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WOOOOO HOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!
A new season is under way and I am so stoked!
Sens, Pens, Tampa & NY have already begun over seas, and I must admit that the Sens looked better than I gave them credit for. Can they prove everyone wrong and land on top of the east again? Detroit looks super stacked and ready to win the President's Trophy again.
Montreal is celebrating their 100th year in the NHL and the festivities will be a plenty. Now the question is, will they have another strong year or will they suck ass?
And then there's the Leafs....good luck!
just for fun, we should all put a bunch of predictions here, and at year end we can see who comes out on top.
Here are my pics
Top Goal scorer = Ovechkin
Most points = Ovechkin
Best Goalie (Vezina) = Lundqvist (NYR)
Eastern Champs = Montreal
Western Champs = Detroit
I also pick these 2 as cup finalists (with Detroit winning it all again)
Norris trophy = Lidstrom
And I hope the Sens royally suck!
And to all my heebs out there, have a good fast!
Fun, but this is gonna be one LOOONG f**kin' thread!
I agree with Deril's predictions above except for the Vezina. It'll go to Nabokov, methinks.
I also pick the Isles for dead last.
Most improved teams I think will be Tampa in the east and L.A. in the west. Biggest drop off in the standings will be Minnesota. Gayest player?......
Well, I'm not going to pound my head against the wall and scream "SENS FOR THE CUP!" as I AM logical and a realist...they're not going far this year. I DO like the "new look" Habs and admire Gainey/Carbonneau adding some class to a classless organization. I LOL at the LEAFS NATION who are trying to make a bunch of misfits look like some "Bad News Bears" Cinderella story that might come together magically and run for the playoffs (because MAKING the playoffs would be akin to winning the cup in Toronto, m'thinks)
Top Goal scorer = Ovechkin...then he'll turtle in the playoffs.
Most points = Alfredsson (HEY! gotta THROW ONE bone to the dog...)
Best Goalie (Vezina) = Lunky-Vista...or Auld?? ONly TAYME will tell! *sigh*
Eastern Champs = Montreal
Western Champs = Detroit
Stanley Cup = Detroit (YAWN)
Norris trophy = Lidstrom (rename the Lidstrom trophy??)
Lady Bing = Chris Neil
Best Tits = Salma Hayek ("narrowly" beating out Scarlet Johanssen, Natasha Henstridge and Anne Hathaway)
Here we go again!
Mikey: you can think whatever you want about Montreal fans/media/poutine....whatever....
but the organization itself is actually classier than just about any other franchise.
Toronto is classless. Philly is classless. Jersey is classless. (IMO)
But Montreal is nowhere near these bums, sorry. If you listen to players and staff, past-present-future, of the organization, it's nothing but top marks across the board.
100 years of class, baby!!
(Get used to hearing that, it's gonna be a looooong year!)
Oh, and I gotta throw Monica Bellucci into the running for best bazoooms.
Hrrmmmm(n), how to respond without widing it to an attack on low-browness in Quebec in general....?
The Montreal Canadiens took a STRONG nose-dive into classlessness thanks to slack-jawed troglodytes like Rejean Houle, Mario Tremblay and on ice with Stephane Richer, Claude Lemieux and Patrick Roy (whom I liked at the time and have since done some SERIOUS revisionism). Around this time, they epidimized the "Belle Province"-going, neon light on Suzuki Swift porting, mullet-Ultimate fighting populace that I knew and "loved" around areas like Boisbriand, Quebec.
They took an institution steeped with RICH history (yes, I admit 100 years is impressive) and turned it into a clown show, slapped a "Jos Louis" sticker on it and sold it to the lowest bidder.
