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OZZ
26th September 13, 10:01 PM
This year's thread starts off on a bit of a sad note; Denis Brodeur, father of the New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and one of the sport's greatest photographers passed away today.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/sports-photographer-denis-brodeur-father-of-star-goalie-dies-at-82-1.1472387

Denis won an Olympic Bronze Medal playing for Canada in the 1956 Olympics, and collected a total of 118 stitches over the course of his career. Most of them to his face, as he played during the mask-less era.
9106

RIP Denis

OZZ
3rd October 13, 06:48 PM
lol
Patrick Roy has only coached one regular season game in the NHL and he has already been fined $10,000.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=433333
I don't blame him for being pissed off though, that was an attempted knee-on-knee and a major cheap shot.

OZZ
7th October 13, 12:29 PM
The Philadelphia Flyers have set a new NHL record, unfortunately its not one to be proud of.
The Flyers organization now holds the dubious distinction of being the first team to fire their head coach less than five games into the season.
The Flyers have played just three games, all losses, and scored just three goals in that time.
But this isn't just about the first three games, the team did not play well in the pre season and failed to make the playoffs last year. Laviolette has been on the hot seat for a while now. Although I thought thay Holmgren may give him ten or twelve games to set things right.
Anyways, long-time assistant coach Craig Berube will be the head coach now - and there is no 'interim' beside his name. This is his team for the forseeable future.
Berube is a well-liked and respected by the players and throughout the organization, this is probably a good move.
As far as I'm concerned, the onus here needs to be placed upon the shoulders of the man with the C on his jersey - Claude Giroux. No points in three games, he needs to step up. His leadership skills have not exactly impressed me as of late, and that includes last season. He needs to prove that he is worthy of being the team's leader and start producing. He hasn't looked like an elite player for quite a while now and its pissing me off.
Three goals in three games with the offense this team has ? Unbelievable..
To make things worse, the Flyers D is old, slow and easy to play against. I really miss Chris Pronger now.
Philly's blueline doesn't look good..and it could be a looong season if they don't get some stellar netminding to bail them out.


http://flyers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=21134

Feryk
8th October 13, 12:01 PM
Laviolette was obviously on a very short leash. Wonder if he knew that?

Philly does not look good this season. I know it's early, but I'd probably be watching football instead, Ozz.

As for my team, new coach, new systems, some new players. Same results, so far. I predict we will struggle into a seventh or eighth place in the playoffs. But only if things start to go right.

OZZ
20th October 13, 11:37 AM
A rare event..Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith scored a goal last night.
He is the 11th goaltender to score a goal. Only two goalies have scored more than once, Martin Brodeur (3) and Ron Hextall (2).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB6TEDp94-k

In other relevant NHL news, the newly-instituted hybrid icing rule is getting a lot of attention in the early going this season and has resulted in at least one strange goal that I know of, maybe more.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=434439
I say go to automatic no-touch icing and be done with it. Don Cherry has been saying it for years..

Neildo
20th October 13, 12:15 PM
found this for impatient people

http://i.imgur.com/fTAn9lt.gif

Feryk
21st October 13, 03:27 PM
Seeing as the Oilers are doing a fabulous imitation of a last place team at 2-6-1, this thread now makes me sad.

OZZ
23rd October 13, 02:38 PM
YOU are sad ?
The Flyers are at the bottom of the standings with only 2 points and one win.
Philadelphians are calling for Holmgrean's head, but their cries are falling on deaf ears. Snider isn't going to let hi go at least until mid-seasos, even if the team continues to struggle.
Fans generally blame Holmgren for wrecking the team by signing Bryz to a ridiculous contract, trading Richards and Carter, as well as JVR. It didn't look like such a bad trade at first, with Simmonds producing and the Schenn brothers looking promising together on the blue line.
How quickly things can change.

OZZ
24th October 13, 02:52 AM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=434867

Nice to see the Sens roll over the Wings like this !
Still glad you bolted for Detroit, Alfie ??

OZZ
28th October 13, 02:30 PM
First big trade of the season.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=435233

Pretty surprising..but when you consider where the Sabres and Isles are respectively in terms of team development and the standings, it makes sense. I think the Islanders have designs on trying to make some serious noise in the playoffs this year. Thomas Vanek and John Tavares on the same team is enough offense to make many teams jealous.
The Sabres got a good return for Vanek, but it is likely to upset a lot of Buffalo fans. The team is last overall in the standings right now..
But its doubtful Vanek will be on Long Island beyond this year, he is due for a big pay-raise as a UFR and the inside word is that he is headed for Minnesota.

Feryk
30th October 13, 12:41 PM
That's actually an interesting trade. Says to me that the Sabres know they are going to lose Vanek regardless, and are trying to monetize his value. The Sabres also know that they don't have the tools to be a playoff team this year.

Moulsson is a solid player, but he's not a star. They are looking at him as trade bait.

If Vanek fits in on Long Island, they could be dangerous this year. Would be a nice change for them.

NoBowie
30th October 13, 06:31 PM
https://i.imgur.com/kKHbrul.jpg

Japuma
1st November 13, 10:12 PM
Caps put a 7-0 whooping on Philly, Flyers goalie flips his shit. Video at 11.

OZZ
2nd November 13, 10:21 AM
http://www.tsn.ca/videohub/?collection=72&show=103177

Probably not a fair fight, and Holtby was obviously not very enthusiastic about it, but this is what happens when you embarrass a team like the Flyers on home ice.
They are one very frustrated hockey team.
Emery may have a suspension coming for that one.

OZZ
9th November 13, 05:50 PM
Thanks to your team, Feryk.
Giroux finally snapped out of his scoring slump with a 4-2 win over the Oilers today..

