Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Calgary Flames Are Better Than The Edmonton Oilers

This is a guest post by our brother, Jonas. He watches plenty of puck and loves to talk shop 
over a few beers so we thought we'd let him contribute his thoughts on Dirty Dangle.
Looking a little thin on top, Dallas.
That is a statement I did not expect to make this season, but through my observations of staying up late to abuse my free NHL GameCentre Live preview, my opinion is that the Calgary Flames are the best team in Alberta. Perhaps one of the more interesting things I noticed during my watching was that of each coach's facial expression which can tell a lot about a team. To the north in Edmonton, Dallas Eakins always looks pissed off and in disbelief that his defence can be that bad. He has some great hair and we worry about it going grey or worse - falling out. Down in Calgary, Bob Hartley looks awfully proud of how hard his team competes every night and sometimes you even catch him smile.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Breaking That Sophomore Slump

The bench was a familiar spot for Nail Yakupov last season
It's often difficult to live up the expectations of a great rookie year, especially when that year was a condensed 48-game season. There was no time to trail off and many rookies performed well making for a very interesting Calder Memorial Trophy vote that resulted in a tight race for first and 7 players earning first-place votes. Such was expected with a smaller sample of games and nobody should be surprised that many of those top rookies in 2013 petered out this past season. Well, those players had their slumps and now look forward to getting back on track as future NHL stars as they enter their third seasons and shake off the memories of the past year.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Have We Seen The Last Of...

The best way to leave the NHL is at your home rink when the crowd knows they'll never see you skate in the league again. When Teemu Selanne finished last season he got the proper send off he deserved and he even let J.S. Giguere in on the fun. The same goes for Ryan Smyth who made many Oilers fans teary-eyed during his last NHL game and Saku Koivu who got a great send-off when he played his last NHL game in Montreal. These were great goodbyes that we knew were coming, however there are many NHLers who we might have missed the chance to wave goodbye to.

Talking NHL Award Props

Is this the face of a man who could make you a lot of money?
Nothing gets some friendly "what if" discussion going like player props and the talk started this week as online oddsmaker Bovada released their betting lines for who will win the major NHL awards in 2014-15. Everyone has their predictions going into a season, but once you see some of the odds next to players names it can change things. Suddenly favourites don't look worth the money where as a sleeper pick becomes mighty appetizing at 30/1. Whatever your picks, it's a sign that the puck is getting closer to dropping in October.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 NHL Free Agent Leftovers

We're well into August now and there are still some solid UFA leftovers out there waiting to be signed. While some leftovers hide in the back of your fridge for weeks to rot, some leftovers can be put to good use with the right fixings. Some of the players currently unsigned would be great additions on most NHL teams and it's pretty surprising they haven't been scooped up yet. Maybe they're just sweating it out like that casserole from last week, but with training camps starting in a month it's only a matter of time before the Domino's pizzas begin to fall.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bustville: Brett Connolly

"Wait, come out of the curtain, or just stay behind?"
It's funny how NHL prospects can go from being the next big thing to a buried prospect on his way to Bustville. Okay, maybe it's not that funny if this prospect is a member of your franchise, but every NHL team has different needs and a prospect could find themselves as an 18-year-old playing opening night or a 23-year-old waiting for a roster spot to open up. Every year there is new group of young, hotshot prospects coming in and new free agents taking up roster spots. Getting drafted is hard enough, but being able to lock down a full time NHL spot is the real challenge.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NHLers Funniest Arrests

Giroux still wheeling while in cuffs via Reddit user, DeezMaster
NHLers are human beings too and can behave just as stupidly off the ice as they can on the ice. This was demonstrated yesterday as Philadelphia Flyers captain, Claude Giroux, was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer and ended up having to spend the night in jail for his copping a feel. It was the talk of the water cooler today as even though he was released without charges it was a very bizarre incident. This led to some talk and reminiscing about some of the more embarrassing NHL player arrest stories in recent memory. With this in mind we're not including incidents where people were injured such as Patrick Kane's no-tip cab ride or Ed Belfour's $1 billion bribe because that's not cool and we're not going to laugh at a victim's expense.

Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Drinking Game

The free agent frenzy has shifted back to July 1st and all of Canada will be BBQing and following along to see where the free agents land. It should be a busy day with plenty of rumours already swirling around which will make updating your NHL 14 rosters in real time that much more fun. With that said, study your list of available free agents, turn on the show, overdose on Twitter, and get ready to drink.

Friday, June 27, 2014

2014 NHL Entry Draft Drinking Game

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft begins tonight with the first round of picks and what better way to celebrate the event than with some beers. The draft is always an exciting time as you never know what might happen in terms of who your team will pick or if a big trade will happen and this year could get especially crazy. As with any big NHL event, we like to make a little drinking game out of it and have some fun watching where the future of the league will be ending up. With that said, buy some beer and invite some friends to join you, just don't be an idiot and go too hard to the point where you're puking like these kids after the Wingate test at the NHL Combine.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dirty Dangle 2014 NHL Awards Drinking Game!

The NHL Awards are back after taking a year off from the end-of-season gala during the lockout shortened season and it shouldn't be any different from previous years. From boring hosts, brutal music acts, and random "hockey fan" celebrities who butcher NHL stars names; the NHL Awards are often criticized for their shortcomings. Most award shows are tough to watch - especially for sports leagues - so why not throw back some beers with your friends and make it fun in your own way?

Quick Thoughts On The 2014 HHOF Inductees

Normally when the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee announces their picks for election there is some grumbling and debate over if a player was good enough to receive one of hockey's greatest honours. This time around, I think everyone can agree on each elected individual being worthy of entering the Hockey Hall of Fame. Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek, and Mike Modano are the player inductees while Pat Burns and Bill McCreary enter in the builders category and on-ice officials category respectively. It's a great class with three first-ballot selected to enter and the selection committee finally righting a wrong with Pat Burns getting the official recognition he deserved years ago.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Top 5 Home Openers for 2014-15

The NHL released the scheduled dates for home openers today ahead of the full schedule release tomorrow and man are we excited. Now you get to look forward to next season as you know when the puck will actually drop and the next two weeks should be crazy enough that you might even be excited to see a new player on opening night. There are obvious duds such as Nashville hosting Ottawa and Florida hosting New Jersey, but there are some great opening night matchups that make us want to shake the NHL schedule maker's hand as we pencil those dates in on our calendars.

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