Looks Like We’ll Be Watching The Blackhawks and Capitals In Next Years Winter Classic

Looks like it will be Chicago heading to Washington to play the Caps in the Winter Classic… the leading Venue is Nationals Park which would be unreal… I can’t wait to see the Caps get shitstomped to kick off the new year!

https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/statuses/479987850742464514″>June 20, 2014

South Carolina: Marcus Lattimore Update

Wow, after watching this happen in the game and then seeing the video your stomach kind of drops a little for this kid.  One second youre future looks so bright, the next  ‘Spaghetti Leg’ and possible career over.  However, some good news out of South Carolina,  it appears that the injury was only a dislocated knee and ligament. Which, when held up to the video footage  is pretty remarkable. Nothing has been speculated as to Lattimore returning this season however, he has one red shirt season available.

Heres to a speedy recovery big dog.

Whose Lockout Was Worse?

As far as I see it, I believe the NHL suffers from worst lockouts and has had the worst lockout… Previous NFL lockouts have had negative spotlight in the press and public eye however I dont believe the game has suffered much where as the NHL has lost a large amount of followers and if not fixed quickly will lost a lot more. The NBA came very close to leading this list however narrowly missed disaster by missing only very early season games while Football ruled the roost, building superstar teams also aided in their recovery.

anyway:

 

NHL 50/50 Split: Lockout Explained With Beer

Wow. That was absolutely perfect, Really broke it down for me too.

“I buy the Mrs. Vickies, I buy the fuckin smokes”

Thanks Wes W. for the video.

NHL UPDATE

 

Well, once again empty hope for the 2012-13 NHL season as games are nixed through November 1st.

ESPN – It is the second round of game cancellations since the lockout went into effect Sept. 19. Earlier this month, the NHL eliminated the first block of regular-season contests through Oct. 24. A total of 135 games are canceled, which amounts to 11 percent of the season.

“As expected,” New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron told The Associated Press in a text message. “We continue to work hard to find an agreement and get back to playing hockey.”

Also, these games are not necessarily lost yet.. they are technically postponed while the possibility to squeeze 82 games into the season still exists it is highly unlikely.

All I know is my fantasy football team has been better than ever strictly because i haven’t lost concentration in October like most years before… Thank you NHL.

 

 

 

 

“Hockey” Is Back!

Easy Wayne.

It’s the KHL…  For folks not familiar with the “Kontinental Hockey League” It’s a watered down version of the hockey we know and love.

The KHL premiered yesterday with a 1:00 pm broadcast on ESPN2.. the game featured stars like Zdeno Chara, Alex Ovechkin and Marian Hossa. However, outside of Ovie’s 3rd period game winner the game was scoreless and uneventful.

Oh yeah and you read that right.  ESPN the Deuce.  So sad…

END THE LOCKOUT

Wow, That Looks Like It Killed!

How did he survive this?

Hey soccer, check this out:

Are We Over The NHL?

 

It sure seems like we are over the NHL, if not.. we are well into the pathway there.  At this time, NHL training camps are supposed to begin bringing back players from all over the world to their in season homes. As a fan its almost as if the 3rd time is a charm rule comes into play. Lock us out once okay 2nd time a whole season was rough however, we bounced back… but this third time … fuck it, why bother let the NHL fade, we’ll stick to our ponds and rinks and NHL 13. At this point we are just sick of the dramatics. I understand both sides are there to do a job and fight for what belongs to them which when put like that does not seem to lead to a satisfactory outcome.

With Sweden opening its doors to NHL athletes as well as many other countries its hard to see athletes who play in the NHL wouldn’t travel abroad mostly back to their home countries. The countdown has begun to when the lockout will end but when it does end will it be too late. A Grimm outlook to have but the NHL’s future is not looking too bright.

NHL Lockout Update

Then:

 

Now:

 

You’re Going the Wrong Way.  NHL Stars are heading out of the NHL and Quickly.

Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar have already practiced with their KHL team in Russia, Pavel Datsyuk, Jaromir Jagr and Jussi Jokinen are among the many who have as well signed contracts and I don’t blame them for a second. These European teams are ready to spend some cake, these NHL athletes are looking to make some its an easy equation. Go where the money is. The KHL is allowed to pay NHL players a maximum of 65 per cent of what they earn under their NHL contracts. These guys can go over to the KHL make millions without worrying about a stoppage, I could see a few of them having no desire to come back.

