Winnipeg Has The Man Who Was There All Along
Once again the National Hockey League has poached the American Hockey League and brought in another coach. On Friday, Claude Noel will be named as the new head coach of the new Winnipeg NHL franchise.
Noel was one of the four interviewed coaches by new general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. Noel is well known in the city as he was coach of the Manitoba Moose in their last year, which was last season, and played in the same MTS Centre which will be used by the new NHL team. Previously he was interim head coach for 24 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2009-10 season after taking over for a fired Ken Hitchcock.
He becomes the thi...
In this brief section, I have listed my winners of the major trophies this season. I had completely forgot the awards were tonight and need to apologize for not having the controversial conversation starter up earlier this week.
Selke- The traditional Datsyukian treasure will no longer be a part of the great Russians trophy case as this seasons award will be given to, Johnathan Toews. This kid is one of the premier players in this league and is constantly underrated. After a fantastic season last year which he was arguably the best forward in the Olympics and a Stanley Cup, Toews came out this season and played his game to perfection. He will never win the Art Ross, but he is one of the...
The NHL 2011 Entry Draft is almost here! Since our blogger mock draft fell through, I'm doing my own. After researching every team's needs, I came up with a pretty decent draft board. Only time will tell how many picks I get right, if any!
Top Prospect's Section from hockeysfuture.com
1. ADAM LARSSON - Defence, Skelleftea AIK
Last Year's First Round Picks: Taylor Hall (1)
Top Prospects: Martin Marincin (D), Jeff Petry (D), Tyler Pitlick (C)
Edmonton has so many young players up front that they can use this number one pick on Larsson. I have heard that if the Oilers do want him, they can trade down, but Larsson is also worth the number one pick. Let him develop in Sweden before...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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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...
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.
"What if Leino didn't have the drive?" What does that line have to do with anything? The campaign itself ...