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Jori
05-14-2006, 11:13 PM
Pronger had a few brain cramps when he was with St Louis in those series against San Jose.

Luckily for San Jose, there is a two day break before game six. Talk about a meltdown. San Jose's has a lot of youth on their blueline and that has definately been an advantage for Edmonton. San Jose is a young team and it might not be their time just yet, we'll see what they are made of on Wednesday night.

Mtbrncofn
05-14-2006, 11:16 PM
Well they got jealous of LA getting to boo blake so they just kinda started doing it to be cool.
Yeah, that was my guess too.

Octopussy
05-14-2006, 11:29 PM
taco sucks

Mtbrncofn
05-14-2006, 11:37 PM
Dude, quit ruining our hockey thread. PM TJ and tell him if you're so inclined and quit fouling up our thread. He won't see it here anyway.

Clockwork Orange
05-15-2006, 11:33 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=260514018

But Edmonton's us-against-the-world energy undoubtedly got a boost shortly before the opening faceoff, when many fans loudly booed "O Canada," insulting the Oilers and the 10 Canadians wearing teal uniforms.

Sharks fans who pulled that bull**** should be ashamed of themselves. Forget for a minute that the top players on your own team are Canadian, it's wrong to boo during anyone's anthem. It's not the opposing teams fight song, you pinheads.

It was wrong when it happened in Vancouver, Montreal & Long Island, it's wrong now. I only wonder how much of that was actual fans booing and how much of it was piped in.

Jori
05-15-2006, 11:54 AM
It certainly is disrespectful, but this type of booing has gone on for years. Wouldn't shock me to see the US anthem get booed on Wednesday night.

Sharks should have been booing their team for taking dumb penalties instead of Pronger and the Canadian anthem.

On a side note, the fact that an 8th seed can knock out Detroit and potentially knock out a dark horse in San Jose says that the new cap system will add a lot more parity to the league. Sandy Clough brought up an interesting point this morning...yes, the Avs were overmatched against Anaheim, but is Edmonton a far superior team to Colorado?

I think what this means is that the Avs don't have to blow up the team in order to compete in the new NHL. Yes, they need to get younger, faster, tougher and more skilled, but they do have a solid base of young players to grow around. What it means is that if you make the right moves, you can turn a team around very quickly. I'm not saying the Avs will win the Cup next year or the year after, but if the Avs make the right moves in the offseason, they can be better.

Bronx33
05-15-2006, 11:55 AM
Dude, quit ruining our hockey thread. PM TJ and tell him if you're so inclined and quit fouling up our thread. He won't see it here anyway.

Probably one of the kids from chefs planet.

Bronx33
05-15-2006, 11:57 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=260514018

But Edmonton's us-against-the-world energy undoubtedly got a boost shortly before the opening faceoff, when many fans loudly booed "O Canada," insulting the Oilers and the 10 Canadians wearing teal uniforms.

Sharks fans who pulled that bull**** should be ashamed of themselves. Forget for a minute that the top players on your own team are Canadian, it's wrong to boo during anyone's anthem. It's not the opposing teams fight song, you pinheads.

It was wrong when it happened in Vancouver, Montreal & Long Island, it's wrong now. I only wonder how much of that was actual fans booing and how much of it was piped in.



I just don't get it (why and how) can fans be so freaking stupid when they have canadian players on their own team.

alkemical
05-15-2006, 12:04 PM
Blame poor geography scores.

defenseman
05-15-2006, 12:07 PM
And an over inflated housing market...dman

Swedish Extrovert
05-15-2006, 01:27 PM
I certainly would like to see Canada take it back finally...

alkemical
05-15-2006, 01:31 PM
Canada always has the cup - a frenchy canadien blew up in the SC finals last time around and showed everyone how good he can be -

Mtbrncofn
05-15-2006, 07:48 PM
I hate the fact that Canada thinks they own all rights to hockey and that makes me want to root against the lone remaining Canadian team, but I won't.

How much of that is hype though? The Canadian media sure is biased, they don't try to hide it. It's funny to go look at TSN or Sportsnet. Not one Canadian team could make the playoffs, but they'd still put a Canadian team based article right there in front.

I wonder if the majority of the Canadian people feel the same way? Hockey wouldn't be much without it being in the US too.

Mtbrncofn
05-15-2006, 07:49 PM
I certainly would like to see Canada take it back finally...


Why?

SoCalBronco
05-15-2006, 07:51 PM
I hate the fact that Canada thinks they own all rights to hockey and that makes me want to root against the lone remaining Canadian team, but I won't.

How much of that is hype though? The Canadian media sure is biased, they don't try to hide it. It's funny to go look at TSN or Sportsnet. Not one Canadian team could make the playoffs, but they'd still put a Canadian team based article right there in front.

I wonder if the majority of the Canadian people feel the same way? Hockey wouldn't be much without it being in the US too.

Well, in TSN's defense, it is by definition a Canadian based organization, so Canadian teams should get extra special coverage even through there are only a few of them in the NHL now.

Hogan11
05-15-2006, 07:55 PM
I have no beef with Canada at all....actually, everytime I've ever crossed the border, I've had a blast. That's on the outs though because of this new passport thing.....$90 smacks for that and a weaker buck lessens the appeal quite a ways you know.

That said, I'm still going with Buffalo...they beat my team, took out a team I didn't want to see make it and if any city is in absolute need of a big league championship of any kind, it's Buffalo.

That's good enough in these parts.

SoCalBronco
05-15-2006, 08:03 PM
Not sure who I am rooting for....probably San Jose.

I dont want Edmonton or the Ducks to win it. Edmonton is an 8 seed, it would be grossly unfair for them to overturn a whole season of mediocrity merely by getting hot in a month and a half. And ofcourse, the Ducks are a local team and the fans down here don't deserve to enjoy anything (especially the bandwagoners).

SoCalBronco
05-15-2006, 09:02 PM
http://live82.ihwc.net/hydra/stats/statistics/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/46/IHM046Z11_85B_1_0.html

;D

alkemical
05-15-2006, 09:38 PM
Good job socal

Swedish Extrovert
05-15-2006, 10:08 PM
I want Edmonton to take it all.

It will be Edmonton over Buffalo

chadta
05-15-2006, 10:19 PM
I have no beef with Canada at all....actually, everytime I've ever crossed the border, I've had a blast. That's on the outs though because of this new passport thing.....$90 smacks for that and a weaker buck lessens the appeal quite a ways you know.

That said, I'm still going with Buffalo...they beat my team, took out a team I didn't want to see make it and if any city is in absolute need of a big league championship of any kind, it's Buffalo.

That's good enough in these parts.

no way dood, the fact that buffalo beat the flyers is more reason not to watn them to win.

Now onto the canadian thing, i am canadian, my favorite team, the flyers are not, i never chear for a team just because they are canadian, and i believe people who do that are watching the wrong tournament, they should be watching the IIHF championships not the stanley cup.

That being said, i think that the people in edmonton will show that they have more class then the people in sj, they will cheer the us anthem more. I cannot explain the booing from vancouver during the world championships, but montreal, everybody knows how much class they have.

broncocalijohn
05-16-2006, 03:46 PM
I just don't get it (why and how) can fans be so freaking stupid when they have canadian players on their own team.

They are from the Bay area. They would be a soldier watching the game. SJ is going down just for that crap. It is worse karma than the Melrose jinx! I am just sitting here waiting for my Ducks next opponent. The Register actually has to write feel good stories about hockey. "Get to know the players" articles before the big parade to Disneyland (i Hope!). Bump back to 1st page. BTW: Bandwagon in full effect here in OC. Game one and two sold out in 7 minutes. Cant wait to make $ off of the Wagonners that think JSG is still in goal. Actually, some dont even know who that is!

Mtbrncofn
05-16-2006, 04:02 PM
They are from the Bay area. They would be a soldier watching the game. SJ is going down just for that crap. It is worse karma than the Melrose jinx! I am just sitting here waiting for my Ducks next opponent. The Register actually has to write feel good stories about hockey. "Get to know the players" articles before the big parade to Disneyland (i Hope!). Bump back to 1st page. BTW: Bandwagon in full effect here in OC. Game one and two sold out in 7 minutes. Cant wait to make $ off of the Wagonners that think JSG is still in goal. Actually, some dont even know who that is!


Oh that is so freakin pathetic!

Mtbrncofn
05-16-2006, 05:16 PM
Oh man! I thought game 6 was on tonight. What a letdown. I'm bored here.

Pendejo
05-16-2006, 05:50 PM
Oh man! I thought game 6 was on tonight. What a letdown. I'm bored here.

Give the kid the car keys and see what happens mt. That should be enough action to hold you over.

Mtbrncofn
05-16-2006, 11:02 PM
Give the kid the car keys and see what happens mt. That should be enough action to hold you over.

Ahaahahahaha.... funny stuff, smartass. Btw, I've been thinking this over......that happened in 2002. I wasn't a member here until 2004. Something isn't adding up right here. Do I 'know' you from elsewhere under a different name? ???

Jori
05-17-2006, 07:17 AM
Hockey tonight...finally...and I just got my new HD satellite receiver installed this past weekend ...ah yes :thumbs:

Clockwork Orange
05-17-2006, 03:33 PM
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/nhl/article/0,2777,DRMN_23920_4704967,00.html

Joe Sakic's agent sounds optimistic that he and the Colorado Avalanche will come to terms on a new contract before the longtime captain becomes a free agent on July 1.

"I think we're all hopeful that this thing's going to get done," Don Baizley said Tuesday from his office in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Sakic, who turns 37 on July 7, just completed his 17th NHL season - all with the Quebec/Colorado franchise. His 13-season tenure as captain is the second-longest in the NHL, behind Detroit's Steve Yzerman, who is pondering retirement.

Sakic led the franchise in scoring for the 11th time, recording 32 goals and 87 points while playing in all 82 regular-season games. He tied Andrew Brunette for the team lead in the playoffs with four goals and nine points in nine games.

Every team in the NHL would have a crack at signing Sakic with no compensation due the Avalanche if he were to become an unrestricted free agent.

"I don't think that's the issue so much as just getting down to the nuts and bolts of it," Baizley said.

"We had some (contract) discussions before the playoffs and we agreed that we would continue them after the playoffs."

Sakic made $6.664 million this year, and the team has 10 players under contract for next season totaling about $19 million, though a few players could be bought out at two-thirds of their 2006-07 salaries.

Pierre Lacroix said that re-signing Sakic was a priority.

Baizley said "nothing new" has happened since Lacroix's news conference, adding: "I'm sure once he gets some of these things off his plate, we'll be talking again. We've just got to work it out."

Avalanche executive Michel Goulet, whose title is special assistant to the president, is believed to be a candidate for the general manager position, but Baizley said he expects Lacroix would remain heavily involved in talks regarding Sakic.

Sakic and his wife, Debbie, are very active in the Denver community, and he has said he would like to finish his career in Denver.

"I wouldn't be surprised at all if that's what happened, that he finish his career there," Baizley said. "We'll be back at these discussions in the not too distant future, that's for sure."

Rob Blake, Bob Boughner, Brett Clark, Jim Dowd and Karlis Skras-tins also are potential unrestricted free agents.

Mtbrncofn
05-17-2006, 03:45 PM
Yeah, don't let Joe go, Pierre...or whoever is in charge now.

alkemical
05-17-2006, 03:51 PM
heh, my team has no GM - and teh owner said he wants michel therrian still to stay as coach....

WTF!

he didn't do bad, but he's not the answer

Clockwork Orange
05-17-2006, 03:56 PM
heh, my team has no GM - and teh owner said he wants michel therrian still to stay as coach....

WTF!

he didn't do bad, but he's not the answer

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/Junior/2006/01/05/malkin_evgeni250.jpg

Fear not......he's coming. :yep:

alkemical
05-17-2006, 04:07 PM
I can't wait. you know, in theory, the pens have like the best collection EVER of young players in recent history.

damn it sucks to suck sometimes. I love having crosby, fluery, etc - but i didn't want to suck for 10 years to get to this point.

