, they talk about baseball, football, basketball, even nascar. Whenever I mention hockey, they look at me like I have 2 heads, or start saying hockey stinks, it's boring to watch, baseball's better, and blah blah blah. Living in New York...
If you've been playing fantasy hockey for a number of years, you inevitably start to get attached to certain players. You have it stuck in your head that the player is a star and has to be drafted. If you're interested in winning, you sometimes have to forget the past and acknowledge when the dog just can't run like he used to. The trends indicate that these boys are on...
So The Hockey News website is doing a ranking of where they think all 30 teams will finish this season, from last to first, and in the 8th spot overall – in the East – they have chosen the Montreal Canadiens. [url]http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/27434-The-Hockey-News-200910-NHL-regular-season-predictions-No-8.html[/url] Looking at this prediction, I’d h...
Every year The Hockey News publishes their yearbook which includes their predictions on the final placements of each team within their conference for the upcoming season. This year they are posting on their website, http://thehockeynews.com, their predictions one place at a time. Needless to say I was quite surprised that they picked the Rangers to finish 13th in the East....
As you evaluate your draft list for the upcoming season, pay special note to a number of players who carry a bit of a high-risk, high-reward aspect. While you don't want to necessarily avoid drafting them, you definitely want to limit the number of these guys that wind up on your roster. It's ok to roll the dice on Marian Gaborik in round 3, as long as your first 2 picks...
In preparing for your upcoming fantasy hockey drafts, one of the keys to watch for are players who are poised for a breakout season. If you draft purely off of last season's stats, you're always going to miss out on some of the best performers. If you managed to snag Jeff Carter, Zach Parise, or Bobby Ryan last season, you were well ahead of the game. Here are 4 names a...
When it comes to fantasy hockey drafts, the temptation is to pull out last year's stats and pick the guy who had the most points. A lot of bad assumptions go into that philosophy. For one thing, you ultimately end up with a host of one-hit wonders and miss out on the rising players. We've assembled here a list of players that peaked last year or had a fluke of a great s...
Looking at the rankings for this coming season, I'm surprised at how lowly ranked the Sabres are by the people who are doing it. I, by no means, believe that the Sabres are a Stanley Cup contender, but I do see a playoff team in the current roster. This team has the potential to finish anywhere as high as the 6th seed and is 100% capable of winning a playoff round. By t...
As you continue to prepare your draft list, take some time and scour the stats sheets for players on the rise. The trends indicate that these players are getting better every year and should continue to climb in 2009. If you draft purely on last year's stats, you'll probably undervalue many of these players. [u]Offense[/u] [b]Nik Antropov[/b] - Atlanta just may be...
Here are the top 10 goalies you should target for your fantasy hockey draft, and why: [b]1. Luongo [/b] Luongo has ousted Brodeur as the can't miss goalie come draft day. Although injuries limited his value last season, his second half performance demonstrated why he's the definition of money when it comes to goalies. Don't hesitate to draft him in the top 5 picks. ...
Here are the top 10 defensemen you should target for your fantasy hockey draft, and why: [b]1. Mike Green[/b] Worthy of the #1 overall pick, if your league places any significant value on defensemen. He's a lock in for the top blueliner in 2009, as he has been for the past 2 seasons. [b]2. Sergei Gonchar[/b] Say what you must about about Crosby and Malkin, but the ...
I don’t know if any of you have caught this blog series on Puck Daddy’s blog http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy?keyword=5+Reasons+I+Love+Hockey I have been thoroughly enjoying reading why other people love hockey. I will say that it made me think if I had to knock it down to just 5 reasons what would I put about why I love hockey so much. 1. Eg...
When it comes to drafting a fantasy hockey team, there is no greater joy than the moment you call a name and hear 3 other GM's groan, "I forgot about that guy!". These players will be overlooked by your average GM for a plethora of reasons. Mostly, because they're not as smart as you. Some of these guys had below average seasons last year, due to injury, etc. Others are t...
So, who's the best person to take over as NHLPA Head Honcho? Here are some ideas.... - Pierre Maguire - Pete Rose - Rene Rencourt - Marvin Miller - Condolezza Rice - Eklund - D[i][/i]ick Cheney - Eliot Spitzer - SpongeBob SquarePants - Sean Avery - Jim Balsille - Brett Favre - Alan Eagleson I know y'all are a lot smarter than I am, so let the suggestions...
phi1671 writes...

Thoughts

Posted Monday | Comments 8
As the season approaches.... Here are a few things I've been thinking about... Heatley - Don't care. Enough already, trade him to a Russian team. 'Yotes - Don't care, it's stupid at this point. Let's keep a team in the league that is losing tons of money. Sorry 'Yotes fans. Previous Cup Winners - Don't care. It's time for the new season to be upon us. Thi...
Yahoo finally opened up fantasy hockey season today, so I'm sure many of you will be signing up shortly to get in on the action. After all, draft time is the most exciting time of the year for fantasy hockey fanatics. There are a variety of formats out there from Yahoo and others. But which one is best? I've been managing a fantasy hockey league for 18 years now, and w...
Newman writes...

Captain Canada?

Posted Friday | Comments 11
One question that looms over the Canada hockey right now is, Who will be the Captain in Vancouver? Who will lead the Canadians to Gold? Or better yet, who CAN lead them to the gold? Let’s look at the list of suitable candidates. Jarome Iginla: Iginla represented Canada at the last two Olympic games in Turin and Salt Lake City. He wore an “A” in Turin and was in...
When it comes time in your fantasy hockey draft to select a goalie, one critical thing to be wary of is goalies sharing time in net. You might be drafting a stud with a 2.1 GAA, but if he only gets 50 starts, it's going to hurt you in the long run. So here a handful of teams that have a cloudy picture between the pipes, and what it should mean for you at the draft table....
Buts16 writes...

Sunday Morning Coffee

Posted Sunday | Comments 27
I have a hockey draft this afternoon and I'm bored this morning so.......... Leafs traded for the Hawks 2nd round pick next year.They now have a 1st,2nd and 3rd for next season. Phil Kessel here is your offer sheet, the Bruins are over the cap I believe so they are screwed. David Tyree nice catch in the Superbowl, that being said best of luck finding a new job. Ha...
gkmkiller writes...

Fantasy Hockey Time

Posted Monday | Comments 16
I will admit it; I don’t know about most of you but I am a fantasy addict. I play fantasy baseball, football and especially hockey. In fact, this year I have joined 3 leagues, two of which are keeper leagues. This will be my first foray into a keeper hockey league so I am looking forward to it. In one of the keeper leagues, the league manager paired up all of the teams a...
Newman writes...

Bettman Must Go!

Posted Saturday | Comments 6
A few thoughts… It was actually Brian Burke, the proverbial King of controversy, that said the sooner this Coyotes Bankruptcy saga is all squared away the better it will be for everybody. Burke hit the nail on the head. If this mess is not resolved within the next three weeks than it will drag out over the entire season and not only distract the Coyotes players from c...
In the fantasy hotspot, we evaluate players who are experiencing a boost in production (or potential production), due solely to the linemates that have landed with. At least for the short term, it's worth picking up one of these guys and riding the wave that comes with being paired up with top talent, or with added power play time. Here are a few players going into the s...
I am off all week and will have several reports. Goaltending coach Jeff Reese worked all 3 goalies before practice with the help of Braydon Coburn, Danny Syvret, Jason Ward and James Van Reimsdyk. Jeff Reese http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/3943210222/in/set-72157622428886754/ Backlund http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/3943207356/in/set-721576224288867...
When it comes to draft time for your fantasy hockey season, there are certain players that require you to look beyond the numbers. For one reason or another, you ought to tread carefully with this list. Whether it's off-ice troubles or uncertain roles within a team, be careful to not put too much faith in this crew. [u]Offense[/u] [b]Jonathan Cheechoo[/b] - After s...
ladynic writes...

9/23/09 Flyers practice

Posted Wednesday | Comments 6
First Kimmo Timonen was not on the ice for today's practice. I am sure the beat writer guys will comment on that Colors Dark blue- Gagne, Richards, Pyorala White- Briere, Carter, Hartnell Orange- JVR, Giroux ,Asham Yellow- Maroon, Ward, Laliberte Green- Cote, Kaspar, Betts Red- Powe, Lappy, Carcillo D Pronger -Carle/Syvret Parent - Coburn/Syvret Jones ...
I don't know that I need to rehash the game. Pre season is more about shaking off the rust and I can't complain too much about scoring goals on the Devils. Maroon http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/3952603876/in/set-72157622451556374/ Pronger http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat1325/3952599348/in/set-72157622451556374/ Emery http://www.flickr.com/photos/neat...
Just found this great site that list all the free agents for the summer of 2010 with top ten Rankings you should check it out. Pretty cool site. [url]http://www.nhlfreeagents.com[/url]
Newman writes...

Fourth Line Dominance

Posted Wednesday | Comments 9
Saying that our fourth line was good for the first game was one thing. The second game, impressive. The third straight game in which the fourth line outperforms the other three is astounding and re-iterates the immense amount of depth on this Flames squad. Let’s look at the stats for the first 3 games: Sjostrom- 2 A, and a Plus 3 Nystrom- 2 G, 1A, a plus 5, and 1 f...
Newman writes...

Stealing 2 in Edmonton

Posted Friday | Comments 2
So…the Flames go in to Edmonton last Saturday and “steal” 2 points when Khabibulin flubs a clearing attempt and Moss pots the game winner. Fast forward 5 days later. Rene Bourque tips a Jay Bouwmeester point shot with less than 2 seconds left in regulation to send it to extra time, leading to a shootout win. Not to mention the Oilers get a man advantage in the OT an...
Newman writes...

Back Up Goaltending

Posted Sunday | Comments 6
A quick hit on this Sunday morning about the state of Calgary’s backup goalie situation. Curtis McElhinney might just not be good enough to play for the Flames. He has a whopping total of one win in the year and a half he has been with the team and constantly disappoints every time he gets between the pipes. He does not make the saves that Kipper does and unfortunately f...
The rate of injuries to significant fantasy hockey players seems to be pretty high this season compared to most years. Many key names have gone down, some of which will be out for a significant stretch of time. This can wreck a fantasy hockey team, particularly if you own several of these players in your lineup. Here's a look at the key injuries so far, and what it mean...
Newman writes...

That Was Something...

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
Watching the Flames blow a lead like that should not be surprising for any true Flames fan. We watch year after year, game after game as the Flames jump out to early leads and either wind up blowing them, giving up last minute goals or barely hanging on. And there are some prime examples only six games into this very young season. The opener against Vancouver where the...
Nidder14 writes...

Disturbing Trend....

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Well, it happened. Why is it the Flames always find a way to do this? They came out like gangbusters and managed to lose the game, in what became the biggest comeback in league history. I'm not going to say I knew they'd blow the 5-0 lead, but one thought did cross my mind after the fifth goal - "Is five goals enough for the flames?" Just as I thought 3 goals wasn't enough...
Nidder14 writes...

Same Old Story?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
While maybe not as dramatic as last night, this hockey game was basically the same story. Came out hard and physical and got the all to familiar lead in the first period, only to slowly back off and allow the Jackets back into the hockey game. Missed passes, giveaways, lazy defensive zone play, and penalties spelled the end. Kipper stood on his head again, but the guy need...
Nidder14 writes...

Flames Gameday: Vancouver

Posted Friday | Comments 0
On tap tonight: The Vancouver Canucks. The Flames have a lot to prove tonight. A big rivalry game should be all the fuel needed to re-stoke the fire under this hockey team, but with this group you just never know. Brent Sutter has been surprisingly calm and collected over the past week and is preaching patience with the new system. If this pace continues, however, you ...
Welcome to week 3 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (10/19 through 10/25). [u]Week 2 Review[/u] A few surprising starts seem to be continuing in the West as Colorado and Phoenix haven't slowed down a bit in week 2. The entire Pacific division seems to be upside down from top to bottom, with the Coyotes and Kings on top an...
Well, I believe Mr. Dion Phaneuf must have been reading this blog because he took my advice and gave his body up for the team to save a goal. Good for you “Neon Dion”, you did yourself proud! Not to mention a +2 on the night; a vast improvement from prior games for #3. In other news the Flames managed to play their most complete game of the season last night, beati...
bizan writes...

Canadian Franchises in Danger

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Here's a new look: Canadian franchises are in danger, not because they aren't drawing enough crowds or making enough money. No, Canadian franchises are in danger because the game as a whole is struggling. When 80% of the league is based in either a non-hockey market (boy have we heard that phrase a lot this summer) or in a struggling economy (sorry neighbors to the s...
Nidder14 writes...

Big Win: Iggy's Back!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Iggy's Back...A solid effort by the Flames last night, and they were led by their Captain Jarome Iginla. After last game where Iginla played hard and had chances, you knew this was coming. Skating down the right wing and letting go an absolute bomb of a wrist shot top corner right off the bar. Vintage. Classic. Standard. Call it what you want, it was a beauty. Add that to ...
GagneFire12 writes...

First Blog

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Off in the distance…something is eerily descending from the heavens…is that Falcon Heene? Oh no, never mind, it’s actually the sky falling. Six games into the 2009-2010 Philadelphia Flyers season, doom and gloom has reared its ugly head again. Like the vexatious Republican uncle (every family has one), sentiments from outside the...
Welcome to week of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (10/26through 11/2). [u]Week 4 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 5 Games:[/b] NY Islanders, Phoenix [b]Teams with 4 Games:[/b] Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota, Montreal, NY Rangers, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington [b]Teams with 2 Games:[/b] Atlanta, Calgary Despite decent start...
Well, after yet another long break, the Flames are finally back in action tonight against probably the biggest suprise team of the season to date. The Colorado Avalanch are in town, bringing with them a plethora of young talent and the hottest goalie in the league. With a 9-1-2 record the Avs sit atop the NW division, five points up on the Flames, however the Flames ha...
Newman writes...

Overtime Heroes!

Posted Friday | Comments 2
Two nights, two cities, two goaltenders, two overtime wins. For the second straight night the Flames managed to win an overtime game on the road, due in part to the goaltending they received on both occasions. Miikka Kiprusoff, who had been battling the flu for the past while, came into the net tonight and shut the door on the St. Louis Blues. Stopping 30 of all 31 shot...
Zamboni Diaries writes...

