Saturday, June 30, 2012

What Does A Shallow Free Agent Pool Mean?

As NHL Free Agency is set to kick off tomorrow, there is the usual speculation of where players may sign. There's the big fish - Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and Alex Semin - but that's about it. Free agency is the time where NHL clubs can finally address a certain need or want by winning the player over with an offer they can't refuse. Unfortunately, the free agent pool is pretty shallow this year which means teams will be hard pressed to fill the holes in their line ups with players they need.

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Week Later: 10 Draft Thoughts

Our buddy Benny sent this over. We're pretty sure he watched all seven rounds from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft last weekend so here are ten of his thoughts from last weekend. 
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone, but from the way last weekend went down it's going to leave a mark on more than a few NHL franchises for sometime. We saw major trades, surprise draft picks, and teams seeking new identities. This post will summarize some of my thoughts surrounding the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but before I get into this I want to congratulate Daniel Altshuller for being selected 69th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes, well done buddy.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where Does This Hall Of Fame Class Stack Up?

Yesterday we ran a piece on what it takes to be a Hall of Famer using averages of stats and championships from modern era players who were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Using those numbers, we want to see how the 2012 Inductees - Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, Mats Sundin, and Pavel Bure - stack up with those players. Are they among the best? 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What Does It Take To Be A Hall Of Famer?

Looking at the Hockey Hall of Fame eligibility list, there's a lot of great players with solid numbers and hardware that could be elected every year. Unfortunately they all can't go in as only a maximum of four male players can go into the Hall in a single year. With so many great players becoming eligible every passing year these Hall of Fame conversations are getting tougher and tougher. So what does it take to get into the Hall of Fame these days? While there is no perfect formula for predicting who the Selection Committee might be electing to the Hall, it can be presumed that greater weight is given to a players individual achievements such as goals/points/awards, and then to team achievements such as Stanley Cups or Olympic gold medals/Canada Cup titles/IIHF World Championship gold medals. With this in mind, I set out to find the average stats/awards/championships of Hockey Hall of Famers who began their playing careers in the Modern Era (1967-present) to see who belongs in their company. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Celebrating Doug Gilmour's Birthday In Style

Today is Doug Gilmour's birthday, so what better way to honour the Hall of Famer by showcasing his hilarious set of hockey cards? Gilmour had some great moments in his career: winning the Stanley Cup, winning the '87 Canada Cup, and scoring 1414 points in his career, but often when you Google his name, his goofy hockey cards pop up. It's up for debate if participating in the Be A Player hockey card series is among Killer's career highlights, but we sure are glad he did those photoshoots.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Who's Hall Of Fame Worthy In 2012?

The Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee will meet this June 26th and announce their inductees for 2012. As usual surrounding this event, there's a lot of talk about who deserves to go in and who may have to wait a bit longer. Last year we saw a great class inducted consisting of: Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk. The previous year, we saw Dino Ciccarelli go in as the only NHLer along with Cammi Granato and Angela James - the first females inducted into the Hall. There is no formula for predicting inductees, but it sure is fun to speculate and remember their great careers.

Friday, June 22, 2012

2012 NHL Entry Draft Drinking Game

Looks like a good Beer Pong Tournament setup...
It's a Friday night, there is an aura of optimism surrounding your team as they make a pick for their franchise's future, so why not have a little predrink to the Draft before hitting downtown?  It's good way to have some fun and drown your sorrows when your team makes a pick you disagree with, 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. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

2012 NHL Mock Draft: 15th to 1st Overall

Our buddy Benny sent this over. He is getting pretty pumped up for the Draft and this is how he sees it going down on Friday night while playing the Dirty Dangle Draft Drinking Game. Here are his picks from 30th to the 16th overall pick. Feel free to rip on his picks in the comment box.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dirty Dangle 2012 NHL Awards Drinking Game

And the Award for Biggest Off-Ice Mess goes to...
It's that time of year again when the hockey world gets together to hand out some hardware and almost everybody leaves disappointed. From shitty hosts, brutal music acts, mispronounced names of legends, and award controversies; the NHL Awards are often criticized for their shortcomings. Award shows are sometimes 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?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

2012 NHL Mock Draft: 30th-16th Picks

Our buddy Benny sent this over. He is getting pretty pumped up for the Draft and this is how he sees it going down on Friday night while playing the Dirty Dangle Draft Drinking Game. Here are his picks from 30th to the 16th overall pick. Feel free to rip on his picks in the comment box.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hockey's Over. What To Do?

The Stanley Cup has been given out and all the NHLers are relaxing at their cottages while golfing five times a week. Sure we still have the NHL Awards, NHL Entry Draft, and Free Agency to look forward to, but there are no NHL games for another three months. The NHL offseason is the time to maybe reconnect with your family and other loved ones you have neglected over the past season…or not. Just because it's summer doesn't mean you have to sit around and sulk because there's no hockey to watch. In fact, there's still plenty of hockey related things to do and enjoy.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

What Is Lou Lamoriello Smoking?

"Wait... so you're keeping this year's first rounder?"
It was a good run for the New Jersey Devils this year finishing as Eastern Conference champions and coming  within two wins of the Stanley Cup. Because of their hard work, the Devils will be picking 29th at the 2012 Entry Draft next week. It's not the greatest first round pick, so many expected the Devils CEO, President and GM, Lou Lamoriello, to forfeit it as penalty for that cap circumvention fiasco with Ilya Kovalchuk two years ago. Well, that deadline has passed, meaning the Devils will have to forfeit one of their first round picks in the next two seasons. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Things We Hope The LA Kings Do With The Cup

Hopefully more of this...
Throughout the summer we'll see blog posts and pictures of the Kings players on their day with the Stanley Cup. These are special days with parades through hometowns and partying with close friends, and quite often you hear of something unique happening with the Cup like it going to the top of a mountain or for a dip in Mario Lemieux's pool. Well, the LA Kings seem like quite the personable bunch, so we have high expectations for some Stanley Cup stories this summer.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Getting To Know The LA Kings Franchise

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images
The Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup Champions, ending a 43 year streak without a championship. The franchise has come a long way from the 1967 Expansion and their team history contains some Hall of Fame players, criminal owners, and ugly jerseys. They set many records these playoffs as they went 16-4 in one of the most dominating postseason runs in recent memory, so here are some quick hits about the franchise to help you get to know the club a little better.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What Will Tim Thomas Do During His Year Off?

In less than a year, Tim Thomas has gone from a beloved Stanley Cup hero to quite the crazy character off the ice. His behaviour is even more pronounced when he's behind his keyboard and on Facebook. It all started when he refused to go to the White House with his Stanley Cup winning Bruins because the government was growing out of control and his latest eccentricity will now take him out of hockey for a year and potentially out of a Boston Bruins uniform. Amidst reports that he would be taking a year off from hockey, Thomas made the decision official via Facebook (where he does most of his announcements and public interactions) and stated that he would be taking the year off to concentrate and reconnect with the three F's - friends, family and faith. That's a good chunk off time off, so just what will Tim Thomas be up to over the year?

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