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Tue, 01 Oct 2013 02:18:32 GMT
NHL Western Rankings

1. Chicago Blackhawks (Cup Contender)

When you win the Stanley Cup, you often lose a lot of players to free-agency and have to retool. Stan Bowman appears to be great with tools, cause I don't see why this team isn't still the bet to win the Cup again. This team still has Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford.

2. Los Angeles Kings  (Cup Contender)

This team is loaded with talent. They'll finish near the top of the conference. Supreme goaltending; Jonathan Quick. The real key on this team is the party boys; Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Hang out at the clubs in on Los Angeles next playoff to find out if this team is gonna challenge for the Stanley Cup. If Richards and Carter show up at the clubs, then they won't show up on the ice.

3. Vancouver Canucks (Cup Contender)

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Roberto Luongo. I don't see this team missing the playoffs. When Roberto starts slow this season, there's nobody to take the reigns. He'll struggle thru the first month, then catch fire and this team will move up to the top of the conference. Add a solid top 4 defenseman set (Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis) and you have a really good team.

4. San Jose Sharks (Playoff Team)

Years after year, the Sharks have one of the best teams on paper, but always fall short in the playoffs. This might be the last year you see Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle leading this team. They're all UFAs at season end. All three are likely looking at pay cuts going forward unless they return to their all-star statuses or produce in the playoffs. Not sure what else can be said, except SAME OLD.

5. St Louis Blues (Playoff Team)

Ken Hitchcock doesn't score a lot of goals and neither does he block a lot of shots, but the Blues' coach doesn't like missing the playoffs. I don't expect anything different. The key to this team competing for more than a playoff spot is Jaroslav Halak. If he returns to form and their scoring by committee continues to work, then this team could move up. Unfortunately, their lack of big scorers makes a Stanley Cup a pipe dream.

6. Anaheim Ducks (Playoff Team)

The Ducks look like a playoff team, but a couple key injuries could easily put them out. They are already missing Sheldon Souray for the 1st half and their 2nd line may require geriatric care; Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu. That said, I don't really see this team competing for the President's Trophy or the Stanley Cup.

7. Edmonton Oilers (Playoff Contender)

Loaded with talent at forward and defense. If they can just convince these superstars to play a team game, then we might be looking at the next NHL dynasty. It's really up to their top 4; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle. They will define where this season takes them. They could win the President's trophy or miss the playoffs.

8. Nashville Predators (Playoff Contender)

Pekka Rinne is everything for this team. He's good enough, he can steal games to put this team in the playoffs. He's also good enough to steal some playoff games. Outside of Shea Webber, the skaters on this team are very weak. Don't expect a lot of goals. I wouldn't qualify any forwards on this team as NHL quality power play material. If Rinne gets injured or struggles, this team could be looking at a high draft pick.

9. Dallas Stars (Playoff Contender)

The forwards are mostly refabs from other teams, but the Stars have a premier top 4 d-man lineup; Sergei Gonchar, Alex Goligoski, Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley. Keri Lehtonen is no all-star goalie, but he's good enough that with their defensemen, they might be able to sneak into the playoffs.

10. Winnipeg Jets

There's enough good pieces here for this team to compete for a playoff spot. Some good years from Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane could actually put them into the playoffs, but I'm guessing they'll be on the outside of the playoffs when all is said and done.

11. Phoenix Coyotes

The Coyotes will finally have stable ownership this season, or at least we hope. This could turn around the franchise, but it could take a few years before they contend for anything. Mike Ribeiro and Shane Doan are quality leaders, but they are both in their mid-30s. Their experienced defense (Keith Yandle, Zbynek Mahalek, Rostislav Klesla {concussion} and Derek Morris) is what could save this team. And Oliver Ekman-Larsson is an up and coming potential all-star on their defense.

12. Minnesota Wild

Ryan Suter is a great defenseman, but they don't have too much on defense beyond him. They are gonna need big improvement from their 2 thru 4 defensemen (Jared Spurgeon, Keith Ballard and who) to make the playoffs. They surely aren't gonna have a hard time scoring goals with Zach Parise, Dany Heatley, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville. Might be a struggle just to make the playoffs.

