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Bronx33
02-15-2007, 06:08 PM
I really would be upset with this kind of trade. I know, its probably best for the club, but man how many favorites can a gal lose in three years?!

From Spectors:
LAPERRIERE ON THE BLOCK?

RDS.CA: Luc Gelinas reported yesterday it's possible the Colorado Avalanche might place gritty forward Ian Laperriere on the trade block should the club fall further out of the playoff race by the deadline. Gelinas suggests Lapierrere might be of interest to Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, who isn't likely to sacrifice the future to acquire Peter Forsberg or Todd Bertuzzi for a quick fix to his club's current woes.




I hope not! we don't need to lose a quality player for a futile playoff run, i was pissed after out other best lockeroom guy podein left. Lappy is extremely useful to a team of youngsters IMO

Pendejo
02-15-2007, 06:43 PM
The AVS/flames game will be streamed on yahoo tonight.

Jori
02-15-2007, 07:24 PM
Forsberg is heading to Nashville!

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=196374&hubname=

Pendejo
02-15-2007, 08:22 PM
Forsberg is heading to Nashville!

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=196374&hubname=

Thanks Jori!

The Predleys just picked up a bonafide playoff stud. I wouldn't be surprised to see Pete turn in a performance reminiscent of 2002...when he returned from injury to lead all players in playoff points.

I don't know anything about the players they gave up though.

Killericon
02-15-2007, 09:14 PM
Thanks Jori!

The Predleys just picked up a bonafide playoff stud. I wouldn't be surprised to see Pete turn in a performance reminiscent of 2002...when he returned from injury to lead all players in playoff points.

I don't know anything about the players they gave up though.

They got dick all in return. The general feeling is that Forsberg will resign in Philly after this season.

Mtbrncofn
02-16-2007, 12:14 AM
Wow, what a game! Theo didn't blow it when he got in net, actually played decent, Hejduk was a stud, Bruno.....and then there's Joe. What a stud.


Congrats on #600, Joe!

Mtbrncofn
02-16-2007, 12:15 AM
Thanks Jori!

The Predleys just picked up a bonafide playoff stud. I wouldn't be surprised to see Pete turn in a performance reminiscent of 2002...when he returned from injury to lead all players in playoff points.

I don't know anything about the players they gave up though.

Sounds to me like they gave up an awful lot for him. That was the team that was at the top of my list. I can live with him there....mostly. :approve:

Mtbrncofn
02-16-2007, 12:16 AM
They got dick all in return. The general feeling is that Forsberg will resign in Philly after this season.

Philly, really? What a hoser, he should come back home for cryin' out loud.

Tredici
02-16-2007, 12:38 AM
Wow, what a game! Theo didn't blow it when he got in net, actually played decent, Hejduk was a stud, Bruno.....and then there's Joe. What a stud.


Congrats on #600, Joe!

One of the biggest meaningless goals in Av History. Joey is the best.

Mtbrncofn
02-16-2007, 12:45 AM
One of the biggest meaningless goals in Av History. Joey is the best.

I know, but it was still 600! Even Joe himself said he wished it hadn't been an empty netter. It actually shocked me. I would have expected to hear him say something like, "Oh, I had no clue I was near 600."

Jori
02-16-2007, 01:03 AM
Don't be surprised if Forsberg doesn't go back to Philly. I think there is some frustration from ownership that Peter wasn't willing to sign a contract extension. Forsberg plans on reevaluating his situation in the offseason before he makes any decision.

Mtbrncofn
02-16-2007, 01:07 AM
Yeah, it seems odd to me to think that he would head back there, but I guess stranger things have happened.

Btw, what the heck happened to the whole timeline thing? Remember when he left the Avs, all the talk was that he was going to play for Philly for 2 years and then go back to Sweden and that would be it. Retirement. Whatever happened to all that talk?

Jori
02-16-2007, 02:14 AM
I think that was more speculation then anything else.

Here's an interesting read:

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=5521

Mtbrncofn
02-16-2007, 05:30 PM
That was interesting. Bugs me to no end that he sounds like he wants to go back to Philly because of his 'great chemistry' with his teammates. What the hell did he have here?!

Bronx33
02-17-2007, 04:13 PM
Wow, what a game! Theo didn't blow it when he got in net, actually played decent, Hejduk was a stud, Bruno.....and then there's Joe. What a stud.


Congrats on #600, Joe!


One of 17 is a huge acomplishment! he will move even further up the ladder IMO

http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/ap/eurojmc11002160557.widec.jpg

Betmans lockout took probably 25 goals from joe but joe will easily pass bobby hull and maybe even Robitaille at 668 before he hangs em up.

Bronx33
02-17-2007, 05:48 PM
since the Christmas Break (as of February 16th)
*************************

Western Conference
******************

Team Games Record Points

Vancouver 21 15-3-3 33
Detroit 24 16-7-1 33
Calgary 25 13-7-5 31
Nashville 22 15-7-0 30
St. Louis 23 13-7-3 29
Minnesota 23 13-7-3 29
Phoenix 23 12-10-1 25
Dallas 21 11-8-2 24
----------------------------------
San Jose 21 11-9-1 23
Edmonton 23 10-10-3 23
Colorado 22 10-10-2 22
Columbus 22 9-11-2 20
Los Angeles 22 7-11-4 18
Chicago 22 7-12-3 17
Anaheim 20 7-11-2 16


Eastern Conference
******************

Team Games Record Points

New Jersey 22 16-3-3 35
Pittsburgh 22 15-4-3 33
Ottawa 21 15-4-2 32
Tampa Bay 23 16-7-0 32
Buffalo 23 14-8-1 29
Toronto 21 12-6-3 27
NY Islanders 24 10-9-5 25
Carolina 23 10-10-3 23
----------------------------------
Florida 21 9-8-4 22
NY Rangers 20 10-9-1 21
Atlanta 23 9-11-3 21
Philadelphia 22 7-11-4 18
Boston 23 8-13-2 18
Montreal 24 8-15-1 17
Washington 23 7-14-2 16


NHL
***

Team Games Record Points

New Jersey 22 16-3-3 35
Vancouver 21 15-3-3 33
Pittsburgh 22 15-4-3 33
Detroit 24 16-7-1 33
Ottawa 21 15-4-2 32
Tampa Bay 23 16-7-0 32
Calgary 25 13-7-5 31
Nashville 22 15-7-0 30
Buffalo 23 14-8-1 29
St. Louis 23 13-7-3 29
Minnesota 23 13-7-3 29
Toronto 21 12-6-3 27
Phoenix 23 12-10-1 25
NY Islanders 24 10-9-5 25
Dallas 21 11-8-2 24
San Jose 21 11-9-1 23
----------------------------------
Edmonton 23 10-10-3 23
Carolina 23 10-10-3 23
Florida 21 9-8-4 22
Colorado 22 10-10-2 22
NY Rangers 20 10-9-1 21
Atlanta 23 9-11-3 21
Columbus 22 9-11-2 20
Los Angeles 22 7-11-4 18
Philadelphia 22 7-11-4 18
Boston 23 8-13-2 18
Chicago 22 7-12-3 17
Montreal 24 8-15-1 17
Anaheim 20 7-11-2 16
Washington 23 7-14-2 16

Bronx33
02-17-2007, 06:13 PM
Berube called out Avery after the game in the tunnel for going after non-fighters, calling him a "gutless puke". Avery responded by calling Berube a "cement head"

SoCalBronco
02-17-2007, 06:24 PM
since the Christmas Break (as of February 16th)
*************************

Western Conference
******************

Team Games Record Points

Vancouver 21 15-3-3 33
Detroit 24 16-7-1 33
Calgary 25 13-7-5 31
Nashville 22 15-7-0 30
St. Louis 23 13-7-3 29
Minnesota 23 13-7-3 29
Phoenix 23 12-10-1 25
Dallas 21 11-8-2 24
----------------------------------
San Jose 21 11-9-1 23
Edmonton 23 10-10-3 23
Colorado 22 10-10-2 22
Columbus 22 9-11-2 20
Los Angeles 22 7-11-4 18
Chicago 22 7-12-3 17
Anaheim 20 7-11-2 16


Eastern Conference
******************

Team Games Record Points

New Jersey 22 16-3-3 35
Pittsburgh 22 15-4-3 33
Ottawa 21 15-4-2 32
Tampa Bay 23 16-7-0 32
Buffalo 23 14-8-1 29
Toronto 21 12-6-3 27
NY Islanders 24 10-9-5 25
Carolina 23 10-10-3 23
----------------------------------
Florida 21 9-8-4 22
NY Rangers 20 10-9-1 21
Atlanta 23 9-11-3 21
Philadelphia 22 7-11-4 18
Boston 23 8-13-2 18
Montreal 24 8-15-1 17
Washington 23 7-14-2 16


NHL
***

Team Games Record Points

New Jersey 22 16-3-3 35
Vancouver 21 15-3-3 33
Pittsburgh 22 15-4-3 33
Detroit 24 16-7-1 33
Ottawa 21 15-4-2 32
Tampa Bay 23 16-7-0 32
Calgary 25 13-7-5 31
Nashville 22 15-7-0 30
Buffalo 23 14-8-1 29
St. Louis 23 13-7-3 29
Minnesota 23 13-7-3 29
Toronto 21 12-6-3 27
Phoenix 23 12-10-1 25
NY Islanders 24 10-9-5 25
Dallas 21 11-8-2 24
San Jose 21 11-9-1 23
----------------------------------
Edmonton 23 10-10-3 23
Carolina 23 10-10-3 23
Florida 21 9-8-4 22
Colorado 22 10-10-2 22
NY Rangers 20 10-9-1 21
Atlanta 23 9-11-3 21
Columbus 22 9-11-2 20
Los Angeles 22 7-11-4 18
Philadelphia 22 7-11-4 18
Boston 23 8-13-2 18
Chicago 22 7-12-3 17
Montreal 24 8-15-1 17
Anaheim 20 7-11-2 16
Washington 23 7-14-2 16

Yeah we have done pretty well in the last couple months...currently 13-0-2 in our last 15 and closing in on New Jersey for the division lead. Gotta stop blowing 3 goal leads though, it is getting annoying, we still end up winning but we will eventually start paying for it.

Pendejo
02-17-2007, 07:47 PM
Berube called out Avery after the game in the tunnel for going after non-fighters, calling him a "gutless puke". Avery responded by calling Berube a "cement head"

Hah!

Jens1893
02-17-2007, 08:04 PM
I think I need a Sakic jersey before I need a Cutler jersey.

Jori
02-17-2007, 08:44 PM
Yeah we have done pretty well in the last couple months...currently 13-0-2 in our last 15 and closing in on New Jersey for the division lead. Gotta stop blowing 3 goal leads though, it is getting annoying, we still end up winning but we will eventually start paying for it.

Definition of a young team, they'll learn.

SoCalBronco
02-17-2007, 10:08 PM
I saw this post on HFBoards and thought you guys might get a chuckle out of it:

Wikipedia says Jose Theodore has a child with a girlfriend / ex girlfriend named Stephanie Cloutier. Any chance she's related to Dan Cloutier?

... perhaps this kid will be the Anti-Christ of goaltending?

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=345525

Mtbrncofn
02-18-2007, 02:36 PM
Good Lord, I've known her name all along and never even thought to connect them. Not sure.

Lucky for us, that child is a girl.

Bronx33
02-19-2007, 06:04 PM
Feb. 27 - Trade deadline, 3 p.m. EST.

Tredici
02-20-2007, 06:28 PM
While many have come and gone, Sakic still Avs' heart

By George Johnson
Special to ESPN.com
Archive


Over the course of more than 17 seasons and more than 1,400 games, you'd think Joe Sakic had seen it all and done it all.


As he crossed the threshold into the visiting dressing room Thursday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome, after having just scored his 599th and 600th career goals and chipped in with three helpers to inspire a vital 7-5 comeback win over the Calgary Flames for the Colorado Avalanche, his teammates stopped what they were doing, stood and applauded.

Joe Sakic is only the 17th player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals.

A standing ovation from his peers.

"Never had that happen before," he admitted, looking a trifle flustered.

It usually happens only when someone's out on the ice in a suit, eyes glistening, surrounded by family, gazing up dumbstruck as his jersey is being hoisted to the rafters.

When his story is over.

Joe Sakic still has a chapter or two left in him to write.

Here, then, we pay homage to Quoteless Joe, the superstar who shuns the spotlight like a mob squealer holed up somewhere in Arizona in a witness protection program.

At 37, a time when others of his quality and legacy began to wind down, a time when an athlete thinks about moving into the TV booth or into upper management, Sakic continues to defy time, he wins games and sets the standard for others to follow. He tries to push his way into the top 10 in scoring, holding off prodigious whippersnappers such as Russian phenom Evgeni Malkin and "new" NHL icons like the diminutive Daniel Briere.

Sakic became only the 15th man in history to reach 600 career goals, and he's done it all for one organization (albeit in two cities). That night, the Avs trailed 2-0 and 4-2 to a team that this season has made its rink a veritable bone yard for transgressors. But while facing reigning Vezina Trophy winner Miikka Kiprusoff, Colorado did not sag, did not buckle, did not give up hope.

Silent Joe simply would not allow it.

These are no longer the bulked-up Avalanche of the Stanley Cup glory years, turning out perennial championship contenders. No Saint Patrick. No Peter the Great. No Ray. No Footie. No Drury. No Tanguay.

There's just Sakic.

If they do crack the top eight in a fiercely competitive Western Conference, know that No. 19 will have added significantly to his Hall of Fame portfolio.

This is not a person who wallows in nostalgia. And perhaps his insistence on looking ahead and not behind is the very thing that keeps him so fresh, so vital, so current -- the reason he still matters.

"He's just so well-prepared," Avs teammate Ian Laperriere said. "What he does during the season to stay in shape is what everybody else does in the summer. His conditioning is unbelievable. Sometimes you see him riding the bike in the morning and you want to say, 'Hey, didn't you play 25 minutes last night?' But what he does obviously works. We're talking about one of the top 10 players of all time.

"When you think of how many goals he's scored in this league … "

In the wake of No. 600, when asked about his very first NHL goal way back in 1988, when the Avalanche were still "Les Nordiques" and playing at Le Colisee in beautiful Quebec City, Sakic appeared momentarily stumped.

"I think Robert Picard set it up," he said. "The other guy? I don't know. You'd have to check. I was at the side of the net. [Picard] passed it over and I kind of poked it into the net. At least, that's how I remember it."

The goalie?

"Sean Burke."

OK, as someone apparently unimpressed by 600 goals, what, in his opinion, would be a milestone worth celebrating?

"Patty Roy's all-time [goaltending] games-played record," Sakic replied. "That was fantastic. Being on the ice, being a small part of that, was really special."

Since arriving from the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, nothing Joe Sakic has done has been small. And for all the accolades he's received through the years, they are nothing at all like what he's deserved. Because that side of the game simply is of no interest to him.

In his previous life as a Los Angeles King, Laperriere's job description was partly to get under the skin of the opposition's top guns. Being out West, he had many occasions to run into Joe Sakic.

"Oh, sure, you chirp at guys -- nothing personal, but about their game -- to try and throw them off, try and get an edge, make them think about something other than what they're supposed to be doing," Laperriere said. "But what could a guy like me possibly say to a guy like him? He's won Stanley Cups and Olympic gold medals. He just goes about his job, not saying much, being the best player on the ice at both ends.

"So why would he pay any attention to anything a guy like me had to say? Besides, if I did say anything to him on one shift, he'd just turn around and embarrass me on the next one. No, best to keep your mouth shut."

"He's playing as well as at any point in his career," said an awestruck (and thankful) Colorado coach Joel Quenneville. "I think the greatest thing you can say about Joe is that when he does retire, whenever that might be, he'll probably be still at the top of his game.

"How many players can honestly say that?"

The answer, of course, is: very, very few. Six hundred goals and counting and no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

"I'm trying to put into words," Laperriere said, "what he's meant to this franchise. What he still means to this franchise." A helpless shrug. "I guess 'everything' is about the best way to put it."

Bronx33
02-20-2007, 06:36 PM
While many have come and gone, Sakic still Avs' heart

By George Johnson
Special to ESPN.com
Archive


Over the course of more than 17 seasons and more than 1,400 games, you'd think Joe Sakic had seen it all and done it all.


As he crossed the threshold into the visiting dressing room Thursday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome, after having just scored his 599th and 600th career goals and chipped in with three helpers to inspire a vital 7-5 comeback win over the Calgary Flames for the Colorado Avalanche, his teammates stopped what they were doing, stood and applauded.

Joe Sakic is only the 17th player in NHL history to reach 600 career goals.

A standing ovation from his peers.

"Never had that happen before," he admitted, looking a trifle flustered.

It usually happens only when someone's out on the ice in a suit, eyes glistening, surrounded by family, gazing up dumbstruck as his jersey is being hoisted to the rafters.

When his story is over.

Joe Sakic still has a chapter or two left in him to write.

Here, then, we pay homage to Quoteless Joe, the superstar who shuns the spotlight like a mob squealer holed up somewhere in Arizona in a witness protection program.

At 37, a time when others of his quality and legacy began to wind down, a time when an athlete thinks about moving into the TV booth or into upper management, Sakic continues to defy time, he wins games and sets the standard for others to follow. He tries to push his way into the top 10 in scoring, holding off prodigious whippersnappers such as Russian phenom Evgeni Malkin and "new" NHL icons like the diminutive Daniel Briere.

Sakic became only the 15th man in history to reach 600 career goals, and he's done it all for one organization (albeit in two cities). That night, the Avs trailed 2-0 and 4-2 to a team that this season has made its rink a veritable bone yard for transgressors. But while facing reigning Vezina Trophy winner Miikka Kiprusoff, Colorado did not sag, did not buckle, did not give up hope.

Silent Joe simply would not allow it.

These are no longer the bulked-up Avalanche of the Stanley Cup glory years, turning out perennial championship contenders. No Saint Patrick. No Peter the Great. No Ray. No Footie. No Drury. No Tanguay.

There's just Sakic.

If they do crack the top eight in a fiercely competitive Western Conference, know that No. 19 will have added significantly to his Hall of Fame portfolio.

This is not a person who wallows in nostalgia. And perhaps his insistence on looking ahead and not behind is the very thing that keeps him so fresh, so vital, so current -- the reason he still matters.

"He's just so well-prepared," Avs teammate Ian Laperriere said. "What he does during the season to stay in shape is what everybody else does in the summer. His conditioning is unbelievable. Sometimes you see him riding the bike in the morning and you want to say, 'Hey, didn't you play 25 minutes last night?' But what he does obviously works. We're talking about one of the top 10 players of all time.

"When you think of how many goals he's scored in this league … "

In the wake of No. 600, when asked about his very first NHL goal way back in 1988, when the Avalanche were still "Les Nordiques" and playing at Le Colisee in beautiful Quebec City, Sakic appeared momentarily stumped.

