Saturday, January 26, 2008

Wow Was the Skills Competition Poorly Run

Thirty minutes after the skills competition and I am still trying to figure out how Brian Campbell ended up as the East's representative in the fastest skater finals. I think he was the slowest guy out there!

How pathetic were some of the attempts on the Breakaway Challenge? Can someone tell Nabakov to back up in his crease and not stop Marty St. Louis before he even gets a chance to start his trick shot???

Oh yes, what was the score to the Young Guns game? Because someone was having a hard time keeping track during the game.

And please, can we ask Rick Depietro how he got so good at shooting the puck the length of the ice one more time???

Finally, never have the All-Star game in Hotlanta a game. You could hear a pin drop. Don't reward non-hockey towns with all-star games.... ever.

Georges Laraque Should Not Be Suspended

When you consider this just netted Ilya Kovalchuk and grand total of one game...

How does this earn anything more?

Laraque did not leave his feet as did Kovalchuk. Downie was also bent over and turned toward the boards at the last second. That was not the case with Roszival. By the way, Downie soon returned to the game and got into a fight the very next period. Yeah, he's was really hurt.

So I can't help but wonder... will the league will continue to play the star treatment?

Friday, January 25, 2008

NHL Fighting Majors Leaders with notes


Jared Boll - 18
Amazing fight total right now for the youngster. Boll has taken on all willing middleweights with a side of heavies mixed in.

Riley Cote - 15
Cote is the hottest fighter in the league right now, with the exception of his fight against Laraque last night. He has scored some good wins over Peters, Rupp, and "the newspaper yapper" McGrattan.

David Clarkson - 14
Is he a pest? Or is he a fighter? He's both. And he did NOT get scratched by Steve Downie the other night. Stop whining Devils fans!

George Parros - 14
"The stache" continue to rack up the fight totals. Coming back from a bummed knee, he had a nice showing against David "the nose" Koci last night.

Zack Stortini - 12
"The Hugger" has been very active of late, fighting some seven times in a two-week span!!!

Colton Orr - 11
Had a boring fight with against Boulton the other night. That being said, he is logging some great minutes in New York and is even seeing time to start the game and end the game.

Krys Barch - 10
If he played against the Ducks 15 times, he'd have 15 fights. Him and Brad May have something going, although there is a good amount of respect there as Barch pointed out a helmet below May's feet before they fought last time. May later said he appreciated that.

Daniel Carcillo - 10
Coming back from a knee injury, Carcillo will see a game or two in San Antonio before getting called back up. Carcillo is easily one of the most exciting young players in the game right now.

Eric Godard - 10
He can't skate, he can't score. But he can fight! We're all just waiting for him and Boogaard to hook up. Let's make that happen some time this year, eh?

Ian Laperriere - 10
Lappy continues to rack up the fight totals. This guy does not take a night off.

D.J. King - 9
Probably the best win percentage in the past two years, I had D.J. King at 17-2 (only losses to Boogaard) at one point. King is also one of the most exciting fighters in the league right now, showing a willingness to open up and go toe-to-toe with opponents.

Georges Laraque - 9
BGL (Big Georges Laraque) has been less than impressive this year. He has scored some wins, but in boring fashion for the once "heavyweight champ" of the league. His balance has been his achilles heal.

Milan Lucic - 9
A broken nose from hitting the end boards has sidelined the fighting side of the 19 year olds game as of late. But word has it that Lucic will be able to test it out some time after the all-star break.

Aaron Voros - 9
One of the most exciting young players in the game right now, Voros does it all. Fights, grinds in the corners, checks, and battles in front of the net. How can you not like this guy???

Adam Burish - 8
Who is Adam Burish? An American-born lightweight that has taken on the likes of Drake, Ritchie (anyone that fights him is okay in my book), and Lappy. Chicago fans have got to like this guy!

Tim Jackman - 8
The quiet giant (is 6'4" a giant these days?), Jackman is picking up the slack that Chrissy Simon has left.

David Koci - 8
"The Nose" has been fairly inactive as of late. Yawn.

Andrew Peters - 8
Easily the most disappointing fighter of the year, Peters throws and misses a couple of bombs every fight. It looks like the guy is afraid to take a punch.

Andre Roy - 8
Roy continues to quietly impress. He put the beat down on Luke Richardson last night.

Chris Thorburn - 8
Thorburn makes for a nice one/two punch in Pittsburgh, with guys like Armstrong and Malone rounding out a fine cast of brawlers.

Eric Boulton - 7
Boulton has been mad as of late, earning himself a much-deserved Game Misconduct for pounding on some Sabres the other night. See what happens when you don't dress your heavy Lindy Ruff???

Donald Brashear - 7
The current "Champ" of the NHL, with only one loss coming to Brian McGrattan, Brashear has been impressive again this year. His highlight fight came when he dropped BGL with two lefts to the noggin.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Long Time No Write

To my thousands of readers (or internet browsers looking for the latest/greatest hockey fight Youtube clip), I apologize for the recent lapse in posts. Word around my office, however, has it that we are all getting our own personal lap tops and crackberries; so access to the net will be a plenty, including my three hour commutes to and fro work and home. So that time will be used more for updating this blog and less for sleeping (except in the morning that is!).

A couple of updates on what I have been up to. A few weeks ago, I attended the Washington Capitals' Meet and Greet for season ticket holders. And, no, I am NOT a season ticket holder. If I wanted season tickets, I'd pay less going to the scalpers outside the Verizon Center and buying tickets before each game! But a friend of mine is and since he didn't care to go, I benefited. Apparently other teams don't do this for their season ticket holders. Montreal and Toronto would probably fill their arenas. But for the Caps, let's just say it was intimate atmosphere. It was cool seeing Leonsis announce OV's new contract. Then OV got up there and said his typical broken English "I love Washington. I bring you the Cup" speech that got the crowd pumped. After that, I was able to nab a couple OV autographs. I even met Ted and mentioned my blog. Ted no likey my blog because we've had some back-and-forth disagreements via email about the state of the league and a one Gary Bettman. I also got to tour the Caps' locker room, training room, etc. It wasn't near as nice as I thought it would be. But since the Verizon Center has some 15 different locker rooms, I guess it can't be that big. And the locker room itself smelled just like a high school locker room, complete with jock rot and body odor.

I've caught all the recent Caps' games; and one can't help but be excited about the Caps' fortunes under Coach Boudreau. The prime-time players are starting to play as such. And even Thomas Fleischmann has started to mold into the Flash he has been hyped to be at the AHL level. Ovechkin has gained the scoring lead over that cheap prick from Atlanta (recently suspended BTW... but not for long enough... cough cough... star treatment). Alexander Semin has also lit the lamp with some spectaular goals of late as well. Now if we could only teach him how to backcheck, we'd have a complete player. And while I like seeing Erskine in there, he has taken some bad penalties of late, almost as if he feels obligated to get out of position and haul down a player every game. Mr. Donny Brash (even though he dissed me at the meet and greet) has been skating solid shifts. He hasn't had any takers lately though. Hopefully that will change against the Leafs tonight should Paul Maurice leave his panties at home and dress Wade Belak (doubtful).

So that's it for now. I really do hope to get on here more and write more. When I was writing consistently, I had a nice following. So we'll see about picking the traffic back up in the near future.