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[img:right]http://www.click2host.us/003/roberto_luongo706208.jpg[/img]The NHL announced its nominees for their annual year-end awards, Roberto Luongo was nominated for three awards and Alain Vigneault was nominated for coach of the year. Luongo were among the nominees for the Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player to his team), Lester B. Pearson Award (most outstand...
To see the following story with pictures and better formatting check out [url]http://www.NHLNow.com[/url]! CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding rookie): Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins; Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche. NHL Jeff's Take: Malkin was amazing all season long. Yes, he started out on fire and slowed down a bit as the sea...
Power forwards...huge, hulking, “whittle-guy” killers that can skate...a goalie’s worst nightmare...and supposedly, the ghost of Christmas past. The new rules adopted my “My NHL” practically sent them to their graves. At the very least, the new rules assured a long, penalty-plagued transition. Many of the typical power forwards became a liability to their team...
[b]Second Annual Grimmy Award Winners[/b] Note: Since my last name is Grimm, the title of the awards are a take-off on my name and the music awards of a similar name. [b]Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins[/b] Runners-up: Roberto Luongo (Vancouver), Vinny Lecavalier (Tampa Bay) There have been heralded youngsters throughout the history of the NHL. Way...
Luongo07 writes...

CANUCKS TAKE THREE

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The NHL awards are still a ways away, but the good people over at The Hockey News just couldn’t wait. Is this a preview of what’s to come when the NHL doles out their shiny metal? Maybe, maybe not. But a little recognition is always good thing. The Canucks took three of THN’s annual awards announced last week. Roberto Luongo edged Marty Brodeur for the...
sixtyone writes...

Awards, trades, free agents...

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
So here we are with the NHL Awards on tonight (does anyone really care?) and most of the talk seems to be around the MVP, Goalie and Rookie. If it was up to me, it would be Sid for MVP, Luongo for Goalie, and Staal for Rookie. We'll see how that pans out. I'm not sure how much trade talk goes on at the awards. I'm torn on what I would like to happen. I wouldn'...
First of all congrats to all the NHL award winners, especially Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby. So, Thursday night, after a rough day at work, I get home. I get my mail and I see my wonderful-if ill gotten-HockeyBuzz hat has arrived. Immediately the day is brighter. I am going to have some chicken enchiladas and watch the NHL awards show on Versus. Well, I get my me...
[b]Alain Vigneault - Vancouver Canucks[/b] The NW is a cake walk of a division. 5 out of the 8 teams from the western conf. that made it into the playoffs had higher point totals than the NW divison winners the Canucks. Im not saying Vigneault and the Canucks didnt have a good season but there were obvious better choices for the award. Also i dont see how Randy Carlisle...
So we had the NHL Awards last night. I didn't watch them. All that I saw was from the bar after work. Honestly, I don't even get why these are on the tv. I like that awards are given out but the whole event just seems a little over the top for me. But that's just my point of view. As for who got what last night, most were expected. It was nice to see Vigneau...
Last night, I was pretty ticked off about not being able to watch the NHL awards show. I find the awards show, with it's awful humor and poor production qualities, a great coda to the NHL season and playoffs. Well, I wrote a blog blaming the NHL and Gary Bettman. Turns out it was a TV truck from the CBC. I still fault Bettman for a great deal of the NHL's issues, howev...
- [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...
Here's a list of my top picks for the Wild to pursue this offseason. Forwards: [b]1) Jason Blake[/b] A few things stand out in my mind when I look at Jason Blake. First, obviously, that he was a 40 goal scorer last season with the Islanders and led them in points with 69, but also that he played at a +1 for them over all 82 games. Blake is a ferocious forechecke...
In the midst of all the Dustin Penner drama, I started thinking to myself why would a well respected veteran general manager like Kevin Lowe go through so much trouble to bring over the 25 year-old Manitoba native to Edmonton. Penner, who appeared in all 82 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season, finished with 29 goals and 16 assists in his first full NHL season and play...
Alrighty, amigos. The following is my prediction for the 2008 NHL award winners. Some will be obvious, Mr.87, while some will be shocking... which is a good thing. [b]President's Trophy[/b]: New York Rangers [b]Prince of Wales[/b]: New York Rangers [b]Clarence S. Campbell[/b]: Detroit Red Wings [b]Art Ross Trophy[/b]: Sidney Crosby [b]Calder Memorial Trophy[...
dagley writes...

Why I love Rick Nash!

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[img:left]http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/topstory/sports/nash_rick050507.jpg[/img] [b][u]Overview[/b][/u] [b]Name:[/b] Rick Nash #61 [b]DOB:[/b] Jun 16, 1984 [b]Born:[/b] Brampton, Ont., Canada [b]HT:[/b] 6-4 [b]WT:[/b] 215 [b]Drafted:[/b] 1st overall in 2002 Columbus Blue Jackets [b]2006/2007 Season Totals:[/b] 75 GP | 27 G | 30 A | 57 PTS | -8 | 73 PIM | [b]Awar...
It goes without saying that with no scoring, you likely won't win many games. Coming into last year's campaign, the Blue Jackets and their fans believed en groupe that they boasted a group of forwards that could rival any in the West. On paper, Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov, David Vyborny, Anson Carter, Fredrik Modin and Nikolai Zherdev looked like an offense that could outsco...
Since the calender is fast approaching October, its time to sharpen our skates and make some NHL forecasts. We'll start with the Eastern standings. 1. Ottawa 52 24 6 110pts 2. Pittsburgh 52 25 5 109pts 3. Tampa Bay 46 32 4 96pts 4. Philadelphia 48 27 7 103pts 5. NY Rangers 48 28 6 102pts 6. Buffalo 47 28 7 101pts 7...
FrankD writes...

Pens vs Canes preview

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
The Staal brothers will be at it again tomorrow night in Pittsburgh, as the Canes visit the Pens for what will be the second meeting of the season. Hopefully this time around, little brother Jordan can outplay, or at least shutdown his older brother Eric. In the season opener, Eric netted two goals in a 4-1 victory in front of the Carolina crowd. Perhaps it'll be a differe...
2007 had its share of ups and downs for the Islanders and their fans. From being a team picked to finish dead last, to clinching a playoff berth in the last game of the year, and the anointment of a new captain, there were some great moments this year. Without further ado, here are my Islander awards for 2007:(I'm going by the calendar year 2007. Late 2006 does not count.)...
So here we are at the mid-point of the year and it's not been a pretty one for the Hurricanes. GP W L OL P GF GA Carolina Hurricanes 42 20 18 4 44 130 137 44 points in 42 games and a record at exactly .500 does not exactly scream champion. Injuries seem to have hit there peak as the team is missing: Scott Walker, Bret Hedican,...
We are at mid-season and the team thus far has performed well. The expectations for this team were through the roof at the start of the season, picked by most sports publications to win the cup. If you compare the performance up to this point with the early predictions for the team, you will see they are a little below where they planned to be. However the team continues t...
sstrang writes...

Half-way Award Winners

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Here we go: [b]Calder:[/b] Patrick Kane (Chi) [b]Adams:[/b] Wayne Gretzky (Phx) [b]Selke:[/b] Pavel Datsyuk (Det) [b]Norris:[/b] Nicklas Lidstrom (Det) [b]Vezina:[/b] Roberto Luongo (Van) [b]Hart:[/b] Jarome Iginla (Cgy) [b]Byng:[/b] Daniel Alfredsson (Ott) Kane: In my eyes, better than Toews overall Gretzky: Finally showing his true coaching colours, rage an...
RDG83 writes...

A Skate Down Memory Lane

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Before the Washington Capitals take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wachovia Center, goaltender Ron Hextall will become the 19th player inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame. Hextall was drafted in the 6th round of the 1982 draft by the Flyers behind superstar goalies like Mario Gosselin, Dave Meszaros, Shawn Kilroy and Dave Ross. In his first year in the NHL...
Here's a quick bit of fluff, as I attempt to pick my choices for major NHL award winners. Hart Trophy Finalists: Jarome Iginla, Calgary; Alexander Ovechkin, Washington; Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa. My Pick: Ovechkin. Ovechkin is the most exciting player in the game and he is the Capitals. Not only is he supremely talented, but he plays the game with a passion an...
[i]Note: Since my last name is Grimm, the name is a takeoff on my name and the music awards of a similar name. These are not predictions, nor are they any kind of announcement of the actual awards.[/i] [b]Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player): Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals[/b][i] Runners-up: Joe Thornton (San Jose), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh)[/i] In the end, it wa...
Quite simply, Roger Daltry and the Boys from The Who (my 2nd favorite band) asked the question that I want most answered by the Philadelphia Flyers tonight... [i] ahhhh...who *#($*(#)$* are you?!?![/i] [b]Who are you? Orange Crush[/b] [img]http://cdn.nhl.com/flyers/images/upload/2008/04/washrichards4.15.jpg[/img] This is the game that decides whether you put your...
Today the NHL announced its finalists for the Lady Byng Award. And to be honest I was first shocked to see Pominville's name listed as a finalist. But then I realized that it isn't that far fetched for Jason to be nominated. Do you ever see 29 complain? He is a true professional on the ice. He lets his skill and hard work tell his story. I think he has a legitimate shot a...
M. Hackney writes...