"I think Robert Picard set it up," he said. "The other guy? I don't know. You'd have to check. I was at the side of the net. [Picard] passed it over and I kind of poked it into the net. At least, that's how I remember it."

The goalie?

"Sean Burke."

OK, as someone apparently unimpressed by 600 goals, what, in his opinion, would be a milestone worth celebrating?

"Patty Roy's all-time [goaltending] games-played record," Sakic replied. "That was fantastic. Being on the ice, being a small part of that, was really special."

Since arriving from the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, nothing Joe Sakic has done has been small. And for all the accolades he's received through the years, they are nothing at all like what he's deserved. Because that side of the game simply is of no interest to him.

In his previous life as a Los Angeles King, Laperriere's job description was partly to get under the skin of the opposition's top guns. Being out West, he had many occasions to run into Joe Sakic.

"Oh, sure, you chirp at guys -- nothing personal, but about their game -- to try and throw them off, try and get an edge, make them think about something other than what they're supposed to be doing," Laperriere said. "But what could a guy like me possibly say to a guy like him? He's won Stanley Cups and Olympic gold medals. He just goes about his job, not saying much, being the best player on the ice at both ends.

"So why would he pay any attention to anything a guy like me had to say? Besides, if I did say anything to him on one shift, he'd just turn around and embarrass me on the next one. No, best to keep your mouth shut."

"He's playing as well as at any point in his career," said an awestruck (and thankful) Colorado coach Joel Quenneville. "I think the greatest thing you can say about Joe is that when he does retire, whenever that might be, he'll probably be still at the top of his game.

"How many players can honestly say that?"

The answer, of course, is: very, very few. Six hundred goals and counting and no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

"I'm trying to put into words," Laperriere said, "what he's meant to this franchise. What he still means to this franchise." A helpless shrug. "I guess 'everything' is about the best way to put it."




I know it's 17 but i had to point that out. :P

Bronx33
02-20-2007, 06:41 PM
Finger called up......

http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=289312&page=NewsPage&service=page

DENVER (AP) -Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold will miss approximately four weeks after tests revealed a fractured wrist, team officials said Tuesday.

Leopold, who hurt his wrist in the third period against Calgary last Thursday night, had the MRI exam on Monday. He is scheduled for surgery this week.

It's the third significant injury this season for Leopold. He missed the first 25 games of the season as he recovered from offseason hernia surgery and then another 17 games due to a groin injury he suffered in December.

Leopold has missed the last two games - both Avalanche losses - because of the wrist injury.

"Tough year," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "Another tough blow."

Defenseman Jeff Finger was called up from Albany of the AHL on Saturday and is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday night against Calgary.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him," Quenneville said.

The Avalanche lost defenseman Patrice Brisebois for the season to a back injury in late December against Dallas.

"To lose Briser and Leo, a couple of important guys for us," Quenneville said. "It's one after the other."

Mtbrncofn
02-20-2007, 06:52 PM
Good Lord. Shoulda just put him on IR at the beginning of the year....you know if the Avs front office was Nostradamus or something.

Some teams have all the luck.

Tredici
02-21-2007, 12:58 AM
The team can't miss Leopold much.

I could say the same for Breezeby......

Mtbrncofn
02-21-2007, 12:59 AM
This has nothing to do with pro hockey, but damn it's funny.

No Butts About It, Cheeky Goalie Ejected
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/G/GOALIE_BARE_BOTTOM?SITE=MTMIS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2007-02-20-22-06-58

NORTH LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A University of Southern California hockey goalie put on a show, but it had nothing to do with stopping shots. Mickey Meyer rode his stick like a horse, dropped his bulky pants, mooned the crowd and slapped his buttocks during a game against Brigham Young University, police said.

"I had my fill of these refs," Meyer said on an Internet broadcast of the game, according to The Herald-Journal of Logan.

It will be up to prosecutors whether to pursue a case against him.

"This is a small town," North Park police Sgt. John Italasano said. "This was a college team playing and hockey's a wild game. Sometimes things get out of hand."

Meyer's antics occurred while play was stopped and referees were trying to sort out penalties in the third period of a consolation game in the ACHA West Regional tournament at Eccles Ice Center.

The junior from Clinton, N.Y., was "riding his hockey stick like a horse and slapping his butt," North Park Officer Mike Stauffer said in a report.

After pulling down his pants, Meyer slapped his bare bottom several times, Stauffer said.
_________

Bwahaahahaahahahaha!

bronco militia
02-21-2007, 10:45 AM
bwhaha

Tredici
02-21-2007, 11:04 AM
This has nothing to do with pro hockey, but damn it's funny.

No Butts About It, Cheeky Goalie Ejected
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/G/GOALIE_BARE_BOTTOM?SITE=MTMIS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2007-02-20-22-06-58

NORTH LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A University of Southern California hockey goalie put on a show, but it had nothing to do with stopping shots. Mickey Meyer rode his stick like a horse, dropped his bulky pants, mooned the crowd and slapped his buttocks during a game against Brigham Young University, police said.

"I had my fill of these refs," Meyer said on an Internet broadcast of the game, according to The Herald-Journal of Logan.

It will be up to prosecutors whether to pursue a case against him.

"This is a small town," North Park police Sgt. John Italasano said. "This was a college team playing and hockey's a wild game. Sometimes things get out of hand."

Meyer's antics occurred while play was stopped and referees were trying to sort out penalties in the third period of a consolation game in the ACHA West Regional tournament at Eccles Ice Center.

The junior from Clinton, N.Y., was "riding his hockey stick like a horse and slapping his butt," North Park Officer Mike Stauffer said in a report.

After pulling down his pants, Meyer slapped his bare bottom several times, Stauffer said.
_________

Bwahaahahaahahahaha!

That's about the only move I might be interested in seeing Theodore do...

:~ohyah!:

By the way what is up with him continually hitching up his pants? It is constant. Just let 'em fall Jose....

Mtbrncofn
02-21-2007, 04:16 PM
That's about the only move I might be interested in seeing Theodore do...

:~ohyah!:

By the way what is up with him continually hitching up his pants? It is constant. Just let 'em fall Jose....

Knowing him, he probably wouldn't be able to catch them anyway.

Bronx33
02-21-2007, 06:01 PM
It's pronounced Hole-ze Theo- door (just a helpful hint) from yours truely.

Bronx33
02-21-2007, 07:28 PM
I hate even posting a espn artical...

NAPLES, Fla. -- Remember at the end of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," when Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach are all standing there, guns drawn, waiting for someone to make the first move? Waiting to see who would back down and who would flinch?

That's the cat-and-mouse game now being played out between NHL general managers.
http://espn-ak.starwave.com/photo/2007/0118/nhl_g_bertuzzi_275.jpg
Todd Bertuzzi
Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images
Todd Bertuzzi could be moved before Tuesday's deadline.

For three days here, GMs haggled and harrumphed and metaphorically kicked the tires on more than a dozen players who could be had before the trade deadline. Apart from a minor deal -- the New York Islanders' acquisition of Edmonton defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron on Sunday for a prospect playing in Russia -- there was no movement.

But there will be. Now, it's just a question of who blinks first.

The sellers, who are in a minority and hold the balance of power with assets that might yield a Stanley Cup, have set the bar high in terms of asking price. Players such as Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk and Gary Roberts are commanding a first-round pick plus a prospect.

Will the market come down?

"I know if it doesn't, we'll be sitting on the sidelines," Anaheim GM Brian Burke said.

Maybe. Or is Burke trying to bluff his way into a player he wants by trying to scare potential trade partners into believing he'd rather walk away than give up too much?

The same questions will be asked of GMs Jacques Martin of Florida and Larry Pleau in St. Louis, who have between them probably six of the most interesting potential trade baubles: Tkachuk, Guerin, Roberts, Martin Gelinas, Jozef Stumpel, Ed Belfour and Todd Bertuzzi.

Are they prepared to keep what they've got rather than lower their prices and get at least something for players who are potential free agents and may walk away for free on July 1?

"Will it get less or will it get more? That's the gamble everyone takes. That's the poker," said Pleau, whose team won again Tuesday night and remains 10 points out of the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Could teams try to bluff sellers into lowering their price?

"That could very easily happen. Injuries are going to affect everything from now until Tuesday. How teams play. Winning and losing. There's a lot of things that are going to affect it in the next week or so," Pleau said.

Darcy Regier, for instance, was watching his Sabres pummel Philadelphia on Tuesday night, but also learned he had lost a sixth player to injury, Daniel Paille, who suffered a broken finger and will miss 2 to 3 weeks. Regier has salary cap issues, but would like to move backup netminder Martin Biron for help up front.

Toronto GM John Ferguson believes the logjam will break, and sooner than later.

"I do still think you're going to see some movement. A fair bit of movement," Ferguson said. "There are a number of top guys on defined seller teams that just haven't fallen yet. But I think that'll come, and I think it'll come soon. I think you'll see trades coming on the weekend. Teams prefer not to get jammed right up to Tuesday."

The issue, for all teams, is risk versus reward.

Nashville and Dallas already have committed significant assets to acquire Peter Forsberg and Ladislav Nagy, respectively. Whether they paid too much won't be known for weeks, but at least GMs David Poile and Doug Armstrong don't have to worry about getting the players they wanted.

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With their latest string of injuries, the Sabres might have to deal goalie Martin Biron.

There is considerable pressure on Ferguson, for instance, to make a move to shore up his forward corps, perhaps with a player like Guerin. But Ferguson must weigh the long-term costs to a team he is just beginning to rebuild.

"You always have a temptation and you weigh everything," said Ferguson, whose squad dropped a 3-0 decision to Boston on Tuesday. "But going back over the years, this club is still affected by some of the short-term thinking that did not result in the success that we are looking for. That is part of what we are dealing with right now."

The Leafs are part of a logjam of Eastern Conference teams as 10 points separates third through 11th. Carolina is another part of that group, holding on to the eighth and final playoff berth as of Wednesday morning, one point ahead of Toronto and the New York Islanders, both of whom have two games in hand.

"I was hoping to make a trade here. Especially with the injured guys we've got. And we don't have a lot of time left," Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said.

In Pittsburgh, the Penguins appear locked into a playoff berth despite their youth. It has added another dynamic for rookie GM Ray Shero, who didn't expect to have to be dealing with the lure of making trade deadline acquisitions.

"I always say the same thing. I don't want our players or coaches expecting something. I like the team the way they are," Shero said.

With the asking price so high, it's easier for Shero to take that position than many of his colleagues.

"I know who we're not going to move -- prospects. I know my plan out two or three years from now. I have a pretty good idea of the young guys who should be on our hockey club. I don't want to be giving that up," Shero said. "The price certainly is high and some teams will pay it. That's been proven so far. But every team is different."

Cue the Ennio Morricone score.

More from Naples ...

• The closest thing to actual breaking news at the meetings was an unfortunate mix-up involving a carload of general managers who inadvertently drove away from their posh hotel in the wrong car. The car, which looked exactly like their rightful model, was sitting near where they'd left it at the valet parking stand. They assumed, incorrectly as it turned out, the car was theirs and headed out to dinner. Several hours later, the general managers returned to find local authorities talking to the owner of the missing car who had no idea how his vehicle had disappeared.

• Tuesday's trade deadline marks one of the great pseudo-holidays in Canada as every national sports television and radio network will devote hours to trades, real or imagined.

To spice up their day, and to guard against the long, dull periods when no players are actually being traded, Canada's Sportsnet is dressing up its coverage with the women from the Canadian version of the hit game show "Deal Or No Deal." Instead of suitcases, though, the panel of hockey experts will be shown hockey sticks with players' names on the blade and they will debate, "Trade or no trade."

The network also has hired an artist, who will begin Tuesday morning painting a mural, featuring the likenesses of all the players dealt.

"I'm bringing balls to juggle, but I hope I don't have to use them," former NHL tough guy and current Sportsnet lead analyst Nick Kypreos quipped.

• Columbus forward Fredrik Modin is on the verge of signing a contract extension that would take him off the rental-player market. The Blue Jackets still are shopping forward Anson Carter, who had 33 goals a season ago in Vancouver. It was believed Carolina's Rutherford was interested, but he left the GM meetings without adding skill to his third line.

Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.

Bronx33
02-21-2007, 08:05 PM
2006-2007 - Regular Season - Rookie

RK Player Team Pos GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S% TOI/G Sft/G FO%
1 EVGENI MALKIN PIT C 55 29 38 67 2 54 13 0 5 1 180 16.1 19:31 22.6 44.8
2 ANZE KOPITAR LAK C 61 17 37 54 -10 20 5 2 0 0 163 10.4 20:33 26.6 45.7
3 PAUL STASTNY COL C 60 21 32 53 -3 30 8 0 4 0 137 15.3 17:37 25.0 48.0
4 WOJTEK WOLSKI COL L 57 19 21 40 -4 10 6 0 1 0 121 15.7 15:30 21.2 100.0

Breck Bronc
02-21-2007, 08:57 PM
The new "my NHL" ads featuring players off the ice are a step in the right direction for a league that generally has no clue how to market their great sport. But I think they should go even further to create some sort of buzz. I think a couple of good, controversial ads will finally get the sports media talking hockey.

How about an ad with a couple of players playing with their pets, then cutting to words saying, "My NHL: Our players don't kill dogs". Or an ad showcasing the All-Star game saying, "My NHL: our All-Star weekend didn't devolve into a gangbangers fantasy".

Jori
02-21-2007, 11:25 PM
I find the commercial with the Sedin twins to be...well...uh...distrubing Yikes!

SoCalBronco
02-21-2007, 11:28 PM
2006-2007 - Regular Season - Rookie

RK Player Team Pos GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S% TOI/G Sft/G FO%
1 EVGENI MALKIN PIT C 55 29 38 67 2 54 13 0 5 1 180 16.1 19:31 22.6 44.8
2 ANZE KOPITAR LAK C 61 17 37 54 -10 20 5 2 0 0 163 10.4 20:33 26.6 45.7
3 PAUL STASTNY COL C 60 21 32 53 -3 30 8 0 4 0 137 15.3 17:37 25.0 48.0
4 WOJTEK WOLSKI COL L 57 19 21 40 -4 10 6 0 1 0 121 15.7 15:30 21.2 100.0

Those guys all get the recognition and Carle too but I think Travis Zajac of New Jersey is also really impressive. Almost every time I watch them he stands out to me. I really, really like Zajac.

Pendejo
02-22-2007, 12:17 AM
I find the commercial with the Sedin twins to be...well...uh...distrubing Yikes!

What were Mary Kate & Ashley doing in said commercial Jori? Nursing their teddy bears?

My all time favorite NHL commercial is from easily over a decade back on ESPN. Keith Tkachuk was skating along the boardwalk in Santa Monica (or somewhere) and some broad had locked her keys in her car. Tkachuk "checked" her window...smashing it...and said "You're welcome"...and skated off proud to have helped...happy music playing in the background. The camera pans back to the lady...her jaw dropped...mixed with disbelief and outrage.

Pendejo
02-22-2007, 12:19 AM
Those guys all get the recognition and Carle too but I think Travis Zajac of New Jersey is also really impressive. Almost every time I watch them he stands out to me. I really, really like Zajac.

There is a hell of a lot of top notch young talent all across the NHL right now. Some simply fantastic players. Be prepared to watch as Bettman make's sure that no one outside of hockey fans ever hears their names.

SoCalBronco
02-22-2007, 12:48 AM
There is a hell of a lot of top notch young talent all across the NHL right now. Some simply fantastic players. Be prepared to watch as Bettman make's sure that no one outside of hockey fans ever hears their names.

Yeah, it is depressing to see that the marketing of this league and the young talent is very poor. Doesnt look promising for the future either with Bettman getting that extension and Versus also getting an extension for a few more years for their NHL coverage.

Mtbrncofn
02-22-2007, 01:35 AM
I find the commercial with the Sedin twins to be...well...uh...distrubing Yikes!

I gotta admit....I about laughed myself silly over that one. If they could keep up this kind of marketing, it would do wonders. Less Sedins, more uncreepy guys.

Bronx33
02-24-2007, 03:26 PM
The race is on for the playoffs, and most games will be very intense.
Sit back and enjoy the action as the boys battle for the playoff spots.

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/images/uploads/224a.gif

Hercules Rockefeller
02-24-2007, 06:01 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197501&hubname=nhl

Ducks trade Shane O'Brien and a 3rd to Tampa for a 1st and a goalie

Hercules Rockefeller
02-24-2007, 10:12 PM
Zhitnik to Atlanta for Coyburn

Wow, awesome return for Philly

Clockwork Orange
02-25-2007, 03:59 PM
Zhitnik to Atlanta for Coyburn

Wow, awesome return for Philly

You think that's something? Look what they forked over for Keith Tkachuk.

Tkachuk to Atlanta for a 2007 1st & 3rd rounder, a 2008 2nd rounder & Glen Metropolit (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197640&hubname=)

Should Tkachuk re-sign with Atlanta, the Blues will get the Thrashers 2008 1st rounder as well. Holy overpayment, Batman!

Why, oh why aren't the Avalanche out there selling? :nono:

Killericon
02-25-2007, 05:20 PM
You think that's something? Look what they forked over for Keith Tkachuk.

Tkachuk to Atlanta for a 2007 1st & 3rd rounder, a 2008 2nd rounder & Glen Metropolit (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197640&hubname=)

Should Tkachuk re-sign with Atlanta, the Blues will get the Thrashers 2008 1st rounder as well. Holy overpayment, Batman!

Why, oh why aren't the Avalanche out there selling? :nono:

I have no idea why the Thrashers are so insanely desperate.

Clockwork Orange
02-25-2007, 06:01 PM
I have no idea why the Thrashers are so insanely desperate.

I would imagine that Waddell is trying to save his job, so he's basically throwing caution (and the future) to the wind.

Clockwork Orange
02-25-2007, 06:44 PM
And another.

Habs trade Craig Rivet & a 5th rounder to San Jose for a 1st rounder & Josh Gorges (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197701&hubname=)

For Pete's sake Francois, start selling. Teams are paying minibar prices right now to load up for the playoffs and the Avs are sitting on some assets that could be turned into some serious picks/prospects at the current going rate.

Hercules Rockefeller
02-25-2007, 06:52 PM
The draft isn't supposed to be anything specatular this year, so it's not a surprise teams are willing to part with their 1sts.

Clockwork Orange
02-25-2007, 07:10 PM
The draft isn't supposed to be anything specatular this year, so it's not a surprise teams are willing to part with their 1sts.

I've heard nothing spectacular in terms of star power, but that it's a fairly deep draft.

Bronx33
02-25-2007, 07:26 PM
You think that's something? Look what they forked over for Keith Tkachuk.

Tkachuk to Atlanta for a 2007 1st & 3rd rounder, a 2008 2nd rounder & Glen Metropolit (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197640&hubname=)

Should Tkachuk re-sign with Atlanta, the Blues will get the Thrashers 2008 1st rounder as well. Holy overpayment, Batman!

