Fans throw waffles at Jonas Gustavsson #Hockey
RDS Reveals Mid-Season Rookie SelectionsThe mid-point of the season sure does come up fast in the Q. These are some of the rookies that have stood out since the beginning of the season in the eyes of the RDS crew:
Acadie-Bathurst Titan – Zach O’Brien
Baie-Comeau Drakkar – Félix Girard
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – William Carrier
Chicoutimi Saguenéens – Charles Hudon
Drummondville Voltigeurs – Marc-Olivier Brouillard
Gatineau Olympiques – Taylor Burke
Halifax Mooseheads – Martin Frk
Lewiston MAINEiacs – Dillon Fournier
Moncton Wildcats – Daniel Milan
Montreal Juniors – Alex Micallef
P.E.I. Rocket – Maxim Lagacé
Quebec Remparts – Tomas Filippi
Rimouski Océanic – Cari Hozjan
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies – Jean-François Grenier
Saint John Sea Dogs – Ryan Tesink
Shawinigan Cataractes – Anton Zlobin
Val-d’Or Foreurs – Julien Leduc
Victoriaville Tigres – David Honzik
I figured Louis Leblanc didn't count as a rookie
Some of the more obviouspants choices are Euros: Filippi of the Remparts (16-18-34 in 32 games) and Frk of the Mooseheads (11-19-30 in 31 games). Chicoutimi's Charles Hudon was also first star of the week with 9 points (1-8) and +8 over three games. #Hockey
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Bill Guerin Announces retirement
After 18 NHL seasons, Bill Guerin is calling it a career.
Guerin, who played for eight NHL teams and won Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins, announced his retirement as a player through the Penguins website on Monday.
"We were only here a short time but my family and I developed such a deep connection to the city, the team and the fans," Guerin said in a team statement. "It was amazing. From ownership and Ray Shero to the coaching staff and trainers, from my teammates to the arena workers to the people in the stands, they all treated us in such a first-class manner. It was an extremely positive experience. We all agree that retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin is the perfect thing to do."
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound right winger tallied 429 goals and 856 points over his career.
He played 95 games with the Penguins over the final two seasons of his career and helped lead Pittsburgh to a Stanley Cup in 2009 after being acquired at the March trading deadline.
Guerin also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders in a career that spanned from 1991 through 2010.
We've all obviously seen him play and he was a great player, but it was clear he had slowed down to the point where he wasn't at the level of most NHL players, and you could tell last year. Despite great stats of course, but consider he was playing with the best player in the league.
I think he still could have helped some teams and I wouldn't be surprised if he got some offers, but if he's going to play for like the Islanders or Oilers then there's no real point for him if he's basically guaranteed not to win another cup by playing there. Obviously the Flyers were too deep to bring him on and the Pens wanted to go another direction.
856 points in over 1200 games, 2 cups and an Olympic Silver medal, is it enough to eventually get him into the Hall of Fame? #Hockey
Billy Guerin will surely be missed. He was a class act and a great player. I'm glad he got to win 2 Stanley Cups. He's definitely a lock for the US Hockey Hall of Fame, and it will be interesting to see if he goes into the HHOF.
The goalie knows you better then you think!Ok, the next time you are heading down the ice with the puck on a break-a-way and fans screaming and your head has gone into that slow motion scene that you see on TV, make sure that you have your act together once it's your turn to perform.
A lot of player get down there to the final move and just blow it under pressure and the inability to stay calm to light the lamp up behind. So here's some advice to help keep your head in the game.
First, let's say you have the puck on this so called break-a-way and you are at center ice. Don't think about victories from days gone by. Don't start thinking about how much money Dad's going to have to shell out when the puck goes in. Don't start thinking about how your girl is jumping her little heart off in the stands and that you might get lucky later.
Stay focused! Now, the first thing you are going to see, is that the goalie is going to come out once he sees that you have a break-a-way. Why do you think he does this? (Jeopardy music here) Now, 99% of all the player that I have talked too have said this simple phrase as their answer…"To cut down the angle!"
WRONG! My friend, it is to mind set you. Well, let me ask you this…when the goalie comes out, what is the first thing you think of?" Yes, I said stay focused and not on the girl friend in the stands. The first thing you think of is…"Wow, look at all that room behind him that he has given me. The next thing you think about is…Deke! Guess what, he just played you like a fool.
The whole purpose is not to come out and cut down the angle, you are in the neutral zone, cutting down the angle is not important at that distance. What the goalie did do was that he went fishing and you bit the hook. He came out to mind set you to think deke. Once he has you thinking this, he has won.
Ok, I can hear it now…"Ok coach, so what's the solution?" Here's what I want you to do first before you finish reading the rest of this story. Have a friend, parent, brother, sister, whomever, come and help you with this next part of the story.
Now, go get a puck out of the garage, then give it to your friend to hold on it edge with their two finger. Next, I want you to place your hand in the direction of your partner and hold you hand out like you are going to shake hands, but you are going to place your hand out like you are going to make a big letter "C".