Jori
05-17-2006, 04:59 PM
Not a big surprise....Roy is ruling himself out for the Avs GM Post:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=166178&hubname=nhl

Roy won't be a candidate for Avs GM job
Patrick Roy

Canadian Press

5/17/2006 3:31:08 PM

Goaltending legend Patrick Roy seemed to rule himself out of the running for the vacant Colorado Avalanche GM job Wednesday, saying he's not ready for that kind of challenge at this point in time.

"I don't think it'd be fair to myself or to Colorado," Roy told The Canadian Press. "I don't think I'm ready to step up (to the NHL). I've got a lot of things to learn. And I'm extremely happy. I think it would be greedy to go up (to the NHL) right now and not feel 100 per cent ready."

Roy is busy preparing his Quebec Remparts for the Memorial Cup junior hockey showcase in Moncton, N.B., which begins Friday night with Quebec facing the OHL champion Peterborough Petes. Roy, coach, GM and part-owner of the Remparts, saw his name mentioned in rumours the moment Pierre Lacroix stepped down as GM in Colorado last Friday.

But the four-time Stanley Cup champion with Montreal and Colorado says he has no idea what will happen in Denver.

"Some people have mentioned Michel Goulet (as a replacement)," Roy said of the Avalanche executive. "But to me, I don't know what Pierre will do for his replacement. I'm sure he's going to find someone that will do a good job. If it's Michel Goulet, Pierre will help to develop him as a very good GM."

Goulet, 46, is the assistant to the president with Colorado and has held different positions with the club over the past nine seasons. He was also a star winger with the franchise when the team was still the Quebec Nordiques. Lacroix, who will remain on as president of the Avalanche, has indicated he has a candidate in mind and would name his successor before the June 24 NHL draft in Vancouver.

Dallas Stars assistant GM Francois Giguere has also been mentioned as a possible candidate. The 43-year-old was assistant GM to Lacroix in Colorado from 1995 to 2001 before joining the Stars.

SoCalBronco
05-17-2006, 07:43 PM
Matt Carle almost scores for SJ.

The Oilers are 1 period from the Western Finals if they can maintain this slender lead.

SoCalBronco
05-17-2006, 08:26 PM
2-0. Horcoff goal.

Oilers vs. Ducks. Should be a good series.

Pezman
05-17-2006, 08:49 PM
Wow, the Edmonton win makes it so much worse as an Avs fan realizing now that we would have had the home advantage if we would have advanced to the Conference finals. Damn, what a strange Western Conference playoffs.

Jori
05-17-2006, 09:00 PM
Eastern Conference Finals

(2) Carolina Hurricanes versus (4) Buffalo Sabres

Western Conference Finals

(6) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim versus (8) Edmonton Oilers

I'm sure NBC and OLN are crying right now, but real hockey fans are in for a treat. With San Jose out, my loyalty goes 100% behind Buffalo.

My picks:

Buffalo in six
Anaheim in seven

I question how much Edmonton will have left in the tank. They could have enough momentum to steal game one as the Ducks have been off for a week. Anaheim can win in front of a hostile crowd so I don't expect them to be intimidated like the young San Jose team in the games in Edmonton. Edmonton's PK will be a major factor, but I still like the Ducks in a long series.

Buffalo/Carolina is too close to call. Buffalo seems to have that aura around them right now. This may be tiresome, but you can't ignore the Chris Drury factor

Clockwork Orange
05-17-2006, 09:03 PM
**** Chris Drury.

Go Canes.

SoCalBronco
05-17-2006, 09:04 PM
Anaheim being off for so long will allow Edmonton to win Game 1. Too much rust. But Anaheim will win 4 of the next 5 to take it in 6.

Buffalo over Carolina also in 6.

These arent sexy matchups but still should be good ones.

Mtbrncofn
05-17-2006, 09:27 PM
Way to go, Oil! Now just beat those Quacks down and I'll be happy.

Mtbrncofn
05-17-2006, 09:39 PM
Once again, I kick ass with the picks. ;D

Avs over Ducks in 6
Sharks over Oil in 6
Sabres over the Sens in 7
NJ over Carolina in 5

CO:
Sens over Sabres in 6
Devils over Hurricanes in 5
Avalanche over Ducks in 6
Oilers over Sharks in 7

SoCal:
Ottawa in 7.
NJ in 6.
Avs in 7.
Sharks in 6.


Jori:
Ottawa over Buffalo in seven
New Jersey over Carolina in six
San Jose over Edmonton in six
Colorado over Anaheim in six


Breck:
Senators over Sabres in 7
Devils over Hurricanes in 6

Sharks over Oilers in 5
Avalanche over Ducks in 6

24cb:
Senators over Sabres in 5
Hurricanes over Devils in 6

Sharks over Oilers in 4 ( yes get the brooms out)
Ducks over Avalanche in 5

Pez:
My pick is Avs in 7
San Jose in 5

and in the East
Ottawa in 6
New Jersey in 7

dman:
Buffalo over Ottawa
Carolina over New Jersey

Av's take down Anaheim
Oilers beat the Sharks..

That's what I can find for now.

SoCalBronco
05-17-2006, 09:40 PM
Damn I went 0 for 4. Ouch.

Clockwork Orange
05-17-2006, 09:42 PM
Oof, I'm just fortunate I got 1 right. Good thing I've got a day job. ;D

Bronx33
05-17-2006, 09:46 PM
Way to go, Oil! Now just beat those Quacks down and I'll be happy.


The rookie goalie will have his hands full as will selanne with roli i will give the advantage to roli by a wide margin............oil in 6

Mtbrncofn
05-17-2006, 09:49 PM
D man actually did better than all of us, I think. I'll take my whopping 1 right pick and go straight to the bank with it. :D

Breck Bronc
05-17-2006, 10:09 PM
I did pretty well picking the first round and then go 0-4 in the second. Ouch.

Edmonton vs. Anaheim and Buffalo vs. Carolina. None of those teams made the playoffs in 2004.

Pezman
05-17-2006, 10:13 PM
Pez:

My pick is Avs in 7
San Jose in 5

and in the East
Ottawa in 6
New Jersey in 7
To quote Tony Soprano in regards to my picks...

"I'm like King Midas in reverse. Everything I touch turns to S**t" Thank god I'm not a betting man ;D

Clockwork Orange
05-17-2006, 10:14 PM
Pez:


To quote Tony Soprano in regards to my picks...

"I'm like King Midas in reverse. Everything I touch turns to S**t" Thank god I'm not a betting man ;D

In a situation like that, you have to just go with what Tony said when his mom passed away, "What are you gonna do?" ;D

Jori
05-17-2006, 10:17 PM
Yikes...I guess I must have caught Mulletroseitis.

Speaking of the Mullet, he has picked Edmonton and Carolina to win their respective conference finals.

Clockwork Orange
05-17-2006, 10:17 PM
Yikes...I guess I must have caught Mulletroseitis.

Speaking of the Mullet, he has picked Edmonton and Carolina to win their respective conference finals.

Anaheim and Buffalo it is then.

Mtbrncofn
05-17-2006, 10:18 PM
I did pretty well picking the first round and then go 0-4 in the second. Ouch.

Edmonton vs. Anaheim and Buffalo vs. Carolina. None of those teams made the playoffs in 2004.


You should feel good then, Breck. I blew in both rounds.

Bronx33
05-18-2006, 08:57 PM
A oiler fan wrote this on another site, i thought it was kinda funny.

I lost my beer hat in the commotion of last night...good thing I woke up this afternoon and found it again. Anyways back on topic...

Our Dvo, who art in heaven...or the pressbox,
Mullet be thy Name.
Thy Gator's come.
Pronger's will will be done,
At Rexall as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily win,
And forgive us our tripping penalties,
As we forgive those who dive against us.
Lead us not into losses,
And deliver us from Anaheim.
For Edmonton is the (Magic) Kingdom,
and the power(play),
and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Mtbrncofn
05-18-2006, 10:14 PM
LOL That was pretty good.

alkemical
05-19-2006, 08:36 AM
Oil wins this year - Haliburton will see to that.

Jori
05-19-2006, 08:55 AM
I picked the Ducks, but I'm rooting for the Oil. Besides, if Edmonton wins the Cup, the Avs move a draft spot (from 18 to 17).

Jori
05-19-2006, 08:56 AM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=166327&hubname=

Report: Kings target Crawford

TSN.ca Staff
5/19/2006 8:40:49 AM
The Los Angeles Kings are set to hire Marc Crawford as head coach, according to published reports.
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that new general manager Dean Lombardi could make the Crawford hire official as early as Monday. Crawford would replace interim coach John Torchetti, who took over the Kings after Andy Murray was fired with 12 games to go in the season.
Crawford spent the last seven seasons as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. He was fired after they missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
Kings defenseman Aaron Miller, who played for Crawford earlier in his career, told the Times he was excited about the prospect of re-uniting with his former bench boss.
"He definitely demands and gets the most out of guys," Miller told the Times. "He's a great bench coach. He understands who was playing well and gets them on the ice. I mean, he's won a Stanley Cup, what else do you have to say?"

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Breck Bronc
05-19-2006, 09:36 AM
Oilers over Ducks in 6.
Sabres over Hurricanes in 7.

I'm ambivalent about these 4 remaining teams so I don't really care who wins. I wouldn't mind seeing Buffalo finally win a major sports championship or Edmonton win the Cup for the first time since 1990. I guess the only team I don't want to win is the Ducks, mainly because of Brian Burke.

Pezman
05-19-2006, 12:44 PM
Sigh, well I might as well keep the streak alive

Ducks in 5
Hurricanes in 6

Be sure to go to Vegas and bet the opposite of my picks since I've been dead wrong the entire playoffs

alkemical
05-19-2006, 01:34 PM
oil in 5

sabers in 7

Clockwork Orange
05-19-2006, 01:34 PM
Ducks in 6
Canes in 6

Mtbrncofn
05-19-2006, 03:45 PM
I've got a great streak for picks this year, so I have to post picks. I figure I have a much better shot at picking being that there are only 4 right answers. ;D

Oil in 6
Sabres in 5

Mtbrncofn
05-19-2006, 03:47 PM
Hey, since Crawford's in over in La La land, I wonder how many plays he's made to keep Sean Avery. :) Those two are like moral twins, 2 peas in a pod with no morals.

alkemical
05-19-2006, 04:25 PM
I think bertuzzi is an av next year.

Jori
05-19-2006, 04:39 PM
I think bertuzzi is an av next year.
:poke:

alkemical
05-19-2006, 04:41 PM
Stranger **** has happened.

Jori
05-19-2006, 04:44 PM
True, but there is no way Bertuzzi will ever don a Colorado sweater. Signing Brad May is one thing, but the Avs organization would literally lose fans if they acquired Bertuzzi.

alkemical
05-19-2006, 04:45 PM
At first, then when he puts up 40 goals, 100pts and 'bertuzzi's' someone else they'll be back.

Jori
05-19-2006, 04:52 PM
Lacroix justified the signing of May saying that while May said some stupid things, he wasn't the one who hit Moore. So Lacroix is all of a sudden going to bring in Bertuzzi? Not likely.

Bertuzzi is a shell...he's basically charmin at this point. He has always hurt his teams and he always will. He's a cancer and I'd seriously question this organization if they brought in Todd Bertuzzi.

