2.05.2007

More days missed, more short thoughts

Yeah, Yeah, I missed the weekend again! Oh well, here are some more weekend short thoughts.
- I'm so glad that the NHL doesn't have one single position that can take all the blame, because then we'd have the whole Peyton Manning/Alex Rodriguez playoff thing where everybody blamed them for not being able to win the big game (Manning fans, notice the emphasis on past tense words here, I know that he won the Super Bowl yesterday). If you say the goalie should take the blame, like Marty Turco, realize at the time that he may have had bad defensemen (or in Turco's situation, he has a bad case of repeat 1st round teams). If you say it's the center's fault, like Pavel Datsyuk, realize that he may have had low scoring wingers (or, in Datsyuk's case, a few bad sticks). For defensemen, like Adrian Aucoin, then maybe he was the only good defenseman on the team (or for Adrian, he needs to stop getting injured and sign with a winning team).
-I haven't been looking at http://www.nhl.com/ recently, but I have taken a liking to CTN, or Crash the Net. I like his opinion, and he isn't afraid to criticize anyone. (I probably also like the fact that he predicted some similar trades like I did.)
-Has anyone noticed how some teams are getting back to there trade-away-the-young-guys style. Boston got rid of one of its best blueline youngsters in Milan Jurcina, and then Brandon Bochenski found out that his third NHL team would in fact be the Bruins themselves. Karl Stewart, who is one of my favorite young guys to become a true power forward, is currently on franchise number 4. He started in Atlanta as a prospect, and was traded to Anaheim with a draft pick for Vitaly Vishnevski. Then, without playing a single game for the Ducks, they placed him on waivers, where he was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. After three games in the Igloo, he was traded to Chicago, where he currently has 5 points.
- I currently have East side Hockey Manager 2007 for my computer, and boy, if my computer ran the NHL, we would be amazed. This game is supposed to be realistic, and I'm not trying to criticize it. But really, I mean, I have had Brenden Morrow leave the Dallas Stars for the Los Angeles Kings, and The Buffalo Sabres have traded me (the Pittsburgh Penguins are my NHL franchise) Chris Drury for some draft picks, and he resigned with me for around just 3 million dollars over 3 years! Also, since I like Sidney Crosby a lot, I decided that I would try a game with 3 GM's. One of them would be for Pittsburgh, one of them in the QMJHL, with Rimouski, and a third would be unemployed, looking for a job. Well, now there are 4 GM's. The Pens' guy is still there, and the one guy who started with Rimouski is now with Prince Albert of the WHL, the unemployed man replaced him in Rimouski, and a fourth one is in the AHL with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton so I can demote players to myself. In the game, Brian Burke was given praise upon praise as a brilliant GM, and then resigned, while my assistant GM in WB/S was taken away to Anaheim to help out Dave Taylor. Talk about weird. My team records? Rimouski is 14-40-3, which explains the double GM thing, and WB/S is 33-36-8, the Pens are 31-40-4, and Prince Albert is somewhere near 27-30-14 (I just started that one). I have not finished a season yet, but I'll have some good draft spots (LOL).
If you read this consistently, please post whether or not I should keep showing my crazy fantasy game. Later!