Monday, April 08, 2013
Former Fighting Sioux forward Brad Malone scores his first goal of his NHL career for the Colorado Avalanche against the Calgary Flames. That is the third point in 15 NHL games for Brad Malone (1g-2a—3pts).
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Since when is it now permissible to cross-check your opponent multiple times in the NHL? The refs in this game should be punished the NHL’s head of officials for their performance at the end of this game. After re-watching this video, I am more upset because the NHL officials are supposed to be the best in the world and should be held to a higher standard. This is kind of bushleague officiating is unacceptable, and their not calling penalties led to this ugly incident.
If you don't believe me, go back and watch the video again.
I included the play leading up to the exchange between Heatley and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. If the refs were doing their job, you might not have the play leading up to the slashes in question, because the players in question might have already been sitting in the penalty box. I am also not opposed to the NHL’s Department of Players Safety giving Minnesota's Heatley a fine as well, after re-watching the video a few times, because if he connects with Vlasic, he could have done a lot of damage as well.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
First off, this is a text book knee-on-knee hit, it's a bush league hit, it's dirty and it deserves a suspension. I do not care that Taylor Hall is a super star.
I also, find it hilarious that Edmonton Oilers fans are defending this hit on twitter tonight. Second; would the NHL referees, please stop rescuing the players that do these hits on the ice. Whenever Matt Cooke or some other hack does something like this, the refs and linesman immediately come to their aid, don't. Screw-em they deserve what they get. They just hurt someone, they deserve what they get. Hall didn't care about Clutterbuck as he was trying to end his season with that dirty leg check.
Let the players have some say on the ice before you throw them in the box or send them to the locker room. The hockey code demands that an act this be answered to, if not this kind of stuff will fester for a very long time, until you end up with Todd Bertuzzi type incidents.
First point of contact on Hall vs. Clutterbuck after replay showed in press room. Knee on knee
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 22, 2013
Brodziak on Hall: "First thing I did was ask the refs if it was dirty. They said yes. We just hope (Clutterbuck's) all right."
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 22, 2013
Buffoon of the day (from a comment on Sports Net)
tbizz17 Feb 22, 2013 9:54 AM in response to: sportsnet_ca Re: Oilers' Hall delivers questionable hit
Clutterbuck's one of the dirtiest players in the league...he deserves every bit of that. If the guy didn't bail out at the last second that's a clean hit...it's when guys start jumping out of the way that knees get tangled...a guy like Clutterbuck should have his head up all the time....he would have done the same thing to Hall if it's the other way around. I'm not a fan of either team, but sometimes you reap what you sow and Cal learned that. He won't miss a game...it's his thing to role around on the ice for a while after a hit...
Sunday, February 10, 2013
What is with these NHL players biting each other? This is ridiculous, last time I checked, aren't NHL players grown men? Do we not punish our children with consequences when they bite their friends and classmates in school. In my humble opinion, Mikhail Grabovski should have to sit for a game or two for his childish shenanigans. Grabovski has a hearing this afternoon with the department of players safety.
NHL.COM --- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski faces a hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Sunday afternoon for an incident in Toronto's 6-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.It's gut check time for the NHL. This is one of these cases where the NHL needs to make an example out of Grabovski and throw the book at him. Suspend him for a game or two, that would be okay with me. Heck, why not make it hurt and suspend him for three to five games.
Grabovski received a 10-minute misconduct and a roughing minor for an incident during a scrum at the 11:30 mark of the third period. Grabovski was tangled up with Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty during the incident in question. Pacioretty was also issued a 10-minute misconduct on the play.
Friday, February 01, 2013
This season, I have tried keeping up with the ever changing NCAA Division I hockey schedule, and for the most part it’s been difficult because the national college hockey television schedule is very fluid, they continually add games, and obviously delete games. So, I have decided to do it more by a week-to-week basis.
Programing note, for UND hockey fans that are looking for tonight’s game to show up on their DirecTV lineup, there is one change, DirecTV is not picking up Friday’s game between the Wisconsin Badgers. This was announced by the UND Sports Information Director Jayson Hajdu.
If you watch the NHL during the week, you will see numerous former college hockey fans lighting up NHL goalies all over the NHL.