Clockwork Orange
05-19-2006, 04:54 PM
Bertuzzi is a shell...he's basically charmin at this point. He has always hurt his teams and he always will. He's a cancer and I'd seriously question this organization if they brought in Todd Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi was a shell before the Moore incident.

alkemical
05-19-2006, 04:54 PM
That's just my call -

Jori
05-19-2006, 05:04 PM
Bertuzzi was a shell before the Moore incident.
I know. I'll never forget the 2001 WCQF. Game three...overtime. Vancouver gets a PP and what does Bertuzzi do? He shoves Eric Messier's face into the ice; Forsberg scores on the next shift and the rest is history. He's a cementhead...the only reason I don't call him cementhead is that that name is reserved for Keith Tkachunk er Tkachuk ;D

Jori
05-19-2006, 05:06 PM
That's just my call -
No offense...I'm glad it's not your call :clown:

Clockwork Orange
05-19-2006, 05:10 PM
I know. I'll never forget the 2001 WCQF. Game three...overtime. Vancouver gets a PP and what does Bertuzzi do? He shoves Eric Messier's face into the ice; Forsberg scores on the next shift and the rest is history. He's a cementhead...the only reason I don't call him cementhead is that that name is reserved for Keith Tkachunk er Tkachuk ;D

Yep, he also once cost himself the Art Ross Trophy by jumping off the bench to get into a scrap and getting himself suspended for 10 games. That was actually one of his best seasons and he still found a way to screw it up through his own stupidity.

Tredici
05-19-2006, 08:27 PM
At first, then when he puts up 40 goals, 100pts and 'bertuzzi's' someone else they'll be back.

You don't get it. This is one guy who can't play well enough ever to gain absolution from Av fans. Never. And to say anyone in Colorado would EVER want to see someone else "bertuzzied" is also just plain wrong. Sorry ames. I never want to see a repeat of that. No matter who wears what sweater for what team.

Pezman
05-19-2006, 09:44 PM
Did I say Ducks in 5? Is it too late to change that to Ducks in 25? Good lord, Edmonton ran circles around them tonight. And once again, Edmonton gets another short-handed goal.
Bryzgalov looked average in net for a change. You can tell that team had some rust to shake off tonight as they get smacked down 3-1.

Breck Bronc
05-19-2006, 10:45 PM
Beat those duckies.

http://www.sportslogos.net/images/Hockey/NHL/EDM_83.gif

Clockwork Orange
05-19-2006, 10:50 PM
http://www.80sreborn.com/images/caddyshack-4.jpg
Did somebody step on a duck?

Mtbrncofn
05-19-2006, 11:19 PM
You can tell that team had some rust to shake off tonight as they get smacked down 3-1.


HA!! What goes around comes around. Those long layoffs can bite you in the ass...as we found out. Way to go Oil, 3 more!

alkemical
05-20-2006, 08:24 AM
You don't get it. This is one guy who can't play well enough ever to gain absolution from Av fans. Never. And to say anyone in Colorado would EVER want to see someone else "bertuzzied" is also just plain wrong. Sorry ames. I never want to see a repeat of that. No matter who wears what sweater for what team.


Sure....

alkemical
05-20-2006, 08:25 AM
Team haliburton wins.

Bronco X
05-20-2006, 12:28 PM
I really hope the Oilers put Burke back where he belongs.

broncocalijohn
05-20-2006, 12:50 PM
Did I say Ducks in 5? Is it too late to change that to Ducks in 25? Good lord, Edmonton ran circles around them tonight. And once again, Edmonton gets another short-handed goal.
Bryzgalov looked average in net for a change. You can tell that team had some rust to shake off tonight as they get smacked down 3-1.

Well, went to the game. Pez, Ducks werent as bad or Edmonton as good. Well, Oilers played very well and kept the middle neutral zone shut down. Shots on goal werent bouncing the right way for rebounds. Ducks played very physical and it cost them one of those goals. My hope is if they keep up on the pounding of the boards, somebody will get gun shy and turnover the puck.

Clockwork Orange
05-20-2006, 01:28 PM
Here's a fun fact. A team from the Northwest division has been in the Western Conference Finals each of the last 7 seasons.

1999 Colorado
2000 Colorado
2001 Colorado
2002 Colorado
2003 Minnesota
2004 Calgary
2006 Edmonton

SoCalBronco
05-20-2006, 01:29 PM
Briere scores for the Sabres. 2-1 Buffalo.

Jori
05-20-2006, 02:34 PM
3-1 Sabres...McKee (would love to see him in burgundy and royal blue next year).

Jori
05-20-2006, 02:37 PM
White boy with the fro (aka Commodore) pulls the Canes within one.

Jori
05-20-2006, 02:45 PM
Sabres hold on to take game one...great game.

Breck Bronc
05-20-2006, 03:01 PM
Good game today between the Sabres and Hurricanes. After watching the games today and last night it just doesn't feel like the conference finals with these 4 teams. Hopefully they build up some hatred and go 7 games.

SoCalBronco
05-20-2006, 05:03 PM
I'm glad Sid looks like he is going to be okay. I heard it was a pretty dirty play. I'm also glad that he looks like a lock to win the tourney scoring title and MVP. I wish they would have left that thug on the ice a little longer so a Canadian could take a hack with his stick at the back of his knee.

Quest for Double Gold: Sweden edges Canada


The Swedes had a 5-2 lead before Canada came roaring back

By Andrew Podnieks

In a high tempo, run-and-gun affair, Sweden held on for a 5-4 win over Canada tonight in front of 8,845 fans at Riga Arena to earn a spot in tomorrow night's gold-medal showdown with Czech Republic.

The game was not without controversy, as Mika Hannula (the hat trick hero for Sweden in the quarter-finals) was given a game misconduct for a vicious cross-check to the jaw of Sidney Crosby while the 18-year-old phenom was celebrating a goal near the end of the second period. After the videotape was reviewed, Hannula was assessed a match penalty and given an automatic one-game suspension by the tournament directorate.
"I'm a little banged-up, but luckily it's not serious," said Crosby. "In big games you just have to keep playing."

Mika Hannula was suspended for cross-checking Crosby, but the tournament scoring leader finished the game

Nonetheless, the Swedes will try to become the first nation in IIHF history to win World Championship gold the same year it won Olympic gold. Canada, meanwhile, will battle Finland for the bronze.

With the win, Sweden also guaranteed that it will retain its #1 spot atop the IIHF World Rankings.

Crosby, meanwhile, with a goal and assist tonight, is almost certain to make history as the youngest player in modern IIHF World Championship history (i.e., since 1954) to win the scoring title. He has 16 points. Linemate Patrice Bergeron has 14 points, and Czech forward David Vyborny and Finnish defenceman Petteri Nummelin are the next closest with 10 points each. All have one game left to play, tomorrow.

Swedish goalie Johan Holmqvist outdueled Canada's Marc Denis and Alex Auld

"Obviously it's tough to lose," said Crosby. "You never like to lose. Some bad penalties, some lucky breaks went their way."

Niklas Kronwall, Jorgen Jonsson, Tony Martensson, Mikael Samuelsson and Jonas Nordquist scored for Sweden, while Michael Nylander had three assists.

Kyle Calder, Mike Comrie, and Patrice Bergeron had Canada's other goals.

Goalie Johan Holmqvist made 28 stops for Sweden. Marc Denis and Alex Auld split the netminding duties for Canada, which faced 25 Swedish shots, with Auld replacing Denis after Sweden's fifth goal.

"It wasn't power plays or penalty-killing that dictated this game," said Canadian captain Brendan Shanahan. "It's tough right now because our hearts were set on gold. But when the puck drops tomorrow, we'll play to win."

Sweden jumped out to the early lead just 1:27 into the game when Michael Nylander won the draw cleanly from Crosby in the Canadian end, and Niklas Kronwall ripped a slapshot from the point over the glove of Denis.

Jorgen Jonsson made it 2-0 just 4:11 into the game on the power play. Canadian defenseman Brad Stuart stopped a Swedish rush, but in the process he swatted the puck right onto Jonsson's stick in the slot, and he ripped another great shot past a helpless Denis.

"We knew they would come out fast," said Canadian defenseman Trevor Daley. "They're a possession team. They like to control the puck. But I think we regrouped and battled back hard."

"We took care of business in that period," said Sweden's Mikael Samuelsson. "It's always easy to play with the lead, I think."

Canada came right back at 8:11 when Mike Richards made a sensational pass from the blueline with his back to the goal. He spun and threw it in front to Kyle Calder, who was all alone. Calder controlled the puck, spun, and flipped it into the net vacated by Johan Holmqvist, who had tried to pokecheck the puck from Calder.

The scoring continued and the Swedes went up 3-1 on a flukey play. Tony Martensson barrelled down the right side and took a wrist shot that Denis blocked, but the puck hit Stuart and rolled into the net before either the goalie or defenceman could prevent it from crossing the line. It was not Stuart's finest period of the tournament.

Canada drew within one again on the power play later in the period courtesy of a remarkable move by Sidney Crosby to draw the penalty. He took a pass while cutting through the slot but was hooked down by Jonas Nordquist. On his knees, he slipped the puck through Nordquist's legs, got up on the back side of the Swede, and controlled the puck. It was a brilliant little move that gave Canada another 30 seconds of play with the extra man and Denis on the bench on the delayed penalty.

With the man advantage, defenceman Dan Hamhuis broke his stick on a shot from the point, but as he went to the bench to get a new one, Holmqvist bobbled the puck and it landed behind him. Mike Comrie smacked it into the empty goal to make it 3-2.

The Swedes went up by two goals again just 1:33 in the second on a harmless-looking play. After some great stickhandling in the corner from Michael Nylander, Per Hallberg's wrist shot from the point was deftly deflected in front by Mikael Samuelsson between Denis' legs.

A similar play at 2:41 made it 5-2. Ronnie Sundin simply took a wrist shot from the blueline and Denis couldn't control the rebound and the defence couldn't handle Jonas Nordquist, who backhanded the rebound into the net. This spelled the end for Denis, and Alex Auld took to the ice for the first time since giving up six goals against the Czech Republic last Sunday. Auld was flawless the rest of the way for Canada.

With enough goals for victory, the Swedes spent the rest of the period playing defense. They sent only one man deep, bottled up the middle, and prevented Canada from establishing possession in the Tre Kronor end. As a result, the Canadians had difficulty moving the puck or generating speed coming out of their own end.

In the final minute, however, all hell broke loose. Defenceman Dan Hamhuis kept the puck in at the Swedish blueline and fired a quick shot toward the goal. It went well wide but the rebound came out the back side perfectly onto Crosby's stick. Holmqvist stopped the initial shot but Crosby went to the net and jammed home the rebound. While Crosby was off balance and celebrating his goal, Mika Hannula viciously cross-checked him to the jaw, and as Crosby fell to the ice in pain, all the remaining players became embroiled in pushing and shoving.

"When a key player makes a big goal like that and someone hits him, of course we're going to get upset," said Daley. "But I think it shows the character we have on this team. We have a good bunch of guys in the room who stick up for each other."

When the dust had settled, Hannula was assessed a five-minute major for checking to the head and an automatic game misconduct. A woozy Crosby went to the dressing room.

Crosby returned to start the third and announced his health by getting a breakaway just seconds from the faceoff. He was stoned this time by Holmqvist on this rush. Not the next time, though. Crosby made a sensational pass behind the Swedish goal back against the grain to linemate Patrice Bergeron and he drilled it top shelf to the far side to make it 5-4.

"It was a fun game to play," said Samuelsson. "But it was a tough game in the end. We made a mistake by backing off. We didn't have the puck as much as we did in the early part of the game."

"They're never going to give up," said Nylander of the Canadians. "They came back 5-3, 5-4, and they put us back on our heels a little bit when the game was on the line, but we got by with one goal. We're lucky, and happy about it."

In the last five minutes, the Swedes laid back and trapped and got the puck deep in the Canadian zone whenever possible. With a minute and a half left, Canada pulled Auld for the extra attacker, but the Swedes managed to clear their zone several times, and Jeff Carter couldn't tip the puck past Holmqvist with eight seconds left.

Sweden is moving on to the gold medal game and Canada will have to settle for a stab at bronze. In the championship match at 20.15, Sweden will wear yellow and the Czechs red. The referee will be Peter Jonak. The third-place battle at 16.15 will feature Canada in white and Finland in blue, and Richard Schutz will be the referee.

http://live82.ihwc.net/english/article/recaps/index.ihwc?&artId=2448

alkemical
05-20-2006, 06:23 PM
Damn i didn't hear about that, glad to hear he is ok.

Jori
05-20-2006, 06:49 PM
I saw the highlights of that game. I'm hearing that Hannula may be suspended for the gold medal game.

