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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
12:39 am
Seats for live games?
In January, I'm going to my first live NHL game in about 6 years. I'll be seeing my team for the first time in even longer. Where do I want to sit?

I'm really lucky right now - I can afford pretty much any non-luxury-suite-pair in the building, and there are tickets available in almost every section. I have my own ideas about what the best seats are, but I'm curious about other hockey fans - if you could have any seats for your first NHL game in 6 years, which seats would you want?

Be as specific as you like - which level, section and seat(s) would you want to watch that game from?
Sunday, November 20th, 2011
7:41 pm
23 icons/bases
01. 02. 03.

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Current Mood: full
Sunday, November 6th, 2011
1:17 am
Forgive my American ignorance. (Or if this has been asked before)

But, what does the red circle thing that coaches and announcers (mostly Canadian, but I've seen some US based coaches/announcers) wear on their jackets represent?
Monday, October 10th, 2011
1:18 pm
Hockey Fights Cancer
Anaheim Ducks x2
Boston Bruins x11 (1 is actually generic)
Buffalo Sabres x2
Calgary Flames x2
Carolina Hurricanes x2
Chicago Blackhawks x10
Colorado Avalanche x2
Columbus Blue Jackets x2
Dallas Stars x2
Detroit Red Wings x11
Edmonton Oilers x2
Florida Panthers x1
Hartford Whalers x1
Los Angeles Kings x2
Minnesota Wild x3
Montreal Canadiens x3
Nashville Predators x2
New Jersey Devils x4
New York Islanders x2
New York Rangers x8
Ottawa Senators x2
Philadelphia Flyers x9
Phoenix Coyotes x2
Pittsburgh Penguins x11
Quebec Nordiques x1
San Jose Sharks x4
St. Louis Blues x2
Tampa Bay Lightning x2
Toronto Maple Leafs x3
Vancouver Canucks x3
Washington Capitals x11
Winnipeg Jets x2


All 126 icons over at my journal


Current Mood: calm
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
3:05 pm
Modano Retires

Mike Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, formally announced his retirement today, after 21 seasons.

Modano spent 20 of those 21 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise.

After a long opening recitation of his career accomplishments by Stars broadcaster Ralph Strangis and a highlight video, GM Joe Nieuwendyk presented Modano with one final Stars contract for him to sign -- a one-year deal valued at $999,999, a reflection of the No. 9 he made famous -- and a Stars jersey.

"You wonder what this day would be like and it feels pretty overwhelming," Modano said, fighting back tears. "I look back at 21 years with one franchise and I think that's what made me the most proud of anything."

The first pick of the 1988 Entry Draft, Modano's name is all over the Stars' record book. He's the franchise's all-time leader in a number of categories, including games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802) and points (1,359). He's also the franchise's all-time leading playoff scorer, with 145 points in a club-high 174 games.

He's also the all-time leader among U.S.-born players in goals (561) and points (1,374).
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
9:53 am
More tragedy strikes hockey
This time in the KHL:
"A Russian jet carrying a top local ice hockey team crashed while taking off Wednesday in western Russia, killing 36 people and leaving one critically injured, officials said.
The ministry said the plane was carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslavl."

This is just horrible.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
12:01 pm
Wait, what?
The city of Vancouver is blaming the NHL for not having an anti-riot strategy:
“In spite of four Stanley Cup riots in the last five years, [the NHL] has no approach, no policy and no apparent strategy to work with host franchises and municipalities on this issue..."

I'm trying to figure out how I missed these other three riots that apparently occurred in the last five years. I hadn't heard of any in Anaheim, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Ottawa or Philadelphia, and I know there weren't any in Pittsburgh, either in 2008 or 2009. That covers every city that has won or lost in the Cup Finals in the past five years. So where were there riots?
Monday, September 5th, 2011
11:32 pm
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
7:47 pm

Boogaard, Rypien, and now Belak. What an awful summer.

Condolences to all the families.
Monday, August 1st, 2011
2:13 pm
Apparently NHL arenas don't count as "Major League Sports Facilities"
"The Portland Trail Blazers are the first major sports team to earn LEED Gold status for a major league sports facility, a milestone in the greening of sports, the team announced."

That's dated June 27th, 2011.

The following article is dated August 4th, 2010:
"CONSOL Energy Center has achieved LEED Gold certification, becoming the first NHL arena to reach that standard of sustainability, it was announced today by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sports & Exhibition Authority."