Why, oh why aren't the Avalanche out there selling? :nono:


No DOUBT! as far as the avs are concerned i hope we don't throw away prospective talent to try and save a season that doesn't need to be saved IMO.

Hercules Rockefeller
02-25-2007, 07:28 PM
I've heard nothing spectacular in terms of star power, but that it's a fairly deep draft.

Deep in the sense that you can get the same player at the end of the 1st that you can get in the 3rd. That's why they're willing to give up the picks, they're not missing out on much.

Bronx33
02-25-2007, 07:31 PM
hahahaha peter is still the wingkiller.

Forsberg scored at 2:11 of overtime Saturday night, giving the Predators a 4-3 victory over Detroit and pushing them past the Red Wings into first place in the Central Division.

Bronx33
02-25-2007, 07:48 PM
And atlanta gets this...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/myspaceshh/tkachuk_b.jpg

Clockwork Orange
02-25-2007, 08:14 PM
Karlis Skrastins is out of tonights game with a "knee injury."

OK, either something is up or Skrastins must be hurting bad. Skrastins recently set the NHL record for consecutive games played by a defenseman, so he must be in a real bad way if he's missing this one due to injury.

It's either that or he's about to be traded. Stay tuned.

Bronx33
02-25-2007, 08:54 PM
Karlis Skrastins is out of tonights game with a "knee injury."

OK, either something is up or Skrastins must be hurting bad. Skrastins recently set the NHL record for consecutive games played by a defenseman, so he must be in a real bad way if he's missing this one due to injury.

It's either that or he's about to be traded. Stay tuned.

Wow! hes never hurt it very well could be a trade.

Clockwork Orange
02-25-2007, 09:48 PM
Wow! hes never hurt it very well could be a trade.

They said that he took the warm up skate, so it doesn't sound as if it's anything too serious, if it's an injury at all.

I just find it hard to believe that a guy who hasn't missed a game in forever suddenly shuts it down because of a minor knee injury. That could very well be the case, though. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Mtbrncofn
02-25-2007, 10:55 PM
I hate seeing the streak end, for whatever reason. It just irks me.

Jens1893
02-25-2007, 11:04 PM
Hearing Sakic trade rumors killed me.

Mtbrncofn
02-25-2007, 11:13 PM
Honestly, I'd probably have to be institutionalized if that happened.

Clockwork Orange
02-25-2007, 11:34 PM
Hearing Sakic trade rumors killed me.

Not gonna happen.

You don't trade a guy like Sakic unless he asks to be traded and he isn't going to ask.

Still, after looking at the bounty the Blues got for Tkachuk, how much could the Avs get for Sakic? Two words: a lot.

Either way, not gonna happen.

Jens1893
02-25-2007, 11:48 PM
Not gonna happen.

You don't trade a guy like Sakic unless he asks to be traded and he isn't going to ask.

Still, after looking at the bounty the Blues got for Tkachuk, how much could the Avs get for Sakic? Two words: a lot.

Either way, not gonna happen.

It wasn´t a rumor really, but merely a suggestion. It was in a column on espn.com where one guy called for a "Doug Weight Rule" to rule out loaning out players for the playoffs. But just reading his suggestion that the Stars should be looking to trade for Sakic killed me.

Mtbrncofn
02-26-2007, 02:12 PM
From Spectors:

Chuck Gormley reports Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider denied his team is rebuilding after trading away Peter Forsberg and Alexei Zhitnik with the last ten days. "No," Snider said sternly. "We don't understand what rebuilding is."

That's just pure comedy right there.
________

I know it's probably wise to let him go, but damnit I don't want Lappy to be traded and his name seems to be coming up a lot. May's a grinder, take him!

Pendejo
02-26-2007, 02:55 PM
From Spectors:

Chuck Gormley reports Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider denied his team is rebuilding after trading away Peter Forsberg and Alexei Zhitnik with the last ten days. "No," Snider said sternly. "We don't understand what rebuilding is."

That's just pure comedy right there.
________

I know it's probably wise to let him go, but damnit I don't want Lappy to be traded and his name seems to be coming up a lot. May's a grinder, take him!

May's been rumored to be going to both Buffalo, and Montreal. At least one person said there was interest anyway.

The Avs will probably move Lappy, and hold on to May just to irritate me.

Hercules Rockefeller
02-26-2007, 04:51 PM
Caps get in on the deadline act, send Zednik to the Isles for a 2nd.

Pendejo
02-27-2007, 03:27 PM
The Avs re-acquire Scott Parker from San Jose for a draft pick. They also dump that clown Brad May. Sending him to the Ducks for goalie Michael Wall.

The Blues send Guerin to San Jose for Ville Nieminin...Jay Barribal and a 1st round pick in '07.

Georges Laraque has reportedly waived his no trade clause and accepted a trade to the Pens for Daniel Carcillo and an 8th round pick.

(details per spectorshockey.net)

I like both moves that the Avs made. They needed a legitimate tough guy, and they got one.

The Blues really cleaned up at the deadline this year.

Pittsburgh trading for the undisputed heavy weight champ of the NHL was a no brainer.

Hercules Rockefeller
02-27-2007, 03:30 PM
Caps make one trade (Zubrus to Buffalo) and their media guy says on the team site that they think they got another in before the deadline, just waiting for the league to confirm it.

Hercules Rockefeller
02-27-2007, 03:44 PM
Ryan Smyth to the Isles

bronco militia
02-27-2007, 03:44 PM
Lol....Bertuzzi to the wings

how fitting...**** him and the Wings

Pendejo
02-27-2007, 04:02 PM
Ryan Smith to the Isles

Cripes! The Oil can't hold on to anyone.

Smyth would look great wearing an Avs sweater next season.

Mattias Norstrom sent to Dallas.

Breck Bronc
02-27-2007, 04:36 PM
Francois Gigeure better do something spectacular this offseason. He was a seller in a seller's market and only ended up with Scott Parker and Michael Wall. Why not bring back Francois Leroux, as well? Outside of drafting Paul Stastny and signing Andrew Brunnette, Avalanche management has been a disaster since the new CBA was signed.

St. Louis did very well for themselves, getting Brady Boyes and 2 1st round picks for Wideman, Geurin and Tkachuk. The latter two guys will probably re-sign with St. Louis in the offseason.

Got to give the Isles credit for getting a stud in Ryan Smyth. They better re-sign him, though I'll be hoping like hell that the Avs will bring him back West next season.

Mike Keenan looks like even more of an idiot after what Bertuzzi was traded for. He's on TSN right now trying to defend his Luongo trade last year.

Jens1893
02-27-2007, 04:37 PM
Bertuzzi to Detroit. A match made in heaven.

Mtbrncofn
02-27-2007, 05:26 PM
So the Sherriff is back in town, eh? Nice to have gotten some grit back at least. I've been so hesitant to check anything all day for fear that Lappy got traded.

bronco militia
02-27-2007, 05:33 PM
Francois Gigeure better do something spectacular this offseason. He was a seller in a seller's market and only ended up with Scott Parker and Michael Wall. Why not bring back Francois Leroux, as well? Outside of drafting Paul Stastny and signing Andrew Brunnette, Avalanche management has been a disaster since the new CBA was signed.

.

thanks again Lacrock!...heck, they've been pretty bad since the Drury trade

Jori
02-27-2007, 05:46 PM
The Avs pretty much stood pat. I didn't expect them to go into full selling mode like LA and Phoenix, but I thought they'd move one of Klee/Vaananen and perhaps Arnason. The Parker trade was a waste. Yet, he deserves to be GM of the Year for getting anything for that bum May.

In regards to the rest of the league. I was totally shocked by the Oilers dealing Smyth. I thought all along he would get signed. Can't laugh at Charles Wang any more (okay the 15 year deal for DiPietro is still rediculous), Snow has done a wonderful job. How he got Smyth without having to giving up Kyle Okposo is beyond me.

WTF was Detroit thinking? You have one playoff choker in Datsyuk and yet you add another in Bertuzzi? I'll give them credit for not giving up much, but it's not enough to keep up with what other Western Conference clubs added. However, if Hasek can stay healthy, it could be enough.

Love what the Sharks did. Not a huge Guerin fan, but what they gave up was tame in comparison to what the Thrashers overpaid for Cementhead. Good luck Bob Hartley!

So Brad May's the answer eh Dr. Burke? :giggle:

Kings and Yotes did well as sellers.

It was different looking at the trade deadline this year knowing no big moves were coming for the Avs. Not thrilled with Giguere, but I enjoyed all the activity by other NHL clubs nonetheless.

Mtbrncofn
02-27-2007, 05:51 PM
It wasn't much to give up for Parker. I'm in the camp that thinks the Avs need to get tougher, so I'm fine with the Parker trade....even finer with May being reunited with Burke.

This was quite the hectic trade deadline.

Oh and I was shocked to hear about Smyth too, Jori. I thought for sure they would re-sign him. I'm sure the Oil fans are loving that.

Bronx33
02-27-2007, 06:38 PM
Cripes! The Oil can't hold on to anyone.

Smyth would look great wearing an Avs sweater next season.

Mattias Norstrom sent to Dallas.


The oil are retarded.

Bronx33
02-27-2007, 06:50 PM
Thank god may is gone and gig knew he was worthless iam kinda glad to see el diablo back on our side though.

Killericon
02-27-2007, 06:54 PM
The Blues' Front Office personnel have to be considered one of the best in the league.

Brad Boyes for a dime-a-dozen defender in Dennis Wideman and Geurin for a for a first-round draft pick in 2007, forward Ville Nieminen and prospect Jay Barriball?? Not to mention the great trade they pulled to ship out Tkachuk?

Jesus...

Breck Bronc
02-27-2007, 07:00 PM
The Avalanche needed to get tougher, yes, but Parker can't stay healthy and can't keep up with today's faster NHL.

Why Arnason and Vaananen are still on the team is beyond me. I guess they'll be re-signed this offseason. I don't think either one is a good completmentary player on a championship-calibre team. One has consistency/motivation problems and the other can't stay out of the penalty box and has no upside.

Bronx33
02-27-2007, 07:58 PM
Looking at michael walls brief stats i noticed that he allowed all his goals on the PP (not ES) i know it's not alot to go on but i was just lookin. Also the kid is 6'2" and 204lbs and how can you go wrong with a goalie named wall? :wiggle: or hes a short term trade piece down the road.

Bronx33
02-27-2007, 08:03 PM
Buttttttttt HF gives him this grade (D)

D - Unlikely to reach potential, could drop 3 ratings - a player who has a chance to reach his potential but is unlikely to do so. The potential rating is multiplied by 70 percent for depth chart purposes, indicating that the player’s potential is extremely fluid.


But to be fair they haven't updated since (Profile Last Updated: November, 18th 2006)

Mtbrncofn
02-27-2007, 08:07 PM
Hey SoCal, how bout gettin' Laraque? There's some tough for your team.

SoCalBronco
02-27-2007, 09:16 PM
Hey SoCal, how bout gettin' Laraque? There's some tough for your team.

Eh...I dont really believe in the whole concept of getting an enforcer. People will take runs at our stars regardless. Laraque can't prevent any of that from occuring. Sure he could go after them after the fact but if Crosby already got hurt from someone taking a shot at him, the fact that Laraque "makes them pay" after the fact doesnt magically cure Sid of whatever injury he sustained. Plus, we already have guys who can do that on the team anyway, like Orpik for example.

I hated the trade of Noah Welch for Gary Roberts. That was well beyond idiotic. I hated the trade of Dominic Moore to Minnesota for a 3rd.

Pendejo
02-27-2007, 10:46 PM
Eh...I dont really believe in the whole concept of getting an enforcer. People will take runs at our stars regardless. Laraque can't prevent any of that from occuring. Sure he could go after them after the fact but if Crosby already got hurt from someone taking a shot at him, the fact that Laraque "makes them pay" after the fact doesnt magically cure Sid of whatever injury he sustained. Plus, we already have guys who can do that on the team anyway, like Orpik for example.

I hated the trade of Noah Welch for Gary Roberts. That was well beyond idiotic. I hated the trade of Dominic Moore to Minnesota for a 3rd.

I disagree. Of course puds like Sean Avery will take runs at your star players, but having a guy like Laraque on the roster certainly does serve as a deterrent. Not only that, but he can play. Georges has 22 points (5g...17a) this year. He was a great pick up for the Pens.

Mtbrncofn
02-27-2007, 11:33 PM
Eh...I dont really believe in the whole concept of getting an enforcer. People will take runs at our stars regardless. Laraque can't prevent any of that from occuring. Sure he could go after them after the fact but if Crosby already got hurt from someone taking a shot at him, the fact that Laraque "makes them pay" after the fact doesnt magically cure Sid of whatever injury he sustained. Plus, we already have guys who can do that on the team anyway, like Orpik for example.

I hated the trade of Noah Welch for Gary Roberts. That was well beyond idiotic. I hated the trade of Dominic Moore to Minnesota for a 3rd.

So to sum it all up, trade deadline day didn't go well for you? :) I thought the Laraque one was a good deal. I think it makes guys think twice about even going after your stars if they know Laraque is around. He's a big tough mofo.

Clockwork Orange
02-28-2007, 01:37 AM
Buttttttttt HF gives him this grade (D)

D - Unlikely to reach potential, could drop 3 ratings - a player who has a chance to reach his potential but is unlikely to do so. The potential rating is multiplied by 70 percent for depth chart purposes, indicating that the player’s potential is extremely fluid.


But to be fair they haven't updated since (Profile Last Updated: November, 18th 2006)

HF once rated Milan Hejduk as a 2 out of 10. Needless to say, it's not an exact science.

I think the Avs actions today were more about trying to restore a bit of good will with the fans than anything else. They know the season is pretty much over, so rather than try to salvage picks/prospects (which is the route I'd have preferred), they're trying to salvage some good tidings from the fanbase.

Seriously, look at it. They jettison an unpopular player in Brad May (who never should have been here to begin with) and bring back Scott Parker, who was fairly popular in his first go 'round with the Avs.

Neither move will make a whit of difference in the standings, but I'll bet they're hoping that today's events will start to lessen the disdain that some of the locals have been feeling towards the team since the inexplicable Brady May signing.

Pendejo
02-28-2007, 02:14 AM
HF once rated Milan Hejduk as a 2 out of 10. Needless to say, it's not an exact science.

I think the Avs actions today were more about trying to restore a bit of good will with the fans than anything else. They know the season is pretty much over, so rather than try to salvage picks/prospects (which is the route I'd have preferred), they're trying to salvage some good tidings from the fanbase.

Seriously, look at it. They jettison an unpopular player in Brad May (who never should have been here to begin with) and bring back Scott Parker, who was fairly popular in his first go 'round with the Avs.

Neither move will make a whit of difference in the standings, but I'll bet they're hoping that today's events will start to lessen the disdain that some of the locals have been feeling towards the team since the inexplicable Brady May signing.

Not only that...but I think we're assuming that anyone wanted players such as Ossi, and Arnason. I am very much not a Vaananen fan. He doesn't have much of an edge to his game that I've EVER seen, and he doesn't score. It was probably Lacroix's worst trade when he brought him in. I understood that Morris wasn't going to be the next Rob Blake, but they threw in Ballard to pick up Chris Gratton. Probably the softest big man in the NHL...and that's including Kurt Sauer. Why would anyone give up anything for Ossi V.?

Tyler Arnason? Talk about a guy who's never been the player he's supposed to have been. He's played hard for the Avs and turned in a respectable season. Hardly a sexy player come the deadline.

There were rumors that Liles and Hedjuk were being shopped, and I was relieved when neither of those guys were moved. Along with Lappy they were the only two guys the Avs could have traded that had any real value. Liles was recently in Q's doghouse, but apparently EVERYONE not named Sakic, Pronger, Turgeon, MacInnis...etc...gets a turn. Liles is fine young defenseman, and Hedjuk is simply having a tough year...although he's turned it around lately. Players do get snake bit...as it were.

I'm fine with the Avs standing pat...they weren't going to fix their problems through trades. And I also thought they had a fine draft this past year. You look at the players they have offensively, and they're right there. Their problems lie on the blue line and in not having their forwards committed to defense.

They're not that far away from being contenders.

But whatever.

Muddled
02-28-2007, 06:35 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFFLZQsT2AI

Man, I still get irate watching that

Bronx33
03-03-2007, 11:32 AM
This is just odd...
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/fa/fullj.getty-71799178ms001_st_louis_blue_7_33_26_pm.jpg

Short story i was at a game with roy in net i had great tickets for this playoff game sitting right behind him as i watch the oil cycle the puck and work it out to the point i watched ryan smyth take his stick and tug on the knob of roys stick lifting it off the ice (and the oil scored) well if i remember i think that goal got them going to eliminate us.

Bronx33
03-03-2007, 11:50 AM
Superstar Joe Sakic has made it clear he hopes and expects to remain with Colorado for the rest of his NHL career, reports the Denver Post.

There were rumblings on Tuesday's trade deadline that suggested the Avs might consider moving him as a rental player.

"I want to finish here," he told the paper. "This is my organization, the one I grew up in, and we're at home. This is home now."

Sakic, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, prefers to sign one-year contracts so he can re-evaluate his play annually.


"I want to be able to decide at the end of the year if I want to keep going," he said. "I just want to have that leeway. Obviously, right now, I'm going to play next season. I've felt great this year.

"Next year, you never know, you could get an injury or something, and you're not playing at the level you want to play at. And you don't want to be stuck, or have the team stuck. So for me, it's a case of me being happy and content with going a year at a time and deciding."

According to the Post, Avs GM Francois Giguere hopes to begin talks with Sakic's agent, Don Baizley.

Bronx33
03-03-2007, 12:34 PM
http://www.thefourthperiod.com/columnists/bernstein.html

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- Let's scroll back to early October 2006. As the 2006-07 season was commencing, if you'd ask ten hockey people who they'd prefer on their team, Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, nine would have told you the Russian winger.

Indeed, Ovechkin was the new poster boy for the NHL with his massive rookie season, easily outdistancing Crosby in a landslide vote for Rookie of the Year. His highlight reel goals, his appearance at the NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver and willingness to do every interview made Alex everyone's darling.

If you had asked me then who I'd want to start a franchise, I would have said him, too.

Now, I'm not so sure.



For those of you hiding under a rock since the New Year, Sidney Crosby has led the Pittsburgh Penguins on a massive run over the last twenty games.

Once struggling to get into the final eight in the Eastern Conference, the Pens are within waddling distance of the New Jersey Devils for the lead in the Atlantic Division and sit in the fourth position overall in the East.

With all the impossible hype surrounding him last season, Crosby still fashioned a 100-point season (39G, 63A), but was an afterthought with Ovechkin's campaign. As the Penguins entered this season, the spotlight was on another Russian rookie, Evgeni Malkin, whose European vacation to get to the NHL was headline news in the summer.

