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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:
Thank you, and looking forward to hearing from you,
George Steinbrenner suffers massive Heart Attackhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/13/george-steinbrenner-heart_n_644168.html?ref=twitter
He's not dead yet but at 80 years old it must be pretty grim... One of the best owners in all of sports...
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.
Good to be back Prax!
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.
Hockey Independent owns NBChttp://deadspin.com/5530840/nbc-falls-for-silly-nhl-pizza-party-hoax
I'm honestly laughing my ass off. This is one of the other sites I post my stuff on, and NBC actually fell for a blog clearly marked as satire. Total ownage.
Pens Are Weeping!!!After CryBaby Crosby broke his stick on Jaroslav Halak's goal post (he thought more deserved a penalty for interference), the pens newest CryBaby, Matt Cookie (given by Mike Boone on habsinsideout) is stating that Subban is purposly cutting tendons:
"Penguins' hit man Matt Cookie is saying his foot was nearly cut by P.K. Subban's skate in Game 2 and links the incident to Jordan Staal's cut in Game 1.
"It’s the second time (it’s happened),” Cooke told the Beaver County Times. "I know it’s not a penalty when skates collide but for that to happen in back-to-back games by the same guy is suspicious."
now is this funny or what, the big bad Cookie is afraid of Subban. personally i think he's trying anything to through the habs off there game, there really a bunch of babies on pitsburg.
Playoff Scoring RaceSo after one round + a game, Joe Pavelski leads the goal scoring race with 7 goals (2nd in points with 11). Dan Boyle and Ryan Clowe are among the leaders in assists (7 each), and the ''big 3'' in San Jose are nowhere to be found. Anyone else see this coming?
Crosby with 14 points (5 goals 9 assists) is not surprising, and I think he's going to win the race at the end of the playoffs (the Sedins will pick it up and give him a run for his money).
Who do you think will win the scoring race?
Congrats to the HabsAlthough the end result was frustrating and terribly disappointing, the whole process of being involved in covering this series and meeting a lot of great new hockey "friends" has been a good one for me. I'd like to wish the Habs (and all those here who cover/support them) congratulations on a series well-played. Here's hoping that you somehow can muster the energy to knock off the hated Pens. If nothing else, maybe you will begin to understand why we have such a distaste for them and their fans down here in this part of the world. With not much else to say, I finally had to resort to some Roethlisberger smack talk this morning.
Anyway, while I still have a huge problem with the third-period disallowed goal (I mean the hockey world was clamoring for the Caps to get traffic in front of the net and when they finally do the goal is taken away), the Caps never should have let the series get to the point that one call could determine the outcome. And I'm not posting this to whine or point a finger or create an argument. Most of you probably think it was the right call and most of us think it was a joke. At the end of the day if the Caps had scored two more power play goals to "raise" their percentage closer to 10% on the series, they probably would have won the series in five or six games. So, shame on them. While I don't think the "better team" won, I do believe the more deserving team did.
And, as much as some of you wanted to crucify your coach early in the series, I think he badly outcoached Bruce Boudreau, who came off as arrogant and unwilling to adapt. As I told Prax in an email, I've worked with coaches as a PR/media relations person for a long time, and all I ask of them is to be the same person - treat me the same way - win or lose. That's my advice to them with the media, too. Bruce was a great guy to deal with all year long and after his playoff wins, but after the losses he snapped at the media. Players are trained from the time they are five years old to look to their coaches for a sense of calm and comfort during adversity, and Boudreau's actions indicated that he was very uptight - and his team played that way. He also showed an inability or unwillingness to either ask his team to adjust or to get them to buy in. I don't by any means think he should be fired as some jackasses down here are saying, but I think this loss falls on him as much - or more - than the players, who I thought gave an honest, albeit not always intelligent, effort.
Okay. Enough for now. Just wanted to say thanks for making me feel welcome and appreciated here and in the live blogs. Good luck to the Habs, and it's nothing personal anything that was said or discussed in the heat of battle. I guess this is my version of the ceremonial handshake.