Mtbrncofn
05-20-2006, 09:09 PM
Good game today between the Sabres and Hurricanes. After watching the games today and last night it just doesn't feel like the conference finals with these 4 teams. Hopefully they build up some hatred and go 7 games.


I didn't watch the game today, but I was thinking the same thing. There just weren't enough game 7's this playoff year. Game 7's are the ultimate....when my team isn't involved. ;D

SoCalBronco
05-21-2006, 11:42 AM
Good news on the likelihood of consummating the transfer agreement this summer.


http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?lp=ru_en&trurl=http%3a%2f%2fmetallurg.ru%2fnews%2f23835%2f

alkemical
05-21-2006, 11:53 AM
Once that deal is signed, the cup is ours!

Swedish Extrovert
05-21-2006, 02:30 PM
I just watched the blood match from 1997.

I miss Severin

Mtbrncofn
05-21-2006, 09:21 PM
Go Oil.

Jori
05-21-2006, 09:31 PM
Oil go up 2-0 in the series.

See what good defense and great goaltending will get you? Hopefully we have the goaltender, now lets work on that defense PL and puppet GM!

Mtbrncofn
05-21-2006, 09:45 PM
IMO, Roloson going to the Oil is looking like the best trade deadline deal. :) He's been awesome for them.

Only 2 more wins and you're SCF bound, Oil. :thumbs:

Tredici
05-21-2006, 10:51 PM
Oil go up 2-0 in the series.

See what good defense and great goaltending will get you? Hopefully we have the goaltender, now lets work on that defense PL and puppet GM!

I'm still leary of that word - hopefully. But a better defense will help the net minder, too.

WABronco
05-21-2006, 11:38 PM
...that Ales Hemsky's a mad puck-handler...

Breck Bronc
05-22-2006, 12:03 AM
I have to admit I was completely wrong about Edmonton's trade for Dwayne Roloson. I thought they severely overpaid for Roli and that seemed to be true the first few weeks after the trade while he was struggling with the Oil. Now giving a first round pick to Minnesota doesn't look like a bad trade at all for Kevin Lowe and company. It just shows you how bad Ty Conklin and Jussi Markannen were.

Way to go, Oilers. I really want to see a Buffalo/Edmonton SCF's, but I hope at least one of the conference finals turns out to be a good series.

Jori
05-22-2006, 09:42 AM
Tampa Bay shows Brad Richards the money

http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1345

5 years/ $39 million

So Tampa will have about 20 million committed to three players next year in Richards, St Louis, and Lecavalier.

It wouldn't surprise me to see St Louis shipped off for a guy like Giguere or Nabokov.

One thing is for sure, contact negotiations with Tanguay will get more interesting. Both players are 26, have had similar regular season careers and one great playoff year, Tanguay in 01, Richards in 04 (won Conn Smythe). Obviously winning the Conn Smythe gives Brad a fairly significant edge. Still, you have to wonder if Tanguay's camp will be asking for at least $5 million per season. I'm really beginning to believe that Alex may be shipped out if things get ugly.

alkemical
05-22-2006, 09:48 AM
I think they ship vinny

Mtbrncofn
05-22-2006, 03:30 PM
Tampa Bay shows Brad Richards the money

http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1345

5 years/ $39 million

So Tampa will have about 20 million committed to three players next year in Richards, St Louis, and Lecavalier.

It wouldn't surprise me to see St Louis shipped off for a guy like Giguere or Nabokov.

One thing is for sure, contact negotiations with Tanguay will get more interesting. Both players are 26, have had similar regular season careers and one great playoff year, Tanguay in 01, Richards in 04 (won Conn Smythe). Obviously winning the Conn Smythe gives Brad a fairly significant edge. Still, you have to wonder if Tanguay's camp will be asking for at least $5 million per season. I'm really beginning to believe that Alex may be shipped out if things get ugly.


Ship em' out. I wouldn't mind seeing Mighty Mouse in Avs colors. I know it won't happen......just wishin.....

Jori
05-22-2006, 07:19 PM
According to ESPN.com (EJ Hradek), Francois Giguere is the leading candidate to become the new GM of the Avs. According to his blog, Giguere has met with Lacroix a couple of times the past few days.

For those not familiar with Francois, he is currently the assistant GM in Dallas, but was with the Avs/Nords organization from 90 to 01.

Swedish Extrovert
05-22-2006, 07:20 PM
****ty showing for buffalo so far.... i still take edmonton and buffalo in the stanley cup

Jori
05-22-2006, 07:47 PM
That goal Miller allowed to Williams was just brutal. He was due for an off night and the missing bodies for Buffalo finally caught up. This series has been much more entertaining then Anaheim/ Edmonton. Canes and Sabres are just a joy to watch.

Swedish Extrovert
05-23-2006, 06:48 AM
That game pissed me off. Buffalo was coming back and had a few mad rushes, then all the sudden Carolina scored to make it 4-1.

alkemical
05-23-2006, 08:53 AM
The cup finals are going to be mother nature (hurricanes) Vs. Big Oil (The Oil)

Clockwork Orange
05-23-2006, 05:38 PM
According to Spectors (so take it for what it's worth), a rumor going around is that the Isles are so desperate to dump Alexei Yashin's contract (5 years and $30 million remaining) that they're dangling the 7th overall pick in the coming draft out there to anyone who'd be willing to take Yashin off their hands.

So you can basically get the 7th pick in the draft for pennies on the dollar, but that catch is that you'll have $6 million in cap space eaten up for the next 5 years by one of the most notorious floaters in the NHL.

Breck Bronc
05-23-2006, 05:50 PM
According to Spectors (so take it for what it's worth), a rumor going around is that the Isles are so desperate to dump Alexei Yashin's contract (5 years and $30 million remaining) that they're dangling the 7th overall pick in the coming draft out there to anyone who'd be willing to take Yashin off their hands.

So you can basically get the 7th pick in the draft for pennies on the dollar, but that catch is that you'll have $6 million in cap space eaten up for the next 5 years by one of the most notorious floaters in the NHL.I'd do it if this draft was as good as 2003.

Jori
05-23-2006, 05:54 PM
I've heard that rumor as well. I doubt any team would bite. There is really only one player I'd want to move up for in this draft and that's EJ and he'll be long gone by pick #7.

Clockwork Orange
05-23-2006, 05:56 PM
I'd do it if this draft was as good as 2003.

Even then I'd be very hesitant. If I knew that I could maybe shame Yashin into retiring before he hits 35 years old, I'd consider it. But he didn't get the name Ca$hin for nothing. I have no doubt he'll hang around and collect every penny while contributing very little. In the age of the salary cap, that'd be real tough to have that much money tied up in a player that you can't even count on to give you an honest effort.

Clockwork Orange
05-23-2006, 05:58 PM
I've heard that rumor as well. I doubt any team would bite. There is really only one player I'd want to move up for in this draft and that's EJ and he'll be long gone by pick #7.

Even with the Avs glaring lack of defense prospects, I'd still move up for Kessel if it were plausible. This league is now tailor made for a player of his speed and skill. I'd grab him and relax knowing that the heir to Joe Sakic's spot as the top line center was taken care of.

Jori
05-23-2006, 06:12 PM
That's a good point. Sakic isn't going to play forever. However, I'm not fully convinced Kessel will be a center in the NHL. It's all mute any way. No way Kessel falls to #7. It looks like there will be some solid D in this draft and one should drop to 18.

Jori
05-23-2006, 06:13 PM
The crowd singing 'O Canada' in Edmonton almost brought a tear to my eye. That was truly beautiful.

Clockwork Orange
05-23-2006, 06:25 PM
That's a good point. Sakic isn't going to play forever. However, I'm not fully convinced Kessel will be a center in the NHL. It's all mute any way. No way Kessel falls to #7. It looks like there will be some solid D in this draft and one should drop to 18.

Pretty much, unless the trade for the 7th pick was the precursor to another deal to move up to #2 (which is where Kessel will likely go).

I'm still of the mindset that I'd like to see the Avs dangle the 18th pick & Alex Tanguay out there and see how far they can move up. Then take the $$ they would have spent on Tanguay and spend it on a free agent defenseman.

Jori
05-23-2006, 06:34 PM
That's an interesting proposal. Tanguay may become difficult to sign and if that's the case, the Avs could dangle him in a trade.

WABronco
05-23-2006, 08:23 PM
Anaheim is getting murdered.

Clockwork Orange
05-23-2006, 08:38 PM
Not so fast. 4-3 Oilers as the Ducks score 3 quick ones to get back in it.

WABronco
05-23-2006, 08:40 PM
Not so fast. 4-3 Oilers as the Ducks score 3 quick ones to get back in it.
****

I turned the channel! AHHHH!

SoCalBronco
05-23-2006, 08:45 PM
This is ridiculous. You cant have 8 seeds winning Cups. I dont particularly care for Carolina or Buffalo but now I am forced to root for them.

Clockwork Orange
05-23-2006, 08:46 PM
This is ridiculous. You cant have 8 seeds winning Cups. I dont particularly care for Carolina or Buffalo but now I am forced to root for them.

Sure you can. If you couldn't, there'd be no point in having the playoffs.

SoCalBronco
05-23-2006, 08:50 PM
Sure you can. If you couldn't, there'd be no point in having the playoffs.

There is a point to having a tournament. If a team wants to overturn an entire season of very mediocre play merely with 16 wins, than it should be as hard as possible for them to get those 16 wins, not merely having a home ice disadvantage of 1 game (assuming the series goes the full 7). That's not enough of an advantage for the teams that worked hard to excel throughout the season. Its not an issue of well the higher seed should win anyway....anyone can get hot for a short stretch and anyone can win a tight game with a bounce or two. If there is a large gap in regular season performance between two clubs who are facing off in a round, we should go out of our way to make it as difficult as possible for the lower team to advance. If your going to get a get out of jail free card for the entire season, than you really better earn it (beyond merely winning 4 games) in that 4-7 game stretch.

Clockwork Orange
05-23-2006, 08:55 PM
There is a point to having a tournament. If a team wants to overturn an entire season of very mediocre play merely with 16 wins, than it should be as hard as possible for them to get those 16 wins, not merely having a home ice disadvantage of 1 game (assuming the series goes the full 7). That's not enough of an advantage for the teams that worked hard to excel throughout the season. Its not an issue of well the higher seed should win anyway....anyone can get hot for a short stretch and anyone can win a tight game with a bounce or two. If there is a large gap in regular season performance between two clubs who are facing off in a round, we should go out of our way to make it as difficult as possible for the lower team to advance. If your going to get a get out of jail free card for the entire season, than you really better earn it (beyond merely winning 4 games) in that 4-7 game stretch.

The Oilers have had it tougher than any other team and they've overcome it. They had to face a team that was the favorites to win it all coming in, a team that looked like a machine during the regular season, they beat them. They had to face the team that was the hottest down the stretch in round 2, they beat them. They're now facing a team that knocked off the defending Conference champions and looked dominant in sweeping through the Avs in round 2, and they're beating them. All of this without home ice advantage.

They shouldn't have got this far, but they have. I can't do anything but tip my cap to them. They've earned it.

Tredici
05-23-2006, 09:12 PM
They earned it by making the right trade at the right time. With a net minder of this caliber the entire season they wouldn't have been the 8th seed. Even in the "New" NHL gaining a late puzzle piece works.

Go Rolie the Goalie.

Mtbrncofn
05-23-2006, 09:17 PM
This is ridiculous. You cant have 8 seeds winning Cups. I dont particularly care for Carolina or Buffalo but now I am forced to root for them.


This just cracks me up that it irks you so much, SoCal. Would you be of the same mindset if this was your number 8 seed team making all this noise? ;)

I'm loving this. How's it feel, ya Quacks? :~ohyah!:

Tredici
05-23-2006, 09:20 PM
This just cracks me up that it irks you so much, SoCal. Would you be of the same mindset if this was your number 8 seed team making all this noise? ;)

I'm loving this. How's it feel, ya Quacks? :~ohyah!:

I think you are on to something here Montana. Maybe something tear inducing like:

Team of Destiny!

no... wait....