Avalanche Warning

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
After a few weeks into the season, many great stories have been told already. Maybe the most surprising to everybody is the Colorado Avalanche. Why have they been so good? Only Miss Cleo knows the real answer. Maybe it's because they are young, fast, relentless, and maybe naive enough to not understand pressure yet. They had no expectations from anyone in the hockey wo...
Newman writes...

Finland's Finest

Posted Sunday | Comments 7
Miikka Kiprusoff, Miikka Kiprusoff, Miikka Kiprusoff, Miikka Kiprusoff, Miikka Kiprusoff. 5 times, because he has been that damn good. The solitary reason the Flames snatched three of four points over the weekend. The only reason the Flames did not get beat by the 29th ranked Toronto Maple Flakes. Kipper has been an impenetrable force over these first 18 games this ...
Newman writes...

Thursday Night Massacre

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Well the Flames came out looking good against the Hawks tonight…no, let me start again. The Flames special teams were outstanding tonight…wait, lets try it one more time. The Flames stunk up the Saddledome in one of the most humiliating losses on home ice in recent memory. There, that sums it up better. In a game that was reasonably close through half the game, tu...
It's the time of year when you take a minute and reflect upon your life and the things in it that you are thankful for. If you haven't done that already...make sure you do before this holiday is over. With me...first and foremost...it's my family...and the fact that we are all healthy. You can't really enjoy the other things in life the way you should, without that. It'...
joegill88 writes...

Cam Neely's Nifty Fifty

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
Cam Neely was the prototype power forward in hockey. He could skate, fight, cause chaos in the crease, and SCORE(LOOCH hope you read this). He came to the Bruins in a trade with Vancouver during the 1986-1987 season. The Bruins shipped over Barry Pederson to the Canucks for Neely and the third overall pick in the ’87 draft which became Boston blue liner, Glen Wesley....
The year 2009 is coming quickly to an end and I have decided to take a look at the best Toronto Maple Leaf player on a decade by decade basis covering Toronto clubs from 1920-2009. The Maple Leafs were known as the Toronto St. Pats until the 1927 season when the team was purchased by Conn Smythe and the named changed to the Toronto Maple Leafs. This organization has had ma...
Twas the night before Christmas when all through the Dome, Not a creature was stirring, not even Jarome. The Jerseys were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Stanley soon would be there. The Flames were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of hockey pucks danced in their heads. And Sutter in his ‘kerchief, and King in his cap, Had just sett...
Twas the night before Christmas when all through the Dome, Not a creature was stirring, not even Jarome. The Jerseys were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Stanley soon would be there. The Flames were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of hockey pucks danced in their heads. And Sutter in his ‘kerchief, and King in his cap, Had just sett...
As the 2009 calender year comes to a close with the Maple Leafs three points behind a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Brian Burke will need to look at making some decisions in 2010 and the first one on his list needs to be the resigning of defensemen Ian White. The 25 year old on many nights this season has been the teams best rearguard and overall it's not much of...
The Winter Classic has come and gone once again and this time at Fenway Park was another spectacle to watch, there is nothing like watching professional players, playing outdoors in what can come across to us as a game of shinny. We can all relate to that growing up and going into our backyards or the local community rink with temperatures below zero, the frost coming out ...
Matt Reed recaps the World Juniors and discusses a few things we may have learned and have yet to learn... http://www.TheReedReview.com/Blogs.php
sreekers writes...

Blogging Hiatus

Posted Friday | Comments 4
I was recently given an opportunity to blog at another site, so I will not be blogging on this site much, if at all. I will still be by to join in the conversation, but won't be doing much in the way of write ups. However, I would encourage all of you to come by and visit www.thereedreview.com and join in on some conversation there as well.
First some of the other topics.... The hit on Pat Maroon if you didn't see it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKDeWpc9ah8 Here is the latest article this kid has a great attitude it is good to see. http://poststar.com/sports/article_4f26d346-fc11-11de-9bbc-001cc4c002e0.html Everyone loves Lappy I think that this is your chance to show it. It's all about ...
icedog97 writes...

Like an Onion...

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
Disclaimer: this is not a blog about hockey... Baseball...the professional sport...is like an onion... Peel back one layer of deception and sure enough, there is another rotten one just below it. The recent comments made by Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco and Tony LaRussa are a glaring example of this. McGwire finally admits to using steroids...although he said he ...
Reeder17 writes...

Burrows vs Stripes

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Matt Reed reports on the latest on the Burrows referee incident. http://www.TheReedReview.com/Blogs.php
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue on their waddling days of January which has been the teams worst month statistically since the lockout, if the team is to succeed in its quest to make the playoffs again then they need to come to grips with one of the coldest months of the year in Canada. The team is 1-5-0 so far this month and continue to struggle in their penalty kill and...
BryanM writes...

Random Ranting

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Some things have happened in the hockey world lately that have done nothing but get me extremely upset. Since it's pouring rain here in California today I've decided it's the perfect time to get them off my chest. Laser Pointers - By now everyone has heard of the laser pointer incident involving the Vancouver Canucks. I agree with Brent Sutter's assessment that there is...
Recent injuries can either wreck your fantasy hockey team's season, or provide an opportunity for you to cash in on another's misfortune. Here is what you need to react to some of the biggest IR news in the NHL: [b]Teemu Selanne (F - ANA)[/b] With Selanne being out of NHL action until after the Olympics, many owners will be tempted to dump him (if they haven't already...
Most people here Oklahoma City and they either think of one of four things. The first thing people might think of is Tornadoes, because yes we are in the middle of tornado alley. The second thing people may think of is college football why I don't know because the sooners are in Norman and the Cowboys in Stillwater. The third thing that they think our city stole the Thunde...
Toronto Maple Leafs fans went to bed last night with a bitter taste in their mouths after watching their beloved Leafs blow a 3-0 lead against the Vancouver Canucks on Hockey Day in Canada. This morning many started their Sunday as they normally would but what most fans did not expect was to get hit all of a sudden by a Burkie Blast. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke...
landsharkhockey writes...

Take 'em to the Curb

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
As we approach the Olympic break, it's time to start making those last minute tweaks to your fantasy hockey roster to prepare for the playoffs. Often times, one of the toughest decisions facing a GM is letting go of a guy that was drafted high but having a subpar season. Sometimes we'll hang on to him simple because of his name and the foolish hope that surely he has to ...
After all of the anticipation and the months, if not years, of waiting, we got to watch some Men's Olympic Hockey yesterday, and what a treat it was! The three games on the menu showcased three Olympic hockey contenders: Team USA, Team Russia, and Team Canada. No disrespect intended to any of the other teams out there, but there are only a few medal hopefuls in this...
In defeating Team Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout, yesterday, Canada pulled one out of the fire. While early on, the game looked like it was going to be a repeat of Team Canada's 8-0 thumping of Team Norway only two days earlier, things changed quickly for the hometown heroes. Making the score 2-0 only 35 seconds into the second on goals by Heatley and Marleau the Can...
takker88 writes...

With Glowing Hearts..

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
I've always been disinterested with the Summer/Winter Olympics, (excluding Men's hockey) as I'm sure many people are. To me it just always seemed kind of lame (for lack of a better word). While I always respected the tremendous athletes that show up to these events, I've never found it to be anything but outdated......until 2010. What with all the commercials we've see...
Yes, for fans who were expecting a grand fireworks finale coming off the Olympic high, Trade Deadline Day was a bit of a let down. To the casual fan, not a single trade made yesterday would register more than an "Oh. Is he any good?" However, to the fantasy hockey nut (which I assume you are, since you're reading this), there was plenty of fallout from what did, and wha...
On September 19, 2009 the Toronto Maple Leafs traded away their first and second round picks in the 2010 draft along with their 2011 first round pick to acquire 36 goal scorer Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins. Leafs Nation for the most part jumped for joy as the team had acquired a 21 year old sniper and top six forward for the squad. The Toronto Sports papers, radio sta...
landsharkhockey writes...

Rookie Fantasy Report

Posted Wednesday | Comments 6
It's been a relatively slow season in terms of significant rookie impact in the fantasy hockey realm this year. The past few seasons have been extraordinary in terms of rookie showings. Consider: Steve Mason and Bobby Ryan in 09. Patrick Kane and Nicklas Backstrom in 08. Malkin and Stastny in 07. And, of course, Ovechkin and Crosby in 06. All of these players were m...
The big talk lately is all about the Toronto Maple Leafs trading away this years and next years first round draft pick to the Boston Bruins, some fans have accepted this, some fans are not sure what to think and others are mad as hell based on the Leafs current position in the NHL. I have decided to do some research on a team by team basis to see which teams in the NHL hav...
Here is your final edition of the Fantasy Planner for this year's regular season, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (4/4 through 4/11). If you made it this far, that means you're in the finals and may have room for one last tweak to that roster. [u]Week 25 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Edmo...
I'm looking to do a 2000+ word Historical Investigation on the 1972 Summit Series and its influence on Canadian Nationalism/The Cold War. Does anyone know of any good novels or essays or any historical information on the Summit Series? Interviews especially welcome. I know the basics but I wasn't alive at the time, so I need some first hand information. Also: If anyone ...
Head over to The Hockey Writers to see my blog about the last Islanders home game of the season with a few quotes and opinions about the direction of this young hockey team! http://thehockeywriters.com/the-isles-have-a-bright-future-in-sight/ -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Newman writes...

Flames Season in a Nutshell

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
Well, the season finally comes to an end and the Calgary Flames have missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003. What is wrong? What needs to be done? What has transpired that led to this? Well to diagnose the problem we must go back to the beginning. The season opened in early October with a much hyped match-up between the Flames and their arch rival Vancouver ...
Newman writes...

Sutter staying put...for now

Posted Thursday | Comments 5
''What we want to do here is put an end to the death watch; to other people's speculation. We move forward.'' – Ken King, CEO and President of the Calgary Flames- The ‘Death Watch’ he was referring to was that of Darryl Sutter’s relationship with the Calgary Flames organization and whether or not he would be the General Manager of the team for the upcoming 2010-...
“Ken came out and said that, but it wasn’t important for me to have that publicly. It’s more important what happens internally.” Darryl Sutter made these comments in response to Ken King coming out last week and publicly endorsing the Flames GM. We all are aware of Sutter’s dealings with the media and how he, how do I say this, would rather eat hot garbage tha...
hockeyfanland writes...

I am a new member here!

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
My name is Landon Ewaniuk, I'm a disabled young man, I live for watching hockey. I'm not the greatest writer in the world, but a few months back I started my own site: [url]www.hockeyfanland.com [/url] Please stop by! My goal is to connect and talk hockey with the games great fans!!
The title says it all. Decades of contributing to hockey. More than 500 wins. Many great teams. A week of hockey that shook the hockey world and shaped an entire generation. Not worthy of the Hall? Both men in poor health these days. Shameful. Clear house with the election committee - they don't know hockey, nor class.
The title says it all. Decades of contributing to hockey. More than 500 wins. Many great teams. A week of hockey that shook the hockey world and shaped an entire generation. Not worthy of the Hall? Both men in poor health these days. Shameful. Clear house with the election committee - they don't know hockey, nor class.
The first week of July is always a busy time in the hockey universe in terms of player movement. It has evolved into a Mini Me of the Trade Deadline. While the top stories this year will center around the likes of Kovalchuk, Gonchar and Hamhuis, in terms of fantasy hockey, these deals will have little impact on where those players will rank on your draft list. The real ...
Most of the major off season moves this summer were obviously made with an eye towards capturing the Cup. The Penguins and Devils restructured their defense in a big way and role players were shifted all around the league. While these deals will play a big role in the fortunes of these NHL franchises, they barely register on the radar in terms of fantasy hockey impact. ...
This is a question that many news reporters and Leafs fans are wondering when it comes to the Tomas Kaberle saga, is it possible for Leafs general manager Brian Burke to switch gears and move the younger Luke Schenn for a top forward instead of the veteran blueliner. The one thing that most NHL teams covet is a puck moving offensive defensemen and Tomas Kaberle more then f...
First lets all take a deep breath and say "FINALLY". We have been waiting on Kovalchuck for 19 days and quite frankly getting a little tired of this saga. With Kovy finally putting pen to paper in thr Swamp, this has already affected the fantasy hockey world. Had Kovy signed in Los Angelas as had been rumoured many times it could have been a fanatsy bonanza for may Ki...
caricari writes...

A New Voice

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
So as I sit here at my desk in Toronto, reading all the blogs in the Hockeybuzz society, I find myself without a voice. I think it's time I started giving feedback to the community I hear but not being heard. Perhaps it's my faint desire to be heard from the actual decision makers in the NHL. Or maybe it's creating a 'spark', an idea, or even topic of conversation for t...
FLAMESTR writes...

THE UNSUNG HERO

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
I really hate the off-season, because it's really hard to write a blog at this time of year. In fact, it makes it almost impossible to write one right now. Please bear with me as I try to figure out what to write. You think I am joking? I have already deleted this column 3 times! I thought I would write about someone who does not get written about, and talk about th...
This has been a quiet off season for the Toronto Maple Leafs when it comes to the unrestricted free agent market. The Leafs signed Colby Armstrong when the gate opened July 1st and Brett Lebda on July 7th, they also look to have loaded up the Marlies with a few other minor signings but the biggest move of this off season will not be a free agent signing and may just be the...
jsiha writes...