NHL Awards predictions

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Tomorrow night is the NHL's version of The Oscars: The NHL Awards (boy, what a killjoy opening sentence). I did one of these blogs a couple of years ago on my MySpace, with somewhat successful results. I went 4-for-8. You can read the predictions blog here: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=32863123&blogID=135769656&Mytoken=89AEB6AC-619E-...
The Detroit Red Wings are giving goaltending prospect, Jimmy Howard, all the confidence in the world even though is has not one but two battles on his hands this upcoming year. Howard will earn $600,000 if he makes the club or $200,000 if he is assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. He will not have to clear waivers if sent down. He will also earn a set salar...
These are just for fun, and to get discussion going. If you disagree that's cool, just don't bash, as that always seems to happen on these boards. EAST: 1.Pittsburgh Penguins 2.Montreal Canadiens 3.Washington Capitals 4.Philadelphia Flyers 5.New York Rangers 6.Ottawa Senators 7.Boston Bruins 8.New Jersey Devils --------------- 9.Carolina Hurricanes 10.Buffalo...
The Minnesota Wild, well they've got depth but one thing that's going through my head is "do we have enough to repeat as division champs?" I mean the Wild didn't change anything to make this team better or worse but some of their division foes have and that's what might hurt us. So do we have a chance? Definitely. Are we going to win the Cup with the forwards we currently ...
Were nearing the beginning of the season, still no word on sundin, so since hes not on the roster as of now, I won't use him. These are just my thoughts on the way the lines should be. Line 1- Blake-Antropov-Hagman I like this combination because it gives blake a chance to get his scoring touch back, it also gives hagman a chance ...
hockeyfan89 writes...

2008-2009 predictions

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Ok I have held off to the last possible moment as to what I think the conference standings will look like this year . So here it goes. Eastern Conference 1.Washington 2.Montreal 3.Philadelphia 4.Pittsburgh 5.Rangers 6.Sabres 7.Ottawa 8.Boston 9.Tampa Bay 10.New Jersey 11.Florida 12.Carolina 13.Toronto 14.Atlanta 15.Islanders Western Conference 1.Det...
This is the second in a series about memorable moments at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. [img]http://www.dio.net/pictures_misc/a_special_from_the_spectrum_us_38100-3d_vhs_big.jpg[/img] Dio poster On December 11th, 1977, the lowly Cleveland Barons visited the Spectrum and were dealt a severe ass kicking. Flyers defenseman Tom Bladon had the night of his life, scoring ...
I know that he's put in his time. 14 years at a paper in Peterborough, 16 years at the hockeynews and now with Rogers Sportsnet's and the fan590 on Hockeycentral, but really, c'mon. The Leafs have played 2 pre-season games. 2. They've been in camp for all of a week. They've barely had a second to take in the city, let alone the media throng that is you and Howard. ...
IslandDynasty writes...