OZZ
11th November 13, 07:20 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=436377

Ouch ! Steve Stamkos broke his leg and is out indefinitely.
The NHL has just lost one of its most exciting players for the majority of the season, if not the entire season.
Damn shame..I hope he has a speedy recovery.

Japuma
12th November 13, 12:12 AM
Yeah, that was pretty damn nasty.

Feryk
13th November 13, 11:15 AM
Thanks to your team, Feryk.
Giroux finally snapped out of his scoring slump with a 4-2 win over the Oilers today..

I caught a bit of the second period (during a wake for my grandmother). Boring as shit.

My team. *sigh* We just signed Bryzgalov.

Yes, we are grasping at straws.

OZZ
18th November 13, 11:05 AM
Flyers are 5-0-2 since the infamous line brawl with the Caps.
*spark*

Item of interest - former Leafs backup Ben Scrivens has posted two straight shutouts for the LA Kings.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=436885

Feryk
18th November 13, 04:00 PM
MY item of interest: The Oilers scored 4 times in the third period to win 4-2 VS THE FLAMES.

Maybe they actually CAN get up for the big game?

OZZ
21st November 13, 01:44 PM
Hey, the Oilers thumped Columbus 7-0 the other night too !

OZZ
21st November 13, 01:47 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=437102

Looks like Quick is out for at least another month with that 2nd degree groin strain.
Scrivens will now have his chance to prove he is genuine starter material, and with Jonathan Quick's regular season stats continuing to decline (3years in a row) it is a situation that bears watching.

Feryk
22nd November 13, 06:08 PM
Hey, the Oilers thumped Columbus 7-0 the other night too !

Yeah, and the media are all 'they are getting on a roll!' 11 goals in two games!

Actually it's 11 goals in 4 periods. Good to finally see, but I'm a long way from convinced, yet.

We'll see what the weekend holds.

Feryk
22nd November 13, 06:09 PM
Groin injuries suck, and take forever to heal- if they ever really do properly.

I love Quick. Hope he ends up okay.

Dr. Socially Liberal Fiscally Conservative Vermin
23rd November 13, 08:56 AM
Groin injuries suck.

Like UR MOM!

OZZ
23rd November 13, 01:25 PM
Yeah, and the media are all 'they are getting on a roll!' 11 goals in two games!

Actually it's 11 goals in 4 periods. Good to finally see, but I'm a long way from convinced, yet.

We'll see what the weekend holds.

Yes, one should never get too excited over a victory over the Blue Jackets.
Because...they are the Blue Jackets after all.
Everybody was flipping out over Bobrovsky's season last year, now look at his numbers.
Its one thing to have stats like that in a shortened season, its another to do it over a full schedule and after the summer when teams have had the time to review game tapes and look for flaws in your style.
Last year, Bob kind of surprised people, this year, he isn't surprising anyone.
Meanwhile, Steve Mason is having a fantastic year in Philly thus far. Even when they were losing a lot of games, his numbers have been solid. I think his career is about to be resurrected.
Things are turning around for the Flyers. Now they just need to get Giroux scoring again.

OZZ
23rd November 13, 01:35 PM
Groin injuries suck, and take forever to heal- if they ever really do properly.

Yes, they really do.
I'm convinced that is a big part of the reason Ron Hextall wasn't the same goalie after the 89-90 season where he missed almost the entire season to have groin surgery. His lateral movement wasn't the same when he came back and it got worse over time as he aged and continued to aggravate it.
Many other goalies have shared the same fate over the years.

OZZ
26th November 13, 11:28 AM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=437513

Leafs got thumped 6-0 by the Blue Jackets last night. That ought to shut some of the Buds faithful up for the rest of the week.

OZZ
26th November 13, 11:37 AM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=437509

Bunch of former NHL'ers are suing the NHL for ' covering up the fact that head injuries were a potential hazard of playing pro hockey'.
What a bunch of bullshit.
These guys are just jealous of the salaries current NHL'ers are getting and want their slice of the new pie.
Leeman, a huge bust and one-year wonder.
Strangely enough, Vaive and Leeman are the only two Maple Leafs to ever score 50+ goals.
They will not win this case.
These guys are being spurned on by the NFL suit of a similiar nature. But the circumstances are far different. They will never be able to prove the NHL intentionally covered up the fact that playing hockey could lead to brain injury.
This is a farce !

Feryk
26th November 13, 02:01 PM
They will get a settlement. People are taking this seriously now, and the potential liability stems from the fact that the NHL KNEW people were getting concussed and making them play anyway.

And all those guys are seriously fucked up. Jealous, maybe. Needy, definitely.

OZZ
26th November 13, 08:04 PM
Come on Feryk !
Fucking Gary Leeman ? Rick Vaive ?
Why aren't guys like Dave Schultz or Tiger Williams or Nick Fotiu or any of the guys who were actually fighting all the time involved in this ?
These other guys are just trying to milk it. You mean to tell me they didn't know there might be a potential health hazard playing a game where 200+ lb men are bodychecking you and ramming you into the boards night in and night out ?
I don't buy this, man.
Nobody put a gun to their head forcing them to play.

OZZ
26th November 13, 09:26 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=437555

The more I read about this the more absurd it becomes.
Some of these players participated in less than 100 NHL games and they think they can sue the league ?
One guy only played 19 NHL games !
Give me a break.

NoBowie
4th December 13, 12:10 PM
http://i.imgur.com/up7T1VS.gif

Feryk
4th December 13, 01:32 PM
Ozz, for sure some are milking it.

Some.

An astute lawyer got in touch with them and told them they could make a little money if they had the right medical files.

But that doesn't mean they were not harmed by the league's 'look the other way' policy with respect to head injuries.

I would have expected Eric Lindross to be at the front of this line. That guy was seriously fucked up during his career, and played two years longer than he should have.

OZZ
5th December 13, 05:18 PM
http://i.imgur.com/up7T1VS.gif

Stupid woman doesn't deserve such a good seat if that's how she reacts to an athlete spitting during a game.

