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.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

NHL Logos Get The Simpsons Treatment

These amazing Simpsons inspired NHL logos come via @AK47_Studios and immediately make us want to get new beer league jerseys for the upcoming season. With a wide selection of characters to use from The Simpsons universe, the creator hit some of these spot on. There are so many great logos of the 30 created and we had a good debate about the best so we picked our Top 10. Check the rankings out after the logos! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Brian Gibbons' Game 7 Dirty Dangle

After making it into 8 playoff games with the Pittsburgh Penguins these Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brian Gibbons was sent down to help out the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in their Calder Cup run. Despite ample playing time on Sidney Crosby's wing, Gibbons mustered 2 goals in the 8 games he cracked the roster and must have been saving all his skill for this goal in Game 7 of the AHL's Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Providence Bruins. 

Already up 3-0 in the 2nd period, Gibbons has himself a fun game of keepaway as he wins the faceoff forward and gains control of the puck as he enters the Bruins zone before running out of room. Rather than send the puck into the corner for winger, Conor Sheary, or just dump it in and pressure the defence, Gibbons retreats out of the zone with Seth Griffith on his tail and Alexander Khokhlachev providing support. He makes a quick cut between the two Bruins forwards avoiding their stickchecks and has the awareness to stop up at the blueline to stay onside as Sheary clears the zone. As soon as that happens the shift takes on a whole new life as Gibbons puts it clear through poor Blake Parlett's legs for a semi-clear path to the net with David Warsofsky the last man who can catch him. Gibbons loses the puck and it actually works out for him as Warsofsky's pokecheck misses and Niklas Svedberg is left hung out to dry for Gibbons' Goal of the Year candidate as he tucks it five hole. 
In summary we have 12 seconds of puck hoggin', 4 skaters beat, and 1 goalie dangled. Some players don't even get to hang onto the puck that long in an entire game and Gibbons made his count with this special goal. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

10 Guys To Watch At The Worlds

Great prospect, hideous jersey.
The 2014 World Hockey Championships are well underway in Minsk, Belarus and you may have heard a little about the tournament in between Stanley Cup Playoff games. It's been an interesting tourney so far as we've seen France upset a Canadian team of NHLers and Isles goalie, Anders Nilsson, actually make saves. As in the past, there's not much attention surrounding the tournament, but there's always a few guys to keep an eye on as the tourney could represent something bigger for them. Whether it be getting some confidence for next season, looking good in front of NHL scouts, or simply making a case for more money come contract time, there's some added interest in watching a few players play.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

First Round Studs and Duds

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is doneski and it was a great two weeks of hockey with some upsets, many blown leads, and hated rivals trying to kill each other. The playoffs are a different animal than the regular season and a player's clutchness and value are often based off of how they perform in the playoff months. With that said, let's take a look at the studs and duds of the first round.

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