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Wed, 05 Oct 2011 17:02:24 GMT
Best Defensive Forward?

The NHL award that I have the biggest problem with is the Frank J Selke trophy. This trophy is awarded to the best defensive forward.

What would qualify you as a great defensive forward? I would suspect that's for players who play great defensively, like penalty killers or players that are used to mark the better scorers on the other team. Add solid play in your own zone, which would result in your team not being scored on much while your line is on the ice. Scrambling defensive zone faceoffs would be another asset I could see in this player.

Some criteria I wouldn't ascribe to a Selke candidate is goals, assists, points and making the all-star game, except in the extreme rare case where a forwards make the all-star team based on his defensive work. Rare.

Now, let's examine Pat Datsyuk. This guy has won the Frank J Selke award three times. He doesn't play on Detroit's short handed lines. In the playoffs last year, Zetterberg, not Datsyuk was used to mark the other team's top center (Thornton). Is Pat Datsyuk good on faceoffs? He's good, but hardly exceptional. The only thing he has going for him is that he leads the league in takeaways.

How does a player who doesn't play short-handed, isn't a defensive marker win the Frank J Selke three times? Well, he does score a lot of goals off those turnovers. And he does get a lot of assists off those turnovers. The problem is those people that vote, don't vote for the best defensive forward. They vote for the best defensive forward in the NHL scoring leaders. The last truly defensive player to win the Frank J Selke was Kris Draper, 7 years ago. I dare the voters next year to vote for a real defensive player, like Jay McClement.

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 00:46:32 GMT
Hockeytown, Detroit
September 1st, we went to Hockeytown Cafe, just across the street from Comerica park in Detroit. We were going to the baseball game and I've always wanted to go to this restaurant.

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The food was OK. It's worth going. At least once if you love hockey.

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They have memorabilia everywhere. Mostly hockey, but baseball and football as well. Oddly it's close to the baseball and football stadiums and a big walk from the Hockey Rink.

http://www.hockeytowncafe.com/
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 15:06:42 GMT
Update MLB Rosters

We just updated all the MLB 40-man rosters. We removed all the retired players and those no longer in the MLB. We will also update the minor league rosters in the near future. You should see your favorite rookies on the rosters.