And while Malkin has put up predictably strong numbers, he's not the reason that the Penguins have won 13 of their last 16 games.

Yes, Mark Recchi is ageless, Jordan Stall is tracking for 30+ goals and Marc Andre Fleury is maturing into an NHL goalie, but Crosby has put up numbers at the tender age of 19 in terms of the man he was originally compared to, Wayne Gretzky. Crosby has a 15 point lead over Vincent LeCavalier in the scoring race and barring injury, will come in over 130 points in his sophomore season, which would be the highest point total for any scoring leader since Mario Lemieux tallied 161 in 1996.

Ovechkin, still a virtuoso, remains in the top ten in scoring and is still the most dynamic player to watch for my money. But when you consider the Washington Capitals are sitting fourteen out of fifteen in the East, perhaps it's time to re-examine who the more valuable player is.

The Capitals' roster, especially the defense, has junior varsity written all over it, but they do have some depth along the forward wall (Alexander Semin, Dainius Zubrus, Chris Clark) and a veteran goaltender in Olaf Kolzig, so there's a bit of talent to carry on Ovechkin's broad shoulders. But because his mentality is to shoot first, ask questions later, he's less likely to make the players around him better.

To use an NBA analogy, Ovechkin is like Kobe Bryant, the best player in the game, while Crosby's NBA persona is Steve Nash, the league's MVP.

And his opponents will agree...

"Sidney's a real weapon, but they spread [their offence] out," said Toronto Maple Leafs forward Boyd Devereaux. "You certainly can't pay all your attention to Sidney, because other guys will step it up."

Crosby concurs: "It's important," he said of having a second line to pick up the slack. "We're not going to win if we don't have it. Everyone's got to contribute, especially with the way hockey is now, it's so tight."

Hey Sid, maybe it's not really THAT tight with a 130+ point season on track.

Crosby's detractors could tell you that with Ovechkin's presence on the Pittsburgh roster, he'd have them in first place in the Atlantic. Maybe yes, maybe no, but probably not; but when you think about choosing between the two, it's like asking if you'd rather date Jessica Simpson or Denise Richards, either way you win.

NETTING MVP'S

While Crosby's stats combined with the Pens' improvement make him an odds-on choice for the Hart Trophy at this point, my other two candidates for the honor are evidence that the game, with all the rule changes, hasn't really changed that much.

Bronx33
03-03-2007, 12:54 PM
Who knew the NHL had an "Artist of the Month (http://fans.nhl.com/5A-home/31553)" promotion? We're not talking about honouring the NHL player to have pulled off the most "artistic" deke or save in the past month - the honour is bestowed on a musical artist.

Today the NHL named Disturbed (http://www.disturbed1.com/main.html), a hard rock/metal band out of Chicago the NHL Artist of the Month for February. Last month's honouree was Robert Randolph & the Family Band (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Randolph_&_The_Family_Band), a funk group that performed at the All Star game in Dallas.

The league is desperately attempting to reach out to new audiences, but it seems like a huge stretch to imagine this kind of cross-promotion selling more tickets or growing the sport.

Bronx33
03-03-2007, 02:10 PM
Brett Hull knows NBC touted him as hockey's version of TNT's Charles Barkley in basketball or its own Cris Collinsworth for football when it hired him in December: candid, outspoken, controversial.

Be careful what you wish for. The sharpshooting Hull criticized his network's coverage Tuesday, saying he's not getting enough airtime with NHL on NBC studio colleagues Bill Clement and Ray Ferraro.

What Hull wants is for NBC to launch a hockey version of the network's one-hour pregame football show, Football Night in America, with Bob Costas, Jerome Bettis and Collinsworth. Instead, during a typical 2 1/2-hour game telecast, Hull and Co. get about 10 minutes before the game, then a few minutes between the first and second periods, to comment.

"You need to have some sort of pregame or postgame show so we can sit down and talk about the trade deadline — or the Buffalo-Ottawa (brawl)," Hull says. "I have a lot to say. But in 20 seconds, you have to be some sort of English lit professor to do it with any style or bravado."

Hull does a live, half-hour pregame show for NBCSports.com. The trio will get more TV airtime during the Stanley Cup playoffs, when NBC adds an extra half-hour of coverage, spokesman Brian Walker says.

"We're going to continue to explore ways to get Brett as much airtime as possible within our time constraints. His opinionated analysis is great for our broadcasts and the sport of hockey," Walker says.

Hull is also fed up with the NHL's new cable partner, Versus, and ex-partner ESPN. "People don't even know that we're on. That's a huge problem," he says about Versus. ESPN basically dropped coverage of hockey once it dropped the sport, he says. Hockey analyst Barry Melrose gets virtually no screen time, even though the NHL's trading deadline was Tuesday.

Says Hull: "We're at the mercy of Versus, NBC, ESPN, CBS. Unless two of them want to show hockey, the NHL is screwed."

Mtbrncofn
03-04-2007, 06:09 PM
Brett Hull is a real dick, but I loved that he got on tv today and applauded fighting. He's right about the points he made today.

Bronx33
03-05-2007, 12:25 AM
http://www.nbcsports.com/nhl/1159841/detail.html

When you ask someone to name who they believe the top ten scorers are in National Hockey League history, you'll definitely hear the names Gretzky, Lemieux and Howe. Perhaps that person will not realize, however, that the Colorado Avalanche's Joe Sakic is now number 10 on that list and almost certainly will crack the top five once his career is through.

The captain of the franchise ever since their days as the Quebec Nordiques, Sakic's career is somewhat similar to fellow cener Ron Francis in that they quietly and professionally went about their business and amassed tremendous inidividual achievements along with Stanley Cups while making those around them better with their playmaking.

These days, Sakic's Avalanche are not the perennial powerhouse they once were, and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since arriving in Denver back in 1995-96. But whenever the team rebounds, be it next season or the season after, chances are Sakic will still be leading the club in scoring like he is now at 37 -- though he is an unrestricted free agent at seasons's end. As of March 2, Sakic is 11th in the NHL in scoring with 27 goals and 49 assists.

Q: Where are the Avs right now in your mind?

Colorado Avalanche center Joe SakicDavid Zalubowski/AP PhotosJoe Sakic has shown no sign of slowing down at age 37.
A: We've played pretty decent in the last little while, we've won a few games in a row, but obviously we're in a spot where we have to win an awful lot of games. So we're just looking to win every game and get some help [from other teams].

Q: In your mind, has the rivalry with Detroit simmered down a bit with so many players from the apex of that rivalry moved or retired? Do you feel there a legacy to the rivalry that both teams seem to want to uphold?

A: Definitely the rival is not what it once was. There are not too many guys on either team that are still here from those years, and it's pretty tough to maintain that rivalry when eveybody's either on other teams or retired. Hockey-wise, the games have always been exciting and the game's been like that the past couple of years, but I think what we had for about six years, you have to be a part of it. You can't just come in and all of a sudden think you're part of it. It was an unbelievable rivarly to be a part of. Now I think the two teams have more of a respect for each other, rather than back then when it was not only a lot of respect, but a lot of dislike [laughs].

Q: Talk about the young offensive talent this team has developed around you. Many have said Paul Stastny is good enough to sort of pick up the baton from you one day.

A: Yes, we've got a lot of great young players here, and you just see the confidence building every day with these guys. And Paul has been incredible for us this year. I don't think anyone expected him to take off as quick as he did, but when you watch him play, just the hockey sense and smarts he has makes him such a great hockey player. He knows where to be at all times and you can see a lot of his dad [Hall of Famer Peter Stastny] in him in the way he plays.
OVERTIME


http://www.nbcsports.com/2007/0304/1159845_120X160.jpg
Joe Sakic

1. Everybody should listen to ... Pass!

2. If I were commissioner, I'd ... for me, get rid of the shootout, but the game itself is going in the right direction

3. NHL enforcer I want in my corner ... Tony Twist

4. Last non-hockey sporting event you attended ... Dallas Cowboys-Indianpolis Colts game

5. Other than self, who takes the critical shootout attempt ... Mario Lemieux

6. Non-hockey athlete who could be a hockey player... Larry Walker (MLB OF)

7. Music or meditation before a big game ... Music

8. Build a team starting with talent, guts or work ethic ... Talent

9. Cheesy song that I love ... Pass again!

Q: You've been able to skate with so many different players. Who have you had the most fun and chemistry with, be it Avalanche or national teams?

A: Gosh, there's been so many great players that have come through here. I think on our team, Peter Forsberg would have to be a the top of the list. He's the best there is when he's going, and we had a lot of fun when we played together. On the Canadian Olympic team, I always have had a great chemistry with Jarome Iginla. He's real easy to play with.

Q: You've quietly entered the Top-10 all time scorers. Though relishing in individual accomplishments does not seem to be your style, do you sometimes pinch yourself in knowing your name is soon to be between others like Esposito, Bourque, Yzerman and Lemieux on that list?

A: I don't know about pinching, but I don't think I ever imagined at the end of the day having numbers like those guys. Obviously, it's a honor to mentioned in anything with those guys, but really over the course of the year, and you're getting to these milestones, you don't really have time to think about it. You just play and get ready for the next game, but I'm sure at the end of my career, I'll look back and probably still won't believe I'm mentioned among those guys.

Q: Your favorite Stanley Cup win and why: '96 in your first season in Colorado or '01 when you handed the Cup first to Ray Bourque?

A: I don't know if you really have a favorite, but if you're forcing me to choose here, but probably the '96 one since it was my first. Both were incredible. It's a childhood dream to play in the NHL and win a Stanley Cup and to lift it up for the first time, there's nothing like it. Handing it to Ray Bourque first in '01 for me was the right thing to do, for what he's done for the game. And to come over to Colorado and really want to sign for another year to have another chance, I mean he's just a great, class guy and [handing it to him first] was just something I wanted to do.



Q: You are among a number of kids drafted in 1987 that are still around, including the top three picks in the draft. Why do you suppose many have such a long career in hockey despite all it's hazards than in many other sports?

A: You know, we've actually thought about this. I would think, yes the physical part is still there, but the skating is a lot easier on your body than running. A lot of other sports involve running and that's hard on your knees, whereas skating is not. That's the only thing that I can think of, but other than that I have no idea!

Q: Your best advice for staying in shape as one gets older?

A: The best thing is, at the end of the year, I don't think you can take that much time off [from a phyiscal regimen]. Whatever you have, you have to try to keep. But really, stretching and doing your off-ice stuff, doing weights over the course of the year to maintain your strength.

Q: Being a child of Croatian immigrants and knowing the language, do you teach your children any of it? And what is a Croatian meal everyone should try?

A: Honestly, I don't remember too much of the language anymore. I did pick up bits and pieces, but I lost most of it. But as far as the meals go, you've got to have Croatian sausages and cabbage rolls.

Bronx33
03-07-2007, 06:13 PM
http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=290151&page=NewsPage&service=page

Heres to hoping backstrom starts to fold under the extra work load.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Niklas Backstrom will be the starting goalie when the Minnesota Wild play at Boston on Thursday night, coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Backstrom, who is 9-3-2 since original starter Manny Fernandez initially sprained his knee on Jan. 20, was removed after allowing three goals in two periods of the Wild's 3-0 loss to San Jose on Tuesday. Fernandez played the third, his first appearance since Jan. 30.

After Wednesday's practice, Lemaire smiled when asked if he wants to give Fernandez a start during this two-game road trip to Boston and Buffalo.

"Maybe. We'll see," Lemaire said.

Fernandez, who stopped the only two shots he faced against the Sharks, declined comment Wednesday.

Josh Harding, who was brought up from the Wild's top minor-league affiliate, the Houston Aeros, when Fernandez was hurt, will remain on Minnesota's roster for the rest of the season as insurance.

"You never know what's going to happen in this game," Lemaire said.

Bronx33
03-07-2007, 09:51 PM
Ok ok ok iam getting a stastny jersey...


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny extended his point streak to 17 games Wednesday night, tying the NHL rookie record with a first-period assist against Buffalo.

Sneaking up the left wing, Stastny made a nifty move to elude two Sabres defenders. He went around the net to set up Milan Hejduk's one-timer from the right circle 10 minutes into the game. The short-handed goal lifted the Avalanche into a 1-1 tie with the Sabres.

Stastny, who has eight goals and 24 points during the streak, tied the rookie mark set in 1993 by Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne.

Stastny also set the franchise rookie record, breaking the 16-game mark set by his father, Peter, in 1980 with the then-Quebec Nordiques.

The 17-game streak is the longest in the NHL this season, and the best run since Ottawa's Dany Heatley had a point in 22 consecutive games from Oct. 5 to Nov. 29, 2005.

theAPAOps5
03-07-2007, 09:53 PM
Stastny is awesome this year. I also love that he never puts his false teeth in either.

Mtbrncofn
03-08-2007, 10:23 PM
Ok ok ok iam getting a stastny jersey...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny extended his point streak to 17 games Wednesday night, tying the NHL rookie record with a first-period assist against Buffalo.

Sneaking up the left wing, Stastny made a nifty move to elude two Sabres defenders. He went around the net to set up Milan Hejduk's one-timer from the right circle 10 minutes into the game. The short-handed goal lifted the Avalanche into a 1-1 tie with the Sabres.

Stastny, who has eight goals and 24 points during the streak, tied the rookie mark set in 1993 by Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne.

Stastny also set the franchise rookie record, breaking the 16-game mark set by his father, Peter, in 1980 with the then-Quebec Nordiques.

The 17-game streak is the longest in the NHL this season, and the best run since Ottawa's Dany Heatley had a point in 22 consecutive games from Oct. 5 to Nov. 29, 2005.


Yeah, that was next on my list too. :)

Jori
03-09-2007, 06:15 PM
I've got a Stastny jersey on order :)

Mtbrncofn
03-09-2007, 06:20 PM
My birthday is coming up and it'll be at the top of my list. :D

Bronx33
03-10-2007, 04:08 PM
http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/ny-liisles0310,0,493545.story?coll=ny-tintboxrelateds-sports

The Nassau County prosecutors have opened a preliminary probe into whether Islander Chris Simon committed a crime Thursday night when he decked a Ranger player in the face with his hockey stick, a spokesman said.

Prosecutors began reviewing footage Friday of the attack in which Simon swung his stick with two hands and struck Ranger Ryan Hollweg in the chin, spilling blood on the ice at Nassau Coliseum.

"We're in the process of obtaining as much footage from as many sources as possible," said Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Since 2000, two players have been successfully prosecuted for on-ice violence -- the Boston Bruins' Marty McSorley in 2000, for striking Vancouver Canuck Donald Brashears in the head with his stick, and the Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi in 2004, for punching Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalanche and riding him to the ice. Both players were convicted in Canada.

SoCalBronco
03-11-2007, 03:08 AM
LaCavalier and St. Louis are demons. Scoring like crazy.

I'm getting really nervous now, Sid's lead in down to 7 points. Come on Sid, hold them off and get over this terrible slump.

Bronx33
03-11-2007, 12:54 PM
http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=290330

NEW YORK - New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended, for the remainder of the 2006-07 regular season and the entirety of the Stanley Cup playoffs, for deliberately using his stick to injure New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg during the third period of Thursday night's game at Nassau Veterans' Memorial Coliseum.

Simon is suspended a minimum of 25 games, including Saturday night's game against Washington plus the 14 that remain in the 2006-07 regular season. If the Islanders do not qualify for the 2007 playoffs, or play fewer than 10 playoff games in the 2007 playoffs, Simon would serve additional games at the start of the 2007-08 regular season to satisfy the minimum term of the suspension.

"The National Hockey League will not accept the use of a stick in the manner and fashion in which Mr. Simon used his Thursday night," said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. "As a consequence of his actions, Mr. Simon has forfeited the privilege of playing in an NHL game again this season, regardless of how many games the Islanders ultimately play."

Based on his $1-million contract, which expires at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, Simon forfeits a minimum of $80,213.90. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 13:29 of the third period. After receiving a hard check from Hollweg, Simon swung his stick and delivered a two-handed blow to Hollweg's upper body, causing a cut on Hollweg's chin. Simon was assessed a Match penalty.

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/190561
Simon said he was diagnosed Friday with a concussion as a result of Hollweg's hit that drove him into the boards. His inability to fly made it necessary for Campbell to come to New York for the hearing instead of holding it in Toronto.

"When I saw the tape on Friday morning, it explained a lot to me when I saw the look on my face after being hit into the boards. I was completely out of it."

Bronx33
03-11-2007, 01:17 PM
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/hockey/16878761.htm
But Wild victory could quash Colorado's playoff dream


Like the silent, determined menace in a horror movie, the Colorado Avalanche are proving difficult to kill. It appeared the Wild drove a stake through their heart a couple of weeks ago, and yet here they are, back in St. Paul with life left in them.

Cue that single, staccato piano note — you know the one — because here come the Avalanche for one last stab at making the playoffs. The teams meet for a 2 p.m. matinee today at the Xcel Energy Center.

"We'll be ready," Wild winger Brian Rolston said. "I'm sure they will, too."

Left for dead, the 'Lanche have picked themselves up and won five consecutive games, the past four on the road. A victory today would give Colorado its first 5-0 road trip in team history.

"They're one of the top teams right now," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.

If that's true, then so are the Wild. The Avalanche might have amassed 10 points over the past two weeks, but they have gained only one point on Minnesota since Feb. 22, the day Minnesota left Denver after a 4-3 victory at Pepsi Center.

It was assumed back then — probably correctly — that an 11-point lead on their closest pursuer was enough to ensure the Wild their second playoff berth in six seasons of hockey. But Colorado just won't go away.

"We're just trying to worry about how we're playing," said center Todd White, whose short-handed goal was the finishing touch on the Wild's 5-1 victory at Buffalo on Friday night. "Hopefully they'll latch on to someone else's leg here pretty soon."

Maybe Calgary's; the Flames own the eighth, and final, playoff spot in the Western Conference, eight points ahead of Colorado.

The fact is, though, a Wild victory would, for all intents and purposes, put an end to Colorado's playoff aspirations. With 14 games remaining, 13 for the Wild, the Avalanche cannot afford another loss, and even if they win, they'll need an awful lot of help.

As far as the Wild are concerned, though, a victory here would at least make Colorado Calgary's problem. Then they could head out for their last trip through Western Canada — and games against Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary — worried more about earning a better playoff seed than simply making the playoffs.

After back-to-back wins at Boston and Buffalo, the Wild were tied with Dallas and San Jose in a bid for the fifth seed, and four points behind Vancouver for the third.

"It's going to be huge," winger Pavol Demitra said of today's game. "If we can get two points, that's going to put us in great position."

Briefly: Wing Matt Foy was reassigned to Houston on Saturday after a brief stay with the parent club. The Aeros' leading scorer (24-20—44) was called up to Buffalo on Friday as insurance after Mark Parrish aggravated a leg injury.