OZZ
5th December 13, 05:34 PM
I would have expected Eric Lindross to be at the front of this line. That guy was seriously fucked up during his career, and played two years longer than he should have.

Maybe that says something about the legitimacy of this lawsuit.
BUT
A lot of the names I see coming up are former players who didn't make the type of money Lindros did. And most of the names I have heard are guys who played in the NHL well before the 90's.
The number of guys on board has grown now to a couple of hundred from what I understand.
I think its opportunistic and I agree with Bill Daly's contention that the league knew as much about head injuries back in the 80's as the players did.
This was not some massive cover-up.

If you look back at the Lindros situation, there were accusations made , mainly by Eric's father, and agent, that the Philadelphia Flyers' medical staff were negligent and that the management, trainers and coaching staff encouraged Eric to play despite their knowledge that he was suffering from post-concussion-syndrome.
However, a lot of mud-slinging was going on in the press between the Lindros camp and the Flyers organization at the time.
I also don't believe that there would be any chance that Eric and the organization would have come back to decent terms as they did for the Winter Classic festivities a couple of years ago if Lindros truly felt that the team had purposely tried to gloss things over and lie to him , despite the health risks, in order to get him back on the ice.
That's my take on it.

OZZ
5th December 13, 05:37 PM
I would have expected Eric Lindross to be at the front of this line. That guy was seriously fucked up during his career, and played two years longer than he should have.

Another thing that is strange about that whole chapter - his brother Brett had to retire about three years into his career due to post-concussion syndrome.
And there was no hesitation there whatsoever.
Could it be because Brett wasn't making the kind of money his brother was ?
Makes you wonder..

Feryk
6th December 13, 12:17 PM
Doesn't make me wonder at all. Brett Lindross saw what happened to his brother and said 'Not me'.

He's spoken about it many times. He never had Eric's ability, and at most was a third line guy. It wasn't worth it to him.

Feryk
6th December 13, 12:18 PM
Oh, and btw, the Oilers shit the bed against Phoenix, only to rally and destroy the Avalanche 8-2 two days later. They are 6 for their last 9.

I'm starting to hate myself less for watching the games now.

OZZ
6th December 13, 05:55 PM
Doesn't make me wonder at all. Brett Lindross saw what happened to his brother and said 'Not me'.

He's spoken about it many times. He never had Eric's ability, and at most was a third line guy. It wasn't worth it to him.

No..what I meant by 'it makes you wonder ' is - if Brett's concussion issues were significant enough to make him retire , with a career that was so much shorter , why wouldn't Eric's father , and Eric himself, for that matter, take it as a warning sign and get Eric out of the game. He must have played at least another 6 or 7 seasons after Brett retired.
The worst concussions that Eric endured were after Brett had left the game.
Why didn't Eric's dad encourage him to retire ? Was it because he was making millions and millions ? If so, that's a little disturbing considering he supposedly came at odds with Bobby Clarke and the Flyers over their alleged mismanagement of Eric and his inuries.
You see what I mean ?

OZZ
8th December 13, 12:43 PM
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/jonathan-drouin-concussion-symptoms-hit-behind-adam-erne-014439028.html

This fuckin' little prick gets off without a suspension for this boarding play, and Team Canada may lose one of its best prospects for the WJHC this year.
Little prick !

Feryk
9th December 13, 01:13 PM
No..what I meant by 'it makes you wonder ' is - if Brett's concussion issues were significant enough to make him retire , with a career that was so much shorter , why wouldn't Eric's father , and Eric himself, for that matter, take it as a warning sign and get Eric out of the game. He must have played at least another 6 or 7 seasons after Brett retired.
The worst concussions that Eric endured were after Brett had left the game.
Why didn't Eric's dad encourage him to retire ? Was it because he was making millions and millions ? If so, that's a little disturbing considering he supposedly came at odds with Bobby Clarke and the Flyers over their alleged mismanagement of Eric and his inuries.
You see what I mean ?

$8.8 Million/year.

And yes, it's disturbing.

Feryk
9th December 13, 01:15 PM
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/jonathan-drouin-concussion-symptoms-hit-behind-adam-erne-014439028.html

This fuckin' little prick gets off without a suspension for this boarding play, and Team Canada may lose one of its best prospects for the WJHC this year.
Little prick !

Looked like a hit from behind to me. His feet never left the ice, but still.

nihilist
10th December 13, 06:06 AM
Dude.

Darwin.

OZZ
10th December 13, 01:40 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=438638#YourCallTop

Heritage Classic comin' to the 'Peg in 2016 !

There seems to be a large amount of confusion among people about the difference between The Heritage Classic and The Winter Classic. Listening to people moan and groan about this shit is bugging me.
The FIRST modern-era outdoor NHL game was The Heritage Classic between Montreal and Edmonton in 2003. The Heritage Classic is played on Canadian Soil.
The Winter Classic was first played in 2008 , it is played on American soil and YES, there have been more of them than there have been Heritage Classic games. Why ? Because there is more of a need to grow the game and gain exposure in the USA, plus, there are just more big cities down there than there are here !
I admit that it I have been getting a little impatient in regards to the Heritage Classic, because we have only had one since the historic 2003 game and there have been several Winter Classic games in the past few years. But I get annoyed when I hear people griping " DUH...When r we gonna have a Winter Classic in Toronto ??"
Answer - NEVER, you Dumbass ! The Winter Classic is played in the USA !
The only reason there hasn't been a Heritage Classic in the GTA is probably because the Maple Leafs organization has been bitching about how much money they should get from it and stalling things until they get everything their way.
Shut up and learn the difference between the two before you open your mouth !

Feryk
10th December 13, 06:08 PM
So, for those at home - the difference is the currency the players get paid in.

