Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wild roster page (though how long it will stay up there remains to be seen).
Thursday, November 24, 2011
- Mike Smith should give thanks to the Phoenix Coyotes and their defensive system.
- Tampa Bay is thankful for structure, a General Manager that knows a thing or two about team building, and a coach that can effectively employ a frustrating alignment.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins for getting their best player in Sidney Crosby back in time for the holidays.
- Fashion in the NHL is thankful for the New York Rangers.
- Comedians (or wannabes) for the New York Islanders and their "alternate" jerseys.
- The city of Edmonton for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Now, anything is possible.
And this blogger is thankful for friends, family, a wonderful playoff run following the Canucks, and good music. Happy Thanksgiving, and go stuff yourself.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Now, when are the Rangers going to unveil their Winter Classic duds? It's a little more than a month away, and the longer they wait, the more money that will be lost from sales.
What makes Nugent-Hopkins special? Well, for one thing, guys like Smyth, Taylor Hall, and Jordan Eberle will have their numbers increased because RNH (I'm getting tired of typing out the last name, so I'll shorten it to what you see for the rest of this article) has the ability to get the puck to the guys that can score, as the 5-assist game against the Blackhawks on Saturday proves. More impressive than that is that RNH looks like a more complete player than Hall, who was the first overall pick in the previous NHL Entry Draft. Yes, RNH will hit a wall at some point this season, and yes, he can stand to fill out a 6'1" frame (he's 175 lbs. at the moment), but RNH has helped to reignite the passion of Oilers fans everywhere. The best news of all? He's got guys like Smyth and Shawn Horcoff to guide him along, as both know what it means to be representing the Oilers.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
NHL.com, there is visual proof of the back of the jerseys, and I have to say that I'm happy that they didn't go for the Philadelphia Flyers style of name plate. Would I go out and buy the Islanders' third jersey? No, but I would not put it on the same level of ridicule as the Atlanta Thrashers' third jerseys or any of the Dallas Stars jerseys they have right now.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Following the Rangers' first victory of the season, Henrik Lundqvist was seen sporting a black fedora for post-game interviews. Asked about the hat, Lundqvist said: "(Brad Richards) gave it to me. Someone bought it in Europe, and it's going to be our winning hat this year! We call it the Broadway Hat! Someone has to wear it after each win, and today was my turn. I am going to try and wear this hat every game. That's going to be my goal!" Check out all the different Rangers who have earned the hat to date this season.
For a team that is based out of New York, this hat is about as appropriate as it gets. They're not the first team to introduce apparel to be worn after every victory (the gold jacket from the Bruins last playoff season and the hard hat that the Calgary Flames passed around during their Stanley Cup Final run in 2004), but fashion forward suits the Rangers perfectly. Now, when will we see Sean Avery sport this hat?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Mark Howe never won the Norris Trophy, a product of playing in the same era as Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey, among others, and reached the Stanley Cup Finals three times, falling short in all three. As a current scout for the Red Wings, he has four Stanley Cup rings to his name, a credit to his mental acumen in his playing days. It took a while for Mark Howe to get to the Hall of Fame, but there is no chance that he would have traded the Howe name for anything in the world.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Costello only played two seasons in the NHL, but his legacy was best exemplified in his hometown of Timmins, ON, where his funeral had to be moved to McIntyre Arena to accommodate the large gathering of people. And here's something you may not know: the Flying Fathers were indirectly responsible for Wayne Gretzky meeting his future wife Janet, as the proposed idea was a part of Gretzky's trek through Hollywood long before his trade to Los Angeles in 1988.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The movie itself was ahead of its time when it comes to special effects, and the social commentary within the movie isn't too strong, yet will make you think twice about technology, and television in particular. This movie isn't for everyone, but it is definitely one of those movies that once you get it, you get it.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
As for today's topic, it's all about the 'stache, as this month is Movember, or the month formerly known as November. What is Movember? I'll let the link speak for itself: Movember.
Now, if you would like to support this cause, whether you are a male who can grow a mustache (or not) or female who likes mustaches, just head to the Movember website for more information, including how you can contribute.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
- The Toronto Maple Leafs do not have have a single player on the first or second team that played in the 1990's or beyond. The latest any Leaf mentioned played was Bjorne Salmig, who last played in 1989.
- Despite a dreadful last 20 years or so, one New York Islander managed to crack the second team in Kenny Jonsson, who played from 1995 until 2004.
- Not surprisingly, the New Jersey Devils teams are dominated by teams from the Stanley Cup years, with Kirk Muller being the only one who played before those years that made the team.
- Scott Walker makes an all-time team? Only the Nashville Predators, folks.
This issue, like many of the Hockey News magazines, was designed to inspire debate, from the major issues of the day to the more comical things, such as hockey songs. I am approaching ten years since I bought my first Hockey News Yearbook, and I am happy to say that I am still buying, and will continue to do so.