Bronx33
03-11-2007, 05:35 PM
Well it took the avs all but 4 seconds too piss away the lead and the game.

Mtbrncofn
03-12-2007, 12:48 PM
Damnit, that blew. At least they pulled one point out of it. When they hell did Koivu become an Avs killer? It must have passed on over from Demitra.

But hey....way to go, Paul!! :thumbs:

So Simon has a concussion from the hit, huh? Hmmm. Well they sure came down hard on him.

Mtbrncofn
03-12-2007, 12:52 PM
LaCavalier and St. Louis are demons. Scoring like crazy.

I'm getting really nervous now, Sid's lead in down to 7 points. Come on Sid, hold them off and get over this terrible slump.

I love that. :cuss:. I dropped St. Louis in our OM hockey league about 10 games into the season because he was starting out with a whimper. Every time I see his stats, my blood pressure rises. Of course, CO hurried right along and snatched him up. :hitself:

I blame it entirely on Bronx, who gave me the sage advice of " don't hang on to someone just because of their name, if they're not scoring, drop em".

Thanks a lot, Bronx. :P

Bronx33
03-13-2007, 06:46 PM
I mean't trade them not give them away lol.

Mtbrncofn
03-13-2007, 10:56 PM
Oh yeah, now you clarify. :D

Bronx33
03-15-2007, 05:28 PM
An interesting angle on the subject..

Some believe recent episodes stem from a lack of respect for their fellow players.

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/03/15/Lightning/Hockey_violence_worri.shtml

TORONTO - Sometimes, Rob DiMaio said, he doesn't know what has become of the National Hockey League.

The game always has been prone to spasms of violence. But the Lightning right wing said respect among players is at an all-time low.

"I absolutely believe that," DiMaio said Wednesday. "Guys are more willing to do things that seem to be outrageous."

Such as the Islanders' Chris Simon cracking his stick across the face of the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg. And New Jersey's Cam Janssen giving Toronto's Tomas Kaberle a concussion by ramming his shoulder into his head.

DiMaio is sidelined by a preseason concussion sustained when Montreal's Guillaume Latendresse bounced his head off the glass.

DiMaio doesn't get the change.

Perhaps players do not fear retaliation because the instigator rule harshly penalizes those who want an eye for an eye. But DiMaio, in his 18th season, also senses a shift in manner, especially among young players.

"Maybe it's what they're told in the minors or college," he said. "You used to really respect the guys ahead of you. Now it seems easier to just say, 'I'm the guy. I don't have to earn it.' "

"It all boils down to respect," Lightning defenseman Nolan Pratt said. "You want to get a hit and make a guy feel it. But at the same time, you should go about it in the right way."

Janssen, 22, did it wrong with an extra step toward Kaberle to increase the blow that the NHL said came two seconds after Kaberle released the puck, plenty of time for Janssen to hold up.

DiMaio said the hit was worse than Simon's action because Janssen "thought about it."

Simon clearly reacted to a from-behind hit into the glass, and that brings us to the instigator rule, which dishes out an additional 12 minutes in penalties to players who start retaliatory fights.

Adopted in 1992 to stop gratuitous violence, many believe it prohibits players from policing the ice.

"I'm not saying Hollweg deserved it," Tampa Bay's Luke Richardson said, "but there are guys like that who are smaller, annoying types of guys who don't fear something like that really happening to them. Sometimes, that escalates to the point guys get frustrated because there are people who would normally not be doing that to them are doing that because they feel safe out there.

"I'm not saying you should feel unsafe," the defenseman added, "but you should have a little fear there is going to be consequences to how you play."

Richardson, who has played 19 rugged seasons and as a Maple Leafs rookie was clubbed over the head by a stick-swinging Dino Ciccarelli, said Simon likely tried to send an old-school message.

"If you look at the game the way it was, there might have been more fighting and a couple five-on-five brawls. But I guarantee you there were less incidents like this," Richardson said.

"I don't condone the old ways of brutality. But when I came into the league, you wouldn't even think of trying that crap. Chris was angry, but I'm sure he didn't want to take the guy's head off and hurt him. He wanted to warn him or give it back to him; not decapitate him."

Some situations don't have such an intricate backstory.

As Maple Leafs defenseman Pavel Kubina said, "The game is so intense. It's close to the playoffs, and everybody is fighting for their lives and emotions are so high. Sometimes, you just do stupid things."

"Guys also are trying to make a name for themselves," DiMaio said of Latendresse, a rookie who stuck with the Canadiens out of camp. "It's a shame because it seems to benefit them as far as their popularity. It's just a different attitude."

Kubina said he favors bigger fines and longer suspensions to quell unnecessary violence. He also said the Players' Association shouldn't be afraid to talk about how members treat each other.

"Ultimately, players have to decide," Pratt said. "There are things you do and don't do on the ice."

And that, everyone agreed, starts with respect.

Bronx33
03-15-2007, 06:49 PM
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We have a real good shot at catching the flames they got a really rough set of games coming up,so if we continue to win games from here out we just might make the cut (so lets all root for the flames to lose!)

4 GAMES

Mtbrncofn
03-15-2007, 11:29 PM
W00t! Way to go, Stars!

SoCalBronco
03-16-2007, 12:36 AM
It's almost playoff time!

http://h1.ripway.com/rbliss94/SC-hoisting-SC.jpg

Mtbrncofn
03-16-2007, 05:31 PM
That's a nifty photo, SoCal.

Bronx33
03-16-2007, 06:52 PM
[QUOTE=SoCalBronco;1515035]It's almost playoff time!

And NHL center ice is on order..:approve: the wife can just say goodbye for awhile.

Bronx33
03-16-2007, 07:05 PM
That's a nifty photo, SoCal.

Another nifty photo :clown:

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/7789/hhcrosbyjd2.jpg

Bronx33
03-16-2007, 08:08 PM
http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/ny-spsimon0317,0,6404395.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines

Well that's nice of ya hollowig! since you started the altercation with the hit from behind, you wouldn't want to go to bat for the guy sure he ****** up (but you started it) punk.

Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg, who was felled by a stick swung at his head by the Islanders' Chris Simon, said today that he told Nassau County prosecutors that he wouldn't press charges against Simon for the incident at the Coliseum a week ago.

Hollweg, who briefly lost his hearing and received a gash on the jaw in the attack, said that he and two team attorneys met for about 30 minutes with two attorneys from the District Attorney's office on Thursday at the Rangers training center in Westchester.

"They asked me if I wanted to, but I told them I didn't want to press charges," Hollweg said after the Rangers' morning skate at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. "I'm not happy about what he did, but I want to focus on making the playoffs. I just want to move on."

Asked if he thought his reluctance to press charges against Simon, who was suspended for 25 games by the NHL, would deter the county from doing so, Hollweg said, "That's not for me to say." Rangers head athletic trainer Jim Ramsay also met with Nassau representatives on Thursday, a team spokesman confirmed today.

Hollweg, 24, played two games after the blow by Simon, which made headlines across North America, but has not practiced for two days because of a stomach flu and won't play tonight against the Thrashers.

Mtbrncofn
03-17-2007, 12:17 AM
Another nifty photo :clown:

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/7789/hhcrosbyjd2.jpg

Ha!

Mtbrncofn
03-18-2007, 12:45 AM
Calgary loses, we win....6 points! This is getting really exciting. Plus, the streak continues!

On the flip side, anyone catch the brutal punch Jordin Tootoo delivered to Robidas? Wow.

Bronx33
03-18-2007, 03:57 PM
Stastny 2nd among rookies (that is all carry on)

Bronx33
03-18-2007, 04:02 PM
Kudos to mike modano US born....

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This wasn't the way Mike Modano drew it up.

Modano scored two goals, Nos. 502 and 503 of his career, to break Joe Mullen's record and become the greatest American-born goal-scorer in NHL history Saturday night.

But instead of getting any acclaim, he was derided with calls of "Modano's a baby" from a boisterous Nashville Arena crowd. The fans lustily celebrated the Predators' 3-2 win over the Stars, and Jordin Tootoo's punch of Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas that knocked Robidas out cold and sent him to the hospital with a concussion.
Stars/NHL



"It's very unfortunate," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

Robidas was alert and awake, Modano said after the game. Captain Brenden Morrow added: "Robi's a tough guy. He'll bounce back from that."

Robidas was released from the hospital late Saturday night and traveled back to Dallas with the team.

The evening had a surreal feel to it.

On one hand, the teams dialed up the intensity in anticipation of a potential playoff matchup. That led to exciting plays, outstanding goaltending and several skirmishes.

On the other, the crowd of 17,113 took out its frustration for Tootoo getting penalized, booing Modano at the end of the third period and rumbling the "Modano's a baby" chant on several occasions.

Tootoo's job was to hound Modano, and he did it well, getting in a few tangles with the Stars' top player.

One such occasion came with under four minutes remaining in the game and the Stars trying to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Tootoo leveled Modano as he tried to make a pass out of the defensive end. As Robidas circled back to help Modano, Tootoo turned and threw a punch to the face of Robidas.

"I turned around and I knew exactly what was going to happen," Tootoo said. "I was just protecting myself. I kept my gloves on, and I think Robidas should be the one that's ready for whatever is coming at him. I was protecting myself."

The Stars didn't see it that way.

"First of all, I'd like an explanation on the penalties," Tippett said of the fact Robidas received a charging penalty to Tootoo's double-minor for roughing. "If he meant to charge him, he didn't get to – he got sucker-punched before he got to him."

Predators coach Barry Trotz praised Tootoo for keeping calm.

"Toots obviously hit their top player, and the current response in hockey is someone has got to get over there and defend your honor," Trotz said. "Robidas was really charging at Toots, and he just reacted. I give him a lot of credit – he kept his gloves on."

Modano, who had tied Mullen in the second period at 502 goals, then responded on the ensuing power play as he blasted a shot past Tomas Vokoun for goal No. 503.

Modano said he was happy to get the record, but still aghast at the punch. Tippett said the record should be honored no matter the situation or the crowd reaction.

"I think you have to look at the impact Mike has had on hockey in the United States – it's been phenomenal," Tippett said.

Bronx33
03-18-2007, 04:17 PM
Is the return of this knuckle dragger all hype since the guy hasn't been or done shyt since his episode.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070318/SPORTS05/703180688/1053

The Red Wings received a phenomenal piece of news this past week, learning that their newest teammate will be joining the lineup perhaps as soon as four days.

http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=C4&Date=20070318&Category=SPORTS05&ArtNo=703180688&Ref=AR&Profile=1053&MaxW=275&MaxH=300&border=0

The Wings are convinced Todd Bertuzzi finally has strung together enough pain-free practices to play with them, and he'll do so at some point during the three-game home stand that begins Thursday.

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Bertuzzi's addition can hardly be overestimated, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Henrik Zetterberg's recovery from an inflamed disk. The Wings hope he will be able to resume playing before the regular season ends April 7.

In Zetterberg's absence, Bertuzzi will reinforce the lineup. Whether he ends up playing with fellow big man Robert Lang, or with Pavel Datsyuk while Zetterberg is out, Bertuzzi will add size and bite. He is dangerous with the puck and ferocious without it; Chris Chelios, who has a colorful history of one-on-one battles him, tells a vivid story of one particularly run-in.

"I remember the knee in the neck that I took from him," Chelios said. "I fell down and he ran into me in the face-off circle. He caught me perfect, gave me a stinger. I remember how that hurt. That's what 240 pounds will do as opposed to 185 pounds -- you have to worry about that element of physical presence that he adds. He's got a knack for catching you. He's big and has speed and with the size of him, you better be aware of where he is."

Bertuzzi can wear down opposing defensemen over a seven-game playoff series, especially under the new rules that limit methods of containment.

"In the old days, you could just put the lumber to Todd -- cross-check him, slash his ankles, slash his arms," Mathieu Schneider said. "But now you really have to try to outsmart a guy like that -- get to the puck right before he gets to it and lift his stick. He's very, very hard to defend against."

The additions of Bertuzzi and Kyle Calder will give the Wings what they lacked last season, and what led them to bubbly celebrations in 1997, 1998 and 2002: balanced forward lines. If everyone is healthy, the Wings will be able to load a scorer onto every line.

"That's something that whenever you've looked at how successful this team has been," Kris Draper said, "it's always been because we've had four good lines. That's the exciting thing."

It isn't just the Wings who are excited. Bertuzzi hasn't played in the NHL since Oct. 18, when he was with the Florida Panthers, who ended up giving up on him and shipping him to Detroit on Feb. 27 for a prospect and smartly protected draft picks. He started practicing with the Wings on March 1, and eagerly awaits being a part of their games.

"I'm really excited about coming into this system here," Bertuzzi said. "I think this system, more than any other system out there, benefits me. They play a high-tempo style of hockey, and their main asset is their puck possession, and that's the key for me, is having the puck."

There's another reason for Bertuzzi's giddiness, and that comes from a roster so impressive it's clear Bertuzzi won't be expected to carry the Wings.

"They are where they are because of everyone in this dressing room," Bertuzzi said, "and I'm just coming in to try to give them that one more step that they think they need in order to contend in the playoffs. It's exciting for me that a team like this, with the history of this team, was willing to take a chance on someone who hasn't really played this year."

There has, rightfully so, been a great deal of wondering about just how effective Bertuzzi will be after not playing for five months. Bertuzzi says he still got a lot of game left in him. The demonstration is about to begin.

Bronx33
03-18-2007, 04:29 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn05Q5yxmPY

Bronx33
03-18-2007, 05:02 PM
More on the 5 min instigator

http://www.startribune.com/1330/story/1060755.html

On March 8, Derek Boogaard, wearing stylish eyeglasses and a debonair suit, watched in fear as Wild trainer Don Fuller attended to a dazed Marian Gaborik, who had just been given a rough ride into the boards by Boston defenseman Andrew Ference.

A sore back kept Boogaard, the Wild's enforcer, off the ice that night. At that moment, Boogaard wished he could turn in his suit for a Wild sweater so he could mop the ice with a couple of Bruins.

But in reality, Boogaard's intimidating presence in the lineup would have meant nothing. Ference boarded Gaborik with 2 minutes, 10 seconds left, meaning there was no way Boogaard would have gotten another shift from coach Jacques Lemaire.

Players who instigate a fight in the last five minutes earn a one-game suspension and $10,000 fine for their coach.

That could explain why referee Kerry Fraser did skilled Bruins center Marc Savard a favor by giving him a double minor for jumping, then throwing haymakers at Pavol Demitra, instead of the two minutes for instigating, five-minute major for fighting and 10-minute misconduct Savard deserved as trouble broke out following Ference's check.

Boogaard said he thinks it's time the NHL eliminates the last-five-minute instigating rule because it gives opponents license to go after star players during that time.

"The players should decide the game, not other people," Boogaard said. "Some guys say that rule's not in the back of their heads, but it is. It's probably never good to cost your coach 10,000 bucks."

No kidding. Just ask Kyle Wanvig, whose career with the Wild effectively ended when Lemaire wrote that $10,000 check for Wanvig instigating a fight with Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik late in a December game last season.

Boogaard's contention that the rule should be eliminated comes on the heels of NHL general managers recommending that players should draw an automatic two-game suspension for their fifth instigator penalty, rather than their third.

Anaheim GM Brian Burke said he feels it will give players more freedom to protect star players, although, only Philadelphia's Ben Eager has been suspended this season for three instigators.

"I still won't play the last five minutes," Boogaard said. "Back in the day, guys came into the league not-so tough and when they left they were tough. Now I don't respect a lot of these guys. They come into the league soft and they leave soft.

"No matter how much [the NHL] says, 'Oh, we like fighting,' if they liked it so much, why are they putting all these rules in? It's a joke."

Wild GM Doug Risebrough said, "I would be in favor" in eliminating the rule.

"I never understood that one," Risebrough said. "To me it was an overreaction to an incident that happened in Calgary."

The incident Risebrough is referring to occurred March 20, 2004. With three seconds left in a Nashville victory, then-Flames coach Darryl Sutter put out four tough guys -- Krzysztof Oliwa, Rhett Warrener, Robyn Regehr and Mike Commodore, with Regehr, a defenseman, taking the draw.

Predictably a brawl ensued, including a fight between goalies Tomas Vokoun and Miikka Kiprusoff.

After the game, incensed Predators coach Barry Trotz said, "They had four puppets out there to do something. ... We're trying to clean up the game and [Sutter] keeps putting it back in the 1930s."

Risebrough said, "The league felt it had to show a punishment, but it doesn't limit the potential of another problem. In fact, it might create a new one."

And that's going after stars such as Gaborik in the last five minutes.

Draft revamp

TSN reported last week that the draft order will be revamped in June, where instead of just the Stanley Cup finalist and champion picking 29th and 30th respectively, the conference finals losers will pick 27th and 28th.

In the report, the six teams, including the Wild, that voted against the change were listed, something that angered Risebrough.

"Amazing the league gets all cranked always when they hear stuff leaks out," Risebrough said, sarcastically. "They say, 'We'll find out. We'll find out.'"

Risebrough voted against the change because "the playoffs are often a crapshoot where an underdog can take off who didn't necessarily have that great a season. There are 28 games max in the playoffs. There are 82 in the regular season. Isn't 82 a better determinant of a team's success than 28?"

Spying Saskin?

After getting off the NHL Players' Association player-rep conference call that resulted in Executive Director Ted Saskin being put on paid leave for allegedly spying on players' e-mails during the lockout, Wild defenseman Nick Schultz said former teammate Dwayne Roloson and Chris Chelios had a right to say, "I told you so."

For two years, Roloson and Chelios led a faction of players who wanted to unseat Saskin for improper conduct.

"Finally, [players] got the information, the information that we tried to get out two years ago," Roloson, now the Oilers' goalie, said.

But Roloson said, "Ted's still there. He's not acting as our union head, but he's still there." Roloson hopes a search committee's put in place "to get the right guy to get the union being strong and unified like it was."

Stick check

Blaine's Brandon Bochenski had bounced around the past year, but he appears to have found a home in Boston. In 18 games with the Bruins, the former North Dakota standout has nine goals and 17 points.

He uses the same curve and looks a lot like former 300-goal scorer Ray Sheppard.

"He's got the long stick that Sheppard had, he's got the upright skating style and he shoots wristers," teammate Jason York said. "You never see him shoot slappers, like Sheppard.

"You know what it is? He's got an elusive wrist shot. A lot of guys will kind of snap it a little bit and he kind of sweeps it. He's a shooter."

Etc.

• Brian Rolston's latest slap shot goal against Vancouver's Roberto Luongo came from the blue line and tied Tuesday's game late before the Wild won it in overtime. Asked if Rolston's in his head, Luongo said, "He's in the top of the circle and he has the hardest shot in the league. He doesn't have the hardest shot in the league for nothing."

• After Islanders forward Chris Simon's slash to the face of the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg, Marty McSorley told the Edmonton Journal, "The first thing my wife Leanne said was, 'Should I shut the phone off?' McSorley was suspended 23 games in 2000 for clubbing Donald Brashear.

• Anaheim's Teemu Selanne, 36, is the only player in NHL history to record back-to-back 40-goal seasons after the age of 35: "Somebody told me that. That doesn't make me feel very good. It makes me feel very, very old."

A variety of sources was used in compiling this report.

Mtbrncofn
03-18-2007, 05:54 PM
Is the return of this knuckle dragger all hype since the guy hasn't been or done shyt since his episode.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070318/SPORTS05/703180688/1053

The Red Wings received a phenomenal piece of news this past week, learning that their newest teammate will be joining the lineup perhaps as soon as four days.

http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=C4&Date=20070318&Category=SPORTS05&ArtNo=703180688&Ref=AR&Profile=1053&MaxW=275&MaxH=300&border=0

The Wings are convinced Todd Bertuzzi finally has strung together enough pain-free practices to play with them, and he'll do so at some point during the three-game home stand that begins Thursday.

Advertisement
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Bertuzzi's addition can hardly be overestimated, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Henrik Zetterberg's recovery from an inflamed disk. The Wings hope he will be able to resume playing before the regular season ends April 7.

In Zetterberg's absence, Bertuzzi will reinforce the lineup. Whether he ends up playing with fellow big man Robert Lang, or with Pavel Datsyuk while Zetterberg is out, Bertuzzi will add size and bite. He is dangerous with the puck and ferocious without it; Chris Chelios, who has a colorful history of one-on-one battles him, tells a vivid story of one particularly run-in.

"I remember the knee in the neck that I took from him," Chelios said. "I fell down and he ran into me in the face-off circle. He caught me perfect, gave me a stinger. I remember how that hurt. That's what 240 pounds will do as opposed to 185 pounds -- you have to worry about that element of physical presence that he adds. He's got a knack for catching you. He's big and has speed and with the size of him, you better be aware of where he is."

Bertuzzi can wear down opposing defensemen over a seven-game playoff series, especially under the new rules that limit methods of containment.

"In the old days, you could just put the lumber to Todd -- cross-check him, slash his ankles, slash his arms," Mathieu Schneider said. "But now you really have to try to outsmart a guy like that -- get to the puck right before he gets to it and lift his stick. He's very, very hard to defend against."

The additions of Bertuzzi and Kyle Calder will give the Wings what they lacked last season, and what led them to bubbly celebrations in 1997, 1998 and 2002: balanced forward lines. If everyone is healthy, the Wings will be able to load a scorer onto every line.

"That's something that whenever you've looked at how successful this team has been," Kris Draper said, "it's always been because we've had four good lines. That's the exciting thing."

It isn't just the Wings who are excited. Bertuzzi hasn't played in the NHL since Oct. 18, when he was with the Florida Panthers, who ended up giving up on him and shipping him to Detroit on Feb. 27 for a prospect and smartly protected draft picks. He started practicing with the Wings on March 1, and eagerly awaits being a part of their games.

"I'm really excited about coming into this system here," Bertuzzi said. "I think this system, more than any other system out there, benefits me. They play a high-tempo style of hockey, and their main asset is their puck possession, and that's the key for me, is having the puck."

There's another reason for Bertuzzi's giddiness, and that comes from a roster so impressive it's clear Bertuzzi won't be expected to carry the Wings.

"They are where they are because of everyone in this dressing room," Bertuzzi said, "and I'm just coming in to try to give them that one more step that they think they need in order to contend in the playoffs. It's exciting for me that a team like this, with the history of this team, was willing to take a chance on someone who hasn't really played this year."

There has, rightfully so, been a great deal of wondering about just how effective Bertuzzi will be after not playing for five months. Bertuzzi says he still got a lot of game left in him. The demonstration is about to begin.


Booooooooooo!!!

Mtbrncofn
03-18-2007, 06:00 PM
I agree, get rid of the instigator rule altogether. I can see the point of the 5 minute thing, but I think it gives guys a free shot, knowing they could do something if they wanted to and hands would be tied as to retaliation.

Speaking of, Rycroft should get suspended for fighting last night, right? It was in the last 2 minutes of the game. Or was he not instigating?

Jens1893
03-18-2007, 06:02 PM
I get the Avs game tonight :)

Mtbrncofn
03-18-2007, 10:55 PM
What a lucky man you are to have gotten to see that one tonight! My only regret is that the streak was snapped.

Pendejo
03-18-2007, 11:13 PM
What a lucky man you are to have gotten to see that one tonight! My only regret is that the streak was snapped.

It's ok Mt...Paul will tell you that the two points was more important. And he'd say it all without his false teeth.

The instigator rule does need to go. It's far too subjective. You'll have a guy like Sean Avery take a run at Paul Kariya...a clear cheap shot...and when Darcy Hordichuk tries to fight him...he turtles...and earns a power play.

By the by Mt...the instigator rule doesn't apply when both guys want to fight...be it in the final two minutes or the first. Most guys answer the bell...Steve Moore did. Other guys like Pink Panties like to run guys from behind...see his hits on Chelios...Jackman...and a dude on the Wild.

In all honesty...nothing bodes better for teams in the west that may face the wings in the playoffs than Pink Panties skating with them. He's a flat out choke artist. It is what it is.

Mtbrncofn
03-18-2007, 11:59 PM
You're right, he would, Pendejo. :)

Ok, I thought that was how it worked with the instigating, but I could have sworn I heard some announcer say once there was no fights after the 5 to go mark. He must have had it wrong too, or I was half asleep. Either is possible. I still agree, the rule needs to go.

Break a leg, Clodd....literally.

Tredici
03-19-2007, 03:39 PM
]How 'bout them Avvies

--'fraid to say it too loud for fear of invoking some evil hockey spirits...

Last night I have to work on a project on the computer downstairs so I'm making due by listening to the NHL broadcast. Game ends and "We're going to Overtime". So I can't stand it, hit the save button, go upstairs, switch to Altitude. And....

OVER.

C'mon Milan! I want to win and all but 19 seconds? I can't haul my ass upstairs in 19 seconds!!

(Replay was still sweet though....)

Clockwork Orange
03-19-2007, 04:33 PM
Stars are mad at the Preds for not celebrating Mike Modano's 503rd goal.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2804125

Stars president Jim Lites couldn't believe the lack of acknowledgement by the Nashville Predators when Dallas forward Mike Modano tied and then broke the record for goals scored by an American-born player Saturday, according to a published report.

"Their owner, management, public relations people, coaching staff -- I think they all failed the game," Lites told the Dallas Morning News. "It's because of people like Mike Modano that they even have a team in Nashville. He has helped pioneer the game in the South, and for him to be treated like that in a milestone moment ... it's just a horrible thing."

Lites' disdain for the Nashville organization wasn't just limited to the events surrounding Modano's record.

"I understand it's a competitive situation, but we're also working together to sell the game," Lites told the paper. "They get more money from revenue sharing than any team in the league, they voted against the new schedule because they wanted to have an easier schedule for themselves. They take and take and take and take and never give back, and I'm sick of it."

Modano's two goals Saturday gave him 503 for his career, breaking Joe Mullen's record. Modano's accomplishment was never mentioned over the PA system at Nashville Arena.
------------------

Hmmmm, maybe the Predators are still a little sore from when Modano said that Nashville should be contracted?

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/indepth/cba/features/contraction.html

At the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano said he thought that Nashville and Carolina should be contracted.

Yet you expect the organization that Modano doesn't even think deserves to exist to honor him? Take some of the money that you can no longer overspend on the likes of Bill Guerin & Scott Young and buy a ****ing clue.

alkemical
03-19-2007, 04:47 PM
Stars are mad at the Preds for not celebrating Mike Modano's 503rd goal.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2804125

Stars president Jim Lites couldn't believe the lack of acknowledgement by the Nashville Predators when Dallas forward Mike Modano tied and then broke the record for goals scored by an American-born player Saturday, according to a published report.

"Their owner, management, public relations people, coaching staff -- I think they all failed the game," Lites told the Dallas Morning News. "It's because of people like Mike Modano that they even have a team in Nashville. He has helped pioneer the game in the South, and for him to be treated like that in a milestone moment ... it's just a horrible thing."

Lites' disdain for the Nashville organization wasn't just limited to the events surrounding Modano's record.

"I understand it's a competitive situation, but we're also working together to sell the game," Lites told the paper. "They get more money from revenue sharing than any team in the league, they voted against the new schedule because they wanted to have an easier schedule for themselves. They take and take and take and take and never give back, and I'm sick of it."

Modano's two goals Saturday gave him 503 for his career, breaking Joe Mullen's record. Modano's accomplishment was never mentioned over the PA system at Nashville Arena.
------------------

Hmmmm, maybe the Predators are still a little sore from when Modano said that Nashville should be contracted?

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/indepth/cba/features/contraction.html

At the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano said he thought that Nashville and Carolina should be contracted.

Yet you expect the organization that Modano doesn't even think deserves to exist to honor him? Take some of the money that you can no longer overspend on the likes of Bill Guerin & Scott Young and buy a ****ing clue.



Yeah but NSH and FLA are so deep in $$$ problems - that relocation or contraction maybe the only viable solution.

Clockwork Orange
03-19-2007, 05:08 PM
Yeah but NSH and FLA are so deep in $$$ problems - that relocation or contraction maybe the only viable solution.

PriModano is entitled to his opinion, but don't don't expect an organization who you say should be disbanded to celebrate you when you hit a milestone.

Tredici
03-19-2007, 05:23 PM
Stars are mad at the Preds for not celebrating Mike Modano's 503rd goal.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2804125

[B] "It's because of people like Mike Modano that they even have a team in Nashville. He has helped pioneer the game in the South.

So does that mean Mike Modano was the reason they couldn't sell any tickets in Minnesota?

So does that mean Mike Modano is responsible for Canada not being able to hold onto their franchises? I think they've been wondering who to blame. Madanno. Who knew?

Bwahahahahhahaha....

Clockwork Orange
03-20-2007, 01:21 AM
Calgary didn't make any kind of announcement or make a big deal when Sakic scored his 600th in their arena.

I guess the Avs should be whining about the lack of acknowledgment. ::)

alkemical
03-20-2007, 08:38 AM
jagr beat the pens.... damn that jagr... where's kris beech when you need him........

Tredici
03-20-2007, 10:46 AM
Calgary didn't make any kind of announcement or make a big deal when Sakic scored his 600th in their arena.

I guess the Avs should be whining about the lack of acknowledgment. ::)

While Super Joe is a legitimate Canadian Icon, how could that possibly compare to Dorothy PIONEERING hockey in the south?

Silly.

Tredici
03-20-2007, 04:34 PM
PriModano is entitled to his opinion, but don't don't expect an organization who you say should be disbanded to celebrate you when you hit a milestone.

You know what's even more ironic? Didn't the Dallas franchise strip the Pioneer of Hockey in the South of his C in the off season and stitch it to "the future" Brendan Morrow? Tsk Tsk. How disrespectful.

Bronx33
03-20-2007, 07:49 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=200808&hubname=nhl

Robidas was knocked unconscious on the play late in the third period of Saturday night's 3-2 win by the Predators at Nashville.

Robidas, who was coming to the defence of star centre Mike Modano, was assessed a minor for charging on the play, and Tootoo received a double-minor for roughing.

Robidas was carried off the ice on a stretcher and was taken to hospital. He's out at least a week after sustaining a concussion.
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"In reviewing this incident, Stephane Robidas appeared to be initiating a confrontation by approaching Jordin Tootoo," NHL senior executive vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement. "While a player is entitled to defend himself, Mr. Tootoo's forceful blow to Robidas' head was an overly aggressive and inappropriate response.



"The fact that Mr. Tootoo's actions resulted in an injury to his opponent also was a factor in this decision."

Tootoo, 24, has three goals, four assists and 104 penalty minutes in 61 games this season. Robidas, 30, has 17 assists and 82 penalty minutes in 71 games this season.

Predators general manager David Poile said the team disagreed with the suspension, but did not plan to appeal.

"Jordin was put in a very difficult situation with Robidas confronting him," Poile said in a telephone conference. "I don't know what he was supposed to do. All he could see was a player coming at him with his arms up and certainly looking like he's ready to enter into some form of confrontation. I think Jordin did what I think everybody would do, and he reacted and threw a punch."

Bronx33
03-20-2007, 07:53 PM
If the oilers season couldn't get worse...

In and out of the lineup since spraining the medial-collateral ligament and patella (kneecap) in his left knee during practice Nov. 23, Staios aggravated the injury March 7 against Tampa Bay. He hasn't played since.

Staios will miss the team's final nine games, leaving the Oilers' injury-riddled defence short his 677 games of NHL experience and with four rookies in the lineup. No date for surgery is set.

''I feel comfortable with the decision,'' Staios said. ''We've taken some time to think about it and do the right thing.

''It's something that, as a player, you go out there and you realize you aren't right, but you want to be in there. It was frustrating for me.''




Staios, 33, had a streak of 224 consecutive games played ended by the injury when he sat out against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 24.

Staios had missed a total of 15 games, including Edmonton's last six outings, before the decision was made to have the surgery. Recovery is expected to take four months.

''There's the option of doing rehab (rather than surgery) and then coming back and seeing how it is,'' Staios said. ''I want to take all that sort of risk out of the way. That's why I'm going ahead with the decision.''

With Staios set for surgery and Daniel Tjarnqvist having had a sports hernia repaired this week, the blue-line is being manned by captain Jason Smith, second-year rearguard Matt Greene and rookies Ladislav Smid, Bryan Young and Dan Syvret. Junior call-up Sebastien Bisaillon is also in the mix.

''He's been battling this awhile,'' coach Craig MacTavish said of Staios. ''We have to get it fixed so we can properly evaluate him. How much was it impacting his game?

''He was, clearly, not the same player for at least the last few weeks playing through the injury. Hopefully, this is the thing that will get it sorted out.''

After Smith, who has 859 NHL games on his resume, Staios is the team's most experienced defenceman. Tjarnqvist has 315 games.

Greene, Smid, Young, Syvret and Bisaillon, who made his debut in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, have played a combined 191 games.

''It's one of those things where it's a little bit pain, but mostly you just feel it sliding and you don't have the stability,'' Staios said. ''That was a very, very frustrating thing for me.

''I got off to a good start and was really looking to put together a solid season for the team.''

Staios, injured two days after signing a four-year contract extension worth $10.8 million Nov. 21, says he expects to be healthy in time for training camp.

''The timing is right,'' Staios said. ''The sooner the better. Four months sounds like a long time, but I think I'll be on the ice before that.''

Notes: Rookie defenceman Tom Gilbert, out for 12 games with a concussion, skated Tuesday and could be ready to return to when the team opens a six-game road trip in Nashville. . Rookie Mathieu Roy remains out with a concussion, as does forward Jarret Stoll.

Bronx33
03-20-2007, 08:47 PM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070319.NHLPA19/TPStory/Sports/columnists

You'd think it would be easy for Chris Chelios to be an annoyance, the 191-pound tick that crawls under people's skin. He's been doing it for 23 years, and in 29 of the National Hockey League's 30 arenas, he's about as popular as finding a cockroach in your beer.

But being painted as the bad guy by many of his peers and by those in the National Hockey League Players' Association head office? Chelios never wanted that. The thing was, he couldn't sit back and do nothing as questions emerged over the hiring of Ted Saskin as the NHLPA's executive director.

So Chelios stuck his nose in where he was told it shouldn't be, and now, 18 months later, the NHLPA is conducting an independent review of Saskin's tenure while putting him on a paid leave of absence for allegedly accessing player e-mail. Does Chelios feel vindicated?

Yes and no. For the 45-year-old Detroit Red Wings defenceman, it was never about him; it was about doing what was best for the union, even if it meant fighting a public battle and bearing the brunt of the catcalls.
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"I'd be lying if I said there weren't bad days," Chelios said yesterday. "I lost sleep and was stonewalled. It hasn't been easy. . . . But being the oldest guy in the league, I was there for Alan Eagleson, for Bob Goodenow and Ted Saskin. I've got nothing to gain from this, aside from doing something good for the young players coming up and because I care about the game.

"It's crazy it could happen again with us."

Chelios leaped into the fray without considering how much personal time and money it would extract. A number of sources have said Chelios, Trent Klatt and Dwayne Roloson -- dubbed the dissidents -- were bad-mouthed by NHLPA executive members and other NHL players because "it was easier to discredit them than answer the questions they were raising."

On those bad days, Chelios found inspiration in a book, The Power of Two: Carl Brewer's Battle with Hockey's Power Brokers. As a player, Brewer was dismissed as an oddball who didn't take well to authority, most notably Punch Imlach, the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the time.

Brewer had helped establish Eagleson's power base as a player agent, which led to his running the NHLPA. When Brewer learned Eagleson had been abusing the players' pension fund, he fought his former friend and helped put him in jail.

"He paid the ultimate price," Chelios said, referring to how Brewer was ostracized by the NHL. "He couldn't play the game he loved. By no means do I compare myself to him, but I can relate to how he was alienated and later vindicated."

Chelios has been trying to reach out and communicate with those he has disagreed with, one being former NHLPA president Trevor Linden. Before Saturday's game between the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit, Linden and Chelios had a 20-minute discussion that dealt with how quickly Saskin was signed to a five-year, $10-million (U.S.) contract after Goodenow was forced to resign.

"Trevor and I, we're never going to agree on what happened on the issues," Chelios said.

"I don't blame the executive committee [which has since been replaced by an interim committee]. I know those guys only have the best interests of the players at heart. Daniel Alfredsson, he had no knowledge of the e-mails [being accessed so Saskin could monitor his critics]. Trevor said the same thing. They can't condone it. Ted was the one making decisions for them. A lot will come out."

The interim executive committee will hold a telephone conference call tonight to hire a labour lawyer who will advise the players on how they should proceed with regard to Saskin's future.

In the meantime, the independent investigation headed by Toronto lawyer Sheila Block continues to gather information about the manner in which Saskin came to succeed Goodenow and the circumstances that ended the NHL's 2004-05 lockout.

Chelios insisted he's "not at liberty to say" how the players learned their e-mail was being read and blocked. He added, though, that once the investigation is finished, "We'll all be on the same page and we can finally move on."

Chelios insisted he does want to move on. It was never his intent to irritate his fellow union brothers by challenging their integrity or intelligence. But once engaged, he was going to be every bit as tenacious off the ice as he is on it, and that's saying a lot.

So what was his guiding premise?

"I trusted my own judgment," Chelios said. "Every teammate I've ever had knows they can trust me and can count on me. There are a lot of young kids in the game who don't know me. I don't expect them to trust me. But what we did was in the best interests of the PA."

For a bad guy, Chris Chelios looks pretty good these days

SoCalBronco
03-20-2007, 10:51 PM
Thought this should be moved up to the main board since we are rapidly approaching playoff time (and in the thick of the playoff races) and since we are in offseason mode anyway.

