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2006-01-16 02:14:44 PM
As an oiler fan, all I have to say is thanks to the St. Louis Blues for dumping Chris Prongers salary. The Oiler nation appreciates it very much.

/Go OILERS!!!!
 
2006-01-16 02:18:27 PM
The Blues aren't that devoid of talent. It's just that their biggest names are either injured, battling chronic obesity, or the subject of trade rumors every day.
 
2006-01-16 02:24:48 PM
Hdhuntr93
Be a little encouraged. Things are a bit better now with Nash back.

/Which team has the most points at the moment?
//Go Canes
 
2006-01-16 02:29:39 PM
www.usfbs.com
 
2006-01-16 02:29:48 PM
Speedofdarkness
What! Everyone knows that you PLAY hockey drunk, not Ref it drunk! Duh!!!

I don't know...have you ever played drunk before? I did once and found out that swaying and stumbling are a lot harder on ice. "Christ, this is like learning how to walk again," I believe were my exact words.

Anyway, hockey season's over for me, as the Islanders have thrown in the towel and finally realized what the fans have been saying from just about the start of the season: the team, the coach, and management all suck.

/Except for Jason Blake
 
2006-01-16 02:40:38 PM
Wait, I think that drunken swedish ref was up in the video replay booth during this game:

espn.go.com
 
2006-01-16 02:41:06 PM
Hdhuntr93 - Do what I do... just watch a recording of the penguins game from last wednesday over and over. Ah how beautiful that was. I love the direction the jackets are going now and Foote may be back tonight, woot!
 
2006-01-16 02:43:27 PM
JohnnyC: we were, and still are first in the Western Conference

Detroit has the easiest farking schedule in the league. You play Columbus, St. Louis and Chicago 24 times. If that isn't a pussy schedule, I don't know what is. Come over to the northwest, the toughest division in the entire farking league, and see how you fare. Your record wouldn't be half as good. As of this moment. FOUR NW division teams are in the playoffs. That's half of the conference. Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Colorado are going to waste so much energy killing each other in the regular season, they're not even going to have anything left for the post-season.

And I'm not just saying that because Vancouver keeps losing to all of them.
 
2006-01-16 02:51:14 PM
nugz4lunch


The Blues hold the record for making it to the playoffs the most consecutive times without winning the championship. And that's not just in hockey, but all pro sports played in the US. 20 something years in a row...


Nope, not even in hockey. St. Louis made the playoffs every year from 1980-2004 (25 appearances). The Chicago Blackhawks appeared in 28 straight playoffs (1970-1997) without a Cup win.


However, in those 28 years, the Hawks did reach the finals three times (1971, 1973, 1992) while the Blues didn't do so once in their streak.


 
2006-01-16 02:54:00 PM
Ishkur speaks the truth.
 
2006-01-16 02:55:28 PM
I just came here to say:

Let's Go 'Canes!!!

That is all.
 
2006-01-16 03:03:45 PM
Doc Daneeka

Oh gawd, GET OVER IT. It was game six and Dallas was clearly the better team in the series.
 
2006-01-16 03:10:20 PM
LessO2: Oh gawd, GET OVER IT. It was game six and Dallas was clearly the better team in the series.


Wrong is wrong, and the price the Stars will pay for that "win" is having to be reminded of Hull's skate in the crease.
 
2006-01-16 03:13:29 PM
I'll bring it up to 3 caps fans! LETS GO CAPS!

Ovechkin is the real deal and will dominate this league even more when the rest of our kids grow up a bit.
 
2006-01-16 03:20:55 PM
I'll bring it up to 4 - C.A.P.S. CAPS! CAPS! CAPS!

/Ovechkin RULES
 
2006-01-16 03:30:08 PM
swahnhennessy
Wrong is wrong, and the price the Stars will pay for that "win" is having to be reminded of Hull's skate in the crease.

Yeah, I'm sure Brett Hull thinks about that every day.
 
2006-01-16 03:31:53 PM
Ah hahahahahahaha!

/why must the Blues suck so bad
//fire Pleau
 
2006-01-16 03:31:56 PM
Get back in your holes, Cap fans. You can come out again when you're winning.

Actually, I think it's nice to see fans supporting their teams even though they're in a bad season (or 4). Sick of seeing a team start doing well and suddenly a bunch of yahoos come out of the woodwork cheering them on. It's called a bandwagon, and it's a major reason I don't trust most people calling themselves a Red Wings fan. Where were you guys in the 80's?
 
2006-01-16 03:33:21 PM
Nobody cares about hockey.
 
2006-01-16 03:39:23 PM
I thought Kerry Fraser was Canadian.