On Wednesday 30, 2013, there was a game between the Minnesota Wild and St Louis Blues and it looked like all WCHA reunion as there were nine former players from North Dakota (2X), Wisconsin (4X), Minnesota State, Saint Cloud State, Colorado College. What I didn’t mention is the other schools that were represented in that game as well.
Last night, former Minnesota Gopher Thomas Vanek torched Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for three goals and lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Bruins. Vanek is currently leading the NHL in points with 15. Former Wisconsin Badgers forward Joel Pavelski is sitting in fourth place with 12 points.
In the offseason, The Minnesota Wild signed former Fighting Sioux All-American Zach Parise, the Wild are seeing instance results from Parise, who’s currently leading the Minnesota Wild in scoring with (5g-4a—9pts).
In Toronto last night, former Fighting Sioux forward Matt Frattin scored the game winning goal for the Toronto Maples Leafs as they beat the Washington Capitals 3-2. Frattin is currently third in the NHL with 2 game winning goals.
I think that it’s safe to say, that the future of the NHL is on stage every Friday and Saturday on a television channel near you.
So, if you don’t have the NHL package or you’re one of those fans that have refused to spend the $50.00-$60.00 to get this package, you have options, especially if you have DirecTV.
*NESN = New England Sports Network. FCS= Fox College Sports. NBCSN = NBC Sports Network. DirecTV requires the “Sports Pack” to view the Regional sports Networks.
|Fri.||Feb. 1||Michigan State at Michigan||BTN||6:35 p.m.||610 / 439 (C)|
|Fri.||Feb. 1||UMass Lowell at Merrimack||NESN||7:00 p.m.||628 / 434|
|Fri.||Feb. 1||Dartmouth at Union||NBC Sports Net.||7:30 p.m.||603 / 159|
|Sat.||Feb. 2||Michigan vs. Michigan State (JLA)||FS Detroit||3:00 p.m.||663 / 430|
|Sat.||Feb. 2||University of Wisconsin at UND||FCS/Midco||7:07pm||626|
Cross Posted at The Hockey Writers - Combine...
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid and New York Rangers forward Brian Boyle are two big boys and this was a pretty good fight in my opinion. This is one thing that I like about the NHL, something happens on the ice and it's settled the players on the ice and not the officials. I score the fight a win by McQuaid. Unfortunately, the Boston Bruins are losing 2-0 after one period of hockey.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Former Fighting Sioux forward and current New Jersey Devil Travis Zajac is the first player to sign a big contract under the new CBA.Here is the break down of the deal:
2013-14 $3.5 million (includes $1 million in signing bonus)
2014-15 $5 million (includes $1 million in signing bonus)
2015-16 $6.5 million
2016-17 $6.5 million
2017-18 $6.5 million
2018-19 $6.5 million
2019-20 $5.75 million
2020-21 $5.75 million
Monday, January 07, 2013
Here is the updated National College Hockey television schedule for the next two weekends. With the NHL lockout being over – NHL hockey will once again be on the television. Some hockey fans will chose not to watch the NHL; once the games are “finally” back on television again.
Keeping with the theme, that hockey fans have options, you can see that there are quite a few college hockey games, this week starting on Tuesday night, there are two high profile games. Check your local cable listing, if you have DirecTV, you will need to have a package that includes the sports package.
On this schedule all time are Central Standard Time.