My 2008 NHL Predictions

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[b][u]EAST[/u][/b] 1-Montreal Canadiens 2-New Jersey Devils 3-Carolina Hurricanes 4-Pittsburgh Penguins 5-Ottawa Senators 6-Tampa Bay Lightning 7-Boston Bruins 8-New York Islanders ---------------------------- 9-Washington Capitals 10-Philadelphia Flyers 11-Buffalo Sabres 12-New York Rangers 13-Florida Panthers 14-Toronto Maple Leafs 15-Atlanta Thrashers ...
Well by this point in time the teams are fully composed. Bad teams are bad, good teams are good, and mediocre teams are well, mediocre. So let's hand out a few awards at this point in the season. I must be fair here. I have seen very few games from the Western teams. For this reason I will concentrate only on the Eastern Conference for these awesome, fictitious aw...
I left objectivity out of this and concentrated only on the stats. I started with players who have 30 pts this year. I then removed any players with a +/- in the negative. Then I whittled it down to players who play 20 min+ a game. To be a great 2 way forward you have to play in all situations. So next players were eliminated with less than 1min/game on pk and 3 1/2m...
Darryl Sutter has never been much into the hype of Trade Day. He's known for making all his moves in the post-season and doing a fairly good job of it. On trade deadline days, his past has seen him maybe pick up a depth defenseman, a depth forward, and possibly a back-up goal-tender. He’s said before that the available players are not worth the price teams have to pay. T...
BryanM writes...

Vezina Candidates

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It's time for Martin Brodeur to step down from his throne. Because of his torn bicep, Brodeur missed most of the season. It would be an insult to the other 59+ goaltenders that have played this year if Brodeur did win his third-straight and fifth career Vezina. I'm not saying Brodeur is not the best goaltender, but he wasn't the best this year. You can't be the best if ...
Unlike the awards that are given to forwards, which recognize both offensive and defensive aspects of the game, the Norris is the ONLY award given to defensmen. (OK...technically the Art Ross and Maurice Richard awards go to the forward OR defenseman with the most points or goals...but when was the last time a defenseman was at the top in those categories?) I think it's...
Not sure that anyone has even seen "unbreakable", so that reference may be totally lost on you. However, I was quite dissapointed that I was checking Hockeybuzz.com all day yesterday awaiting any Kessel news (to which there still isn't any), and not seeing anything pop up about the Ward trade. I actually learned about it watching the 6 o'clock evening news. At that p...
Each year, the experts get together and vote on the best players in the game. As part of my decade in review, I'd like to look back at the last 10 years and award the Vezina, Norris, and Hart Trophies to best candidates, covering their play over the entire decade. Some worthy candidates were passed over in these categories, because they only played a handful of seasons, ...
1/20/10 Hello Sabre Nation, this is a guide for our trade deadline possibilities. I will do this blog for potential forwards only. Many are very similar, but here are some minor descriptions of their game. Thanks for viewing and I hope you enjoy. It is more than likely the Buffalo Sabres will look to improve their roster at the trade deadline on March 3rd or bef...
JV writes...

My Sip of Coffee in the Bigs

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A blog written by Leaf reporter Howard Berger entitled "Close encounters Along the Way" about his memories celebrating 30 years in the business, inspired me to reflect on my very brief sports writing "career"- a full 3 MONTHS in the business. Reading Howard's stories were quite interesting and gave a personal side to reporter's lives who, in most cases, sports viewers k...
Or, perhaps a better (but longer) question may be: [i]Is it possible for Howard to play just good enough for Detroit to win in game 7, but bad enough to put doubts in the minds of his teammates?[/i] Despite allowing 5 more goals to an incredibly weak Phoenix offense, it would be shocking to see Detroit change direction going into game 7. After all, it was largely Howard...
schaef617 writes...

2010 NHL Award Picks

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Here are my picks for some of the major awards from the 2009-10 NHL season. Each of the awards has three finalists selected by the NHL. The actual winners will be announced over the summer in Las Vegas. Norris Trophy- Top Defenseman Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)- Keith edges out other finalists Drew Doughty (LAK), and Mike Green (WAS) because of his strong defen...
The Sabres lineup has not seen many moves since the beginning of the off-season. The loss of Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman didn’t surprise many fans. The addition of Jordan Leopold and the expected call up of Mike Weber will replace the openings those openings. The Sabres have depth at forward but do they have enough scoring power remains the question. The team is ...
CoreyPerry94 writes...

