Monday, October 26, 2009

Ok Let's Ask Ourselves This...

How much different is Mike Richards hit from this weekend all that different from this "example" provided by the NHL for our viewing pleasure. Yes, I am talking about the Matt Cooke hit. Side by side folks, let's do it.

And for the Richards hit?

Well, both are late, both come after carrying the puck into the zone and dropping it off. Richards comes in more at a side angle while Cooke comes almost completely from behind. Cooke goes with an elbow (imagine that) while Richards leads with the shoulder. Both victims are looking at the puck, not where they're skating (heads on a swivel kids!), so both get caught completely unawares.

Main difference? One was a suspension the other wasn't. I really wish I could see how far Richards was lining up Booth, cause it seemed like he was coming in for that hit far out of the frame.

It just seems to me, if the NHL is really serious about eliminating hits to the head, why even leave any doubt? Just somethin' to think about. I'm still undecided whether or not it should have been a suspension, on one hand, Richards is just "finishing" his check and let's be honest, if that's Kamil Kreps, are we even having this discussion? On the other, Booth was in a defenseless position, without the puck, and was clearly lined up. Too close to call in my book.

Well I just recalled another one it's pretty similar to, this one we alllllllllll remember.

BanginPanger Turns One!

Well over the weekend it did. Since I always stick to my guns and never post on the weekend, I missed it. And so did you. We've come an awful long way since that very first post, met a lot of cool people, and have got into our fair share of pissing matches (and Darren Pang emails), hell even garnered enough readers to quit dropping the f bomb. I'm humbled, really.

But hey, thanks for reading Mom. And to everyone else, why?

I swear to God I will post more soon. My day job, (yes, us bloggers don't always sit around in our basements and plug away) should be slowing down here shortly, so we'll see if I can't pump out some snark soon.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

WTF Moments in NHL History: 10/ 21/2009

I've been far too busy at work to post lately. You know, deadlines n shit. It happens. It happens. But hey, anyone notice the Empire movin' in on American sovereignty? Dude, it's happening.

Craig Rivet ain't no Han Solo. Harrison Ford's sooooooooooooooo dreamy. Was. Was dreamy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Think Division Rivalries Matter Much?

Maybe not so much anymore. Take the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins. They've played 245 regular season games during their history (the most the Sabres have played against any one team), dating back to the Sabres '70-'71 Inaugural campaign.

Over the past 39 years, these two teams have never, ever, made a trade between the two of them. That all ended yesterday. The Sabres sent extra winger Dan Paille, a former 1st rounder (2002), to the Bruins for a 3rd rounder and a conditional pick.

John Vogl of the Buffalo News picked up on the same dynamic change I did. It's not so much about who you're keeping players away from, but rather how you can make your team better. Don't worry about what they're doing, worry about what you're doing. Think about your own cap implications and improve where you need to, regardless of where you need to go to get that piece. Why how bout a quote to support just that? GM Darcy Regier speaks...
"Where teams are with the salary-cap situation, I think you have to make the deal that is best for your organization. I think the days of not dealing with teams in your own division or own conference are gone."
Paille was a healthy scratch for all but 2 games this season, forced out of the lineup by 2nd year Center Tim Kennedy playing his way into the lineup. This moved Jochen Hecht back to his natural wing position on the left. So between Vanek, the breakout Clarke MacArthur, veteran Hecht, and 4th liner Matt Ellis, Paille's role was diminished. Vogl mentions Hobey Baker winner Nate Gerbe as waiting in the wings, which is true. The Sabres had a glut of forwards, and with the return of Adam Mair, too many players (24) with not enough roster spots (23), somebody had to be moved. Enter Boston stage right.

Boston just shipped out under performing but important penalty killer (even if their PK is ranked in the bottom 3rd of the league currently) Chuck Kobasew designed to shake up the roster. But down the road, this move was gives Chiarelli some wiggle room for the eventual resigning (or attempted resigning) of core pieces Marc Savard and Blake Wheeler, as well as future netminder Tuukka Rask. At his price of $2.3 per year, you could find a younger, cheaper version on the market for half that price. So as soon as the injury to young LW Milan Lucic occurred, Chiarelli hit the market. Enter Buffalo stage left.

It's easy to look in hindsight and see how this deal came together, but it's more interesting to note the evolving dynamic GM's are taking when making moves in this salary cap era. Think about it.