Mtbrncofn
03-20-2007, 11:26 PM
It's about time. :)

Mtbrncofn
03-20-2007, 11:49 PM
Frickin' Wings. Can't even win one in Calgary to help us out.

alkemical
03-20-2007, 11:50 PM
whooohooo go pens!

Tredici
03-21-2007, 12:33 AM
Thought this should be moved up to the main board since we are rapidly approaching playoff time (and in the thick of the playoff races) and since we are in offseason mode anyway.

I know you mean well. But I can always find this thread with no effort by going to the NHL Forum. Now I'll be going to Page 2. Page 3. It will be a pain in the buttinski.

I could be wrong.

Or maybe not.

Clockwork Orange
03-21-2007, 12:38 AM
I know you mean well. But I can always find this thread with no effort by going to the NHL Forum. Now I'll be going to Page 2. Page 3. It will be a pain in the buttinski.

I could be wrong.

Or maybe not.

I'll make it my mission to keep it bumped. ;D

Tredici
03-21-2007, 12:52 AM
I'll make it my mission to keep it bumped. ;D

Your a just and brave man. Especially when all the free agent camp fodder signing threads start occurring....

Clockwork Orange
03-21-2007, 12:54 AM
Your a just and brave man. Especially when all the free agent camp fodder signing threads start occurring....

That's when I'll just start randomly ripping players I don't like to keep this thread on page one. I've got quite a list.

Clockwork Orange
03-21-2007, 01:14 AM
Anyone read Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche: The Inside Story Of Pro Sports Nastiest and Best Rivalry Of It's Era yet? My wife went to Barnes & Noble earlier this evening and picked me up a copy of it while she was there. I'm still at work, so I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but I'm really looking forward to it. That should be a fond stroll down memory lane.

I believe I read somewhere that Adrian Dater (Avs beat writer and author of the book) has said that he out a word for word account of Marc Crawford going bat **** on Scotty Bowman during the '97 playoffs in there. I'm looking forward to seeing the details of that exchange.

I don't care which side of the rivalry you were on, that was the best thing hockey had going for quite some time.

alkemical
03-21-2007, 09:17 AM
I know you mean well. But I can always find this thread with no effort by going to the NHL Forum. Now I'll be going to Page 2. Page 3. It will be a pain in the buttinski.

I could be wrong.

Or maybe not.

I use the "user cp" where i can see the subscribed threads. It works for me.

alkemical
03-21-2007, 09:18 AM
Anyone read Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche: The Inside Story Of Pro Sports Nastiest and Best Rivalry Of It's Era yet? My wife went to Barnes & Noble earlier this evening and picked me up a copy of it while she was there. I'm still at work, so I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but I'm really looking forward to it. That should be a fond stroll down memory lane.

I believe I read somewhere that Adrian Dater (Avs beat writer and author of the book) has said that he out a word for word account of Marc Crawford going bat **** on Scotty Bowman during the '97 playoffs in there. I'm looking forward to seeing the details of that exchange.

I don't care which side of the rivalry you were on, that was the best thing hockey had going for quite some time.



I enjoyed it. But that's going back to when my pens were starting to sell off everything.....

Nuggets4
03-21-2007, 09:59 AM
Anyone read Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche: The Inside Story Of Pro Sports Nastiest and Best Rivalry Of It's Era yet? My wife went to Barnes & Noble earlier this evening and picked me up a copy of it while she was there. I'm still at work, so I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but I'm really looking forward to it. That should be a fond stroll down memory lane.

I believe I read somewhere that Adrian Dater (Avs beat writer and author of the book) has said that he out a word for word account of Marc Crawford going bat **** on Scotty Bowman during the '97 playoffs in there. I'm looking forward to seeing the details of that exchange.

I don't care which side of the rivalry you were on, that was the best thing hockey had going for quite some time.

I almost picked that up before my trip to SF a few weeks ago, but decided to get it later. Now I haven't seen it in stores for a while. Let me know how it is CO.

Rascal
03-21-2007, 10:16 AM
damn redwings.

want them to actually win a damn game and they choke.

Dukes
03-21-2007, 10:29 AM
Anyone read Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche: The Inside Story Of Pro Sports Nastiest and Best Rivalry Of It's Era yet? My wife went to Barnes & Noble earlier this evening and picked me up a copy of it while she was there. I'm still at work, so I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but I'm really looking forward to it. That should be a fond stroll down memory lane.

I believe I read somewhere that Adrian Dater (Avs beat writer and author of the book) has said that he out a word for word account of Marc Crawford going bat **** on Scotty Bowman during the '97 playoffs in there. I'm looking forward to seeing the details of that exchange.

I don't care which side of the rivalry you were on, that was the best thing hockey had going for quite some time.

Thanks for mentioning the book CO. This is the first i've heard of it but i'm definitely going to go buy it this weekend

Bronx33
03-21-2007, 05:39 PM
damn redwings.

want them to actually win a damn game and they choke.


Slinky screwed em over with his flip floppin :spit: i also noticed the flames played a perfect game with zero penalties. (how does that happen?)

http://calsun.canoe.ca/Sports/Hockey/2007/03/21/3796978-sun.html

Flailing onto his back and staying there with hopes of drawing a penalty, the melodramatic 42-year-old looked up just in time to see Kristian Huselius' game-winning powerplay goal sail just over his mask. In an otherwise brilliantly played game by both goalies, the stunt cost the Wings at least a point and could end up costing his club its third-straight Presidents' Trophy.

Bronx33
03-21-2007, 05:56 PM
http://www.startribune.com/blogs/wildblog/?p=116

The news of the day is not really a surprise, but goalie Manny Fernandez is done for the regular season. Assistant GM Tom Lynn said Wednesday that in consultation with team doctors, they’re going treat Fernandez like he just got the injury. In other words, he’ll be out three to four weeks to go through the rehab process all over again.

The goal is to get him completely healthy by the start of the playoffs.

Although, and this is me speaking and not Lynn, at that point, coach Jacques Lemaire will likely feel most comfortable with Josh Harding as the backup.

Everybody practiced today but Wes Walz. Lemaire gave him the day off and says he should play tomorrow night vs. St. Louis. Mark Parrish did practice today.

Bronx33
03-21-2007, 06:04 PM
Massive hockey info....

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hockey/hockey_links/

Jens1893
03-21-2007, 06:05 PM
Does anyone remember Rene Corbet and Jeff Shantz?

Bronx33
03-21-2007, 06:15 PM
Does anyone remember Rene Corbet and Jeff Shantz?

yep..

Jens1893
03-21-2007, 06:18 PM
They´re playing for Mannheim in the DEL Playoffs right now ... they´re 3-0 up in their first round series and are the #1 seed ... been thinking about checking out their new arena for a while.

Bronx33
03-21-2007, 06:29 PM
They´re playing for Mannheim in the DEL Playoffs right now ... they´re 3-0 up in their first round series and are the #1 seed ... been thinking about checking out their new arena for a while.



I remember going down to magness arena on my lunch breaks to watch the avs practice and see the youngsters trying to make the team and one of them was rene. I always liked him as a player hes one of those sparkplug guys he always worked hard.

Pendejo
03-21-2007, 06:38 PM
I remember going down to magness arena on my lunch breaks to watch the avs practice and see the youngsters trying to make the team and one of them was rene. I always liked him as a player hes one of those sparkplug guys we always worked hard.

Yeah, but Shantz was completely useless.

Clockwork Orange
03-21-2007, 06:41 PM
I almost picked that up before my trip to SF a few weeks ago, but decided to get it later. Now I haven't seen it in stores for a while. Let me know how it is CO.

I enjoyed it. Plenty of insider tidbits that I wasn't aware of. It's funny, both sides back then called the other classless and whatnot, but reading all of this shows that both sides (teams, coaches, front offices and especially media) had their low moments.

Some interesting things I took from it were that Forsberg was so angered by the Deadmarsh trade that he told Pierre Lacroix he'd never sign another contract with the Avalanche (turned out to be untrue, he played three more years for the Avs). McCarty & Lemieux have buried the hatchet while Draper & Lemieux haven't. Bowman & Crawford are good friends now despite Crawford calling Bowman "a ****ing old cvnt" and threatening to kill him during his infamous tirade between the benches. Eric Lacroix's presence was a much bigger issue than I knew about. Oh yeah, Alexei Gusarov really did speak English (I knew it!).

Great read, lot of fond memories in there. Highly recommended. :thumbs:

Clockwork Orange
03-21-2007, 06:42 PM
Yeah, but Shantz was completely useless.

Shantz is right there with Warren Rychel for worst player to ever wear an Avalanche uniform.

Bronx33
03-21-2007, 06:45 PM
Shantz is right there with Warren Rychel for worst player to ever wear an Avalanche uniform.



Brad may is the new contender for the title.

Jens1893
03-21-2007, 06:45 PM
Shantz is right there with Warren Rychel for worst player to ever wear an Avalanche uniform.

I´ll take that as a compliment to Jose Theodore.

Clockwork Orange
03-21-2007, 07:05 PM
I´ll take that as a compliment to Jose Theodore.

If you make it relative to their salary, Theodore runs away with the title. Theo had a few good moments, which is more than I can say for Jeff Shantz. Hell, I think Rychel at least scored a couple of playoff goals.

clean
03-21-2007, 07:24 PM
Shantz is right there with Warren Rychel for worst player to ever wear an Avalanche uniform.

Todd "No Skill" Gill

Bronx33
03-21-2007, 07:36 PM
Todd "No Skill" Gill


Touche'

Pezman
03-21-2007, 08:12 PM
Ok, so funny story from here in Lalaland aka Hockey Hell.
I've been once again suckered into going to Ducks games begrudgenly again this season, and with the exception of seeing Super Joe and da Avs lose a few weeks ago (Ugh) to the Ducks, I've enjoyed myself. It still sucks being so far from Denver for games but at least I get to see alot of the league talent.

Anyway, onto the real story... Seems the wifey was at a Ducks game last week (without me!) and sat in the owners box with all the other corporate hacks there. Of course, being that she works for the owner of the freaking Ducks, I guess that is one of the perks... anyway I digress.

So she's there and Henry Samueli (Team owner) starts chatting with the wifey and she mentions that we are Avs fans. Well, as it turns out, he's feeling generous and gives her the Avalanche team media guide for 2006-07 since he said, there was very likely no chance that they would need it anymore since the Avs werent going to make the playoffs. Well, regardless enough... AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Suckers! And just because he owns the damn team and pays our bills, does not mean we are giving it back WHEN the Avs make the playoffs. ;D

Anyway, thought you guys would enjoy our little burn on the owner.

Clockwork Orange
03-21-2007, 08:22 PM
Todd "No Skill" Gill

I think I had intentionally blocked out all memories of Todd Gill.

Jens1893
03-21-2007, 08:34 PM
Ok, so funny story from here in Lalaland aka Hockey Hell.
I've been once again suckered into going to Ducks games begrudgenly again this season, and with the exception of seeing Super Joe and da Avs lose a few weeks ago (Ugh) to the Ducks, I've enjoyed myself. It still sucks being so far from Denver for games but at least I get to see alot of the league talent.

Anyway, onto the real story... Seems the wifey was at a Ducks game last week (without me!) and sat in the owners box with all the other corporate hacks there. Of course, being that she works for the owner of the freaking Ducks, I guess that is one of the perks... anyway I digress.

So she's there and Henry Samueli (Team owner) starts chatting with the wifey and she mentions that we are Avs fans. Well, as it turns out, he's feeling generous and gives her the Avalanche team media guide for 2006-07 since he said, there was very likely no chance that they would need it anymore since the Avs werent going to make the playoffs. Well, regardless enough... AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Suckers! And just because he owns the damn team and pays our bills, does not mean we are giving it back WHEN the Avs make the playoffs. ;D

Anyway, thought you guys would enjoy our little burn on the owner.

Well, I think the guy might have enough money to buy a new one ... and I assume your wife must be pretty high up the ladder if she gets to sit in the owner´s box.

Pezman
03-21-2007, 08:39 PM
Nah, she's just one of the little people in the grand scheme. We just get lucky enough to get the good hookup with tix and she gets to do the corporate thing for them once and awhile.

Needless to say, I'm hoping for a chance at revenge against the Ducks after they crushed us last playoffs.

Jens1893
03-21-2007, 08:44 PM
Nah, she's just one of the little people in the grand scheme. We just get lucky enough to get the good hookup with tix and she gets to do the corporate thing for them once and awhile.

Needless to say, I'm hoping for a chance at revenge against the Ducks after they crushed us last playoffs.

Good for you and your better half ... I just think that it could be a little while before the Avs are back to being a powerhouse, but then I don´t really watch a whole lot hockey.

Bronx33
03-21-2007, 08:48 PM
Good for you and your better half ... I just think that it could be a little while before the Avs are back to being a powerhouse, but then I don´t really watch a whole lot hockey.




Refrain from using the word powerhouse..

Jens1893
03-21-2007, 08:54 PM
Refrain from using the word powerhouse..

Ok, may I ask why?

Bronx33
03-21-2007, 09:15 PM
Ok, may I ask why?


We don't have a legit #1 goalie or D i admit we are playing well though but those weaknesses will be exploited.

Clockwork Orange
03-21-2007, 09:40 PM
We don't have a legit #1 goalie or D i admit we are playing well though but those weaknesses will be exploited.

Carolina had neither of those things going into the playoffs last year.

I'm not saying the Avs are headed in the same direction, but I don't think it's quite as bleak as the picture you're painting.

SoCalBronco
03-21-2007, 10:55 PM
**** Joe Thornton

alkemical
03-21-2007, 11:05 PM
Does anyone remember Rene Corbet and Jeff Shantz?

blech yeah

alkemical
03-21-2007, 11:21 PM
http://bp1.blogger.com/_fw7iF68JR8k/RgCvD76MLjI/AAAAAAAABLk/gbdaoe6iuJM/s1600-h/-1.bmp

Tredici
03-22-2007, 12:56 AM
Waste of money in an Avs uniform?

Patrice is crowding up into the top five....

Jori
03-22-2007, 02:41 AM
How about Jim "I can't score into an empty net" Cummins? Boy was that guy brutal.

Clockwork Orange
03-22-2007, 02:46 AM
Since we've been on this subject, I keep having flashbacks to watching Sandis Ozolinsh half-assedly attempt to chase down 106 year old Larry Murphy after Murphy stole the puck from him. Ozolinsh could skate backwards faster than Murphy could skate forward at that point in their respective careers, yet Sandis didn't seem to find it necessary to actually go full throttle. Murphy scored on the breakaway.

That's where Ozo officially lost me and that was before he was called out by Adam Foote for no showing game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals.

alkemical
03-22-2007, 09:17 AM
my total loss of respect for a player anecdote:

Jagr showing his true self faking a shoulder injury weeks before being traded for a 10# bag of potatoes, 3 valets and a half gallon of housepaint.

Clockwork Orange
03-22-2007, 04:41 PM
The battle for 2nd team All-Star center is heating up. Crosby pretty much has the 1st team spot sewn up, but there's a battle going on between Lecavalier & Thornton for that 2nd spot. Joe Sakic is the darkhorse in that race, he's got 10 points in his last 4 games.

Bronx33
03-22-2007, 05:23 PM
Carolina had neither of those things going into the playoffs last year.

I'm not saying the Avs are headed in the same direction, but I don't think it's quite as bleak as the picture you're painting.


The oil simply were not able to exploit it also the canes were blessed with 4 killer offensive lines to offset average D and goaltending, you won't see teams win the cup like that very often. But i will say if the avs would have had even average goaltending during the season we would already have a seed in the playoffs.

Our offense has been pretty good this season IMO currently 5th in goals scored roughly 3.27 goals per game they were able to keep up with other high powered teams but keeping leads is what killed us and that was Defensive/goaltending issues most of the time. And to show the other end we were 20th in goals against with 3.04 per game (the numbers don't lie). If we were to make the playoffs i would hope Q would give budaj the start theo has earned absolutely nothing IMO.

Bronx33
03-22-2007, 05:59 PM
The knuckledragger hits the ice and we get to see if the loser has anything left to offer.


DETROIT (AP) -Left wing Todd Bertuzzi took part in the morning skate and said he was ready to make his debut with the Detroit Red Wings in Thursday night's game against Columbus.

Bertuzzi, acquired from Florida at the trade deadline, said his surgically repaired back feels fine and he is in game shape.

"I'm just going to go out there and try to find my way early," Bertuzzi said. "Obviously you don't want to be a hazard out there, but I think that we worked hard enough where I can go out and play my game. So I'm very confident in that."

The 32-year-old Bertuzzi has been sidelined since October because of a back injury. He has played only seven games this season, with one goal and six assists.

"It's fun to be part of a team again," Bertuzzi said.

Bronx33
03-22-2007, 06:04 PM
What's wrong with this action figure? and who is it?

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/fi/11/01/03.jpg

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070322/lath055.html?.v=94

Bronx33
03-22-2007, 06:25 PM
I guess Fedoruk was running orrs boys the last time they meet so orr let him know not to do that anymore (and i don't think he will)


http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/32599

Mtbrncofn
03-22-2007, 08:22 PM
Haha. I saw that clip last night. He dropped! I guess it's the second time this year he's been dropped in a fight like that? Sheesh, big goon there. ;D

Mtbrncofn
03-22-2007, 08:22 PM
What's wrong with this action figure? and who is it?

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/fi/11/01/03.jpg

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070322/lath055.html?.v=94

A roided up Sid?

Clockwork Orange
03-22-2007, 08:28 PM
What's wrong with this action figure? and who is it?

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/fi/11/01/03.jpg

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070322/lath055.html?.v=94

Looks like Sid The Kid has been dipping into B*rry B*nds private stash.

SoCalBronco
03-22-2007, 08:38 PM
Joe Thornton needs to get "the flu" like.....now.

This is getting ridiculous. He had 3 points last night and already has 3 points in today's game. Im getting furious.

Bronx33
03-22-2007, 11:40 PM
Haha. I saw that clip last night. He dropped! I guess it's the second time this year he's been dropped in a fight like that? Sheesh, big goon there. ;D


He should of hung em up after Boogaard jacked him up the guy has lost more than one step in his game he better make that tough decision or hes going to end up eating out of a straw the rest of his life.

Bronx33
03-22-2007, 11:53 PM
Crap! the flames win in OT

Mtbrncofn
03-23-2007, 08:25 PM
Geez! Frickin Lames.

Mtbrncofn
03-24-2007, 12:07 AM
Daaammnit. The lowly Oil pull one out in the SO. :cuss:

SoCalBronco
03-24-2007, 12:10 AM
Daaammnit. The lowly Oil pull one out in the SO. :cuss:

At least you got a point.

Mtbrncofn
03-24-2007, 12:20 AM
That's the only bright spot.

