10.30.2007

Random Ravings on Hockey

Why should I choose a specific subject? I can be as erratic in writing as Ponikarovsky in scoring. Who really cares?



Speaking of erratic Leafs players, where was Nik Antropov all these years? Before 05-06, The Hockey News said he would hit his stride or fall to the minors. Apparently, they were only about two seasons off. Antropov currently has 8 goals and 15 points through 13 games, quite possibly the best start he's ever had. Antropov has either helped or was helped by Mats Sundin's similarly good start. Sundin has 6 goals and 19 points in 13 games.



Never judge a rookie by his team. I mean, yes, the Pens and Caps did suck before they got Ovie and Sid, but we knew they would spark their teams. However, despite being in a similar position, few would have guessed Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews starting off this good. Kane has 4 goals and 10 assists in 11 games while Toews is 4 and 5 in 9 games. Pretty sweet.

Ok, skip to a few days later. Lots of changes in the hockey world. Let me start by saying I am not surprised that the Stars have begun letting go of long-time members of the organization, starting with GM Doug Armstrong. Sad to see him go, but the team needs some sort of change. However, I am less confident in Brett Hull's likelihood to trade/release long-time Stars. Hull has a lot of connections with the Stars, and, if it comes to trading Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov, Jere Lehtinen, or another Star whom Hull played with, he might not get the job done.
Wait, don't think I dislike Hull's ability to manage a team. He has plenty of experience making winning combinations, and, I don't think he sat around playing golf during his retirement. He knows how the new NHL works and he won't screw up. But wouldn't anyone have sentimental ties to a teammate. If I were in Hull's position, I would have to see Mike Modano have a horrible season to consider trading him. Hull is smart, and he won't mess up. I trust him. Les Jackson is great too, don't forget him.

It seems that every player remembered his job this year. Kovie, Ovie, and Nash are lighting the lamp, Zetterberg, Sid the Kid, and Vinny Le Cavalier (I know that has nothing to with his real name, but, Le Cavalier, The Cavalier, the gallant, it's just cool, okay?) are all making killer passes, and all the defensemen are....defending.
Then we get to the goalies. Now, Tim, Pascal, who said you were allowed to do incredible? You guys are supposed to follow your reputations and what do I see? Tops in GAA? Great starts for your respective teams? Come on, get with the program. Not, great job guys, keep it up.

I had the great opportunity to meet Chico Resch on Sunday. He apparently knew a few of my friends, so he was great in talking to us. In fact (don't go spreading rumors that Chico gives out free tickets to anyone, but) we might get free/discounted tickets to a Devils game soon, and (even less likely so skip it so you don't get misled) a few of us might get press passes.

Alright, that's it for today. Idk when I will post again. Knowing me it will either be tomorrow or the first Tuesday in June.

10.05.2007

Opening night(s)

It seems I still haven't gotten the gist of watching live games on Islanders TV. The only way I have found to watch a live game is through NHL Center Ice. Yet, every area-team game (Devils, Rangers, Islanders) that isn't a home game gets blacked out. Kind of disappointing, since it appears that I cannot watch the first rematch of last year's first round of the playoffs (Islanders vs. Sabres tonight). At least I get the home opener.



How about the new guys earning their rep with a new team. Danny Briere gets two goals in his first Flyers game, Chris Drury wins it for the Rangers. Guess leaving Buffalo didn't hurt them too bad. Guerin, Comrie, and Fedotenko have all proved they belong. Everyone fits.

Snap! That's what Ryan Kesler's nose could've done on this vicious cross-check from Jesse Boulerice. It's so bad, Boulerice himself expects a suspension.



Now, fortunately, this is one of very few incidents where, A) The injured man is not visibly bleeding, and B) The guilty man does not walk away laughing. But really, that was crazy. Kesler got smashed. He was down like Scotty Stevens on Paul Kariya. I think this was worse than McAmmond. True, no apparent injury, and Kesler was up and strong enough to 'suggest' a 20-game suspension for Boulerice, but, really, ouch.
Slightly on topic, anyone wonder if that one ref was a Kesler fan? He practically knocks Boulerice over! Every ref gets the perpetrator out of the way, but if you had Mauric Richard right there, that is a ref-player fight.

Sorry again for the short post. I am currently working on a website for my band. Plus, you know my age people. We're never consistent with anything. And yes, I did write this on two different days.