Roller Hockey at the Jersey Shore

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
I know this is Hockey Buzz..and we are supposed to post things about ice hockey...But I just wanted to let everyone know that a grassroots inline hockey league is forming at the Jersey Shore. you can learn more about it at [url]http://www.jsiha.com/main[/url]. We have pickup games every Saturday and Sunday at the Long Branch Skate Plex.
Years ago, drafting goalies was easy. Every season, you could argue over order, but you couldn't go wrong with Roy, Brodeur or Hasek. These days, it's much harder to predict who will be the elite fantasy goalies from year to year. Consider this: the top 5 fantasy scorers from 2008 included the likes of: Tim Thomas, Niklas Backstrom, Steve Mason, and Cam Ward. If you s...
I've been reading blogs and their comments for awhile now and find some funny as to bragging about past exploits of their favorite team, where teams should be and not be and find some of the reasoning to be a bit tired and not at all accurate with reality so I put this little history lesson together for my first blog on HB for others to enjoy, learn some hockey facts and f...
Update: And then there were four. Twenty-six filled and four franchises left so it's not too late to grab one for the upcoming season. See details below: Welcome to the Federal Hockey League. The FHL has been setup to provide a simulation for lovers of the greatest sport on earth, ice hockey. The league homepage can be found here: www.greytowergames.com You as the ge...
When it comes to formulating your draft strategy, take some time to carefully consider your approach to defense. More than any other position, defensive scoring can vary dramatically from league to league. Some leagues value scoring by a defenseman higher than forwards, while others lump them together. This can dramatically change your approach in terms of when to draft...
[b] Tampa Bay Lightning Blogs, So many... Lightning Strikes! Raw Charge Lightning Shout! JoeBoltsFan Bolt Prospects Boltsmag LightningHockeyBlog boltsblog thehockeybay BenchedWhale whatever yada yada yada... But does anyone really read them? In a NON traditional NHL market and unsupportive community ( Go Gators etc. ) it is funny how so many blogs are ...
For a solid fantasy hockey draft strategy, there is much to consider for goalies and defensemen. When it comes to forwards, it's a much simpler proposition. First off, get to know your point system. This can make a huge difference in ranking your players. For example, if your league counts goals and assists equally (join a new league), then guys like Joe Thornton and ...
Before I begin, I want to say that I am not like a lot of other Leafs fans. In other words, I am not going to sit here and tell you that the Maple Leafs are going to make the playoffs and maybe even win the Stanley Cup just because they haven't for so long now. With that being said, if you disagree with what I am about to say than don't comment saying that I am just someon...
[img]http://ryannellis.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/nhllogowallpapers.jpg[/img] Instead of annoying board-posters, I will now post my own hockeybuzz blogs. If you'd like to catch up on what we've been talking about over at sabretake, you can visit us at http://sabretake.com Now, onto our latest article: Now that our “Down the Road” segment is out of its misery(...
In preparing for your upcoming fantasy hockey drafts, one of the keys to watch for are players who are poised for a breakout season. These are guys who have yet to reach the upper levels of fantasy hockey players, but could get into that territory by season's end. If you draft purely off of last season's stats, you're always going to miss out on some of the best perfo...
Every year some average Nhl player or young stud who hasent lived up to expectations has a huge breakout season. Jussi Jokinen went from a waiver pickup to a 30 goal 65 point player. Genrally younger players tend to breakout in their 3rd or fourth campaign. In this blog i shall post up 10 players who i think will breakout this year . Here are my top 10 breakout players for...
KGWrave writes...

Is it October Yet?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Hey. HEY! Wake up! I SAID WAKE UP!! What the hell is going on these days? A whole lot of nothing, that’s what. We’d love to post about trades, free agent signings, jersey unveilings and the like, but it’s just not happening! Christ, even the NHL’s website’s most recent topic is how they’re investigating loophole contracts. You know times are tough when the N...
An important key to winning any fantasy hockey league is nabbing one or two steals in the draft. It's a wonderful feeling to call out a name late in the draft and then hear a guy or two mumbling about how they forgot about him on their list. These players may be overlooked or undervalued by other managers for a variety of reasons. Some of these guys had below average se...
I think it's kind of fun to be able to watch your farm team play a few games here and there for an average fan to really get an idea of what you have in the system. Since the Heat will be on TV a few times, against Toronto every time, we will be able to see what is cooking down there, if anything. If you are lucky you may even catch a Jim Playfair melt down! The problem wi...
Finishing in the season near the top of your league can be gratifying, but if you're reading this, you're probably in it to win. And in order to win, you sometimes have to roll the dice on a gamble or two and hope you cash in. You certainly don't want to load up too much on these guys, as the chances of them all panning out is small. Here are a handful of guys that coul...
Hi all, I am new to the blogging world so bear with me! I have been a huge leafs fan all my life, but that will not cloud my judgement on how I think they will perform this year (well ok maybe a little bit ;). Obviously I would love it,as would any other Leaf fan, for them to end the dreadful stanley cup drought, or even their post-lockout playoff drought, but lets be ho...
When preparing for your fantasy hockey draft, the lazy man's plan is to pull out last year's stats and pick the guy who had the most points. Many bad assumptions go into that philosophy. You ultimately end up with a roster of one-hit wonders and miss out on rising players. The players identified below likely peaked last year or had a fluke of a great season. While most o...
Courtesy of http://www.etownhockey.com/2010/08/oilers-defense-review-and-where-leafs.html The Oilers are coming off their worst season in franchise history. Some of the work Tambellini has accomplished this offseason has been a staggering over haul, but mostly on the front end. The forwards are looking promising for the future, but how about the defense? Name - age...
Every fantasy hockey league is different. Even if you're Biff Tannen and you know exactly how many points each player will score next season, it's no guarantee for fantasy victory if you don't fashion your draft strategy to the league you're in. In this post, I'll give you some tips and guidance on how to draft (and win) in a standard CBS fantasy hockey league. Point...
All good things eventually come to an end. When it comes to drafting a winning fantasy hockey roster, it's important to know when the end has come, or at least, know when it's approaching. As much as we hate to acknowledge it, hockey players can only stay on top for so long before they start to slide. If you draft with your heart and pay too much attention to history an...
This is perhaps the greatest collection of players ever to compete against each other. I had the pleasure of stumbling across the NHL Network showing all 3 games of the final round in succession last night. Wow was that great hockey! As I watched the game I kept thinking how exciting the series was live and how great it was to re-watch the games knowing how great most ...
Information is key if you want to dominate your fantasy hockey draft. Here are some players with major risk factors, that you should be wary of drafting, and in some cases, you should strike him from your list completely. Offense Maxim Afinogenov ATL Afinogenov signed on to play in the KHL. So you may want to avoid drafting him, eh? Paul Kariya UFA O...
As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league. Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league for that matter), so if you missed it, check it out here: http://www.landsharkhockey.com/post/2010/08/31/CBS-Fantasy-Hoc...
One important factor to consider as you're putting the finishing touches on your draft list, is how well the players performed down the stretch last season. Consider two guys who finished last season with 48 points: Lee Stempniak stormed the castle down the stretch, racking up 14 goals in his last 19 games. Meanwhile, David Backes limped across the plate with just 10 po...
Drafting goalies is a risky proposition. More than any position, this choice can make or break the fate of your fantasy hockey team. One of the biggest factors you need to consider is how often a goalie is going to play. Some netminders can be counted on to get 70+ starts a season, while others will sharing the net with another man. In short, you want to avoid the spli...
It's late in the draft and you're starting to lose focus. You've got one spot left to fill and all the good ones have been taken. At this point, you take the next guy on the list with the most points and call it a day. I'm here to tell you that there's a better way. It's called the "Specialist". In general, when ranking your players, you want to focus on guys who ...
Like playing the stock market, when it comes to winning at fantasy hockey, it is critical to identify players who are on the rise. These players are all but guaranteed to improve their numbers over last season. Which means that your average opponent may tend to undervalue these options. Offense Niclas Bergfors ATL Bergfors was the prize coming back to Atlan...
Now that a good many fantasy hockey drafts have taken place, it's a good opportunity to step back and take a look at some trends. When you're dealing with the masses out there, you have a large number of uninformed players making bad decisions, which you can benefit from. After participating in many drafts myself, I'm seeing a host of players being taken way before thei...
For the most part, I encourage fantasy hockey players to largely ignore what goes on in the pre-season. Ryan Craig got a hat trick for the Pens, so should I draft him as a sleeper? (no, you shouldn't). However, the one thing that you should not ignore at this time of year is the injury news. Preseason or not, those things don't just go away when October 10th rolls arou...
If you study my fantasy hockey cheatsheets, you may notice a distinct lack of rookie presence, particularly on offense. There's a good reason for that. As a rule, there's too much risk to spend an early pick on a guy who may not even make an NHL roster. Trying to predict where a rookie will finish is a total crapshoot, particularly when you've never seen them play. Th...
Hey there, stranger. Long time no see. Yes, we’ve been M.I.A. for quite a while. Mike, Trevor and I have been busy with life, so we haven’t been able to keep this blog as updated as we would like. However, on my day off, I’m going to give my prediction for the Buffalo Sabres this year. Hopefully, they see this post and decide to contribute their own predictions as...
We're just days away from the start of the season, so it's time for our first weekly installment of the Fantasy Planner. Depending on your league, week 1 may be very short, or very long, since the first games are on a Thursday. We'll combine the games from this week, along with the full next week for this edition (10/7 to 10/17). Week 1 Matchups Teams with 3 Games...
Week 1 is just about under our belts and there are many story lines to the fantasy hockey season. No time to panic (yet). We'll save that for next week. Here is what you need to know for week 2 (10/18 to 10/24): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Montreal, Philadelphia, Phoenix Teams with 4 Games: Calgary, Chicago, Nashville, NY Rangers, San J...
landsharkhockey writes...

Time to Panic Yet?

Posted Monday | Comments 6
During the first few days of the season, when players don't perform exactly how they were supposed to according to your draft list, the constant message is "Don't panic yet. Give it time.". It's never wise to overreact and make poor decisions based on just a few days worth of results. So, when exactly is it time to panic? How long is enough time to look at a player and...
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue their impressive performance to start the season taking 9 out of a possible 10 points as the club looks to break their longest playoff drought in club history. The team is oozing confidence, looks faster and has one of the better back ends in all of hockey but there is something else brewing.... with the opening of Maple Leaf Square the cl...
Two weeks into the season. You should have some idea if your team is on the right track or not at this point. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 3 (10/25 to 10/31): Matchups Teams with 1 Game: Vancouver Teams with 2 Games: Boston, Detroit, Nashville, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay Teams with 4 Games: Los Angeles, Montreal, ...
Every season, a handful of players jump out of the gate and exceed expectations in the first few weeks of the season, leading to a mad run on the waiver wire. But how many of these players will still be valuable fantasy contributors two months from now? Years ago, Brian Savage was infamous for having huge numbers in October, only to crash and burn and disappear by Christ...
Soon the calendar will be turning to November and you should have a decent idea of how solid your roster is for the season. Last week, we urged you to load up on Canadiens, based on their favorable schedule. Hopefully you listened... Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 4 (11/1 to 11/7): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Calgary,...
Every NHL season begins with uncertainty, but if you look at different teams in the league there are always opportunities for new players to emerge. This is particularly important to all fantasy hockey players[http://www.landsharkhockey.com/Home.aspx] and how they are able to ice the best line-up. This season began with New Jersey as a fantasy juggernaut, so far, not so mu...
mayorofangrytown writes...

The Concussion Problem

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
My son is in his third season playing ice hockey. We live is Southeastern Pennsylvania. He started in 5th grade playing Middle School Hockey. While this is the lowest level of organized hockey outside of house leagues it may also be the most dangerous as 5th graders often find themselves lined up against 8th graders. They can find themselves facing competitors four years t...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 5 (11/8 to 11/14): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Columbus, Dallas, LA, Nashville, New Jersey, Philadelphia Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Atlanta, Edmonton, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Washington Not that you needed another reason to avoid playing your Devils this week (if you have any that are act...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 6 (11/15 to 11/21): Matchups Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Colorado, LA, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, Vancouver Every team is looking at a full schedule this week, with either 3 or 4 games each. The Bruins look to have it particularly good, with 3 of 4 at...
This is Burke's team, this is Burke's mess. Brian Burke had a hand in acquiring every player on our roster except Kaberle, Schenn, Gunarsson, and Kulemin. When Brian Burke was brought on board as the Maple Leafs' GM, he had an aura about him. He was big and boisterous, he was confident and charismatic. He was our savior that was to lead us out of the JFJ years. Whateve...
landsharkhockey writes...

I'm SO done with you.

Posted Tuesday | Comments 5
First off, apologies for a title that sounds like it was written by a 12 year old girl. But maybe that's how I feel. There comes a point in certain relationships when you just can't take it any more. You've been burned so many times that you've had enough, and it's time to break up and move on with your life. And so it is with me and certain NHL players in the fantas...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 7 (11/22 to 11/28): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Anaheim, NY Islanders, Phoenix, Vancouver Teams with 4 Games: Boston, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington If you of the mind that the Sout...
Greetings and salutations, Lightning fans!! Let me start by saying what a priviledge it is to be writing for all of you on possibly hockey's most popular website. First and foremost let me give you a little background on where I come from and my association with the Tampa area. My name is Ian Cunningham and I have been working within the hockey media for a few years now....
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 8 (11/29 to 12/5): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Buffalo, New Jersey Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota, NY Rangers, Phoenix, St. Louis After just 2 games last week, Anaheim comes back with 4 matches this week that should favor their fantasy players. The Ducks hav...
TORONTO (Nov. 29) Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman was handing out Bauer skates, gloves, and helmets to children at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Centre in Toronto today. Yzerman, along with Lightning standout Steven Stamkos, have been named ambassadors to the grassroots hockey program RBC Play Hockey. The program is a multi-year commitment that will see $1 ...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 9 (12/6 to 12/12): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Carolina, Chicago, LA, NY Isles, Phoenix, St. Louis Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Dallas, Detroit, San Jose, Toronto, Washington This promises to be a high-scoring fantasy week, as many of the top scoring teams have 4 games on the radar (Dal...
projp1 writes...

Penn State Hockey D1

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Is anyone else excited about D1 hockey for Penn State? I AM! It is going to be beyond sick! I really think they can turn Penn State into a power house and really boast hockey in the state of Pennsylvania. Me being from PA and all. I really think this could be big! He did a great thing for Penn State with scholarships and creating opportunities for all these players. I love...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 10 (12/13 to 12/19): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Vancouver Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, LA, Nashville, Ottawa, San Jose Lots of teams with 4 games on the schedule heading into the Christma...
After what could be argued as the best Sharks game this season, the team will have to put it out of their mind quickly and get right back to work against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are placed 9th in their conference, and 3rd in their division, but as with the Sharks, those numbers can be deceiving. Before their loss to Boston, Ryan Miller posted back to back shuto...
Ryane Clowe led the Sharks to victory in a rare low scoring affair Saturday night against the Blackhawks in San Jose. The Sharks showed some character in this one, battling through the last two periods after giving up a soft goal to the Hawks late in the first. The first period contained the only two regulation goals, the first coming at 9:16 by Ryane Clowe for the Shar...
A non-call on a Logan Couture shootout goal mixed with a poor shootout effort to spell the Sharks 15th loss of the season, putting them back on the .500 line. The game got off to a slow start, but at 6:17 Jamie Benn broke the tie, giving Dallas a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. Derek Joslin scored for the Sharks at 6:56 of the second to even things up, and 2 minutes la...
A third period collapse by the Sharks leads them to a losing record for the 8th separate time this season, putting them back outside the playoff picture at 9th in the conference and 4th in the division. The game started with a fast pace, but not many quality chances, until Niclas Wallin of the Sharks fired a hard shot past Anders Lindback to make the game 1-0 Sharks aft...
Short schedule this week with two days off for Christmas. All over the board, from 1 game to 4 by team: Matchups Teams with 1 Game: NY Rangers, Philadelphia Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver More than any other week this season, it's important to pay attention to the schedule next week. If you've got Rangers or Flyers in yo...
mcblink1 writes...