Um....Tremblay could indeed be blamed for starting the landslide that would be the on-ice production circa 1994-2004-ish (the departure of Roy was a slap in the face), and Houle may be an ugly man to look at, and Roy may not be the ideal citizen these days (off-ice mind you, and in his Colorado days, but he was freakin' God when he played in MTL and has yet to be properly replaced - Theodore came close, we shall see about Price....), Claude Lemieux - as much as he was a pest, and every team has one - actually produced and even won a playoff MVP, which you can't say about a Chris Neil or a Darcy Tucker, but a few misplaced stones is merely a buckle in the pavement.
You wanna talk about classless? I give you Marian Hossa. I give you Alexei Yashin. I give you (duh) Chris Neil. I give you Ray Emery, Bobby Clarke, Sean Avery, Mike Ribeiro (and we dumped his ass), Lou Lamoriello, John Tortorella, the freakin Sedins....the list goes on.
I also have to say that through all the adversity of the past decade, Koivu has been nothing short of an inspirational, motivational, world-class captain.
Ok, I'll stop now.
And hey, what do have against Richer? I mean, aside from the gayness?
Well, 25% of the season is in the bag and things are looking quite exciting (unless you're a Sens fan...burn!), but I just wanna say that the Avery suspension is long overdue and justified.
Trash talk on the ice is one thing - intentional televised off-ice trash talk is another. Keep it to yourself or in the locker room. Every team has a sparkplug, but they still have a code of conduct to represent their team, teammates & the league with respect, dignity & class. When your own teammates don't have your back, it's time to shut up and play hockey.
Enough with the circus antics and sideshow buffoonery. Good riddance.
Also, anyone who'd turn down these 'sloppy seconds' is right insane.
Well said, Mitchay!
You could see it in the faces of Turco and what's his face (LOL! His name has completely slipped my mind.....)...they were VERY MUCHLY less than impressed.
And not to sound like a prude or a square peg, but these guys ARE role-models to millions of kids who are growing up TRYING to be just like them...
Can the Stars do WITHOUT Avery for the rest of the season...sure, why not.
They have Ribiero!
Ribeiro has no class either. While Turco, Modanno and Brad Richards all seemed upset with Avery, Ribeiro was struggling not to laugh. He had a stupid grin on his face. This is why Montreal gave him away for nothing. He's a decent player, but does not help team chemistry.
LOL! That's the name....
How could I forget America's Sweetheart Poster Hockey Child (other than Brett Hull).
In OTHER news: Rumour mill has it in O-Town that Spezza's heading to the West for a tradey-poo....even as early as next Tuesday?!!
Give'em an Angela Dohrman, Jay-jay...
I heard they're cutting their losses and trading Spezza for the entire Iowa Stars Ice Girls squad. Wooot!!
1) So Sundin finally signed with Vancouver, on Dec.18th and hopes to finally play a game some time this week.....three weeks after the fact. I thought he was training for the past 6 months? At least put in some 3rd or 4th line time, just to get in the game with your new teammates - you've been in the league since 1990 and know the game and are earning 10 mil a year - get in there already, ya bum!
(Man, I hope the 'Nucks suck).
2) The free-fall of Pittsburgh - woo-hoo! Hard to believe, but as of today the Penguins are not in a playoff spot! Things can change quickly of course (and I hope for the firing of Therrien), but it goes to show that having two of the top three superstars in the game does not a good team make. And that Fleury is a sub-par goaltender.
3) The all-star starting line-up: okay, there's no way 4 Habs DESERVE to be there (Markov and Price have the numbers, Kovalev and Komisarek don't), but bottom line is that ALL fans had the chance to vote as many times as they wanted.
Pittsburgh (the city and fans) took note of this to prevent an all-Habs sweep and swarmed the polls to vote in Crosby and Malkin (rightly so) while giving Price and Komisarek a run for their money too (even though Gonchar hasn't played a game all year). In the west, Chicago and Anaheim fans made their voices heard, making their starting line-up all Blackhawks and Ducks. Should Ovechkin, Lidstrom, Marleau, Chara, Thomas, etc... all be starters? Absolutely, but where were their fans when the voting started months ago? Toronto fans claim to be the greatest and most passionate but I don't see Jeff Finger on the starting roster. So, until they change the voting system (and I think they should, cuz it's a joke), all the Habs in the world can be starters and there's nothing you whiny bastards can do about it except vote back.