(This was originally posted over at,'s Buffalo Sabres site, and my avenue of keeping BP non-Sabres centric, but I thought this was an interesting topic that everyone could check out.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Vancouver Olympic Medals...Odd to Say the Least

Like something straight out of a Dali painting (see how cultured I am?), these Olympic medals leave much to be desired, namely; class.

Look I'm all for originality in design, etc. etc. whatever. But these look more like participation medals for the Pee Wee "Thanks for Playing during intermission of our ECHL January 12 game against Alaska" between the Dragons and Crusaders.

Sweet image courtesy of Deadspin.


The biggest blast from this weekend. Plus, I saw AC/DC on Friday, hence the headline. Duh.

This weekend's big boom goes to Raffi Torres, for absolutely lighting up a prone and defenseless Oscar Moller. Moller's got to know better than that. That's the biggest explosion on the ice Torres has seen since he last played with Fernando Pisani. Oh yeah, I went there.

Chara Needs Reminding?

Go ahead, click the picture. I promise you it's not a Chara Bomb. Now this? This is a Chara Bomb. But check out the fingers on Zdeno's gloves. Team Work.

His finger's need to get on the same page I guess.


Saturday saw the return of Max Afinogenov to Buffalo, the return of the prodigal...wait no, the return of the enigmatic, turnover prone, waste of life over the last 3 years, son. So what's he do? Just score the goal of the weekend and put the kibosh on a Buffalo comeback? Yeah, that sounds about right. What a dagger.

By the way Buffalo fans, why are you booing? Unless you were booing Myers for getting beat by Max, Sabres management were the ones who didn't offer him a contract, it's not like he sold his soul to Mephistopheles, aka the Flyers. Looking at you Mr. Briere. You too Drury. Childhood dreams my a$$.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Virtual Catalog? More Like SMIRTUAL CATALOG?!?

AMIRITE?!? Anyways, the NHL released their "virtual catalog" unto the world this week. That means, we get to rip apart the ludicrous fashion faux pas that make the world go round.

Ok, well in reality, I just wanted to make fun of the new "Ice Flirt" jerseys, aimed at the Puck Bunny screaming "I WANNA DO YOU PLAYER X, I WANNA HAVE YOUR CHILDREN PLAYER Y, I SWALLOW PLAYER Z!" down the section from you. Looking at you Carrot. But what the hell is with these things.

So here's the jersey that I just don't understand. If a woman really needs the slim fit or feminine cut or whatever the hell that is called, then fine, whatever, it's still essentially the same jersey. But this, this is all wrong.

What is with the seatbelt across the chest? Isn't one of the redeeming qualities of a hockey jersey is its symmetry? WTF is up with that slanty, glittery line?

Oh and the writing on the ass? Why not just right "JUICY" and get it over with?

Oh whatever, no body will end up buying these anyways. But to the female readers, I implore you, buy a normal jersey, with a normal name, and none of this nonsense. No"two-toned nylon dazzle." No "silver gel and retro-glitter screenprint." Just a jersey. K THX.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

One I Wish I Would've Watched: Chi-Town - Calgary

Unbelievable. Calgary takes a 5-1 lead into the 1st intermission...and lose? God, I know those 5 goal leads are the toughest in sports to hold on to, but that's just ludicrous, preposterous, and ridiculous, all at once.

Boy, does Cristobal Huet ever look poor. Sheesh, at least with all that cap space the Hawks could go get...oh yeah. Better luck next year, Chicago.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Dialogue: It's Back

Marc Staal: "My Chemical Romance just speaks to my heart."
Sean Avery: "You know what else speaks to your heart?"
Marc Staal: "...."
Sean Avery: "...and you're a Ginger"

Thursday, October 8, 2009

BOOM Goes the Dynamite!

Another victim of the reckless wreck known as Patrick Kaleta. Petr Prucha was taking a long, gliding turn, looked up, and had no chance. It's awfully close to being dirty, whether he jumped into the hit, or momentum carried him upward, tough to tell. But you can be guaranteed that the Phoenix fan was calling it dirty, while Sabres fans and Scott Stevens are sure to eat it up.

Since I was pretty hardcore against the Phaneuf hit, here's why I think this one was different. 0-0 game, regular season vs. losing 3-1, preseason. Whatever, I don't have to explain myself to you people. As always, thanks to the esteemed HockeyFights for already having the video.