West
Texas  (37 - 32)
L.A. Angels  (37 - 32)
Seattle  (35 - 35)
Oakland  (31 - 39)
Central
Detroit  (39 - 31)
Minnesota  (36 - 36)
Chi. White Sox  (33 - 37)
Kansas City  (30 - 39)
Cleveland  (30 - 42)
East
Boston  (43 - 27)
N.Y. Yankees  (38 - 32)
Toronto  (39 - 33)
Tampa Bay  (37 - 35)
Baltimore  (32 - 38)
West
L.A. Dodgers  (47 - 24)
San Francisco  (38 - 32)
Colorado  (37 - 34)
San Diego  (31 - 38)
Arizona  (30 - 41)
Central
St. Louis  (40 - 32)
Milwaukee  (37 - 33)
Chi. Cubs  (34 - 33)
Cincinnati  (34 - 35)
Houston  (32 - 36)
Pittsburgh  (31 - 39)
East
Philadelphia  (37 - 31)
N.Y. Mets  (35 - 34)
Florida  (36 - 36)
Atlanta  (34 - 36)
Washington  (20 - 48)
Tue, 23 Jun 2009 20:49:46 GMT
My NHL Fun
Here's what I'd do to improve the NHL game. These thoughts are feasible, although I doubt everyody will agree with them or their feasibility.
  1. Reduce game roster to 19 from 20. This will reduce the ability for teams to put goons who otherwise can't play on the 4th line. NHLPA might not like this as it could be suggested this may remove 30 players from the NHL. Since we haven't reduced the 23 man roster, this isn't exactly true. Either way, the next item will more than compensate.
  2. Add more expansion teams; Quebec City, Kitchener/London, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Seattle. This will add new spots for the NHLPA. Kitchener is out of range for all of Buffalo, Toronto and Detroit and brings a new team to southern Ontario (sorry Hamilton). Quebec City should never have lost a team. Teams in Kansas City, Las Vegas and Seattle will increase US TV coverage.
  3. As expansion teams are added, consider reducing game rosters to 18.
  4. Every team plays every other team at home and away every 2 years. That's 29+ games accounted for. The rest of the games would be divisional or tournament (see tournaments below), no extra out of division conference games.
  5. All divisional winners plus the next teams to 6 teams in each conference receive a 1st round buy. The next 4 teams play a two out of three playoff to advance. Teams are reseated every round with no account to divisional placement. Conference winners meet in the finals.
  6. Refs call the same game in the playoffs as the regular season. The playoffs is not a testiment of your ability to play with a broken foot or torn ACL. Kunitz and Cooke were the real Conn Smythe winners this last playoff. Just ask the Red Wings defense who were afraid to go into the corner in game 7.
  7. Follow up to Cooke and Kunitz, hitting a d-man on a shoot-in is called charging. No rule change required, just call it.
  8. Investigate 4 on 4 hockey. Let's start with a handful of AHL games. I'm almost positive this will create a better game.
  9. Suspend obvious dives one game to start. Repeat offenders get increasing larger suspensions.
  10. Fighting major is an automatic misconduct. Repeat offenses are one game suspensions. Third offense are multi-game suspensions.
  11. No touch icing when iced from behind the blueline.
  12. Missed passes are not icing. It's already a rule that missed two line passes are not icing, it's just not called. Intentional misses remains an icing, as are difficult to hand passes. Defensive deflections do not obviate icings either.
  13. Shooting the puck from the defensive zone over the boards in the offensive zone is not a penalty. This applies only when the player is shooting it from behind his blueline and the puck crosses out-of-play inside the other teams blueline.
  14. On an icing shot from inside the blueline and not a missed pass, the defensive player centerman stands outside the faceoff circle.
  15. Clearing the puck out of play and icing from inside the blueline should have the same rules. Either both are penalties (rather not) or both are uncontended faceoffs (see previous) and defensive team may not change players.
  16. Any delay on a faceoff where the defensive team may not change is called a timeout on the defensive team. Subsequent delays are a penalty, even if legitimate. Absolute rules are required or refs will be complacent.
  17. Examine breakaway situations instead of timed penalties. When a penalty occurs, the offended player is given the puck at centre ice and all other players must be behind the far blueline. Ref blows his whistle to resume play. Powerplays are so boring. On a major penalty, a player still sits for the duration of his timed penalty, but the team remains at full strength.
  18. Assuming breakaway situations, the offending team is not aloud to change players. The offended player may not change either unless obviously injured, ref's discretion.
  19. Start the NHL season AT LEAST one month earlier. I still like the June finish. NHLPA might not like this.
  20. The NHL pre-season is reorganized into an elimination style tournament. Each team plays 5-7 games with winners playing winners and losers playing losers. The result of this tournament determines all tie-breakers in the regular season. These games do not count in the standings.
  21. Mid-season elimination style tournament occurs between late November and early February. These games count in the standings. The location of the games are played in a neutral city.
  22. Every team is required to play at least one neutral site game and specifically not in an existing NHL city. For example, the Flames and Oilers might play in Red Deer. This might start as an exhibition game, but the intent is to make this game count.
  23. New NHL arenas should be required to have at least 20,000 seats.
  24. Three stars of the game are formulized into an award.
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:09:05 GMT
NHL Fun
Here are one person's thoughts with regards to making the NHL more entertaining for him. There’s nothing in here that would be remotely appetizing to the 30 votes that matter.

 

  1.          Reduce the number of players dressed per game to 18. This effectively removes less skilled players.
  2.          Reduce the number of teams to 20. This effectively removes less skilled players.
  3.          Reduce the number of games played per week to 3. This effectively allows for better rested players, where games per week are currently 3.5.
  4.          Reduce the number of regular season games. I’m flexible with regards to the exact number of games. A minimum of 50 games would certainly let the cream rise to the top without bumping those quality teams that go on a 3 week swoon. The number, however, should not become so high that the outcome becomes too predictable for the majority of the teams. That just might make 70 games the maximum.
  5.          I prefer a balanced schedule, although I’m well aware that most enjoy playing local teams more often
  6.          Reduce the number of teams that qualify for the playoff to 8, with 3 7 game rounds. 5 games might be sufficient; however I can not get my mind to think of a playoff round being other than 7.
  7.          1st seed will play 8th seed, etc…
  8.          I prefer that these 8 seeds are the top 8 teams in the NHL with no preference being offered to division and conference. I am well aware that some may lose interest if no one from their region was competing in the playoffs. Perhaps my opinion is one from the east end of our continent.
  9.         I should be noted at this point that with a balanced schedule and no seeding preferences the concept of division and conference adds little to our world
  10.          No playoff round is to begin before the previous round is complete
  11.          Playoff games will be scheduled such that you are playing every 2nd day, where each team is to get at least 1 day off. This last point is important between rounds.
  12.          3 week training camp seems sufficient
  13.          Time off for Xmas, All-Star break, between regular season & playoffs, for Olympics & World Cup can easily be accommodated
  14.          Shut down 11 franchises Atlanta, Phoenix, Nashville, Columbus, Florida, Carolina, Tampa Bay, San Jose, Anaheim, Washington & New Jersey
  15.          Add a new and 2nd franchise in Toronto
  16.          No expansion to Winnipeg, Québec, Halifax. In the new 20 team NHL teams such as Edmonton & Calgary will be considered weak in many respects. Although I did intend on staying away from any reasoning of this sort.
    •          West division
      •          Vancouver
      •          Calgary
      •          Edmonton
      •          Los Angeles
      •          Colorado
    •          Midwest division
      •          Detroit
      •          Chicago
      •          Minnesota
      •          Saint Louis
      •          Dallas
    •          Southeast division
      •         Boston
      •          New York Rangers
      •          New York Islanders
      •          Philadelphia
      •          Pittsburgh
    •          Northeast
      •          Montréal
      •          Ottawa
      •          Toronto Maple Leafs
      •          Toronto 2nd
      •          Buffalo
 

