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Shit That has happened since I Last Posted


Shit...Got...Weird

Shit…Got…Weird

 

Well well well…..it has been quite a while since I have had the motivation to write anything in this space and I really don’t have any excuses except that I am lazy as a sloth.  Just to bring you up to speed here are a few of the highlights/lowlights in my life since my last post on March 13th 2012.

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard missed half a season

Cole Hamels Made a lot of money

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From Russia With Love: The 5 Best Things to Come Out of the NHL Lockout


KOVY CHECK

I woke up this morning feeling pretty depressed about year 7 of SEC football domination, but this headline brought me right back: Source: KHL Could Keep Kovalchuk. Three days into the return of the 2013 NHL season and the hated NJ Devils may not return their best player. This is probably wishful thinking right now- the NHL and the KHL have an internal agreement to release all NHL players from the KHL after ratification of the new CBA, but while most players are returning home, Kovalchuk played for his KHL team on Tuesday (yes, in the future).This will be interesting to follow, but it got me thinking: what other good things have come out of the Lockout?

As always, your unbiased, objective analysis:

The Five Best Things to Come from the NHL Lockout

Eli Stupid Face

This is how it felt watching the Giants this year

5- It’s Easier to Forget About the Giants Dropping a Steaming Turd on Each and Every Fan

Look, you can’t win every year unless you’re Lance Armstrong on steroids, but is it too much to ask you to not rip my heart out with a spoon? The season lacked luster, but it doesn’t feel like too long ago that the Giants had strong control of their own destiny. The NFL scheduling gods didn’t do us any favors towards the end of the year, and that’s no excuse, but mixed in with a little of Eli’s patented “pretend apathy,” and a nonexistent pass rush, it was the formula for a piss poor finish to the football season. A couple of great Super Bowl wins made it easy to forget the mind-numbing torture usually instituted by the Giants; this season helped us remember. At least the NHL is back to help us forget again. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.

 

Referee Brothers moves to break up New York Knicks' Anthony and Boston Celtics' Garnett as they argue during their NBA basketball game in New York 4- The Knicks are Better than Decent

Now, there is your sports fan that likes, or even loves hockey (like me), and there is your rabid hockey fan who sleeps with his skates on and drinks ice shavings out of a Tim Horton’s cup (like Daftpuck); number 4 does not apply to the later. But to everyone else we realized something: we could survive without hockey. Yes, life is much better drinking Molsons and watching King Henrik win Vezinas, but with the Knicks rolling this season my world didn’t collapse. The season still hasn’t hit the All-Star Break, and the Knicks are 5-5 in their last ten games due to some growing and injury pains, so this would be higher on my list if it were April, but for right now I’ll take it. Amare seems to be accepting his reduced role- which is the key to whether the Knicks could be just good or actually become great. Melo is getting fired up and starting fights with old curmudgeons like KG. Its going to be fun to see how this season plays out.

3- Ilya Kovulchuk Wants to Stay Home and Marty Brodeur is Old

We already talked about Kovulchuk, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t the best news I’ve heard in a long time. I was already excited that Marty is so old- I mean come on, this has to be the year he starts sucking, right??? This just takes it to a whole ‘nother level. The Devils could go from Stanley Cup to missing the playoffs in under a year. It sucks when the Giants do it, but this will make up for it.

2- The NY Rangers Could Keep Their Young Core Together Ryan McDonagh Check NJ Devil

The debate over the NHL salary cap meant a lot more for the NY Rangers than for most other teams. If the owners got what they wanted the cap would have been around 60 million, but the players stood strong and got their number- 64.3 million. The Rangers already have almost 52 million of that committed, and with the remainder would be faced with the daunting task of resigning Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh without enough money. With an extra 4.3 million to play with, the Rangers might keep their core of young talent intact.

1- The Rangers are the Clear-cut Stanley Cup Favorites

They knocked on the door last year, but their smash-mouth style sputtered out towards the end of the year. This year gives us a 50 or 48 game season- either way short enough for Hank and his crew to bully their way to the Stanley Cup Championship. Plus, they added Rich Nash in the offseason, one of the game’s top ten scorers, without giving up too much (Anisimov was good but it’s called a trade, they couldn’t get him for free). The Rangers were so close last year, but their bruising style wore them out, plus they were just a few goals too short. A shorter season will keep Hank fresh for the playoffs, keep the defensemen blocking shots late into June, and the addition of Nash could be just enough to get a few more pucks in the back of the net. Thanks to the NHL Lockout were going to spend the end of June in the Canyon of Heroes.

 

 

 

 

It’s Time To Do Away With The Winter Classic


Yup, you read that right. I, daftpuck, lover of all things hockey and to a lesser extent, Canadian, have officially moved past the Winter Classic and would like to see the NHL scrap the idea for a least a season or two. The Winter Classic does a lot of things right and the NHL and Gary Bettman should be commended for all the work they’ve done to promote the game and reach a new audience. Unfortunately, everything that is good about the Winter Classic ends once the puck drops. Yes, the game puts the league back in the spotlight, with HBO’s 24/7 (which is amazing and there is no reason that that show cannot continue using some other gimmick as it’s central conflict) allowing fans to see their teams like never before and NBC’s complete overhaul of the Versus network that took place on the day of the Winter Classic. All the hype is fantastic, and you will surely read a few articles today proclaiming success for the NHL, in terms of ratings and advertisers and shares and what have yous. What you won’t read is that the game was fucking boring.