MY Awards Predictions

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Stanley Cup: NJD Reason: All hinges on Brodeur, but with a more competent backup (The Moose), he will get more rest in the regular season and with the wicked supporting cast NJ has, I can definitely see them taking it all if Brodeur steps up his post-season play. Presidents: Washington Capitals Reason: Is a reason needed? Maurice Richard: Alexander Ovechkin Reason...
[b]Primary Staff:[/b] Jim Rutherford (GM) Paul Maurice (Head Coach) [b]2009-10 Stats:[/b] 82GP 35W 37L 10OTL 80PTS [b]Place:[/b] 3rd Southeast, 11th Eest, 24th NHL [b]Top Scorer:[/b] Eric Staal – 70GP 29G 31A 70P [b]Captains:[/b] Eric Staal (C) [b]OFF-SEASON MOVES OUT:[/b] Ray Whitney (Signed with Phoenix) Rod Brind’Amour (Retired) Tim Conboy (Signed wit...
The Anaheim Ducks managed to goon it up in the Red Wings home opener to the point that they goaded the four-time Lady Byng winner Pavel Datsyuk into a fighting major. The result boded well for the Wings, but you can't read too much into that. They looked sloppy at times and committed some bad turnovers. Jimmy Howard got a shutout as much by the luck of how the calls went...
Now, although I cover the Tampa Bay Lightning in my blogs, and they are one of my favourite teams (I've always loved teams that play in Southern areas. No idea why, but I always have a soft spot for them), but I grew up and lived in Leaf nation until a few short months ago when I moved to Newfoundland. St. John's is actually a place that has no favourite team. There are Ha...
It was just that kind of night for the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres dominated most of this game blasting shots from everywhere but Cam Ward stood his ground and led his Carolina Hurricanes to a 1-0 shutout victory. Entering tonight’s game the Hurricanes were four points behind the Sabres and wasted no time as they were far and away the better team in the first eight min...
It is amazing to think that only a few months ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded their 'star' defenceman to Boston for Joe Colborne(1st round pick), a first round pick, and a conditional pick - when now, Tomas Kaberle is luck to even see ice time in their latest playoff game against the Habs. 12 D KABERLE, TOMAS 1 1 [b]21:10 [/b]28 00:45 03:46 00:00 [b]17:24 [/...
KevinJames writes...

Sabre of the Year

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Over the next week, Sabres Hockey Central will be releasing the staff selections for the seven categories making up the 2010-2011 Sabres year in review. The posts will be published here at 8 a.m. every day through Thursday the 19th. The first award is “Sabre of the year”. Saturday morning’s post will feature the staff’s selections for “biggest surprise player ...
KevinJames writes...

Sabres' Goals of the Year

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The Sabres lit the lamp 245 times this past regular season, but here are a few that are worth taking another look at. These are not ranked or posted in any particular order. Click below to check out the videos: [url]http://sabreshockeycentral.com/2011/05/18/goals-of-the-year-2010-2011/[/url]
Looking back on the season, there are so many memorable moments, but we’ve created a list of the top 10 games of the season for your viewing pleasure. Take a look and let us know what you think. Click below to continue reading: [url]http://sabreshockeycentral.com/2011/05/19/top-10-games-of-the-year/[/url]
KevinJames writes...

Sabres' Saves of the Year

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With the goaltending of Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth, they helped provide some great saves during the regular and post-season. Compiled, is the top 10 saves from this past year, Starting with #10 then working down to #1. Enjoy! Click here to check out the countdown: [url]http://sabreshockeycentral.com/2011/05/20/saves-of-the-year/[/url]
Dropping the gloves in the NHL has become somewhat of an art-form in today’s game. Whether it be the endless marathon, total beat-down or even the occasional all-out brawl, nothing gets the blood of hockey fans pumping better than two players tossing hay-makers. The Buffalo Sabres racked up 30 fighting majors this season — many of which resulted in a Sabre skating t...
On Monday Red Wings fans everywhere rejoiced as Nicklas Lidstrom announced he was coming back for a 20th season. With Rafalski already retiring this season Lidstrom retiring would have been a huge blow to the Red Wings. Now the question is what do the Wings do in Free Agency as I will discuss more next week my opinion is they sign Ed Jovonoski to 2 yr 8 million dollar de...
Over the Next 30 days I will be Previewing each of the National Hockey League Clubs heading into the 2011-12 season starting from the Anaheim Ducks. Day 5 of the series belongs to the official AarifDeenReport Carolina Hurricanes Preview. Please resort to myhockeybuzz page for previews of teams falling before this team. [b]Follow me on Twitter @AarifDeenReport please...
Over the Next 30 days I will be Previewing each of the National Hockey League Clubs heading into the 2011-12 season starting from the Anaheim Ducks. Day 10 of the series belongs to the official AarifDeenReport Detroit Red Wings Preview. Please resort to myhockeybuzz page for previews of teams falling before this team. [b]Follow me on Twitter @AarifDeenReport please....
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...
[img]http://www.newyoungworld.com/images/Nhl_logo.jpg[/img] [b]Follow me on Twitter @AarifDeenReport please.[/b] Yesterday, the long awaited opening night of the new National Hockey League season finally got underway. Three great games involving six great teams. The Former Cup Champions and the very team they beat. Two of Canada’s biggest teams went head to head...
The question that many Carolina Hurricanes' fans are asking as we look ahead to the upcoming 2011-2012 season is, “Did the Canes strengthen themselves sufficiently with the summer moves to claw back into the post-season, after missing by a single point last year?” No question the moves were encouraging. The Canes headed into free agency with a number of key players...
CanesTR writes...

