NHL 2010-2011: Rick Rypien

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Sorry about that 5-1 loss, Jayhawker.

No worries, since I am a Blues fan.

Misread "Blue Jackets" as "Blues." Congrats on the win! ;)

Oh, that's the way, uh-huh uh-huh,
Halak it, uh-huh, uh-huh.
That's the way, uh-huh uh-huh,
Halak it, uh-huh, uh-huh.
That's the way, uh-huh uh-huh,
Halak it, uh-huh, uh-huh.
That's the way, uh-huh uh-huh,
Halak, uh-huh, uh-huh.

I suppose it's just punishment that I'll have that stuck in my head for the rest of the night.

Jayhawker wrote:

How does shootouts affect player stats. Oshie had a seven game point streak. Is that gone even though he scored in the shootout?

I'm pretty sure that point streak is gone as I believe the shootout is strictly a way to assign the additional point for a win and does not affect any players stats. But now that I think about it, if two goalies go into a shootout with a shutout, I wonder if their stats will be affected. That would be a bit odd to have a shutout loss because of a shootout.

Pens put forth a pretty solid effort against the Canes yesterday. The powerplay is still a sloppy pile of misplayed passes and squandered opportunities. I couldn't believe Dupis was hitting the net yesterday as usually his shots crash off the glass somewhere in the corner. Brent Johnson is playing some outstanding games in goal right now.

We ended up purchasing the Center Ice deal so we can enjoy a game pretty much any night of the week (except for tonight of course because apparently the NHL holds Halloween in high regards). Anyways, The Preds/Blues game was a bit of a letdown. I figured it would be a little less one sided, but Halak just might be the real deal and not a flash in the playoff pan goalie.

I can't believe I'm waiting more than a week between Canucks games. This schedule is ridiculous, I can't even remember what Luongo looks like it's been so long.

Also, I'm getting killed in my hockey pool. Buffalo, start playing freakin' hockey so Miller gets me some points and Kovalchuk, ahhh Kovalchuk. I will never touch him in a pool again.

On the plus, I have Stewart from the Avs and Patty Sharp!

Doug wrote:

I can't believe I'm waiting more than a week between Canucks games. This schedule is ridiculous, I can't even remember what Luongo looks like it's been so long.

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Gravey wrote:
Doug wrote:

I can't believe I'm waiting more than a week between Canucks games. This schedule is ridiculous, I can't even remember what Luongo looks like it's been so long.

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BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Alright, I think I set myself up for that one...

My team looks awesome! I knew there was a reason I didn't want John Maclean as head coach- when the Devils get off to a sh*tty start, it'll all fall on his shoulders, and it is.

I like that the Canes can't score at home. I find it wonderful. Not that they're doing too much better on the road but they have at least found twine on occasion. Then again, it hasn't been as bad as last year.

We are a few weeks in, still is creeping me out seeing Mike Modano as a Wing. Dallas Drake "returned home" and it made a great story that he lifted the cup before retiring(though I still think he had enough left in the tank). Osgood made number 10 overall in wins(at some point people need to see him as headed to the hall of fame, right?). He seems OK with a "minor" role. But I hope like hell Jimmy Howard plays under 60 games this year. He was gassed after Phoenix last playoffs with their mad sprint to 100 points. More importantly, Zetterberg and Datsyuk are playing together again. I like the new Blue line pairings as well. Rafalski and Lidstrom will not be exhausted again(though I think Rafalski has an excuse for being awesome at the Olympics).

Stop trying to win me over, Torres! I'm supposed to hate you!

Gravey wrote:

Stop trying to win me over, Torres! I'm supposed to hate you!

I know, eh? That bloody asshole is hitting like a truck and scorn a lot!? Argh! Against Edmonton no less!

Paleocon wrote:
Dysplastic wrote:

Paleo & other DC area hockey fans - I will be in DC the weekend of January 13th and would LOVE to go to the Jan 14 game against the Canucks. Anyone interested?

I might be convinced. Contact KrazyTaco and Mixolyde. They are huge hockey fans.

Hey Dysplastic! I've became a huge Canucks fan after my visit in Vancouver. Me and my buddy David are going together. I'm actually in the process of getting tickets. You want to join us? We got our Canucks gear!