What do you think?

 

 

Ladies And Gentleman We Are Headed For A Lockout

“Nein Nein Nein Nein NHL

 

BOSTON – With a lockout drawing ever closer, the NHL and the players’ union are in touch with each other after a day of internal meetings.

But no new negotiating sessions are scheduled for Friday, one day before Commissioner Gary Bettman has said he will lock out the players. This would be the NHL’s fourth work stoppage since 1992.

On Thursday night, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke to special counsel Steve Fehr, the brother of union executive director Donald Fehr. They did not, however, discuss a possible return to the bargaining table. The contract expires at midnight EDT on Saturday. Bettman has said the season won’t start without a new deal. Training camps are to open Sept. 21, and the season is to begin Oct. 11.

Kept it optimistic until there was no progressive news today. Bettman and the owners are pushing for a for sure lockout.  Its a shame that the players receive 57% percent of Hockey Related Revenue (which is what the owners are bitching about)… the players are the ones who drive the fucking league. give em what they want.

Bieber going to the Show

 

..and by The Show I mean denying a bogus ECHL contract which has no hope of coming to fruition. There is 0% chance Justin Bieber signs any kind of contract or tries out with an ECHL team. He doesnt possess the talent and aside from that.. as a business it would be the worst decision bieber industries ever makes. The way I see it some player on the condors made a joke to press or they have a crafty PR person who wants to draw a little attention the the team. Round of applause because it worked. but this will be overlooked like anything else. should have done it a little closer to the season opener.

End The Lockout.

Wow this video is fucking awesome, perfectly puts it into perspective, I dont have to say much more, just letting this video speak for itself. However, To kick Gary Bettman in the face, sign your name: http://www.change.org/nolockout.

EA Sports NHL 13. What’s Missing?

PuckDocktor – Once upon a time a friend of my family was commissioned to be the graphic artist for Wayne Gretzky Hockey by Bethesda Softworks. Not realizing the magnitude of the situation, or the possibility of venturing into the world of software creation all my 14-year-old brain could muster was, “Cool.”

26 years later the world of video games has changed immeasurably. Remember folks, Marty McFly was supposed to be time travelling to 2015 back in those days. We still don’t have the flying cars or hoverboards, but by golly we’ve got some virtual reality and gaming like we’ve never seen before.

There is no arguing that EA Sports is the king of the gaming software. The Madden football franchise alone dominates like no other sports games in history. It’s because of Madden’s initial success that the brand was able to branch out and tackle (pun intended) all of our other favorite sports. FIFA soccer/football now rivals Madden on the global scale as the world’s most popular sport can be played virtually on any gaming system.

My favorite has always been the NHL series. Since the Sega Genesis days, my calendar has always been marked with the latest EA Sports release of their hockey game. This year’s entry drops on September 11, and promises to be the best game to date. Well, of course it does. Were you expecting to hear EA tout this year’s version as “comparable to last year’s game, but the graphics are a little choppier and the game tends to freeze?” Probably not the best marketing strategy, eh?

Usually I’ll read up or look at trailers or even play the demo. This year I decided to throw caution to the wind, give EA the benefit of the doubt (I think they’ve earned it) and just buy the game sight unseen. They have only disappointed me once before (2008) and I’m going to assume that there have been upgrades.

So that brings me to the point of these words. There are certain things I want in the game that have to eventually get done. I will list them for you, and tell you why they are important to me.

1. Playoff beards-The NHL 2K series added them to one of their games and it would make sense as beards would fill in come playoff time. The attention to detail would mean that Crosby could only grow the porn-stache and Toews, the mutton chops.

2. Zambonis– Do I have to explain why? Who doesn’t love a zamboni? Especially if you had someone launching t-shirts off of one.

3. More accurate goal horns/songs– They are moving closer to this, and I’m not sure if they have made the adjustment, but I know in NHL 12 not all the horns were accurate.

