Twitter #Hashtag of the Week - #DanEllisProblems

Am I, right now, trying to capitalize on a twitter trend?

Maybe.

But really, TCL has been a good way for me (and of course many others) to share things about hockey that we find amusing, beyond even the Montreal Canadiens blogs. Beyond the recaps, analysis and news discussion, we always hoped that this website would be a means for people to enjoy themselves, and to maybe learn about things that don't always reach the mainstream sources.

In a few weeks, the TCL team will be opening a second blog, Better With Popcorn, where I will be able to make fun of celebrities, and talk about movies and video games, among other things, satisfying another one of my lifelong dreams.

But until then, I'll have to stick to hockey. And trust me, as an avid twitter user and a person who scours the internet for things to waste time on, there is definitely enough content to amuse myself with when it comes to our sport.

Twitter has become an incredible tool that everyone should use. Whether it's connecting with people who share similar interests, promoting your own websites, blogs, products, etc, finding links and interesting things that you might otherwise pass over, or just simply killing some time, 140 characters at a time, Twitter has definitely contributed to TCL's growth and community over the last 12 months. Moreover, it's also provided some interesting topics of discussion. My first exposure to a "viral" twitter hashtag was #KyleWellwoodIsSoFat, which even provided us with a lot of laughs right here on TCL. Since then, many have come and gone, and many good ones have been looked over.

Therefore, in an effort to bring some of these trends to our non-twitter readers, and maybe spark some discussion on current hockey events, I present to you a new, weekly feature on The Checking Line, TCL's Twitter #Hashtag of the week!

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DAN ELLIS HAS PROBLEMS, TOO

Today's Twitter #Hashtag comes from a (probably alcohol induced) twitter rant from Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis (@33dellis), in reply to Reggie Bush about the problems facing professional athletes such as health care, "underpayment" and a potential forthcoming lockout for both the NFL and the NHL:

To be honest, there are legitimate problems facing many players, in both leagues, and Ellis has a right to be concerned, regardless of how many millions he's made, he currently makes or will make in the future. Ellis is lucky to have a job in the NHL's current situation, as many of his fellow goaltenders are finding themselves in unemployment lines as training camps commence. Don't let the Kovalchuks of the league fool you, not everyone's NHL salary has multiple commas, and not every player is guaranteed an NHL salary, as the number of two-way contracts is well on the rise, allowing teams to save money on payroll regardless of cap hits.

There has been growing talk that the NHL could find itself in a lockout next season, and generally, the Kovalchuks and their agents of this league are probably the ones to blame. Loopholes in the CBA have been found and the NHL is having a hard time justifying closing them in the middle of the agreement. The PA and the players will not stand for it and they will refuse to sign a new contract, and we'll be right back to where we were in 2005.

Whether Ellis is helping all these problems or contributing to them is another story, however. Not every player is going to sign league minimum contracts like Mike Comrie, but then again, not every player is married to Hillary Duff, and not every player's family owns national furniture store chains.

But I digest.

While Ellis's concerns are, to a certain degree, warranted, speaking out publicly on the matter to basically an audience of people that don't make nearly the same kind of money he does and obviously have problems of their own, is probably not the best idea. It's really not a stretch to imagine that some of them might get upset with a millionaire complaining about not having enough money.

But as a famous poet, whose name escapes me at the moment, once said... "Mo Money, Mo Problems".

And yes, Dan Ellis has problems. That being said, twitter's hashtag of the week is!

#DanEllisProblems!

Here are some of the funnier replies from the last 10 hours (thanks to Puck Daddy for most):

- dandbradleyETG:

Pekka Rinne #DanEllisProblems

That plane ride in december to Norfolk. #DanEllisProblems

(And basically his entire twitter feed for the last day.)

- @AndrewBHDL: How am I supposed to handle the $8 price increase for Center Ice with all this escrow stuff? #DanEllisProblems

- TravisHair: Got 99 problems but getting a prime seat to watch the game ain't one. #DanEllisProblems

- @mlse: Getting chirped by the poors #DanEllisProblems

- @hotbranchCouldda had a V8! #DanEllisProblems

- trevorengstrom: Getting paid less than Jeff Finger. #DanEllisProblems

Even Czechtacular's good friend Paul Bisonnette chimed in:

I had money probs in the minors. Had 3 jobs 1 summer. Worked at a clothin store, sportscheck, and bounced at a strip club called sun downer #DanEllisProblems

And my personal contribution...

Oh my God. Movable printed type. We must keep this from the serfs, lest they gain literacy and threaten the landed gentry. #DanEllisProblems.

Naturally, Ellis tried to downplay the matter in other tweets last night, and while he was probably sincere, it obviously wouldn't be as funny if people forgave him.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Is Ellis in the wrong or in the right? What are your favorite #DanEllisProblems tweets? Share your own here!

Prax
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