Monday, October 26, 2009
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.
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
Craig Rivet ain't no Han Solo. Harrison Ford's sooooooooooooooo dreamy. Was. Was dreamy.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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 DoubleEdgedSabres.com, Fanball.com'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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Sean Avery: "You know what else speaks to your heart?"
Marc Staal: "...."
Sean Avery: "DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ NUTTTTSSSSSSSS"
Marc Staal: "YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE GROWING UP MY AGE!"
Sean Avery: "...and you're a Ginger"
Thursday, October 8, 2009
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.
Atlanta Thrashers - Evander KaneEnjoy pwning n00bz tonight.
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
Labels: NHL 10
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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.No, the joke here is ESPN's Body issue. WTF is going on.
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
Monday, October 5, 2009
...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
Thursday, October 1, 2009
|New Jersey||46-31-5||97||St. Louis||42-31-9||93|
|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?