NHL 10 Roster Update

18 players added. Purists rejoice. Your 18 newest digital hockey players.
Atlanta Thrashers - Evander Kane
Buffalo Sabres - Tyler Myers
Colorado Avalanche - Ryan O’Reilly, Matt Duchene
Dallas Stars - Jamie Benn
Florida Panthers - Dmitri Kulikov
New York Islanders - John Tavares
New York Rangers - Michael Del Zotto, Matt Gilroy
Ottawa Senators - Erik Karlsson
Philadelphia Flyers - Mika Pyorala, James Van Riemsdyk, Johan Backlund
San Jose Sharks - Benn Ferriero
Tampa Bay Lightning - Victor Hedman
Toronto Mapleleafs - Viktor Stalberg, Jonas Gustavsson
Vancouver Canucks - Sergei Shirokov
Enjoy pwning n00bz tonight.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Shield Your Eyes; It's Zdeno Time

It's Zdeno Chara from ESPN's "The Body Issue." This is as homoerotic as we'll get here. So just to warn you, this is really, really gay. And hilarious. I give you...naked Zdeno Chara.

Don't feel like zooming in? Don't blame you. Here's what the caption reads...
Why we chose him: Never has a 6'9" intimidator been so quick on ice.

Take it from a pro: "Throw skates on Zdeno, and he's basically seven feet tall. He's got great balance and power and can't be knocked down. The joke here is that when he poke-checks, he can sweep his stick from board to board. How can you get around a guy like that? For me, he's a video gamer's dream, the create-a-player guy you've always wanted to exist in real life." - David Littman, Former NHL Goalie and producer of EA's NHL10
No, the joke here is ESPN's Body issue. WTF is going on.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Boom Goes the Dynamite!

How's a weekly feature on the biggest and...bestest hits during the week that was sound? Good? Great. Good.

...and Brendan Witt says "Boom goes the dynamite!" ...and Ruslan Fedotenko says "I need to lay down."

Clean hit in this case. Take notes Phaneuf. That said, Brendan Witt is still a terrible hockey player. Take notes Phaneuf.

Friday, October 2, 2009

This is Fantastic

This reminds everyone of Slapshot and the goalie right? Wow, this is amazingly humorous.

Joe Sakic: A Real Farewell

Were you there? No, but this guy was. If you didn't catch Sakic's retirement ceremony, you failed.

Though that dumb bitch needs to quit screaming. Jesus.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Predictions: Are Too Much Work

Well the season starts tonight eh, and there's no way in hell I'm writing 4 posts today of the same stuff. Sooooo, you're getting one big old table with my predictions. Get over it, you don't care anyways.



Philadelphia 51-23-8 110
Chicago 51-22-9 111

Pittsburgh 47-28-7 101
Detroit 48-24-10 106

New Jersey 46-31-5 97
St. Louis 42-31-9 93

New York 41-33-8 91
Columbus 40-31-11 91

New York 27-45-10 64
Nashville 38-33-11 87



Boston 48-24-10 106
Vancouver 46-29-7 99

Buffalo 42-29-11 95
Calgary 44-30-8 96

Montreal 40-29-13 93
Edmonton 37-34-11 85

Toronto 37-34-11 85
Minnesota 37-36-9 83

Ottawa 34-36-12 80
Colorado 28-44-10 66



Washington 53-21-8 114
San Jose 55-19-8 118

Carolina 44-28-10 98
Anaheim 44-31-7 95

Atlanta 38-31-13 89
Los Angeles 38-32-10 86

Florida 37-33-12 86
Dallas 34-35-13 81

Tampa Bay 28-43-11 67
Phoenix 31-41-10 72

Conference Standings
1. Washington 114

1. San Jose 118
2. Philadelphia 110

2. Chicago 111
3. Boston 106

3. Vancouver 99
4. Pittsburgh 101

4. Detroit 106
5. Carolina 98

5. Calgary 96
6. New Jersey 97

6. Anaheim 95
7. Buffalo 95

7. St. Louis 93
8. Montreal 93

8. Columbus 91

So flame away folks. What do you think? Who you got?
Fact: BanginPanger is not meant as an insult to the one and only Darren Pang, nor do I claim to be him. The views and opinions presented on BanginPanger are of my own, and no other namesake of the site, the NHL, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, or anyone else.