Bronx33
03-24-2007, 01:59 PM
Daaammnit. The lowly Oil pull one out in the SO. :cuss:


Roloson/reasoner and i don't think we really put a hard SO shot on rolo.

Bronx33
03-24-2007, 02:34 PM
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/sports/story.html?id=84a9b3c2-4ea2-45d3-8794-31f81c8701d6

Wherever he is, Chris Chelios must be smiling in the wake of Mike Gartner's resignation from the NHL Players' Association.

Chelios, as you know, has been the leader of the small pack of rebels questioning the hiring of Ted Saskin as executive director of the group. It's been a losing battle for a long time, but now that Saskin's role in "monitoring players' emails" is being investigated, Chelios & Friends are lookin' good.

Gartner's resignation and the reasons for it makes Chelios & Friends look even better.
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Gartner wrote in a prepared statement:

"For the past 25 years, I have served the National Hockey League Players' Association in various capacities and since 1999 as an employee of the association.

"I am proud of all that the NHLPA has collectively achieved for the players' rights during these years, the goodwill and positive impact that has been made through numerous charitable initiatives, the NHLPA's ongoing support of retired players, and for the positive changes in the game that have been made in the most recent years. I am also grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside many wonderful people at the NHLPA office.

"This decision was made with careful thought and consideration and has been contemplated over an extended period of time. I leave with great reservation due to my longstanding involvement with the players' association and in light of the current circumstances affecting the union.

"I am sincerely troubled by the recent revelations and am hopeful that the association can move forward and be restored to a level of respect worthy of its members.

"These are difficult times for the association and I feel at this point I can best serve the future of a changing union by stepping aside. I will continue to fully support all efforts to restore the integrity of the NHLPA."

Bronx33
03-24-2007, 08:55 PM
Watching hockey night in canada and they report that babcock had a meeting with the team to tell hasuck to quit diving... :rofl:

SoCalBronco
03-24-2007, 09:07 PM
****

SoCalBronco
03-24-2007, 09:31 PM
ahklasrgh[h[wegaghioaghahgsdskldghgaehasdghgdhl. ****ing Thornton you b****.

2 points in the ****ing third period, just scored a few seconds into the PP in the last 2 mins. God forbid they hold him down for 1 measly game. **** him.

I swear if Sid loses the title, Recchi and Malone should personally shot, not jsut cut, just ****ing shoot them. They havent been able to bury anything, perfect chances and they cant do ****. Just ****ing shoot both of them, this is such a ****ing fraud, both of them need to just stop wasting our air, get them the **** off that team. I am going to be unbelievably bitter if they continue to lose it for Sid.

Clockwork Orange
03-24-2007, 10:17 PM
The University of Michigan was eliminated from the NCAA tournament, so the Avalanche should now be concentrating their efforts on getting TJ Hensick's signature on a contract.

Breck Bronc
03-24-2007, 11:50 PM
I went to tonight's North Dakota/Michigan game and one Avalanche prospect shined and one was awful.

T. J. Hensick had the puck on his stick all night except for the 10 minutes he was in the box for a 10 minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. I'm not sure what he did, but I think he was mouthing off to the officials. One things for sure about Hensick, he has some fire in his belly. He was talking trash to the Sioux goalie Phillipe Lamoureux all night and slashed the stick of another North Dakota player well after the whistle when the game was out of hand. Hensick has very good speed and carries the puck well. He shoots a lot, there's no doubt about that. Think Valeri Kamensky or Radim Vrbata in that regard. I'd love to see him in an Avalanche uniform for the last few games.

Billy Sauer, on the other hand, was awful. He had one of the worst 40 minutes I've ever seen a goalie play. He gave up 7 goals in the first two periods and many of them were easy shots with no screen. I don't think he'll ever see the NHL if that's even close to what kind of goalie he is. The funny thing is Philippe Lamoureux was even worse in the game's first 25 minutes. He made a terrible, terrible gaffe handling the puck that led to Michigan's 5th goal. Even Patrick Roy would have winced after seeing that play.

All in all it was a fun night at the Pepsi Center. The first two periods were as wild as it gets on the ice. The game was fast paced with up and down action, and Michigan was laying some big time hits. I think the Wolverines got the bad end of the officiating tonight.

Minnesota vs. North Dakota should be fun tomorrow.

Jori
03-25-2007, 12:11 AM
I attended both games. Great atmosphere today. Too bad Air Force couldn't hold on. They competed with the Gophers and seemed to run out of gas in the middle of the third. Minnesota's talent took over and nice to see Stoa and Carman factor in the game.

Sauer was terrible tonight and the defene in front of him was just as bad. I gotta know what Hensick said to get the 10-minute misconduct, not the best way to end ones college career.

Jori
03-25-2007, 12:14 AM
The University of Michigan was eliminated from the NCAA tournament, so the Avalanche should now be concentrating their efforts on getting TJ Hensick's signature on a contract.

Speaking of contracts...it looks as if Ryan Dingle will forgo his senior season and go pro. The local Steamboat Springs paper repoted he signed with the Ducks, but that appears to have been a premature report. Dingle has received offers from NHL teams. I hope Ryan stays at Denver, but if he intends on going pro and if the Avs aren't one of the teams offering him a contract, I'll be disappointed.

Clockwork Orange
03-25-2007, 12:18 AM
Speaking of contracts...it looks as if Ryan Dingle will forgo his senior season and go pro. The local Steamboat Springs paper repoted he signed with the Ducks, but that appears to have been a premature report. Dingle has received offers from NHL teams. I hope Ryan stays at Denver, but if he intendes on going pro and if the Avs aren't one of the teams offering him a contract, I'll be disappointed.

Prepare to be disappointed. You know as well as I do that the Avalanche tend to overlook the local UDFA's. I still remember being a bit dashed when they didn't bother to even attempt to sign Gabe Gauthier or Peter Sejna. I doubt this will be any different.

Jori
03-25-2007, 12:42 AM
They Avs did offer a contract to Gauthier, the Kings deal was better, plus it was with a team close to his family's home.

Going back to Hensick, I think the deal gets done quickly.

SoCalBronco
03-25-2007, 03:48 PM
Sid with 2 goals and an assist today to somewhat stabilize the situation...its still dicey though. Up 7 with 6 to play.

Lestat
03-25-2007, 05:09 PM
i just heard a rumor that Hensick has been signed i hope it shakes down as being true since the source knows UM hockey very well

SoCalBronco
03-25-2007, 05:29 PM
Calgary picks up a rare 2 points on the road today at Chicago, you guys really need to win tonight.

Mtbrncofn
03-25-2007, 06:10 PM
****in Flamers!

Pendejo
03-25-2007, 06:28 PM
****in Flamers!

Yeah...those pricks picked a hell of a time to go on a streak of their own.

SoCalBronco
03-25-2007, 07:09 PM
Exclusive: Johnson jumps to NHL
Sophomore will play for L.A. Kings Tuesday
By Amber Colvin, Daily Sports Editor
3/23/07

PrintEmail Article Tools Page 1 of 1 DENVER, March 25 - Michigan star defenseman Jack Johnson is negotiating a contract with the Los Angeles Kings today, ending speculation of whether the sophomore would forgo his two remaining years of eligibility.

Johnson confirmed his departure in an exclusive interview with The Michigan Daily this afternoon.

"I thought I was ready for a new challenge," Johnson said. "With all my close friends, the seniors, gone now and everything, I thought it was time for me to pretty much go for a new challenge."

Following Michigan's 8-5 loss to North Dakota Saturday night in the NCAA West Regional semifinals in Denver, the team flew back to Ann Arbor, but Johnson and his family stayed behind. Johnson's agent, Pat Brisson, and Kings general manager Dean Lombardi worked out the details of the contract.

"I'll be flying from Denver to Los Angeles," Johnson said. "Everything's done except for they're negotiating bonuses."

Johnson said he will be in the Kings' lineup Tuesday night when they play on the road against the San Jose Sharks. Los Angeles, which is out of contention for a playoff berth, has six games remaining in its schedule.

According to his father, Johnson will return to Ann Arbor following the Kings' season and is enrolled in spring term classes at Michigan.

"He's only going to be gone for three weeks," Jack Johnson, Sr. said. "He's coming back. He's going to get a degree from Michigan. That's the No. 1 thing - he promised (Michigan coach Red Berenson) he will graduate."

The Ann Arbor native came to Michigan already drafted third overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. Some analysts believed Johnson should have signed with Carolina then, but the defenseman was firm in his decision to play for the Wolverines.

The Hurricanes offered multiple contracts to Johnson throughout his first year. On Oct. 1 2006, after Johnson had rejected another offer, Carolina traded his rights and defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky to Los Angeles for forward Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason.

Johnson's continued dedication to Michigan resulted in more criticism from hockey analysts.

"They don't understand why a kid would turn down the NHL," his father said. "They think everybody would cut off their right arm to play in the NHL. Yeah, Jack wants to, but he had this dream first."

Johnson's father also said that Berenson supported the 20-year-old's decision. The 23-year Michigan coach had often told Johnson that when he was ready to leave, Berenson would drive him to the airport.

Johnson notified Berenson of his decision a week ago.

"I have no regrets about coming here, being a Wolverine," Johnson said. "I'm still proud as hell to be one."

- Ian Robinson and Nate Sandals contributed to this report.

http://media.www.michigandaily.com/media/storage/paper851/news/2007/03/23/News/Exclusive.Johnson.Jumps.To.Nhl-2790116.shtml

Mtbrncofn
03-25-2007, 07:21 PM
ahklasrgh[h[wegaghioaghahgsdskldghgaehasdghgdhl. ****ing Thornton you b****.

2 points in the ****ing third period, just scored a few seconds into the PP in the last 2 mins. God forbid they hold him down for 1 measly game. **** him.

I swear if Sid loses the title, Recchi and Malone should personally shot, not jsut cut, just ****ing shoot them. They havent been able to bury anything, perfect chances and they cant do ****. Just ****ing shoot both of them, this is such a ****ing fraud, both of them need to just stop wasting our air, get them the **** off that team. I am going to be unbelievably bitter if they continue to lose it for Sid.

I'm sorry to laugh at your obvious pain, SoCal....but this is just a classic! Ha!

Jori
03-25-2007, 07:28 PM
i just heard a rumor that Hensick has been signed i hope it shakes down as being true since the source knows UM hockey very well

I've heard a similar rumor. I'm wondering if Hensick stayed in Denver. The Wolverines flew back to Ann Arbor this morning. Jack Johnson stayed behind and signed with the Kings today. I read in the Denver Post today that Hensick could sign this week. I just hope this gets done soon, don't want to see it getting dragged out.

Jori
03-25-2007, 11:21 PM
Frozen Four is set:

North Dakota vs. Boston College
Michigan State vs. Maine

No Avs prospects in the FF.

Looks like Dingle to the Ducks will happen. Best of luck to Ryan. Ducks have been rewarded in signing quality undrafted NCAA players. I've read that Paukovich could also forgo his senior year and sign with the Oilers. Butler and Mannino are the other potential flight risks.

SoCalBronco
03-26-2007, 12:47 AM
Great comeback for you guys tonight, almost won it in OT a few times and then ofcourse Theodore stoned everyone in the SO which he usually does.

Bronx33
03-26-2007, 01:02 AM
Great comeback for you guys tonight, almost won it in OT a few times and then ofcourse Theodore stoned everyone in the SO which he usually does.

Almost? stupid ref took that away the puck clearly went off roberto before to stuffed it home, as far as theo i really don't know WTF got into him (but i like it) now the next stage would be consistancy. I really liked the way we played tonight with alot of heart and passion we took it to the nucks for atleast two periods and 2pts is 2pts.

Mtbrncofn
03-26-2007, 01:23 AM
Awesome game! I wasn't expecting the Avs to get out of Vancouver with a win. Gotta give the Hoser credit, he didn't **** it up for us. :thumbs:

I agree, Bronx....they ****ed us over on that OT goal, but we got em anyway. ;D

Clockwork Orange
03-26-2007, 01:27 AM
As Dave Mustaine once penned, "Clinging onto life by the skin 'o my teeth."

Hell of an effort by the Avs tonight. Even if they come up short this season, they've definitely shown something during this run. They've shown a heart that wasn't present for most of the season and that they're not as far off as most of us thought. They'll go into the offseason with a nice chunk of cap space to work with as well as three 2nd rounders in the coming draft.

That said, they're still only 5 points back of Calgary, this thing aint over yet.

Congrats to Super Joe on tying Dino Ciccarelli for 15th on the all-time goal scoring list and the great Raymond Bourque for 9th in all-time points. :thumbs:

Pendejo
03-26-2007, 01:42 AM
It was a fun game to listen to...they had to have the two points.

Listening to the game I realized that I have the maturity level of a 14 year old. Everytime the Avs' radio play by play man says something like "Finger bangs..." or "Richardson gets banged from behind." I giggle.

Clockwork Orange
03-26-2007, 01:48 AM
Has anyone else noticed that the "No Touch Light" maintenance guy from the Coors commercial looks like a cross between Joel Quenneville and Borat?

Clockwork Orange
03-26-2007, 02:42 AM
Well, this is pretty much it, folks. This week is make or break for the Avs. Calgary plays three on the road against quality opposition, twice against Minnesota and once against Vancouver. The Flames are the worst road team in the NHL, so there's a realistic possibility that they lose all three. Minnesota is smoking hot right now (9-1 in their last 10 games) and they're battling Vancouver for 1st in the Northwest division, which gives them plenty to play for. Luongo finally looked human tonight against the Avs, but he could be back on track by Saturday when Calgary rolls into town.

The Avs schedule is slightly better, but not by too much. They get Vancouver on Tuesday night at home, where they've beaten them three times out of three so far this season. Then it's on to Phoenix against Gretzky's boys who're trying to play the role of spoiler. That one is the potential let down game, one the Avs simply cannot afford to overlook. Then those red hot Wild come to Denver for an afternoon tilt. The Avs have lost two of the three meeting with them at Pepsi Center this season, so that looks like the toughest of the three.

After those three games each, Colorado & Calgary meet at the Saddledome in what could likely be the biggest game of the year for both teams.....but not if the Avs don't make up some ground this week.

It's gonna be interesting, if nothing else.

Pendejo
03-26-2007, 03:43 AM
Yeah obviously they need all the points they can get, but the two games against the Flames are huge. If they somehow manage to get 4 points (preferably in regulation) out of those two games they'll have a great shot at getting in the tournament.

They also play the Predleys down the final stretch. They're definitely going to have to earn a playoff berth.

alkemical
03-26-2007, 09:00 AM
IMO - Jordan Staal should win the calder....

Mtbrncofn
03-26-2007, 10:34 AM
It was a fun game to listen to...they had to have the two points.

Listening to the game I realized that I have the maturity level of a 14 year old. Everytime the Avs' radio play by play man says something like "Finger bangs..." or "Richardson gets banged from behind." I giggle.

Bwahahaahahaha! If I was listening on the radio, I'd probably be doing the same thing. ;D

Mtbrncofn
03-26-2007, 10:35 AM
It's gonna be interesting, if nothing else.

Ulcer inducing is what you really meant to say,right?

Clockwork Orange
03-26-2007, 04:49 PM
IMO - Jordan Staal should win the calder....

You and Don Cherry are about the only two I've heard voice that opinion.

Jens1893
03-26-2007, 04:54 PM
You and Don Cherry are about the only two I've heard voice that opinion.

Doesn´t Cherry basically only say stuff to be controversial?

There was a one page article about Joe Sakic in the biggest German sports paper today, btw. Krupp is full of praise for Joey.

alkemical
03-26-2007, 04:57 PM
You and Don Cherry are about the only two I've heard voice that opinion.


Granted Malkin has more pts - but IMO - Staal has had a HUGE impact on this team. IMO - he's had more game changing plays than Malkin.

Clockwork Orange
03-26-2007, 05:00 PM
Doesn´t Cherry basically only say stuff to be controversial?

There was a one page article about Joe Sakic in the biggest German sports paper today, btw. Krupp is full of praise for Joey.

Not intentionally, he's just old and set in his ways. He slurps whichever western Canadian youngster he likes the best and pimps them for the Calder annually. Last year it was Dion Phaneuf, who, according to Cherry, should have won everything from the Calder to the Norris to the Hart to the Nobel prize.

It's really amazing that Sakic is still an elite player at the age of 37. 34 goals and 90 points this season with an outside shot of reaching 40 goals and 100 points with 7 games to go. It's a bit of a longshot, but I'm not ruling it out.

Clockwork Orange
03-26-2007, 05:02 PM
Granted Malkin has more pts - but IMO - Staal has had a HUGE impact on this team. IMO - he's had more game changing plays than Malkin.

I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you, though I think Malkin has had the Calder wrapped up since about midseason. Staal's defensive game is light years ahead of where any 18 year old's should be and he's been scoring at a regular clip ever since he got promoted from the 4th line to the 2nd.

Still, award voters just love numbers and that's usually what these things come down to.

alkemical
03-26-2007, 05:04 PM
I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you, though I think Malkin has had the Calder wrapped up since about midseason. Staal's defensive game is light years ahead of where any 18 year old's should be and he's been scoring at a regular clip ever since he got promoted from the 4th line to the 2nd.

Still, award voters just love numbers and that's usually what these things come down to.

Oh i know.

SoCalBronco
03-27-2007, 01:17 AM
Good news for Herc (although it was not unexpected)....Nicklas Backstrom confirms that he is coming to the league next year. Definitely the early favorite for the Calder.

I think next year will be the first in a long line of playoff trips for the Caps. They are going to be a real offensive juggernaut for a long time.

Hopefully we get to play against them in the playoffs every year. ;D

Clockwork Orange
03-27-2007, 07:49 PM
Quenneville rolling the dice tonight by going with Jose Theodore in net against Vancouver. Theo is 3-0 against Vancouver at Pepsi Center this season, but this move makes me very nervous. Every game is a must win from here on, but he chooses to go with a netminder who hasn't started in forever and was, let's just say, unimpressive when he did.

He'd better have a quick hook if Theo pisses down his leg early.

SoCalBronco
03-27-2007, 10:47 PM
Calgary beats Minnesota in the shootout, keeping the pressure on the Avs.

Mtbrncofn
03-27-2007, 10:50 PM
****! Mother****ing stupid ass Wild. :cuss:

Killericon
03-27-2007, 10:50 PM
Funniest Commercial Ever. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDFklEqdxmo)

Also, Go Flames.

:)

Mtbrncofn
03-27-2007, 11:33 PM
Funniest Commercial Ever. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDFklEqdxmo)

Also, Go Flames.

:)

Oh shut the hell up. :)

Absolutely ****ty results tonight.

Pendejo
03-27-2007, 11:51 PM
Oh shut the hell up. :)

Absolutely ****ty results tonight.

Nothing went right tonight. I don't think they're going to make up seven points. Saying that...if the Avs would have played with the same intensity in their own end all season instead of just the past 15 games or so...they'd already have a spot locked up.