So the Penguins' arena gets LEED Gold Certification almost a year before the Portland Trail Blazers' arena does, yet the Trail Blazers get credit for being first? I feel like channeling Rodney Dangerfield here, "I get no respect, I tell you, no respect!"
Thursday, July 28th, 2011
9:53 pm
Brian Rolston traded to the New York Islanders

As per the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle, the Devils have traded forward Brian Rolston draft pick to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Trent Hunter. For all the people calling for Rolston to be traded, your wish has been granted. If anything, this move is a salary dump- the Devils gain $3.062 M in cap space. While the Devils are sacked with Trent Hunter's extra year at $2 M, the extra year is of little concern, seeing as the Devils now have $7.9 M in cap space- which should be enough to re-sign RFA forward Zach Parise.

Thoughts on the Trade after the jump

From a depth standpoint, this is a massive win. The Devils move a player from a position of strength (Left Wing) to gain someone from a position of Weakness (Right Wing). The catch is that Trent Hunter is a massive question mark- he missed a whopping 62 games due to a torn MCL- the same injury Zach Parise suffered. If Hunter is healthy, the Devils get some much needed reinforcements on the right wing.

If anything, he looks like he's a much better version of David Clarkson, which means Clarkie could be on his way out.

If anything, here's what my lines would probably look like:

Zach Parise-Travis Zajac-Nick Palmieri

Ilya Kovalchuk-Jacob Josefson-Trent Hunter

Mattias Tedenby-Patrik Elias-Dainius Zubrus

Rod Pelley-David Steckel-Vladimir Zharkov/Eric Boulton/Cam Janssen

(Yes, David Clarkson is gone. Enjoy Winnipeg/Colorado/Florida/Anywhere but here Clarkie). If Hunter is still injured, my best guess is that Adam Henrique might start the season with the Devils. Of course, Rolston's a significantly better player than Hunter- Rolston's ability to take tough minutes and kill penalties will be missed. Hunter is more of an offensive player from what B.D. Gallof had to say about him, and if anything, Hunter will probably play with Parise or Kovalchuk.

From a financial standpoint, the Devils aren't losing anything. They save a million in the Deal, and while Hunter's contract doesn't expire until 2013, that $2 mil against the cap won't be much of a problem down the road. The knee issue might be a problem, but if that comes up again he'll be on LTIR, giving the Devils an extra $2 mil in cap space.

While the Devils do get a decent player, the real reason this trade happened was to dump salary- mission accomplished. Now we can all feel more confident of Zach Parise re-signing before the August 3rd arbitration hearing, which is a very very very good thing.

FROM: In Lou We Trust

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
3:07 pm
Doc Emrick leaves MSG

"On Thursday, Dr. Mike Emrick, more commonly known as "Doc," announced that he will no longer be doing play-by-play commentary for the New Jersey Devils and MSG, and will joined NBC/VERSUS exclusively for broadcasts in a letter posted by the New Jersey Devils website. It's a must-read, of course, and the reasoning for the move is completely understandable.  Doc's not getting any younger, this deal allows him to do what he does with less travel and the preparation that comes with it, and if anyone in the world of broadcasting has the right to move on their own terms, it's Dr. Mike Emrick.   Moreover, in the reading of the letter, you can't help but hear Doc's voice in it - from the introduction that includes a brief anecdote to the admission at the end that while it's only a letter, he knew it was the best way to get the news out.  The appropriate and brief video with the letter further emphasizes that the Devils really appreciate him.

As a play-by-play guy, Doc's style and rhythm made him a natural for hockey.  He knew when it was appropriate to be excited, he knew when it was appropriate to be more muted, and he knew when not to talk on top of what to commentate.  Doc was always prepared, but not to a point where he didn't call the game with candor and even allow some humor.  Detractors point to his diction, some his phrases (e.g. "Waffleboarding" seems to be a sore spot for some fans) and his intensity as flaws, but they're really strengths as it's a part of what makes Doc the play-by-play guy we all love.  He's got his quirks like pretty much every person ever and he utilized them to the benefit of the broadcast, just like any other broadcaster in any other sport ever."

From: In Lou We Trust

I'm so sad the Devils are losing Emrick....he is the best annoucer!

Current Mood: melancholy
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
9:14 pm
Stamkos resigns with Lightning
Stammer inks a 5 year deal. 

The Tampa Bay Lightning has agreed to terms on a five-year deal with star center Steven Stamkos, worth around $37.5 million.

The annual cap hit for Stamkos' deal will be $7.5 million, with the it breaking down as $8 million in each of the first four years and $5.5 in the final year.

Stamkos, 21, one of the league's top players, had been a restricted free agent. Though the protracted contract talks led to rampant speculation about offer sheets from other teams, both Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman and Stamkos had said they were optimistic they'd get a deal done before the season.

Stamkos' agent, Mark Guy, told the Times Tuesday that offer sheets from other teams "wasn't something that was ever explored." He said talks with the Lightning had been ongoing for the past month, and everything was verified and signed off on today.

"When you're dealing with a player that's this important to the franchise and has had as much success that he's had at such a young age, these things take time to work through," Guy said. "There are a lot of variables to work out, it was a good process for both sides. Steven is extremely excited and happy and grateful for Tampa, for Mr. Yzerman and Mr. Vinik, for the whole group. And he's excited to have it done...

"Steven's direction the entire time was to get a deal done with Tampa, and that's what Steve and that's what we were just working toward."

Yzerman, who was in Toronto Tuesday, said in a statement: "Steven is extremely important to this franchise and is part of the foundation of our hockey team. We are very pleased to have him signed and look forward to seeing him in a Lightning uniform for years to come."

Stamkos led the NHL with 96 goals over the past two seasons, including 45 goals and 91 points last year.

"I am excited we were able to reach an agreement today," Stamkos said in a statement. "This was obviously very important to me and I appreciate Mr. Vinik and Steve Yzerman for all their work in the transformation of the franchise as we move forward. There is no place I'd rather be than as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning."

Stamkos made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut this year, playing in 18 games as the Lightning fell one game short of the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Bruins in Game 7. He had six goals and 13 points in the postseason, including three, three-point games. The former No. 1 overall pick in 2008 has 119 career goals in 243 games, and won a share of the 2010 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the league's leading scorer.

6:11 pm
New Jersey Devils name Peter DeBoer new head coach

NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—After missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996, the New Jersey Devils have turned to Peter DeBoer to get them to the back to the postseason.

It’s a simple assignment, but seemingly an odd choice by Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello.

The 43-year-old DeBoer spent the past three seasons as the coach of the Florida Panthers and was fired in April after failing to lead them to the playoffs during his tenure.

Lamoriello wasn’t concerned about DeBoer’s qualifications on Tuesday after ending a nearly four-month search to find a replacement for Jacques Lemaire, who went back into retirement after the season ended.

Lamoriello insisted that DeBoer was one of the best young coaches in the business, and his three seasons with the Panthers only made him a better coach.

“Coming out of junior, he was the most highly sought after junior coach,” Lamoriello said. “But I also know from experience there is a transition and when you go through a transition, you make mistakes. If you are intelligent and admit them and learn from them, you can only be a better coach and better person.”

Lamoriello began courting DeBoer after the season ended and the two stayed in touch over the 15-plus weeks since the season ended.

DeBoer said he knew Lamoriello considered others for the coaching job and he remained patient as word that former NHL coaches Ken Hitchcock, Guy Carbonneau and Michel Therrien and current Devils assistant Larry Robinson were in the mix.

Lamoriello eventually turned to DeBoer and finalized the deal on Tuesday morning. A hastily called news conference at the Prudential Center followed with the Devils refusing to confirm their new coach until he walked into the room with Lamoriello.

The coaching change is the ninth for the Devils since the late Pat Burns stepped down after being diagnosed with cancer in 2005. The last major introductory news conference took place roughly 13 months ago, when former Devils star forward John MacLean was introduced. He lasted until Dec. 23, when he was fired with the Devils dead last in the Atlantic Division.

Lemaire came out of retirement and the Devils made a run at the playoffs, but fell short. They finished with a 38-39-5 record.

DeBoer knows the Devils’ coaching history. He also knows that he needs to produce … and quickly.

“I think Lou is looking for some stability in this position and it’s my responsibility that I don’t give him a reason to make a change,” DeBoer said. “That’s on me to make sure we have success and make sure we play the right way so that’s not an option.”

Lamoriello did not make any excuses for the many coaching changes through the years.

“You want to win,” he said. “Stability brings winning, but you want to win. If you are not winning, what good is stability? It’s as simple as that. I don’t apologize for it.”

DeBoer plans to meet with Robinson and fellow assistants Adam Oates and Chris Terreri before deciding on his coaching staff.

DeBoer never missed the playoffs in his 13-year coaching career in the OHL and he believes Devils have the talent with Ilya Kovalchuk(notes), Zach Parise(notes) and Martin Brodeur(notes) to get back to the playoffs next season.

“We want to pursue the puck and dictate the pace of play,” DeBoer said. “But at the foundation of that is still good solid, defensive hockey and playing the right way. I think that meshes perfectly with that they do here.”

DeBoer posted a 103-107-36 record with the Panthers, leading them to the second-best finish in franchise history in 2008-09. They won 43 games that season, and posted 93 points. They struggled his final two years.

“The one thing I didn’t have was any regrets about doing it my way,” DeBoer said. “I did it my way with Florida. That was the advice I got coming into the league and I did that.”

And what he learned along the way, was how to deal with players on a daily basis.

DeBoer has served as a head coach for 16 consecutive seasons, including 13 years in the Ontario Hockey League with Kitchener (2001-08), Plymouth (1997-2001), and Detroit (1995-97). In seven seasons with the OHL Rangers, he posted 297 wins, a .676 winning percentage, and led the club to the 2003 Memorial Cup Championship and the 2008 OHL Championship.

Current Mood: curious
12:54 pm
Osgood Retires

DETROIT – Goaltender Chris Osgood announced his retirement today after 17 NHL seasons, including 14 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Osgood made the announcement during a media conference call with general manager Ken Holland.

Osgood, 38, retires as the 10th winningest goalie in NHL history, with a career record of 401-216-66-42 (W-L-T-OTL), a 2.49 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and 50 shutouts.

He won two Stanley Cups as a starter (1998 and 2008), three overall. He ranks eighth in league history in playoff wins, with a career postseason record of 74-49, a 2.09 GAA, .916 save percentage and 15 shutouts.

Osgood ranks second in franchise history with 317 wins, behind Terry Sawchuk (352).

Osgood recorded his 400th win on Dec. 27 at Colorado. But his last appearance was Jan. 4 in Edmonton. He had surgery for a sports hernia on Jan. 11 and experienced a couple of setbacks in March.

Osgood and Holland talked this weekend in Vernon, British Columbia, where both have offseason homes; and the conversation obviously led to the conclusion that the Wings were going to go in a different direction and Osgood was going to retire.

Detroit GM Ken Holland also announced that Osgood is staying with the organization as a goalie consultant and will help mentor the Red Wings' goaltending prospects, including 2008 first-round pick Thomas McCollum.

Along with playing 565 games as a Red Wing, Osgood also suited up for 103 for the Islanders and another 76 for the Blues from 2001-04. He returned to Detroit after the work stoppage, altered his style to become more of a butterfly goalie and flourished for several more seasons.

Osgood's 401 career victories rank 10th all-time in the NHL, two behind ex-Edmonton great and Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr. Osgood likely will get some support for induction in the Hall of Fame when he's eligible in three years.

mLive nhl.com redwings.nhl
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
8:53 pm
What happens to the ratings if the NHL is the only pro league this fall?

If both the NFL and NBA have lost seasons this fall/winter, what do you think will happen to NHL TV viewership?

TV Numbers will increase - People will tune in just to watch something.
TV Numbers will stay the same - Non-hockey fans will sit in the dark and cry.
TV Numbers will decrease - Non-hockey fans will draw their hockey fan friends out to do social activites.
Sunday, June 26th, 2011
8:03 pm
Facebook Group
Just a reminder, for anyone interested there is now a Facebook group for this community. I know there are some people out there who just don't visit this site much anymore (like me).


Join if you'd like!
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
11:15 pm
First off, condolences to Atlanta Thrashers fans, and congratulations to Winnipeg Jets ones.

I've been kicking around an idea that if the Jets name really will be allocated to the relocated franchise to use, the ownership should do so, but consider changing the team colour scheme to more closely align with another beloved Winnipeg team- the CFL's Blue Bombers. Between the Canadiens, Rangers, Capitals and Blue Jackets, the league has enough red/white/blue schemes already, and although the blue/white/gold is similar to both the Blues and the Sabres, if the colour were actually a metallic gold (a la the Penguins) rather than a yellow, it could be quite distinctive.

Using the last Jets' uniforms displayed at http://www.nhluniforms.com as a template, and making some modifications as well as effecting the colour palette switch, I ended up with something like this:

Any opinions? It'd be contemporary, have some reasonably local connection while holding onto the old logo, and likely drive new sweater sales.
8:54 pm
Figured I'd make a post about Winnipeg & Atlanta

Coming from an Edmontonian...

D: I'm sorry you got jerked around down there and ultimately screwed over. The fans that were passionate and did show up lose out on everything bigtime. I hope you can take some consolation out of the fiasco by believing that a Winnipeg group will take good care of your boys.

And Winnipeg: 13,000 seats STAT!
Saturday, May 28th, 2011
8:27 pm
Congrats to the Lightning for such a hard fought series! There is no quit in that team. I'm totally excited the Bruins are going to the Finals. I don't know what to expect, but I'm happy that they got there.

Go Bruins!
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