And bottom line - the all-star game is a lark anyways, so just chill. One man, one vote!
So much to add here.
1) - Sundin is such a loser. At the end of the day, with everything he's said over the last year, he simply goes for the cash grab and then takes a month to ease into the dressing room (let alone an actual game). Do you know that he's been actually getting paid since Dec 18 ??? Crazy !!
I really hope that Vancouver misses the playoffs.
2) - Pittsburgh dropping is great! I am actually not surprised. They have lost a ton of depth since last year's run and they've had some bad injuries to deal with. Teams with depth always do better than the teams with 1 or 2 stars. Ottawa sucks now because they lost their depth. Tampa, same thing. These are 1 line teams with average goal tending.
3) - As far as the all star voting goes. I agree 100%. the system SHOULD be similar to how they vote on the awards at year end. Either have all 30 GM's submit their starting lineups, and the players with the most selections get to start. Maybe you have the fans only vote for the top player in the east or west, or they vote for the person to wear the "c" or something like that. Guys like Parise, Thomas, Ovechkin were passed up. I do love Mitch's comment about the Leaf fans who voted NONE of their players in. what a bunch of losers.
4) - Other notes:Then next team I think will start to slide is NYR. I think Jersey & Philly will be 1 & 2. NY will be lucky to make the playoffs.
- I also think that Boston has been the surprise team this year and they look really good. i wouldn't want Montreal to have to play them again in the first round. San Jose looks solid too. Can this be the year that they go to the finals? I'd like to see Detroit (and Hossa) out in round 1.
Honestly - the voting system should be like a TRUE democracy : ONE vote. ONNNNE vote per person (or IP addy as it were). No ability for ravenous Habs fans to spam the site hitting
"Carey Price" over and over (while leaving their OTHER hand free for "other things") and over and over....
I actually hadn't noticed the Penguins slide...actually, I hadn't notcied ANYTHING in the NHL lately. I haven't watched much all season...with the Sens in the shitter, I've relegated myself to reading headlines.
Call me a fariweather fan...MEH! MEEEEHHH!!!
Latest rumours are Hartsberg and Murray are in trouble and Pat Quinn is the new "Saviour".
LAWL! Komisarek makes the starting line and Ovechkin doesn't.
Wasn't/isn't he nailing Elisha Cuthbert, too?? WHO ISN'T NAILING HER?? (Besides us...)
Cuthbert has been involved with Komisarek, Avery & Phaneuf.
And say what you will about the voting, but I didn't see any Sens anywhere on the roster either.
Sadly, Ray Emery is having more success in Russia than the whole Sens squad right now. AND to add more class to O-Town, I present to you Jarkko Ruutu and his biting of Andrew Peters last night.
Ah fack it...
I will NOT argue about the Sens this year. They suck, plain and simple. I'm a fan - but moreover, I'm a realist and have played hockey for 30+ years - I can see a heartless team from a mile away and the Sens are playing without purpose or heart.
If I were voting for the All-Stars, I wouldn't include a SINGLE player from the Senators at the moment. Right now, there is NO ONE on that team deserving to go to that game. Pure and simple.
As for biting someone, while admittedly classless and inappropriate, is a sign of frustration. I WILL NOT defend Ruutu's actions, but can sorta understand the environment which surrounded it...
What REALLY burns my goat is that TORONTO is ahead of them in the standings...
Maiku the Angry Young Realist
Okay, not to harp on the Sundin thing....but over the years, the big issue in Toronto was that Sundin was so talented, but they never really got decent wingers to play alongside of him.
So what does Vancouver do in his first game with them? They play him on a line with his old Toronto teammate Kyle Wellwood, and Mason Raymond (who?).
Yes, Vancouver won, but that line's total shots on net for the game was 2 - none by Sundin.