The Come Back Kids

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Thursday, December 16, 2010, New York Rangers vs. Phoenix Coyotes: Yesterday evening, the New York Rangers came back to the Garden in search for their third straight win. After their impressive wins over NHL powerhouses, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively, the Rangers were coming home with all the momentum. All that stood in their way was, Western...
Well, it's boxing day in Canada, which means it's time to take all of those unwanted presents back to the store and cash them in for something useful. Now wouldn’t be spectacular if you had that option with your fantasy hockey team? After all, I'm sure there a few picks that you were feeling warm and tingly over when you opened them in October, only to find out that th...
Everyone is back from their Christmas break, and getting into the rythm of the hockey season again- except for the Sharks, who looked like their heads were still in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle. They came out with one of their poorest efforts yet, getting shut out for the 5th time this season and losing an important 2 points needed to pull ahead of Los Angele...
It's not right to end the year without a pointless top 10 list. And since fantasy hockey is what we do here, here is my contribution, as I present the events that had the biggest impact on fantasy hockey in the year 2010: 10. Stempniak to Phoenix A deal that largely went unnoticed at the time quickly became the most significant fantasy trade of the season. On Marc...
...has the Sharks at 7th place in the Western Conference, one point away from being left out of the playoff picture again. The high-scoring affair got started at 7:08 of the first period, when Kyle Brodziak scored a power play goal for the Wild. Joe Thornton later tied it on a San Jose power play to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes. The second period picked back up where...
As you sit back on Saturday and (hopefully) enjoy the Winter Classic, don't forget to give your fantasy roster a little attention. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 14 (1/3 to 1/9): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington Teams with 4 Games: Carolina, Chicago, Florida, Minnesota, ...
The Sharks powered past a 2nd period breakdown to beat the Chicago Blackhawks for the third time in three tries this season. It's refreshing to see the team pull together late instead of bowing to defeat, and as a reward they gather an important two points that put them in 5th place in the West as they head to Los Angeles to play the weary Kings for the second time this we...
Douces3 writes...

A shame. . .

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
Note - I'm in a sour mood after this game so sorry about the negativity. How does a team score 4 goals in the opening period still end up losing? How does a team that team prides itself on its defensive posture, give up 6 goals to a team arguably missing their best offensive player? How does a team, known to protect leads blow it on 5 separate occasions? Well let...
The boys in blue and white continue to falter as they look headed to another missed post season unless they somehow can turn it around. A new year is upon us once again and I though it would better to have my first blog of 2011 take a look at some better moments and memories in Leafs history, so hear goes Leafs Nation as we take a stab at the Greatest Toronto Maple Leafs d...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 15 (1/10 to 1/16): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Atlanta, Dallas, New Jersey Teams with 4 Games: Boston, Edmonton, Nashville, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington Ride those Canucks this week as Vancouver cannot do wrong right now. They've g...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 16 (1/17 to 1/23): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Chicago Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Florida, LA, Montreal, NJ, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa Bay It's worth noting that Chicago is the only team with a mere 2 games on the schedule, and they come against ...
Short week coming up with the All-Star Break. Make sure you pay attention to the schedule as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 17 (1/24 to 1/30): Matchups Teams with 1 Games: Anaheim, Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay The other half of the league has two g...
carlgaryflames writes...

About time

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Name: Carl Dunlop Born: Calgary Alberta Thats all you need to know……. I`ve wanted to do this for some time. Letting my thought be known about what I know best. Two words…….Calgary Flames. Im not saying that everything I say about the Calgary flames is right, but it basically is. Im not going to lie, I love this team. I love sports, its what I know bes...
NYI247 writes...

Playing a little catch up

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Let me begin this post by congratulating our very own Michael Grabner on his stellar performance this evening in Carolina. I don't think anyone is shocked by the outcome and like I have said a million times before, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!! To catch up a little bit, I know I am a few days behind but the blog went live last night so I wanna address some recent headl...
Coming off the All-Star break, most leagues feature a slightly shorter game schedule, so once again, it's important to pay attention to the schedule. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 18 (): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Anaheim, Buffalo, Chicago Teams with 4 Games: Montreal, New Jersey, Pittsburgh Only three teams featu...
The Islanders kick off the second half of the season against the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night, game #50. So what should we expect to see from this team in the remaining 33 games? In my opinion we are going to see the Islanders improve. I think their second half record will be a nice improvement from the first half. I also feel that this second half will be a...
NYI247 writes...

Islanders beat Thrashers 4-1

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
First off, WELCOME back Kyle Okposo. He picked up his first two goals of the season. Travis Hamonic also grabbed his first of the year and first of his career. So it was a great night for the first timers. I will keep this short. It was a great night all around. A few minor breakdowns and 1 fluke goal. I'd say if they keep up this play and this strong effort they will p...
Ragingpikey writes...

All-NFL NHL Team

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
As a society we are obsessed with comparison. Our insecurity is palpable and on display in a very public way. Social media like Twitter and Facebook while marketed as tools of openness and connection provide greater concealment as they are devoid of real intimacy, an essential component of most meaningful relationships. However, while they allow us to hide behind a veil...
NYI247 writes...

NYI This might sting a little

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
So after listening to all the feedback from last nights game I have thought long and hard about what I would say on here today. I realize a little extra caution is necessary since I am the new kid on the block. So allow me to express my opinion and not use a single vulgar word in the process.......this time. I am as big of an Islanders fan as anyone out there. I am a...
Concerning NHL year-end awards, deciding who is the most deserving candidate to take home (x) awards, is always a fickle question. Take the James Norris, for example. Some people would argue that unless a younger player was unquestionably the most dominant patroller of the back end, the trophy should otherwise be awarded to a previous winner. In other words, in tight races...
NYI247 writes...

NYI DiPietro out 4-6 weeks

Posted Friday | Comments 3
The word is spreading like a wild fire, Rick DiPietro's selfish flashy play once again bites the Islanders in the butt and this time the pain will last 4-6 weeks. I can't say I am all that unhappy, I am glad Poulin should get the nod as starter. I have been following the blogs, tweets, and other forums and people seemed to have mixed reviews on the fight the other ...
Just a couple weeks left before the trade deadline shakes things up a bit. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 20 (2/14 to 2/20): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Atlanta, Columbus, Pittsburgh Teams with 4 Games: Buffalo, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Washington Only three teams are facing the short schedule this week. ...
NYI247 writes...

Thank You NY Islanders...

Posted Friday | Comments 14
What a 2 days it has been. I didn't blog about last nights game because my goal wasn't to do a blog after each and every game breaking down the periods. I wanna write about what is happening with this team. I have said a million times we are building a winner. I have been laughed at, made fun of and insulted. I have tried explaining to people the transition that the tea...
tjkanejr writes...

Darcy vs. the Deadline

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
The Sabres have 57 points and are just 3 points back of the eighth and final playoff spot heading into this Sundays afternoon game vs. the Islanders. They have 2 games in hand on Carolina who sits 9th and play them three times. Atlanta now sits 8th at 60 points after beating the Rangers 3-2 Friday night. We have 4 games in hand on Atlanta and the Rangers who hold 7th wi...
mayorofangrytown writes...

Reflected in the Ice

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
My son’s world is covered with ice. There’s no doubt about where he really belongs. His happiness and sense of self are tied to his time on ice. Nowhere does he show as much aptitude or love. The cold, the skates, the ice, the wind in his hair, the smile on his face… his place is there, on the frozen water with the containing wooden boards. There, he’s more. Mo...
What an ending!!!! I am ALMOST at a loss for words right now. 2 months ago this would have been another loss however this new and improved version of the Islanders continues to shock and awe people. Michael "The Rocket" Grabner scored AGAIN and Josh Bailey notched his first goal in 20+ games. This team continues to amaze me. I can't say I am all that surprised how...
What an ending!!!! I am ALMOST at a loss for words right now. 2 months ago this would have been another loss however this new and improved version of the Islanders continues to shock and awe people. Michael "The Rocket" Grabner scored AGAIN and Josh Bailey notched his first goal in 20+ games. This team continues to amaze me. I can't say I am all that surprised how...
When trying to identify value in daily hockey, or when considering waivers and trades, it's critical to know what players have been doing lately. Blindly following the leading scorers to date will give you a host of bad information. The leading scorers over the past 2 months are dramatically different than those who led the league through the first 2 months of the seas...
Before I launch into my game analysis I just wanna thank everyone who took the time to introduce themselves to me at the game tonight. I also want to say what a pleasure it was to meet the one and only Dee Karl. I also had the honor of meeting Dani, the NY Islanders social media manager. A true professional. Oh and I got to meet Stan Fischler. I even took a picture with hi...
You know how every single time something that you are doing is coming to an end you reflect back and imagine a million ways you could have made it better? Well the 2010-2011 season is coming to a close and looking back at all the ups and downs of the season so far, I have made a top 10 list of things I wish would happen in the 2011-2012 season. List is subject to chang...
The trade deadline is still two weeks away, but GMs seemed to have moved the calendar forward a bit this season. The deals that went down last night may ultimately overshadow anything that transpires at the end of the month. So what does all this mean from a fantasy hockey perspective? I'll break down a few here: Anderson (COL) for Elliott (OTT) I speculated at the ...
jzadow writes...

Trade Deadline One Week Away

Posted Monday | Comments 0
The NHL Trade Deadline is exactly one week away, and already there have been some major moves. The Pittsburgh Penguins became a lot stronger today with the acquisitions of forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen. But, what does this add for the Pens? Well, at 23, Neal is a strong power forward at the left wing position (a pretty thin scoring spot with Pascal Dupuis...
Over the past few days we have continued to see the Islanders keep their hot pace going. They are slowly creeping up the standings at a pace of 2 points a night. Right now the main focus is on the Devils but keep watching the Islanders, as they have one of the best records in the second half so far. I was fortunate enough to secure my $20 tickets early however I was on...
Hey folks, my name is Kenny Brewster. [b]I am writing this today with a humble request for your help.[/b] I am a finalist in a contest to win a 55" Toshiba HDTV, but I can't win without your votes. I have produced a short audio clip that is less than 2 minutes long, it is a spoof of the old "I AM CANADIAN" commercials. In the audio, I talk about how the Internet an...
Well Long Island wasn't a happy place to be tonight. I was totally amped up to attend tonights game after the amazing ending to the Philly game on Thursday. I thought for sure the team would come out on fire against the caps who got tossed around by the Rangers last night 6-0. On Thursday they didn't play their best hockey of the season but their heart and determinat...
landsharkhockey writes...

Who Will Be Lee?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Following perhaps the most uneventful trade deadline day in a decade, fantasy owners are left to wonder what impact (if any) will the 16 trades have on the remainder of the fantasy season. As last season proved, some of those low-profile deals can have a huge impact on the stretch, if you can snatch up the one or two players who most benefit from a change of address. Las...
Some people seem to think that something good always comes away from something bad. Well that just may be what happened to the Islanders after Tuesdays tough loss in the winding down seconds of the third period and ultimately finalized in OT. Holding a 1-0 lead with just a few seconds remaining to the game they gave up the tying goal and later in OT Ovechkin sealed t...
We're down to the final month or so in the fantasy hockey season, which means playoffs are just around the corner. If you're still paying attention at this point, that means you're probably still in the running to win. You've done your homework all season long, and there's no point going to sleep now. There are still some valuable waiver options and last minute tweaks t...
Well another phenomenal weekend in the Islanders world has come and gone. On Saturday we were witness to the destruction of another west coast team, the St. Louis Blues. The game started with a highlight reel goal by John Tavares (1G, 1A-2 Points) breaking his 9 game goal slump. Mark my words, that will be a top 10 finalist when they vote for the best goals of the se...
NYI247 writes...

FUNNY ISLANDERS PICS POSTED

Posted Monday | Comments 6
http://nyi247.blogspot.com/ GOTTA SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT
leafspensjets writes...

Introduce yourself!

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Hi fellow hockey nuts! my name is will, i am a life long of the great game of hockey as im sure all of you are. i have loved the toronto maple leafs, pittsburgh penguins and the winnipeg jets(not coyotes) for as long as i can remember. i am very opinionated when it comes to the game and have been booted from addicted hockey fans united for being too opinionated. i love am...
hi all, i just have something to get off my chest. facebook.com is supposed to be a place where you are can speak your mind about everything and anything. not so! i was an admin for a page called addicted hockey fans united. as i said in my introduction, i am anti-bettman, always have been and always will be. i spoke my mind about him, the coyotes and hockey in the so...
As the season comes to a close and the Islanders off season quickly approaches, the issue of the new arena will once again become a talking point. I decided to take a little road trip over to Jersey and check out the new arena. In my life I have been fortunate enough to visit several Baseball stadiums across the U.S. . In my travels I made it a point to visit Wrigley F...
mayorofangrytown writes...

Second Chances

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
When I was nine the Flyers won the Stanley Cup. People bought shirts, bumper stickers, soda cans, anything with the Flyer's logo on it. We didn't have a lot of money then. My father was a steel worker and money wasn't just pinched, it was wrung, but I had my eye on something. A glass. It wasn't empty, it was filled by some company with some milk product my father wouldn't ...
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NYI247 writes...

The Konopka files......

Posted Saturday | Comments 4
Check out my blog http://nyi247.blogspot.com/ Follow me on Twitter @nyi247 I have been discussing Zenon Konopka's role on the Islanders for a pretty long time now and as the season wraps up there are more and more people discussing his future on Long Island. There is no denying what he has brought to this team over the past season and how big of an impact he has h...
check out my blog http://nyi247.blogspot.com/ Now that the Islanders are officially out of the playoff race it is time to start looking towards next season and see what improvements need to be made to become a contender next year. First let me say, I think this season was a huge success. Sounds crazy, I'll explain. As last season concluded, myself and many other fans...
So what does it take to be a NY Rangers fan? What sets us apart from every other fan in the universe? Anyone can say they are a dedicated fan…its easy to sit on the couch and watch 70+ games a season, and if you have a DVR u can actually watch every minute and every play from the entire season just like I have for the past 13+ years. So what makes that different...
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icedog97 writes...

JVR: The New Giroux?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
During the 2009-10 playoffs we saw the emergence of Philadelphia Flyers forward [b]Claude Giroux[/b]. Giroux scored 21 points in 23 playoff games after scoring just 47 points in 82 games during the regular season. [b]Seeing a player jump from .57 points per game to .913 during the playoffs, when scoring is usually at a premium, is like a red light going on behind the...
dale123 writes...

Recent Signings & Rumors

Posted Monday | Comments 0
1. Kevin Cheveldayoff is believed to be winnipegs new gm 2. Pittsburgh Signed forward Nick Johnson to a one-year contract 3. Atlanta Fired general manager Rick Dudley. 4. Devin Setoguchi was the subject of various trade scenarios over the course of this past season, prompting further speculation that his future with San Jose might be in jeopardy. 5. Florida Panthers G...
NJDAaron1 writes...

Websites to Track Signings

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
www.HockeyBuzz.com www.NHL.com www.CapGeek.com www.NHLPA.com to track your favorite team: www.*teamname*.nhl.com
sully8800 writes...

Sabres adding pieces

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I think the sabres had a great day and week, with the singings of erhoff,lenio and adding regier. Yes the sabres may have over payed lenio but I say oh well. At least Pagula is adding people. Now the sabres have too look for a play makeing center. There are not many options as for free agency but they can trade for there guy. I think Joe Pavelski is a great option he is ru...
Wherever and however you are reading this today, thank you for making the Gray Area part of your day. This is the first ever blog written on the Hockey Buzz website. My goal is to reach more hockey fans around the world through this site. I think you will find I write very upfront about what I think about the teams around the league and grade my favorites the harshest of ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi and Boyce(RFA). Unless Something changes, such as Boyce not being resigned by the leafs and/or a trade of one of those 5, these players are ...
http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=112991Thu, 07 Jul 2011 21:14:37 -0400 http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=11507 I'm aware that this may be a bit too early in discussing this but, for arguments sake let's talk about this subject anyway. Right now the leafs currently have 5 centers on their main roster with Bozak, Grabovski, Connolly, Lombardi a...
tylerhotrod96 writes...

Leafs ready for playoffs?

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everybody , let me know what you think the leafs chances are of making the playoffs
It's been a couple of months now since the fantasy hockey season ended. Plenty of time to gloat in your championships or lick your wounds (I've done a little of both, being in so many leagues). Now that the dust has settled, it's a good opportunity to look back on this past season and draw out some lessons from the past season. If you've been playing fantasy hockey for ...
Maple Leafs fans we are just a few weeks from training camp, thats right Leafs Nation just a few weeks away from September and another run by our beloved Buds to end this playoff misery that we having been suffering from since the end of the lockout. The Leafs have made a few changes from the club that ended the season in April: In: Tim Connolly, Matthew Lombardi, Co...
landsharkhockey writes...

The Forgotten Men

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"Oh man. I forgot about him." Inevitably, you will hear this curse several times at any fantasy hockey draft. It typically comes from the guy whose draft preparation consisted of printing off last year's stats. That guy always overlooks the players who missed a good chunk of time, or even the whole season, due to injury. It seems like 2010-11 had an unusually high num...
Hello Everyone. This is my debut hockey blog on, well, any website. My opinions might be skewered, in your opinion. I’m aware of the fact that anything I might say could be something that might sound ridiculous to one, yet completely sensible to the other. Anyways, seeing how this is my first blog, I’ll start off with something easy, right? I’ll be doing an analys...
The goalie position has become the hardest by far to predict with certainty. The leading fantasy scorers fluctuate dramatically from season to season. While the top 10 here seem to be your safest bets for starting goalies, you could easily make a case for about 5 other guys to finish as this year's top scorer. That complicates your draft strategy. Typically, goalies w...
What to do about defense? The importance of this position, much more so than any other, varies dramatically from league to league. In some formats, defense can win you a championship. In others, it's completely an afterthought. So before worrying about who to rank where, find out how much you should care. The good news when it comes to this position, is that it's mu...
With hockey enthusiasts left to count the days until the puck drops again, I believe it would be a good time to share my predictions as to what will unfold between now and next April. Enjoy. Eastern Conference: 1. Washington Capitals 2. Pittsburgh Penguins 3. Boston Bruins 4. New York Rangers 5. Tampa Bay Lightning 6. Buffalo Sabres 7. Montreal Canadiens 8. Phil...
The center position is where you make your money, so you want to be sure and snag a superstar here. The position is also very deep, so you won't see a horrible drop off beyond the top ten. The other good news here, is that compared to other positions, the top centers are fairly predictable from year to year. With few exceptions, you can draft these guys with confidence ...
The EA NHL series of video games has been ongoing since 1991 with NHL Hockey on the Sega Mega Drive. Since its first installment it has been the go to game for hockey fans all over the world save a few year when the 2K series of games took over for a short period in the early 2000’s but now EA’s is the only company making NHL games for the two big consoles the PS3 and ...
The EA NHL series of video games has been ongoing since 1991 with NHL Hockey on the Sega Mega Drive. Since its first installment it has been the go to game for hockey fans all over the world save a few year when the 2K series of games took over for a short period in the early 2000’s but now EA’s is the only company making NHL games for the two big consoles the PS3 and ...
The EA NHL series of video games has been ongoing since 1991 with NHL Hockey on the Sega Mega Drive. Since its first installment it has been the go to game for hockey fans all over the world save a few year when the 2K series of games took over for a short period in the early 2000’s but now EA’s is the only company making NHL games for the two big consoles the PS3 and ...
The EA NHL series of video games has been ongoing since 1991 with NHL Hockey on the Sega Mega Drive. Since its first installment it has been the go to game for hockey fans all over the world save a few year when the 2K series of games took over for a short period in the early 2000’s but now EA’s is the only company making NHL games for the two big consoles the PS3 and ...
dude84 writes...

Review of NHL11 *Demo

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The EA NHL series of video games has been ongoing since 1991 with NHL Hockey on the Sega Mega Drive. Since its first installment it has been the go to game for hockey fans all over the world save a few year when the 2K series of games took over for a short period in the early 2000’s but now EA’s is the only company making NHL games for the two big consoles the PS3 and ...
dude84 writes...

Review of NHL11 *Demo

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The EA NHL series of video games has been ongoing since 1991 with NHL Hockey on the Sega Mega Drive. Since its first installment it has been the go to game for hockey fans all over the world save a few year when the 2K series of games took over for a short period in the early 2000’s but now EA’s is the only company making NHL games for the two big consoles the PS3 and ...
The cupboard is stocked with fantasy talent at the wings. As you prepare for your fantasy draft, be sure to know you league's system. Some leagues group wingers together, others discern between left and right wing, and others still group all offense together. If your league drafts by position, be sure to focus on the left wing position. Aside from the elite (Ovechkin/S...
Upon my dismal performance in my usual fantasy hockey league last year I have tried to prepare myself better for this coming year. Although I did succumb to some awful luck. I drafted 9th overall, and took Praise. Luckily do to the dismal start of the Devil I packaged him and Zajac and jumped all over my first offer of Lecavliver and Nash. All in all, I finished dead last...
Upon my dismal performance in my usual fantasy hockey league last year I have tried to prepare myself better for this coming year. Although I did succumb to some awful luck. I drafted 9th overall, and took Praise. Luckily do to the dismal start of the Devil I packaged him and Zajac and jumped all over my first offer of Lecavliver and Nash. All in all, I finished dead last...
dude84 writes...

Top 30 fantasy players

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11 Forwards Alex Ovechkin : A constant threat to score 50 goals and 100 points there has been no one with more consistent point production and health in recent memory. need I say more? Steven Stamkos: Will he score 50 goals? It’s either that or high 40s there is not much mystery to what his goal and point totals will be and that’s always a good thing. Henrik Sedin...
dude84 writes...

Top 30 fantasy players

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11 Forwards Alex Ovechkin : A constant threat to score 50 goals and 100 points there has been no one with more consistent point production and health in recent memory. need I say more? Steven Stamkos: Will he score 50 goals? It’s either that or high 40s there is not much mystery to what his goal and point totals will be and that’s always a good thing. Henrik Sedin...
If you've played fantasy hockey (or any fantasy sport) for long, you know that you don't typically win a season based on those first few rounds of picking superstars. For the most part, those picks all even out. It's the sleepers that can take an ordinary team and propel it to greatness. Finding that hidden gem, late in the draft, that finishes in the top 10 can make al...
dude84 writes...

Top 30 Fantasy NHL Players

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11 Forwards 1. Alex Ovechkin : A constant threat to score 50 goals and 100 points there has been no one with more consistent point production and health in recent memory. need I say more? 2. Steven Stamkos: Will he score 50 goals? It’s either that or high 40s there is not much mystery to what his goal and point totals will be and that’s always a good thing. 3. He...
After glancing through twitter today a particular tweet caught my eye and put me into a bit of a rage. So obviously I'm eager to get a blog out there, hopefully this one gets some hits and a little discussion. "jamescybulski James Cybulski by mirtle I love that Sidney Crosby supports an outright ban on head shots in the NHL. 81% of our responses on our twitter poll...
After glancing through twitter today a particular tweet caught my eye and put me into a bit of a rage. So obviously I'm eager to get a blog out there, hopefully this one gets some hits and a little discussion. "jamescybulski James Cybulski by mirtle I love that Sidney Crosby supports an outright ban on head shots in the NHL. 81% of our responses on our twitter poll...
This is my first ever Hockey Buzz blog so put your opinions in the comments and I don't really care what you say cause I'm not one of those people in this world that gets butt hurt over stupid things. But I would Love to hear your opinion. Pacific Division Northwest Division Central Division ...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
1. San Jose Sharks: Forwards: 9/10 The Jan Jose Sharks are the deepest team in the league when it comes to the centre position with more NHL quality centres then they have spots. One thing is missing from the forward corps and that is and elite level winger to go with Thornton and Marleau or to spark the second line. This is the role Dany Heatley was supposed to fill but...
You won't get very far in fantasy hockey by drafting purely on last season's stats. For one thing, you'll be sure to miss out on a key segment of the fantasy world: the rising star. These are the guys on the upward trend, who are due to see a significant uptick in their fantasy value over previous seasons. We've targeted a number of players with a strong chance of hitti...
After a season which many observers would label as overachieving, the Bolts now find themselves in the unenviable forum of heightened expectations. Coming within one victory of the Stanley Cup Finals has many hockey fans in the Sunshine State envisioning a return to glory for Vinny and Co. While this is well within the realm of possibility, members of the Eastern Confere...
by Ian Cunningham iancunningham.tb@gmail.com The Tampa Bay Lightning Training Camp is officially under way!! After a day full of physicals and off-ice assessments, the team will travel to the Brandon Ice Sports Forum for their typical on-ice sessions and Blue/White games. The on-ice workouts begin at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. As always, the practices an...
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. ...
Newman writes...

The Circle of Life

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I realize this isn't regarding the Flames, but it's a story that needs to be heard. I recently joined forces with Ritch Winter, a player agent who represents such players as Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky. The site is designed to give the hockey agent community a voice. He was very close to a couple of players that perished in the Russian plane crash and this is his e...
Newman writes...

The Circle of Life

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I realize this isn't regarding the Flames, but it's a story that needs to be heard. I recently joined forces with Ritch Winter, a player agent who represents such players as Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky. The site is designed to give the hockey agent community a voice. He was very close to a couple of players that perished in the Russian plane crash and this is his e...
Newman writes...

The Circle of Life

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I realize this isn't regarding the Flames, but it's a story that needs to be heard. I recently joined forces with Ritch Winter, a player agent who represents such players as Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky. The site is designed to give the hockey agent community a voice. He was very close to a couple of players that perished in the Russian plane crash and this is his e...
Ian Cunningham iancunningham.tb@gmail.com September 22, 2011--The Tampa Bay Lightning are off to a slow start in the 2011 pre-season, dropping back-to-back decisions to the St. Louis Blues, 3-1 and 4-3. The two teams played a home and home set of games, with the latter taking place in Orlando's New Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic. It was the first hockey game...
Ok...keeper league...everybody has 1 forward keeper...rank these players (projected top 20 picks)...GO! Pavel Datsyuk Anze Kopitar John Tavares Jeff Carter Henrik Zetterberg Brad Richards Marian Gaborik Bobby Ryan Mike Richards Jonathan Toews Derek Roy Joe Thornton Ilya Kovalchuk Patrick Marleau Loui Eriksson Jarome Iginla Rick Nash Matt Duchene Dany H...
The 2011/12 Maple Leafs season is two days away against our arch rivals the Montreal Canadiens, the Buds will be looking to make the post season for the first time since the lockout. The club is one of only two clubs to have failed to do so (Florida Panthers the other) and will be looking to charge into the post season. Can the club score enough goals? Will the penalty kil...
When the Jets left 15 years ago, few if any held out hope that the small, western-canadian city would ever get the chance to have an NHL franchise play in their city without it being an exhibition game. The city was told that they were not capable of supporting an NHL franchise. Now, lest we forget, the canadian dollar was worthless, the salaries were horrendous, and the...
by Ian Cunningham iancunninghamtb@gmail.com The Lightning penalty kill looked abhorent over the weekend in a home-and-home series with state rival, the Florida Panthers. In total, the Panthers struck seven times on the power play, along with one short handed marker for eight special teams goals in two games. Florida has only one power play goal in its other two conte...
Hey everyone...if you like reading my work at TCL, make sure you like the new official page on Facebook! "The Checking Line - Isles Edition"! Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Checking-Line-Isles-Edition/189290674480375 Liking the page will bring my work as well as Brian Bock's, Evan Pivnick's and John Madonia's right to your news feed with all your...
aliva93 writes...

HOCKEY AND ESKIMO.

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The Montreal Canadiens are 1-5-2 as of right now. What the hell is happening right now? bad luck?, no talent? Oh My Goodness, is it too early for a major trade? I know it doesn't work like that but something is going to happen for sure. A step up from a leader, big aquisition who knows, rumours fly everywhere! and from what we hear it's almost never what anybody thought......
Wouldn’t it be nice if just once Ron MacLean actually challenged one of Don Cherry’s outlandish assertions and made him support it with some substance? Seriously though, if you throw in a few Cherry-wanna-be’s, like Mike Milbury or Doug MacLean, the so-called expert analysis segment of your favourite hockey program is filled to the brim with unsupported rhetoric f...
yave1964 writes...