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Arron Asham is a Bad Bad MotherF***er


I don’t think Mike Vick could have executed a Beagle any better than Arron just did.  People may say the taunts afterwards were classless, but if you knock someone out with two punches, i think it gives you the right to do a little taunting.  Cue the “He learned all those scumbag fighting moves in Philly!”

Shake it off Tomas!


As promised, here are a lot of goals getting scored on Tomas Vokoun during Monday nights Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning game. My favorite is the one where he falls over.

Join me won’t you, after the jump?

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NHL 2011-12 Season Preview (WESTERN CONFERENCE)


Let’s hop right into this.

1. Los Angeles Kings: This team is going to kill this year. Anze Kopitar is going to have one hell of a season, and he will challenge Evgeni Malkin for the scoring title until the end of the season. Newly signed defenseman Drew Doughty has a lot to prove this season after he signed a pretty hefty contract a week ago. This is the type of team you don’t want to take a lot of penalties against.

Player to Watch: Jonathan Quick. Quick is a good goaltender, but hasn’t been able to elevate his game to the next level despite the team around him getting better these past few seasons. With back up Jonathan Bernier, who many believe has what it takes to be an elite goalie, pushing him, Quick could be out of a job should the Connecticut native slip up early in the season.

2. Vancouver Canucks: No Finals hangover for this team. Henrik and Daniel Sedin will continue to put fear into the eyes of goalies and people who suffer from Geminiphobia. Ryan Kesler will continue to make his case for “Best American Athlete You’ve Never Heard Of.” And then there’s those wacky green men to look forward to. What will they think of next? Hopefully constructive ways to not blow a 2-0 Cup Final lead.

Player to Watch: Cory Schneeder. This is a guy who, like Bernier, some believe is the better goaltender despite holding down the back up role. If anything happens to Bob Luongo, Schneider should transition in comfortably. Or maybe he makes his way to a new team before the deadline. New Jersey, perhaps?

The rest of the West, plus Stanley Cup Final predictions and Major Awards:

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NHL 2011-12 Season Preview (EASTERN CONFERENCE)


Before we get down to the nitty gritty, I probably owe you guys some sort of apology. I sort of went AWOL after entry four in my “So You’ve Decided to Buy a New Jersey” and found myself lacking the creative drive to keep blogging. It didn’t help that baseball is probably more boring than deciding which kind of milk to buy, and Papa Bear has a strict “No Soccer Posts” rule. So for a month I found myself wandering around the internet aimlessly, lost in it’s sea of cat videos and nipple slips. But like a Phoenix, all I needed was a little fire to kick start this engine. Papa Bear figured out how to use his twitter (effectively), Captain Dan started texting me all of Jaromir Jagr’s recent moves that I fear he may actually be stalking the Czech Native, and TimmyP and myself started battling in NHL12 (one word review: fuckingawesome) that I found myself wanting to get back on that horse and start blogging. Oh and Papa Bear sent me a text that if I don’t write anything soon he’s going to kick me off the payroll (McDonalds coupons.) And hockey’s back guys. HOCKEY!

Team previews, playoff predictions, and players to watch, after the jump.

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Yeah I Think Jaromir Might enjoy playing with Claude….


So I’m going to do everything in my power not to talk about the Eagles/Giants debacle this past weekend, and what better way to start it off by talking about the results of a preseason NHL Game!

::Borat Voice:: "I LIKE YOU!"

Last night on the heels of the much anticipated announcement of the 2012 Winter Classic being held at Citizens Bank Park, the Flyers and Rangers took part in some pre-season puck.  I have to be honest, I was one of the first people to question the off season moves of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, two of the most productive players in the Orange and Black’s recent history.  Not only were they productive, they were two of my favorite players who I loved rooting for.  But this is a business and it is the way things go sometimes (god GM’s around the world have brainwashed me).  Not only did they give up two of my faves, they acquired two of my LEAST favorites in Jaromir Jagr and agitator Max Talbot.  First of all, I thought Jagr had retired to some Russian Gulag to spend his latter days drinking Stolichyna and gambling away his life savings with Russian prostitutes all around (rash generalization).  Little did I know that he was actually tearing it up in the KHL, working out like a fiend, all while finding God.  Well it paid off.

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Top Shelf, Where Rabbi Bernstein Keeps The Mandel Bread


That unreal goal comes courtesy of Eliezer Sherbatov, who plays left wing for the Israeli men’s ice hockey team. However, his mother always tells him he’s right. Via Puck Daddy

During the D-III championships in April in South Africa, Sherbatov had a six-point game against Greece and delivered what would have been a highlight-reel goal around the world had the tournament been on many more people’s radars … and also not been finally uploaded to YouTube last weekend.

Sherbatov was the star at the tournament leading Israel to the gold medal with 14 goals and 26 points in four games. When you beat teams like Greece 26-2, that’ll help pad your stats.

Suck it Greece. ::takes out $1 bill, lights it on fire, cooks lamb for Gyro::

Sherbatov plays in the Quebec Major Junior League, and at 19, could be on some team’s radar come next years draft. Hell, he just became my favorite Israeli player. Sorry, ::googles “Best Israeli hockey player”::, Max Birbraer.

This was my favorite line in the article.

…Mongolia withdrew from the tournament giving each team an automatic 5-0 victory.

Totally relevant video, after the jump.

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