OZZ
20th December 13, 11:47 AM
This is old news now, but I thought I should post it up anyways.
Rogers has bought up the exclusive rights to NHL hockey in Canada for the next 12 years.
HNIC will stay the same for the next four, but changes are on the horizon.
Overall, it will mean more hockey games on television, both free and paid.
The big loser here is CTV/TSN. Sportsnet will be the new boss hockey TV channel in Canada.
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-canadian-tv-deal-winners-losers-12-pact-212452256--nhl.html

NoBowie
24th December 13, 11:10 AM
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OZZ
24th December 13, 01:40 PM
Oh, poor Mike Smith..that sucks.

OZZ
24th December 13, 01:52 PM
On that note..Smith's name is being tossed around as a possible candidate for starting (?) goaltender for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Or a possible #2 ?
We will see.

OZZ
29th December 13, 03:39 PM
The Canadian Juniors lost in a shootout to the Czech Republic, first time we have lost to them in 20 years or something.
Anyways, its looking like another year with no Gold ..the Swedes and the USA look like they have the best shot at winning this year. I haven't seen Russia play yet..

NoBowie
10th January 14, 01:14 PM
http://i.imgur.com/2rymn9q.jpg

NoBowie
17th January 14, 01:27 PM
8v9wZF-aQ9U

OZZ
27th January 14, 03:10 PM
Great find, NoB...
I use to freak out like that when I played goal..on occasion.
My favorite tactic was to blast the guy in my crease with a blocker-shot to the head followed by a good hack to the leg.

Spade: The Real Snake
27th January 14, 04:13 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/23/high-school-hockey-kkk-north-dakota_n_2750026.html

OZZ
27th January 14, 08:55 PM
Looks like the crowd went for the whiteout idea and a couple of dumb kids decided to don the KK hoods as an addition to get a reaction out of people.

OZZ
1st March 14, 06:04 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=444922

Most sought-after pending FA goalie is now with St.Louis.
Perhaps the Blues will finally make some noise in the playoffs and get back to the Finals for the first time since the '70's.
The Blues have been unable to capture a Cup since they joined the league in 1967. Interestingly, they set a record for an expansion franchise by making the Finals in each of its first 3 seasons - thanks to an expansion draft that saw them end up with the likes of Glenn Hall, Dickie Moore and Doug Harvey.
Some of the greatest players in hockey history have suited up for the Blues including Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Al Macinnis, Peter Stastny, Bernie Federko, Chris Pronger and Adam Oates.

OZZ
4th March 14, 09:58 PM
Big trade.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=445254

Glad to see Luongo get out of Vancouver. Its a goddamn disgrace the way that organization treated him.
Its going to be a bit awkward though..with Lou and Thomas as teammates in Florida, considering their history as rivals and their bantering through the media.

OZZ
4th March 14, 10:14 PM
Ha !
Bryz got shipped out by the Oilers ..off to Minnie.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=707582

What a loser..he will be in the KHL next year.

Feryk
5th March 14, 11:57 PM
He had a few great games for us...but he's not Scrivens.

OZZ
6th March 14, 07:05 PM
So the Oilers got rid of Hemsky..
Vanek goes to the Habs, St.Louis whines his way to Broadway with Callahan going the other way.
Tim Thomas gets traded to Dallas - but says he isn't going to report; gee, who would have thought ? Fucking Thomas..
Philly picked up the league's leading shot-blocker in MacDonald, can't go wrong there.
After all the drama, I cannot see any NHL GM wanting to take the reins on a Canadian National Team selection process in the future.
Yzerman was in a tough spot, especially since word has it that it was mainly Babcock who didn't want St.Louis on the team.
That's twice now St.Louis got snubbed by the Olympic team selection comittee.
So now he demands a trade out of Tampa because his little ego is hurt and he blames Yzerman.
Also, why the hell is it that everyone seems to want to finish their career as a New York Ranger ? The organization sucks, they have a doofus of a GM, perhaps the most overrated GM/coach in NHL history.
Its the appeal of playing in the Big Apple, I guess.

Feryk
7th March 14, 03:23 PM
Yeah, I don't get the NY mystique either. Maybe they like being rich and mostly anonymous is the world's largest city?

We did Hemsky a favor. Here's hoping he helps Ottawa win something.

OZZ
11th March 14, 02:14 PM
https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/friends--family--devestated--as-search-continues-for-terry-trafford-195844271.html

Looks like this kid went off the deep end when he got suspended. Judging by his performance on the ice, it doesn't look like he was NHL-bound and he was likely in his last year of eligibility for junior hockey.
Probably drove off somewhere and..
Sad.

Spade: The Real Snake
11th March 14, 05:37 PM
Yeah he coulda signed a huge NHL contract and then had a NoBattack on the bench


Sent by telekinesis via Cerebro

OZZ
28th March 14, 02:35 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=447629

Personally, I think he is better than Roy and the only reason he doesn't have the number of victories in comparison is because he toiled as a backup to Belfour in Chicago for about three seasons when he should have been a starter somewhere else.
I always knew he was too good to be a backup, long before most people knew his name.

Feryk
28th March 14, 02:53 PM
Absolutely should be in HOF.

He was the most intimidating goalie of his generation.

OZZ
28th March 14, 02:55 PM
Looking like the only Canadian team that is going to qualify for the post-season is Montreal. Toronto and Vancouver are still competing for the wild card positions, but their chances are very slim.
I feel bad for Winnipeg fans..they were so happy to get thei team back and came out in droves to support them, now they are in a really tough division and its going to be life and death to make the playoffs for them.

Big game tonight for the Leafs and the Flyers as they both desperately need the points. It should be a banger, too bad I have to work.

