Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Great Moment in Hockey History

Forgot to post this yesterday.

February 22, 1980, a miracle happened:

"Do you believe in miracles? YES!"

"This, is YOUR time!"

(Because its cute)


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Trade Rumor Generator

This thing is so much fun:

Here are some rumors that I got:

Toews to Thrashers? (e4)
According to my sources within the Chicago Blackhawks organization, the Atlanta Thrashers are willing to part with C Nik Antropov and an 8th round pick to obtain the services of C Jonathan Toews. Remember, you heard it here first!

Niedermayer to Sharks? (e5)
According to my sources within the Anaheim Ducks organization, the San Jose Sharks are willing to part with LW Danny Heatley, D Dan Boyle to obtain the services of D Scott Niedermayer. Remember, you heard it here first!

Brodeur to Hurricanes? (e1)
According to my sources within the New Jersey Devils organization, the Carolina Hurricanes are willing to part with D Joni Pitkanen, LW Ray Whitney to obtain the services of G Martin Brodeur. Remember, you heard it here first!

Getzlaf to Flyers? (e2)
According to my sources within the Anaheim Ducks organization, the Philadelphia Flyers are willing to part with RW Simon Giroux, a 2nd round pick, C Jeff Carter and C Mike Richards to obtain the services of C Ryan Getzlaf. Remember, you heard it here first!

Zetterberg to Stars? (e3)
According to my sources within the Detroit Red Wings organization, the Dallas Stars are willing to part with LW Brenden Morrow and LW Loui Eriksson to obtain the services of C Henrik Zetterberg. Remember, you heard it here first!

Kiprusoff to Lightning? (e2)
According to my sources within the Calgary Flames organization, the Tampa Bay Lightning are willing to part with C Steven Stamkos, a bucket of fried chicken and a bag of pucks to obtain the services of G Mikka Kiprusoff. Remember, you heard it here first!

Jokinen to Wings? (e2)
According to my sources within the Calgary Flames organization, the Detroit Red Wings are willing to part with C Henrik Zetterberg, a rusty zamboni and a 7th round pick to obtain the services of C Oli Jokinen. Remember, you heard it here first!

Visnovsky to Penguins? (e2)
According to my sources within the Edmonton Oilers organization, the Pittsburgh Penguins are willing to part with C Evgeni Malkin, G Marc-Andre Fleury and C Sidney Crosby to obtain the services of D Lubomir Visnovsky. Remember, you heard it here first!

Lidstrom to Leafs? (e5)
According to my sources within the Detroit Red Wings organization, the Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to part with G Vesa Toskala, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, D Tomas Kaberle and a Gary Bettman bobblehead to obtain the services of D Nicklas Lidstrom. Remember, you heard it here first!

Make a game out of it to see how long it takes to get the Bettman bobblehead!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

More Heritage Classic

According to CBC, the cameras out there today are "sexy". It makes me wonder why they're not always focused on Carey Price, then.




Words of Wisdom from Don Cherry

"Quebec's gonna get a franchise, but I guarantee that Winnipeg will get a team. Trust me, I'm never wrong!"

"I got hit right between the eyes once. They were picking up pieces of flesh off the ice." - explains a lot.

"Kipper couldn't stop a beach ball in the first half!"

"I stuck with the Colorado Rockies, but that's neither here nor there."

2011 Heritage Classic Update

I know I was ragging on the Pens for getting two Winter Classics, and I forgot to mention that this is the Canadien's second Heritage Classic as well. I'm of the camp that you should let every team have a classic before seconds are allowed, but nothing I can do about it now, so I might as well watch.

Quick notes, is apparently while the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh was too warm, the Classic here is too cold. They can't even use a zamboni on the ice because its too cold here. Not sure which is worse, but at least the ice surface isn't incredibly dangerous like this. Feel sorry for the players though, they look cold and tired.

The pregame show had a mash up to Requiem for a Dream. Because hockey is just that awesome.

The Habs's uniforms are about the same as their visiting uniforms, but as for the flames...
Ehhh...wondering how much McDonalds paid 'em.

But speaking of bad uniform choices:
A Jaques Plante tribute is nice, Pricey, but that still's terrifying.

Flames lead 1-0 after the first. More later. Here comes Don Cherry!

Sounds Familiar...

So today the NHL and NBC are teaming up to bring "Hockey Day in America". I'm not sure about you, but for some reason, that name rings a bell...must be my imagination.

It is a noble effort by NBC to try and give some airtime to hockey, by airing several hockey games over the course of the day. And by "several games" we mean "whatever is in your regional area or you're screwed".

Must NBC taunt me with the prospect of finally, finally seeing my Wings on my television--only to take it away when I remember there is a Caps game happening at the same time.

There's also the bias against the Heritage Classic. There is a huge hype surrounding the Winter Classic every year--and didn't we see it this year with Bettman fapping to Crosby vs. Ovechkin. (Never mind this is the Pens second time with the Classic despite the fact that other teams have yet to be awarded this honor). It was hype beyond hype--only to fall flat on his face.

How could we forget this commerical, that now seems like a prediction:

Crosby! And Ovie! With dramatic music! And Rain...lots of rain.