What undermines everyone’s effort when entertaining any conversation that puts forth anything resembling the above is the idea that you can sell it. Don’t! You can’t! It’s purely entertainment!

Fri, 05 Jun 2009 16:38:16 GMT
Bill McCreary Sucks
This years Pens-Wings series is IMO the worst reffed NHL Stanley Cup finals series that I've watch. And I've watched nearly every period of every finals game since the late 70s. Four major incidents come to mind and all five were in favor of the same team, the Detroit Red Wings. I've seen bad reffing before, but the calls went both ways. Let me start with the four incidents.
  • Game 1 - Zetterberg puts his hand on the puck in the crease. I gave the ref the benefit of the doubt here. This could've been called a penalty shot for the Penguins.
  • Game 2 - Zetterberg puts his hand on the puck in the crease on an apparent goal. Neither the goal was allowed, nor the obvious penalty shot. I cannot give the benefit of the doubt two games in a row. Again in favor of the Wings.
  • Game 2 - Winning goal is scored on a blatant non-call. Again in favor of the Wings.
  • Game 4 - Empty net clear breakaway situation is not called an automatic goal. Again in favor of the Wings.
  • Entire series the refs have ignored calling penalties while the Wings have struggled on both the power play and short handed. Again in favor of the Wings.
  • Sidebar. Bill McCreary was on the ice for three of the four bad calls and is primarily responsible for most of the non-calls both ways. I still remember this guy putting away the whistle while Canada won the World Cup (or maybe the Olympics, maybe both). He'll be in the Hall of Fame one day. An insult to every good ref, player and builder.
    Tue, 25 Nov 2008 03:08:43 GMT
    NBA Players Updated

    We just updated the NBA players for the 2008-09 season.

    Atlantic
    Boston Celtics  (13 - 2)
    Philadelphia 76ers  (7 - 6)
    New York Knicks  (7 - 6)
    New Jersey Nets  (6 - 6)
    Toronto Raptors  (6 - 7)
    Central
    Cleveland Cavaliers  (10 - 3)
    Detroit Pistons  (8 - 5)
    Milwaukee Bucks  (7 - 8)
    Chicago Bulls  (6 - 8)
    Indiana Pacers  (5 - 7)
    Southeast
    Orlando Magic  (9 - 4)
    Atlanta Hawks  (8 - 5)
    Miami Heat  (7 - 6)
    Charlotte Bobcats  (3 - 9)
    Washington Wizards  (1 - 10)
    Southwest
    Houston Rockets  (9 - 5)
    New Orleans Hornets  (7 - 5)
    San Antonio Spurs  (6 - 6)
    Dallas Mavericks  (6 - 7)
    Memphis Grizzlies  (4 - 9)
    Northwest
    Utah Jazz  (9 - 5)
    Denver Nuggets  (9 - 5)
    Portland Trail Blazers  (8 - 6)
    Minnesota Timberwolves  (3 - 9)
    Oklahoma City Thunder  (1 - 13)
    Pacific
    Los Angeles Lakers  (11 - 1)
    Phoenix Suns  (9 - 5)
    Golden State Warriors  (5 - 8)
    Sacramento Kings  (5 - 10)
    Los Angeles Clippers  (2 - 11)
    Thu, 30 Oct 2008 21:51:58 GMT
    NHL Update

    We just updated all the NHL rosters.

    New Jersey Devils
    Chicago Blackhawks
    New York Islanders
    Columbus Blue Jackets
    New York Rangers
    Detroit Red Wings
    Philadelphia Flyers
    Nashville Predators
    Pittsburgh Penguins
    St. Louis Blues
    Boston Bruins
    Calgary Flames
    Buffalo Sabres
    Colorado Avalanche
    Montreal Canadiens
    Edmonton Oilers
    Ottawa Senators
    Minnesota Wild
    Toronto Maple Leafs
    Vancouver Canucks
    Atlanta Thrashers
    Anaheim Ducks
    Carolina Hurricanes
    Dallas Stars
    Florida Panthers
    Los Angeles Kings
    Tampa Bay Lightning
    Phoenix Coyotes
    Washington Capitals
    San Jose Sharks
    Sat, 05 Apr 2008 14:55:17 GMT
    WNBA Fan Forums

    This morning, I created fan forums for all the WNBA players.

