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OKL Trophy

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2011 by davepoleck

Leafs’ Drought Hits Six Years

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by davepoleck

…..and that’s seven if you want to include the lockout.

How has it already been seven seasons since this happened against the Flyers?! I guess time flies when you suck. But the optimist would say that hope is on the horizon. They could have three 30 goal scorers since who knows when, they have seen their third/fourth stringer in camp come up and be phenomenal for over three months, and they have a ton of cap space.With that said, I still think they need a ton of work. Continue reading

$100 Million Shootout

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by davepoleck

I don’t think it can get any worse for New Jersey……

Brian Burke = Fail

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2010 by davepoleck

Make that a major fail. The season isn’t even a quarter over, but it is pretty hard to make a case that the Leafs are going to make a push in the Playoffs right now. As a Leafs’ fan, why would you even want them to?

Where is the truculence? Nonexistent.

Where is the accountability? Ron Wilson blasting someone in the media does not make them accountable for their actions because there is absolutely no consequence! Who is going to replace the current lack of talent on the Leafs right now? They’ve already stated on multiple occasions that Kadri is not ready for NHL duty. Way to groom and build confidence in your best prospect who has 13 points in 13 games for the Marlies.

Where is any sign of promise in their younger players? Sure, they could compete for a Playoff spot in a few years with this core. But again, who wants that? These are all second or third line players being thrown in positions they are not ready for, and are not skilled enough to be in.

Brian Burke was supposed to come in and build a team that would compete for a Stanley Cup. He has almost been here for two years now, and all he has been able to do is completely turn over a roster and make it even worse than it was when he got here. Regardless of what he says, he wanted his own finger prints all over this team. That is why there are only five players left from the starting lineup the Leafs iced during Burke’s first game; Grabovski, Kaberle, Kulemin, Mitchell and Schenn.

For me, it all starts with one word when describing Burke; arrogance. Continue reading

Another Blindside Hit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2010 by davepoleck

After the fine last night to Nick Foligno, here is Kris Letang blindsiding Blake Comeau in the Pens-Isles game tonight.

Wings-Avs Non Rivalry

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by davepoleck

Pavel Datsyuk scored his 200th career NHL goal tonight, which was is 595th of his career. Datsyuk is playing in his 609th career game.

The Wings are currently being outplayed by the Avs, being outshot 21-10, but still hold a 3-1 lead with about five minutes to go in the second. Val Filppula’s pass to set up Franzen for the Wings’ third goal and his second of the night was absolutely beautiful. The continued improvement of the line will make the Wings dangerous all season long.

Update: Well, the Wings dominated the last five minutes of that period and after a fantastic cycling shift by Modano-Hudler-Cleary, a turnover led to a weak second goal for the Avs.

Great Goals From Day 1 & 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 8, 2010 by davepoleck

How about some of the highlight reel goals there have been already? I love the NHL. More to come all season long…

Easily one of the nicest goals I’ve ever seen, let alone the nicest first career NHL goal.

 

Pavelec Collapsed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by davepoleck

Ondrej Pavelec just collapsed in the Thrashers game against Washington. If you scroll to the end you can see him just drop. It’s like his knees just give out on him. He is being held overnight at the hospital and is in stable condition.

NHL Coach Landscape

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by davepoleck

After a two year period where all hell has broken loose on the NHL coaching landscape, it looks as if a lot of teams are going to be sticking with their current bench boss for at least a few years.

Of the 30 NHL head coaches, 23 of them are new as of 2008! Paul Maurice, Peter DeBoer and Scott Gordon were all hired in 2008 and could be in for long seasons with their teams, but they were brought in for the rebuild and I can’t see teams letting them go when they’re right in the middle of it. Maurice might not make it to the end with the Canes, but that will be to take a head office job with the team and give the reigns to Ron Francis.

Of the longer tenured coaches, Lindy Ruff (1997) and Barry Trotz (1998) are pretty much untouchable until either team takes a big drop in the standings. But both Buffalo and Nashville are in good shape going into 2010-11 and should at least compete for a playoff spot, maybe even their division. I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a small market and have the GM backing you. Four of the mid-range guys, Babcock (2005), Boudreau (2007), Vigneault (2006) and Julien (2007) are all pretty damn safe as well.

This brings me down to three candidates that I think can be fired this year: Continue reading

Training Camp Notes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by davepoleck

Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings prepares to tee off on the 13th hole of The Bear at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.

There’s Lidstrom doing his best impression of a Leaf in April….

Red Wings training camp opens up today and here some things that have already come up:

– Niklas Kronwall should be ready to start scrimmaging as early as today.

– Ken Hitchcock has been invited to camp by Mike Babcock to “learn” and see how other teams run thing. There is obviously no on ice role in this situation for Hitch, but it’s cool to see the two build on their Olympic experience.

– Babcock mentioned that the Wings are planning to head into the season with some new defensive pairing, which will see Lidstrom and Rafalski split up at even strength.

Lidstrom-Kronwall
Stuart-Rafalski
Ericsson- Salei
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