BRA-VO. I hope this is a big waste of money.
I liked the comment by some anonymous schmoe on Canoe.ca when asked what people thought of whole Sundin affair:
PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MOVE ON.
Everyone in Canada
On ANOTHER note - I'm kind of a closet fan of Don Cherry, many folks find him abrasive and "low-brow" while I find his commentary honest, to the point and telling it like it is.
While I may not necessarily AGREE with all his comments I respect him for having an opinion and not wavering in the face of PC-ness.
That's why this article REALLY annoyed me:
And, according to the comments, REALLY annoyed others, too...
"DR. HOCKEY" indeed.
You know Mikey, there's ANOTHER person who is honest, to the point, tells it like it is, has opinions, and doesn't waver in the face of PC-ness,
and that person's name is.....
Major news out of Ottawa today have them firing head coach Craig Hartsburg. That didn't take long. The new guy (an AHL call up) will be the 4th guy behind the bench in the last 2 years...BRAVO! I'm not worried for them though. I'm sure all the Sens fans are true frans and support the team through good times AND bad. Right Mikey?
On a bright side, looks like they'll get a nice draft pick, maybe Tavares. They should unload some assets and start rebuilding. dangle Alfie out there at the deadline and see what you can get for him.
In better news, the Habs are starting to slip with the rash of injuries of late and I'm really hoping they go out and make 1 or 2 major deals. Vinny in a Habs jersey would be a nice start
.....aaaaaaaaaaaand yer outta here!!
Well, playoffs are around the corner and the fun of duking it out for final positioning begins.
The East has about 6 teams battling for 4 spots, and it looks very tenuous for all of them (including MTL). It's a long shot, but you can pretty much write off Toronto and all teams below them. I predict Buffalo and the Rangers to be on the outside looking in. I think it'd be bad for the game to have NYR out of the playoffs, but fuck 'em.
I get the feeling MTL will suffer the fate that Ottawa did last year - a crawl into the playoffs and a lame first round. I hope I'm wrong but we shall see. They aren't playing well at all, we'll see what Gainey can do. I think Florida could make more noise than people think, possibly a couple of upsets, they're playing very well.
In the West, it's even tighter. Nine teams (!) battling for 4 spots with only a ten point difference between them, from Vancouver right on down to the Kings (Phoenix and Colorado are pretty much done). I predict the ones heading to the playoffs will be Vancouver, Edmonton, Nashville and for the first time ever in team history, Columbus. (Steve Mason is also due for the Calder win this year). It's not out of the question for L.A. to still get in, and I'd love to see it, but there's just too many teams to hurdle.
One final note: who should be the next coach for MTL? I heard rumours of Patrick Roy (really?) but I think that'd be a bad choice. I'd love to see Larry Robinson behind the bench (Crawford would be a good fill too).
Well, it's official - the Sens and Leafs are both mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
We're down to the wire, folks. About 6 games remaining for most teams, and not much breathing room for playoff positioning.....
It is also the first time in team history that the Laffs have ever been out of the playoffs for four years straight. Keep 'em coming, boys!
I'll have the Sens save the Habs a tee-off time...
IF they make the playoffs...FIRST ROUND.
"Mark my words, BOY." - Merovingian
I actually agree with you Mikey.
Bottom line - Price has to be stellar. He has to steal games, and that hasn't been happening. Granted, he's young. But it's pretty much do or die now.
He LOOKS like a goalie who's confidence has been shaken SEVERELY. Many GREATER goalies than him have never recovered...I'm looking at YOU LaLime!
But its not just him, your "SUPER DUPER" stars are not showing up (Kovalev) and the Kostycians (sp? ah...fack it, who cares) are wallowing in the shitter...the front office is in shambles and the whole franchise might be sold to some Gum Factory in Spokane (or something along those lines).
Or, I could just cut out the middle man and copy/paste all the armchair analysis you guys did about the Sens this time LAST year...
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