OZZ
8th April 14, 08:15 PM
Flyers will clinch with a victory over the Panthers tonight.
With a 3-0 lead going into the 3rd..should be a given now.
Toronto is mathematically eliminated tonight if Columbus wins their game against Phoenix - a club that is also chasing a wild card spot.
Gillis was relieved of his duties as Vancouver's GM today. A good move, he deserves to lose his job. He fumbled the ball on the Luongo situation, holding out for too much and then trading him for too little after getting rid of Cory Schneider. They went from having one of the best goaltending duos in the NHL to Eddie Lack - and got very little in return.
Tortorella may not survive the summer either..but then again, maybe he will.
If a full-scale rebuild begins, look for attendance to drop out in BC. Canucks fans only come out in droves when the team is winning.
Carlyle is almost certainly gone at the end of the year as well. Its been a disastrous year for Toronto. Reimer will be gone next year too..
Boston has to be viewed as a Cup favorite, but the Habs have a knack for upsetting the Bruins, and I wouldn't rule out an upset in the East.
Philadelphia is also capable of pulling off an upset if they meet the Penguins. The Flyers have no fear of playing that club and know how to get under Crosby's skin. Shut down their top line and they are much easier to beat..
St.Louis is more likely to come out of the West than either Chicago or LA. Chicago is without their leader in Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles has been a bit inconsistent this year. I never take San Jose seriously and never will as long as Joe Thornton is their 'leader'.
St.Louis - Philly for the Cup ?? Doubtful, but it would be cool, as they met once before in the Cup Final

A few more days and the matchups will be set...GO FLYERS !

NoBowie
11th April 14, 09:55 AM
Not much for hockey, but this is talent / skill right here:

http://i.imgur.com/DZhwOoI.gif

OZZ
12th April 14, 04:44 PM
Fucking Weasel ! Jason Megna, FWD for the lame-ass Penguins ! Intentionally runs over McDonald this afternoon and drives him into our goalie, with a nice little extra shot to Mason's head ! Now Mason had to leave the game and our semi-competent backup gets to go in when we were winning !
We will be coming for you Megna ! You little prick !
Lucky for him the Flyers won't be playing them in the first round.
But things like that are never forgotten until payback !
Bitch !!

OZZ
12th April 14, 11:46 PM
Hey Feryk, what did you think about the Ryan Smyth retirement party?
I always liked him..class act. Eighteen seasons..eleven 20g and four 30g. He was always willing to represent Canada internationally.

nihilist
13th April 14, 12:14 AM
It's entertaining when OZZ gets all worked up.

OZZ
13th April 14, 10:47 AM
It's entertaining when OZZ gets all worked up.

Oh man, I was so pissed off my wife started bringing me beer and chips to placate me. lol
Flyers ended up winning the game in OT , so justice is served anyways.
That little fucker.

Feryk
14th April 14, 12:27 PM
Hey Feryk, what did you think about the Ryan Smyth retirement party?
I always liked him..class act. Eighteen seasons..eleven 20g and four 30g. He was always willing to represent Canada internationally.

It was very emotional, and a VERY necessary thing for the fanbase.

It's been a LONG time since Oiler fans could really cheer about anything. Smyth is the last connection to the dynasty years.

We've had fans throwing their $300 jerseys on the ice and walk away. I know a number of corporations that held season tickets for years that have given them up. This was a chance for the franchise and Smyth to get a little love - and Edmonton responded.

Truth is, if they field a competitive team, it will take all of five seconds for them to be back on top in this town. We WANT to love hockey again.

OZZ
14th April 14, 04:28 PM
Agreed. You could tell it was the orgaization's way of compensating a bit for a miseable season. You need to find something to cheer about.
If its any consolation, Edmonton isn't the only Canadian team to have a floundering/rebuilding franchise with a frustrated fan base. An Ottawa fan tossed his jersey on the ice the other night as well, and Maple Leaf fans are literally wearing bags over their heads like thye did back in the 80's. Calgary and Vancouver fans are equally disenchanted right now.
Les Canadiens are the only team in Canada worth cheering for this year.
Toronto is amking a big splash by making Shannahan their team president. The problem is, his position has little effect on the club's immediate fortunes on the ice. They should focus on getting a shut-down defenseman and a second-line center.

Feryk
15th April 14, 12:33 PM
I'm worried that the entrenched culture of losing that Toronto has developed is going to end up here. It's been seven years since we even made the playoffs - in a league where you really only need to be in the top half to make it.

Btw, I need your help with a hockey pool. Philly against NYR in the first round. Any chance of an upset, or is Philly doomed?

OZZ
15th April 14, 09:10 PM
My heart says Philly, but my head says NYR.
However:
Philly has won all three previous playoff series against the Rangers.

I think Whichever team is better on the road will win because Philly could not win at MSG and the Rangers could not win at the Corel Center this season.
Overall, the Rangers have the x-factor with Lundqvist between the pipes.
Steve Mason has very little playoff experience and the pressure on him is going to be immense.
I wouldn't write Philly off, but they are definitely the underdogs in this series.

Feryk
17th April 14, 11:21 AM
Good to know. Probably going to stay away from it. I was looking to pick a team that could surprise. I think Philly's best players will remain untouched.

OZZ
18th April 14, 11:15 AM
I think Columbus could upset the Pens.
I hope so after the dirty pricks took out our goalie..now Mason is out and our backup is in.
Cocksucking Penguins.
St.Louis v Chicago is shaping up to be a good series, first game went to triple OT.
I am in a pool as well. The only Flyers I took were Giroux and Simmonds.

OZZ
20th April 14, 11:05 AM
Terrible, terrible hit here..clearly Seabrook was aiming for the head.
He is going to get suspended for this.
And I have him in my pool..thanks a lot Seabrook !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST_z2d7C6MA

David Backes is one of the nicest guys in the NHL too. Not to mention one of the Blues' most important players.

Feryk
22nd April 14, 04:18 PM
Unfortunately, I ended up with Lundqvist and a bunch of Ranger players.

