Archive for June 2011

Center of the storm?

With a few days off from work, I have been obsessing over this center thing and as we all know, too much time on my hands is fertile ground for the creation of bad analogies. Without a solid second line center, Hossa seems kinda like a Rolex clock radio. You see the quality just looking... Read more »

NHL Draft in Review: Just where do the Blackhawks stand post Campbell and Brouwer?

With the draft behind us and some big changes having taken their course, the Hawks are now on a path of moving pieces. While the whole transition from a team that can’t make it into the playoffs, to a Stanley Cup championship team might have started with Campbell, their success does not depend on his... Read more »

Wouldn't you know it, Brian Campbell trade to Florida a reality. Huge options for Blackhawks emerge.

I think that fourfeather and beaverwarrior’s comments from last post about Campbell’s inevitable trade should be treated as gold and posted across the internet for everyone to see. Right on the money. Florida, in need of finding some expensive players to raise their cap hit above the sea level, might have found it in Brian... Read more »
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Sympathy For the Devil's Deal; Eval #4 Brian Campbell

This is an odd way to start a review, but it seems to be an inseparable piece of any discussion about Brian Campbell; he makes a lot of money and nobody but him is happy about that. As a self proclaimed Campbell apologist, I believe Campbell has brought and will continue to bring skills that... Read more »

Player Eval #3: Chris Campoli

With the Cup safely stationed in Boston and the year finally closed, we can now get back to talking about all things Blackhawks. The ending of the 2010-11 season brought back many thoughts on the Hawks. I was reminded about how close they really were to eliminating the Canucks in the 1st round, the many... Read more »

A Tim Terrific Stanley Cup Final with cheers and tears, rookies and retirements, shutouts and shorties, handshakes and violence.

Well, there you have it folks. The Stanley Cup no longer resides in Chicago and I must say that it was enjoyable watching it find a new home for the year to come. There is a lot to say after this one, so many areas to focus on. Thomas’ performance is a big one, while... Read more »
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Ponderings, Previews & Premonitions: Game 7 between the Bruins and Canucks.

I really want to hold back from saying who wins. I have a belief in karma and how it came back to haunt Luongo last night, I have a gut feeling and a team I side with more than the other, and then I have the past to look upon. The pattern that has emerged... Read more »

And that is how you change the momentum: The Bruins use home-ice to advance on the Canucks.

The big question going into last night’s game for me, was this: will Luongo continue his past patterns and allow the Bruins to take the momentum? History has a way of repeating itself, and in this case it sure as hell did. I find it interesting that while I watch, or when I reflect on... Read more »

The Canucks are 2 wins away from taking Lord Stanley's Cup to Vancouver.

With another late win on Saturday night, the Canucks drew within 2 more of making good on their projected confidence. 2 more wins and Vancouver erupts into a tizzy, possibly destroying the whole west coast of Canada and even taking a bit of Washington and Alaska during the celebration. Our good friend Fourfeather probably has... Read more »
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The Bruins prove difficult but beatable in Vancouver.

Preface: I had a hockey game late last night and missed the final 7 minutes of the 3rd period, apparently the most important, from a goals perspective anyway. Boston did exactly what they were not supposed to do and played a lot of special team’s hockey. Magically, they looked fairly decent while on the power-play... Read more »