John Ogrodnick

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My favorite Wing as a kid was Danny Grant, came over from the North Stars for Henry Boucha, playing on a line with Redmond and Dionne had fifty goals one year, injuries derailed his career shorty after. After that, it became Ogrodnick. Man could he shoot. Quiet, graceful player, when he was dealt to Quebec for Brent Ashton I was entering adulthood, 18 years old but st...
yave1964 writes...

Who will the Wings add?

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The wings are rolling over opponents, after losing the first two on a four game west coast trip, Jimmy Howard said the players rededicated themselves to playing tougher, the results? Seven wins in a row. Nonetheless, the Wings are a little short on the outside, Hudler has been Hudler, Cleary is way off his game, Bert and Homer are showing their age, Abdelkader isnt devel...
It’s amazing how gratifying two wins can feel. After beating up on the Flyers and squeezing by the Canadiens, the Lightning close out this current three game home stand with a tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes. If there was ever a game the team wanted to play on home ice, this would be it. The Bolts’ problems haven’t been at the newly re-named Tampa Bay Times F...
dude84 writes...

The Circle Of Life

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Jerome Iginla is on the verge of getting his 500th goal both in his career and as a flame but the team is out of the playoffs and have missed for the last two years. Iggy as he has come to be known by flames fans was drafted by the Dallas Stars 11th overall in 1995 but was quickly traded to Calgary after the draft for Joe Nieuwendyk the Stars won the cup with Nieuwendyk bu...
Sidney Crosby's last update has been about 15 days ago. Penguins captian Sidney Crosby's health has been a real big talk in the NHL and mostly in the Penguins franchise. Some of his teamates well all of them are very concerned. The 24 year old superstar is still having concussion symptoms but they are not believed to be as severe as they where in the past. The Penguins wil...
Tonight is the big game. Re-match from the World Junior Gold Medal game last year in Buffalo. As a Canadian, I was really cheering the Czech's on last tonight against Russia. In such a tight game, Grigori Zheldakov scored the game-winner for Russia following a power-play from the Czech's. Daniel Krejci was hit on the follow through of a Russian players stick, and stayed do...
The Maple Leafs are in an all familiar spot in the standings since the lockout, out of a playoff position once again thanks in part to a dismal month of December that saw the club go 4-6-3 and in a tight Eastern Conference that sees 10 points separating 3rd place from 12th place in the Conference the Buds need to get their game back on track The team plays nine out of t...
Xwayde writes...

Donald S Cherry

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What a guy! Isn't he beautiful?! I have chosen to write my next blog about one of my favourite sports personalities of all time. Nothing irritates me more then people who constantly berate and chastise Don Cherry when they don't even know the guy. Off-screen, what does Don do? Spends his time helping the hockey community in every way he can. He visits hospitals...
scherico writes...

Current state of the Sabres

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I'll be honest. The Sabres more than concern me. They scare me. I remember back on July 1st, the post I saw most often was "drop the puck already". I have not seen that much excitement in Buffalo since Gilbert Perreault or Pat LaFontaine. No one would have predicted that they would be 18-19-5 at this point in the season. Can they turn it around? I have no idea. S...
Well isn't this a nice turn of events. We are reaching the season's halfway mark and not only is Ottawa still competitive, they are a force. The Senator's 25-16-6 record has brought fans to the edge of their seats during every game and their excitement is only matched by the players themselves. While the 613 was trying to convince itself it was excited about a lengthy rebu...
Well isn't this a nice turn of events. We are reaching the season's halfway mark and not only is Ottawa still competitive, they are a force. The Senator's 25-16-6 record has brought fans to the edge of their seats during every game and their excitement is only matched by the players themselves. While the 613 was trying to convince itself it was excited about a lengthy rebu...
It is the time for the rumour mill to pump out all kinds of possible trades. Some plausible, others, insane! As a Hab fan, I really believe that they need to make more changes. I also think that winning against Detroit could be detrimental to them in the long run. Geoff Molson, as much as he says he is hands off and he lets the hockey people run the operation, needs to...
As we hit the all-star break this weekend with the Fantasy Draft kicking things off this evening at 8 P.M., the 2011-’12 NHL season has officially reached it’s mid-point. There have been many surprises — and equally as many disappointments — across the league this season on both an individual and team basis. In anticipation of the second half of the season, slated ...
Most Habs fans and media believe that the Canadiens should retool at the deadline. I am of the same opinion. I really think this is the time for the Habs to retool, not rebuild. I would like to see this happen under the watchful eye of a new management team and would love to see Gauthier and Gainey let go. As much as I respect Gainey, I don't think he made the right cho...
How would you feel, if someone came up to you, and said how happy they were that your favorite player was hurt? Probably, not too good. After reading Garth’s latest, I couldn’t ignore this. This happens to be an issue that I feel very strongly about. “The Sabres just got a shot of positive news as their trek to grab the eighth and final playoff spot rages on. In M...
JeremyC writes...

The Resurrection of Hockey?

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When I was young my vacations always revolved around one thing; my mothers love of history. Now usually they were incredibly boring for me, save for one, our trip to Philadelphia. Instead of going to see where the Declaration of Independence was signed or gazing upon the cracked beauty of the Liberty Bell, we all stayed cramped in our hotel room to watch t...
JeremyC writes...

The Resurrection of Hockey?

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When I was young my vacations always revolved around one thing; my mothers love of history. Now usually they were incredibly boring for me, save for one, our trip to Philadelphia. Instead of going to see where the Declaration of Independence was signed or gazing upon the cracked beauty of the Liberty Bell, we all stayed cramped in our hotel room to watch t...
tml1967 writes...

A Ring around the Goalie

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The Maple Leafs have done a complete 180 degree turn from their usually post lockout performances and that is not a good thing Leafs Nation. The club has gone 4-6-2 since the all star game and an even worse 1-6-1 in their past 8 and as February 24/12 comes around the club looks like they will be sitting in a familiar spot post lockout..... out of a playoff spot. The clu...
andydrmm writes...

Creating Hockey Heaven

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There’s been a lot of talk lately as the Sabres (and fans) assess their organization. Again, the idea of creating a so called “Hockey Heaven” in Buffalo is pretty vague. Management thinks that it is making it a great place to play hockey. The idea of selling Buffalo of as a great place to raise a family is fantastic too. The new locker rooms and upgrades to the a...
The Los Angeles Kings did their very best to put the Red Wings to sleep early Friday night at the Joe Louis Arena. Instead, it was the hockey fans across the country who were dozing off and begging both teams to shoot the puck. Darren Helm answered the prayer of many by not letting this game continue into overtime, by outmuscling Drew Doughty for position in front of the n...
Who is ready for the NHL Playoffs? Although I think the, "Because its the cup" slogan for this years playoffs is a complete miss compared to the prior, "History Will Be Made" edition. The NHL playoffs are still very easy to get geared up for regardless. If you haven't seen the highlights or watched the Buffalo/Toronto game from last night, do it now! For my boy @Brimau5, a...
This season is finally over and after a lot of promise and hope, the Maple Leafs collapse, which saw them go 7-18-4 from February 6th at the time they sat in 6th place in the Eastern Conference and dropped all the way down to 13th by the time the season ended, with the fifth worst record in hockey. What the hell happened? We can point fingers at everyone in the organiza...
For the past 21 years, the Detroit Red Wings have been on a run of tremendous success that very few fans experience in a lifetime. It's been very special that I have been lucky enough to be a fan born into the success of the Detroit Red Wings. I was born in October 1990, and the Wings have made the playoffs every season that has been played since, a streak that has now rea...
With the NHL Draft getting closer I thought I would try and write about some of the top prospects out there and American defenseman Jacob Trouba is the first one I thought I would talk about. A gem in the USA hockey system this 6-2, 195 blueliner is destined to play in the NHL someday but it will take some time. He will attend Michigan University this Fall and he will n...
thebartthe writes...

No Freddy the Fog again!?!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
As usual, Fred Shero was not voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. I certainly am not surprised by this since I don't think they'll ever enshrine Fred into the Hall of Fame. I heard there are some people highly opposed to his enshrinement. I guess it has to do with the whole "Broad Street Bullies" era of the Flyers. I was a small kid at the time and don't remember a l...
ATrainAllDay writes...

Hello Hockey Fans...

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I am new to the site, and plan on giving a different perspective on Buffalo Sabres hockey. My knowledge of the Sabres is extensive as my 20 year hockey career. Today is as fitting a day as ever as it was 5 years ago today that the Sabres lost Briere and Drury. New ownership, a different looking team, but the same diehard fans. Here is to a great 2012-2013 season! Don't ...
With the closing of the 2012 summer games comes the passing of the torch and the countdown to the winter olympics in Sochi 2014. With the winter olympics hockey fans will get to see the greatest hockey tournament every four four years. The NHL's best players representing their country vying for Olympic gold. Being a canadian winning gold in mens ice hockey means everyth...
This is the second part of my rankings for Canada's best hockey players by position. I posted earlier my rankings for Canada's top 32 forwards and now it's time to rank the defense and the goalies going into the 2014 olympics in Sochi, Russia. Canada has great depth on the blueline and in my opinion a changing of the guard so to speak. With Neidermayer retired and Chri...
They're out there, and real fans hate them. The Bandwagon Jumpers. How do we define a bandwagon jumper? It's really up to your own opinion I suppose, but I'm going to fill you in on my guidelines for a bandwagon jumper. [i] A Bandwagon Jumper is defined as a fan who displays a lack of loyalty and supports only winning teams, changing from team to team as success ris...
Many times there are little things lost when playing sports such as 'pleases' and 'thank yous.' Hockey players often forget how much their parents give up for them so that they can play this game. We often forget to say 'thanks' for driving two and a half hours on a Saturday morning at 6 AM just so we can be in another part of the state in time for puck drop. We usually fo...
jaredseason writes...

My CBA rant

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Man, I got to say this NHL lockout really does suck. The more time that passes the more I realize how much I am starting to miss that routine of getting back into a new hockey season. You know what I mean; September roles around and your thoughts begin to drift further and further into that beautiful abyss that is the NHL season. Your thinking about how trades and signings...
[b]For everything hockey - 24/7 news updates, scores, humour, blogs, and everything else in between, please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/DailyNHLGrind.[/b] Something that was already a given, has further been proven now with the latest updates of the CBA negotiations. In case you haven’t heard the news yet (which obviously means you’ve probably b...
This band is 2 parts Alberta and 1 part Ontario, They rock and can play some mean hockey too!!! Hello, we are a rock band based out of Hamilton. We are called Flamingo Bay...... "Based out of Hamilton, Ontario; Flamingo Bay's sound falls into one category....Rock n Roll. With styles and influences that range from the 70's through the 90's they're always looking to ...
This band is 2 parts Alberta and 1 part Ontario, They rock and can play some mean hockey too!!! Hello, we are a rock band based out of Hamilton. We are called Flamingo Bay...... "Based out of Hamilton, Ontario; Flamingo Bay's sound falls into one category....Rock n Roll. With styles and influences that range from the 70's through the 90's they're always looking to ...
This band is 2 parts Alberta and 1 part Ontario, They rock and can play some mean hockey too!!! Hello, we are a rock band based out of Hamilton. We are called Flamingo Bay...... "Based out of Hamilton, Ontario; Flamingo Bay's sound falls into one category....Rock n Roll. With styles and influences that range from the 70's through the 90's they're always looking to ...
This band is 2 parts Alberta and 1 part Ontario, They rock and can play some mean hockey too!!! Hello, we are a rock band based out of Hamilton. We are called Flamingo Bay...... "Based out of Hamilton, Ontario; Flamingo Bay's sound falls into one category....Rock n Roll. With styles and influences that range from the 70's through the 90's they're always looking to ...
This band is 2 parts Alberta and 1 part Ontario, They rock and can play some mean hockey too!!! Hello, we are a rock band based out of Hamilton. We are called Flamingo Bay...... "Based out of Hamilton, Ontario; Flamingo Bay's sound falls into one category....Rock n Roll. With styles and influences that range from the 70's through the 90's they're always looking to ...
ajm7719 writes...

Movie Swap Pt. 2: Miracle Recast

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As the NHL lockout continues to drag on, there isn't much hockey news here in America that is really worth writing about. The AHL and many other minor and junior leagues are playing out their seasons as usual but are harder for many people in certain areas to attend. On the heels of last nights election, I was in a bit of a patriotic mood and decided to do another hock...
FuzE_gus writes...

Here's a viewpoint NHLPA

Posted Saturday | Comments 11
Here's a short blog about something that peaked my interest. A viewpoint from someone with a keen mind for business who has not been following the CBA shenanigans. My Dad. My father followed hockey in the 70s but lost interest by the time I really got into it. I think the focus of building his business, raising a family and being an awesome father consumed his time. ...
ajm7719 writes...

To Whom It May Concern

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Dear NHL and NHLPA, Thank you for ruining not only the 2012-13 NHL season but the game in general with your greed. The image of this once proud sport has been tarnished and may never recover from a third lockout in eight-teen years. You believe your fans will come back no matter what happens but I'm here to tell you that we fans will not be back. We have had it with...
It’s almost comical to read the comments that inevitably follow online articles reporting on the NHL Lockout, especially those that are the, “That’s it! I’m done! I’ll never follow the NHL again!” variety. The funny part is when you read another article 3 days later, there’s the same person, with the same comment. And then, a week later, the same comment from...
JamieS writes...