Tried to stay away, but their best players were unclaimed in the late rounds.

Last night's game was not encouraging.

OZZ
22nd April 14, 05:48 PM
I'm currently leading my pool, but only by one point.
Unfortunately, I picked not a single Habs player (foolishly, considering I knew they were going to win their first series) so if they go deep, I might be screwed.
I loaded up on Boston, Chicago and Anaheim players, figuring they were all destined for at least the semi-finals.
We get points for PIMs as well..so having a couple of Flyers is always good.

OZZ
22nd April 14, 07:30 PM
Interesting tidbit; Montreal is up 3-0 in the series and up 3-1 in game four. They just put their backup goalie in, turns out he is that Latvian goalie Gudlevskis, who backstopped his National squad to a near-upset of Canada at the Sochi Olympics with a 56 save performance.
Nice tactic, but I doubt this will change the series. The Lightning are going down.

Feryk
23rd April 14, 10:33 AM
You called it. Four straight.

Montreal looked good. Not sure how good after this round, though.

OZZ
25th April 14, 10:55 AM
In case you missed it, this vid has been making the rounds.
Talk about a passionate fan. This isn't just a coincidence either, this is the 2-year old's reaction to a Pens goal.
The vid has gone viral and this little guy is now known as the 'buckle-up baby'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EELvNq4epMU

Feryk
28th April 14, 11:05 AM
That kid is hilarious.

In other matters, Chicago started to wheel last night. Showed that their offense can dominate.

I didn't anticipate St. Louis going down to Chicago. Kind of glad I didn't pick any Blues for my pool. Kind of pissed I avoided the 'Hawks.

OZZ
28th April 14, 12:42 PM
My biggest mistake was taking Cam Fowler of the Ducks over Subban...

Feryk
28th April 14, 05:04 PM
Whoops! Didn't think the Canadiens would beat Tampa?!

OZZ
28th April 14, 06:42 PM
Whoops! Didn't think the Canadiens would beat Tampa?!

No..actually I predicted the Habs would win , but I thought it would go 6 or 7.
Fowler and the Ducks may go deeper than the Habs, so it still might pay off. But so far he isn't getting many points, I don't think he is on the 1st PP Unit.
Subban has 5 Assists in 4 Games, I think Fowler had 2 assists in 6.

If Philly gets eliminated on Tuesday I'm screwed anyways, because I have Giroux and Simmonds.
With both of them out, I won't be able to make up those points.

OZZ
29th April 14, 10:25 PM
Its been a long time since Flyers fans have been able to stand up and give one of our goalies an ovation as they did tonight. Mason was incredible ... while Simmonds led the way offensively with a hat-trick. Big pool points tonight! Gsme seven tomorrow night in NY...Go Flyers!!!

Feryk
30th April 14, 10:00 AM
I'm biting my nails over Game 7. I could be done in my pool tonight.

nihilist
30th April 14, 10:30 AM
At least use the pool skimmer when you're done.


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Feryk
30th April 14, 10:31 AM
Oh, it's gonna need to be cleaned when I am done.

OZZ
30th April 14, 09:20 PM
Well, I'm not done because i picked a lot of Bruins, Blackhawks and Ducks. But with Philly out I have two more point-getters gone.
I moved into first after last night's game, but I don't know if it will hold for long.
Mason played incredible. Philly has finally found a starting goalie that the players can feel confident in front of.
Considering the way they started the season, its a miracle they even made the playoffs, really.

Feryk
1st May 14, 10:28 AM
I would agree. If they can build around Mason, they will have a strong team next year.

I've never been so happy to see a 2-1 game.

OZZ
1st May 14, 06:14 PM
Well, at least we have a great original 6 rivalry series to look forward to in the second round.
Montreal - Boston is probably the best rivalry in all of hockey.
Starts tonight !
In honor of the rivalry ..here's an old-school scrap from the 70's ..Stan Johnathan v Pierre Bouchard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne1y0QCOQOM

Feryk
2nd May 14, 10:16 AM
Off to a hell of a start. Suban is the hero, and loved his post game comments. He said they had to find a way to win for Carey Price who was standing on his head. 48 shots last night.

OZZ
2nd May 14, 02:34 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=451046

Yeah, and then this shit had to happen to give it an ugly ending.
Disgusting.

NoBowie
6th May 14, 11:19 AM
http://i.imgur.com/x4WvEcz.gif

Feryk
7th May 14, 10:24 AM
That was hilarious. FTR, those guys are friends - and Carter had other gloves.

NoBowie
7th May 14, 06:28 PM
http://i.imgur.com/XdOhtAX.gif

OZZ
7th May 14, 08:19 PM
In off-ice news, Ron Hextall was promoted to GM in Philly and Ken Hitchcock was given a contract extension with the Blues.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=451481
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=451529

Feryk
8th May 14, 09:58 AM
Hack-stall as GM? He actually called it his 'dream job'.

Poor bastard.

OZZ
8th May 14, 05:45 PM
Ronnie's been aspiring to the position of GM for the Flyers since he retired.

OZZ
8th May 14, 07:34 PM
Goddamn crime to see that Cooke is going to be back in the playoffs after what he did.
Tyson Barrie is going to need surgery after that dirty hit. And now Matt 'The Rat' is going to be playing again after serving a mere seven games.
Bullshit !
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=451602

Feryk
12th May 14, 04:53 PM
Matt the rat played awesomely.

Somehow NY is still alive. Hopefully they tip Pittsburg in the Mother of All Upsets.