13. Colorado Rockies (Lottery Team)

Upfront, the Rockies have a lot of good forwards. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said between the pipes and on defense. The defense is led by Erik Johnson, whom many thought would be an all-star defenseman. He's still a good d-man, but he's no power play quarterback, nor is he a shutdown d-man. He's a good 3-4 d-man on most teams in the NHL. The rest of the Rockie defense is stop gap at best and Semyon Varlamov and J.S. Giguere are not gonna steal many games for this team. I suspect they'll have fall short of the playoffs once again.

14. Calgary Flames (Bad Team)

A bad start to the season could quickly degrade. Karri Ramo is an extremely good goalie, but unproven in the NHL. If he doesn't win a few games early for the Flames, his own performance might start to suffer, especially with the weakest lineup in the NHL standing in front of him. Then it becomes all too possible their 1st line (Mike Cammalleri, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak are all UFAs) gets traded for prospects. Even if Ramo performs like an all-star, this team has no chance of making the playoffs.

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!

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 01:53:17 GMT
Courts to Slow for the Real World

The Phoenix courts have admitted they are too slow to rule in a reasonable amount of time to allow the relocation of the Phoenix Coyotes. They, of course, present the argument as two months is not enough time to present all the argument. Truth is, they ajourn for several days at a time and don't move fast enough.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/06/15/sp-coyotes-balsillie.html

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 16:22:43 GMT
NASCAR Raceways

Last week our family visited two NASCAR racetracks in 24 hours. The first was Phoenix International Raceway.

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Then we saw the AutoClub in California.

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We didn't go into either, even though Richard Petty Racing Experience was happening at both. In fact, the Racing Experience crew past us on the I-10 highway going from one to the other.

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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)
Tue, 25 Nov 2008 02:54:30 GMT
ECHL Players Updated

We just updated the ECHL player rosters for the 2008-09 season.

Alaska Aces
Augusta Lynx
Bakersfield Condors
Charlotte Checkers
Cincinnati Cyclones
Dayton Bombers
Elmira Jackals
Florida Everblades
Fresno Falcons
Gwinnett Gladiators
Idaho Steelheads
Johnstown Chiefs
Las Vegas Wranglers
Mississippi Sea Wolves
Ontario Reign
Phoenix RoadRunners
Reading Royals
South Carolina Stingrays
Stockton Thunder
Trenton Devils
Utah Grizzlies
Victoria Salmon Kings
Wheeling Nailers
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
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 23:35:19 GMT
Welcome Back Fletch

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired an interim General Manager. Welcome back Cliff Fletcher. Cliff was the orchestrator of the Leafs only rise in the last 40 years. A dozen years ago, he was hired for the same role and the Leafs went to the conference finals in successive years. Cliff is looking really old, so interim is a given. In the meanwhile, Cliff will bring in a new GM to replace himself, likely before the end of 2008. He'll then remain with the Leafs as an adviser. Fletcher didn't fair well in his last GM role with the Phoenix Coyotes, his only GM experience in the salary cap era.

Paul Maurice will remain as coach for the remainder of the season. That makes him a lame duck coach who is unlikely to return for the next season. I suspect Fletcher's first orders of business will be to prune the dead-weight from this team, look for younger talent and find a long term coach.

http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=350824

Tue, 17 Jul 2007 15:58:56 GMT
WWE Fan Forums

We've added WWE fan forums for all the popular wrestlers.

Shelton Benjamin Fans
Lance Cade Fans
Carly Colón Fans
John Cena Fans
Shawn Daivari Fans
Jim Duggan Fans
Shad Gaspard Fans
Charlie Haas Fans
Jeff Hardy Fans
Jayson Paul Fans
Brian Kendrick Fans
Booker Huffman Fans
Bobby Lashley Fans
Paul London Fans
Anthony Carelli Fans
The Highlanders Fans
Ken Anderson Fans
Trevor Rhodes Fans
Randy Orton Fans
Cody Runnels Fans
Darren Matthews Fans
Jim Fullington Fans
Gene Snitsky Fans
Super Crazy Fans
Eddie Fatu Fans
Sean Morley Fans
Jillian Hall Fans
Mickie James Fans
Maria Kanellis Fans
Melina Perez Fans
Candice Michelle Fans
Beth Phoenix Fans
Mike Chioda Fans
Jack Doan Fans
Chad Patton Fans
Jonathan Coachman Fans
Lilian Garcia Fans
Todd Grisham Fans
Jerry Lawler Fans
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Jim Ross Fans
Dusty Rhodes Fans
Ron Simmons Fans
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Shawn Michaels Fans
Kayfabe Fans
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Triple H Fans
Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch Fans
Paul London and Brian Kendrick Fans
Cryme Tyme Fans
Dave Bautista Fans
Jimmy Reiher, Jr. Fans
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Ken Doane Fans
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Tue, 07 Mar 2006 03:53:52 GMT
Twins left to mourn Puckett's death

