NHL’s Quarterly ReviewShareThis
Alright, NHL, let’s do a little quarterly review and see if you deserve a raise.
Mmhmm…. yep… mhmm… everything looks pretty good. Off to a real nice start. Just a couple things: We’ve discussed head shots a few times now, and it doesn’t appear you’ve done anything to fix that problem. You see, we’re attaching a cover sheet to all our TPS Reports now…
Oh, and, tone down the injuries. Then you can get your raise.
Our USA Today bi-weekly Power Rankings came out today, and look pretty good. My own Top Ten Teams is little different – here’s how I see it thus far.
- Chicago Blackhawks
- New Jersey Devils
- San Jose Sharks
- Washington Capitals
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- Calgary Flames
- Colorado Avalanche
- Buffalo Sabres
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Detroit Red Wings
We aren’t all going to agree, but feel free to sway my opinion – why am I wrong (or right) on this? Oh, and keep in mind, it was submitted before last nights games.
And the race for the Hart Trophy? Here’s how I see the first quarter:
- Alex Ovechkin
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Ryan Miller
- Anze Kopitar
- Marion Gaborik
How much higher would Dwayne Roloson’s status be if his name wasn’t Dwayne? Dwayne has to be the english language’s worst male name. Y’know, aside from some ahem… football player names (see: D’Brickashaw).
Like Blaze. Blaze Roloson. We’d be like… “Damn. That Blaze is quick. What an apt name”. Just like that. That’s what we’d be like.
Congrats to college teammate Jay Beagle on his first NHL goal. Excuse me while I take a kerosene shower in a room full of candles.
When USA Today ran my article on gay slurs, a lotta stuff happened. All the sudden I was on the phone with GLAAD, discussing getting media trained to speak on TV about the issue. And, courtesy a few less-than-polite readers, I found out that, apparently, contrary my own (or fiance’s) knowledge, it turns out that I myself am not-so-into the ladyfolk.
Most note-worthy was an email I got from Brendan Burke, son of Leafs GM Brian Burke. After that, I corresponded with him and his brother, and got the go ahead from big Burke to write Brendan’s story. That same day, Brendan found out he had the opportunity to have his story be seen by more eyes, and heard by more ears, so I let the story be told with the most exposure possible. ESPN’s John Buccigross posted Brendan’s story today (and did a nice job), and tomorrow, he’ll be plugging Bourne’s Blog and running a little response I gave him during our email correspondance. So everybody be on your best behaviour when our new guests arrive then. Dress nice.
Anybody else get the vibe that Detroit is gonna limp around all year, beat some teams, lose some games, start getting healthy in Febuary, start clicking in March, and be the world’s scariest 6/7/8 seed? Y’know, assuming Jimmy Howard gets hot too? (insert “Chris Osgood is a Hall-of-Famer” comments here. ….Yeah, and maybe he’ll bring Kurt Warner as his date to the induction)
I’m really looking forward to the Flyers getting home ice in playoffs (again), looking nearly unbeatable (again), putting up a really good fight (again), and having their hearts ripped out by weak goaltending when they need it the most (again).
I’m also really looking forward to the chaos that is playoffs, since some of the best teams in the league have mediocre goaltending. I think Chicago and Washington have the best teams, but by having ”decent” goaltending (too generous?), the door gets opened up for teams like Calgary, San Jose, and… and… f**k. Why am I having trouble convincing myself New Jersey is a top team, especially after such a great start?
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