OZZ
12th May 14, 10:15 PM
Habs took down the B's tonight in a great game that ended 4-0.
The Bruins really are a bunch of goons, I can't stand Scott Thornton, he is a big goof and after his sucker-punching incident this year i have no respect for him as a fighter at all anymore.
Chara is also a big goof.
One thing this year's playoffs has convinced me of is that PK Subban is definitely a premier player in this league and steps up every time it matters most. He has so much energy and enthusiasm he cannot help but be effective. He also has a howitzer from the point, very accurate and well-placed 99% of the time.
Some people may not like him because he is kind of cocky and outspoken, and people are probably even more critical of him because he is black.Unfortunately, Hockey tends to be an old-boys club type of sport and most of the fans aren't quite ready for an outspoken, confident black athlete..yet.
I enjoy watching him play and I think he is great for the sport. his younger brother, Malcolm, is a goalie in the Boston farm system and had a good rookie season in the AHL with Providence this past year.
Montreal will be in tough to defeat the Bruins in a Game 7 in their own barn though.
I hope they pull it off, even if it means I am out of the pool as a result.

Feryk
13th May 14, 12:23 PM
They are turning into a great Playoff story.

But there are many of them this year. Ducks and Kings are probably the most boring series this round, and it's still awesome hockey.

I'm biased, but I'm loving watching NY frustrate Crosby and the Pens.

Fingers crossed that they can pull out a win tonight. We'll see which Fleury shows up.

OZZ
16th May 14, 12:23 PM
If Anaheim beats LA, I still have a chance at winning my pool.
I am the only one who took a couple of Ducks - Perry and Fowler. I should have taken Getzlaf, he has been tearing it up.

I am predicting right now that the Habs will win the Cup.
They just beat out the biggest roadblock.

OZZ
16th May 14, 02:58 PM
Penguins GM got canned today...word is that Shero is next in line along with the rest of the coaching staff.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=452306

Also, this story has been making the rounds as well.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=452323

What a sore loser and a big baby Lucic is. He is a fearsome presence on the ice and a great player when he isn't acting like an ass, but this whole thing, coupled with his running of Ryan Miller last season has caused me to lose all respect for him. You lose a series, just man up and shake the guys hand. Its not like Weise was running around cheap-shotting and sticking guys in the eye.He managed to throw the big man off his game (Lucic was -1 and only had 1A in the final 5 games of the series) and so Lucic just snapped because he knows he looks like a fool after all his taunts and muscle-flexing. Then he tries to portray Weise as a whiner , claiming that he ran off to tell everyone what was said during the handshake.
I've watched a lot of hockey over the years, and I don't recall too many instances where things weren't at least momentarily put aside during the series-ending handshake.
Shame on Lucic for his lack of class.
All that aside, I think that in this series
Price proved that he is a better goalie than Rask is under pressure. Carey is a huge part of the reason for Montreal's success, just as he was a huge part of Team Canada's success at the Olympics.
I used to think I would love to have Lucic on the Flyers, but now..I don't think so. He can stay in Boston. I really look forward to watching him get his clock cleaned by someone next season.

OZZ
17th May 14, 07:27 PM
Tough loss for the Habs today, but if they win Game 2 - its an aberration and will not matter one bit.
Leaf fans are such a joke. They are so jealous of Montreal, the boards are just full of them today giving them the gears. Meanwhile, they were nowhere to be hard from during the first two rounds.
Leaf fans, what a sad, sorry lot they are.

OZZ
20th May 14, 10:49 AM
Price is out for the remainder of the post-season.
This likely means the Habs are done.
Too bad, but at least they eliminated the Bruins.

Feryk
20th May 14, 10:52 AM
I picked up 19 points in my pool over the weekend. I was unplugged in the mountains, so I just found out about it.

Was sorry to hear about Price, though. He's a great goalie.

OZZ
25th May 14, 06:24 PM
Well, that rookie goalie Tokarski that Therien has decided to go with has performed incredibly well given the circumstances. If Montreal can win tonight, its anyone's series.
Some bad blood developing between these two teams as well.

As far as the LA - Chicago series goes, I haven't a clue because i've been too busy to watch any of it.

Feryk
26th May 14, 10:17 AM
Tokarski cannot be blamed for the loss. Not really.

Habs are in tough now.

OZZ
31st May 14, 12:42 PM
Too bad about the Habs.
Even with Price in net, I think they would have lost that series anyways. Tokarski played as well as he probably would have, an incredible performance from a rookie netminder given the circumstances.
In any event, whichever team comes out of the West will beat the Rangers. They are not as good as they look right now, the Flyers took them to seven games and so did the Pens. I think the Canadiens were emotionally spent after the Boston series and that was the reason for the disastrous start in Game 1. unfortunately, they were behind the eight-ball the entire series because of that game.
The guy who scored the lone goal in the final game shouldn't even have been playing..why he didn't get suspended for the head-butt in the previous game is beyond me. You usually get one game for a head-butt.
Anyways, there are few teams that I hate more than the Rangers, perhaps NJ and Pittsburgh..but I really don't want the NYR to win the Cup.
In the twenty years since they last won it, they have probably missed the playoffs at least eight times, they always try to spend their way to a championship, and every player wants to end their career on Broadway for the glamour and glitz of being in the Big Apple.
Sather is the most overrated GM in the history of the NHL. I think he is a joke the way he sits up there in the owner's box withn an unlit stogie in his mouth all the time. Its such posturing..he's so country trying to be big city it makes me laugh. He started that whole cigar thing about ten seasons ago for some reason, he never did it when he was the Oilers GM; he so obviously wants to burn that image into the hockey world's consciousness so he will be remembered for it. Such silliness..big city image bullshit.

Feryk
2nd June 14, 02:11 PM
Wow...you have enough Sather hate to live here, Ozz.

NYR are better defensively than LA. LA is bigger and faster.

This one will come down to goaltending. Lundqvist vs. Quick.

I'll be watching.

Of course, I'm winning my pool, so I have a financial incentive...

