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Posted on: November 10, 2009 9:48 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2009 9:51 pm
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Trade #87 Whil You Still Can!

I loved Sidney Crosby. I really did. When I saw him in his rookie season-breaking the record for youngest player to reach 100 points. But after 3 100 point seasons in 4 years...which is great. After that, and this the 5th year. I'd like a trade. I know I'll probably get hammered for this but....Evgeni Malkin and 2 All-Star wingers are more than enough fair market value. Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa for #87. I'll take it!. Sure a trade like that is hard to ink and even harder to actually pull off. Evgeni Malkin is a Monster who uses his size oh so well. Something Sid just can't. Go to Youtube and search Evgeni Malkin Highlight Video and you will be treated to a jaw-dropping array of plays that he single-handedly produced! My God. What a talent. Who needs a supporting cast. Now The Next One. But since Evgeni Malkin proved he can carry the Pittsburgh Penguins on his back when Sidney Crosby is out. All the Penguins need is a great pure-goal scorer winger and a Ron Francis-ish #2 center.
Posted on: October 30, 2009 11:36 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2009 11:43 pm
 

Mascon Down An Eerily Similar Path

Bluejackets goaltender Chris Mason has been nowhere near the form that won him the Calder Trophy. So far. And this could change. But so far, his career has been sort of similar to Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price. Price was Top Goalie and MVP at the World Juniors. Mason was Top Goalie and MVP at the World Juniors. Price won the AHL Championship. Mason won the Calder. Since then, Price has looked lost and out of his element Playing like an AHL All-Star rather than an NHL one. Mason has looked lost and out of his element. A high GAA on a defense first time is bad. No wonder Ken Hitchcock looks steamed half the time. How much longer will it be before fans start asking: Perhaps we should've kept Pascal Leclaire. Remember. Before his injury woes last year, he has a superb year. Leading the NHL in SO's and yet was snubbed at the All-Star Game.

Seeing just how many goalies come-and-go. Win the Calder, and fade away into oblivion. Jim Carey, Andrew Raycoft, and Blaine Lacher just to name a few. Okay, The Loch Ness Monster didn't win the Calder but he has a great rookie year who quickly became a fan favorate. But his fortunes quickly changed the following year when he couldn't stop a beach ball from crossing the line. And had the fans chanting "Let 'Em In" Lacher.

Perhaps management jumped the gun by letting Leclaire go. The Sophmore Slump hits all positions. But when it hits the Last Line Of Defense. It's placed under a far bigger microscope. And the spotlight highlights every error. Perhaps Bluejacket management should've kept both young goaltenders and have them push each other in order to achieve optium output and production. Knowing there's a kid waitin' in the wings who could spell you very easily will prevent a young ego and GAA from ballooning out of control.
Posted on: October 30, 2009 12:26 am
Edited on: October 30, 2009 12:35 am
 

Revive The Canada Cup

Ah the Good Old Days. The days when the late great John A. Ziegler, Jr  was commissoner of the NHL. When the divisons where named after noteable NHL pioneers and the conferences where named after royalty. The 80's and early 90's where arguable the NHL's Greatest Era. An era noted for high-scoring point totals and exciting hockey was assured each and every night. But then came The Dark Times. Then came The Empire. Ah...Bettman. Bettman. Gary Bettman as it reads on his birth certificate has been the bane of hockey and the NHL alike.

The ink on his contract had not dried before he made sweeping retarded changes in the game I love so much. Get rid of the unique division and conference names and remove the teams from the unique places where the NHL resided. Goodbye Minnesota. Goodbye Quebec City. Goodbye Winnipeg, The Praire City. Hello Arizona. Arizona? Dallas? Sunrise. Is this April Fool's Day. Nope. It's more like Groundhog Day with hockey fans reliving the same crappy day. This Clown Prince Of Stupidity must be overthrown. By a deserving soul. The reader probably qualifies as a supreme improvement!

The Canada Cup was a unique tournament. It included a virtual who's who of hockey. Wayne Gretsky. Mario Lemieux. Vladislav Tretiak. But Forest Gump Gary Bettman quickly changed the name to the World Cup Of Hockey. Earth to Bettman. Come in Bettman. We already have a World Cup. It's soccer nimrod. What an unholy spawn art thou.

It's called the Canada Cup. And it has a rich history. It's beautiful trophy rests in the Hockey Hall Of Fame. And it awaits a worthy successor to John A. Ziegler, Jr  Hopefully I will see that man or woman in my life time.

Posted on: October 14, 2009 10:09 pm
 

Crosby Trying To Be Something He's Not

Sidney Crosby, one the NHL's primier playmakers decided during the offseason that he would shoot more instead of doing what he does best-distribute the puck. The result? Disasterious. A paltry 5 points in 7 games. What? Stop listening to the critics. Stop listening to the naysayers that are puting Alexander Ovechkin on a plateau above you. Fact is part of the naysayers is true. Part. Ovechkin will always have more goals. Accept it. You'll sleep better. Good advice given by Charleton Heston in the original Planet Of The Apes. Accept it, you'll sleep better at night.

And what shame is there in being the front runner for top assist man year after year? None. Look at Jumbo Joe Thornton. He's accepted that he will make his mark in the NHL and ultimately...hopefully the Hockey Hall Of Fame in Toronto-by being a crisp passer. His 90 assist season put his in the same breath as Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.

So Sidney. Please. For the Pittsburgh Penguins' sake. For Lord Stanley's sake. Just do what you do best. Pile up 80-90 assist seasons with 35+ goal seasons. You will challenge Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin for the Art Ross instead of averaging less than a poin-a-game.
Posted on: October 5, 2009 9:55 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2009 10:02 pm
 

Shero Could've Gotten More Free Agent Options

I love Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero's moves to win the Stanley Cup. But as far as the off-season and getting bargain deals. I'm afraid Shero's grade is a C-. Young talented though underachieving NHL veterans were there did he make a sweetheart deal offer to Ladislav Nagy or Mighty Mite Mike Comrie. I don't know about  you. But I can envision the Red Light flashing with frequent regularity having Comrie on Evgeni Malkin's wing. And having the oh-so-cute Hilary Duff in the Pittsburgh Penguins VIP box would've made delicious eye candy. Point is these two solid NHLers would've thrived on Sidney Crosby and/or Malkin's wing. Pascel Dupris is good defensively but he doesn't go Crosby or Malkin justice on the offensive side of the puck. Hate to say it. Me being a Philadelphia Flyers Hater, but Mike Richards would've made the perfect complement on Malkin's win. Good offensively and excellent defensively. Let's all hope that Ray Shero can find a few diamond in the roughs for the Penguins Twin-Headed Monster. For Lord Stanley's Sake.

P.S.

I miss likable Petr Sykora already...
Posted on: June 22, 2009 8:43 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2009 3:21 pm
 

Alexander The Great Belongs In The Hall

    Long before NHL fans got a glimpse of Alexander Ovechkin take the ice. There was the Original Alexander The Great, #89 Alexander Mogilny. A wide-eyed super talent who defected from then Communist Soviet Union and joined the Buffalo Sabres at the tender age of 19. The culture shock and the Sabres failture to give him ample icetime probably prevented him from winning the Calder Trophy. But in 1993, the NHL witnessed the Russian's coming out party. Ironically his paralled another future Hall Of Famer Teenu Selanne. Playing alongside star center Pat Lafontaine and veteran superstar Dale Hawerchuck, Mogilny exploded for 76 goals and a superstar was born. Following seasons continued to see him consistantly score 45-50 goals. Despite playing in a clutch-and-grab era, his speed and agility where unmatched. One can only imagine and salvate at the astronomical point totals he would've accumulated had be played with Mario Lemieux. He would've undoubtedly dethroned Jari Kurri as the greatest scoring linemate.

    Alexander was well on his way to becoming the first Russian born and trained player to score 500 and amass 1,000 points. He ended up  going one for two. After winning the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2001, the Injury Bug hit him hard. Various injuries including one to his hip dramaticly put the brakes on his Lightning-fast skates. Yet, in 990 games he still managed 473 goals/559 assists and 1032 points. It could've been way more. And the fact that he was cheated out of being called the greatest Russian this side of Ovechkin will always sting. But he has a Stanley Cup. And a future home in Toronto in The Hockey Hall Of Fame. At least he should.
Posted on: June 21, 2009 10:51 pm
 

"Superstar" Lives Up To His Name

I'm sure everybody remember's former coach Michel Therrien's speech. Telling it the way it is. How the players don't really care. The only praise went to Max Talbot who bravely stuck up for a teammate while no one else would. Character. Even in the least advantagious and desirous situations. Fast forward to the present.

When asked who will come up big in Game 7. He responded. "I'd like to think it will be me." Honesty mixed with alittle well-placed pressure deflection from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Sure enough, the Adrain Paul lookalike came up huge with two goals-capping a Stanley Cup Final that saw him collect 6 points second only to Superstar Evgeni Malkin.

If you go to Youtube you'll find a local Pitttsburgh BMW dealership inwhich Maxime Talbot calls himself a superstar. It's very funny and it features a very young Evgeni Malkin and his mentor Sergei Gonchar. And though his NHL numbers have yet to match his lofty QMJHL stats he has develped a reputation of coming up with big goals. Case in point he scored the tying goal that sent Game 5 to OT where Sykora finally scored. This year he went one step further scoring clutch goals against the Flyers, Hurricanes, Capitals and Red Wings. His biggest assist went unrecorded. With the Penguins down 3-1, he started a fight with a Flyer Designated Goon. He took his licks. But motioned the Philly Crowd to shutup. Sure enough he orchastrated a complete momentum swing with saw the Penguins tie it with quick goals by Mark Easton and Sidney Crosby. Needless to say they pierced Martin Biron's thin armor and closed the Broadstreet Bullies in 6.

His positive influence to Marc-Andre Fleury also can not be underappreciated. Talbot's pregame ritual which loosens up/rev's up youngster Marc-Andre Fleury helps the talented by shy goalie excell to his fulliest. Though remarkably consistant and develping a reputation of cluth/momentum-shifting saves, the critics have instead acted like vultures preying on the occational softy or mini-meltdown games. After dropping the first two games in Detroit, Fleury faced the daunting task of needing to be perfect 4 out of the next 5 outings. Despite lacking the vast experience that Chris Osgood has, he one bettered his counterpart. Osgood won two in a row. Fleury doubled his feat winning two in row twice in the same series-scripting a legendary victory. A large chunk of his Grant Fuhr-like confindence on enemy ice must be attributed to Superstar, his faithful and self-sacrificing teammate.

Based on his output in this Final, I believe Talbot has earned the right to be penciled in as Evgeni Malkin's permenant RW. The two have a chemistry. Ironically, Malkin still refers to him as "Bad Hands".

Posted on: June 15, 2009 9:39 pm
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