This is Painful.

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Man, is it painful watching the Carolina Hurricanes these days. You can sugarcoat it all you want. The Hurricanes suck right now. This past week-end put an excalmation mark on that sentiment. No doubt, Jeff Daniels' Charlotte Checkers would have put up a better fight. At least the effort would have been there. But, hey. Maybe now that Jim Rutherford is a part-o...
yave1964 writes...

Go west young men

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
The annual canadien west coast trip, followed by a revenge game with Nashville to finish the trip. How many points do we need to get for the trip to be a success? I think five is the magic number, any less is a bad trip, and more a gift. Road blues are still a problem this year, hopefully this trip takes care of it.........
yave1964 writes...

On Wings and nucks

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Good to see the blackhawks lose in regulation, hard to root for the Pens but root I did last night. Another game at hand without them picking up a point, thats the way I like it. Jimmy Howard will be in goal again, hope he doesnt wear out before the post season, but wow has he been amazing. The last couple of years the Wings won dispite him, this season he has come in...
electric81 writes...

Early Vezina Talk

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Originally, I was going to write an all-out campaign piece for Jimmy Howard’s place in the All-Star game as well as Vezina trophy consideration, but it’s a little ironic that he had one of his, well, less-favorable performances against the Dallas Stars last night. He came away with the “W,” but I’m sure he’s not all that proud of it. Everyone’s entitl...
14 of the past 19 on the road, an absolutely brutal, brutal stretch, the last three games the Wings havent had their legs, falling behind early by two or more all three times. I nice week at home, games every other day, plenty of rest and home cooking for this years best home team, Datsyuk healing, Jimmy Howard rested up. currently sitting in third place, two points behi...
yave1964 writes...

Battling Jimmy Howard

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Jimmy Howard has turned into the modern day version of Billy Smith, intense, focused and God help you if you enter HIS crease. Last year in the playoffs against San Jose I felt he entered his own, even though we lost. Pavelski and his constant snow showers, Howard refused to back down and played a whale of a series. He is 27, entering his prime. I have to admit I wa...
Defina writes...

Looking Ahead

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A look at the Sabres next five opponents Montreal Canadiens: The Habs shocked everyone by rag dolling the Detroit Red Wings in the last game before the All Star Break, 7-2!! That snapped the Red Wings win streak of 7 in a row. The Habs are 9-9-7 at home while the Sabres who will finally be completing what will ultimately be a long disappointing road trip are currently 1...
Feb. 6—The Red Wings dropped a loss tonight to the Phoenix Coyotes. The game was closer than the 3-1 score reflected because of the empty net goal of Martin Hanzal at the end of the game. Joey MacDonald had a decent game with 22 saves, but there is already talk of shopping for another goalie while all-star starter Jimmy Howard recovers from a broken finger. Evgeni Nab...
yave1964 writes...

