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Keep It Flashy Winnipeg

Winnipeg True North - Keep It Flashy Winnipeg As the euphoria of the new-old Winnipeg franchise continues into the draft and free agency periods some tough decisions have to be made. The first was not to give Rick Dudley a first class plane ticket from Atlanta to Winnipeg. Actually, he wasn’t given any ticket as True North decided not to keep him as general manager. Kevin Cheveldayoff was plucked from the Chicago Blackhawks organization to start off a fresh new era of hockey in Winnipeg. Cheveldayoff was given all about two hours to settle in when questions about who would be the coach of the Winnipeg franchise flooded the airwaves and newsprint. Unlike the quick dismissal of Dud...

Did we miss something?

Amid one of the most entertaining and controversial Stanley cup finals of the past few decades, it seems that rioting and talk of a fix has taken away from what was one of the most historic series of all time. In what was Vancouver’s second game 7 in the Stanley Cup, the Nuck’s of British Columbia had hoped for a second chance at glory. This time around they were favored by a large margin and perhaps the most dominant team in recent memory. With the league’s best power play, highest scoring offense, best defense, and second best penalty kill, it seemed as though the Canucks would be able to win this series in a considerable fashion. However, history and common sense do not apply to...

Thank You Notes - Year End Edition

Some call this the playoffs, others call it Roberto Luongo's personal hell. Either way this distraction is almost over and the hockey world can go back to talking about the Leafs. Anyways, with a complete disregard for the fact that the season is not over, here are some year end thank you's for a few special people. Thank You, Roberto Luongo for clarifying that you're one win away from winning the Stanley Cup. You should have also mentioned that you're one loss away from http://i.imgur.com/mXpuB.jpg Thank You, to the Green Men for showing up in Boston even though the Canucks never did. Thank You, Tomas Kaberle for your pathetic playoff beard and reminding all Leafs fans just ho...

Reed Review 6/08: The Winnipeg Effect & the Division Shuffle

With the announcement that the Atlanta to Winnipeg trade is close enough to be called a done deal there are two things that people want to know. What the 7th Canadian team will be called and of course how will things change in the conferences/divisions. Let’s commence by getting one of the most discussed topics out of the way, the team name. In a poll done by the local newspaper in Winnipeg 63% of residents said the team name should be the Jets. As much as I enjoy linking old generation to new generation hockey I have to play the devil’s advocate. Speaking from the perspective of the owner of the team naming them the Jets could very well lose you money, fewer jersey purchases is only ...

Explaining the NHL Combine

Steven Stamkos at the 2008 Combine The NHL Combine was held over the past few days and a few people have asked me, "What's the point?" As a 4th year Kinesiology student, I can say that testing an athlete in different physical aspects the emulates a game situation is essential for scouts and management to get more information on a prospect's physiology. So really, what is the combine? Well, it has four main tests; the interview, medical evaluation, psychological evaluation and fitness testing. Of the four, the interview might be the most important part of the combine. Players meet with team management and are asked questions about themselves, and sometimes a psychologist is in ...

Stanley Cup Final Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs Boston Bruins

*Click here to see full-sized graphic* Well, here we are. The final four to seven games of the 2010-11 NHL season. One more set of games to decide which team was best in the league this season. One more series before GMs finally run out of excuses for procrastinating their off-season wheeling and dealing. One more series before hockey withdrawal finally sets in for all of us. It’s tough to really put what many people are feeling about this series in words. For one team, it’s the culmination of a long plight spanning several seasons to finally earn themselves a Stanley Cup, after years of being Canada’s most consistent team. The Vancouver Canucks haven’t been here in many years...

"History Will Be Made"...was it?

Last season, the NHL rolled out a new advertising campaign simply called "History Will Be Made". When the NHL delved into the rich and momentous history that the playoffs brought, it was easy to find material to excite fans for the playoffs. It asked hypothetical questions to NHL history. "What if Roy played like a Rookie?", or "What if Stevie Y didn't inspire Hockeytown?". Then, after every single game, whether or not history was made, the NHL rolled out another commercial with frequent misguided questions. This one sticks out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3BpyIrDUWs "What if Leino didn't have the drive?" What does that line have to do with anything? The campaign itself ...

Reed Review 5/30: Stanley Cup Final More Interesting Than You Think

Two teams vying for the infamously worshiped Stanley Cup, of all aspects of this matchup it’s not their scoring, goaltending or anything similar that I’m interested in. Instead I’m more intrigued of the fact we have our first Stanley Cup final in which both team captains are NOT North American. For some not a big deal but interesting to note considering only one European captain has ever led a team to win the Cup and only two have led teams to the finals in the entire history of the NHL. In the era of the NHL every Stanley Cup final has consisted of American and Canadian captains save two. Big Zdeno Chara becomes the first captain from the Czech Republic, and Henrik Sedin becomes th...

Stanley Cup Championship Preview

We started the year with 30 teams. By the start of the playoffs, we were down to 16. We are now heading to the Stanley Cup Final and we're down to two teams, and at the end of this journey, only one team will stand. Here are our two finalists... ( W1 ) Vancouver Canucks vs. ( E3 ) Boston Bruins This is the first time the Canucks and Bruins will play each other in the postseason. The following is a quick recap of the Boston-Vancouver game that was played on February 26, 2011: Manny Malhotra gets the Canucks on the board with 3:02 to go in the first period. Raffi Torres and Christian Ehrhoff picked up the assists. Nathan Horton ties the game at 9:56 of the second, assisted by Milan L...

Western Conference Final Preview: Canucks vs. Sharks

*Click here to see full-sized graphic* If you asked most people what one word could encompass the play of the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks in recent years, it would probably be the word "choke". The San Jose Sharks have spent most of the years of the new NHL favored to win the Stanley Cup, only to fail in all of their outings. The Vancouver Canucks, on the other hand, have spend the last few years losing to the Chicago Blackhawks. Even this year, both the Sharks and the Canucks found themselves on the brink of disaster, blowing 3-0 series leads against the Red Wings and Blackhawks, respectively, only to salvage their runs in game sevens. Hell, even their other opponents,...