Team Cinderella.

Clockwork Orange
05-23-2006, 09:23 PM
Team of Destiny!

That makes my skin crawl.

Sorry, Leaf fans adopted that as their mantra one year during the playoffs one year (destiny must have been taking a nap while they were getting bounced by Carolina) and it was overused to the point of nausea.

That one makes me wretch a little more than even "Built for the playoffs" and "Cowboy up."

Mtbrncofn
05-23-2006, 09:26 PM
I think you are on to something here Montana. Maybe something tear inducing like:

Team of Destiny!

no... wait....

Team Cinderella.


Unique, Tred. :thumbs:

Breck Bronc
05-23-2006, 09:27 PM
What a game that was -- fighting, hitting, goal after goal, a great home crowd, wow! Even though I'm rooting for the Oilers I was hoping Anaheim would have tied it there at the end. Penner came real close to putting it in. I do enjoy seeing almost every bounce go against the Ducks after what happened last series. I also knew Bryzgalov was going to be solved soon.

SoCal, you're my favorite poster here, but I don't agree with you about the #8 seed advancing to the finals. The Oilers had to play so many games against the toughest division in the NHL just to get to the playoffs (without a competent NHL goalie for most of the season) and now they're reaping the benefits. And Tred is 100% correct; with a true #1 netminder from October through March and Edmonton finishes a lot better than eight.

Beating the Wings, Sharks and Ducks like they have is a much more impressive feat than finishing higher in the regular season.

Tredici
05-23-2006, 09:28 PM
How about

The Little Team Who Could.

The Ugly Ducks turn into Swans.

Ducks take 'em all in a row.

Too bad they Ducked Out.....

SoCalBronco
05-23-2006, 09:31 PM
This just cracks me up that it irks you so much, SoCal. Would you be of the same mindset if this was your number 8 seed team making all this noise? ;)

I'm loving this. How's it feel, ya Quacks? :~ohyah!:

Hey I'm not proud of the fact that the two Penguin Cup winners were not special regular season teams. I dont pimp those teams (although I am glad Mario was able to win them, he was very deserving for putting the team on his back every year and making hockey players out of scrubs like Rob Brown). 39-32 and 41-33 is garbage for a "champion". But I suppose it makes up for that extremely powerful 93 team that was easily the best team in the league (and our best team ever) and didnt win it. The 96 team not winning it also bothered me greatly, although I have no beef with you folks taking home Lord Stanley, I think Colorado had an even better record and was only a few wins shy of Detroit's amazing regular season mark.

Mtbrncofn
05-23-2006, 09:42 PM
I know, I know....this is classless, but I can't resist.

http://www.oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/stories/oilymess/media/oily01c_240.jpg

SoCalBronco
05-23-2006, 09:44 PM
I know, I know....this is classless, but I can't resist.

http://www.oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/stories/oilymess/media/oily01c_240.jpg

Jeez....that's terrible, just awful...there has to be something more to it than just the last round...I mean Anaheim has to be Circle Orange's team or somethin. ;D

Mtbrncofn
05-23-2006, 09:56 PM
LOL Well that would certainly do it, SoCal! Ok, now I feel bad. I hate to see animals suffering. I warned it was classless though!

PS. No more mention of that poster's name. It might make her come back or something. Yikes!

Breck Bronc
05-23-2006, 10:41 PM
I enjoyed the

Calgary
Blows
Cows

sign an Edmonton fan held up during the game tonight.

Jori
05-23-2006, 11:15 PM
Man oh man what a third period. Can't say I'm sad for Brian Burke.

alkemical
05-24-2006, 08:27 AM
Even with the Avs glaring lack of defense prospects, I'd still move up for Kessel if it were plausible. This league is now tailor made for a player of his speed and skill. I'd grab him and relax knowing that the heir to Joe Sakic's spot as the top line center was taken care of.



IF you can get him....

bronco militia
05-24-2006, 08:33 AM
I didn't think sweeping the worst Avalanche team in 10 seasons was all that impressive, so I say I'm not surprised the Ducks are about to be swept themselves. Who knows for sure, but maybe those long layoffs sapped the Avs and Ducks?

Go Oil, Go Sabres

alkemical
05-24-2006, 08:35 AM
I told you it's mother nature (hurricanes) v. Big Oil

Jori
05-24-2006, 11:03 AM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=166777&hubname=


Chris Chelios (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/player_bio.asp?player_id=613) will be back for another NHL season, as the 44-year-old defenceman has signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the deal will pay him $850,000 next season.
Chelios will be entering his 22nd NHL campaign in 2006-07 and his seventh full season in Detroit.
In 1,476 career games, he has 182 goals and 925 points.
Chelios was a member of the Montreal Canadiens' Stanley Cup winning team in 1986 and became the first American-born player to win the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman in the 1989-90.

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Chelios helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2002.

Swedish Extrovert
05-24-2006, 11:23 AM
I didn't think sweeping the worst Avalanche team in 10 seasons was all that impressive, so I say I'm not surprised the Ducks are about to be swept themselves. Who knows for sure, but maybe those long layoffs sapped the Avs and Ducks?

Go Oil, Go Sabres

Tru dat..... I'm going for the Sabres and Oilers as well. I really think Edmonton will take it all this year.

As far as the Av's go, I see them being very good next year fi they can retain key players.

Tredici
05-24-2006, 11:54 AM
Tru dat..... I'm going for the Sabres and Oilers as well. I really think Edmonton will take it all this year.

As far as the Av's go, I see them being very good next year fi they can retain key players.


Article in today's paper is headlined "Blake Confident He Will Return to Colorado".

Better. Giving up Foote and Forsberg would look worse if Blake bolted after one year. I think he was hot enough to leave after that final disgraceful effort from many of his teammates in game 4, Round 2.

Jori
05-24-2006, 12:01 PM
Francois Giguere will be named the new Avs GM in a presser later this afternoon.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=166683&hubname=

alkemical
05-24-2006, 12:03 PM
damn, i don't think my pens found a gm yet.

Tredici
05-24-2006, 02:26 PM
damn, i don't think my pens found a gm yet.

Apparently Michelle Goulet is available.

Francois.... Michelle.... it's like having the feminine touch without the femme.

alkemical
05-24-2006, 02:53 PM
Neil Smith, Rick Dudley, Ray Shero are a few tossed in for the mix

lol tred, we don't need anymore if crosby continues to whine... ;)

Jori
05-24-2006, 03:32 PM
Apparently Michelle Goulet is available.

Francois.... Michelle.... it's like having the feminine touch without the femme.
Not to be anal but it's Michel for a man and Michelle for a woman. Michel is a french version of Michael. Like Mathieu is the french version for Matthew.

Tredici
05-24-2006, 03:35 PM
Not to be anal but it's Michel for a man and Michelle for a woman. Michel is a french version of Michael. Like Mathieu is the french version for Matthew.


Well, Jori, that IS being anal...

--not to be contrary....

(Your turn)

;)

alkemical
05-24-2006, 03:36 PM
Yeah, but if it's french, it's all femme! ;)

Jori
05-24-2006, 04:05 PM
Well, Jori, that IS being anal...

--not to be contrary....

(Your turn)

;)
:poke: ;D

Swedish Extrovert
05-24-2006, 04:16 PM
Yeah, but if it's french, it's all femme! ;)

Yeah, you SAY that like a pussified version of Sean Avery. Why don't you go say that to Ian Laperiere's or Dan LaCouture's face.

alkemical
05-24-2006, 04:19 PM
If it's the same dan lacouture that played for the pens, i'll say what i want to his face.


and mightysmurf - please remember this one thing... I'M A PENS FAN, do i need to remind you who has played for the pens who is a fancy french canadien?

Or why is it that the rest of canada wantted to annex Quebec?

riddle me that....

Swedish Extrovert
05-24-2006, 04:28 PM
LOL.... well I'm just busting your balls. I'm sure Mario Lemiux WAS a pussy.

alkemical
05-24-2006, 04:42 PM
No, he was greatness. If you could ever have poetry on skates, it was mario.

FYI - rumor has it he has a 1.4 million dollar wine cellar - yeah - he's french canadien.

Clockwork Orange
05-24-2006, 04:51 PM
The avs have named former Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley as their new television play by play man. Mike Haynes will go back to radio and ol' Normie will slide back over and do color commentary.

And no, Pat Foley is not the same person as:

http://www.paulduncan.org/files/matt_foley.jpg

Wiseguys. ;)

alkemical
05-24-2006, 04:53 PM
The avs have named former Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley as their new television play by play man. Mike Haynes will go back to radio and ol' Normie will slide back over and do color commentary.

And no, Pat Foley is not the same person as:

http://www.paulduncan.org/files/matt_foley.jpg

Wiseguys. ;)


He's got a sidekick:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06144/692631-61.stm

Olczyk accepts TV job in Chicago

Jori
05-24-2006, 04:59 PM
The avs have named former Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley as their new television play by play man. Mike Haynes will go back to radio and ol' Normie will slide back over and do color commentary.

And no, Pat Foley is not the same person as:

http://www.paulduncan.org/files/matt_foley.jpg

Wiseguys. ;)
So where is he going to park his van? ;)

Swedish Extrovert
05-24-2006, 05:04 PM
Down By The River

Clockwork Orange
05-24-2006, 05:08 PM
You guys are killing me. I mean that.

;D

Swedish Extrovert
05-24-2006, 06:56 PM
I really am just pushing buttons...

SoCalBronco
05-24-2006, 06:58 PM
Buffalo is just putting on a clinic here. And Carolina keeps taking penalties.

BUF 4-1 in the 2nd.

Clockwork Orange
05-24-2006, 08:02 PM
Eric Staal is a beast.

Jori
05-24-2006, 08:57 PM
Staal is on the cusp of super stardom...that kid is amazing. Great game...great finish.

Mtbrncofn
05-24-2006, 11:00 PM
The avs have named former Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley as their new television play by play man. Mike Haynes will go back to radio and ol' Normie will slide back over and do color commentary.

And no, Pat Foley is not the same person as:

http://www.paulduncan.org/files/matt_foley.jpg

Wiseguys. ;)


Oh what a bummer! I really, really liked Haynes. What the heck did they have to go and do that for? :cuss:

Mtbrncofn
05-24-2006, 11:02 PM
Great game tonight.

Question: Does Brian Engblom have the absolute worst hair ever or not? He's trying to take the mullet to a whole new level. It's heinous.

Jori
05-25-2006, 06:35 AM
Dont worry, Haynes will be back on radio where he is at his best.

In other news...the Pens have hired Ray Shero as their new GM. Boston's blunder is Pittsburgh's gain.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/article.jsp?content=20060525_073150_4364

defenseman
05-25-2006, 07:07 AM
Dont worry, Haynes will be back on radio where he is at his best.

In other news...the Pens have hired Ray Shero as their new GM. Boston's blunder is Pittsburgh's gain.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/article.jsp?content=20060525_073150_4364

Ever since Bourque left Boston has gone south. The bruins were awesome in the late sixties / early seventies with Orr, hodge, cashman, cheevers, esposito, smith, sanderson ...etc..etc...etc... Ever since then actually, they haven't been the near the quality of hockey club....dman

alkemical
05-25-2006, 08:36 AM
Great game tonight.

Question: Does Brian Engblom have the absolute worst hair ever or not? He's trying to take the mullet to a whole new level. It's heinous.



i can't ssssctand hiss lisp

SoCalBronco
05-25-2006, 08:39 PM
Dont worry, Haynes will be back on radio where he is at his best.

In other news...the Pens have hired Ray Shero as their new GM. Boston's blunder is Pittsburgh's gain.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/article.jsp?content=20060525_073150_4364

Solid. Much better choice than Neil Smith, who was the rumored favorite for the job.

Jori
05-25-2006, 08:46 PM
Ducks live to play another game.