MLB: Hall of Famer and Twins great Kirby Puckett passed away Monday afternoon at a Phoenix hospital, one day after suffering a massive stroke. He was 45.

Randy: One of the greatest smiles in professional sports.

Tue, 28 Feb 2006 04:47:47 GMT
Bryan Colangelo Raptor Boss

AP: Bryan Colangelo resigned Monday as general manager of the Phoenix Suns to become president and GM of the Toronto Raptors. [cut] The Raptors reportedly offered Colangelo a multiyear deal worth $3 million per year.

http://www.tsn.ca/nba/news_story/?ID=156440

Randy: I guess if the salary cap means we can't sign good NBA players, we might as well sign good managers with the extra money lying around. Everybody is happy today. Talk to me at the end of next season and the next.

Thu, 09 Feb 2006 20:38:39 GMT
Wayne Gretzky Caught on Wiretap

TSN: NHL legend and current Phoenix Coyotes head coach and managing partner Wayne Gretzky has reportedly been caught on state wiretaps talking about Coyotes associate coach Rick Tocchet's alleged gambling ring. [cut] Gretzky's wife, Janet Jones, is allegedly [to have] placed bets [cut] that exceeded a total of $1.7 million [cut] during a 40-day period.

Randy: 2004-5 will forever be known as the year of the strike. 2005-6 seems to be acquiring it's own identity and it's not good either.

Sat, 28 Jan 2006 04:01:07 GMT
NHL Players Protest New Goaltending Penalty

The Onion: Less than six months since players returned from a yearlong lockout, hockey is once again in turmoil following last week's announcement that "goaltending," or attempting to obstruct a shot on goal or impede the puck's progress with one's body or stick, would become a two-minute minor penalty, a rule change that went into effect Monday. "Increasing scoring with rule changes and cracking down on obstruction is one thing," said Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph, who claims his job is being banned by the league. "But to take a page from the NBA and just outlaw goaltending outright… Maybe it's just me, but I think that rule just plain goes against the spirit of hockey." Veteran NHL centers, forwards, and some defensemen took issue with Joseph's remarks, claiming he was still angry over being penalized seven times in the Coyotes' Monday night game against Dallas, in which Joseph had zero saves and lost 88-105.

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/44841

Sat, 21 Jan 2006 15:17:47 GMT
Coyotes trade Nedved to Flyers

Free Press: The Phoenix Coyotes traded centre Petr Nedved to the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday in exchange for defenceman Dennis Seidenberg.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Sports/Hockey/2006/01/21/1404182-sun.html

Randy: This is a good trade both ways. Nedved has about $3 million left on his contract, which still has one full season left on it. Coyotoes lose the salary and pick up a decent young d-man in Seidenberg. If the Flyers can fit Nedved under the cap, he should score a lot more on a PP with Forsberg. The Flyers PP has been average (13th in the NHL) this season.

Tue, 03 Jan 2006 21:18:51 GMT
Death by Popcorn

I don't think much defines the history of hockey like Dale Hawerchuk and the Winnipeg Jets. Non-hockey fans and some hocket fans will say who and what?

Dave was the other forward on the Canada Cup line with Gretzy and Lemieux and was likely the 3rd best player of his time (that'll get your name forgotten). A quebec band called Les Dale Hawerchuk have released a song called Dale Hawerchuk.

The Jets are now the Phoenix Coyotes and the CBC has created a documentary on the Winnipeg Jets called Death by Popcorn. Although NHL hockey is no longer played in Winnipeg, the dream lives on.

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