gameday versus the Hawks

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Gonna have Howard back in the lineup, cleary due to return as well. Nice little one day road trip before returning home for the next two. Catching a Chicago team that is trying to right the ship, and looked really good against the Blues a couple of nights ago. The Wings are well rested. Six game homestand, no back to backs, a nice make up from the schedule makers for...
The 2014 Olympics in Sochi will be a new turning point for Canadian professional hockey. A changing of the guards if you will. The team which represented Canada in Vancouver, while praised as one of the best Canadian national teams ever brought together for one event, was old. The captain of that team, Scott Niedermeyer, is gone, and other player's who played serious minut...
Just saw this from Canadian Press: "A large section of the roof blew off the top of Montreal's Maurice Richard Arena on Thursday, apparently by the force of powerful winds. Part of the roof, about the size of a couple of school buses, tumbled down the side of an exterior wall onto some trees. Officials did not report any injuries." Well, I guess there is no way th...
Just saw this from Canadian Press: "A large section of the roof blew off the top of Montreal's Maurice Richard Arena on Thursday, apparently by the force of powerful winds. Part of the roof, about the size of a couple of school buses, tumbled down the side of an exterior wall onto some trees. Officials did not report any injuries." Well, I guess there is no way th...
Just saw this from Canadian Press: "A large section of the roof blew off the top of Montreal's Maurice Richard Arena on Thursday, apparently by the force of powerful winds. Part of the roof, about the size of a couple of school buses, tumbled down the side of an exterior wall onto some trees. Officials did not report any injuries." Well, I guess there is no way th...
2Over1Under writes...

It Takes a Big Wind...

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Just saw this from Canadian Press: "A large section of the roof blew off the top of Montreal's Maurice Richard Arena on Thursday, apparently by the force of powerful winds. Part of the roof, about the size of a couple of school buses, tumbled down the side of an exterior wall onto some trees. Officials did not report any injuries." Well, I guess there is no way th...
2/4 Maple Leafs 1, Hurricanes 4 Why should I ever get my hopes up on the Toronto Maple Leafs? The blue and white played well against Boston, despite getting outworked and out-muscled in the offensive zone. They did score a good goal that somehow was taken away from them. Chris Kelly plays for the Bruins, just in case you referee's did not know that. Besides the fa...
Eric Mellin writes...

Does Ovechkin Have Hart?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Is Alex Ovechkin now a candidate for the Hart Trophy? If you told me after the first couple weeks of the start of the season that the Washington Capitals would be sitting atop the Southeast with 8 games left I would have laughed at said, "Maybe". If you told me that Alex Ovechkin would be tied for the league lead in goals I would have laughed a little harder and said, "...
HBDean writes...

NHL Year End Awards

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The following is simply a list of my picks for the various NHL awards, not predictions. Hart Memorial Trophy: Alex Ovechkin - Sid the Kid was hands down the MVP for the first 3/4 of the season, but after his injury, it turned into the Ovi Show. If Crosby had remained healthy he would most likely be handed this award, or if Sergei Bobrovsky's Blue Jackets had made the p...
Philadelphia Flyers are throwing Braydon Coburns name in trade talks teams that are believed interested are Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks and several more. The asking price is a young forward who can replace Danny Briere or a prospect with a pick.
UntamedHabs writes...

Flame Out in Calgary

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Jay Feaster said today that Mike Cammalleri is available for trade Feaster said he still hasn't received any offers on Cammalleri but expects it to pick up closer to the Draft. A list of teams believed to be interested are Los angles, Vancouver , Detroit, Nashville, Toronto and Carolina
Who is Jesse Joensuu? I have become fascinated with the Islanders former second round pick and one of the newest members of the Edmonton Oilers. 'The Hockey News' website always offers great talent analysis on players, what is communicated to us Oilers fans should excite us, at least it excited me Assets: Has great size and some scoring ability. Is aggressive on the...
adgo43 writes...

Early Picks for Major Awards

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Hey everyone, Let's jump right into it shall we? Calder - Drouin Lady Byng - St. Louis Vezina - Rinne Art Ross - Sid the kid Rocket Richard - Stamkos James Norris - Letang Ted Lindsay - Crosby Hart - Giroux (had to be a little bias, forsee a 100 pt season - 30 more than the next Flyer) Jack Adams - Patrick Roy Big year for the Lightning (offensively), Ben ...
The Ducks enter the half way point of the season with a record of 28-8-5, and their 61 points tie them with Chicago for the top spot in the entire NHL (with Chicago winning tonight, they now sit 2nd overall, but at the 41 game mark, the 2 teams were tied in points). The Ducks currently hold a 5 point lead in the Pacific Division over the Sharks, and the Kings are 2 points ...
[b]January 12[/b] Jimmy Howard just proved why he deserves to be a member of the United States Olympic team. Despite a tough year for him, mainly due to inconsistencies of play of the guys in front of him and injuries to several Red Wings players, Howard still remains an elite goaltender in the NHL and nearly single handedly defeated Chicago in the second round of t...
CanesTR writes...

What next for the Hurricanes?

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Long time Hurricanes writer, Luke DeCock says it's time to blow up the Canes. Ok, I get his reasoning. The Canes have been on the play-off fringe for years and, despite their higher investment level this year, nothing has changed. The fact is, they are just not good enough and haven't been for years. Might be time to look at the front office. Jim Rutherford is a brilliant ...
As I discussed in my prior blog, the picture for the Blues defensive corps for 2014-15 is fairly clear with Cole, Prosser and Butler fighting to sort out the scraps unless there are injuries or trades. The forward picture is a lot more crowded and a lot less clear with likely only fourteen roster spots available. Some might argue there are nineteen NHL capable or soon to...
When it comes to deciding the outcome of games, the Detroit Red Wings would rather fight than shoot it out.rnLooking at their numbers during the shootout, who can blame them?rn“I think a lot of guys are getting sick of it,” Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard said. In their latest game, Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Wings failed on all three shootout atte...
[b]Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DailyNHLGrind[/b] Ladies and gentleman, the cardiac kids are back. Colorado was down two goals twice tonight and roared back to win 4-3 against the Hurricanes at the Pepsi Center. Reto Berra started the game but was pulled late in the first period after surrendering three goals on 10 shots. With Varlamov still suffering from ...
CanesTR writes...

Hurricane Watch

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If you are not a Carolina Hurricanes fan, you likely view the Canes as another sad sack team struggling at the bottom of the standings. But, amidst all the trade rumors swirling around the Hurricanes these days, they have quietly put together an extended string of solid outings since the start of 2015 (9-3-3). Their latest effort was a hard-fought 5-4 win over the San Jo...
It’s been a wild weekend for the Buffalo Sabres franchise and fans, and things don’t look to be settling down anytime soon. All of these additions to the team have lead to many people creating starting lineups. Of course, these are just speculations, as it’s likely head coach Dan Bylsma will try out new lineups at training camp later in the summer. But with all of...
Cyras18 writes...

GM Mode - Buffalo Sabres 2015

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Welcome to the GM Mode[code]Today I will be taking a look at the Buffalo Sabres and analyze a series of “hypothetical” moves that the Buffalo Sabres should make.Buffalo Sabres GM; Tim Murray is faced with many decisions since after the NHL Draft of 2015. He may not have had the first overall pick but the second pick (Jack Eichel) is a great starting point for a team t...
Many hockey fans, including myself, had written off the Canes playoff chances a while back and had started to put our attention elsewhere, looking at possible moves the Canes could make at the trade deadline and possibilities for the upcoming 2016 draft. Was highly sought after Eric Staal going or staying? Was Cam Ward a good choice for play-off bound teams seeking goa...
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...
The title is kind of blunt, isn't it? I remember watching it a few years. It wasn't exactly can't miss television. Hey guys, I got a great idea... it's 26 degrees outside, so let's go inside and watch a bunch of hockey players pick up trophies with deadpan faces and speaking with all the emptiness you'd expect in a hockey interview during the intermission. "Uh, i...
Ok.....preseason is almost here....what are the Leafs doing? What does the team look like now....and moving forward...Staying focused on reality....which means realizing they are not in the Cup contention phase for two more years.....i am not saying they can't win it this year...but it would be an early surprise after just making the playoffs by a point. So what do the...
Ok.....preseason is almost here....what are the Leafs doing? What does the team look like now....and moving forward...Staying focused on reality....which means realizing they are not in the Cup contention phase for two more years.....i am not saying they can't win it this year...but it would be an early surprise after just making the playoffs by a point. So what do the...
The Instigator |Episode 11 GOAL! Are you Kidding Me! Cam Ward allowed one of the weirdest goals ever last week. The puck was rung around the boards by Arizona Coyotes Alex Goligoski. Ward exited his net to stop the puck. The puck stuck in his skate, and Ward (not knowing where the puck was) slid to the front of the net in order to defend his foot slid into the net. T...

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