Sunday, March 20, 2011

Video: It's Not Will Cooke Be Suspended, It's How Many Games?


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Video: Staal Destroys Wellwood With Clean Hit



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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bettman Deserves Credit For Telling Air Canada Where To Go

I'm not the biggest fan of Gary Bettman. It's nothing personal, it's just that during his tenure as NHL Commisionr the league has continually gotten softer in my opinion. However, today Gary Bettman deserves some credit, actually I'm giving him a lot of credit.

By now, you've probably seen the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty at least a half dozen times. In response to that hit,  Air Canada a major NHL corporate sponsor sent a threatening letter to the NHL. According to Slam Sports:
Air Canada, one of the NHL's largest financial corporate backers, is threatening to withdraw its sponsorship if the league doesn't take "immediate" and "serious" action on headshots.
Yesterday the league decided that Chara's hit would not be punished by either a fine or a suspension. At first I thought maybe the league was just going to smooth things over with Air Canada behind closed doors. It did piss me off that a major sponsor would try and bully the NHL into making a decision. It was almost laughable that Air Canada played it off like they were talking about ALL headshots when in reality it was really only the Chara hit that they were seeking punishment for.

Well, here's why Gary Bettman is getting a round of applause from me. Today, he issued a statement to the media:
Air Canada is a great brand, as is the National Hockey League, and if they decide they need to do other things with their sponsorship dollars that's their prerogative, just like it's the prerogative of our clubs that fly on Air Canada to make other arrangements if they don't think Air Canada is giving them the appropriate level of service.
That is the equivalent of Bettman telling Air Canada that they can go "**** themselves," if they think they are going to dictate to the NHL what they should do. It's about the politest way you can tell someone to "go to hell!" It was Bettman letting Air Canada know that you aren't going to bully the NHL just because you are a sponsor and hey, we can hurt your pockets too!

Late last night when I read what Air Canada had done I immediately posted a link on twitter and wrote
They provide a lot of $$ but @ should tell them to go to hell, butt out!
I'm glad that Mr. Bettman followed my advice :)

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Video: Brashear Shaking His Booty & Pounding A Beer


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Friday, March 4, 2011

Deal!! 40% off NHL Apparel Through Reebok!

I've passed on deals to my loyal readers before and here's another great deal.

Reebok is offering 40% off NHL Apparel when you enter code FAN40 at checkout. Shipping is free on orders $79 or more, otherwise it's $5.

Also, save 30% off all Reebok Running Apparel with code APP30

If you miss the sale, you can always check out IceJerseys.com or NHL.com who both have an amazing selection of NHL apparel.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Video: R-Rated Mic'd Up From UHL


Video is from the 2004-05 season. Beginning of the video features some trash talking to Chelios and Hatcher when they played in the UHL during the NHL lockout.

via Hockey-Fights.com
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Why Sather Didn't Claim Mitchell Off Waivers Last Week

The Rangers lone move yesterday was to send a 7th round pick to Toronto for center John Mitchell. I honestly know very little about Mitchell beyond what I've been reading on the internet messageboards. It sounds like Mitchell is about the closest thing we can get to another Erik Christensen (enough said!). He's a decent sized center that is soft, is decent on faceoffs and not very good at much else besides scoring the odd shootout goal.

So, why did Sather give up a late round draft pick when he could've had him just two weeks ago off waivers for nothing? I'm not 100% sure, but I do have two educated guesses:

1. If the Rangers had claimed Mitchell off waivers he would either have to stay in New York or clear waivers to be sent down to the AHL. If Sather's intentions are to play Mitchell in Connecticut (as it looks like they are) then if he had claimed him in early February the Rangers would've had to put him back on waivers to get him down to the minors.

2. Sather didn't want to harm the Rangers waiver priority right before the deadline. In years past teams have dumped some decent players on waivers right before the deadline, usually for cap reasons. If Sather claimed Mitchell and the Rangers dropped their priority in the waiver order, then it could've came back to bite Sather had a better player been placed on waivers.

Either way, John Mitchell is likely destined for the Whale. Hopefully we don't have to find out why the Leafs fans mockingly referred to him as "Johnny Malkin." And, hopefully soon enough Erik Christensen will be down in Connecticut showing their fans how similar the two are. The last thing the Rangers needed was another soft perimeter forward.

But, at least Sather didn't make the mistake of overpaying for Brad Richards.