The Curious Case of Brian Burke

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I swear I didn't take that title from anywhere. Anyways as many of you readers know already, Brian Burke was relieved of his duties as Gm and head of Hockey Operations by the two-headed behemoth that is Rogers and Bell, and Dave Nonis will replace (from here until who knows) him. Now, I'm sure I'm not the only person who was at a loss of words. Burke was going into his...
Everyone seems to be in scramble mode this week to pull together drafts, leaving very little time to prepare. If youre like me and play on various sites, its easy to forget the rules and nuances of each league. Blindly drafting without regard to the rules can be fatal. Even if youre Biff Tannen and you know exactly how many points each player will score next season, ...
As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league. Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league for that matter). For now, Ill focus on the specific things you need to know for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey leagues in order t...
I'm starting to wonder... how good could this team be if they had a PP that could score goals? They've gone from a team that couldn't score a 5 on 5 goal to save their lives to a team that can't seem to find any way to score with an extra skater or even two extra skaters. They've now scored 4 or more goals in 4 of their last 8 games and scored a season high 5 last night ...
I'd say the Wild are starting to come full circle. After weeks of questioning the team chemistry and increasingly mounting question marks in coach Yeo, and this team is starting to look like what Wild fans were expecting with the off season acquisitions of Parise and Suter along with a bevy of young talented players making their mark in a shortened season. Backstrom ha...
The Top Five Most Emotional National Anthems in Buffalo Sports HistoryrnShaun Chojnackirnrn#5 NHL All Star Game 1991rnJanuary 19th 1991rn• The Gulf War had just begun and emotions were incredibly high.rn• The game was broadcasted worldwide and drew the highest television audience for an NHL All Star game at the time.rn• The uncertainty of war was looming as the build...
This is my first attempt at writing a blog so all constructive criticism and opinions are welcome. Ill write with some depth on the top ten picks, and then just make the rest quick with little explanation and based on current standings because the playoffs are not finished yet.rnrnThis year in hockey has been full of ups and downs for Oilers fans, our season was over quick...
This is my first attempt at writing a blog so all constructive criticism and opinions are welcome. Ill write with some depth on the top ten picks, and then just make the rest quick with little explanation and based on current standings because the playoffs are not finished yet.rnrnThis year in hockey has been full of ups and downs for Oilers fans, our season was over quick...
Anaheim GM has already made in clear in the exit interviews he plans to shake up his team for 2014. Having already signed Getzlaf and Perry to big contracts, it would seem the scariest times are over. But... Can Anaheim weather the storm if Selanne and Koivu hang 'em up? Many consider that Selanne was too tired this shortened season to continue for one more year. Koi...
First off, follow me on twitter @PHI_Flyers to talk some hockey I thought it would be fun to steer away from everyone dissecting one team for the offseason coming up and look at players trade values. I'm going to break down each team and put their key players into either ELITE value, HIGH Value, and AVG value. Im not going to include every player so if you feel there is...
Draft Predictions At Number Six (Flames) Hi everyone, over the last few days I’ve been asking twitter followers of mine who they think the Calgary Flames will pick at number six in their own opinion. So let’s hear what they said. Ryan Smiley (@BacklundFan11) - Im gonna have to say I’d pick Max Domi of the London Knights (OHL). He’s probably one of ...
For my blog today, I decided that I would write a bit about what I think about the European Goalie Situation with the Canadian Hockey League. For me, the love of hockey came in the Junior league (WHL) at the will of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Being raised an Edmonton Oiler fan in southern Alberta, I never really got to see many games (none actually) of the NHL calibre, ...
Since it's the most recent development, I'll start off by saying that I think bringing Tallinder back into the fold was a great move by Darcy and the Sabres. Not only has he had a solid career as a defensive defenseman, but he is exactly the kind of hard-working professional that the young Sabres need as a role model. The most interesting aspect of this move, however, is w...
Last season marks the 1st time the Flyers have missed the playoffs under GM Paul Holmgren (Not Counting his half season after Bob Clarke Resigned). Now we will start off on things that went wrong in the 2012-2013 that lead them to missing the playoffs. The most obvious issue was Defense. First thing is the Defense Core all struggled last season. On most nights you woul...
While I may be a Flyers fan, the Oilers will always be my 2nd favorite team, and they have been since the day I was born. I've decided to mix it up and write a blog for a different team. Today I will sum up the Oilers offseason to date. That includes everything from the Draft, Free Agent signings, re-signings, trades, and management changes. [b][u]Management Changes [...
Creating a blog like this will bring obvious controversy, agreements and disagreements. I know that. However, the Oilers are without a captain for the 13/14 season, so why not blog about it? The Oilers could always go the 3 assistant captains route, however, i feel that with all the young players the Oilers have, they will put a C on one of their younger players sweaters. ...
Time to re-cast another hockey movie using current NHL players and coaches. Today were going to take a swing at the 1986 junior hockey, coming of age tale, Youngblood, which featured Patrick Swayze and Rob Lowe. Oh and how could we forget the bumbling French Canadian goalie portrayed by Keeanu Reeves. Time to drop the puck on this: [b]Dean Youngblood[/b] who from t...
For defensemen to succeed on the big, Olympic-sized ice you have to look for a few main tools- A smooth, fluid skater who is mobile at both ends of the ice so if he makes a mistake he an high tail it back to make up for it- You have to be smart and have good vision to see developing plays and attacks as well as having the ability to break out of your own zone with a blink ...
LBAlien writes...

The Dubey Effect

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Devan Dubynk, the Big Easy as some would like to call him or Dubey as I like to call him. The big goalie that has never seemed to get the complete trust from fans to take the team to the next level. He always seems to let in that one goal that can deflate the whole team. But he is capable of making that big save but at times it always seemed too late. Every year he has bee...
Have you heard the knews?! Dun Dun Dun...Another one bites the dust. One more for the list of players the Oilers have mismanaged. What's this list you may ask? Well follow me down the rabbit hole into a world of disappointment, heartbreak, remorse, disgust, and woe (Thanks Thesaurus.com!). The List (Feel free to make your own or add to the one provided.) Sheldon Sour...
mmelnick writes...

First post on HockeyBuzz

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Hello! I figured since I loved Hockey so much, and the NY Rangers, i'd try my hand at writing a few things about the game when i had the motivation. Thanks to John Marzan for turning me on to this site. I'm pretty excited about the upcoming season. There's a lot of changes in the Rangers camp but most of them are for the better. I think they did well 2 seasons ago and mi...
JoshRimer writes...

Hello Everyone!

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For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter and Don't know me, My name is Josh Rimer and I'm excited to join Hockey Buzz. I've been in the Hockey Biz since I was 16 years old. Spent half my life in Canada and the other half in the US. I got some great ideas that I'm going to be writing about in this space, and I'm pretty sure that you will enjoy it! My first piece ...
I know I'm terrible at creating titles, but lay off me, would ya?rnrnWith all the success young kids of the Oilers have had in recent years, it's become hard for some of us to remember that the dreaded sophomore curse is still a very real occurrence. We were lucky enough to skirt such seasons with Hall and Eberle. Despite some fairly ugly numbers, we also seemed to avoid u...
Over/Under is a blog series that will analyze players around the league who fall into one of two categories: Overrated, or Underrated. First up is Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers. Wait, isn't he too young to fall into one of these categories? Not whatsoever. Let the analysis being! Sean Couturier, a 20 year old center for the Philadelphia Flyers, is best known...
By Tony Lynch (@tonylynchsaid) The Rangers' preseason officially kicks off tonight when the Rags take the ice against the Devils in Newark. Before they take the ice, here's a recap of how the Rangers prospects fared in the annual Traverse City Prospect Tournament. Though the team did not fare well in the standings at the tournament, finishing 1-2-1, a number of players ...
Five days. FIVE DAYS. That is all the separates us die-hards from the start of the NHL regular season. It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were wondering if there would even be a hockey season for the 2012-13 campaign. However, it is quite a different story this year. Thank God. With the regular season starting soon many Fantasy Hockey League drafts will be ...
The heat will be turned on high for every Sabre this season. Looking through the roster in the midst of the Sabres’ overhaul reveals a melting pot of players from different stages in their careers. Every player has a lofty set of individual challenges to face this season, and while the same can be said about all players at the beginning of a new NHL season, the effects a...
Short Answer: Nothing. I guess you'll be wanting more than a short answer, though. Especially when someone asks such a common question and responds with such an uncommon, illogical answer. I mean there has to be something wrong with the Flyers, right? There just [i]has[/i] to be. Last night the Flyers opened their season on home ice at the Wells Fargo Center against ...
puckman12 writes...

Equipment Overkill

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Now that another youth hockey season is about to begin, the annual lamenting about the cost of the game gives rise to the topic of what exactly a young hockey player needs in the area of protective equipment.rnrnHere in northern Minnesota, where ice time is available duiring the winter months on any of the outdoor rinks, many parents bring their kids to the rink to sign up...
Well, many people could see this one coming after the poor start the Flyers had. I had a gut feeling this one was coming. Not even just because of a 0-3 start, but just how the team looks in general. I for one, had great optimism for the Flyers because of their offseason additions this year and felt they would get back on track with a training camp and full season. Now, ...
I've been a Blues fan for a long time now and it ceases to amaze me at how little attention the team gets, both in local and national news.rnrnrnrnI realize that St. Louis isn't considered a major market, when it's compared to cities like New York or Pittsburgh, but what does a team have to do to get some respect. Right now, the Blues are at the top of the Central Divisio...
tylercastro writes...

Feaster Flamed Out

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Jay Feaster is now out as the Calgary Flames GM. As well as assistant general manager, John Weisbrod. The Flames went 92-80-33 under Feaster since the 2010-2011 season, failing to make the playoffs, yet staying over .500. Brian Burke, President of Hockey made the decision Thursday morning, where he then called a meeting for nearly everyone in the organization. Players sai...
Mr. $36 million dollar man, David Clarkson, Toronto Maple Leafs forward, will sit out again from the Leaf's lineup. Clarkson has a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his sly shoulder to head of St. Louis Blues LW, Vladimir Sobotka. Clarkson, already suspended once this season for leaving the bench to assist in a fight. The automatically cost him not only ...
tylercastro writes...

Clarkson Out for Two Games

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Well last night I thought Maple Leafs right wing, David Clarkson, would get 5+ games for his hit to the head on Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka. I did feel wrong after I let that post out. I brought my thinking down to more like 3 games tops. Clarkson luckily for him and his team only received two games. But that doesn't take away the fact that Clarkson is now going to miss...
For three straight games the Chicago Blackhawks scores 6+ goals in a game. The game against the Toronto Maple Leafs had a different story line to it. This match up was also about answering. The Maple Leafs answered the Blackhawk's goal 2 out of their 3. The first time Patrick Kane's second period goal was answered by Nikolai Kulemin 1:21 later. Next it was Phil Kessel answ...
The Chicago Blackhawks do what they do best and don't let a bad games get any further than the night it was played. After the 7-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Hawks come out with 3 first period goals against the Los Angeles Kings, which no team had scored any first period goals against the LA in 18 games! Where does that come from? But anyone knows if any team had ...
tylercastro writes...

My Team on the Move UP

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A new thing i'm going to try is called, My "Team on the Move." This is going to be based on my opinion, of course. So my first team on the move is going to be... the Calgary Flames! Why not? The Flames have already played three games since the firing of Jay Feaster. They have earned at least 1 point in each of those three games. The exact record, 2-0-1. Calgary's leading s...
Markymark9016 writes...

Leafs vs Devils Recap

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The Leafs finally win a game, an actual win…that’s if you think winning in a shootout should count that is. rnrnA boring hockey game, a boring result, but that’s exactly what the Devils do to you. The Leafs were outshot again and hemmed in their own zone for long periods of time and no this is not a recording its an actual fact and as Ovechkin would put it “I swe...
I'm really starting to get sick of Sam Gagner, I don't understand why they pay him 4+ million to be ineffective. I'm going to go ahead and list the players the should get rid of before next season. Unfortunately I think that the Oilers will have to deal one of Eberle or Yakupov to fix the teams other needs, if I had a choice I would move yakupov bcuz Eberle is best friends...
Well there was nothing to be proud of if your a sabres fan, (sabres in lower case because they played like little boys). I felt good for the first 7:36 seconds, it looked like the team was going to play a game but my body must have sensed something because I fell asleep. But not to worry because MSN replays the game so I got to watch what looked like 20 Jasons slaughter w...
Well there was nothing to be proud of if your a sabres fan, (sabres in lower case because they played like little boys). I felt good for the first 7:36 seconds, it looked like the team was going to play a game but my body must have sensed something because I fell asleep. But not to worry because MSN replays the game so I got to watch what looked like 20 Jasons slaughter w...
MLew65 writes...

Woman's hockey

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To be honest the only women's hockey I've heard of was when Tampa Bay had Manon Rhéaume play in goal in the preseason of 1992 and then an exhibition game in '93 against Boston. My eyes were extra wide open when I saw women's olympic hockey this year, these ladies are fast and good. I couldn't stop watching. Being from Buffalo, NY and seeing two new rinks being built in fr...
Brayton writes...

NHL Mock Draft #1

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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 ...
As I was listening to the new and improved Hockeybuzzcast and hearing the sparkling reviews and praise for the Columbus Blue Jackets especially from Josh Rimer. I knew I had to check this series out. Now, even though the Blue Jackets couldn't put together a full 60 minute effort and come out on top in this game, I was thoroughly impressed. And for a lot of reasons I ...
Hello everyone, before I begin this blog I'd like to introduce myself before I start, as this is my first time blogging on the site. I'm Joey and I would consider myself a big fan of the Sabres and of hockey in general. I do have season tickets to Buffalo Sabres' games so I (should) know my stuff. Enough about me for now. I'd like to thank Eklund and all of the...
nmaving writes...

The Sabres Rebuild

Posted Friday | Comments 4
The Sabres have many roster questions going into the 2014-15 season. As a college student going to school out of state it was very tough to watch such a bad team play all season. I am proud to say though that I stuck with this team all year, and hopefully will be rewarded this year and next year with some electric prospects. The question of Reinhart or Bennett is one I can...
freelancer writes...

"We Screwed Up"

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After eight years of this. After eight years of false promises, excuses, and mistakes. I think this is the one thing fans need to hear the most. The Edmonton Oilers have been a shining example of mediocrity for almost an entire decade. Yes, we have had the likes of Tambellini, Mactavish, and Lowe stand in front of media and say things like "obviously we aren't where we wan...
Brayton writes...

Who's up for buyout?