    Atlanta Dream
    Chicago Sky
    Connecticut Sun
    Detroit Shock
    Indiana Fever
    New York Liberty
    Washington Mystics
    Houston Comets
    Los Angeles Sparks
    Minnesota Lynx
    Phoenix Mercury
    Sacramento Monarchs
    San Antonio Silver Stars
    Seattle Storm
    Fri, 05 Oct 2007 17:18:09 GMT
    Top Salaries - Episode #9

    A new episode of the talk-sports.net podcast.  Our longest show to date.

    Central Preseason Preview

    http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-53113/TS-48426.mp3

    Tue, 24 Apr 2007 13:46:32 GMT
    Round 2 Western Predictions

    Red Wings vs Sharks

    The Red Wings made it to the 2nd round on a horrible performance by the Flames. Unfortunately, they now have to play a much better team. The key to this series is Pavel Datsyuk. After a quick start in the playoffs, he's once again pulled his playoff disappearing act with 1 assist in his last 4 games. If Detroit wants to win, then Pavel has to show up. Go with the Sharks.

    Goaltending: even
    Defense: +Wings
    Offense: +Sharks
    Coaching: +Sharks
    Heart: +Sharks

    Ducks vs Canucks

    Both the Canucks and Stars should've been eliminated in the first round but one of them had to win. If the Canucks are gonna win again, then Roberto Luongo is gonna be the reason, but that won't be enough. The Swedes are the key to this series. Can Markus Naslund, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin score against the best defense in hockey; Chris Pronger, Francois Beauchemin and Scott Niedermeyer?

    Goaltending: +Canucks
    Defense: +2 Ducks
    Offense: +Ducks
    Coaching: +Ducks
    Heart: +Ducks

    Sat, 31 Mar 2007 03:24:33 GMT
    Rasheed Wallace Amazing Finish

    OK, you are down by 3 points with a second or two on the clock. The problem? The other team has the ball. You need both a steal and a hail-mary prayer 3-pointer in a blink of the eye. Enter the Detroit Pistons Rasheed Wallace against against the Denver Nuggets on March 26th.

    Tue, 22 Nov 2005 21:48:32 GMT
    Fischer hospitalized after having seizure

    AP: Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Detroit bench late in the first period of Monday night's game against the Nashville Predators and was hospitalized in stable condition. The team announced that Fischer had a seizure and was doing fine. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock later said Fischer's heart had stopped and was restarted at the arena. [cut] Fischer was diagnosed with a heart abnormality in September 2002, causing him to miss two days of practice.

    http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/11/244400.html

    Thu, 20 Oct 2005 00:43:12 GMT
    Hockey Canada preliminary roster

    CP: Preliminary Team Canada roster for 2006 Turin Olympics released Wednesday by Hockey Canada.

    http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/10/239358.html

    Randy: I organized the players by their likelyhood of being selected. I placed all reasonably young players who played well on the 2004 Canada World Cup team (marked *) and complimented it with players who are obvious choices (2002 Canada Olympic team marked **). Injuries will change everything, but as it stands, either Theodore or Turco will be the 3rd goalie, one of Blake, Foote, Jovocop and Pronger will be the 7th defenceman and one of a long list of players could be the 12th and 13th forward.

    Goaltenders

    Defencemen

    Forwards

    Wed, 05 Oct 2005 20:54:10 GMT
    Central Division Predictions
    1. Detroit Red Winds - Getting older, but they still should be able to compete for a playoff spot.
    2. St Louis Blues - Strong D (Backman, Brewer, Salvador, Weinrich, Jackman), but will struggle to score goals. Fringe playoff team.
    3. Nashville Predators - Mobile D-man (Allison, Eaton, Hamhuis, Markov, Suter, Timonen) might work in the new NHL. Paul Kariya is key. Will struglle to make playoff. 
    4. Columbus Blue Jackets - This entire division has strength on D and will have difficulty offensive. Columbus is no exception. Will struglle to make playoff.
    5. Chicago Black Hawks - Will struggle offensively, but with Aucoin and Khabibulin they still have an outside chance of fluking their way into the playoffs.
    Wed, 20 Jul 2005 02:43:30 GMT
    TSN to show NHL Draft Lottery
    TSN: TSN, which is the rightsholder for the 2005 NHL entry draft in Ottawa on July 30, will carry the lottery event. [cut]  The big prize, of course, is talented youngster Sidney Crosby of the Rimouski Oceanic. [cut] Four teams (Buffalo, Columbus, the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh) have three balls in the lottery. Ten teams (Anaheim, Atlanta, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, Phoenix) have two balls in the drum. The remaining 16 teams (Boston, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, New Jersy, NY Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington) have one.
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