/summa cum loser grad from the Wally Harris School of Officiating
//pocket full o' marbles
///hair flown in daily
 
2006-01-16 03:42:00 PM
Doc Daneeka, I love that Cloutier pic! I did the jig when the useless sieve got injured this season.
 
2006-01-16 03:53:25 PM
After seeing many of the calls the refs have or have not made this season I think it would be a good idea to check their BACs before the game starts.

Still and all...

GO AVS!!!
 
2006-01-16 03:54:21 PM
dmc001


You'll probably like this one, too.


http://www.frappr.com/scoxies/photo/1130739

(I can't embed the actual jpg, for some reason; you'll have to C&P to load it.)


/Let's Go Wild!
//Bertuzzi sucks worse than Duke
///Cloutier sucks worse than Bertuzzi
 
2006-01-16 03:58:20 PM
swahnhennessy "It's called a bandwagon, and it's a major reason I don't trust most people calling themselves a Red Wings fan. Where were you guys in the 80's?"

And how long does one need to have been a fan of the Wings to not be accused of jumping on the bandwagon? I used to go see them at Olympia Stadium with my father. Is that long enough? What about those people watching hockey now that were kids in the 80s - or even not yet born?

Honestly, as a hockey fan in general, I don't see the issue. It is supporting the sport overall. That is why I go to Caps games now that I live in the DC area - even though (with the exceptions of Kolzig and Ovechkin) they are painful to watch. It is also why I had season tickets to the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) when I lived there.

Just support the sport, which ever team that may be.
 
2006-01-16 04:04:07 PM
foo monkey

Nobody cares about hockey.

Yes, absolutely, no one cares about hockey at all.
 
2006-01-16 04:09:00 PM
img460.imageshack.us

/Much love to the NHL.
//I'm hooked.
 
2006-01-16 04:29:03 PM
.... it's a major reason I don't trust most people calling themselves a Red Wings fan. Where were you guys in the 80's?

Cowering in fear that Mike Illitch would sign another horribly overrated rookie like Warren Young? Yes, I too could have gotten 40 goals as a 30-ish rookie playing with Mario Lemieux back then.

MC^2
 
2006-01-16 04:29:44 PM
Hell, even drunk he couldn't do any worse that the blatantly biased officials in the Steelers/Colts game.
 
2006-01-16 04:31:08 PM
img295.imageshack.us

/go habs!
 
2006-01-16 04:32:14 PM
Doc Daneeka:Yes, absolutely, no one cares about hockey at all.

Right on. Glad to see more iterest in hockey although I still feel like the lone hockey fan in the Baltimore/DC area. At least the Capitals ticket prices are cheap. GO LEAFS!!!
 
2006-01-16 04:34:32 PM
LondonerDan/go habs!
LOL... that would have worked about a month ago but not now.
They looked great up to mid December and then they started playing like the Penguins.
 
2006-01-16 04:44:07 PM
Doc Daneeka

Quite a collection of articles. And the news is good.... attendance and revenue are up and the salary cup will probably get bumped up for next year.

But something caught my eyeL From your absolultely link, Roarke spends four solid paragraphs talking about and giving stats for attendance. Then he tries to slip in this flaccid statement:

Television ratings are also up in many local markets.

Sure they are.

If the NHL's growth is going to increase, it needs to nail down a national network. Some cable systems don't carry OLN. It gets carried by my cable provider BUT they are refusing to pay the additional licensing fees, so instead there's a four-hour block of a Ted Nugent reality show. (fark you Mediacom... and Ted Nugent!)

The NHL has taken the first step. Now they have to capitalize and get back on ESPN if the sport is truly going to be the fourth major team sport in the US.
 
2006-01-16 04:47:15 PM
gusoline: Just support the sport, which ever team that may be.


Oh, I agree with that sentiment, but it's always fun to play up the rivalries. Besides, with all the Swedes the Wings have playing for them this season it's been hard to keep up the all-encompassing hatred.

Emcee_Squared: Cowering in fear that Mike Illitch would sign another horribly overrated rookie like Warren Young?

Heh...Warren Young. Now there's a blast from the past. And if it makes you feel any better I spent the 80's half-heartedly rooting for the Devils, pretending they were still the Rockies. Then I gave up on that and focused on Colorado College hockey.
 
2006-01-16 04:51:38 PM
Does anyone know how the playoffs will be televised here in the states? I highly doubt NBC will put hockey on during primetime tv (with the exception of games four and up in the finals like Fox did years ago) and OLN can't cover all the games.
 
2006-01-16 05:06:20 PM
What's hockey???
 
2006-01-16 05:14:34 PM
"If somebody runs me I'm gonna p*ss myself."

