NHL 2010-2011: Rick Rypien

ColdForged wrote:

I'm enjoying the hell out of the 24/7 series on HBO. I want that year round, weekly, following random teams. I love the peek into the lives as it's so vastly different from my life of toil and suffering.

It's fantastic. I think I've watched both episodes at least 3 times.

skeletonframes wrote:
jinniee wrote:

Great Canucks vs Red Wings game tonight........... so fun to watch!

Sucks that we lost.....=( sad face for me

Good game, but I would have traded a loss (or ten) for Datsyuk not to have been injured. And to make it worse, its a broken wrist. That's like Dirk Diggler breaking his dick. :(

Losing Datsyuk will hurt. Boon for the rest of the conference.

Doug wrote:

Too bad for Datysuk. It didn't even look like that bad of a fall. You just can't wish injury on a class player like him.

Otherwise, great game to watch but I did throw my beer at the TV when Zetterburg finished it. F*cking Zetterberg. Broke my heart. Anyone catch the clip where Zetterburg flipped the puck at the Canucks bench where Kesler caught it and threw it back at him? How casual it all looked made me laugh.

I missed that but it sounds hilarious.

Canucks vs Edmonton was boss. I gave my sister my tickets and was thrilled with the result. Tie the game in the third with a great goal. Score with three minutes only to have it waived off. Score with 24 seconds left to actually win the game.

WOW! Double win for me last night on my favorite teams!!!!

Caps vs Canadiens & Canucks vs Flyers

The way Subban plays really pisses me off......... roughing all the freaking time. Caps really need to do better on their PP though....

I fell asleep half way through the Canucks game. =( It was almost mid night EST. Yikes! Glad we beat them though!!!

<3 Hockey!

OSHIE FLYING AROUND

If T.J. Oshie is out until late January, count me as somebody who will be very surprised. Oshie practiced with the team this morning, and if you didn't know he was recovering from a broken ankle, you would have thought he was playing tonight.

"Yeah, he looked good," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "Another good step in the rehab process. Hands looked fine and skating looked pretty good. He's got lots of work left to do, but certainly another good step today. The timeline is a moving target. We've got late January. If he beats it, great."

He broke his ankle on November 10th, requiring surgery and screws to be inserted. That is just insane. I saw footage of him skating last week, but the idea of him practicing already is insane.

With the defense finally healthy and accounted for, the Blues are starting to win again. If they get a good Oshie (another longshot) back and then Perron and McDonald can shake their concussions, it may be a pretty sweet spring after all.

Dear Sportsnet Pacific,

As with many, if not all, offensive lines in the NHL, there are three players on the Canucks' first line. I know it's probably confusing for you that Burrows is not named Sedin—that's an awful lot of names to keep track of—but do keep it in mind. So if Burrows (in case you forgot already, he plays with the Sedins on their line) gets any points tonight (Did you forget? He plays with the Sedins) please don't neglect to show those on your game summaries, like you neglected to for the last two goddamned games.

Thank you.

Bahaha! I noticed that and was wondering what was wrong.

Possibly the Canucks are just scoring so well some of their many points need to go unreported so as not to frighten the other teams.

YOUR VANCOUVER CANUCKS ARE IN FIRST PLACE!

Vector wrote:

YOUR VANCOUVER CANUCKS ARE IN FIRST PLACE!

Go Canucks go! Actually, it's making me really stressed and it's only January.

Good. That means the Wings won't meet you until the Conf Finals. If at all.

w00t for the Canucks! They are my favorite team non-penguins team. That being said, I hope the Pens can win tonight and tie them for 1st in the league and ahead of those dirty Flyers.

Also the final 24/7 is tonight. Looks like it's all pens, all night for me! w00t!

Sooo.... Did anyone else watch the Juniors final last night? Are we ready to discuss what "happened?" I'm not entirely sure myself. Around 6:30 pacific my only memories are a vague sense of beer-fueled rage and despair. At some point I may have cried.

And on an unrelated note, the NHL stock of Ellis and Visentin just dropped dramatically.

At least the Canucks continued their streak. Thank you Calgary, for being the whipping-boys that you are.