Breck Bronc
05-25-2006, 09:45 PM
It's kind of weird that 2 of the final 4 teams have been switching goalies regularly. The Hurricanes have gone from Gerber to Ward with Ward getting pulled a couple of times but keeping the #1 gig. Anaheim has gone from Bryzgalov to Gigeure to Bryzgalov to Gigeure. Usually the conference semifinalists have very solid goaltending with entrenched starters.

Joffrey Lupul has a hell of a wrist shot. I can see him taking the torch for great wristers when Joe Sakic eventually retires.

I hope Carolina wins tommorow so we at least have one series going 6 or more games.

Jori
05-25-2006, 11:27 PM
Carolina has a good shot with Buffalo missing three defensemen due to injury.

Mtbrncofn
05-25-2006, 11:30 PM
Ducks live to play another game.

Damnit.

broncocalijohn
05-26-2006, 01:57 AM
It is easy for me to tell you what I htought of my Ducks AFTER the almost miracle comeback in game 3, but I figured with the sheer amount of shots in that 3rd period showed that the man between the pipes was infact not the devil aka Anti-Duck. With this in mind, I knew ducks would come firing in game 4 (which they did out shooting them in the 1st period 25 to 3). I predict they win game 5 . Will it end there? Let us see if the Ducks can keep this machine gun shooting up. BTW: Federuk was supposed to start and went for warm ups but was scratched. Healthy scratch Big man Moen now got in and was everywhere blocking shots. He was playing like there was going to be a game 5 and he wanted to be part of it. I know can sell my tickets and I if I go, I am sneaking in. I did it twice in the Finals 3 years ago so this should have the same results. Ill try to take pixs of my odyssey.

defenseman
05-26-2006, 07:29 AM
Sabres are going to have a hard time the rest of the way out with one of their top defenseman on the shelf with a broken arm. Adv: Canes.
Oilers will come up with a way to finish off the ducks. Too much speed and "need to succeed" for the oilers to dump out at this point. Adv: Oil...dman

Mtbrncofn
05-26-2006, 08:54 AM
Regarding the new play man for the Avs: Is this the guy that trashed Karpotsev (sp?) a couple of years ago on air? If so, that guy was hysterical.

Jori
05-26-2006, 12:36 PM
Regarding the new play man for the Avs: Is this the guy that trashed Karpotsev (sp?) a couple of years ago on air? If so, that guy was hysterical.
Yes....that's the same guy.

Just imagine if Breezeby is here next year...:giggle:

Mtbrncofn
05-26-2006, 12:37 PM
Ok, since he was pretty damn funny about that whole thing....I'm ok with him. ;D

BroncosMT
05-26-2006, 12:39 PM
I hate the ducks....Go Oilers! Would be nice for the 8th seed to get in there. Go underdog!

alkemical
05-26-2006, 01:18 PM
The pens have a GM, the draft is in a few weeks - GO PENS!

Jori
05-26-2006, 02:11 PM
Cujo resigns with the Yotes; one year, $2 million.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=167036&hubname=nhl

broncocalijohn
05-26-2006, 02:16 PM
I hate the ducks....Go Oilers! Would be nice for the 8th seed to get in there. Go underdog!

You just hate the Ducks, you hate America! Edmonton equals Canada. Your state is too close to the Canucks to be patriotic. Plus, Ducks are a 6th seed, not exactly an overwhelming favorite to start. Pretty damn good of a 8th seed though.

alkemical
05-26-2006, 02:18 PM
Man, smoking a flag must get you reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllll
high

Mtbrncofn
05-26-2006, 04:02 PM
Your state is too close to the Canucks to be patriotic..


Excuse me? Oh **** off. Your team is from a city that doesn't even know what ice is!

At least we have the prerequisites to have a pick up hockey game in our state if we want.

Nuggets4
05-26-2006, 05:13 PM
Excuse me? Oh **** off. Your team is from a city that doesn't even know what ice is!

At least we have the prerequisites to have a pick up hockey game in our state if we want.

You have mullets?!?

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Clockwork Orange
05-26-2006, 07:57 PM
4-0 Carolina. This one's become a best of three series.

Mtbrncofn
05-26-2006, 10:24 PM
You have mullets?!?

Sorry, I couldn't resist.


Oh hell yeah. Our state motto is: Welcome to Montana, set your clocks back 25 years. Ha!

Mtbrncofn
05-26-2006, 10:26 PM
4-0 Carolina. This one's become a best of three series.


Helps to add a bit more thrill to it all. Ryan Miller and Dwayne Roloson must have caught the same thing: sieveatosis. :)

Jori
05-27-2006, 06:55 AM
It doesn't help when you are missing three defensemen. The Buffalo blueline clearly showed its inexperience last night

Mtbrncofn
05-27-2006, 11:18 PM
Way to go, Oil! :thumbs: Thanks for knocking those Quacks out.

Swedish Extrovert
05-28-2006, 12:00 AM
Albeit a little late, but this was a funny quote from Teemu Salanne -

"Our goal scoring in this series has been like ketchup bottle. It's hard to get it out, and when it comes, it's going to come and it's going to come a lot."

Jori
05-28-2006, 01:06 AM
I feel so bad for Brian Burke......NOT!

24champ
05-28-2006, 01:15 AM
Old news but looked at the last 4 pages of this thread and did not see this posted-

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Marc Crawford brings a demanding style and a winning resume to his new job as coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

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Crawford was introduced Monday as the replacement for John Torchetti, who coached the season's final 12 games after Andy Murray was fired.

Crawford signed a multiyear deal. Terms weren't disclosed.

"We're going to continue to build on the strengths that they've had in here," he said. "It is a talented group. I look forward to hopefully helping some of the players make strong improvements in their game."

And make the playoffs, which the Kings missed for a third consecutive season after finishing 42-35-5.

Bringing Crawford aboard was the first major move by Kings general manager Dean Lombardi, hired last month to succeed Dave Taylor.

"This is not only a guy who knows how to win, but also knows how to get the best out of his players," said Lombardi, who spent 36 hours with Crawford last week.

"What impressed me the most was his willingness to admit he made mistakes and his willingness to admit he didn't have the answers yet, but he was going to find them," Lombardi said.

Crawford himself is fresh off being fired by the Vancouver Canucks in April after seven years that included four consecutive playoff appearances before missing this season.

He has a regular-season record of 411-285-127 in 12 seasons in the NHL, and a 43-40 playoff mark.

The 46-year-old Crawford guided Colorado to the 1996 Stanley Cup championship, when Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy played for him. Crawford becomes the first coach in Kings' history to have a Stanley Cup on his resume.
"I'm a different coach from Andy Murray. I say that with all respect," he said. "I'm very passionate about what I do, I'm very inclusive in how I perform my duties as a head coach, and most of all, I want players and people around me who work hard, who are creative.

"I expect a lot from my players, I'm very demanding."

Crawford promised the Kings will pressure both ends of the ice.

Center Craig Conroy described himself as "very impressed" with Crawford's resume.

"I saw what he did in Vancouver, how he kind of resurrected that whole team and the way the team responded, it's so positive," Conroy said. "It seems like he makes everybody on the team accountable, too, and that's what we really need here."

Crawford said the deciding factor in taking the job was the shared philosophy between him, Lombardi, team owner Phillip Anshutz and Tim Leiweke, who gave up his title as chief executive officer so Lombardi could have freer rein in running the team.

"I have a strong sense of commitment from Mr. Anshutz and Tim Leiweke and most of all from Dean that he was going to do things the right way," Crawford said. "We weren't going to put Band-Aids on problems."

Lombardi has met with the entire team in his first month on the job.

Asked his assessment of what went wrong last season, he said, "It was a series of molehills that were allowed to continue to brew and then finally it just collapsed."

Injuries contributed to the Kings' demise after they started the season strongly, then the infighting began.

"When things started to go south, there were arguments here, arguments there. Everyone is kind of pointing the finger," Conroy said. "That's what we (have) got to get away from. We just let it snowball and it got worse and we couldn't get out of it."

Crawford emphasizes building strong relationships with his players. While spending time last week with Lombardi, Crawford's phone rang with a call from Vancouver forward Todd Bertuzzi.

"I found that really impressive that he would take the time to call his coach," Lombardi said.

Bertuzzi is being sued in a Canadian civil court by former Colorado player Steve Moore, who was seriously injured after being punched by Bertuzzi in a 2004 game. Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to assaulting Moore.

Crawford had dealt with the fallout from Bertuzzi's actions.

"You don't lose a job because of one thing that happened," he said. "Todd was very, very uncharacteristically saddled with that responsibility. It's not true."

The Kings have 11 players who are free agents, and Conroy said he feels a mix of optimism and nervousness about who will be around next season.

"You hope they don't overhaul the team completely," he said. "If you add a few players to our team, we're going to be right in the thick of things next year."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060522/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_kings_coach_3


http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060522/capt.f7685410cb8a4742aac0a90cc6cecc55.kings_coach_ hockey_carf101.jpg

Tredici
05-28-2006, 08:05 AM
"It seems like he makes everybody on the team accountable, too, and that's what we really need here."

Well, if we overlook the exceptions of Naslund and Bertuzzi....

Swedish Extrovert
05-28-2006, 09:58 AM
Damn, that photo is begging to be photoshoped, and I'm in the Photolab right now.... I just dont have any media to transfer that image on to the Electronic Imaging CPU.

I guess with May and Crawford gone.... I heard a rumor that Bertuzzi is going to the Maple Leafs, I guess I can stop hating the Canucks again.... soon. I spent a month in Vancouver back in the day and loved it, and thats why I was a Canucks fan before Colorado got a team.

Breck Bronc
05-28-2006, 10:55 AM
Congrats to the Oilers, the first #8 seed to ever get to the Stanley Cup Finals. They've had an amazing run so far. I don't think they match up as well vs. Buffalo so they'll probably be rooting for Carolina to win 2 of the next 3 games.

Jori
05-28-2006, 12:09 PM
Unless Buffalo gets healthy on the blueline, the Oilers will have the advantage. I actually think the Canes would be a tougher opponent for them, but the biggest opponent will be the time off. Edmonton could get anywhere from 7-10 days off. Recent history isn't on their side. Look what happened to Colorado, New Jersey, Ottawa and Anaheim. Teams that won the previous series in four to five games only to get ousted in the next series because they lost their "mojo" combined with playing against a better opponent. Time off is good, but too much time off isn't necessarily a good thing.

Breck Bronc
05-28-2006, 02:06 PM
Unless Buffalo gets healthy on the blueline, the Oilers will have the advantage. I actually think the Canes would be a tougher opponent for them, but the biggest opponent will be the time off. Edmonton could get anywhere from 7-10 days off. Recent history isn't on their side. Look what happened to Colorado, New Jersey, Ottawa and Anaheim. Teams that won the previous series in four to five games only to get ousted in the next series because they lost their "mojo" combined with playing against a better opponent. Time off is good, but too much time off isn't necessarily a good thing.The injuries to Kalinin, Talinder and Numminen have definitely hurt Buffalo. Jeff Jillson is terrible playing defense; he makes Ozolinsh look like Rod Langway. I think Teppo is supposed to play tonight.

I still think Buffalo is not a good matchup for the Oilers and they'd be better served to play Carolina.

Jori
05-28-2006, 06:21 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/chl/news_story/?ID=167262&hubname=


Remparts win Memorial Cup

Canadian Press
5/28/2006 6:33:43 PM
MONCTON, N.B. (CP) - The Quebec Remparts, who hadn't won the Memorial Cup since 1971, have recaptured major junior hockey's most coveted trophy.
Alexander Radulov scored two goals and assisted on three and Cedrick Desjardins made 46 saves in a 6-2 victory over the Moncton Wildcats in the first all-QMJHL final Sunday.
Radulov's linemates Angelo Esposito and Mathieu Melanson, Pierre Bergeron and Jordan LaVallee also scored for the Remparts.
Keith Yandle scored both Moncton goals as the Wildcats fell just short in their attempt to become the first team from Atlantic Canada to win the Memorial Cup.
The line of Esposito between Radulov and Melanson, given loads of ice time by owner-manager-coach Patrick Roy, put on an awesome display of puckhandling, and Radulov showed why he was named major junior player of the year during the tournament banquet Saturday night.