4. Adjust the fighting
– There needs to just be a “drop the gloves” button where you can pick a fight with someone after a stoppage. At least have an option for it that can be adjusted. Who wouldn’t go after Crosby or Lucic if they had the chance? Also, wouldn’t hurt to throw in some blood. Make that an option so you don’t have to adjust the rating. Another footnote. Every fight does not require a knockout, in fact KO’s are pretty rare.

5. Mullets-It’s not hockey if you can’t slap a mullet on any player.

6. Incorporate TSN into the game somehow – It doesn’t have to be a full fledged studio show. Just make sure Pierre McGuire is in no way involved. Please!

7. More coach involvement--Cut away to the coach after a goal or a penalty. Also would be nice to fire a coach if you don’t like him.

8. Octopi– Fans in specific arenas throw team appropriate items onto the ice. The Red Wings octopus is a huge tradition. Nashville has emulated by chucking catfish onto the ice. Rats in Florida. Human limbs in Philly, you get the idea.

9. Referees – It’s a detail thing, but it would be nice to have the referees take a larger role, especially when breaking up a fight.

10. Stanley Cup celebration – C’mon for Pete’s sake you just won the Stanley Cup! How about an on ice celebration where you can skate around with the cup for a little bit? Let the crowd go crazy(if it’s a home win) and soak in the moment.

This Guy absolutely Nailed it, 100 percent.. things I have noticed but not given enough thought. Tell me you wouldn’t be playing Tournament mode a whole lot more if you knew you could celebrate on ice or Drive a Zamboni and launch shirts into the crowd, its like NHL meets “Twisted Metal”. The fighting also, they need to step it up…give it full functionality let it go the distance not a few pumps and your done. bloody it up. Im not saying Cam Neely vs Shayne Corson, but C’mon man spice it up a little.

What Does A Lockout Mean For The Canes?

SI – NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and NHLPA remained at an impasse in the latest round of collective bargaining talks as the deadline for a lockout looms. The players’ association took issue Wednesday with the latest NHL proposal that commissioner Gary Bettman called “meaningful” and “significant.” Donald Fehr, the NHLPA’s executive director, and his assistants have broken down Bettman’s latest offering. Fehr is expected to make a counterproposal as early as Thursday.

The two sides are at odds over hockey-related revenue. The league wants to knock down the players’ percentage to 46. The players’ share of HRR was 57 percent last season. Fehr said changes in how HRR is calculated would see the amount of money players give up to escrow increase “significantly.” Under the NHL’s proposal, the union said current contracts would not be paid in full.

“From a players’ standpoint, you should understand, it doesn’t make much of a difference,” Fehr said Wednesday. “Should the player not get the dollar value that is on his contract because there is a rollback, which is simply a name for crossing out one number and writing in another, or whether he doesn’t get an amount because there is escrow, he still doesn’t get it.”

The current CBA expires Sept. 15 and the league has said it will lock the players out if a new agreement isn’t in place by then. Bettman says he’s content to wait for that aforementioned response from the union, but declared that players shouldn’t feel any “entitlement” to 57 percent of revenues.

“We want the cup” a chant we haven’t realistically heard in Carolina since 05-06.  Following the last NHL lockout, the Canes battled the rankings to defeat the Habs, Devils and Sabers only to face Edmonton in the Stanley Cup Final. Through six grueling games the Hurricanes found themselves heading back home in a forced game 7. The rest is history.

This post season, the Canes have made all the right moves in building a championship worthy roster. Personally I would hate to see a lockout however, if it came to that the canes would double their time to increase chemistry with new recruits and hone their on ice plans to bring the cup back to the south.

Lockout or not the canes have a real shot, will they make history for a second time?

Bring Back the NHL Already.

It looks like Gary Bettman will be putting the league on hold if no deal is met by September 15. Well two words for you Gary Fuck you. I’m not even sure Gary Bettman is familiar with the sport of hockey, certainly he is not familiar with the consequences of a Lock out. With a statement like : “We recovered well last time [there was a lockout] because we have the world’s greatest fans.” This guy has to be one of the biggest douche bags on the planet.. The NHL recovered at a slugs pace last time when it remained locked out for 301 days. Surely us fans will come back to the sport because we love it, its most certainly not because of the NHL however. We couldnt give a fuck about Gary Bettman and the rest of the owners.

This is all I care about:

and this:

and this: