Joke Thing

The NHL once again proves to the world that it’s a joke. Tom Kostopoulos was suspended 3 games starting from today for his hit on Mike Van Ryn. Van Ryn, acquired from the Panthers this year in exchange for Bryan McCabe, suffered facial lacerations, a broken nose and bone, and a concussion. A year ago, Randy Jones hit Patrice Bergeron from behind along the end boards and Bergeron ended up missing the entire season with a concussion. The suspension? 2 games. I’ve seen the replays, and to me the hits look practically identical. A race to the puck at the

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Leafs bloggers respond to being called losers

Toronto Maple Leaf fans across the blogosphere are responding to a recent Howard Berger post in which he called Leaf fans ‘losers’. In a coordinated response several Leaf related blogs have responded with the following post: Dear Most Valuable Losers Yesterday, continuing a long-standing trend, another Toronto reporter took his shot at Leaf fans. This time it was Howard Berger calling us “losers” but we’ve seem the same cookie-cutter article before from virtually everyone who covers the team. Quite frankly, we’ve had enough. As fans, we believe that those most deserving of our praise and our scorn are directly inolved

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Man Down

For those of you who don’t know already, one of the world’s most popular blogs, “Covered in Oil,” will be inactive for an indefinite amount of time. Known as “DMFB,” on his site, Dave Berry was employed to cover the Oilers and get a quote or two after the games. He was given a pass into the press box, and to break up the monotony of the game, he does live web-blog coverages, until he was informed by an Oilers official that he was not allowed to do so and will have his press pass revoked. You can read the

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Two Minutes for Shot-Blocking

Darren Dreger on TSN yesterday said that Bob Gainey had proposed a new rule to increase offense: players will not be allowed to block shots lying down on the ice. Ridiculous? Yes. But, okay, I’ll bite. Let’s say the NHL goes through with this. The first question is, what’s the penalty? Because it’s absolutely ridiculous to penalize a player for making a good defensive play, let’s say the “downside” is an offensive zone face-off for the shooting team. It’s the only viable solution I can think of, but even then it doesn’t necessarily promote offensive play. I can just as

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Importance of Offense from Defence

Bruce Garrioch, Tim Baines, Don Brennan and Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun wrote a ‘discussion style’ article today that brings up an interesting point about the importance of offense from the defensemen. Don Brennan: Waiting for you guys to say something smart is like waiting for snow to melt … The Senators’ defence last season was a collection of Orrs, Harveys and Coffeys compared to this group. Each year, the Stanley Cup champions get 200-plus points from their blueline. The Senators will be lucky to get 130 from theirs this season. Case closed. I decided to look into this

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David's 2008-09 NHL Predictions

I believe we are in for some serious surprises in both conferences as I don’t think there are many teams that are sure bets to make the playoffs and in both conferences, particularly the west, there are several younger teams ready to make a push for a playoff spot. All that means that some teams expecting to make the playoffs won’t. Eastern Conference 1. New Jersey Devils 2. Montreal Canadiens 3. Washington Capitals 4. New York Rangers 5. Pittsburgh Penguins 6. Buffalo Sabres 7. Ottawa Senators 8. Boston Bruins 9. Philadelphia Flyers 10. Tampa Bay Lightning 11. Carolina Hurricanes 12.

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New York Rangers

The first season of the new CBA saw the once high-spending Rangers build their team from within, and for once the new Rangers squad, under the meticulous Tom Renney, were bringing them back to respectability. Little did everyone know that this strategy would be shortlived, as the Rangers splurged on the market the following year, signing Scott Gomez and Chris Drury to multi-million, multi-year deals that saw both players take up a total of $14.5m combined. It remains to be seen if the Rangers’ two centres can build on their disappointing Blueshirt debut, and if the Rangers’ big spending this

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New Jersey Devils

The Devils, under Lou Lamoriello, will always be contenders. Despite losing Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, and Brian Rafalski over the years, the Devils have always had someone to step up and keep them competitive. They tend not to go after the young free agents, but opted for seasoned veterans to fill in the holes. For the most part, they find affordable contracts and through clever maneuverings from “Loophole Lou” the Devils have always managed to shed the bad ones. Scoring has always been a bit of the defense-first Devils. It’s not so much the Devils lack the talent, having 4

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Edmonton Oilers

It wasn’t too long ago when Kevin Lowe lamented about the poor financial situations the Oilers were in and as a result being unable to remain competitive because their best players annually headed for greener pastures. After the CBA, all of a sudden the Oilers were big-time players, landing Sheldon Souray for $5.4m/year, Dustin Penner for $4.25m/year and then fitting in Lubomir Visnovsky‘s $5.6m/year contract. All of a sudden the post-Gretzky era Oilers were no longer the stomping pad of the Northwest. The Oilers, in part because of their fantastic rookies, were big surprises in the West, no doubt helped

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Devils, Pens, Caps Update

Brent Sutter talks about his lines of: Elias – Rolston – Gionta Parise – Zajac – Langenbrunner Pandolfo – Madden – Clarkson Rupp – Holik – Zubrus White – Mottau Salvador – Martin Greene – Oduya Evgeni Malkin‘s in line to be an assistant captain this year. Sidney Crosby likes the move and would like to see it. OFB has a nice article about the Caps. It always gave me chuckle to see Simeon Varlamov‘s name, since when he first broke into the league his name was translated as “Semen Varlamov.” I guess he caught on to the jokes after

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