OZZ
13th June 14, 12:36 PM
Kings should close things out in Game Five at home.
Looks good on the Rangers; they ran the goaltenders in every series they played in , knocking two of them out for extended periods of time (Mason, Price) and they are overrated big time.
This series has exposed them for what they are. Philly may have beaten them if they had Mason for the entire series, but then again, maybe not.
In any event, Sather will not get credited for producing a cup contender. Next year , they will not repeat this kind of success.
Kings are as close as you get to a dynasty in today's NHL. Two cups in three years and three Finals' appearances.

Feryk
13th June 14, 02:40 PM
Why wouldn't Sather get credit? They ARE contending for the Cup, running goalies or no.

I'm damn sure he's not worried about it.

OZZ
16th June 14, 01:57 AM
They got lucky, and will not be contenders next year.
Bet on it.

Spade: The Real Snake
16th June 14, 08:51 PM
Did American just win ANOTHER Championship?

Why, yes.

Yes, they did.

Feryk
17th June 14, 01:37 PM
Of course. You DO realize that only 6 teams in the NHL out of 30 are Canadian, right?

nihilist
17th June 14, 01:59 PM
You DO realize that Canada's only goal in life is hockey, right?


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OZZ
17th June 14, 02:25 PM
You do realize that almost all the players on that US-based team that won the Cup are CANADIAN - right ?
Including Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter, who are both from LONDON, ONT.

nihilist
17th June 14, 03:31 PM
Americans are smart enough to take what is useful and let the rest of the Titanic sink.

Spade: The Real Snake
17th June 14, 04:24 PM
Of course. You DO realize that only 6 teams in the NHL out of 30 are Canadian, right?
So....the National Sport of Canucklestan NEEDS the US to survive?
Got it.


You do realize that almost all the players on that US-based team that won the Cup are CANADIAN - right ?
Including Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter, who are both from LONDON, ONT.
So in order to make a semi-decent living, the most talented of Canucklestan have to come to America?
Got it.

Feryk
18th June 14, 11:06 AM
Pretty much. Congratulations for having 10x the population. You win.

Spade: The Real Snake
18th June 14, 11:46 AM
Pretty much. Congratulations for having 10x the population. You win.
Don't worry.
We won't scuff-up your greatest of faggots TOO MUCH before returning them, back north.

Feryk
18th June 14, 04:38 PM
Don't worry.
We won't let your athletes snag the most beautiful successful women we have before returning them, back north.

I know. Carrie Underwood and Hillary Duff thank you.

Pie of Hate
20th June 14, 08:14 AM
I know. Carrie Underwood and Hillary Duff thank you.

Or, do they?

DUN DUN DUUUUN

NoBowie
20th June 14, 05:44 PM
http://i.imgur.com/RebHS0B.png

Feryk
23rd June 14, 02:12 PM
That's classic.

OZZ
29th June 14, 02:26 PM
Kesler got traded to Anaheim..the draft went about as expected.

Spezza could have gone to Nashville, but did not waive his no-trade to cinch the deal. I respect him for that..who the hell wants to play hockey in Nashville?
Edmonton took another forward lol..but at least this German kid has some size, which Edmonton needs badly.
http://globalnews.ca/news/1421645/edmonton-oilers-select-centre-leon-draisaitl-with-third-overall-pick/

Leafs took Micheal Nylander's son, William, seventh overall and the Coyotes got Al Macinnis' boy.

Spade: The Real Snake
30th June 14, 06:23 PM
I would rather play hockey in Tennessee than do pretty much anything in Canucklestan


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OZZ
13th July 14, 11:07 AM
I would rather play hockey in Tennessee than do pretty much anything in Canucklestan


Sent by telekinesis via Cerebro

Since you like that expression so much, here, check out this website. Its the creation of a friend of mine ( sort of).

canucklehead.ca

Feryk
14th July 14, 11:48 AM
The Oilers were very active in free agency. MacT seems to have done a good job in adding depth to the defensive core, and size up the middle.

We'll see if it translates to wins, but on paper, the Oilers look more solid than last year.

NoBowie
6th August 14, 05:46 PM
Stanley Cups won before the expansion era are irrelevant

OZZ
6th August 14, 10:35 PM
Stanley Cups won before the expansion era are irrelevant

Which expansion are you referring to ? There have been several.
The '67 expansion was the first, with six teams entering the league; one of which has since folded ( California Seals) and another has relocated(Minnesota North Stars). The other four are all doing well and thier home cities are now established NHL markets ( Pittsburgh, Philly, Los Angeles and St.Louis). All of the teams but one have at least one Stanley Cup to their credit ( St.Louis is the only team from the original expansion era not to have won a championship)
Interestingly, despite losing their teams both Minnie and the San Francisco Bay area have since regained NHL clubs and they are thriving.
Who would have thought that California could support THREE NHL teams ?

The sad-sack Toronto Maple Leafs have not won a championship since '67 and are the only original six team not to have won a Cup since expansion.

NoBowie
16th October 14, 01:20 PM
FSfadN29kP8

Feryk
16th October 14, 05:25 PM
AMERICA!!!

NoBowie
16th October 14, 06:51 PM
HOCKEY!!!

NoBowie
16th October 14, 06:57 PM
This is America: An Armorer at Barrett Firearms once received a call from US Marines while they were engaged in a firefight and their Barrett rifle was malfunctioning. He walked them through how to repair it over the phone, enabling them to engage their enemies.

FUCK YEAH!!!!!

D0MJul9CiU0

Feryk
17th October 14, 11:23 AM
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NoBowie
17th October 14, 11:32 AM
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcShyaXW2qIMUxVR8MUareuWEtjrPtg8o a2lLcw6OyaAdYKM8LRYNg

Tennis and F1. I am sure they use 'We' in curling too.

NoBowie
8th December 14, 01:12 PM
http://i.imgur.com/U2SfcNU.gif

Feryk
8th December 14, 01:39 PM
That's how I played.