Archive for January, 2010

The Other Guys – Western Conference (Update)

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , on January 31, 2010 by davepoleck

Below is something I started writing in the middle of the week, but just haven’t had time to finish it. I just thought I would post it in case any more people I talked about get traded to Toronto. I will finish it soon….

Darren Dreger did a nice little list of the top 10 players that will likely be moved at the NHL Trade Deadline; his list is as follows:

  1. Ilya Kovalchuk
  2. Ray Whitney
  3. Peter Mueller
  4. Matt Stajan
  5. Alexei Ponikarovsky
  6. Matt Cullen
  7. Lubomir Visnovsky
  8. Sheldon Souray
  9. Ethan Moreau
  10. Marty Turco

A lot of this speculation is based on how teams fare leading up to the Olympics, but it is still fun to put some names into the hat. After all, the Trade Deadline is one of the most exciting days of the hockey season. Here is a look at some of the players that could be available outside Dreger’s top 10.

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New Leafs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2010 by davepoleck

Brian Burke has definitely had enough. It has been a long, long time since a Leafs actually made me excited for the future. Sure, they are giving up a lot of players, but Phaneuf is still very young and has a lot of potential, as does 6′ 6″ Keith Aulie. So in total:

Coming

  • Dion Phaneuf
  • Keith Aulie
  • Fredrik Sjostrom
  • JS Giguere

Going

  • Matt Stajan
  • Niklas Hagman
  • Jamal Mayers
  • Ian White
  • Vesa Toskala
  • JASON BLAKE

Jason Blake has now been added to the Giguere deal. Wow…..they just moved six players in one day. When was the last time that happened? The only player I will miss is White; he is a RFA at the end of the season. Hagman was good, but one of the only bargaining chips the team has, so he had to go. Stajan was just on the Leafs at the wrong time. On any other team (like Calgary), he would be a valuable second line centre. On the Leafs, he was pushed into the number one centre role and expected to perform at that pace. Not going to happen with him. Thank god Jason Blake is gone. What a waste of cap room!

My Fantasy Update

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2010 by davepoleck

Now I will be the first one to admit that I made some mistakes while drafting in my year to year roto league this season, and for the first time in four years, I will be out of the top 3. That is unless my recent buy lows continue to be fucking awesome:

  • Traded my Stastny for his E. Staal
  • Traded Plekanec for Datsyuk
  • Traded Briere, Lucic, JDD for Carter and Robidas
  • Traded Halak for Lidstrom

Staal: 37 points in his last 28 games

Datsyuk: 9 points in his last 7

Carter: 19 points in his last 16 games

Lidstrom:  19 points in his last 17 games

The Best Name In Hockey

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 29, 2010 by davepoleck

Well, maybe second best to Cal Clutterbuck; but Justin Abdelkader has been sent down by the Wings. With Williams back tonight and Holmstrom likely for Sunday, Abdelkader is the logical choice to go down because he doesn’t have to clear waivers. He will go from being a third/fourth guy to the main guy for the Griffins. Good luck in Grand Rapids Abby.

The Adventures of Patrick Kane 2: Shirtless Limo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 29, 2010 by davepoleck

I don’t really know why I am just hearing about this now, but I think that Patrick Kane should just stay away from motorized vehicles. I don’t even think that there is need to explain the situation here, except that Patrick Kane is a big fag. Anybody who says “BOOM” everytime he scores deserves to be knocked out. But good for the newcomer Madden to get in there with the young guys. Actually, add Kris Versteeg to the list with those stupid glasses…..in a limousine.

Leafs vs Devils

Posted in Hockey Thoughts on January 29, 2010 by davepoleck

As if my desire to watch Leafs’ games this season wasn’t already low enough, they have a doubleheader this weekend against the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks. For those not paying attention over the last six years, that means the two best goalies in the NHL, not to mention who Canada will rest their Olympic hopes on.

Although they are not my team, I was forced to watch the Leafs for years if I wanted to see any regular dose of hockey. Now that TSN has games on three to four nights a week, there is much more option to choose from. But I still always found it nice to follow a team’s progression as they go along in the season. That is why I watched Toronto.

This year, has been absolutely unbearable. So unbearable that I went out a ordered NHL Centre Ice back in November. Thank god…….

Vinny Hates Price Too

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 28, 2010 by davepoleck

This goal can’t help the fact that Markov hates Price and Halak is stealing the job. Show some god damn emotion you robot:

Ouch Says Nystrom

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 28, 2010 by davepoleck

This fight brings a whole new meaning to ‘head shot’. During a fight with Eric Nystrom, Mark Fistric takes off his opponents helmet and proceeds to hit him with it. Suspension anyone?

Markov Hates Price

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 28, 2010 by davepoleck

Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens looks into his net to see the puck while teammate Andrei Markov #79 looks on during a preseason game at Scotiabank Place on September 19, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada.

I find this story a little strange considering they are saying it happened last Wednesday, but Andrei Markov did not have very kind words for Carey Price following the Habs OT loss to the Blues last week.

If you are not going to play with heart, stay home. We don’t need you here

Price started again tonight and lost 3-0 to the Lightning, making them just one point behind the Habs. For the thousandth time, Halak has been better than Price all season long…just play him.

Finally 2nd Last..and moving up

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , on January 28, 2010 by davepoleck

Well it took them pretty damn long, but the Carolina Hurricanes are finally officially out of last place. Their 5-1 win tonight put them 3 points ahead of the severely struggling Edmonton Oilers. Good news for Bruins’ fans, they are now only three points back of the Leafs with two games in hand. Eric Staal is has begun his yearly streak of awesomeness for the second half of the season, 21 points in his last 16 games, including 11 goals!