Doug wrote:

Sooo.... Did anyone else watch the Juniors final last night? Are we ready to discuss what "happened?" I'm not entirely sure myself. Around 6:30 pacific my only memories are a vague sense of beer-fueled rage and despair. At some point I may have cried.

And on an unrelated note, the NHL stock of Ellis and Visentin just dropped dramatically.

At least the Canucks continued their streak. Thank you Calgary, for being the whipping-boys that you are.

When I left to go to the Canucks game it was 3-0. By the time I got to the rink it was 4-3. They showed part of the game live, Russia scored again, and it was immediately turned off. I'm hoping that back to back losses in the Final will make hockey Canada re-evaluate how they choose coaches and how the coaches choose players.

Like you said the Canucks game was pretty great. Only down side was once again an Alberta team ruins a shutout in the dying seconds.

We've reached the half-way point of the regular season already! The best hockey to be played is coming closer (all-star game, right guys!?). Anyone got some crazy predictions about what we are going to see coming up? I'll give a few.

1. Jeff Skinner wins the Calder.
2. The sharks are going to pull out some ridiculous trade blockbuster and break up the band.
3. Lidstrom gets his Norris when it reality it should have gone to Byfuglien (seriously, check out his stats).
4. We end up with a battle of the absurd-teams-with-too-much-depth for the cup: Canucks vs. Flyers. Philly edges it out on the shoulders of the undrafted Bobrovsky, who gets playoff MVP.
5. Jonas Hiller steals the Vezina by dragging the lowly ducks into one of the remaining playoff spots.

Coldtouch wrote:

We've reached the half-way point of the regular season already! The best hockey to be played is coming closer (all-star game, right guys!?). Anyone got some crazy predictions about what we are going to see coming up? I'll give a few.

1. Jeff Skinner wins the Calder.
2. The sharks are going to pull out some ridiculous trade blockbuster and break up the band.
3. Lidstrom gets his Norris when it reality it should have gone to Byfuglien (seriously, check out his stats).
4. We end up with a battle of the absurd-teams-with-too-much-depth for the cup: Canucks vs. Flyers. Philly edges it out on the shoulders of the undrafted Bobrovsky, who gets playoff MVP.
5. Jonas Hiller steals the Vezina by dragging the lowly ducks into one of the remaining playoff spots.

3) I might be certainly am coloured by my irrational dislike for Byfuglien, but no. Just no.

Coldtouch wrote:

1. Jeff Skinner wins the Calder.

Don't jinx him!

3. Lidstrom gets his Norris when it reality it should have gone to Byfuglien (seriously, check out his stats).

Please note the following:

The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's top "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position".

Emphasis mine. Until he realizes he's a defenseman instead of a 4th forward as well as getting more than 7 seconds of PK time per game, I don't see the Norris.

GRZKGHRSRKHRAG BYFUGLYIEN GRKZAHHKGRKKGSGAKZG

nihilo wrote:

3) I might be certainly am coloured by my irrational dislike for Byfuglien, but no. Just no.

All of you are right, but I figured if an offensive defenseman like Mike Green can get consideration why not a guy who spent all last season as a forward and is producing even more at a completely different position. Besides, this will be Lidstrom's 7th Norris. That would break up the 6-set souvenir pack :(.

*snicker*

Also, just how in the hell did the rest of the NHL let the Blueshirts get the league's best road record? Goodbye to Rozsival, I did like him, and we're losing a damn skilled PP QB for Wolski.

Why do you build me up (build me up) Mikey Rupp, baby. Just to let me down (let me down). Is it cause Sid's not around?

Gravey wrote:

GRZKGHRSRKHRAG BYFUGLYIEN GRKZAHHKGRKKGSGAKZG

I'd like to thank Gravey for eloquently stating the position against Byfuglien. Remember people, you can't spell 'fugli' without Byfuglien.

I'm done with work for the day and heading out to pre-pre-game drinks before heading to tonight's Sharks game. Ever since the stupid Comcast/DISH dispute I've been unable to watch Sharks games at home, so I'm really looking forward to tonight's game. Maybe we'll even quit this losing streak and get back to playing good hockey again!

