Tag:Columbus Blue Jackets
Posted on: October 6, 2009 5:31 pm

The start of something good!

Welcome back all my friends! 
After last years disgusting display of my Ottawa Senators and my least favorite team the Pittsburgh Penguins winning the cup,
I vowed that I would not watch NHL until the NCAA was finished all its Bowl games.  

Then the small city that I reside in welcomed a new type of Hockey to the area, University hockey with the Nipissing Lakers!  The energy in the pre-season game was electric, I felt as though i was watching the movie Major League when WILDTHING came on the field.  The second home game was their regular season opener, playing a powerhouse team from Queens.  After 2 periods Queens had a stranglehold on the game with a 4-0 lead.  The third period came and the crowd was still full, and with 2 minutes remaining in the game the lakers were down 4-3 and were now on the penalty kill!  It wouldn't be a great story unless they tied it up with a shorthanded tally and sending the game into OT and eventually losing in a shootout. 
This created a desire to watch hockey again, gave me inspriration to look into the future of the season and to give my predictions for a great season ahead.

I don't know about you guys but I am excited to see the outcome of this season...


We will see a brand new NHL this year with so many player, coach and rule changes..Oh wait that was the NFL's Brady rule...

We finally see that Southern Ontario has been stopped from another NHL franchise or at least in the ownership of Jim Balsillie that is.

We will witness young fast hockey with a foundation of leadership from ol' timers on each squad, most importantly Doug Weight and his leadership towards the moulding of Johnathan Taveres on the Island and Victor Hedman being closely monitored by Mattias Ohlund's skill and discipline.


So here we go... I am simply going to throw out my predictions this year of the top 8 in each conference, in no particular order, and also make a Cup prediction.


The EAST: Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators.


The WEST: Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings.


Cup Final: Washington Capitals VS Anaheim Ducks


Now my reasoning behind these “crazy picks”. Some teams don't need justification such as the Red Wings, Bruins, Penguins, Sharks, Ducks... but the rest I probably have people going this guy is NUTS!

My philosophy on the NHL now is stay young, fast and most importantly healthy. Add some grit and you have a dynamite team, a Cup contender...simple formula right? I think so. Philadelphia will be the team to watch this year with kids like Claude Giroux showing why he is a first rounder and the acquisition of Ray Emery and Chris Pronger as a solid tough defensive core. But with Anaheim's first line Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, they set the bar for top first lines in the league. Speed, Skill and Toughness, they have it all. Washington's team of course who has Alex Ovechkin, who is just a pleasure to watch, is complimented by the likes of Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin. The loss to Pittsburgh last year in the cup chase has only made them hungrier.

So we will see how it unfolds! Wishing everyone a Great Season!

Posted on: March 29, 2009 12:26 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2009 12:32 pm

NHL Award predictions

 The media is still writing and commenting on the Alexander Ovechkin's 50th goal celebration~  Let it go 10 days ago!  The playoffs are just around the corner and some teams have already polished their clubs, butsome can still look forward to the NHL Awards. 
Steve Mason is on fire and we are talking #1 choice for Calder, but I also think he is a candidate for the HART.  I am not stating he is a shoe in for the win, but I think the least we can do is nominate the kid!  At least a nomination won't tarnish him like Jose Theodore's Hart did in 2002. And with Ovechkin and Crosby continuing to make friends around the league I think there could be a Lester Pearson Trophy in his possession at end of NHL awards, we'll see...

That said folks here are my NHL Awards Predictions...

Frank J Selke Trophy:  Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Mike Richards (Philladelphia Flyers), Mikko Koivu (Minnesota Wild), Jaime Langenbrunner  (New Jersey Devils)

Winner: Mike Richards (Philladelphia Flyers) 

Calder Trophy: Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings), Kris Versteeg (Chicago Blackhawks),

Winner: Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Hart Trophy: Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets),  Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Evegni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames)

Winner: Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)

Art Ross: Evegni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)

Lester B. Pearson Trophy:  Mike Green (Washington Capitals), Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames), Alexander Ovechkin (Washinton Capitals), Steve Mason Columbus Blue Jackets)

Winner: Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames)

Norris Trophy: Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins), Niklas Lidstrom (Detroit RedWings), Mike Green (Washington Capitals) , Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)

Winner: Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)

Vezina Trophy:  Tim Thomas (Boston Bruiins), Niklas Backstrom (Minnesota Wild), Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets), Miikka Kiprusoff (Calgary Flames)

Winner: Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)

Lady Byng Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators),  Saku Koivu (Montreal Canadiens), Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils)

Winner: ZachParise (New Jersey Devils)

Masterson Trophy:   Martin Havlat (Chicago Blackhacks),  Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils), Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals), Simon Gagne (Philladelphia Flyers)

Winner: Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals)

Jack Adams Award:  Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks), Brent Sutter (New Jersey Devils), Ken Hitchcock (Columbus Blue Jackets),  Todd McLellan (San Jose Sharks)

Winner: Brent Sutter (New Jersey Devils)

Now that the awards are out of the way let's get back to the marvelous playoff race to elimination. with an average of 7 games left, the East and West are tight, and is going to go down to the wire.    Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues in and Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators out.  Montreal Canadiens out and Florida Panthers in.  See ya next week kids!  Till then keep the clicker clicking!    



