October 2, 2014

No One Watching?

Bringing Nate Prosser back makes as much sense as grabbing a half-eaten bismark out of the garbage and taking another bite.  George Costanza notwithstanding, not Chuck Fletcher's best moment.

October 1, 2014

NHL Center Ice Complaint

I subscribe every year to NHL Center Ice on DirecTV; my winters would not be the same without being able to watch hockey virtually every night during the season.  I do also enjoy being able to choose between the home and road team's television feeds.  This comes in handy when I want to watch a Washington Capitals' game and want to avoid listening to Joe Benanati.

Having said that, the package rarely features high-definition broadcasts of games that take place in Canada.  I thoroughly like watching games produced in Canada, but in order to do so I usually have to watch the standard-definition feed and that really sucks.

Why is this?  I'm assuming there is some legal reason, but it doesn't make sense to me.  I would love to watch the late HNIC game in HD, but that hasn't been possible in past years.

September 30, 2014

Waiver Wire

Three Impact Players Available On The Waiver Wire (By guest writer Seth Gomez)

In the NHL, there are always going to be a few players who hit the waiver wire right before the start of the regular season. Even though they have been waived, they can still contribute in fantasy hockey in a few different ways if they find the right fit. Here is a look at three of the very best out there.

Stefan Elliott
Not only is Elliott coming off a pretty good season as a defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche, but he has many productive fantasy hockey seasons ahead of him since he is just 23 years of age. Colorado was hoping he would be able to score a little bit more consistently, but maybe a change in scenery will help him reach his full potential.

Jonathan Blum

Blum might not be a huge, overpowering player on the ice, but he finds a way to be productive in fantasy hockey in general. The Minnesota Wild are set on letting him go, and he could slide into another team’s plans before the season kicks off.

Chris Butler

It is pretty surprising to see the Calgary Flames let him go, especially when you consider that he played in every single game for them this past year. The problem is he is trending downwards, and Calgary is trying to rebuild their team anyway. St. Louis signed him to a one-year deal, but now he is on waivers thanks to his hometown team.

A Blind Squirrel

With about one week to go until the season begins, here are my initial predictions for the season:
  • Mikael Granlund will continue to develop into a superstar and make the all-star team.
  • Nik Backstrom will pull a groin (his own) and be out for long stretches.
  • Colorado will struggle, but Nathan MacKinnon scores 50.
  • St. Louis will easily win the Central Division.
  • Thomas Vanek will score under 25 goals.
  • Jonas Brodin will return to the brilliance of his rookie season.
  • I will smoke a pork shoulder next Sunday.
  • FSN TV dorks will continue to make lame excuses for the team when it falters.
  • Al Stalock will lead the San Jose Sharks to a division crown.
  • The UMTC Golden Gophers will not win the national championship.
  • Darcy Kuemper becomes the team's number 1, mostly by default.

September 29, 2014

The Elephant is Back

Yes, the goaltending elephant has taken up residence in the room again.  With Josh Harding's foot broken, the Minnesota Wild again have uncertainty in nets once again.  Last year's parade in the blue paint included Harding, Nik Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper, Ilya Bryzgalov and even John Curry.  After Harding made his injury public, rumors linked the team to Martin Brodeur, but that did not come to fruition.

In this blogger's opinion, you've got no choice but start the season with Kuemper as the number 1.  In a perfect world he grabs the reins and becomes a true Number 1 with Backstrom playing only every 4th or 5th game.  Having said that, if Kuemper struggles early it could be a long season.

August 20, 2014

Weekly Ramblings

As I slowly get back on the blogging horse, today I offer these random thoughts:
  • Goaltending aside, the most important player on the Minnesota Wild is Jonas Brodin.  I thought Brodin suffered through a bit of a sophomore slump last season and he needs to bounce back if this team is to take the next step.
  • Speaking of goaltending, I am totally comfortable going into the season with a tandem of Josh Harding and Nik Backstrom.
  • I'm thinking of taking 6 months off my day job and touring the country stopping to eat only at places featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives. 
  • Could the Canucks do me a favor and be relevant again?  Life is much better when I didn't feel guilty about hating on a bad team.  It's like pushing the fat kid over.
  • I am done with super hero movies.  Not interested anymore, sorry Marvel/DC.
  • Chorizo rocks.
  • I am narrowing down my favorite Eastern Conference team to these finalists:  Islanders, Senators and Panthers.  Clearly I'm not a bandwagon-jumper.
  • The NHL Network needs to add some sort of Kathryn Tappen show in the offseason.
That's it for now.  More to come later in the week.

August 15, 2014

Almost Here!

Due to circumstances out of my control, the volcanic eruption of hockey opinions is delayed until Sunday or Monday.  I will, however, give you one pearl of wisdom until then:  Unless you enjoy stomach discomfort, avoid the shredded chicken Quesarito at Taco Bell.