I'm glad you guys dealt the with Byfuglien in the corner. He's not even the best defenceman on his team (Enstrom is). Guys I have ahead of Byfuglien in no real order:

Lidstrom
Enstrom
Edler
Letang
Visnovsky
Yandle
Boyle
Whitney (before he got injured)
Weber
Keith

Also, Lidstrom has the same amount of points as Byfuglien does as well as being perfect. Byfuglien also spent parts of last season (including playoffs) as a defenceman.

As for rookies I think Skinner is the favourite but Couture, Fowler, Shattenkirk have been very impressive. Wouldn't be surprised if one goes on a hot streak near the end of the season and becomes the favourite.

Some thoughts:
-If Tim Thomas maintains his play he'll win another Vezina trophy. It will seem insane but he'll be the only two-time Vezina winner not in the Hall of Fame. He's like the exact opposite of Osgood.
-Other than Thomas there aren't any clear favourites for the Vezina. Most of the regulars have had disappointing seasons (Kipprusof, Brodeur, and Miller). Luongo has been very good but he hasn't needed to be excellent. Hiller, Ward, Price, and Howard are most likely Thomas' closest competition.
-I didn't think Jimmy Howard would amount to much. He is proving me wrong. Excellent goaltender.
-Tampa Bay somehow has a -9 goal differiental while still leading their division
-Canucks are the best team in the league.
-Sedins could finish 2nd and 3rd in scoring.
-Henrik Sedin has 11 more assists than the next closest player (St. Louis).
-Ryan Kesler is on pace for a 40 points season.
-I like how good Lidstrom is this year (figure last few seasons have been fatigue from the shear volume of hockey he's played) and how many good young defenceman there are.
-There's a feeling around the NHL insiders that Burke will do something. I agree with this. Leafs need an impact player and I expect Burke to do whatever he can to acquire one (I mean a Brad Richards type). If he doesn't I suspect he'll try again at the draft. If he doesn't he deserves to be fired.
-With Crosby out with an injury I expect Stamkos, St. Louis, and the Sedins to make up some ground. I also expect his production to be slowed a little when he returns.
-Capitals will ramp it up right before the playoffs begin. If they don't Boudreau should be fired.
-Something will happen with the Senators. Something needs to happen. The team needs to be blown up.

ThatGuy42 wrote:

I'm done with work for the day and heading out to pre-pre-game drinks before heading to tonight's Sharks game. Ever since the stupid Comcast/DISH dispute I've been unable to watch Sharks games at home, so I'm really looking forward to tonight's game. Maybe we'll even quit this losing streak and get back to playing good hockey again!

I couldn't stay awake for this game last night. I went to bed with Leafs down 1-0, woke up this morning and we won! Unexpected. Wilson gets his 600th win in his old arena. I'm sure that's a good feeling.

Watching the replay of Orr kneeing Couture, that probably could have been called for kneeing, but I don't think he set out to do it. Couture tried to get out of the way rather than take the hit and Orr wasn't able to adjust. I don't know, looking at it again it was a dangerous play. Hopefully Couture comes back quickly.

So, the Leafs have 4 wins in a row and a new goalie controversy. Reimer has looked good and he's been winning. At this point I really don't care about much more than that. Still, the coaches have a hard decision to make as soon as Giguere is ready to play again, which looks very soon. Do they keep Reimer and send Gustavsson down? I doubt that. On the upside, Reimer playing well has taken all the pressure off Giguere to come back earlier than he needs to, which hopefully means he'll be healthy for a while.

King Henrik - 1

Vancouver - 0

Sedin didn't score thoug...oh.

Who pwn da Chief?

Vector wrote:

-Other than Thomas there aren't any clear favourites for the Vezina. Most of the regulars are havingunbelievably sh*tty seasons(Kipprusof, Brodeur, and Miller). Luongo has been very good but he hasn't needed to be excellent. Hiller, Ward, Price, and Howard are most likely Thomas' closest competition.

Fixed, and this time I didn't forget the gravy.

GOOOOOOOOO CANUCKS!

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Where are my Canucks fans? Where is Cory?

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Bahaha, awesome picture with Greenie!

jinniee wrote:

Where are my Canucks fans?

Losing 4-0 against the Wild forces us to hibernate until spring. Out of shame. Oh, the shame!