Also, can I get some love for moving the Red Wings to the Eastern Confernce? It's not 1967 anymore, and Detroit is not in the "West" by any stretch. Somebody can move to KC at year's end, right? Pittsburgh? Buffalo? Maybe send the Devils back to KC? Heck, we'll bring Chicago or Columbus with us if we have to. Better yet, we'll bring Columbus as our minor league affiliate.

As of the end of December, Detroit had lost every home game that followed a return from a west coast trip. Serious hangover games, and it really showed. Compare that to the Rangers who, at that point, had left EST exactly *once* all year. We gotta fly cross country to play a decent teams.

As much as I hate to say it, the NBA has it right. Chicago and Detroit are Eastern Conference.
 
2006-01-16 05:19:13 PM
unknown host

The only reason teams like Columbus, Chicago and Detroit are in the Western Conference is because of the number of teams that lie east of those places.

The following 15 teams make up the Eastern Conference: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Florida, Montreal, New Jersey, New York (2 teams), Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington. All places east of the OH/PA state line.
 
2006-01-16 05:22:55 PM
Heh...Warren Young. Now there's a blast from the past. And if it makes you feel any better I spent the 80's half-heartedly rooting for the Devils, pretending they were still the Rockies. Then I gave up on that and focused on Colorado College hockey.

I only remember Warren Young because I had already learned the joys of fantasy hockey at that young age, and unfortunately, I "bit" on the hook just like Illitch. From then, I learned a valuable lesson: Even if "W. Young" was actually "F. Hydrant", he still could have gotten 20 goals playing with Lemieux, he was that damn good. Not saying Yzerman wasn't good...

I am still a long suffering Jets fan. I, and many others like me, cursed that team when they left town - you will notice that they still haven't won a playoff series in their new home. In fact, I made my rent money one month betting against the Coyotes when they were up 3 games to 1 vs St. Louis in the first round.

Come 2007, they will be back. I know it.

MC^2
 
2006-01-16 05:25:56 PM
Out-on-a-limb prediction: If the Bruins make the playoffs this year, they'll win the cup.

/'cause they'll have to be on a huge hot streak just to make the playoffs...
//It hurts inside.
 
2006-01-16 05:39:42 PM
whitefalcon79

All places east of the OH/PA state line.

Actually, Atlanta (Longitude 84.23W) is further west than Detroit (83.03W).

Note that Atlanta is well west of both Detroit and the OH/PA state line.

www.huttoncommentaries.com

If Detroit came to the East, we'd have to send Atlanta to the West.
 
2006-01-16 05:55:39 PM
Doc Daneeka

I stand corrected.

Taking Atlanta out of the Eastern Conference, though, means you lose the balance of the Southeast Division (which ATL currently shares with the two Florida teams, Tampa and Washington). The whole East would require a full-scale reshuffle and a bunch of teams would move divisions.

And putting a team in the Western Conference based in a state with an Atlantic coastline? img.fark.com
 
2006-01-16 06:19:20 PM
Doc Daneeka

Stay calm the wahmbulance is on it's way.
 
2006-01-16 06:35:32 PM
not hockey but why are the dallas cowboys in the NFC east in football
 
2006-01-16 07:12:23 PM
Or the Colts in the AFC South, for that matter.
 
2006-01-16 07:23:40 PM
aenimation: not hockey but why are the dallas cowboys in the NFC east in football



Tradition. Arizona and Dallas were the odd men out in the NFC East, but Dallas has stronger rivalries with Philly, NY and WSH, while Arizona's only rivalry is with Dallas. Bidwell biatched and moaned about it but the NFL smacked him and said "if you want to be in the NFC East, put up the money for a good team" and then Bidwell said "fark that, i'm out."

whitefalcon79: Or the Colts in the AFC South, for that matter.

The Irsays are deathly afraid to visit Baltimore. At any time. Not because the Ravens play defense, but for more obvious reasons.
 
2006-01-16 07:32:36 PM
Just like Art Modell would be to visit Cleveland. I gotcha.

/Would be leading the lynch mob
//Go Browns
///Thinks we should probably get back on topic
 
2006-01-16 07:36:19 PM
Better yet, we'll bring Columbus as our minor league affiliate.

Your minor league affiliate will beat your wings on wednesday :)
 
2006-01-16 07:52:59 PM
Ottawa will be your hockey god this year! muahahahahaaha!
 
2006-01-16 08:11:47 PM
How many hockey teams have their own theme song?

That's what I thought!

www.sportslogos.net

Written by this man:

www.zrock.com

RIP.
 
2006-01-16 08:31:11 PM
SithLord

How many hockey teams have their own theme song?

While not written for the hockey team, the Sabres long ago adopted the aptly named Sabre Dance. They play it at games all the time, and it's pretty much a de facto theme song.

While most people wouldn't connect classical music and hockey, this piece is very up-tempo, and does get the crowd pumped up.
 
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