I did watch the Winter Classic this year, and I was left wondering why the Hell they didn't just reschedule. We're lucky more players didn't get a concussion that day.

As I was saying, even for a joke of a Winter Classic like that, NBC ignores the Heritage Classic, which started the whole outdoor game phenomenon.

There are several problems with the NBC deal, but one of them is that it leaves us American fans out in the cold when it comes to viewing games. I can't even enjoy this "Hockey Day in America" because of the regional availably issue. So I will be watching the Heritage Classic instead, praying that TSN or CBC has an online stream like they did for the All Star Game.

This Comcast deal better result in more hockey on my TV, I swear to God...

The Word on Everyone's Lips...


Duck and cover.

With the trade deadline approaching on Feb. 28th, the NHL--and other hockey news sites--are peeing themselves with anticipation and making sure they have "the hottest news".

And since I am a bandwagoner (look at my favorite sports team) therefore, I must follow suit.

Since I am not eloquent in 50 ways to analyze trades, I'll give a quick breakdown of the trades so far. If you just want barebones facts and don't care what I have to say, then the Trade Tracker will suffice, I'm sure.

On the trading news, bottom of the league teams seem to be taking advantage of trading away their best players for the promise of early draft picks--because obviously a clone of Wayne Gretzky is ripe for the picking. The teams with the most trades are Maple Leafs (no surprise there), Ottawa Senators (also no surprise) and the Anaheim Ducks. The Hurricanes and Sharks also seem fond of doing business with each other, or maybe their trade coordinators just wish they could quit each other.

Some thoughts I had, in no particular order:

The Islanders were keen on getting goalie Al Montoya (and all 'You killed my Father' jokes aside) to fill the gap Nabokov left when he decided to give them the finger and troll the trolls. No word on how this will affect the "Free Nabby" movement, though there are talks of snaking into the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in the dead of night and releasing Nabokov into the wild.

Much anguish was had by Leafs Nation when right wing Kris Versteeg was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for draft picks. According to Versteeg, the Flyers were warm and welcoming to him, but he does wonder what happened to his 2010 cup ring after he showed it to Carcillio.

Late last night, there was an uproar on the hockey boards around 1 AM Eastern Time, as it had been announced that the St. Louis Blues traded Johnson and McClement to the Colorado Avalanche for Stewart and Shattenkirk. Presumably the trade was made so late on a Friday night in hopes that no one would notice, though they seem to have forgotten that a true hockey fan is still awake on Friday nights, crying and clutching a bottle of liquor and wondering why their team can't have nice things. Thus it was big news for Blues and Avalanche fans, and somewhere between *Kanye shrug* and Duncurr for everyone else.

I might have more thoughts on the trades later, but this is all for right now as I have to nervously bite my fingernails and shake back and forth wondering what the Wings general manager meant when he said "we'll see" about the trade deadline.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

About Me

Oh boy. How do I describe myself? I know I'm a flawless god of a human being, but how do I put it modestly...

I am aged somewhere in my 20s. I have lived in both Canada and the United States. I played hockey when I was younger, but had to quit because "GIRLS CAN'T PLAY ICE HOCKEY!" at least where I lived at the time. I can't do anything with a stick or a puck now, but at least I can still skate.

Though I will try to be non-biased on here, my favorite team is the Detroit Red Wings (born in Michigan. When people ask me why I'm a 'bandwagoner' I ask them to take a good look at Michigan's other teams and see what they would choose to support). I also have a bit of fondness for the Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, and Toronto Maple Leafs. I don't really have a second favorite team (yet), that all depends upon what city I end up moving to in the future, I guess.

I am extremely biased when it comes to my favorite players, as they mostly all come from the Red Wings. Outside of the Red Wings, I do appreciate Carey Price, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Kesler, Matt Duchene, Patrick Kane, and Tyler Myers. Oh, and Steve Yzerman, or Jesus Y, as he is known, but since I am from Michigan, you probably could have deduced that.

When I am not thinking/writing/living hockey, I like to read or play video games. I also like writing and pretending someone will eventually care about/pay for my stories, but I try to keep it in perspective. I obviously won't make a billion dollars like JK Rowling. I'll probably only make a measly million.

I spell it 'grey' and it is correct, stupid Microsoft Word.


I guess this functions sort of as a "What is this?" post. Well, here you go:

My name is Kit. I like hockey. A lot. I've seen numerous hockey blogs--and some of them done by women for women--but many of them were either puckbunny blogs or not updated frequently. So I decided to take a crack at it.

This blog will be a listing of hockey news with commentary. And humor too. I'm not going to sit here and write an essay about the statistical probability of whether or not the Maple Leafs will make it to the playoffs this year. Despite the fact that there are a couple teams I don't like very much, I won't taunt or rant about them. Trying to keep it neutral up in here. I also won't post about which ten hockey defencemen I would like to bang. (Though I may occasionally mention my love for Swedes...)

I just want to keep it simple and to the point. Hockey a flawless sport of real men, and it is conveniently long-seasoned so I should have enough material to work with.

That is the description of this blog that the English major in me dictated, and now here's for the real description: