Archive for May, 2010

Stanley Cup Preview – Chicago vs Philadelphia

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by davepoleck

I literally cannot wait for these Finals. I have proclaimed all year that the East is no match for the Western Conference, so this should be a cake-walk for Chicago right? The media seems to agree with me as Chicago is the overwhelming favorite to win. Just for the record, I did pick the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup in the preseason this year. Continue reading

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Bulldogs-Stars Game 7 Recap

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by davepoleck

Latest article at THW on the Bulldogs-Stars game that I went to last night:

http://thehockeywriters.com/bulldogs-stars-game-7-recap/

No Superstitions for Flyers

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by davepoleck

This gives me the feeling that the Flyers feel like they have nothing to lose. They also know that they are the clear underdogs in this series, so why not play around with something as stupid as not touching the Campbell or Wales Trophy. Chris Pronger said on the Fan yesterday that he told Richards to “do whatever he wants” when he accepts the Trophy, they both know that something like touching a trophy is not going to affect whether they win the Cup.

Zherdev Returning

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by davepoleck

There is a report today that Nikolai Zherdev has told his agent that it is more likely he would sign in the NHL than back in the KHL. In the two seasons before jumping ship, Zherdev had 61 and 58 points for Columbus and the Rangers. He made $3.25 million in his season in the League, so I don’t expect him to get even above $3 million, especially since he only had 39 points in 52 games for Mytishchi Atlant. In comparison to other recent defectors, Hudler had 54 points in 54 games and Alexander Radulov had 63 in 53, along with winning the Golden Stick Award for MVP of the KHL.

If Zherdev is willing to knock his price down for a one year deal somewhere (which is all I think teams should be willing to sign him to) then I think he is going to be a very valuable commodity this offseason. Take a look down the list of team’s that can use a scoring winger right now; off the top of my head I could see him in Toronto, Calgary, Boston and I’m sure the Rangers will get involved again. They seem to have a knack for signing Europeans that don’t produce.

Chelios’ HHOF Team

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by davepoleck

Great question posed over at “Red Wings Guy Dot Com”, which jersey will Chris Chelios wear in the Hall of Fame? While he did play the most seasons in Detroit and won two Cups there (and one in Montreal), I think it will definitely be Chicago. Not only is that his hometown but it is where he solidified his name as one of the best and fiercest competitors to ever play the game and won two of his three Norris Trophies. In fact, even as a Wings’ fan, when I think of Chelios, I think of him as #7 on Chicago.

Head over to vote:

http://bit.ly/ce7J5y

What A Shift!

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2010 by davepoleck

This is what Mike Richards bring every shift. What a great shift and goal that was last night. Make sure you watch the whole video so you see the hit he threw on Marc-Andre Bergeron just seconds before scoring the tying goal last night.

Confusing Schedule

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2010 by davepoleck

I must say that I am shocked Game 1 of the Finals isn’t going to be Saturday afternoon in front a NBC audience that doesn’t care, but I am even more shocked at how much this Finals differs from last year.

This season, the two Conference Finals series ended on Sunday May 23 and Monday May 24; the Finals begins Saturday May 29, with Game 2 on Monday May 31. Last season, the Wings knocked out the Hawks on Wednesday May 27, but started the Finals just three days later on Saturday. Then they played Game 2 less than 24 hours later on Sunday. While Detroit won both of the opening games, the common consensus is that they just ran out of gas over the next five games of the series.

Could this be because Gary Bettman doesn’t have his poster boy in the series?