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The final four teams remain in the National Hockey League Playoffs with the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs coming to an end in early to mid June. On June 15th, or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup has been awarded, the NHL compliance buyout period begins. All 30 NHL teams will have until June 30th to use a compliance buyout on up to two players on its roster. These buyouts wil...
Hello to all who are reading, I'd like to introduce to you my series of Buffalo Sabres Report Cards for any prospects who have played int he 13-14 season. I won't just be covering players who played for the Sabres or Amerks but I'll also do it for juniors or college leagues etc. So, let's get started now... I figured I'd start with probably the best prospect in the orga...
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...
With Jake Gardiner signed and all players locked up, it's time to look at what the Leafs have done so far this off season and what I can only hope and wish for them to do now. Let's recap New additions in their natural positions- Leo Komarov-LW David Booth-LW Mike Santorelli-C Petri Kontiola-C Matt Frattin-RW Daniel Winnik-C Stephen Robidas-D Roman Polak-D Will...
I have been "Fantasy Hockey Blogging" for a few years now, and thought I would drop a small one on here! I have been a (self-appointed) Fantasy Hockey Guru for a few years now. I play in some insanely competitive leagues that mimic all life like NHL systematics for Drafting, ELC's, Contract renewals etc... so after years of this I have always had a knack of planning, sc...
This is a precursor blog and will include my team I have assembled in the last 4 years. I will break down some of the rules each roster allows and will give you a deeper look into how in depth these leagues can get at a certain level. First off, I will start at the roster and cap management. On the Major roster you are allowed 25 players that can accumulate points (head...
Seeing I have already rather the “Top 5 Goalies” for your fantasy leagues this year, I will move onto a position that seems to be lacking in comparison to others in the league. Here you will get your Top 5 Left Wingers for fantasy purposes in 2013-14. To keep it in context, these are the scoring categories I base my rankings on: [b]Skaters[/b] Goal: 2 Assist:...
Danglarsteeth writes...

Hello!

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This is my first time writing a blog and I have no background in writing whatsoever, so bear with me. Once the season starts I plan to follow and write about the Ottawa Senators as often as I can. I'll be writing my honest opinion, knowing full well that it is no more educated than any of yours, so I welcome any opinions that differ from mine. One last thing, I'm an...
For the average fantasy hockey player, draft preparation consists of purchasing a magazine, turning to the last page and cracking open a beer 10 minutes before draft time. They may pull up an injury report while they're waiting for that last guy to drop off his kids and show up 10 minutes late for the draft. For those who put their fate entirely in the hands of the exper...
Part 2 of our look at where you can go wrong by drafting purely off a magazine draft list continues with our underrated players. (Part 1 called out those over-rated players). [u]OFFENSE[/u] [b]Nathan MacKinnon[/b] (Yahoo:25 / landsharkhockey:9) If you trust Yahoo, you're missing the boat. MacKinnon will dominate for the next decade. [b]Anze Kopitar[/b] (THN:29 ...
With just over a week before the first puck drops, we're entering prime time for fantasy hockey drafts. If you're like me and play on various sites, it's easy to forget the rules and nuances of each league. Blindly drafting without regard to the rules can be fatal. Even if you're Biff Tannen and you know exactly how many points each player will score next season, it's ...
As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league. Unfortunately, Yahoo has discontinued the Pro Leagues (probably due to their refusal to move off the rotisserie format). Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league f...
phoenixtf writes...

Bet Hockey Oct 8, 2014

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Along with a new season of hockey, starts the season of hockey betting. I use the site www.sportsinteration.com. There is a minimum of $2 per bet. [b]Montreal at Toronto[/b] Montreal +1.5 1.34 Toronto -1.5 3.35 Montreal 1.91 Toronto 1.91 Over 5.5 2.05 Under 5.5 1.80 I will be taking the over at $2.05 The first game...
phoenixtf writes...

Bet Hockey Oct 8, 2014

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Along with a new season of hockey, starts the season of hockey betting. I use the site www.sportsinteration.com. There is a minimum of $2 per bet. Montreal at Toronto Montreal +1.5 1.34 Toronto -1.5 3.35 Montreal 1.91 Toronto 1.91 Over 5.5 2.05 Under 5.5 1.80 I will be taking the over at $2.05 The first game of the season can be wild. I'm hoping for a goal fi...
phoenixtf writes...

Bet Hockey Oct 10, 2014

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It's been a pretty good start to the season for betting. I am 7 for 8 with the lone loss coming at the hands of the Boston Bruins when they beat the Philadelphia Flyers on opening night. With the first Saturday Night upon us, my picks look like this. Anaheim +1.5 1.33 Detroit -1.5 Anaheim 1.91 Detroit 1.91 Over 5.5 2.10 Under 5.5 1.77 I took Anaheim on the money li...
phoenixtf writes...

Bet Hockey Oct 12, 2014

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I hope everyone out there has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now the bets. Toronto +1.5 1.50 NY Rangers -1.5 2.70 Toronto 2.45 NY Rangers 1.61 Over 5.0 1.69 Under 5.0 2.25 Winnipeg +1.5 1.59 Los Angeles -1.5 2.45 Winnipeg 2.80 Los Angeles 1.47 Over 5.0 1.69 Under 5.0 2.05 I am taking both home teams on the money line on one bet. This makes it 2.35 on the dollar. Ho...
Pgoalie39 writes...

Club college hockey to pro?

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
I am 18 years old playing club hockey at Eastern Connecticut State University. I really want to play at a much higher level but I don't know where to start or even if I have a chance to do so. If anyone has any input on this please feel free to contact me through my blog.
bloodandhonor writes...

NHL Hockey in Alberta

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I suppose for a first time blogger, a little history might help any readers to see where my biases and allegiances come from. I was born in Alberta in the early 80's the heyday of the battle of alberta. I have 2 older brothers and as one might expect, I wanted them to like me, so I cheered for the teams they cheered for, namely the Gretzky led Oilers. When I was old en...
The NHL has seen quite a few teams leave one city, relocate to another, and then years later, witness the former city land a new team. There are rumors, following the newest Rogers/NHL television broadcast deal, that an expansion franchise may be coming. Some think this could mean a new team in Quebec. Others think that there could be a second team in Toronto. If so, ...
speechman writes...

Waiver Wire Tapping Tips

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
In my last post, I discussed strategies for drafting your fantasy hockey team. Drafting well is critical to your team's success. If you play fantasy football, you know that sometimes if a team has an awesome draft, they will hardly need to touch the waiver wire all season, especially if their team crushes the competition week after week because even if they wanted to g...
Finally, the playoffs are over. Thank goodness. The drudgery! Who cares? Make fun of me if you would like. I was bored to tears after the first round of the playoffs and I didn't watch many games thereafter. I've been bored after the first round of the playoffs for a long time. Truth be told, the three most exciting playoff teams I've ever watched were Toronto, Phi...
KABOOM. Many have speculated and this week starts the changing of the guard in the NHL. The LA’s, Chicago’s, and Boston have run into a huge obstacle… Namely the salary cap. With so many teams rebuilding, retooling and shifting gears this week promises to be the beginning of the most active off season in over a decade. So what can we expect? Anaheim – One mu...
So I'm putting on my thinking fans hat here.... But it looks like the B's still need some work to define a better team going into next season. I'm going to breakdown several reasons why and some scenario's I think could help the cause. 1. Defence is still a mess: Given that they signed Irwin I'm hopeing this doesn't close the door on getting some talent like Cody ...
In this article, I would like to outline some of the second year players who have caught my eye. They are not ranked by skill, and some key players may be left off the list. The purpose is not to compare, but rather to analyze players which will be highly discussed entering their second year. 1. Aaron Ekblad: Defense ; ( 81 GP, 12 G , 27 A , +12) Age: 19 I believe th...
Blanehartley writes...

Hart N Soul Hockey Talk

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I'm back again for another segment of no one's favourite quick take segment. When I write this blog I promise to do a few things. I will not bore you with stats that you will no doubt just graze your eyes over, or not even look at. I will not make trade rumours up. Anyone can simply look at a team's strengths and weaknesses. then find another team in the NHL that mat...
In an era of prequels and sequels, innovation sometimes comes to not be identified when presented to the masses. Yet it is this same backdrop that fosters the innovative spirit: the drive to create a comprehensive model. rnrn3-on-3 hockey is an amazing innovation. Not only does it add a new dimension (in which the benefits seem to outweigh the negatives) but it has dee...
In an era of prequels and sequels, innovation sometimes comes to not be identified when presented to the masses. Yet it is this same backdrop that fosters the innovative spirit: the drive to create a comprehensive model. rnrn3-on-3 hockey is an amazing innovation. Not only does it add a new dimension (in which the benefits seem to outweigh the negatives) but it has deep ho...
We don’t get to hear the greatest broadcasting phrase in hockey enough these days but never fear – these obvious and totally simple to implement solutions will ensure a skyrocket in goals scored in the NHL and we’ll get to hear a lot more: He shoots he scores! Il lance il compte! Стреляет Он забивает гол! - russian Han skjuter han poäng...
Tonight is the start of the NCAA Ice Hockey Championships that are taking place in Tampa, Florida this year. Here are the match ups in round one. Quinnipiac V. Rochester Inst. Top Prospects Quinnipiac- Travis St. Denis Rochester _____________________________________________ Yale V. U. Mass-Lowell Top Prospects Yale U. Mass-Lowell- LW CJ Smit...
zjmac writes...

WHL Playoff Predictions

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Eastern Conference 1 Brandon Wheat Kings v. 6 Moose Jaw Warriors 3 Red Deer Rebels v. 7 Regina Pats Western Conference 1 Victoria Royals v. 2 Kelowna Rockets 3 Seattle Thunderbirds v. 5 Everett Silvertips Predictions Brandon will beat Moose Jaw in 6. Regina will have a tough fight considering they have the league's top scorer in the regular season...
Match Ups: Round One Hershey Bears v. Portland Pirates Toronto Marlies v. Bridgeport Sound Tigers San Diego Gulls v. Texas Stars Ontario Reign v. San Jose Barracuda Lake Erie Monsters v. Rockford Ice Hogs Millauawke v. Grand Rapids Griffins Providence Bruins v. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Albany Devils v. Utica Comets Predictions Hershey i...
New Era Hockey Prospect Player Profile: ​Ben Hutton, D - Vancovuer Canucks ​Ben Hutton surprised everyone at the beginning of the season, making the Canucks NHL roster. He was able to put up 1 goal and 24 assists over 73 games; not bad for a rookie picked in round 5. He already possesses the skills and attributes of a talented two-way defender in the NHL. He ...
Just for the fun I will try to complete a second team Canada roster for the world cup from which whom was not taken. Forwards Line 1 Perry - spezza -Hall Line 2Nash -Carter - ladd Line 3 sharp - bozak - lucid Line 4 Neal - Jordan staal - cammalleri Defence Subban - campbell Letting - seabrook Giordano - hamhuis Phaneuf Goalies Luongo - fleury - Crawford...
zjmac writes...

2016 NHL Award Predictions

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Calder Memorial "Rookie of the Year" C Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) LW Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks) D Shayne Gostisbehere (Philadelphia Flyers) My Winner: McDavid. Veznia Trophy "Best Goalie" G Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals) G Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning) G Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings) My Winner: Holtby. Frank...
zjmac writes...

2016 NHL Award Predictions

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Calder Memorial "Rookie of the Year" C Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) LW Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks) D Shayne Gostisbehere (Philadelphia Flyers) My Winner: McDavid. Veznia Trophy "Best Goalie" G Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals) G Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning) G Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings) My Winner: Holtby. Frank...
thejonathans writes...

Thing.

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You can rank them from 1 to 5 for who is more of a hockey fan. you may not vote for yourself, but you can vote. if you are one of these 5 posters on hockeybuzz.com, you can vote for the other 4 in order. each person can only vote once, and anyone other than me can vote. The winner's prize is the fact that they are more of a hockey fan than the others, and this is how it...
09/02/2016 Hockey, Hockey, Hockey. I waste a lot of my life reading hockey articles, following hockey writers and researching hockey players. I’m at the point where I’ve decided to put my thoughts down on paper, even if they are just for me. I have always enjoyed writing, but could very well find out in a hurry that I am quite lousy at this blogging thing. Turnin...
DeepFantasies writes...

Collecting Keepers

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09/04/2016 Once in a while we will be fortunate enough to witness a goalkeeper such as Matt Murray arrive in the NHL at a very young age and make an incredible impact, circumstances can instantly create hockey heroes. All players start to hit their stride at different points in their career; a good poolie watches closely to recognize indicators. I have been intere...
zjmac writes...

CBJ- USA beats Canada in NWA

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The United States defeat Canada in Nationwide Arena in the first preliminary games of the tournament. The final score was 4-2. Zach Parise, Team USA and Minnesota Wild alternate captain, score the first goal of the game. (1-0) Patrick Kane, the reigning Hart Trophy winner of the Chicago Blackhawks, made it 2-0. Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins scored the f...
Edmonton Oilers - Tale of two cities - This team started as a team you question defensively as against Calgary they should have lost. Then you have the drubbing against the injury riddled Sabres. Looking bleak and the team tightens up and wins two fairly sound games. Also if this team does well I would like to point out it isn't Chiarelli, its him finding haystack and...
#1 Carey freakin' Price WOW. Best goalie in the league, maybe the best of all time if he keeps this up. If he plays like we know he can, he will lead this team to a Cup eventually! #2 Weber for Norris When Subban was traded everyone went ballistic. Fans were tweeting nasty nasty things to Marc Bergevin. But boy did it pay off; Weber is leading the league in points by ...
The Vegas Golden Knights have sent out a message to the rest of the league: they're going to have some fun with expansion. From Elliotte Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts post: [quote]1. Initially, the plan was to give Las Vegas 48 hours with the protected list before the expansion draft. That is being increased to 72. At the GM meetings, the Golden Knights’ George McP...
Eastern Conference: Washington Vs Toronto This is a series that many will think is a wash in the park for Washington, but if there is any team with the speed, skill and tenacity to beat Washington other than Pittsburgh it's the Maple Leafs. That being said, it's too early for the leafs. Washington wins in 6 games as the Leafs make it a series but never really stood a ...
When do you think the next NHL trade will happen?
W_1 writes...

Ode To The Rumor

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
Oh, the rumor, My lonely friend, I have sought you out, Asked for your truth, And it came to an end. You are a myth, You are the sunset, You disappear, Only to come back again, My only summer friend. Unfortunately, real hockey does not exist right now, not for those of us that bleed our colors through the winter in a dance with the worlds most beautiful game....
THX1138 writes...

Stop the madness

Posted Friday | Comments 9
I apologize to Eklund and Hockeybuzz if this is a blog they don’t want up. Considering the political climate in the world right now, I’m not sure if I’d want this on my website. I mean, I agree with what I’m about to write, but it seems like the world is a very angry place now, and lives are being ruined over what people think and how people feel. It’s not my int...

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