|Tue.||Jan. 8||Bowling Green at Michigan||BTN||6:30 p.m.||610 / 439 (C)|
|Tue.||Jan. 8||Notre Dame at Minnesota||FS North +||7:00 p.m.||657|
|Wed.||Jan. 9||Harvard at BU||NBC Sports Net.||6:00 p.m.||220 / 159|
|Fri.||Jan. 11||Colorado College at UND||FCS/Midco||7:37 p.m.||TBD|
|Fri.||Jan. 11||New Hampshire at Boston College||NESN||6:00 p.m.||628 / 434|
|Fri.||Jan. 11||Union at Princeton||NBC Sports Net.||6:00 p.m.||220 / 159|
|Fri.||Jan. 11||Alaska Anchorage at Minnesota||BTN||7:00 p.m.||610 / 439 (C)|
|Fri.||Jan. 11||Nebraska-Omaha at Denver||NBC Sports Net.||8:37 p.m.||220 / 159|
|Sat.||Jan. 12||Army at Air Force||CBS Sports Net.||6:00 p.m.||613 / 158 (C)|
|Sat.||Jan. 12||Colorado College at UND||FCS/Midco||7:07 p.m.||TBD|
|Sat.||Jan. 12||Alaska at Michigan||FS Detroit +||6:30 p.m.||664 / TBD|
|Sat.||Jan. 12||Alaska Anchorage at Minnesota||FS North||7:07 p.m.||668 / 436|
|Sat.||Jan. 12||Nebraska-Omaha at Denver||ROOT Sports||8:00 p.m.||683 / 414|
|Fri.||Jan. 18||Northeastern at Boston University||NESN||6:00 p.m.||628 / 434|
|Fri.||Jan. 18||Miami at Wisconsin||BTN||7:00 p.m.||610/ 439|
|Fri.||Jan. 18||Harvard at Yale||NBC Sports Net.||7:30 p.m.||220 / 159|
|Fri.||Jan. 18||Ferris State at Michigan State||FS Detroit||6:00 p.m.||663 / 430|
|Fri.||Jan. 18||North Dakota at Minnesota||FS North||7:00 p.m.||668 / 436|
|Sat.||Jan. 19||North Dakota at Minnesota||FS North||5:00 p.m.||668 / 436|
|Sat.||Jan. 19||Alaska at Notre Dame||CBS Sports Net||6:05 p.m.||613 / 158 (C)|
Sunday, January 06, 2013
|English: NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
They have to get all those players back... Will they succeed? I'm not sure everyone will return. There has to be concern that injuries may take control and there is no room to develop talent and anything that makes a team a team. It's basically the ultimate scramble tournament format. Who can get started fastest and play the best the quickest. That's the test.
What does the NHL need to do to get the fans back?
Barry Melrose talks about how the fans always come back after a work stoppage, but I am hoping that they do come back... next season. I think the fans should sit back and watch what the teams and the league does to try to earn our support back. Here's a list of things that should be done:
1. You know NHL Center Ice? Yup. Free for the season, playoffs, and ALL of preseason next year. If they do anything for the offseason, that's free too.
2. NHL Network - Free view for the same period of time NHL Center Ice is free (if possible... this might be more on the cable providers than NHL Network itself).
3. The Players become available more than ever before. ENDLESS autograph signings, school visits, community outreach programs, volunteer sightings.
4. Promotion nights fall on EVERY GAME IN THE SEASON. Teacher in the metro area? Show us your ID and get $5 tickets! Military? FREE tickets to you and $5 tickets for one friend or nonmilitary family member with the display of a Military ID. Civil Servant Night (see Teacher Night). Got a hockey team of 12 year olds or younger? Call ahead for seating and your entire team gets $1 tickets (Coach goes free) when they show up wearing their jerseys!
5. Radio promotions - Give away ticket packs to the local radio stations
6. The average ticket prices for NHL games (per Hooked on Hockey Magazine) for the 2011-12 season ranged between just under $30 (Dallas) to just over $123 (Toronto). Well.... Dallas residents can look forward to $15 tickets. I can see a Detroit game in Detroit for $25 (regularly $53.28). Toronto residents still overpay at $61.50 per ticket but still... Season tickets would be restructured to accommodate for the loss of games either by making this season tickets cost less than 50% of normal cost or discounting next year's season tickets by, say, 40% (I don't know.... either way it should be SIGNIFICANTLY discounted).
You cannot change existing TV contracts so unfortunately there is no free TV showings outside of what's mentioned but if it was possible, I'd do it.
I'd love to say Gary Bettman resigns but the smug so and so survives yet again to pull another work stoppage in 8 years. You can market Sidney Crosby all you want but Gary Bettman is the face of the NHL and NO ONE outside of the ownership likes him. What a better image saver than to offer Bettman early retirement? The owners will never fire him, but surely Bettman could take the golden parachute and have roses pave his way back to obscurity if the League really cared about fan opinion (but they don't).