But please beware...... the hockey fans here sucks...... most of them are posers who only watch hockey because we are the best team in the area.

(Thanks to the sexy Vancouver Canadians influence.......)

Vector wrote:
Gravey wrote:

Stop trying to win me over, Torres! I'm supposed to hate you!

I know, eh? That bloody asshole is hitting like a truck and scorn a lot!? Argh! Against Edmonton no less!

Even though I do not "dig" Mexicans very much........ man Torres was sexy last night! =P

So awesome to see Edmonton fans celebrating Torres' hattrick. Yeah, he did great things for them in 2006 but canadian hockey markets have notoriously short memories, so props to edmonton!

Halak!

That was a beauty of shutout tonight. Montreal was just so nice.

Manny Malhotra for Premier!

Vector wrote:

Manny Malhotra for Premier!

Oh man was it nice to see him do something other than win face-offs. That was a hell of a fun game.

Jayhawker wrote:

Halak!

That was a beauty of shutout tonight. Montreal was just so nice.

I'm happy the trade was made, though Montreal did make a big mistake in not finding out what they could get for Price since I rate both goalies fairly equally. Good to see Halak's doing well in St. Louis though. His agent is an ass, but Halak's a quality player and seems like a decent guy.

On another note...

Habs 4th line against Ottawa at even-strength: 0 Scoring chances for, 12 scoring chances against.
Rest of the Habs at even-strength: 10 Scoring chances for, 11 against.

I wonder where the problem is... must be goaltending, or Gomez or something.

Gravey wrote:
Vector wrote:

Manny Malhotra for Premier!

Oh man was it nice to see him do something other than win face-offs. That was a hell of a fun game.

I think he's been pretty boss throughout the season. His offence will come in spurts (two 3 point games) but his hitting, speed, and faceoffs all create chances.

Well, after yet another brutal loss by the Leafs, this comment seems pertinent:

Doug wrote:

A strong season start usually doesn't mean that much, but I wouldn't worry yet. Eventually, the team will slump and being able to work out of that is your best indication of how good they are. Remember, after years in the doldrums, the Leafs aren't shooting for top of the conference, making the playoffs would be great and it's looking like they have the tools to do that this year.

Six straight losses for Toronto. Saturday night against Buffalo really should have been a win. The Sabres did not look good at all, but the Leafs couldn't bury them. Last night in Tampa wasn't pretty at all. I turned the game on just in time to see Tampa score twice in 30 seconds. The Leafs defenders looked lost in their own zone. Ugly.

Lack of scoring is the obvious problem. I suspect that losing Colby Armstrong is hurting more than you might think at first glance. No Phaneuf maybe hurts - though I was getting pretty frustrated with him while he was on the ice (is he capable of hitting the net?!?).

I really hope they turn this around, and soon. I don't want to have to endure another season like last year.

TORONTO (AP)—The NHL All-Star game will have a brand new look next year.

The Canadian Press, citing an unidentified source, reported two captains will choose players from either conference to make up the teams for the 2011 game in Carolina. The expectation is the sides will be determined during a live television event at the start of All-Star weekend.

NHL vice president Brendan Shanahan(notes) developed the idea and discussed the change during the GM meetings on Tuesday, but was reluctant to talk about it with the media afterward.

“We’ve worked for a little while now on this idea, this concept, closely with the NHLPA,” said Shanahan, who made eight appearances in the All-Star game during his playing career. “They like the idea. Some of the players that they’ve talked to—potential All-Stars—they seem sort of excited and energized by it.”

An NHLPA spokesman said the organization has been working closely with the league to “revamp” All-Star weekend and is looking forward to announcing the details soon. The Eastern Conference and Western Conference have faced off in the All-Star game since 2003. Under the new format, players will earn a trip to the game the same way as in the past—with fans voting for the starters and the NHL’s hockey operations staff rounding out the rest of the pool. The NHL has been looking for ways to make the game more interesting.

“We know what it is and we know what it’s not,” Shanahan said. “It’s an entertaining, fun game. Fans like to be entertained by the players showing their competitive spirit with a big smile on their face. “It’s not a Stanley Cup final, it’s not an Olympic Games. It’s never going to be that.”
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So, it's boiled down to choosing teams the same way we chose teams in elementary school? "I'll take Billy, even though I wanted Frankie but you already chose him."

