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Signs Your Team Is Digging A Hole

*You're beginning to regret the free agent signing you made in the summer and it's game 1 of 82 in year 1 of 15. *You're 1 of 30 teams that would trade one of your players (goaltender) for the player mentioned above. *Fans have noticed that the team sucks, and you're in Florida. *Your team couldn't score a goal if the other team played without a goaltender, or worse, they started Vesa Toskala. *You acquire a top player for a draft pick and four weeks later another team acquires the same player for free via waivers....wait wrong league. *That goalie who carried you into the playoffs and almost carried his country to a Gold Medal, yeah he called, he's taking this season off. ...

Studs & Duds: First Edition

With every team in the NHL having played about 10 games each, I feel it is time for me to step in and unjustly review the performance of players who were (or weren't... hello Tim Thomas) expected to perform in this brand new NHL season. Let's start with the... STUDS Steven Stamkos Seen here wanting nothing to do with that big orange ball, Stamkos has been an absolute dynamo for the high-scoring Tampa Lightning so far this season with a ridiculous 2 points per game scoring average. Barry Melrose still says he is not ready to play in the NHL and somehow still has his job at ESPN even though Pierre Lebrun and Scott Burnside have better haircuts. Tim Thomas With a goals agains...

NHL Recap Week 3 - Between the Pipes

So how about those southern teams? – I wrote this about a year ago.

“NHL teams losing money – First Phoenix and now Columbus. The Coyotes troubles are well documented and despite the NHL’s best efforts the Coyotes really should really leave Phoenix. However don’t tell that to Commissioner Gary Bettman he doesn’t want to hear it. Now it is being reported that the Columbus Blue Jackets are losing on average 12 million a year.

Phoenix is dead last in attendance this year and has lost about 30 million in some seasons. Of course with team ownership up in the air many fans don’t want to invest money into a team that may not be there. The Coyotes were also near ...

Story Time

The NHL season has begun with many stories, but don't worry, Gary Bettman has banned James Wisniewski from reading them to us. Instead Bryan Murray will read them to us, so I hope you brought your umbrellas. So sit tight or just pretend like you're Tyler Bozak waiting for a shift in the third period and listen to the story, or whatever this is. *Bryan Murray licks his finger to turn the page, but for some reason the page is already soaked.* "Ok, let's begin. Once Upon A Time, There was a hockey team that won the first four games of the season. If this was the post-season that would have been a first round sweep. But only one of these games was against the Senators, s...

NHL Recap and Analysis Week 2 - Between the Pipes

When is it time to hang up the skates? – Patrick Roy was my idol he along with my 1988-89 Panini hockey sticker book are what got me into hockey. When Roy retired in 2003 I was annoyed and upset. Not because my favorite player retired, because I knew he would eventually, but because the Avalanche were eliminated in the 1st round against the Minnesota Wild a team they should have beaten. I wanted Roy’s career to end on a high note. Maybe not another Stanley Cup but definitely another long playoff run and certainly not a bitter Game 7 1st round exit. But I guess Roy knew it was over for him and in reality he had nothing left to prove with his four Stanley Cups and numerous records. Most...

Things That Are Getting Old: Blaming the Refs

I’ve decided to forgo my usual “It Hab-Ened Last Night” Habs recap in order to discuss something that’s been nagging me since the season started, and really as far back as last season. There has certainly been no shortage of subjects to discuss through two weeks of NHL action, including headshots and the microscope over any contact that results in a player injury, not to mention the salary cap troubles facing the New Jersey Devils that I’ve been pretty vocal about and against. And while it may seem crass to push those issues to the side in order to talk about the subject of this blog, there really is a nagging issue in the NHL that easily gets overlooked. Fans, analysts, and...

Between the Pipes NHL Recap Week 1

It’s been about five months since I’ve done one of these but I’m happy to back. If you haven’t read a Between the Pipes before, basically I start out with a mini piece on a hockey topic relevant to the week or in general, then I spotlight a goalie and then we dive into the week with clips, opinion/analysis. I then round it out with stats, did you know and this week in hockey history.

Hockey is back (in Edmonton) – There are two ways to build a long term successfully team in any sport. Drafting well in the lower rounds and/or trading down to acquire more picks as you continually make the playoffs as the Red Wings do and the New England Patriots do in the NFL. These team...

An Early Candidate for Top 10 Games of 2010-11

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have ourselves an early candidate for the Top 10 Games of 2010-11. Last night, the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings made for an entertaining contest. Here's the breakdown... First Period Johan Franzen gets Detroit on the board first 2:34 into the game with his second goal of the year to give the Wings a 1-0 lead. After a fight 11:12 in, the Avalanche score to tie the game on a goal by David Jones at 16:56. (Sorry, I haven't got a Davy Jones Locker joke ready. Maybe another time.) Second Period Pavel Datsyuk gets the Wings a 2-1 lead at 2:50, then go up by two goals when Johan Franzen got his second of the night and third of the year, sc...

TCL Top Ten Moments of the Opening Weekend

It's been an action-packed opening few days in the NHL, and all the games have definitely left fans with a lot to talk about heading in week 2 (or, at least, week 1 1/2). Thanks to Columbus Day in the US and Thanksgiving in Canada, the first weekend of NHL action was extended into Monday, with all day action in the league from 1PM on Long Island to past midnight on the Eastern seaboard in Vancouver. And through the first five days of NHL action, we've had plenty of surprises. From "inappropriate gestures to vicious blindside hits to surprise wins and surprise losses, and even a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, it seems like opening week in the NHL has had it all. That being said, I thought ...

TCL Top Ten Pre-Season Injuries

The NHL pre-season is finally upon us, and we all know what that means! For starters, the new hockey season is right around the corner. Soon, we will all be able to tap right back into our beer and pizza funds, reconnect with friends and frequent sports bars and restaurants to watch our favorite teams get back to action. But more importantly, it also means that the NHL fantasy hockey season is back! While many drafts and office pools have already taken place, with several weeks left until the puck finally drops on October 7th, there will still be many to go, with many trades and roster moves to consider before the start of the season. Naturally, the main concern for any fantasy...