In any case, we'll see how things pan out but... It's now or never for Columbus' Stanley Cup hopes. :D
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
With the NHL currently locked out, it's nice to see some hockey finally on television again... I have been watching hockey most of the evening and this was the best game from day one of the the 2013 IIHF WJC. Russia's Albert Yarullin scored at 4:50 of overtime to give team Russia a 3-2 victory against Slovakia. Slovakia actually tied the game with a goal from Slovakia's Richard Mraz with about 14.7 second left to force an overtime period.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
|National Hockey League Players' Association (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
It would appear that the owners aren't going to give them much. Me personally, I would advise the players to sign the deal that's on the table soon, if there is no movement by the owners so they can save the season.
Bruce Garrioch,OTTAWA SUN --- The NHL and NHL Players' Association have turned to a dangerous game of chicken with the season on the line.This NHL Lockout has been a gong show, there is no reason this should have come to this. I like most are now wondering, when is the 2012-13 season is going to begin. Is there going to be an NHL season, if not, will there be an NHL season next year? We're running out of time for a season this year.
Who blinks first?
NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr did reach out to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly for a short telephone conversation Tuesday, but no talks are scheduled even though both told QMI Agency Saturday they're prepared to bargain.
Daly said in an email to QMI Agency Tuesday that NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr is trying to bide his time to see if he can get his best deal for the players when the loss of the whole regular season is truly on the line.
But Daly also admitted a meeting wouldn't solve much because the NHL isn't going to go any further than the offer tabled two weeks ago in New York as the massive losses continue to mount for both sides.
"It disappoints me and saddens me because it's just more days lost," wrote Daly. "But, I'm not sure what meeting does from our side. There is nothing left to give and its clear Don is aiming toward a 'deadline' showdown."
Not 100 percent, but it's likely NHL will cancel more games before end of the week
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) December 18, 2012
During the regular season, I watch 4-6 NHL hockey games every week. I follow the Boston Bruins and the Minnesota Wild and watch whoever is playing when neither team is on TV. This fall, much like the 2004-05 season this fall has been empty. My life has a void again, like the 2004-05 season. I find myself watching movies and bad sitcoms to fill the void. The people that are casual fans might not come back when the lockout is over.
A recent study of 1,000 Canadians found that the found the NHL lockout is so bad for the league's image that it's comparable to BP's Deep Water Horizon's destructive oil spill. Yeah! That's not good. So you have to wonder if this game of chicken the two sides are playing is doing more damage than good.
All that I want for Christmas is a meaningful NHL season.
RT @craigcustance: Hard to argue this from Brisson: "Canceling the season -- there's no words to describe how devastating that would be."
— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) December 19, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
|Boston Bruins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Joe Haggerty; CSNNE --- Winnipeg Jets representation at a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting piped up to say it was opposed to engaging in a long, bloody lockout sure to stymie their franchise’s momentum and hurt the game of hockey.The Winnipeg Jets have since denied the story but Haggerty is standing by his story that he posted earlier today over on CSNNE.
It wasn’t Winnipeg owner Mark Chipman, but rather one of the alternate governors representing the Jets.
Bruins Principal Owner and Chairman of the Board of Governors Jeremy Jacobs answered by reprimanding the Winnipeg representative as one of the “new kids on the block” and informed him that he would know when he was allowed to speak in the NHL board room.
That’s the kind of hawkish, dismissive, bully mentality that's driving the bus for the NHL lockout that's now cancelled games through the middle of December.
It’s also the reason why Bruins fans should hold Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs personally responsible.
“I was disappointed to learn today of a report which claimed an exchange took place between an Alternate Governor of the Winnipeg Jets and Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins at a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting. I was present throughout all BOG proceedings and can categorically state that no such exchange between Mr. Jacobs and either one of our Alternate Governors - Patrick Phillips or Kevin Cheveldayoff - ever took place. Any suggestion otherwise is completely false.”Hum, it seems like both sides are starting to sound like a bunch of squabbling kids -- I just want this thing to be over.
I also don't like the fact that every 5-7 years we're going to have to lose parts if not a whole season because the two sides can't come to an agreement on the collective barginning agreement. From everything that I have read lately, it does appear that some of the blame for the lockout lies at the feet of Jeremy Jacobs, which makes no sense to me because he is one of the haves.