I don't mind this, actually. The all-star game is meaningless so why not switch it up a bit? I miss the North America vs The World format - they should use that one more often.

This has got to stop. It was bad enough the Blues got pummeled 8-1 last night. But they have added TJ Oshie to their long list of injuries so far this season. He's out with a broken ankle, so we are looking at months before he can be expected back.

But they were already without

Perron (concussion)
Polak (sliced tendons in his wrist)
Colaiacovo (concussion)
Jackman (IR with a sprained knee)

But Oshie's injury is the worst, and probably the most critical to the team. Just gut-wrenching.

The Avs currently have ten players, including their starting goaltender and some of their best defensemen, out on IR, mostly because of concussions. It really sucks.

With that Blues blowout loss, the Kings are back in 1st. And finally playing again tonight after another long hiatus.

And the thing is, Drew Doughty only has 1 point.

So... Colin Campbell... hell of a guy...

Alright, I don't know if this is of interest to anyone here but some of Colin Campbell's e-mails entered the public domain thanks to a labour dispute involving a former NHL official. A fair bit's been redacted (names of players, teams, most dates) but a lawyer who blogs about the Oilers picked up on it, though the website is struggling to handle the traffic at this moment.

http://www.mc79hockey.com/?p=3518

There's some damning stuff in there, if the blogger reasoned correctly when figuring out what was being referred to before it was redacted; Campbell complaining about penalties handed out against his son, calling Boston's Marc Savard a "Little Fake Artist".

It's a long read, but maybe the best hockey reporting I've read all year.

Interesting stuff. Read the blog and then skimmed the court document he references. The references to Campbell showing favouritism to his son is pretty damning, but I'm thinking that the coarseness of what he thought to be private emails is making Campbell look worse than he is.

I actually don't think his complaints about Savard are that big a deal, in context of the emails. We don't see very much of them, and I don't doubt that Campbell talked in similar terms about many other players. Pure speculation, I know, but we're looking at a tiny fraction of what are apparently daily emails between the two.

The (apparent) special attention that Campbell is giving his son I'm not defending, it seems like clear conflict of interest. But I don't know that the league's disciplinarian using colourful language to describe Savard in an internal email is a problem in and of itself. I can only imagine how he has described Carcillo or Avery.

Good point on attention given to Campbell's son nihilo. I missed that and got caught up in the Savard bit last night when the story went up. I would love to see emails after the Burrows incident with Auger. The language in those would probably be in technicolor.

TSN's running the story now on their website and they have reaction from Bill Daly and Colin Campbell. They don't say much, with Campbell going with the "I'm a hockey dad" excuse and Daly saying they have measures in place to prevent a conflict of interest.

Interesting blog post from Terry Frei at the Denver Post:

Terry Frei[/url]]Matthew Coller, a writer for the Business of Sports Network, contacted me Friday, bringing up the endorsement deal Boston Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin has signed with Dunkin’ Donuts, a sponsor at the TD Garden.

Suspiciously, this happens to come when the Bruins are right at the salary cap ceiling.

Why contact me?

Because I recently wrote this blog entry about how other leagues might be jealous of the NHL’s hard cap and seek to emulate it, and I recalled that when the NHL’s cap was instituted, I spoke with several generals managers in the NFL about their experiences with their own league’s cap.

Here’s what I wrote in the blog: “I was told to look out for how long it took NHL executives to figure out new ways how to not necessarily circumvent or violate the cap, but to at least find imaginative ways to ‘massage’ it. I’ve always thought the biggest potential for a loophole was if teams found ways to line up extra income for players. Example: Colorado signs an unrestricted free agent for a ‘reasonable’ deal, and all of a sudden he signs a huge endorsement deal with the soft drink company whose name is on the Denver arena, on the alleged basis that having him playing in the Pepsi Center enhances the value of the naming rights. Or he signs a Wal Mart endorsement deal.”

Hmmmmm. Seguin is on an entry-level deal, of course, but this opens the doors for other possibilties of abuse and cap circumvention — including providing for an indirect mechanism to get young players above those entry-level figures.

Here’s Matthew’s story.

I expect to see more cap circumvention attempts like this in the future.