Posted on: March 15, 2009 1:48 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2009 2:19 pm

10 days Later, I still remember...

 I must admit the way I awoke at 9 am Wednesday March 4th, 2009, will stay in my memory banks for years to come.  My phone erupted and vibrated across my night stand.  Wide eyed and full of energy I knew this could only mean one thing... I had already prearranged my room before I hit the hay, with my computer and 2 televisions in one quick sight, 2 big bags of chips, 2 - 2 litres of Diet Pepsi, a reachable microwave with pizza pockets and of course my "always readily available to bark transactions" cell phone beside me.  Today was the NHL Trade Deadline... My first message that made my phone dance across my nightstand, passed the dancing theme to me as i leaped out of bed flipped my phone open and saw Filip Kuba signs a 3 year deal with Ottawa Senators.  Now being an Ottawa fan, this was exciting, but nothing prepared me for the text I received while taking my morning urination session.  The phone vibrated across the bathroom counter and and with one hand available I reached over and flipped open my cell to see the unthinkable:  Antoine Vermette traded to Columbus Blue Jackets for Goalie Pascal Leclaire.  Of all the goalies available and the vast amount of players Ottawa had available to move it made me shout at the top of my lungs Damn you MURRAY!  I slumped back to my room, sat on my couch and sulked!   

The day was uneventful there after for me.  As I sat droopy eyed watching other teams such as Calgary beefing up with the aquiring Jokinen and Leopold, I began to feel Calgary has a shot at the cup if everyone can get healthy.  Its now 12 pm and I am 3/4 done a bag of potato chips, and on my second bottle of Diet Pepsi. 

I began texting friends who were at work asking them to amuse me with random trade rumours.  I think at one point we had Lupul going to Florida for Bouwmeester, while Neil and Fisher of Ottawa was going to Nashville for a 2nd round pick.  We also dreamed of Pronger in New Jersey so that Brodeur would have his power defense back in exchange for its first round and a 6th round in 2011.  Oh we can only dream. 

So 3 oclock EST came and the chip crumbs and pizza pocket stained plates surrounded me.  Dumbfounded I asked outloud to my dog in the corner "Is that it?  Did I waste my whole day?"  How freaking boring is it to watch Nik Antropov for a 2nd rounder, Dominic Moore for a second rounder, Ales Kotalik from Buffalo for a second-round pick...

Whatever happened to the blockbuster trades "people for people"? 

  • Ricci, Forsberg, Hextall, Dueschene, Simon and 15 Million + 2 1st rounders for Lindros
  • Gilmour, Macoun, Nattress, Wamsley, Manderville for Leeman, Petit, Reese, Berube, Godynyuk
  • Thornton for Sturm, Stuart and Primeau (Maybe not a blockbuster but it was in 2005-06) 

When all was said and done, 47 players were moved in 22 deals, and if I remember correctly my phone was vibrating from 3:45 pm steady till  5:30 pm with updates and new transactions that they didn't catch earlier on trade centre shows or websites.  

Where does that leave us?  Seriously nothing changed really other than team unloading money for the 2010-2011 anticipated Salary cap reduction.  The big winner has to be Calgary Flames, for what they received and what they dished out as far as players only Lombardi.  Philladelphia I have no idea why they picked up Carcillo... Scottie Upshall was worth more.  My Ottawa Senators are unfortunately showing a too little too late drive, with the same goalies, and up till last night Martin Gerber was in Toronto Maple Leafs boasting his average 6 goals against wearing an Ottawa Senator helmet.  Seriously could he not wear a different helmet while playing for the buds?  

So here is my playoff predictions from Semi Finals on...

  • East Semi:  Washington Capitals vs. Philladelphia Flyers
  • East Semi: Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils
  • East Finals: New Jersey Devils vs Washington Capitals
  • West Semi:  San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks
  • West Semi: Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers
  • West Finals: Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks

The Big Show: Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capital Calgary wins 4-2

Thats right I said it... as we get closer i will make modifications but these are my picks for today!  See ya next time friends!

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