Pens are going ALL THE WAY in 2011!!!Last season ended rather abruptly for the Pens, but I am telling you, this is the year to rebound. Ray Shero has got to be the best GM in hockey. To get two of the best and most underrated defensemen on the market and lock them up for 5 years each is unbelievable. The centers make the Pens the best team in hockey up the middle and I fully expect Fleury to rebound this year especially with the D being as stout as they are gonna be this year. I would love to hear from the rest of you HOCKEY FANATICS out there who you think is gonna take it all this year. Join me at http://hockeystores.org for more information on all the latest hockey gear and training aids. Please leave me any commnets on future blog topics and I will do my best to research the topics left for me.
New Blogging Opportunities on The Checking Line!TCL is looking for good writers, of any walk of life and of varying experience to join the team and help improve both the content and the readership of the site!
While the community is ever growing, and the team has reached 20 writers covering nearly 15 teams, there is a need for coverage for several teams around the NHL, especially in the Western Conference.
Any writers that are interested are welcome to contact me, whether TCL already has coverage of the team they would be willing to write for, but the following teams are considered "priorities" for coverage:
- Detroit Red Wings
- San Jose Sharks
- New Jersey Devils
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Colorado Avalanche
- St. Louis Blues
- Dallas Stars
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Edmonton Oilers
If you would be interested in writing for these teams, please e-mail me so that we could discuss terms before the training camps begin! At the moment, writing at The Checking Line is on a volunteer basis, however with the community growing, we wish to grow to the community to the point where there would be benefits for the writing staff.
Please contact myself, George Prax, at the following e-mail address:
NHL Ultimate Trade Game?Heey I havent been on this forum in a while! But recently Ive had such a craving to start a Ultimate Trade Game for the summer its rediculous. I remember about a year ago we had some really fun times playing it, and was just wondering if there would be any interest to start it up again? I know a few people who would play already!
Ill see how this goes, then give people more details about what its all about.
NFL Anti-Truth Ruling could affect NHLRead this great article by TheViewFrom111 at Hockey Independent.
The gist: a supreme court ruling in the US basically says that the NFL is not a single-entity, and cannot run central operations for its league as each team is different enough to be its own legal entity. The problem? Every league supported the NFL, including the NHL, against this, because all the CBAs are up next year and this provides precedent and leverage for the PA going into negotiations. I haven't seen much press for this but this is a huge topic IMO and could be very important for the NHL going forward.