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><!--drop width--><TBODY><TR height=8><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD><!-- Begin Ad --><SCRIPT type=text/javascript> if(!sops){if(p.sops){var sops=p.sops;}else{var sops="";}} if(dUnitBox==true){boxAd=true;} if(boxAd){if((!dUnitSky)||(!dUnitSuper)||(dUnitBox )){place300x250();}}</SCRIPT><!--- End Ad ---></TD></TR><TR><TD> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Moncton had the early scoring chances. The Wildcats, relying mostly on long blasts, outshot the Remparts 16-7 in the first period, but the Esposito line was the most dangerous on the ice.
Radulov fed a cross-ice pass that Bergeron tipped past goaltender Josh Tordjman at 9:36.
Radulov was alone in front of Tordjman to take a Melanson pass, wheel around, and backhand a shot in off a post at 19:49.
It was 4-0 after two periods as the Esposito line continued to find holes in the Moncton defence.
Radulov made an end-to-end rush and, as the six-foot-one Russian right-winger was falling to the left of Tordjman, he flipped the puck towards the crease. It caromed off the skate blade of Moncton defenceman Nathan Welton and past Tordjman at 1:51, giving the Nashville Predators prospect credit for his fifth goal of the tournament.
Radulov then set up a wide-open Esposito at 11:03 for the 17-year-old American's first tournament goal.
The standing-room-only Coliseum crowd of 7,100 looked on in stunned silence.
The Wildcats had a 20-9 shots advantage in the second period but they weren't finishing off plays as were the quick and opportunistic Remparts. When they did threaten, Desjardins was in perfect position to smother the puck.
Yandle got Moncton back into it.
The Boston native, who was named top junior defenceman on the eve of the final, fired in a waist-high rocket from the blue-line 31 seconds into the third period on a power play, and he shaved Quebec's lead to 4-2 by dashing deep into the Remparts' zone to get a Philippe Dupuis pass and lift the puck into the top, short-side corner of the net at 3:57. Tordjman made it possible by stopping LaVallee on a breakaway seconds earlier.
The fans were back in the game in a loud way now, but there would be no miracle comeback by coach Ted Nolan's No. 1- ranked Wildcats.
Melanson made it 5-2 at 9:58. Yandle had a chance to clear the puck from his own zone, but he missed it with a wild swing of his stick. Melanson pounced. He took a stride towards Tjordman and lifted a backhander into the top short-side corner of the net. Guillaume Veilleux had shot the puck into Moncton's end after getting a pass from Radulov.
LaVallee capped the scoring with 44 seconds remaining when he whacked three times at his own rebound to get a power-play goal. It was the only Quebec goal Radulov didn't have a hand in.
Moncton outshot Quebec 12-9 in the third period and 48-25 in the game.
Moncton had defeated Quebec in the QMJHL final to win the President's Cup, but the Remparts won both their games against the Wildcats in the tournament - 4-3 to clinch top spot in the round robin Wednesday, and the finale.
It was the 10th time in the trophy's 88 years that it was won by a team from Quebec.
Guy Lafleur captained the Remparts to the 1971 title. There was no major junior team in Quebec's captail after 1985. The nearby Beaufort Harfangs operated for six seasons until Roy and a group purchased them and re-established the Remparts in 1997.
Notes: Moncton was 1-for-6 and Quebec was 2-for-5 on power plays . . . Total attendance for the nine games was 62,300 . . . Seven Moncton players have been drafted by NHL teams: D Keith Yandle (Phoenix), D Luc Bourdon (Vancouver), D Oskars Bartulis (Philadelphia), C Philippe Dupuis and C Adam Pineault (Columbus), LW Martins Karsums (Boston) and LW Stephane Goulet (Edmonton) . . . Four Quebec players have been drafted by NHL teams: D Michal Sersen (Pittsburgh), LW Jordan LaVallee (Atlanta), RW Alexander Radulov (Nashville) and D Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose).

Congrats to Patrick Roy!

Clockwork Orange
05-28-2006, 06:32 PM
Winning just seems to follow some guys wherever they go. Congrats to the Remparts and St. Patrick. :thumbs:

Clockwork Orange
05-28-2006, 08:33 PM
Canes win! Corey Stillman with the OT winner as Carolina fights back from 3-1 down to win it 4-3 and head back to Buffalo with a chance to close out the series.

Breck Bronc
05-28-2006, 09:27 PM
I didn't get a chance to see the first period tonight, but the 2nd, 3rd, and overtime had some great up and down action. Cam Ward made such a great save on Afinogenov's breakaway at the end of the 3rd.

Now I'm just hoping Buffalo wins game 6 to force what could be a classic seventh game.

Breck Bronc
05-28-2006, 09:38 PM
We're also one Carolina win away from ESPN's wet dream -- an Edmonton vs. Carolina Stanley Cup Final. I can already hear the jokes being prepared for Around the Horn, PTI and Sportscenter. Maybe Page 2 will send out Bomani Jones to write another article about hockey like this piece of garbage:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jones/060526

Clockwork Orange
05-28-2006, 09:52 PM
We're also one Carolina win away from ESPN's wet dream -- an Edmonton vs. Carolina Stanley Cup Final. I can already hear the jokes being prepared for Around the Horn, PTI and Sportscenter. Maybe Page 2 will send out Bomani Jones to write another article about hockey like this piece of garbage:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jones/060526

Let me say this as gently as I can, fvck ESPN and everyone associated with them. It's funny how the network agenda is and has been stuck on the defense, adulation and verbal fellatio of a cheater, fraud and overall miserable human being in B*rry B*nds, yet hockey is worthy of nothing more than a smug, snide column like this? Just par for the course with what ESPN has become a ridiculous hype machine full of shills and clowns falling over themselves trying to come up with their latest catchphrase.

Look no further than the fact that the one on air "hockey analyst" (and I'm using that term very loosely) they employ is well known village idiot Barry Melrose. That says it all right there.

Regardless of what ESPN would have you believe, the game and the NHL is in better shape than it has been in a long time. The on ice product is more fun than it's been since the pre-trap days, the salary cap will help promote parity (which we're seeing already), revenues are up and the teams who are going to be participating in the Finals are going to be two speedy teams that play hard and have earned the trip. Of course ESPN is one of the leading promoters of, "If it doesn't happen in a major market on one of the coasts, it doesn't matter" so it's no surprise that a Carolina/Edmonton Finals would be met with disdain from them.

Breck Bronc
05-28-2006, 09:58 PM
Let me say this as gently as I can, fvck ESPN and everyone associated with them. It's funny how the network agenda is and of nothing more than a smug, snide column like this? Just par for the course with what ESPN has become a ridiculous hype machine full of shills and clowns falling over themselves trying to come up with their latest catchphrase.has been stuck on the defense, adulation and verbal fellatio of a cheater, fraud and overall miserable human being in B*rry B*nds, yet hockey is worthy

Look no further than the fact that the one on air "hockey analyst" (and I'm using that term very loosely) they employ is well known village idiot Barry Melrose. That says it all right there.

Regardless of what ESPN would have you believe, the game and the NHL is in better shape than it has been in a long time. The on ice product is more fun than it's been since the pre-trap days, the salary cap will help promote parity (which we're seeing already), revenues are up and the teams who are going to be participating in the Finals are going to be two speedy teams that play hard and have earned the trip. Of course ESPN is one of the leading promoters of, "If it doesn't happen in a major market on one of the coasts, it doesn't matter" so it's no surprise that a Carolina/Edmonton Finals would be met with disdain from them.I agree 100%. It was such a joy being in Canada last month and watching the hockey coverage on their Sportscentre.

SoCalBronco
05-28-2006, 10:11 PM
Let me say this as gently as I can, fvck ESPN and everyone associated with them.

:thumbsup:

Jori
05-28-2006, 10:39 PM
Great game tonight, I hope the Sabres can force a game seven.

Mtbrncofn
05-28-2006, 11:06 PM
I don't know about that pic you have in your sig, SoCal. It's kinda creepy. ;) We had a family portrait taken that looks a lot like that. Just not usually two guys in that pose.

Come on you damn Sabres!

SoCalBronco
05-28-2006, 11:11 PM
I don't know about that pic you have in your sig, SoCal. It's kinda creepy. ;) We had a family portrait taken that looks a lot like that. Just not usually two guys in that pose.



I'm pretty sure Sid and Mario aren't gay. Its a perfectly good picture.

BTW, I have changed the sig anyway, and I think the current one will prolly stay there a LONG time.

Mtbrncofn
05-28-2006, 11:13 PM
LOL I was just pickin on ya anyway! The quotes are keepers. :thumbs:

SoCalBronco
05-29-2006, 12:25 AM
Mark Kiszla weighs in on the Avs and Rob Blake.

mark kiszla
Blake initial question for GM
By Mark Kiszla
Denver Post Staff Columnist



Hockey guys must be grinding their dentures with frustration and squeezing sticks in anger. When the Avalanche went looking for a new general manager, the local NHL team hired an accountant.

A bean counter?

When the Avs could have offered the job to Hall of Fame player Michel Goulet or legendary goalie Patrick Roy, they instead tabbed Francois Giguere, who never scored a goal or stopped a shot in the NHL, but once starred for the Canadian accounting firm of Caron Belanger Ernst and Young.

And know what? The Avs could have done far worse.

The hiring of Giguere demonstrated that in the sport's brave new world of salary cap economics, proficiency with a calculator is more valuable than skating ability for the leader of a successful franchise.

"I feel comfortable accepting this job because I see myself as a hockey guy that is strong on the business side," Giguere said at his introductory news conference, addressing the NHL's notoriously insular attitude, fostered by guys who have lost teeth but cling to the mistaken belief that understanding the intricacies of the power play must be far tougher than deciphering actuarial formulas.

In fact, the first tough decision awaiting Giguere with the Avs has as much to do with accounting as hockey.

What to do with veteran defenseman Rob Blake and his expiring salary of $6.36 million?

Giguere, proving he was a quick study in the art of dodging questions, politely refused to talk specifics about an Avalanche roster in need of something more than tweaking and something less than an overhaul.

While captain Joe Sakic, who is also due to be an unrestricted free agent, has earned the right to end his career in an Avalanche jersey, can the team really afford to extend the same expensive courtesy to Blake?

I think not.

Don't get me wrong. There is much to love about Blake.

At age 36, Blake is not too old to rock with his famous hip checks, which remain better drumming than Keith Moon of The Who ever did.

Blake takes pride in being a hockey ambassador. His candor is a breath of fresh air from within a Kroenke Sports Enterprises regime less accepting of free thought than the Chinese government.

But, in the new NHL, what's love got to do with it?

Blake provided big, effective minutes during the playoffs, but his season-long performance did not meet his own all-star standards.

Truth be known, $6 million is too much to pay for a defenseman who celebrates his 37th birthday months before the next playoff run begins in earnest.

After allowing Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote to walk away a year ago, expect intense pressure for the Avs to retain Blake as a familiar face all those customers paying top dollar for season tickets can cheer.

The wild, welcome craziness of the league's final four, with Edmonton, Calgary, Buffalo and Carolina wrestling for the Cup, suggests that marquee names might no longer guarantee championship success.

Believe the early projections, and the market will be flooded with quality NHL defensemen this offseason.

If the Avs really want to spend more than $6 million on a defensive star, would it not be smarter to give the money to a player younger than Blake, especially when you consider that either 28-year-old Wade Redden or 29-year-old Zdeno Chara, both members of the Ottawa Senators, might be available in free agency?

Unless Blake offers the Avs a hefty discount to remain in Colorado, Giguere should tell him thanks for the memories and wave goodbye.

The decision to retain or cut loose Blake can only be determined by what an accountant knows best:

The bottom line.

The old-time hockey bromide of forecheck, backcheck, paycheck never has been more true.

Unless Blake is willing to take a significant pay cut, it makes sense for the Avs to spend their money on younger legs.