Then, I want you friend to place the puck on its edge between you fingers and the thumb within this big "C". Then, when he's ready, he gets to drop the puck with out you knowing when he going to drop the puck and you have to catch the puck with your thumb against your open hand. Yes, it's ok, try it several times. Oh, don't think you can use the bottom finger to block the puck…do it right!
Now, what you are going to see is that the puck is going to head on by on its way to the floor. Oh, so here the next thing I hear from players…"Yeah, so!" Well, the hand represents the goalie and the puck represents the shooter. As the shooter comes closer to the goalie, the closure rate is reduced which reduces the reaction time of the goalie. Hopefully a light went off in your head here.
Ok, so now what? Well, this means that once you are on top of him, ready to make this so called deke, you now have the shooting advantage, due to closure rate. This means odds are more in your favor on scoring a goal if you just use a snap shot and not a deke. Please do not shoot it in his stomach. The odds are really good that it will not come out the other side into the net.
Now, If you want to go ahead and use that deke, then just think of this first. Now, back when you were at the blue line, the goalie came out and is still standing there. He wants to get you thinking deke. He will stay in that one spot until he see you at a certain distance from him and then and only then, will he make one skate pump backwards, which by the way will be half the speed of you coming in.
So, once you get into the "Closure rate" area, (Best place to shoot) you have already decided to deke and once you do it, you will see that there is no more room behind him and now you have just wasted that chance of getting some tonight!
Rogers to buy Leafs for over $1 billion?
The Toronto Star is reporting that Rogers Communications could be in the market to purchase most of the holdings of MLSE for over $1 billion dollars. The deal would include the Leafs, the Raptors (and their respective TV stations), the Toronto FC and the Marlies, but not MLSE's real estate holdings, which I assume means Maple Leafs Square and the ACC (not sure what this means for BMO field and Ricoh coliseum, as well as Gol TV which they also own).
It would be one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) deals in sports history, and considering that Rogers already owns the Blue Jays it would mean that they would dominate all of the sports teams in Toronto.
I'm sure one of the Leafs bloggers will have more on it soon just thought I would get this up for discussion.
TORONTO - A published report suggests Rogers Communications is in talks to buy the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal worth more than $1 billion.
Citing anonymous sources, the Toronto Star reports the sale would include the NBA's Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC of Major League Soccer and the Marlies, the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League minor hockey team.
The $1.3 billion deal would be the biggest transaction in Canadian sport history and transform Rogers Communications Inc., which already owns the Toronto Blue Jays, into one of the most powerful sports enterprises in North America.
Sources said the deal to buy a majority stake in Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment from the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan would include the Leafs and Raptors TV stations, but not MLSE's real estate holdings.
"I know it's real," a top sports industry executive, who requested anonymity, told the newspaper. "I've heard it from Rogers at a high executive level and from MLSE at (the highest) level."
Spokespersons with both Rogers and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan declined comment.
“It's our policy to neither confirm or deny,” said Deborah Allan, director of communications and media relations for the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.
Richard Peddie, MLSE's chief executive officer, referred all questions to Teachers' representatives.
“It's a shareholder matter,” he said. “I have not been involved in any discussions and I have no knowledge of it.”
PLEASE let this happen
Pat's right about that. All Rogers has to do is say "hey look how many financially successful franchises we have. But ugh, don't look at their records and standings over the last few years."
Seriously though NFL in Toronto would be pretty cool. Hope it can happen.
Chris Pronger and the Sean Avery RuleThe Pronger incident:
The Sean Avery incident that brought all of this on:
I don't know what I think about all this... I wasn't a fan of the Sean Avery rule when they started it a couple of years back. You're screening the goalie... so what if you're trying to get into his head. But as time went on I came to accept it and realize that if you're back is turned to the play and you're just trying to mess with a goaltender's head, how is that hockey?
As highlighted by Mark Trible in his recap yesteday, the "Sean Avery Rule" is to be applied “…to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play.”
According to the letter of the law, what Pronger did wasn't against any rule in the NHL. But according to hockey operations, it goes against the spirit of the rule... but there are so many holes in the way it was called yesterday that you can't really accept the way it was handled. I didn't like what Pronger did and we don't need that stuff in the NHL, blocking a goalie's view with your hand, but why wasn't it called right away? Why was it only called when the goal was scored?
Way too many questions that the referees clearly aren't able to answer.
If they're going to keep this rule and have teams lose games because of it... it needs a clarification.
Mark Whalberg Admits "The Happening" Sucked
I was such a huge fan of [Amy Adams]. We’d actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie, and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. I don’t want to tell you what movie… All right, The Happening with M. Night Shyamalan. It is was it is. F*cking trees, man, the plants. F*ck it. You can’t blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher. You know? I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.
No matter what you think about Whalberg's acting chops, you have to give a little credit to him for this. M. Night is a disaster and the Happening was one of the worst films of all time. #Entertainment