- Told to shut up or not, Jets have little say in lockout (lfpress.com)
- NHL lockout 2012: No, all 29 owners are not on the same side (sbnation.com)
- Bruins owner to blame for lockout? (csnne.com)
- Winnipeg Jets Prospect Jacob Trouba Delivers Devastating Open Ice Hit for Michigan Wolverines (Video) (nesn.com)
Thursday, November 22, 2012
|Original NHL logo, used until 2005. A version of the logo features it in the shape of a hockey puck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The NHL lockout has been a buzzkill so far this fall and it appears that there is no end in sight to the second NHL lock out in eight seasons.
The two sides are literally squabbling over millions of dollars, but have no idea how to come to an agreement on how they’re going to split up their hockey related revenues. While these two sides bicker, college hockey seems to be taking the center stage.
Hockey fans need options and are looking to college hockey to fill their NHL Hockey void.
I have compiled a National Collete Hockey Television Schedule that you can use a guide. I update it, when more games are added to the schedule. In the US, college Hockey might be the only viable option we have this winter, if they two sides don’t come to an agreement soon.
The NHL will cancel the first two weeks of December very soon, if not in days, if an agreement between the two sides isn’t reached. This is a true fact, that cancellation will probably come after the Thanksgiving holiday.
So how big has college hockey been in absence of NHL Hockey, one team in Grand Forks, North Dakota is the most watched hockey team in North America.
UND hockey is king with the NHL hockey locked out.
If you don’t believe me, check out the article that Brad Schlossman wrote in today’s Grand Forks Herald, which says that UND Hockey is the most followed hockey team in North America.
I don’t think it’s a shock to any of us who have followed UND hockey, which has had a very big following since the team moved the Ralph Englestad Arena for the start of the 2001-02 season.
This season, UND hockey drew it’s 5 millionth fan. That’s pretty good for college hockey, which UND is historically in the top three nationally for attendance every season.
Those fans that come through the turnstiles of the Ralph Englestad Arena to watch UND hockey are enthusiastic and fired up about watching their favorite team and this hasn’t gone unnoticed by UND head coach Dave Hakstol.
“I don’t know about the attendance marks, but I know about the energy our fans bring,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “It’s the best student section in the country. When we leave for pregame meal, there’s 1,000 students already lined up at 2:30 or 3 in the afternoon. When we come back for the game, that student lineup out in the cold wraps halfway around the back of the arena. That, in itself, brings some excitement when you get to the rink.“Inside the arena, the passion all our fans bring is second to none. I can compare that to almost any sporting event I’ve been at. What continually strikes me is the new people that come into the building — NHL people and hockey people from all over different parts of North America. No matter what they’ve heard about the building, no matter how many positives they’ve heard, by the end of the hockey game they are still in disbelief about what they just witnessed. That’s due to the passion and excitement of our fans. Their loyalty is second to none.”
So while the NHL is locked out, you do have options. Here is the television is the National College HockeyTelevision Schedule for the next two weeks. If you have DiecTV and don’t have the sports pack, get it. Check your local cable television listings for the games and channels listed below.
|Fri.||Nov. 23||Minnesota at Vermont||FS North +||7 p.m.||TBD|
|Fri.||Nov. 23||Colgate at Merrimack||FOX College||7:30 p.m.||TBD|
|Sat.||Nov. 24||Minnesota at Vermont||FS North||7 p.m.||668 / 436|
|Fri.||Nov. 30||Boston College at Boston University||NBC Sports Net.||7:30 pm||603 / 159|
|Fri.||Nov. 30||Ohio State at Michigan State||BTN||8 p.m.||610 / 439 (C)|
|Fri.||Nov. 30||Vermont at Maine||CBS Sports Net.||8 p.m.||613 / 158 (C)|
|Fri.||Nov. 30||Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota||FS North +||8 p.m.||TBD|
|Sat.||Dec. 1||Boston University at Boston College||NBC Sports Net.||7:30 p.m.||603 / 159|
|Sat.||Dec. 1||Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota||FS North +||8 p.m.||TBD|