In the new NHL, sentimental reasons make for dangerous thinking no winning team can afford.

Staff writer Mark Kiszla can be reached at 303-820-5438 or mkiszla@denverpost.com.

http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_3874106

leon_d
05-29-2006, 04:32 AM
fvck the Hurricanes

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Whale forever.

Jori
05-29-2006, 06:36 AM
Glad to know that Calgary is still playing....thanks Kizla :rofl:

broncocalijohn
05-29-2006, 05:54 PM
Let me say this as gently as I can, fvck ESPN and everyone associated with them. It's funny how the network agenda is and has been stuck on the defense, adulation and verbal fellatio of a cheater, fraud and overall miserable human being in B*rry B*nds, yet hockey is worthy of nothing more than a smug, snide column like this? Just par for the course with what ESPN has become a ridiculous hype machine full of shills and clowns falling over themselves trying to come up with their latest catchphrase.

Look no further than the fact that the one on air "hockey analyst" (and I'm using that term very loosely) they employ is well known village idiot Barry Melrose. That says it all right there.

Regardless of what ESPN would have you believe, the game and the NHL is in better shape than it has been in a long time. The on ice product is more fun than it's been since the pre-trap days, the salary cap will help promote parity (which we're seeing already), revenues are up and the teams who are going to be participating in the Finals are going to be two speedy teams that play hard and have earned the trip. Of course ESPN is one of the leading promoters of, "If it doesn't happen in a major market on one of the coasts, it doesn't matter" so it's no surprise that a Carolina/Edmonton Finals would be met with disdain from them.

Couldnt agree with you more. I turn the channel on the mention of that cheat. He stole the HR title for 2nd. Speaking of stealing. I sold my two tickets outside the pond aganst the Oilers then proceeded to sneak in with my 3 year old for some hockey until we went to the Angels game (son doesnt like the noise inside the arenas). Add another no ticket for event for me: 3 superbowls, game 6 world series 2002, 2 stanley cup finals, 1 semi finals and countless concerts. I need an US team to take the oilers out. Got to hand it to them. With all the Duck mojo working, they stuffed the neutral zone and on PK, they reminded me of the ducks vs the avs LOL! #8th seed run, not bad. Well, Ducks should be on fire next year. Go Portland Maine!

Breck Bronc
05-30-2006, 04:47 PM
The Sabres need to come out in these uniforms tonight instead of the bland, boring sweaters they wear now. They'd win game 6 six easily.

http://www.grandstandsports.com/images/3641.jpg

Breck Bronc
05-30-2006, 04:48 PM
Let's Go, Sabres!



http://www.sportslogos.net/images/Hockey/NHL/BUF_230.gif

Breck Bronc
05-30-2006, 05:54 PM
J.P. Dumont scores the first goal of the game after being the big goat in game 5. Cam Ward has made some huge saves already for the Canes.

Clockwork Orange
05-30-2006, 07:52 PM
Hedican ties it at 1-1 with 3:53 to go in the 3rd period.

Nuggets4
05-30-2006, 08:21 PM
Great. I forgot about this game (watching NBA) and turn it on thanks to this thread to see Buffalo celebrating.

Game 7 it is.

Clockwork Orange
05-30-2006, 08:23 PM
What a crock. Briere hooked the **** out of Williams and the refs swallowed their whistles.

Mtbrncofn
05-30-2006, 08:36 PM
Way to go, Sabres.....hook or not. ;D

Pezman
05-30-2006, 08:38 PM
Definate hook LOL

Woohoo extra game. I hope Edmonton rots while waiting for their opponent. I've decided to root for Buffalo (talk about the kiss of death)

Nuggets4
05-30-2006, 09:00 PM
Definate hook LOL

Woohoo extra game. I hope Edmonton rots while waiting for their opponent. I've decided to root for Buffalo (talk about the kiss of death)

I'm putting next month's mortgage payment on Carolina.

Jori
05-30-2006, 09:02 PM
Probably should have been a penalty, but the Buffalo side would call it poetic justic considering the weak call in game five. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Canes blow out Buffalo in game seven. I just don't know how much more the Sabres have left in the tank. Either way, I'm liking the Oilers chances more in the Cup final.

Breck Bronc
05-30-2006, 09:04 PM
That was an ugly goal from the Briere hook to Ward's missed glove save. I don't like seeing powerplays decide overtime games like they have in games 5 and 6.

I can't imagine Buffalo having much left in the tank for game 7 with their defense the way it is right now.

Edmonton is going to have a loooooooooong wait for the Finals to start. Game 1 will be next Monday, which means the Oilers will have had over a week off. I don't think that's a good thing if you're an Oiler fan after seeing what happened to the Avs, Ducks, Devils, and Senators.

Jori
05-30-2006, 09:07 PM
The layoff could hurt Edmonton, MacTavish has publically admitted that. I've heard that Edmonton plans on flying out east late in the week to adjust to the humidity. If the Canes win game seven like I believe they will, they'll have plenty of momentum going into game one. That's bad news for Edmonton unless Roloson stands on his head to give time for his mates to find their legs. Still, in the long run, this series has taken a lot out of the winner and that could be an advantage to Edmonton if the Cup Final is a long series.

Jori
05-31-2006, 03:27 PM
The Leafs resign McCabe.

ESPN's David Amber is reporting the deal at 5 years, $25 million. TSN says it's between $5.5 and $6 million per year for five years.

Breck Bronc
05-31-2006, 04:26 PM
The Leafs resign McCabe.

ESPN's David Amber is reporting the deal at 5 years, $25 million. TSN says it's between $5.5 and $6 million per year for five years.I wonder how this will affect Blake and the other big name FA defenseman. McCabe isn't in Blake's league even though they're different ages and I'd much rather have Chara or Redden than McCabe.

Clockwork Orange
05-31-2006, 04:28 PM
Someone's gonna throw max money at Chara. Redden will get paid handsomely too.

Pezman
05-31-2006, 04:31 PM
I'm putting next month's mortgage payment on Carolina.

Since my picks have been so perfect so far this postseason, I'm fairly confident that Buffalo will win game 7. Mark it down!

If Buffalo makes it to the Cup, I'm picking them in 6 over Edmonton.

Nuggets4
05-31-2006, 04:32 PM
Since my picks have been so perfect so far this postseason, I'm fairly confident that Buffalo will win game 7. Mark it down!

If Buffalo makes it to the Cup, I'm picking them in 6 over Edmonton.

Pez, my checking account thanks you in advance.

Jori
05-31-2006, 04:46 PM
I wonder how this will affect Blake and the other big name FA defenseman. McCabe isn't in Blake's league even though they're different ages and I'd much rather have Chara or Redden than McCabe.
Apparently there is a report that the Rangers will throw $8 million per year at Chara :rofl:

I worry more about the length of the contract moreso then the cash. If Blake isn't resigned, there are other options. Toronto will have more then $15 million committed to three players, plus they have to worry about replacing Belfour. With McCabe staying in Toronto, that's one less team fighting for some of the other high end UFA blue liners.

Clockwork Orange
05-31-2006, 04:56 PM
Apparently there is a report that the Rangers will throw $8 million per year at Chara :rofl:

And, if history is any indicator, he'll immediatly start underachieving and/or getting injured.

If they don't get Chara, look for them to throw a huge offer at Rob Blake. That's not a rumor that's being reported or anything, I'm just going by the Rag$ tendency to get a raging blue veiner for any Avs player that hits the free agent market. ;D

Breck Bronc
05-31-2006, 05:00 PM
If they don't get Chara, look for them to throw a huge offer at Rob Blake. That's not a rumor that's being reported or anything, I'm just going by the Rag$ tendency to get a raging blue veiner for any Avs player that hits the free agent market. ;DYet the Avs were thought of as a team that signed a bunch of big money free agents even though we were really losing tons of our own free agents to the Rangers and even Uwe Krupp to the Red Wings (Krupp and his sled dogs turned out to be horrible for Detroit ^5 ).

Clockwork Orange
05-31-2006, 05:04 PM
Yet the Avs were thought of as a team that signed a bunch of big money free agents even though we were really losing tons of our own free agents to the Rangers and even Uwe Krupp to the Red Wings (Krupp and his sled dogs turned out to be horrible for Detroit ^5 ).

Yes, the Wings ended up getting 32 games played out of Krupp for the $16 million they ended up paying him over 4 years. $500,000 per game, not a bad gig if you can get it. :thumbs:

Clockwork Orange
05-31-2006, 05:08 PM
The Avs were never a team that spent big $$ on the free agent market. The closest they ever came to that was the Kariya/Selanne situation and the only reason that happened was because the two of them were willing to sign within the parameters of the 7 million dollar salary slot that was vacated when Patrick Roy retired. Before that, I think Todd Gill was the closest thing to a big name free agent they'd signed.

You want to see the overspenders, look no further than the Rangers and Stars. Those two teams did everything they could to drive player salaries through the roof.

Jori
06-01-2006, 11:56 AM
Now it looks like Jay McKee wont play for the Sabres tonight. That's four of their top six defenders out! Pominville may actually play as a blue liner tonight. The Canes will be basically playing against an AHL defense tonight. Get ready to stand on your head Mr. Miller!

Clockwork Orange
06-01-2006, 12:04 PM
Now it looks like Jay McKee wont play for the Sabres tonight. That's four of their top six defenders out! Pominville may actually play as a blue liner tonight. The Canes will be basically playing against an AHL defense tonight. Get ready to stand on your head Mr. Miller!

Fear not. Christ Drury will play forward, defense and goaltender at the same time. He'll also coach, sharpen the skates and interview himself between periods.

He's just that good.

Breck Bronc
06-01-2006, 05:35 PM
What happened to Bronx33. He hasn't posted here in a while.

Game 7 about to start.

Pezman
06-01-2006, 05:45 PM
What happened to Bronx33. He hasn't posted here in a while.

Game 7 about to start.

Strange, I havent been able to get ahold of him either. His last login was the 23rd of May. Hmm, I'll have to call Meck and see where that bugger ran off to.

Buffalo will win 5-2 tonight. You heard it here first :wiggle:

Breck Bronc
06-01-2006, 06:02 PM
The Canes score a lucky goal to take a 1-0 lead.

Come on Sabres, I don't want to see Carolina in the Finals.

Pezman
06-01-2006, 07:20 PM
Sabres come back with a wraparound, take the lead! One more frame to go

Hogan11
06-01-2006, 08:00 PM
Kiss Buffalo goodbye.

Jori
06-01-2006, 08:01 PM
It'll be roughnecks versus rednecks!

Swedish Extrovert
06-01-2006, 08:11 PM
damn

Clockwork Orange
06-01-2006, 08:37 PM
Congrats to the Canes on their 2nd trip to the Finals in 4 years.

Hopefully Eric Staal is able to make a pretty lasting impression on people in these Finals. He seems destined to be one of those brilliant players who doesn't quite get his due because of the market he plays in. He's a top 10 player in this league right now and he's nowhere near his prime. It'd be nice to see him hoist the Cup.

Kudos to the Sabres for a great series. Ryan Miller has me optimistic about the future in goal for Team USA. :)

Breck Bronc
06-01-2006, 09:17 PM
Buffalo teams sure find a way to lose in the most heartbreaking fashion. It's got to be tough to lose after leading 2-1 going into the 3rd with 2/3rds of your top defenseman out of the lineup.

I haven't liked the new rule of giving a penalty when the puck is cleared out of play in the defensive zone and now it has affected an important game 7. I hope the rule is changed back to what it was pre-lockout or at least make it a judgement call for when a player obviously shoots the puck out of the arena, unlike what Brian Cambell did.

I'm definitely rooting for the Oilers now. Who the hell would have thought it would be Oilers vs. Hurricanes playing for the Stanley Cup way back in October.

Clockwork Orange
06-01-2006, 09:20 PM
I want there to be a Stanley Cup parade in Raleigh, NC just to piss off the hockey elitists who act as though unless you're a Canadian team or an original six team, you don't deserve a chance at the Cup.

Go Canes.